[By Measurer.] - H.C." (N.E.V.).—Thanks for copy o£ booklet and score can!. Am afraid that card is somewhat mixed, as it does not agree with totals published in Tress. Tho season commenced in earnest last Saturday, when the intcrclub fixtures began. The conditions were not of tho best, as, though tho afternoon was bright, a rather strong wind disconcerted players, and allowed "i'or all sorts of apologies for ohvioiuiy bad shots. Results iu a good many instances wero unexpected, and it is evident right from the start that the winner of the banner will be hard to pick. Caledonian went down in all three games to ICoslyii, Kaituna lost in both sections to Port Chalmers, St. Kilda lost two out of three to North-east Valley, .St. Clair beat Mornington in their two games. Duncdin Club, tho holders of tho banner, were not engaged, so no lino can be drawn as to their strength this season. They will probably be close up, however. Just glancing over the scores as published on Monday 4 1 incomplete, by the way, owing to the laxity of secretaries in turwarding results), it will bo noticed that Caledonian went down heavily in the Centro contest on their own green_ against Itoslyn, tho scores being 85 to 35! The green, certainly, was hgavy, and Calcs. are seen to bettor* advantage when tho turf is keen—still! Itoslyn must bo reckoned with this season.
St. Kilda won against Valley in the Association section mainly tlirough J. White's score of 27 to W. Begg's 15; in tho other two sections they were defeated pretty well all round. Port Chalmers must be congratulated on their showing against Kaituna. The latter had some of their strongest men in tho field, yet they went down to the outsiders in both sections.
Some outstanding figures in connection with last week's matches s C. R. Smith's Otago rink 29 to Johnston's (Wakari) 6; Fountain's (Itoslyn) 27 to D. Scott's (Caledonian) 11; Jones's (Ralmacewen) 27 to Paterson's iKaikorai) 8; Hutchinson's (Vallev) 28 to M'Curdv's '(St. Kilda) 11; Walker's (St. Kilda) 22 to Cope's (Vallev) 9; W. Wilkinson's (Roslyn) 31 to Anderson's (Caledonian) 10; M'Faddcu's (Roslyn) 33 to Foster's (Caledonian) 13.
It was pleasant to note that, though not right np to the mark, St. Kilda Green was able to furnish three decent playablo rinks for intcrclub contests, and after a month or so there should ho little reason for fault-finding. As in past seasons, there, arc instances of several more or loss prominent players changing their habitats. M'Fadden and -Miller, lato of K.?ikorai Club, are playing with Roslyn; J Edwards, late of Caledonian, and E. Falconer, late of St. Kilda, have joined Otago Club. ,
A letter from thr- secretary of Balmacewen Club was rear! at the Centre Executive's meeting on Monday night, stating that the club's active membership list this season was only 31. This came as a surprise. The- club are located in a most promising district, and instead of 31 you might look for a hundred members. West Harbor, I am told, wero unable to raise a team to meet Kaituna in the only section for which they are entered.
So far as I saw on the two greens visited last Saturday, an honest attempt was made, to observe the two-feet-on-the-mat rule, though the small mat was in use on one of thorn. Seeing that players seem perfectly willing to adopt tho newrule, it is up to executives to provide fullsize mats. Temporary ones of paroid or malthoid can be provided so cheaply that it is hard to put forward an excuse. From Mr J. C. Short, convener of the Garden Fete Bowling Committee, I have received tho following note concerning their intentions:—"The Dunedin bowding clubs are organising a handicap singles competition, the proceeds to be given to the Gardens Fete patriotic fund. Each club will conduct among its own members a competition of handicap singles on tha sudden-death principle, entrance fee 2s 6d, The winner of each club will play in the final round on Dunedin Green (an afternoon to be arranged at a later date), this round to be rehandicapped; number of heads 11. Tho committee hope to arrange for a drawing competition for the same afternoon. Handsome, trophies have been pvownsed, so \t is hoped a big entry will follow."
Though interclub matches gain most publicity, there is perhaps greater interest falcon in clubs' own family events—in some clubs more than others. Since the season opened there has been nlniost excitement in St. Clair Club over the contest for a fine set of ferns pro-rented by the club's olfl patron, Mr .1. H. Hancock. Several fours got together, but the combination that met with most success comprised W. J. Williams. A. S. Robertson, D. S. Jolly, and W. It. Fidclington is). For five games they he'd the fort, and is it to be wondered at that visions of permanent possession of the coveted trophies were dreamed? But one never knows. Four presumptuous leads banded themselves together, and were laughed at when they threw down the gage. Their names were G. Uuhen, C. Stevens, G. Lanlmm, and K. Maedonald. The first of these may he a second-yeur player; the other three, began only last season. What chance had they? None! The game came oft' last Friday night. The juniors were full of conlidenco all through, and refused to bo down-hearted, though their opponents led'up till the middle of the. game. Then a lovely 5 erected their tails, and, to make a long story short, the holders wanted 2 to win at the last head and could only manage a single, losing by 18 to 19. The juniors were, naturally enough, elated, and the others are stated to have been the reverse.
Tho outside electric light of 1,000 candlepower recently installed on Kaituna Green proved its usefulness one night this week, when it enabled several games in tho club's rinks contest to be finished. Play was continued till about 3.15.
The following is the draw for tho Holmes Feathers:—Kaikorai Club first play St. Clair (present holders), than coino Fort Chalrnors, St. Kilda, West Harbor, Fairfield. Caversham, Caledonian, Kaituna, Green Island, Taieri, Dunedin. Mornington, Outrain, Wakari, North-east Valley, Pu>slyn. Otago, and Balmacewcu. Another instance of how bowlers help themselves : At the olficial opening of the Takapuna Club (Auckland) the president stated that the property, consisting of 2 acres, was purchased some five years ago at a cost of £1 per foot. To-day it is valued at £4 a foot. Some £3,000 has been spent iu laying out the grounds, which include, croquet and tennis courts. The club have been fortunate in having the substantial support of the leading residents of the district and friends in the city. This is evidenced by the taking up of -£l,OlO in debentures. The fact that a New Zealand team will visit Sydney next Easter is causing some excitement on the other side. One writer says:—'"Just how any single Australian State would figure against combined New Zealand I do not caro at present to speculate Possibly the New Zealand centres would prefer to enter singly, as do the States now; but, whether or not, it would provide an excellent opportunity at the conclusion of each carnival to hold three tests, Australia v. New Zealand. If, say, in addition to tho championship of tho Southern Seas the winner of the rubber had the right to nominate tho scene for the next carnival, what an inducement it would be to put the strongest rinks forward."
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BOWLING, Evening Star, Issue 15647, 11 November 1914
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