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LAWN TENNIS., Evening Post, Volume LXXXI, Issue 65, 18 March 1911
fßv "Huka.") The infcer-club competitions are slowly but surely being finished off. On Saturday the Khandallah ladies secured honours in the C grade competition, winning from Johnsonvillo. Although the winners scored in five matches to their opponents' one, it was not a runaway victory on 1 the actual play.' The last single— Miss L. Williams v. Miss R. Blair — was just won by the former ulayer at 7 — &, and the first double— Misses Clark and Batham v. Mrs. Bowler and Miss Wilson— ended in a 7—5 win for the Khandallah vo.lv. With a shade of luck, the Johnsonville players might have scored in these two matches, and the result would have been three matches all, but Khandallah would still have scored on the sets. This particular competition lias been very interesting. The Khandallah ream worked hard and well for its victory, and deserves congratulations. Johnaonville, perhaps not quite at its best on Saturday, has struggled hard, and will do better next time. The St. John's team appeared a likely winner, but failed at a critical stage. The- experience should be of considerable value. The team is a good one. Tho Oriental and Petone teams shaped well, and it was a pity that thoy were not included in the final play-off. It would have 'been a more decisive test for the winning team. * ' The Petone men's team carried off the B grade competition, defeating the Brougham -Hill first by four matches to two. The losers had a chance of making its three all in matches all,, by taking the last set in the second doubles, but Petone would still have won on sots — 7 to 6. As it was, the town players retired with Petone leading in the final set — 4—4 — 3 — a forlorn hope, or rather, no hone at all for a win, even if they did beat" their pair. Parkinson was in good form, and outed Sampson in both sets; but they were close. Duncan had Lawrence's measure after the first set. Keen at last found his match in Austin, who dusted him down, 6—2, 6—3.6 — 3. Andrews, the Petone player, for once had to cry enough, Marrinei* being too old a soldier. However, it was touch and go in the last set, "5-all" being called. Sampson and Lawrence put Duncan' and Parkinson out in the doubles. The^ first set saw the pair's neck and neck to "5-all," but Brougham Hill ran away with the next set. The Petone team has played splendidly right through the competition, and the win should spur the club to a/ bigger effort next season. NEW ZEALAND CHAMPIONSHIPS. A southern writer has stated that the New Zealand championship meeting held at Blenheim resulted in a loss, and that it is a mistake to hold such gatherings in the small towns. The meeting, as it hapj pens, resulted in a profit of £12 odd, and shows quite as good a return as was secured from the New Zealand meeting held" in Dunedin in 1904. Surely Dunedin is not to be debarred from having the championship meeting at some future date. Yet if the profit from the meeting is to be taken into »*.iccount, Dunedin and Blenheim are about in the same boat. Otago had 63 competitors against Marlborough's 37 in the championship, and besides had the assistance of tho entry fees of six handicap events 'to swoll the profits. "Huka" admits that any association, given fine weather, should easily dear £30 proiit from the New Zealand meeting, if proper steps are taken with regard to selling tickets, etc. Tho Marlborough Association was handicapped by Jio fact that the meeting was accepted at the last moment. It is true there was a loss on the Marlborough meeting run after the New Zealand 'championships, principally due to a deficit onthe catering. There "is no doubt the catering was done well — perhaps just too well for the support given. Some time back it was mentioned that the New Zealand meeting should be held at some stated headquarters in the* North and South Island alternately. To suit all .players in New Zealand it would be well to tix upon Wellington and Christchurch, but who is going to be bold enough to bring that suggestion before the council? The AllEngland championships, or most of them, art, held annually at Wimbledon, and are now carried out successfully in every way. To reaoli a similar standard as to management, profit, and interest in the New Zealand gathering, it will require also to be held annually ut a fixed headquarters, or at least, as suggested, alternately in Wellington and Christchurch. To place a gathering under /lew management year aftei year results in the same old faults cropping up. Such faults-w ould be overcome-, and in thn» a ..perfectly-run meeting should be the result if one body Had constant charge. Each year experience, would be gained. Perhaps a bettor plan can be put forward, and for the benefit of the sport in New Zealand some other writers — North and South—might 'take this matter up. DAMAGED COURTS. The Bidwill, Koseneath, and St. John's "Clubs all had damage done to their courts recently, and it was suggested by "Huka" that an electric light fancy dress tournament, as successfully held by Brougham Hill, might be arranged to help these clubs. It now turns out that the Bidwill grounds arc private courts, and the club will hardly be expected to go to the expense of repairing. The Roseneath Club is not affiliated, and could not be considered until it comes within the fold, which, by the way, it was expected to do this Eeason. St. John's is the only one loift, and there is every reason to expect that some effort will be made to arrange some evening amusement in its aid WILDING ON THE RIVIERA. Wilding defeated Max Decugis, the French champion, and holder of the championship of the Riviera, in the challenge round at Mentone. Wilding took the first and second sets at 6—2, 6—3; then Decugis worked in, and won the third and fourth at 6—3, 7—5. The final set saw Wilding at top. and he won 6—3. The winner holds the silver challenge cup presented by the town of Mentone. The cup becomes the property of the holder when won three times, not necessarily in succession. Wilding and Ritchie also won the final of the doubles by default. Ritchie and Decugiß were the holders last year. Prizes Ito the value of 3000 francs were divided over eight events. Wilding will probably be heard of next in the Nice open championships, where he should again meet Decugis. So far, Wilding has this season beaten the Frenchman twice, but on both occasions it has been a five-set go. Decugis showed better staying power in ihe last match, and may give the New Zealander a bigger run next time they meet. The Frenchman is a fiery, brilliant player, of the Alexander type. THORNDON CLUB'S MEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP. R. W. K. Swanston has again won the Thorndon Club's singles championship. Last Saturday he met E. Salmond, the ex-Otago player, in the final, and boat him 6—o, 6—2, 3—6, 6—o. Swanston won easily whenever he pressed his attack, but in the third set he slackened down, and Salmond, who Avorked hard and pluckily right through, got the set. In the fourth set, the champion got going again, and won easily. Swanston, unlike most players, is one not to be gauged by his practice game. He is never anxious tq defeat his man in practice; he simply plays his shots with tho idea of testing his opponent, or, may be, trying to improve certain 6hots of his own. Much has-been made of some matches that Ollivier won from Swanston when the latter played in practice last January at Christchurch. With all due deference to the Southern writer and Ollivier, -"Huka" would tip Swanston to win in a serious five-sets match— that is, with both players fit. Ollivier has not the temperament of the ex-Sydney player, and that counts heavily. These two players have never met in a fivesels match, and such a match is the only 6erious test — the only one that allows o"f judgment as to which is actually the top placer. Ollivior has a big future if he gets the experience, but is handicapped by his temperament. Unfortunately, mobt players are, except Wilding, Parker, and such like. Experience only will educate Ollivier to harden himself against all outside influences when in court. But, all the world over, opinions will ever be divided in respect to tho merits of some players. Take Wilding, Brookes, and Lamed, for instance. An Au6tra,lu»ian writer cays that Brookes is ths ton m&iv ,-ivith Lamed eesond, and
Wilding, third. Now, Wilding beat Brookes recently, and in "Huka's" opinion is the bettor player nowadays. He has had more serious tennis, and is conetantly playing in firet-class games, wherea6 Brookes has had very little firstclass play outside his own State. Again, Wilding is tho stronger man. of the two, physically. Lamed could always account for Wilding when they met some few years back but einco then the New Zealander has improved greatly. It is an open question which of the three is" the greatest player, and "Huka" would place them on the same pedestal, >with 'our own man, naturally, a shade to the front. THE FUTURE. Tennis players who intend to compete in big tennis next December should remember that we may have somu outside champions with us at Davis Cup time, and our ladies and men will require to work with some method throughout tho winter to enable them to be fit and well when the time comes for defending the Nsw Zealand championships. If they are worth defending it is worth Being in the very best condition to do it well.
LAWN TENNIS., Evening Post, Volume LXXXI, Issue 65, 18 March 1911
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