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BOWLING, Issue 15641, 4 November 1914
[By Measurer.] Last Saturday afternoon St. Kikla and Taieri Clubs opened. The weather was fine, and the functions were successful. At St. Kilda the attendance was very large, a great number of ladies gracing the groon. As now set out, the club's enclosuro is most effective. Entering by the Fergusson street gate, one gets a full view of the new pavi'ion, and many complimentary remarks woro passed upon it. The interior fittings, too, pleased visitors. The ample- ground space now available permits of effectivo display, and tho flags stretched on the surrounding hedges and other decoration*: madb the scene bright and striking. Mr Flint's orchestra were of great use during the afternoon, and nothing was wanting in the refreshment department. Mr J. M'Curdy ithe president) made a short, pithy speech of welcome, Mrs M'Curdy sent awiy a. really good shot, and after all singing the National Anthem play began. Here, for the present, the tale of success must end, for it -has to be conceded that the greefl is anything but what it should be, and decent play is for the time impossible. Great hopes are held that rapid improvement -will take place after a good rainfall. It is sincerely, to bo hoped so, for the enterprising c.ub deserve better luck. Their prospects in the way of membership were particularly bright this season. it should be mentioned that Mr M'Curdy, in his opening remarks, made it clear that for the unfortunate condition of tho green the caretaker (Mr Alex. Gardiner) was not to blame. An experiment had been tried mi the way of removing an undcsirablo growth, and this experiment had not turned out a success. Taieri Club m-ide a good start. President W. Allan, in a few brie!' remarks, regretted losing several old members from different causes (three of them were with the war Expeditionary Force), but he expressed confidence that tho club would be well supported, as it deserves to be. Tho catering arrangements were excellent. Mrs Christie was called upon to roll the first bowl, and tho usual match followed.
The entries received this season from the different clubs for the sections under the Balk-M'Kinuon system may be regarded as very satisfactory. One club (Taieri) has, from force of circumstances, dropped from the three-contest entry to the two; as against this, Caversham and Kaikorai have advanced from the two to the three. So that, comparatively, things remain practically unaltered. I he season's programme promises to be interesting, and as the greens are likely to be exceptionally good there should be great opportunities tor the scientific player to prove his ability The following are the different section entries : —Caledonian, Caversham, Dunedin, St. Kilda, Roslyn, Kaituna, Kaikorai, dago, Valley, 3 ; Balma-ceweu, Green Island, Mornington, Port Chalmers, St. Clair, Taieri, YVakari, Fairfield, 2; West .Harbor, Outram, 1. The Kaituna Club held a progressive rinks tournament on Labor Day, five games of one hour each being played. The entrance money, amounting to £3 7s 6d, was handed tc the Belgian relief fund. A special meeting of members was held to decide upon the number of sections the club _should enter for the Saturday niterclub matches. Members were invited to ] speak freely, and some of the disadvantages of the present system came to By playing two sections, each of three rinks, on tneir own green there would bo 1 only two rinks available for the use of other members; while by playing six links away from home other clubs would I find themselves short of room. Several i members wished to take part in at least an equal number of matches on their own green. A proposal to enter in two sections only found tcvcral supporters, bin by a large majority it was decided to enter for each of the three sections. The delegates wer.' requested to try to arrange so that only four or five rinks should be sent away. Mornington Club aio to be congratulated on the splendid condition of their green, due to the good work put in by the gteenkeeper and Green Committee. Members showed their appreciation unattending in largo numbers on Labor Day to take part in a progressive doubles tournament, eveiy rink being occupied—ono by the newly-formed Ladies' Club. The beautiful weather no doubt accounted for the largs attendance. As several nor.' members are joining, the coining reason promises to bo a successful one. We do not hear much as yet about the association tournament to be neld at Auckland in January next, but in a month's time or so so:no 'ocal bowlers will bo thinking of making the trip. Th.v?e so thinking should not forget that thecouncil have passed a resolution which makes it. in a !lect, compulsory that each rink shall consist of four members of one club. At previous tournaments " honorary '" members of clubs have been allowed to take part, and weird combinations (sometimes four members of four diflorert club's) havo played as a club team. Presumably the council's objection to this kind of thing was that, say, three members of a club would include an oui;ider (a personal friend) and turn down a fellowf-member, who would thus: be prevented from taking any part in the tournament. That view is i.iir uiough, as far as it goes; but it would have bseii more workable, I think, ; f the council confined thd' resolution to the town in vrhicli the tournament was held. It is a far cry from here to Auckland, and it is quite conceivable that only a coupte, say, from a Dunedin club may be ablo to go, and one from each of two others. These fhould be allowed to join forces. There may be two or three such combinations. The council added a proviso to their resolution—" without permission of the council"—and as reasonable men will gran* the permission, it is almost certain. Intending combinations should make application early. Club officials complain that there is always a difficulty in getting the club tics off. But do they start, soon enough? Kaituna Club played the first heat of the Rinks last Saturdays the entry this year being 12 rinks. They are being playea on the two-life principle. Timani is an attractive town to risit at any time, and if a bowler thinks of com-
posed Christmas tournament will appeal to him. The South Canterbury Centre havc~arranged a nico programme. Beginning on Friday, December 25, the Rinks will bo taken. Trophies of the value of £lO first and £5 second are offered for the South Canterbury Rinks, and of £6 and £4 for the Timaru Rinks. Those winning in the first gamo continue in the South X'antcrbuiy Rinks, the losers fight nut the Timaru Rinks. Four games arc assured each team. On Saturday the. Pairs start, with trophies valued at £5 and £3 for the Geraldino County Pairs, and £3 and £2 for tho Wainuitc County Pairs. Winners of first round remain in the Geraldino contest, losers go into the Waimate competition; there&fter it is sudden death. Entrance' fc-es are la 6<l per player in the the Doubles, and with the Timaru gvcrv.; reported 'n good condition entrants should have good value for their money. Mr G. Lucas, a member of Edgcwan; Club, has been rhosen as official bowl tester for Christchurch.
Tho bowling greens in lnvercargill are said to be in first-class order, Southland and Northend particularly so. The T" RangiClub has suffered very severe losses. owing mostly to some of their champions having moved out of the district. The moat "notable of those—Mr J. Findlay (practicably the founder <;f the club) and -Mr J. Ciildor—were the two best skips the club possessed. Mr J. Lock, brothei to Tom, took a season off last year, and (his season has thrown in his lot with Northend. He is just about as good a plaver-as there is m Southland, so _ that in losing three such players To Rangi has had the hardest of luck. Then one of the veterans, Mr A. Harper, who always helped a great deal both on and off the green, passed to the Great .Beyond af:.T a very brief illness. To Rand will miss these four playors very much indeed. Th youngest club, 'lnvercargill, v.*ill he strengthened by the inclusion of two or three prominent players, among these "being Messrs Goo. Walker, lately of Bluff, and J. Hain. The latter player wamade a life member of Northend Club at the annual meeting last May, and it 1said that, although he will play officially for lnvercargill, his old club will see ;. good deal of him in the long summe; evenings. The fixtures aro out now (says my Tn vorcargill correspondent!, and matchewill begin in earnest this week, wcathei permitting. Tho proviso is necessary, b\ the way, for. with very occasional excep lions, the days have been simply " rotten " —that is, if it is possible to apply that term to weather so decidedly "fresh" «- lnvercargill lias been subjected to for tinlast five weeks. Rain and gales, gale and rain! However, it will end soiih day.
BOWLING, Issue 15641, 4 November 1914
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