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SPORTING INTELLIGENCE.

Mr Joseph Abernethy, hon. secretary Dunedin Draughts Club, writes:— *' Several mistakes occur in the report of the recent draughts match as published in your issue of Saturday last, and in justice to the players concerned I beg permission to correct them. The names of three country players appeared with two games to the credit of each, whereas not one of tbem scored a win. The report should have read thus :H. Jeffs 2, J. Moyse 0, drawn 0; D. Brodie 1, J. Edwards 0, drawn 1; J. M. Hutton 1, T. Neil 0, drawn 1; making the total scores —town 29, country 32, drawn 18." [We published the report as it was furnished to us—Ed. E.S.] At the Lower Heathcote meeting on Friday Black Rose, who figured so ingloriously at the Dunedin meeting on March 23, won the Three-mile Trot in the respectable time of Bmin 40sec, with a start of 35sec. DUNEDIN MAY RACES. Second Day.—Saturday. The meeting came to a termination shortly after five o'clock on Saturday, and, from the good racing that was supplied throughout, the favoraMe weather that prevailed, and the large attendance of visitors, we are fully justified in saying that_ it was the most successful winter gathering the club have ever held. In another respect, too, it was an extraordinary success, for the large sum of L 12.081 was passed through the totalisators by Messrs Mason and Roberts—that amount being several thousands of pounds more than at any previous meeting held at this time of year. As our reports nave shown, big dividends were the rule rather than the exception, and there are consequently few winners among the " talent." The racing requires little more description than we have already given it ,* but some comment on the running of St. Clair is certainly necessary. In the Birthday Handicap, won by his Btable companion Chudleigh, St. Clair was never prominent; but in the Provincial Handicap on the second day he simply romped away from his field. Certainly he had 111b less to carry than on the previous day, while the horses that he again met were practically not reduced at all; but given that in, the change of form was as Btartling as in any of the sensational cases of a similar nature that have previously occurred on our course, and naturally excited a dissatisfied feeling. A large number of the spectators gave vent to their dissatisfaction in no measured terms, and it was indeed very generally anticipated that the stewards would take some steps to obtain a satisfactory explanation of St. Clair's in-and-out runniDg, bnt no protest was lodged and no action was taken in the matter. Of course no one ever hinted that the owner of St. Clair, the Hon. G. M'Lean, had any hand in hoodwinking the public as to the actual capabilities of his horse, which has for a long time paßt been trained at Christchurch. The general feeling was that the trainer should have been called on for an explanation, and as several of the stewards were in favor of such being done it is to be regretted that the wishes of a large proportion of the public were not acceded to. VVe must not omit to mention that the Kaikorai Band played some capital music during both days. The following concludes our report of Saturday's

racing:— • SCURRY STAKES, of IS sovs; open to all horses. Weights, 7st. Tbe winner of the Post Stakes en the first day to carry 141b extra. Four rarlonßt. Mr G Rutbven's b g Ishmael .. (Ruthven, Jan.) 1 Mr C. Henshall's A'lana .. (W. Buddicombe) 2 Mr H. Goooman's Black Jack .. (T. Buddloombe) S Mr Lean's bro Topsail .. .. (Leeson) 0 Mr J. Sevrell'a b e Bill Allen.. .. (Seecombe) 0 Mr J. Chrieti.'sTheDon .. (R. Allen) 0 Mr T. Rett's oh m Home Rule .. ..(Lirdner) 0 Mr J. Mason's grmSweetbriar.. .. (Barns) 0 Mr W. Sharp's Assassin (Owner) 0 Mr J. M'Mullen'ssrrm Milkmaid .. ..(Young) 0 Mr W. Alexander's braMillmaid .. (Matbie)O Mr H. Lambert's ch m Olenora .-.:■ ■■ (WUbey) 0 Mr J. Cookerell's Skip Jack .. (Price) 0 Setting : 5 to 2 against Glenora, 4 to 1 any other. Ishmael went to the front soon after the start, and won pretty easily from Allans, with Black Jack third. Time, 62j8ec. There was L 723 in the totalisators. Dividends : Inside, Ll7 6s 6d ; outside, LlB ss. During the race Milkmaid felt and threw her rider, who got a somewhat severe wound on the head that rendered him unconscious for a time. CONSOLATION HANDICAP, of 60 sovs; second horse 10 sovs lrom the stakes. One rafie. Mr W. C. Webb's Ruby, Sat 101b .. (Derrett) 1 lion. 0. M'Lean's St. James, 6st 13lb (T. Buddloombe) 2 Mr F. Oudatlle'g Hon Loop, 7st .. (Lardner) $ Mr C. Turnbull's Aprcs Moi, 6st 101b (W\ Baddioombe) 0 Mr P. Butler's Repose, 6s". 31b .. (Seecombe) 0 Mr P. Henderson's Lo Temps, 6st Sib (J. Cotton, jun.) 0 Mr J. Dooley's Quickstep, 6st.. .. Wlsbeyj 0 Mr J. Christie's Cinnabar, 6at .. .. (Allan) 0 Betting: Even against Ruby, 3to 1 bar one. St. James was quickest on his legs, but when the field had settled down in their places the colors of Repose and Apres Mof showed in the van, with Mon Loup and Ruby in a handy position. Once in the straight the last-named made his effort, and coming on in grand style fairly smothered the others in the run home, winning easily by a length from St. James, with Mon Loup third. Time, lmin 47sec. There was L 738 in the totalisators. Dividends: Inside, LI 17s; outside, L2.

SEARLE'S PROSPECTS IN THE O'CONNOR MATCH.

News that O'Connor, the American sculler, had covered Searle'a deposit in London for a match on the Thames on 2nd September came as very welcome news (says "TriJent" in the 'Sydney Mail'). Some persons dread that the climate of England may have a bad effect upon Searle; but there need be so fear on this score. He has been exposed to rough weather nearly all his life, following outdoor occupations, which have fully tested his powers of endurance, and he has been found so thoroughly healthy and strong under all changes that an English summer should not prove too trying for him. Indeed, the change should, and most likely will, suit him splendidly. We may expect to find him rowing at least 12st weight, this being about 41b heavier than he has yet trained to row. And Matterson's experience of training on the Thames should enable him to get our champion in the very best health, without any risk of his becoming stale through overwork. I fully expect rowing authorities on the Thames to find many faults with our man, and to favor the form shown by the American. Searle rows with a round back, drops his shoulders, has a peculiar action with his arms (particularly with the right), and carries his head low and forward. All these are considered bad form by English rowers; and as the actions referred to are very noticeable, we shall have them pointed ont and commented upon. O'Connor is a flat-back rower, with a graceful way_ of rowing, 'and his style is spoken of as being nicer than the other first-class Americans. If so, it is certain to impress those who see him, and may cause the betting to bo in his favor. However, this is the opinion of those best qualified to judge: Australia will be represented by the best sculler we have yet produced, not excepting theever-popnlar William Beach.

THE RULES OF FOOTBALL. Late sporting files give us some information of the doings of the Rugby Union at the March annual general meeting, when further rule revisions which have not yet been dealt with here were considered. The proposals as affecting the game were as follows: "That in law 7, after the words 'three points,' the following be added: * With the exception of a goal kicked from a kick awarded by way of penalty, which shall equal two points.'" " That in law 18, line 7, the word ' and' to read ' or.'" The next business before the meeting was the proposition standing in the name of Mr J. A. Miller (Yorkshire County), and in that gentleman's absence the Rev. F. Marshall proposed—"The ball must be brought out on the side of the ground where it was touched down or went into touch in goal, and if between the goal posts, straightTrom the place where it was touched down." This was seconded, bnt after Mr Rowland Hill and others had spoken against it, it was withdrawn. The following proposition, brought forward by the Yorkshire County, was carried mm. con. :—"After the words ' or the ball has touched the ground,' to add 1 but if any of the opposite aide do charge

before the player having the ball commences to run, or offers to kick, or the ball has touched the ground, the referee may, provided the kicker has not taken hia kick, and then only on a claim by the opposite side, disallow the charge,' etc." The proposed alteration was moved by the Rev. F. Marshall and seconded by Mr S. Duckett—" That law 38 read as follows: 'Kick-out must be a drop-kick, and from not more than 25yds outside the kicker's goal-line; if the ball when kicked out pitch in touch tho opposite side may claim to have it kicked off again. If the kick be not a drop-kick, or if the kick be from more than 25yds outside the kicker's goal-line, or if the kicker's Bide be not behind the ball when kicked out, the referee shall, on a claim by the opposite side, either order another kick-out or order the ball to be Borummaged at a spot 25yds from the kicker's goal-line and equidistant from both touch - lines; and the opposite side may not obstruct such kicker "within 25yds o£ his own -goal - line.'" This led to a lengthy discussion, and was ultimately carried. It was proposed by H. Vassal (treasurer), seconded by G. Rowland Hill (honorary secretary), and carried—- " That in regulation 5, clause d, for the guidance of umpires and referees, after the words 'in the case of a try at goal' insert •and of all free kicks.' Also in clause A, line 5, after the words 'ball down,' and • or if he, being on the ground, has not immediately got up again.'" Proposed by H. Fuller (committee), seconded by G. Rowland Hill (honorary secretary), and carried—- " That the following addition be made to regulation 5: 'lf in the opinion of the referee the ball, when dead, has been unfairly brought into play, he shall order a scrummage to be reformed.'"

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SPORTING INTELLIGENCE., Evening Star, Issue 7917, 27 May 1889

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