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LAWN TENNIS (AND WAR), Issue 15631, 23 October 1914
LAWN TENNIS (AND WAR)
[By Recorder.] Th» announcement that Otago intends playing Canterbury camo as somewhat of a shock to local players. The season here is practically only a week old, and our players have not had the opportunity of practising in a way tending to put thorn into even moderately good form. The gales and rain hare considerably hampered what little play has been indulged in, and the overlings are still too short to allow of eolid practice. If Canterbury Bends down auywhere near its bet-t team Otago's hopes ai* practically nil. and if a weak team should come there is no ho not in victory. I was surprised to learn that very few here are aware that in C&rastchira&i the intexctal* ma-tches are played darajt the winter and sprmu; moiitJia, although the fact has been mentloaed in my notes moro than once. The Canterbury players will come to as at their beet. If rumors are reliable, it ia said that the proposal to send a team to Dunedin came in the shape of a feeler from an official of the Canterbury Association. This is difficult to believe, for tk> individual official would take such a rcsponsi"bility, and the Otago Association are not likely to encourage negotiations unlessthey emanate from the right quarter officially. Theaw is another a-spect of the question ■which requires serious consideration. At this time when the Empire is engaged in a mighty struggle—a struggle for its very existence—it is entirely wrong to.encourage what can only be termed a wanton waste of money on pure enjoj merit. By all means play our games, but do it locally ajid without undue and unnecessary expenditure. It is surprising that Canterbury should wish to send 12 player« to Dunedin at a cost of about £SO. If Canterbury players have £5 each to throw away let them give the money to their country, whose call is so loud that it can be heard daily across the seas. Another matter earnestly requiring the attention of governing sports bodies is the very urgent one of encouraging our young athletes to offer their services to tire Empire. A few days ago Otago sent away a contingent of men which was far below the province's quota. It has been said that we have not the men to send, because most of our young met: settle in northern provinces. Such an excuse is miserable in the extreme, and veTy wide of the truth. One has only to journey through our main streets on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings, and behold maiiy hundreds of strapping young fellows, above sft 6in and below 6ft sin in height, and above and below 12 stone in wtight, doing what? Do the Enes by Harold Begbie, quoted below, not appeal to every voting and middleaged man in the community* All true patriots should study their meaning, andour athletes should particularly note the last three lines. Mor.ey is wanted, but every man who actually serves his countryis worth his own weight in gold. "Recorder" has always encouraged sport, but only at the proper time and in its proper place. Onr own Empire not only leads in every field sport, but may be said to lead the world, which is proof that
these exercises generate not only eound bodies, bnt brains as well. By the mail to-day we learn that in Britain"practically all amateur sports, such as football (now in season), have been abandoned—even the intervarsitv and international footabll matches But note thie: the professional footballers evidently intend to forgo nothing. Horn* racing Tins been resumed in England, and continued in Australia and X«# Zealand, but only because its abandonment would throw 'many thousands out of employment. To abandon a, tennis or cricket match causes loss to no one; it is a saTinj of good money. "FALL IS." What will you lack, sonny, what will vow lack When tho girls line up the street, Ffacmfcing their love to the lads come back " From the toe they rushed to beat? Will you send a strangled che#» to the sky, And grin till your cheeks are red? Brt what will you lark when your mate goes by With, the girl who cuts you dead? '! Where will yon look, sonny, where will you look When yoni children yet to bo Clamor to learn of the part you took In the war that kept men free? Will you say it was naught to "you if France Stood up to her foe or bunked? But where will you look when they give the glanca That tells that they know you funked? How will you fare, sonny, how will you fare In the far-off winter night When you ait by the fire in an old man's chair, And your neighbors talk of the fight? Will you slink away, as it were from a blow,' Your old head shamed and bent? Or eay: I was not with the first to go, But 1 went—thank God! —I went? Whv do they call, tonny, why do they " call For men who are brave and strong? Is it naught to yoa if your country fall, And Right is'smashed by Wrong? Is it football still and the picture show, The pub and the betting odds. When your brothers stand to the tyrant's blow And England' 3 call is Ciod's?
LAWN TENNIS (AND WAR), Issue 15631, 23 October 1914
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