[By Measurer.] So far, though nearly all the greens are open, there has not been a great amount of play. The weather is none too certain, and rather strong winds have intervened when otherwise conditions were favorable. Three clubs went through the opening stage last Saturday. These were Balmacewen, North-east Valley, and Port Chalmers. The climatic conditions were only so-so, but the best w»as made of things. Balmacewen -were favored with a good attendance, lady friends being particularly in evidence. Mr P. L. Clark (the president) had made every provision from the refreshment standpoint, and lady friends looked carefully after visitors’ wants. The newly-formed Maori Hill Brass Band (conducted by Mr C. J. Davie) enlivened proceedings and incidentally did themselves credit. Mr Clark made a brief and appropriate speech, Mrs Clark rolled the first bowl, and the routine match was played. At North-cast Valley a good number took part, and a new flag was presented (per medium of Mr Peter Gray, ex-presi-dent), the gift of lady friends of the club. Mr Wright (president) thanked lady supporters for their , thoughtfulness, ami made a nice speech of welcome to visitors, and a short game on the green followed. Members are well pleased with the promise of the turf. Mrs Wright sent away the first bowl.
Port Chalmers also opened, and the president (Mr G. F. Booth) expressed the hope that the club would increase in membership. This hope will be endorsed by Dunedin players generally. It is an unfortunate fact that Port Chalmers Club are handicapped by their small green fa four-nnk one). A few years ago the club were more prominent than they now are, and a visit to Port Chalmers was looked forward to. Of late the number of fullsized greens has increased, and somehow' or other the Port has been neglected. It is not that visitors are welcomed coldly—quite the reverse—but to keep in the swim a club has to be up to date. A compact little community like Port Chalmers should bo able to run an eight-rink green easily.
Fairfield Club were set down to open, too. Ido not know whether President H. L. Christie and his band of real “sports’’ actually made a start. Presumably they did. for it takes something serious to stop the Fairfield bowlers once they have made up their minds. No word has reached me yet as to whether Taicri, West Harbor, and Outram Clubs have, commenced. The only town club not in actual work is St. Kilcla. It is pleasing to state that new grass has at last made its appearance on the bare patches caused by the “ burning-out ” operations, but a fortnight at the least is likely to elapse before the Saints pay actual devotions.
From a Core correspondent the following concerning doings in that district is acknowledged:—The Gore Howling Club officially opened the season on Wednesday afternoon last, when a rink match was played between teams selected by the president (Mr Thos. Taylor) and the vice-president (Mr Malcolm M'Leod). Six rinks took part, including visiting players from Mataura and Wyndham, and an enjoyable game resulted in a win for the vice-president’s team by 14 points (116102). The green was in splendid condition, and played very true. Though the weather conditions were somewhat blustery, owing to the strong wind that prevailed, the green is so well sheltered, and its surroundings so pleasant, that it formed a haven of refuge both for players and onlookers. The Gore Brass Band was in attendance, and rendered several selections, which considerably added to the enjoyment of the occasion.—Hokonui Club: The committee have spared neither time nor money in preparing their green for the coming season, and it is looking very well. It is their intention to open the green in about a fortnight’s time.— Mataura. Club : The opening of the Mataura Green is expected to take place next Wednesday, when no doubt a number of players from Gore will be present. I have also received interesting notes from a correspondent concerning the opening of Mornington Club’s Green. This seemed to have gone off well, President Coull and his wife doing their best to make all present enjoy themselves. Fourteen new members were elected, and that sounds promising. A ladies’ section has been .darted with the creditable membership of 20. As Kaituna Club already ha vc performers of the fair sex,, we shall doubtless soon have to keep records of games played by bowlers’ wives, daughters, sisters, and “friends.” Tins moans added interest to the game. The lady players were given a show last week, when the Wednesday Club opened. Six rinks were made up of ladies from Kaituna and Mornington, mixed with ordinary men, and the novelty was quite enjoyed. Otago Club intend to travel six rinks strong to Waikouaili on Monday next (Labor Hay) Palmerston are sending down two rinks, and the contest will be Palmerston-Waikouaiti v. Otago Club.
On the same day St. Hilda journey to Oaroaru, and the prospects are that they will go to the number of eight rinks. Valley Club make their usual trip to Balclutha.
“Measurer” has received an official acknowledgment, on behalf of the patients at Seacliff Mental Hospital, of consignment of bowls supplied by sympathetic friends. Let it not be forgotten that many more pairs would be received with thanks.
The Wellington season opened auspiciously on the 3rd inst. Many old players will regret to hear that Mr Harry Price, of Newtown Club, has decided to give the game best. What is the betting that he does not “come back”!
There is likely to.be great competition for places'in the Dominion representative team to visit Australia next Easter. Restricted to 24 players, many are sure to bo disappointed. When the “All Whites ” visited Australia in 1906 the strength of the visitors was 40, and then many were shut out. A position in the team next year will be, if anything, more honorable, and the trouble of selection must be grefit The Australian Bowling Council have not oiily agreed to allow Now Zealanders to compete for their championships (about which at one time there was-some doubt), but have made arrangements for a special international rubber, to be decided irn mediately after the tournament lias dosed. This rubber will presumably be contested by six rinks a side, and should be of great interest. To get a place in the Dominion team will therefore bo the earnest desire of many a bowler, and the Selection Committee must prepare themselves for unkind i’emarks. The Australian Council have adopted the Carnival Committees report, and a concise list of conditions covering most matters that arc likely to arise. Anything not arranged for is practically left to the Carnival Committee. It was decided that the Champion Rink trophies should be : First prize, 20gs: second, 10gs. Championship; Four prizes of 20, 10, 5, and guineas. Entrance fees arc 20s and 10s for each event lespectively. * From the Sydney ‘Referee’:—So long as the game is played, it will doubtless matter little what method of testing is adopted, it will fail to give entire satisfaction. When the latest New Zealanders were here they witnessed an exhibition of the Australian method at Alcock’s rooms by means of what is known as the table test. The standard howl was first sent down, and each of the succeeding woods was expected to " dp ” as much at least as the standard. -The New Zealanders wore interested, but not greatly impressed, most of them exptessing the opinion that the test on the green, as o’ tained in New Zealand, was the better. Mr A. J. Whitehouse, one of the New South Wales representatives on the Australian Bowling Council, and an ex-Wol-lingtonian, explained that tho council had tried all known green tests before finally adopting the, table test, which was found to be more effective. .He agreed that New Zealanders were fortunate in having such an excellent man as Mr Scott to do their testing, and said the New South Wales people were equally fortunate in having a capable, careful, and conscientious man in charge of tho table.
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BOWLING, Evening Star, Issue 15629, 21 October 1914