[By Recorder ]
The season recently closed in England and America witnessed some sensational happenings. Wilding defeated Brookes thrice Brookes defeated Wilding for the grass court championship, M'Loughlin beat both Brookes and Wilding, Williams beat M'Loughlin, but Brookes and Wilding both beat Williams. The very latest is the defeat of Williams by George M. Church, of Princetown University, for the final of the intercollegiate championship. Church won by 3 sets to I—B-6, 9-7, 4-6, 7-5. Williams wa.s outplayed except in the third set._ Church is a" high-class exponent, and for several seasons has been close to tho top of the tree. In August, with Dean Mathey for partner, he contested the American doubles championship final against M'Loughlin and Bundy. America is the land of freak plavers. The latest is E. T. Hunter, who has Wen steadily forcing himself to the front in New "b; ork. Hunter's peculiarity is that 1 ho serves with his left hand and plays all other strokes with the right hand. Local grade matches were favored with fine weather last Saturday, and there were surprises in some of the individual contests. About three weeks ago I drow attention to the great possibilities of some of the 'Varsity players, but I little thought that they would so soon prove their mettle. From tho scores in tho A Grade matches against Balmacewen it is evident, that, without their ladies' good assistance, Balmacewen would have heen defeated. For years the hill club has relied on its men, who rarely failed. Laurenson scored a fine win over R. S. Brown, and S. N. Brown survived by one game against Jenkins. Cramond and Osborno failed badly. Balmacewen won both men's doubles with a margin of one game in each. The 'Varsity will require to strengthen their ladies' play. Moana v. Roslyn provided" other reversals of form. *G. and A. Nicolson defeated M'Dougall and Black, who represented their province a few days rarlier. At one period the Roslyn pair held the lead at 7-5 and 40-15. Then they began to make errors in dealing with the consistent returns and fino combination of the brothers. Gradually the Moana pair crept up and got the load which they held to the finish, and thereby .gained a welldeserved win. Thus three players, who were reps, at tho beginning of the week, fell at tha end of it to tlioso who wore unthought of. Tho Moana la'dics were too strong for Roslyn's, although the former had not its strongest side. M'Dougall and Mrs Black made a fine stand against Miss F. Campbell and Harraway. Miss Campbell made several splendid passing strokes off M'DougaH's service. Harraway showed want of practice. Quite tho feature of the rubber was the way in which Mrs Black got to and safely returned almost everything which went in her direction. M'Dougall played vigorously. G. Black displayed much better form in his single than in dnublos. Lousley, lute of St. Kilda, played with Roslyn, and is certain to improve with good, practice. St. Kilda overmatched the Anderson Bay team, and should have a good season, as they have four solid men as a basis and some promising ladies.
"Twister"' in this week's 'Press' sevei'flv lakes tn task several Canterbury players who declined to assist their province against Otago. " Recorder " endorses the tone of " Twister's " remarks, but thinks that it is a great mistake to waste money on sporting tours in these parlous times. Tho Canterbury players who stayed in Christ-church did the right thing.
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LAWN TENNIS, Evening Star, Issue 15643, 6 November 1914