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ATHLETICS.

A half-mile footrace between Mr. W. Casey's employees took place at the Ellerslio racecourse recently, and resulted as follows:—B. Bull 1, A. Chapman I, P. Casey 3. F. Adams and A. Patrick also started. Time, Smin 38sec. Local pedestrians are in hard training for the batch of sports meetings to be held during the Easter season. This period over, athletics will practically rest till next season—track performances, at any rate. So far no definite information is to hand concerning the professional race between ex-amateur champion Trembath (Otago) and Sanson. These two men took part in the big Sheffield at Invercargill on St. Patrick's Day, but neither was placed in the final. Sanson, however, won the Sheffield at the same place ill 1000, and on the 17th he gave Trembath a good run in the 440 yards. Both started from scratch, Trembath winning in olsec. Good entries have been received for the Papakura sports meeting on Easter Monday, also for Otahuhu on April 3. A competitor states that some clubs lose entries by holding sports not under the auspices of the Athletic Association. He points out that a registered competitor runs the risk of disqualification throughout, the whole of the Dominion if he competes at a non-affiliated sports meeting. He urges that clubs, in their own interests as well as in the interests of sport and competitors in general, should be affiliated to the governing body. The New Zealand Cricket Association is now concerned with the disqualification of an athletic society in the South Island. The society in question held sports without being affiliated, and in consequence it was disqualified by the Athletic Association, which governs professional sport. As a result of this, every "member" became a disqualified person, and no member of a cricket club could play a match while remaining a member of the disqualified society. it has been pointed out that the society has some 277 members, including the Prime Minister and the Hon. R. McNab. All these are now barred from cricket clubs, swimming and rowing clubs, etc., and although the Cricket Association has been vigorously protesting, it seems the inevitable must be accepted and the clubs deprived of members.

Rawing and chopping events seem to be on the wane as far as northern sports are concerned. Time was when programmes would be considered incomplete without the inclusion of a few woodcutting items, but now these competitions get the cold shoulder, even from erstwhile admirers.

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ATHLETICS. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 80, 3 April 1909

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