ATHLETIC. The passengers by the Westralia from Auckland for Sydney included the Auckland competitors for the Australasian championship meeting—W. H. Martin, Hori Eruera, D. Wilson, and James M'Lean—who-were accompanied by Mr J. Marshall, president of the A.A»A.C., and two members of the local club. Mr P. Selig. of Christchurch, representing tho New Zealand Amateur Athletic Association, and Mr A. H. Holder, the celebrated hurdler of Wanganui, who represents New Zealand in the sprint and hurdle races, were also passengers.
FOOTBALL. The weekly meeting of the Committeo of the Otago Rugby Unionj held yesterday, was attended by Messrs Gallaway (president), Wilson, Campbell, Duncan, Harris. Isaacs, M'Laren, Strong, Torrance, and Hutchison. Mr Wilson, not having been present at the dinner after tho WellingtonOtago match, inquired if it was correct, as had been alleged in the Wellington papers, that Messrs Gallaway and Campbell had denied that there was any rough play in that match. Both gentlemen stated that it was not a fact that they had denied that the play was rough. Mr Gallaway mentioned that his aim, aa • chairman at the dinner, was to make the meeting pass off as pleasantly as possible, and in order to do so, after apologising for what he thought a very unfortunate display of feeling on the'" part of some of the crowd, he went on to say that, though the game had not been played with .kid gloves, he thought all footballers would agree with him that their troubles ought to be left on the football field, and that he made no further allusion whatever to the game. The secretary was instructed to thank the Caledonian Society for the fairness with which they had met the Committee in regard to the ground for the CanterburyOtago match.
Harry [Tonka, the rider, bad his broken. In the Flying HandiCw the totalisator figures on the Jjfce of the machine were seen to give a dividend of £2 2s on Porangi Potae, but the machine men paid only £1 15s, explaining- that in' reality £24 more had been handed them for investment on tho winner, and that tickets to that amount had. been given over to the investor though not actually registered on the faee of the machiue as having been so invested. Ever* this increase in the tickets, however, would not bring the dividend, after deducting the percentage, down to £1 15s, and a number of investors refused to accept the amount tendered, retaining their tickets, while others, accepted it, and at the same time took an acknowledgment from the totalisator authorities for the number of tickets handed in. A meeting of the stewards of the club was held yesterday to consider the matter, when it was resolved to pay a dividend of £2 to all those who still bold their tickets or received the dividend ocder protest; all disputes to be settled by Messrs Hayr and Andrews; the disposition of the surplus money (if any) to be decided at a future meeting of stewards. CRICKET. The third annual meeting of the Grocers' Cricket Club was held last night. Mr J. Robertson presided. I l h6 annual report set forth a good financial position. The club had played eight-matches last season: Won six, lost one, a"nd one proved a draw. The report was adopted, and the following officebearers were appointed for the ensuing season :—President, Mr R. Hudson (reelected) ; vice-presidents—Messrs P. Carolin, Bill, A. Wright, Wilkinson, and R. Smith; captain, Mr J. Robertson ; deputy-captain, Mr W. Gollar; secretary and treasurer, Mr J. Breeu (re-elected) ; Committee— Mesarn Roscoe, Booth, Simpson, Irvine, and Black ; Match Committee the captain, deputy-captain, and Mr Roscoe. It was decided to write to the Association asking that matches be arranged for Wednesday afternoons.
At a committee meeting of the North Otago Jockey Club, held on Saturday, it was resolved to license the bookmakers to lay straight-out odds at the forthcoming meeting, the fee being fixqd at £3 3a inside and £1 la outside.
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SPORTING INTELLIGENCE., Evening Star, Issue 10425, 21 September 1897