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ROUND OF SPORT

IRISH HEAVYWEIGHT BOXER

SEEKING CONTESTS IN NEW ZEALAND

Among the overseas personalities attracted to I^ew Zealand, by the Centennial Exhibition is Maurice Patrick Cpstello, Irish; professional heavyweight boxer, who arrived in the country six months ago with the intention of working into proper shape for bouts over the Centennial period. Over six feet in height and Weighing J4£ stone, Costello may find it hard, to be matched in this country^ oWihg to the fact that heavyweight boxing among-New Zealand A professionals is almost a thing 6^ Actually, he is a permanent resident of New Zealand now, and has been keeping in good shape with heavy outdoor work arid sparring, with an eye to tlie b.ea,yy-i weight title. The possibility of, a heavyweight bout is worth investigating. ■-■■-■ •• ■'.. • ■ '..:'] .•..'■;;■- '. ;, ,■.;■.■■■• ■"•■- ■■;. ;' :---:i:;:'- r'~;

Miss Rona Tong, of Hastings, one o£ New Zealand's best known women athletes, was married recently to Mr. Leslie J. McCarthy. Her hurdling ability;gained for Miss Tong a place in the New Zealand team which competed at ttie Empire Games in Sydney last year. At this meeting she was third in the 80 metres » women's hurdles. Miss Tong is the New Zealand record hurdler for the 80 yards women's hurdles^ Another giri who has played- a prominent part in women's athletics, Miss Thelma Kench. of Wellington, is to be. married on December 9at Jbhnsoirville. A former New Zealand champion arid co-holder of the national women's 100; yards record, Miss Kench represented New Zealand at the Olympic Games at Los Angeles in-1932., All athletes and sports patrons generally will: wish these two girls a happy married life.

Appearing next Saturday night in the first bperi-air. boxing bout-to ;be held in Wellington since the palmy days of Sarron and Donovan are Mayne Morton, of: the Hutt Valley, and Jack. Davis, of Hastings, two of the leading professional welterweight campaigners at present-in :the Dominion.' Morton, who made his professional debut only this season, has built up a more than useful record and Davis, over a number of years, has performed creditably in the cash ranks. Morton met Billy Partis in his- first - professional-.-boiit, the result being ia draw. Later in the season, at Dunedin, Morton scored a win over the Wellington boy. He beat Leonard and J. L. Griff en, too, but

dropped a technical knpck-out decision to Davis. This will,, tie the-secpnd time the pair has met. ,\ :< /

The suggestion Avasmade^tdfthe-rnah- v agement committee of the Wellingtofri Cricket Association last year; tKatsight-.: -screens should P "; be. provided oh the' senior wicket .at^Kelbiini-iParfc.'^dne 4 were in evidence last Saturday so it is assumed that the /matter hasV.beeii shelved for: the:time being. } Actually; they would be very;handy pn that;fc»ar- ; ticular ground, but Wellington College Old Boys, who ranup 475 against Mid--land last Saturday, did;,npt: giv^.' the appearance of having; trpuble; in,-sight-ing the ball. ■.' :[',.'\ : '::X ''''•"' ,A ■ >.'. ;'• ."I

Jack Henderson, the youngs Scottish* professional, who. worl^ed" his* way to New Zealand on; th c ■'Bbminion Mom!

ai eh to participate in tiie special Centennial golf: tourri&ments;; (wneriv he reached Frerhantle, he learnt "that they. khad been postponed) -gave .a, rather, disappointing display in the-recent Open championship inasmuch as. he failed to qualify with .early-round scores of 84 and 83. He .was;working on the Miramar links, prior to, the. ppen-i ing of the championships and, suggested lf.ughingly that the sixteen pounds in weight that he lost might..have'x been' partly responsible for his ; showhig.v-He hopes to remain in New'Zealand.ah'd{^s at present looking round for iCoachihg opportunities. ; . '; ;. r ; ;--./.

Reports from the south .indicate that the Otago Cricket Association,/which,; earlier in, the season, was not; greatly^ in favour of continuing;, with, Plurikefc Shield matches this isummer. has now

altered its attitude somewhat. Th« dates for the matches have been tentatively decided and it is assumed that the series Will be conducted without any hitches. Hawke Cup minor asso- * ciation matches are scheduled to commence in a few weeks' time. *. ■ ■ •■■«■■ '■■ ■ ». -' .;■■ •. A. P. Monteath, formerly a member of the Wellington Cricket Club, who has been in Dunedin for some time now, has been selected - among others to practise for forthcoming Otago representative matches. He appears to be reproducing some of his best Wellington form and should have an excellent chance of being1 included in this season's Otago Plunket Shield- i eleven. A keen golfer, too, he A was secretary of the Paremata Club- in Wellington. v * c * " N. yon Nida suffered an amazing loss of form, shown in weak putting and inaccurate iron play, in the>»New South Wales professional golf championship final at Concord. Five down to. W. J. Bolger in the mornings he was beaten 5 up arid 4 to play. Bolger had two grand rounds of 69/ and 68, and played in delightful^styje. Yon - Nida's shots were hooked, and many failed to finish on the green. His judgment of distance was also faulty at times. The world's 18ft championship cup, won by the Auckland" yacht Manu last February, and taken to Sydney by ( the Taree's crew pending a decision on protest, will arrive in Auckland/by the next steamer from, Sydney, states the "New Zealand Herald." Mr. G. M. Dennes. chairman of the Inter- . Dominion Yacht Racing *Committe,e, who. was mainly responsible for the contest being held on the Waitema.ta, has been in communication \withlthe New South Wales 18-Footers* Sailing League, owners of the cup, on,"the question of its return to Auckland, and v received a letter from the secretaryjof the league yesterday statingtthatt t the cup would now be sent back to Auckland. -«- -i

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Evening Post, Evening Post, Volume CXXVIII, Issue 121, 18 November 1939

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ROUND OF SPORT Evening Post, Volume CXXVIII, Issue 121, 18 November 1939

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