J. McMANEMIN IMPRESSIVE
A. D. Bourne and Edna Short Score Convincing Wins
Few athletic meetings in recent years have created so much interest and attracted such large entries as the Mount Albert Club's open meeting at Olympic Stadium. There exists in Auckland quite a strong section of supporters who contend that athletes should not be required to pay large entry fees for events, while another section would go even further and would abolish both entry fees for events and at the same time do away with trophies for winners. Whatever may be the justice of these arguments, the answer of Auckland athletes last Saturday was most convincing. The Mt. Albert club increased its entry fees and provided trophies of much greater value than usual. Record entries resulted and in one event —the Mt. Albert Cup— no fewer than forty seven entries were received. This event, the largest handicap race held in the city since the good old days of the kast Tamaki Handicap, was a real "thriller." Six heats and two semifinals were necessary to cull the field to the six finalists. Considering the strain of three hard 2,20 yd races within an hour, the winner was rather a surprise in A. D Bourne, the Old Grammarian Club junior, who was runner-up in the junior quarter-mile title. Bourne ran splendidly off twelve yards to win his heat in 22 4-ss, his semi-final in 22 3-5s and the final in 22 l-ss. A loyal supporter of athletics and a real lover of the sport young Bourne's success was highly popular.
Overdue Win Joe McManemin (Old Grammarians) scored a long overdue win in the 100 yds and his form on the day was an indication of what he is capable of but rarely shows. To win off four yards in 10 seconds into a strong wind was a reallj; worth while effort. There is little doubt that should this athlete devote his energies fully to the necessary traming he would not be far from New Zealand championship form. One of the brightest "stars" of the meeting was Edna Short, the popular Kiwi Club sprinter. Her \vin in the 50yds Provincial championship was the best form that Miss Short had shown for some years and on Saturday she ran even better. A brilliant athlete out of the holes, the 100 yds has been the fullest limit of Miss Short's ability in the past and she has but rarely run such a distance to good effect. On Saturday her second place in the 75yds showed that the Kiwi Club runner was in top form and the final of the 100 yards saw her outclags her rivals, including such fine runners as Joan Hart, Nancy Mackie, Rita Dowman and Rona Murphy, to score a convincing win. The placing of J. V. Ward (Old Grammarians) on the scratch mark in the 880 yds with the champion, K. W Greville (IJniversity), was watched with interest. Ward has been running well since Christmas, while Greville's form has been mediocre. Ward went right away at the gun and soon left the champion behind. First V. Francis (Mt. Albert) and then J. Aicken (Onehunga) led and they hung on to thenadvantage so well that the backmarkers, and for that matter, the rest of the field had no chance. But a great deal of interest was taken in the race between Ward and Greville and it was interesting to see that Greville ran with much better effect than recently. He passed Ward and finished well clear of him, appearing much the fitter of the pair at the finish.
Next Saturday represents the first section of the Relay and Teams Championships with the second section to be held three weeks later. This season the events have been allotted differently and next week will see the women's sprint relays the main attraction, especially so this year as the B grade women are having the full number of events as their speedier sisters in the A class. Mt. Albert will be favourites for both A grade sprint races as its teams should be well up to the strength of the past with Mrs. Stewart Mrs. Amoretti and the Misses Mackie, Pearce, Elshaw and Rickard available. Kiwi will field good teams, though missing Joan Hart. Last year Owairaka fielded a highly promising quartet, which with an extra year of competition, is quite capable of upsetting calculations. On the junior side of the programme the middle distance events and the two mile team race are featured. Auckland, with J. Mahoney, B. Beach and J. Pringle to form the basis of its teams, will be very strong, but Old Grammarians, particularly in the one mile (4 x 440) will be hard to beat. Lynndale appears to have a mortgage on the team race with L. A. King, the two mile champion and Noel Stanyer forming two of the necessary three counting members of the team.
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INTER-CLUB ATHLETICS, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 47, 24 February 1945, Supplement
INTER-CLUB ATHLETICS Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 47, 24 February 1945, Supplement
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