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A Home sporting periodical states that in an important Northern football match an umpire was kicked about so brutally that he died from his injuries. Sometimes an official experiences a bad time here, but the staunchest supporter of a football club would never dare to molest him other than with jibes. Evidently tho O.R.F.U. possess greater influence over players and supporters than some of the Home institutions. "W, J. Hackford, the champion longdistance pedestrian of Australia," says a Melbourne paper, "has, judging by his performances, a brilliant career before him ; and his trainer speaks of fcim as 'the coming wonder of the world.'" He is somo thirtyone years of age, and cannot be expected to hold the long-distance records for long, although his performances are very creditable. He has competed in a number of long-distance ev«nts, but his principal exhibitions are as follow: December 3, 1884, at Lyceum Hall, Melbourne, covered 100 miles in twenty-four hours ; October 24, 1885, in Sydney Exhibition, won by three miles the 50 miles championship ; was second in the seventy-two hoars' race at the Hibernian Hall in June, 1888, covering 364 miles on a 26 lap track; won the six days' contest at the same hall on June 8, 1889, with 450 miles 1 lap. In the last-mentioned race, when Hackford was declared the winner, he was challenged by Raynor (who it will doubtless be remembered visited our shores some yeaw back in company with C. Swan, and who gave several exhibitions of long-distance walking in the Garrison Hall and elsewhere), but the champion explained, amidst considerable uproar, that he had entered into negc-

tiationa with Joe Scott, the New Zealand long-distanco champion, and consequently t could not give Raynor an auswer there and j then. The ex-champion resented this, on the ground that Hackford, instead ot going . out of the colony for a match, should give • him the first chance; bub the champion Bettled matters by promising to walk Raynor when tho match with the Dunedin pedestrian was concluded. Slavin, the Australian boxing champion, has proceeded to England for the purpose of trying his skill against the champions of the . Mother Country and America. i Searle, the New South Wales sculling' champion, who is at present in training at London, and who is shortly to row O'Connor, the American sculler, on the Thames for LSOO a-side and the championship of the world, has ordered a boat to be built for , him by a London maker. His trainer has advised him to row in a Home-made boat,! and Searle, who, however, objected at first,: at last consented. j On the occasion of the last Oxford- • Cambridge University boat race the ' New ; York Herald ' London edition was printed j in " Cambridge blue " ink, and had a twopage profusely-illustrated report of the race. : Such enterprise Americun enterprise f must assuredly astonish some of the English editors. I In the match Maoris v. New South Wales the play exhibited by the New Zealanders | met, writes an onlooker, with adverse! criticism. It was marked by roughness in ! tackling, and there were one or two indi- j vidual exhibitions of ill-temper. Indeed, j on one occasion tho game was stopped on j account of tho display of pugnacious feeling, and rno of the New Zealanders waß. warned by tho referee that unless he kept! within Bociable bounds he would not be j allowed to play any longer. The Victorian Rowing Association have disqualified Nelson, the sculler, from competing in amateur events, because he attended to the letting of boats. The Committee contend, in support of their decision, that "watermanship is more telling than actual strength, and it is not so readily gained as by moving about in boats, even if i they are not light boats." I

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ATHLETIC NOTES., Issue 7963, 19 July 1889

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ATHLETIC NOTES. Issue 7963, 19 July 1889

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