THE SPORTING WORLD
[From Orn London Coitnr.sroNmiNT.) September 25. SOLDIER SPORTSMEN. The ranks of sportsmen are being thinned in the fierce lighting now going on daily, and many well-known performers have given up their lives in the defence of the Empire. One of the latc.-t lists of killed included the name of Lieutenant A. J. N. Williamson of the Seafortli Highlanders. He was a fair runner, and as recently as last July was scon out in the half-mile English championship. He will be best remembered as an athlete, for his wins in the half-mile public schools championship in 1906 and 1907, whilst subsequently he proved a useful pacemaker to P. -I. Raker at Cambridge in 1909 and 1910. Lieutenant R. F. Sintson, Rnval Field Artillery, is also among the killed. He was an excellent furlong runner, and even better as a Rugby footballer. Whilst at the Royal Military Academy, he was selected to play for tho Army v. the Navy (1911). and, subsequently, gained bis International cap, playing for Kngland against Scotland.
'The polo world suffers a big loss through the death of Captain Riversdale Grenfell—killed in action. Ho was whip of the Beagles when at Eton, and his ability as an all-round athlete was marked. It was at, polo, however, that lie gained the biggest reputation. He played on the Freebooters team, which won tho Champion Cup at. Hurlingham in 1997. and two years later assisted Roehampton to secure the same trophy. International honors fell to him in 1907 and 1910, when he. helped England defeat Ireland. He also went to the United States with the Ranchi gh team in 1910. which won -the Open Championship of America. The deceased was also known in India, and when ho visited that country in 1905. he won the pigsticking cup. His twin brother, Captain F. V. Grenfell, who is amongst the wounded, is also a fine polo player, he having helped to win tho Champion Cup in 1907. and nUo assisted England against Ireland in 1910. Another notable sportsman among the recentlv wounded is Captain C. W. Banburv, Coldstream Guards. Ho is a good nolo player, but is even better known as an amateur iockey. He rode Sprinkle Ole tn victory in tile Grand Military Steeplechase of 1009 and 1910. Another notable success was gained in the Tallv Ho Hunters' steeplechase at the Grand Military meeting of 1914. Tt is’ good news to be able to record that the report of Captain A. G. C. Luther’s death was premature. It now appears (bat he is a wounded prisoner of war. The King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantryman i= famous as a racquet player, though he' lost the chamnionship of the Army to Lieutenant the Hon. J. X. Manners in the spring. Tho present holder is also among the missing, ami believed tn be a prisoner of war. This list might be continued, but it is long enough to show bow well sports and pastimes are represented among the gallant officers who have been in the thick of it.
A line may be spared, however, fo record that Lance-Sergeant G. W. Hutson wrote under date of September 5, to say he w.a.s alive and well. He is England’s best distance runner, tbo manner in which ho won the one and four-miles’ champion ship in July creating a big impression. CHAMPIONS ON VIEW.
There was a remarkable gathering of champions and record breakers at Stamford Bridge (London) on Saturday. Tho Amateur ‘ Athletic Association arranged a sports meeting for the benefit of tho Prince of Wales's Relief Fund, and as the entire proceeds were handed over, tho fund will be the richer to the amount, of £95. The tit-bit of the programme was ! the 150 yards veterans’ handicap, tho ages of the competitors ranging from 55 to 70 years. Victory finally went to E. J. Wade, aged S6A years, who had 261, yards start. This left hint 1231 yards tn run, and his time was 15 3-ssce. He only just beat Colonel Leake, aged 66, who had 59 yards start, and tho pair arc certainly remarkable veterans. Among the competitors were C. G. Wood and J. Binks. both ex-champions and record-holders. The former won Urn English 410 yds championship in 1886, doing 49? sec, and beating the colored runner, Arthur Wharton, who had previously carried off the 100 yds in lOse.c. ho being tho first amateur to accomplish the century in even time. Wood ran 220vds in 21‘see, and he showed on Saturday that ho is still very active, in spite of weighing about I6st. He won bis heat in fine stvle, but had to stand down from the final, having strained a muscle. Binks will bo remembered by some of my readers as the winner of the one-mile amateur championship of 1902 in 4min Ifit-sec, which still stands as a. British besf for amateurs. Many old champions were present, and in one little group were to he seen no fewer than six, and two of (hem (brothers) accounted for over 50 championships during their careers GOOD SPRINTERS. Turning to tho more orthodox racing, both J. Rooney and C. \V. Taylor showed tip well in the sprints. The former made an attack on Captain Wyndham Halls well’s British record of 31 f,sec for 300 yds, He ran very well to reai hj the tape in 32/! see. for the day was told and dreary, and therefore all against fast sprinting. Rooney and Taylor had two duels, in the 75yds handicap and the 100 yds level race, victory in each going to Taylor. He is a fine, strapping fellow, and just the build to make a record-breaker at anything from 440 yds to tbo half-mile. Rooney is the most-improved sprinter of tbo season, and now that our English runners are learning to run in better form, even-timers will ho more numerous than when it was an everyday sight to notice sprinters wildly swinging their arms, clenching their teeth, and throwing the head hack until they were looking up to tho sky. instead of on the ground 10yds ahead of them. Two rules all runners should firmly fix in their minds are to keep tho head forward, eyes on the track, and the hands below the hips, tho swing being forward. BOXING. Another highly successful boxing entertainment was held in London this week for the benefit of the Prince of Wales’s relief fund, and it is clear that boxers are doing their share, both by fighting and giving other service, to help tho great cause. Bomb. Billy Wells sparred with Frank Hagney, of Australia, who came to England for the purpose of showing his ability as a boxer, sculler, and cyclist. Matt. Wells, Johnny Summers, Billy Williams (U.S.A.), and G. Munroe (U.S.A.) were others who appeared. Perhaps chief interest was shown when Jim Driscoll ] entered the ring to spar with Munroe, an ex-champion of America. Both men got a big reception, and there were many expressions of regret that Driscoll has retired. Another personality, in Ernest ! Barry, tho world’s sculling champion, ! showed he is no novice with the gloves during his spar with Harry Duncan. Further afield (Birmingham) Rifleman Pat O’Keeffe sparred at another benefit j meeting. Tho middle-weight champion is j now in the Ist Surrey Rifles, and he got a | rousing cheer when he entered the ring j to box three- rounds with W. H. Hedges, . the Midland Counties’ amateur heavy- j weight champion. J
Before finishing with boxing matters it may be mentioned that Jack Johnson is in London. Ho hail not been long in the Metropolis before he came right into the limelight, being summoned for not moving on Ids car when ordered to do so. and also for using had language. As he failed to .appear, a warrant was issued for his arrest, and he duly came before a Magistrate on Wednesday. He was ordered to pay a fine ,;f 20s and 4s costs, but on asking for an adjournment for the purpose of .ailing witnesses, this was granted. There is no talk of Johnson meeting anyone in a match, his mission in England being to increase his banking account by music ball engagements. BILLIARDS. H. W. Stevenson and 0. Gray had an even struggle in their scries of matches of 500 up, honors being even at the end. Gray won the afternoon match on the last day! mainly by the aid of a nice 270 break. Stevenson made all square iu the evening, however, when lie had the satisfaction of rea. long "game" whilst Gray's scoring pej t-tood at 27. Young Tom Newman ifi looked on by many clever judges to be a coming champion. He easily won his level match a gainst C. Falkiner, and towards the finish had the satisfaction of making breaks of 515 and 546. The one man who seems to ho able to hold Newman—that is, so far as the young players are concerned—is IV. Smith, of Darlington. The northerner's personality must have some potent effect on Newman, who seldom shapes at his best- against Smith. Tho latter is now doing well against Newman in their level match of 16.090 up, though much may happen next week. THE TURF. A young amateur jockey, in the person of IV. J. Parkinson, put in a fine afternoon's work at tho recent Waterford and Tramcrc race meeting. He had a mount in every race, winning five and gaining second place in the remaining event. It is true that the fields were small, and also that he rode the favorite or joint favorite in five of llte races; nevertheless, the feat is cxcentional. Another incident at the Fcrmoy (Ireland) is not of a good nature. J. Roche was thrown when riding Batterjohn in the Town Plate, and he received injuries which led to his death. Mention of Jockeys is a. reminder that Percy Woodland, the well-known steeplechase rider, in making progress in his new career as a soldier. Tt i.s only recently that he joined the 19th Hussars, hut he now wears tho, three stripes which denote the rank of a sergeont. There is now no doubt- about racing going on. Tho Jockey Club’s derision to “ carry on” was followed by the announcement that sufficient owners who race under National Hunt rifles had expressed their ability and intention to enter as usual, so that the jumping panic will proceed. The Ascot, Racecourse stands and buildin as are being put to a very useful purpose, One of the stands has been fitted up a® a military hospital, whilst the rest of the buildings have been turned into qurwlens for tho families of soldiers now in (be fighting line. This course has been ;nb pled so ns to make more barrack loom fur the new army being enrolled. FOOTBALL. The bir’geft thing in the football wo-14 on Saturday was the Scottish League lixI nve between Heart of Midlothian and Glasgow Rangers. They alone among the clubs in the competition still retained unbeaten record, and. representing tho two biggest cities in Scotland, it was not ftf pri«ing to see 46.000 spectators present. The Ranger.® were at borne, but. (his advantage failed to ward off defeat. Bowktlirilled the home supporters by scoring after five minutes, but subsequently Gra.-ie “.’barged the Rangers’ goalkeeper into the net whilst he was bolding the ball, so making all-square. Another goal was moved by Wahie near the end, and so Hearts gained a notable triumph. Another big crowd (50,000) saw the match between Aston Villa and West Bromwich Albion. The- meeting of these local rivals always creates big interest and pic.vidcs keen football Tho “Villa” had the advantage of playing on their own g’ou.nd. but ao two men had to leave the field for portion, of the second half the luck was against them. Thus the, win li! goals to 1) was highly creditable, and the team now look to lie settling down, follow ing a moderate start. Manchester City are the team of the hour, and it is indeed a change from last season to see the clnb at the top of the table. A record of 7 points for four games ie good, the “City” sharing with Liverpool the honor of being undefeated so far this season. Saturday’s win (5-2) on vieiting Bolton must be considered about tin- best performance of the day. and it seems to be all the more noteworthy wh”n one rememlGrs that Manchester City oceupied 15th place in the table at_lhc end of last, season.
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THE SPORTING WORLD, Evening Star, Issue 15649, 13 November 1914