Lawn Tennis. (By "Huka.")
The Wellington Association held its annual meeting last Monday night, and delegates attended well, but; still there were a, few absent. It is hardly fair to accept representation of a club, and then not put in an appearance at the annual meeting. Clubs should know if their delegates attended or not, and if those who were absent cannot possibly give up one or two evenings a year forth© sake of their clubs, they should resign, as there are plenty of players who are only too willing to be active delegates. Mr. E. Y. Redward resigned office as treasurer, after putting in nine years' hard work for the association and the sport, and it would indeed be but a small compliment were he elected a life vicepresident of the association. 'He has not only acted as treasurer, but has lent valuable assistance as a handicapper, and has never spared himself when there was work to be done to advance the sport. He will be missed. 'Mr. A. H. Kimbell also retired from the office of secretary, after four seasons work. He has during his term of office kept the association in its forward stride, and has retired from office leaving it in a sound and flourishing condition. The two new officers, Mr. T. H. Jones (secretary) and Mr. E. Weir (treasurer), are young and enthusiastic grafters, and as they are backed up by a very solid Management Committee the future of the Wellington Association and the sport generally appears of the very brightest. The new officers are ready to work their hardest, but tennis players should bear in mind that they are not to be rung up on the telephone, at their places of business, on tennis matters. They can be met after business hours, or communicated with by letter. The secretary's address is 149, Adelaide-road. Players will be kind to the sport if they bear this in mind. The Wellington Club held its opening of the season to-day. This club is in a particularly flourishing condition^ and its members are keen on retaining the championship. A stand has been erected in front of the pavilion for spectators, and from here a fine view of the matches can be obtained. Mr. W. Fraser, a very capable officer, was re-elected hon. secretary at the annual meeting held .last week. r > Another new club^— the Clareville Club (just outside Carter ton) — with Mrs. L. Goodin as hon. secretary, has applied to the Wellington Association for affiliation. The club has 40 members, and three nice courts. Although only in its third season, the club is in a very sound condition financially. E. Salmond, the Dunedin player, has settled in Wellington, and will probably play for the Wellington Club.* He was seen out at practice last Saturday, and although at present a long way below nis> old form, created a favourable impression. At the New Zealand meeting m i 906 A. Young, of Wellington (rec. 15 4-6), beat Salmon (rec. 15 5-6), 6_4 # 4_&, 6—l. C. E. Weir was on the same mark as Salmond. • In 1904 Salmond showed good form in the New Zealand Championships at Dunedin, when he beat Goss, oi Christchurch, 6—4,6 — 4, 6—o,6 — 0, 6—l,6 — 1, and W. Pearce, of Temuka, 6—o,6 — 0, 6—l,6 — 1, 6—2.6 — 2. He eventually fell to H. A. Parker in the Tourth round, 6—l, 6—o, 6—4. With C. G. White, of Dunedin, Salmond took a set, 6—3, from Parker and Lycett, but the pair wero beaten 6—2,6 — 2, d — 2, o^-l in the following eets. With good practice trie ex-Otago playei should soon regain his old form, and should be able to hold his own with the best in his club. Ollivier (Cranmer Club), the promising young player of Christchurch, beat Quill (L.) by 18 games to 14 in a club match between Linwood and Cranmer Clubs. Goss (L.) beat Lawrie (C), IB— 11 ; Borrows (L ), beat White Parsous (C), 16—8; Kiver (L.) v. Dr. Maries (C), 17—12-, Bonnington^ (L.) v. Cox (C), 18 — 6; and Thomas (L.) v. Bain (0.), 16 — 10. Olhvier and Laurie beat Quill and Borrows, 16 — 10, in the doubles ; Goss and Kiver v. White Parsons and D Marks, 18 — 6 ; Cox and Bain v. Bonnington. and Thomas, 18 — 9. Mrs. Penny, who used to play for Brougham Hill, played for Linwood, and, with Borrows, beat Laurie and Mrs. Chisnall 9—5: W. Goss beat D. Kiver for the championship oi the Linwood Club, 6—o,6 — 0, 6—2, 7—5.7 — 5. Kiver looked like taking the third set, at ono time being in tha lead 5—2,5 — 2, bat Goss was not to be denied, and ran Kiver off his feet, and won as above. As the match was the final round, Goss now holds the championship. The Canterbury Association's annual meeting was held ' last week. Mr. Eric J. Taylor has again taken office as secretary, which is a sure sign that he has regained his health. All tennis players will be pleased to wish him continued good health. Mr. Taylor has had a very trying time since the Australasian meeting was hold in Christchurch, but the trip to the South Sea Islands worked wonders. The association has eighteen clubs affiliated, an increase of three since last season. Steps are to be taken by the association to secure the clubs in the province not yet affiliated. As regards the country clubs, the secretary was instructed to obtain information regarding a scheme to promote sub-associations for country clubs. Seemingly all associations are now feeling that the time is ripe for clubs that are at some distance from the headquarters of their association to form themselves into district or cub-associa-tions. Mr. Wilson, jun., of the Wesley Tennis Club (Stratford), -was an interested spectator at the opening of 1 the Brougham Hill Club's season Jast Satuiday. Mr. Wilson, who is an ex-member of the Brougham Hill Club, is an enthusiastic player, and it was gleaned from him that the sport in and around Stratford isl going ahead by leaps and bounds. However, strange to relate, the asphalt courts are more in favour than the grans lawn— possibly because the game can be played all* the year round on the former. INTERNATIONAL CONTEST. The United States team has, as was expected, beaten the British Isles team in the preliminary for the Davis Cup. JParke and Ritchie gave more opposition than was expected, and it is only reasonable to think that had Gore, Smith, or Riseley been able to make the trip, the Americana would have gone down. At any rate, although, beaten, the British players put up a game fight, and the contest between the Irish champion and Beals-Wright must have been a most severe one for the first three sets. Parke had the matc-h within his grasp, but failed at the criticaJ moment, and then, seemingly, staying powers or condition told its tale. With the Australasian champions — be they Brookes and Dunlop, or Brookes and Wilding, for the singles, and the former pair for the doubles — the Americans will have to be at tho top of form to win. It has been generally urged in England that Brookes and Wilding do not combine well in doubles, and it would possibly strengthen the team were Dunlop paired with Brookes. Wilding is on his way out, but the two Victorians could start even now and practise together. The Australasian Association would indeed be wise were it to prepare its players for the fray at once. WILDING ABROAD. Anthony Wilding won the South of England chamoiouship at the Eastbourne
tournament. This tournament always attracts a lbrge entry, and any on© -working through the singles can. do reckoned on as having earned his win. Wilding's form of late has been a puzzle. He beat O. Froitzheim, the German champion, easily at Baden Baden, \but at Marienbad the German "played all over him, and the New Zealander was only able to secure one game in each of the two sets played. The German jubilation ' was very much on the large side at this decisive reverse. At Dieppe Wilding beat de Cugis, the French champion B—6, 6-2, then M. J. G. Ritchie, 6-2, 6—l,6 — 1, and won from Dixon in the final, 6—3,6 — 3, 6—l,6 — 1, 6—3.6 — 3. De Cugis and Wilding were beaten by Eitchie and Dixon in the doubles, 6—4, 6—2. The last-named beat the Aliens in the final, 9—7, 6—l, 6—l. In the combined final, Wilding and the Comtesse d'Oyley retired to de Cugis and Mme. de Cugis. L. 0. S. Poidevin, the New South Wales player, won the championship singles at the Teignmouth tournament, beating H. G. Michelmore in the final, the latter having held the cup for five* years consecutively. Tho twenty-ninth inter-State lawn tennis tournament will take place on the . lawns of the Victorian Association, St. Kilda-road, Melbourne, starting on 11th November, and continuing until the 21st November. The "Mars Buckley Cup" competition will be played from, the 11th to 14th, the inter-State matches Victoria, New South Wales, and South Australia (ladies and gentlemen) on 13th " and 14th, and then the Victorian championship and handicap tournament will ba played on the 16th November and succeeding days. Entries close on the 9th November for the handicap, and on tha 14th November' for championships. H. A. Parker is the present holder of the men's championship and shield, and Miss L. Gyton holds the ladies' championship. .
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Lawn Tennis. (By "Huka."), Evening Post, Volume LXXVI, Issue 76, 26 September 1908
Lawn Tennis. (By "Huka.") Evening Post, Volume LXXVI, Issue 76, 26 September 1908
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