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BOWLING.

At the present time the prospects for good bowling weather during the Easter holidays do not seem just as bright as might be wished, and the rain thac persists in lingering about bids a likelihood to produce softer and heavier greens than are entirely desirable, not to speak of the extra wear and tear that in holiday season they are called upon to undergo. But all that is as may be at this late period of the season, and at such a time the wisdom adopted by the Auckland Association in determining upon January for the pennant tournament obtrudes itself strikingly to all bowlers who love a good gajne, and have a certain ■eherishment for the welfare of good greens. To slush about In wet weather, which foreby is quite the. expected at Easter nowadays, upon sodden greens and amid all the other distressing concomitants of su<\h to your enthusiastic brother of the "bowl," is well exchanged indeed for the happy and successful round of matches that comprised our provincial tourney of bowls this season. And meantime we may still hope for what good weather and merry trundling the gods may send to cheer the brethren in the •coming Easter matches and conclusion.;.

As was anticipated, the match between Rocky Nook and Mt. Eden last Saturday was responsible for some keen and a pretty hot finish, from wJiich the pennant holders emerged triumphant from the fray with a winning margin of fourteen points. Both teams scored some runaway games, although the hollow victory of twenty-five clear points gained by Moirs quartet over the mountain men accounted, for most rink figures to spare for carrying to the balance-sheet. By this win Rocky Nook still retains the unbeaten record, so far for the season, during the remainder of which the hardest nut for them to crack will probably be Auckland. The red, white, and blues will need to furbish up for the struggle.

The Devonport quartet that wrested possession of the Edwin Stars from Ponsonby again successful] y defended them last Saturday, the Mt. Eden team seat in pursuit failing in mettle to capture the trophips. The game, I am told, was a good and interesting one, but the defence was solid enough to show- six points to spare -\vhon the numbers went up.

The following teams have been selected to represent Carton in their match with the New Plymouth representatives on Easter Monday, the 12th inst., play commencing at 9 a.m. sharp on the Carlton Green: —Otter, Flptcher, Holmes, Kilgour (skip.); Cahill, White, Badeley, AVrathall (skip.); Haresnape. Arey, Rowp, Curteis (skip.) ; Davies, Packman, McGregor. Laurie (skip.). Any of the above players "who are unable to take part in the game are requested to notify the Match Committee as early as possible.

The following teams have been selected to represent the Ponsonby Club against the New Plymouth team on Easter Monday afternoon: —E. Harkins, J. McLeod, R. Quin, J. Veale (skip) ; J. Becroft, J. Court, D. Crabtree, A. Coutts (skip) ; M. Casey, J. Stiehbury, T. Watson, G. Webb (skip) ,- W. Smith, T. C. Clarke, A. Snedden, V. Langsford (skip). Any of the above, who are unable to pla.v -are requested to advise the secretary immediately.

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BOWLING. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 83, 7 April 1909

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