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ATHLETICS

[By SriKK. j --■ D.-VAC. - The annual meeting of Hie Dunedin Amateur Athletic Chib—Otago's senior chib — showed that the D.A.A.C. still maintain their prestige as one of the. leading athletic clnhs of the Dominion. Mr I'. Donl! (president) took advantage of the occasion to refer to the work of the pcs; season. The visit of the American Ham was an episode in athletic® in (it,ago. Owing to unforeseen eircunnitan.vs, pattienlarly tire ■weather, the meeting Iron, an athletic point of view lost its full value. Students, of form saw the men from America competing under very adverse conditions. The grn;nid was in a sloppy condition, and it wa.- a •■use ‘ f the light-footed runner coming ant, on (op every time (1. L. Parker. one of the tines; exponents of American athletic-, had no chance of sinewing Iris beet form. These who knew something of form conlii See what Parker under good eruditions was cap.-,ldo of doing. Hi- 'deeds at the A’.strahisteti championships showed him untittier of “ class." During the past season the D A.A.C, rate;,.! w-1’ for Ml classes of aliJctHc: The Otago Centro have a representation of upwards of SGO active athletes, and yet out of the whole of the chibs i t Otago the D A.A.C. were tire only club who made the huger number o-f events open to a!! clubs. Mr Don II emphasised tbs facj that if ha’Tvr clubs are to justify themselves as athletic clubs they must male; at least 50 pr- cert, of their own:? open .ill ddg.‘ The D. A.A.C. was the ridy did; ■.. Mdi had justified us existence n, an ataletie dub during the pas; year. The ad ;; of dje C.iversham -Vlanh'rs ;n holding a " field day " on the dey of the hide:.-.' hcvkev match Fngland v. (it.igo. and t.V Civil b-n'vh e Club in hoi.bug ,i sir 5. sports meet ing on die day of I be Port Chain;-;s Dunedin root rare cam, in f-w s ••:,■? strong cainn’.ent. 1 ! efe it ing ;<> T-. I).A.A.C. member? competing f,-i clhreflubs d'M'ing tl:- .summer season, Mr Dm;: said that had i!n; members oi the D.A.A.C. been loy.;! t-> the dub tire D.A.A.C. would have come out on too every rime, and Ire was strongly of the opinion that, outside of the barrier season, members should Ire loval and compete ns members of the I LA. AC. Of the off:of-bearers for tin en.-ning sire son. Mr I’. Donli was unanimously icdecied president, and (be D. A.A.C. .i i f'-rtininto indeed in securing for a in, th, r time die services of po excellent ;, p reddent. A wide experreirere in oi! branches of athletics, together with ,i jedn -i d mind and capable judgment, combine to make Mr Donl’ one of tire finest am hunt res on othTtic, in the Dominion. He icriatnlv is without- a jre-er in Ota&.i. Mr F. M. Reid, who has done good service for athletics in this (Tv, is one of the club's vice-presi-dents. H" is tire financial man in local athletics, ami under his '‘watchful eye’’ the fin;;rues of the D.A.A.C. will he matcriaily in reaped during tire incoming year. Mr P. TV. Breen, the chib's capable secretary,deservedly retains his position. Daring many roars’ observation I know of no better secret at y titan Mr l!tw-n. An important charge is the appointment of Mr A. Mercer, vice Mr TV. M'Doiiald, as handtcapper to Hie i illb. A do-' student, of fmni. a ken i-breivi-r. and an enthusiast, in athletics. ! knew no one Iretter rpialiSied to succeed Tlr MbDonald than " Andy" Men or. II ;s years <-f cxpct icn, r. sound judgment, and enthusiasm combine to make the new handle, upper an otlicial who will give lire highest satisfaction to athletes and the management of tire D.A.A.C. To the athlete who is run for an “ airing," and itK’drntally bigger handicap.!,, a due word of wanting is given. One of the first to spot, a non-trier. Mr Mercer, a man without fear or favor, knows exactly how to ■b;il nitii that class, [n congratulating Mr Mercer and wishing him tverv siu-cvs, a ; ihetc !- due to Mr TV. MiVnMd, I gentd .'nai; win- tins acted as honocaiy handicanper for the D.A.A.C. for ntrciv years. IT a ha- heen a faithful and cnpabl- oflieer. and

.’■i< services in He; ru; t " oi amateur a'h--1 * ties oe ■ - it;; v a prominent nla-e in the hisTe.y of Otago athletics. The D.A.A.F. ap. pm Mb- and think .Mr .MThinaM tor his Jttft- valitid assidance. 7le.Vre.ito to Hie T).A A.C. wonhl he inffSHlpleie without re.-ov.iin _• ihe splendid ffwl feeiimj existing between the dub and the Caledonia;i Society of Ofrgn, the dire--tors of which body have loyally supported the D.A.A.C. during a period of yeats. t r n- whti ii the dub have shown due appo - chiiioii. -I’rvaentation of Prizes.— Invitations ;o be present at the animal presentation of prizes of the Dunedin Anglican Haulers, Pacific ILvrrierm and bourn Dunedin Presbyterian Harriers are a : knowlodyeii Tie *• Anglican " »as Die only r.ue ! was able to attend, but all three weie ei’joyabA function.-, and ,lub e-ntiut.-.i.ism was the raw note to su-ee..; at each Catherine. At l !*ie “ Aiiijln ,ui " present ;it ion an ou:Ime cf the efuids hir.torv was yiven by one <;■: its founders, Mr Arthur C. Smith. 1 nr- story was well feud. Ineidenm in early days oi the einii. when thu c“niel ” Arthur ’ c*i«!d run a " hundred ” in [Osec or more, server! to bnoi; Irack memories of ovyotle /lays. HfttL: "Aithur" never struck i.!iampioimhi;i bun, ho waa full ot enthusiasm, and as keen as Percv Die' n of to-day. and ready A.C,” reeites av. ’tilly IV?!:. iial! never heard "Artum” in the • KiiifliXh Fhio ‘? You have sare mis ' d a treat. As a member . a tir ivntre .net committee of the D.A.A.C., Mr A. (Smith sti!! makes g0,,,} in athletics. —A mum! I’.-pcnc Centre.— From Mr I*. W. I’reeti 1 have to acknmv- ’■ dyw ruth thanks a copy of the annual report of the Otajo Centre. X.Z.5V.A.C., for the year ended September 50 ult. '(die i eport fully outlines the alhk-tic and harrier deeds of the year, and upon its efforts in the cultivation and proyre.-s of a tine, healthy, am] clean sport fcha Otago Centre represent the X’ow Zealand Amateur Atliletic Aesociation with credit, and me deserving of the best thank* of athlete? and supporters of athletics. The main Future ot an excellent report, which I eommea.l the close study of members of athletic a-ud harrier clubs, appeared in th;.- jourttai uniter date October 22. Tho past year wa--<-ne ot activity, embracing the" visit o; Ameufan athlete, Otago ProvineiaS Cham>n.- Meeting, Xew Zealand/ track and f- ! d championships. Ufa-go luteivlub ( mss-country Championship., and tii;U j ■•irly supported Port I,‘halnters to Dun'd.i! road race. The response of athlete* M Hie Umpire's call resulted in over 73 active athletes and handers joining the A-w Zealand Expeditionary Force, whilst -yveral have volunteeral' for the 'reinforcements. The report congratulated -I.

> upon ins success in winning the ■ ■'■rec-mile Flat, Championship, of "Auatralaria, after a great, and memorable race n: 1 ; the Victorian champion, O’Xeil. The Mipii'iiiaiy was fought out right to the tape., f’eatnoii gaming a brilliant victiay. thi‘ annual meeting of the centre i- to 1~- acid on Thursday next. October 2.~. in the Y.M.C.A. Rooms, —Otago's Patriotic SporU. Wiicti the final return of tickets is made to Mr I‘, W. Breen. it is eatimated that a pi- fit of £l5O will accrue from the reteuf athletic gathering held at the Cain.lonian Ground. under the auspices of the Drug i (’cut!,-. X.Z.A.A.A. The result i.s highly gratifying, and all—especially the ladies «.'«> assisted to that end—are deserving of the highest praise. It will facilitate an early statement of receipts and expenditure being forwarded f> the Otago Patriotic and General Welfare Association If all to whom tickets for sale were sent would furnish a return of tickets sold to IMr P. W. Breen without further delay. —Victorian Ten-mile Track Championship.— The, Victorian Amateur Athletic A?cO riation held their annual Ten-mile. Track Championship at the Amateur Sporto Ground on Saturday afternoon, October 10, in perfect weather and before a good attendance. J. W. Cowan, of Ea*t Melbourne, was the winner, and the teams championship was secured by Carlton. The event wa» inaugurated in 1909, when George Blake won. It was not held again until 13U, when the Hawthorn Club resuscitated the race, and controlled it for two years. Last "summer the association again took charge. The staters in Saturday's contest numbered 26. Of these most prominent in the athletic world are ({. O. Allen, 3-mile track champion and;

runner-up in the I<u;t 10 - mile track and 10 - mite and o - mile cross-conn try contests ; IV. _ Murray, the Marathon runner and walking champion, who won the event throe yeans ago; W. J’. O’Neil, 5-mite cross-wnntry and 2-inile steeplechase champion : J. \\ . Cowan, third in recent cross-country contest ; and E. A, Butter, 4-mile mad champion. O'Neil led at the end of the first lap. with W. O. Anderson and IV. »E. Scott handy. A. O. King hah taken charge before the in do peel mi» reached, with O'Neil second and Holt, third. Hewitt then assumed the lead, which la- held from O'Nod, Scott. and Ailcn when the second mile, was finished HOmm 47 .see). At three miles H6mio 2detvi •!. \\. Cowan, O'Xcil, Allen, and Holt wcu> in the order named, and at the end ot the next mite [3l min 56ssec) them no alteration. O’Neil then went to the front, and when the journey wa = half completed (27miu 33|s*u) ho’led from Cowan. Allen, and JI > >ll. However. Cowan tegained leading place before the next mile was finished (?3niitt SJ,«eo). and he was never taught. The times at the mid of the remaining miles were; Seventh. dSmm 32jfsec ; eighth, 44m in DTh-ec; ninth, ftOinin djycv; tenth, 55min 4dsee. Cowan won hy 20*0 yards. The order of finishing via,.- ; J. W. Cowan fii.M.FI.), dniniu 4'Jsoe. 1; W. Murray (Melbourne IT.). Sbriiin logrec, 2; C. Manley (Carlton'. 56min 23Lrec, 3 ; W. P. O'Xoil ; Carl ten), oontia 37iscc. 4; I). Worsnop iCarlton). 37min oAsee, 5; A. TV. Hargreaves (Carlton). 57min 7£scc. 6; hi. A. Butler (Es-retn-eiii. 37min 50C-'ec, 7: T. S. Hewitt (Malvern). 57 min cJ?,scc. 8; K. Fox (Malvern). 58;i;iit fc. ee, g ; C. K. l'i i !Malvern). oSinin 19.-C-, . 10. Seven team* competed |.->r the Teams Championship, which was won by Carlton. fteiord of Winners. Following is a list of the winners .-t tins contest, since ita inecioioti in TOC: —TIC), 0- B. Blake (Melbourne Ilairiws). lime, obinin 57jsec : l;)f 1. W. Min ray (Melbourne Harriers), ooram olsec ; .1912. L. Core (Essreudon Harriers', 55min 19seo; 19113, K. Neats lC:n lion Harrier.-), 57niin 7,see ; 1914. ,!. TV. Cowan (Fast Melbourne- Harriers), 55.nm NNov.

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ATHLETICS, Issue 15636, 29 October 1914

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ATHLETICS Issue 15636, 29 October 1914

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