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[By Meascreu.] Howler.* are not easily discouraged, and, though things did not look pleasant at midday on Saturday, fixtures were carried through. The rain naturally made the greens heavy, but they were quite playable, and many a good contest was fought. What is interesting thus far is the defeat of favorites. This is not to be regretted. Let clubs who are regarded as in the second flight put down those who are supposed to be certain winners, and a great deal more interest is taken in matches all round. In the Association games last week St. Clair effected a surprise, by finishing up on tho ltoslyn team. The victory was thorough, as two of the three seaside rinks were ahead, and enabled them lo win by 61 to 57. Then Otago beat Caledonian by 66 to 53, being ahead in two of three. Another good win was Caversham over Valley, though the latter had the advantage

in two rinks. Wnkari got away easily with Balmucewcn, tho figures being 63 to 45. Another easv win was Dunedin against St. Kilda by 71 to 41. West Harbor managed to get a team together and nearly upset Taieri, the latter just getting there by 70 to 63. Mornington were tar too good for Knituna. winning by 75 to 58 ; .. ' The Centre games were interesting, also. Caledonian had revenge on Otago \.y 63 to 47, and Roshn turned the tables on St. Clair to the extent of 55 to 46. as did Kaituuii on Mornington by 61 to 48, and Valley on by 60 lo 42. Dunedin again won from St. Kilda, scoring 65 to 47. Bahn>ic,;wen's victory over Green Island by 85 to 78 was a little unexpected. In the District competition Otago showed Caledonian no mercy, chalking up 70 to 59: Roslyn beat Taieri by 6:) to" 47 ; and St. Kilda; got a. bit. back from Dunedin by scoring 72 to 41. Caversham and Vnllev kept so close that they finished level 56 each. All I can learn about the Green l-iand Kaituna game in this section is that the latter went down by 13 points on the total, though two of their rinks were up. The other, led by a. well-known skip, sul".

fered severely, so linmor says, only scoring 8 points to something large on the other ride. But tho whole affair is " wront in nivsterv."

There is nothing so far known of Oufram Club's doings. The. first week they were to have played Kaikorai. and last Saturday thoy were, engaged to play with Wakari. Whether they did so or not has not been made- public. Fairfield and Pert Chalmers weie to meet Saturday, but f do not know if the engagement was fulfilled. It'i a long, long wav from Port- lo Fairfield.

Figures out of the ordinary gleaned from last week's matches:—A. Rotting (Mornington) 51 v. F. Smith iKaituna) 12: H. Campbell (Kaituna) 23 v. T. C. Conll (Mornington) 13; Foster (Dunedin! 27 v. MTarhme (St. Kilda) 12; Gillies (Dunedin; 51 v. .lacnhsen iSf. Kilda) 11 ;

MT'eak (Otago! 25 v. Cowie '.Caledonian) 14; Fmmer.-on (Caversham) 27 v. Abbott (Va)lev) 17: MLaren iDuncdini 27 v. White'(St. Kilda | 15: Burt (Valley) 26 v. Forrester (Caversham) 9; Collins (Caledonian) 29 v. Hamilton (Otag.) 1-i : Beeby (lialmacewetil 28 v. M'Miillau I Green

Island) 11; Smeaton (St. Kilda) 2b' v. Xcil (Dunedin) 8; MTutosh (Caversbann 22 v. Gray (Valley) 12; Roberts (Wakari; 21. v. Brown (lialmaccwen! .10; (.'. 1!. Smith (lll.igol 23 v. Tillie iCalcdoniani 17: llob-

I so,, 'lUtago) 25 v. 1). Scott (Caledonian) 9: Fountain (Roslyn) ?A v. W. Allan I (Taieri) 13. There was a difference of I double figures in all these games. As St. Kilda Green was not tit to p'uy a section on last Saturday Dunedin .<'bib came, to the rescue in their usual geuei-uu-'. sportsmanlike manner, and the whole nin • rinks played out the match thcic. ljuuedin Club have the green, and t!te\ .arc by no means miserly with it. Though only one spare rink was available for nonmatch players, [ don't that auv Dunedin man found fault with the arrangement. The green played beautifully. The mo-t consistent game I have watched for many a day was played in this -match by 11. Smeaton skipping again-t T. Xcil. The former, though the position was often against him. was right on the spot, ami sent up bowl after bowl that improved things or changed them in hi-, favor. * It was his day out. Xcil. on the other hand, was just missing good thing-- by fraction-, of inches.

It is too early to fairly gauge the real strength of clubs, but by way of a gues-. I diould pick Dunedin. Roslyn. and Otago Club-, to have a good percentage iu a. few weeks" time. Caledonian, St. Kilda. Kaituna, and Taieri have made unpromising starts. Valley will want watching. Otago Club ties are well under way. They have a larger entry than The green played beautifully last Saturday, m spite of tiie rain. The Caledonian player-exnres-.ed themselves well pleased with it. The membership keeps up.

The Kaikorai Green should be fully occupied next Saturday, as the club play 11 rinks as club contests—-viz., two sections of three rinks agaiu-t Wakari. and one section of five rinks against Green Island, eight rinks being on the Kaikorai Green. The members do not care about unotHcial games, end therefore trust to find older and stronger clubs willing to play 9 to 12 rinks e.s club matches, there'oy giving new members extra pleasure.

I. ;ua in receipt of the following: —"! am instructed by Dv King to you to be good enough to acknowledge thiough your column the. receipt of 15 pairs of bowl, = ent ti> Seacliif by the Caledonian Club for the u-e of the. patients here. The .iriifc is greatly appreciated, and Dr wishes -•lie to say that the game i.- one that many of the patients thoroughly enjoy, and the-e Mini howU will go far to help iill the links here. With many thanks to the members of 11k- Caledonian Chib 1 nni. ele.. W. J. Thomas." As ron-iderable interest -till attaches t.> the two-feet on-the-inat imlc. 1 took partiiiiLn- notice, last week of a ]•>! of playerin the St. Ki!da-I);'!icd;n vialc!:. TinDunedin Club an- not .. ,i. furnished with the full-size mat itaev - : '- '".'hind the tine'; for once), yet the great majority of playerobserved the new nil" well. ir.'-lurling tlagrant offenders of the past. line or iu-.->. however, seemed to have forgotten all about it. and rook up the oid familiar stand of both lire's on the front edge, howl in hand, with the necessary i-0.-mt, that both feet were off when the howl went away. A change will have to hj«; made sootier or Inter, even though a player incur di-plea-ure hy a peremptory challenge. Do not forget that it is illegal now io touch the jack after being driven into fhe dileh. On no account may it he. tran--ferred to tlio green to net as a guide tor the next shot. You are only allowed 1o indicate its re.-Ung-plaee. Several play;-•■■ have already broken ihi.- rule. There are tho;e. v.-ho favor composition bowl- as ngaiu-t the woods, maintain.' latitat they are not -o liable to bo afi'c-(,--l bv changes of temperature. The followii'ig, front an Kngli-h pap<»i. --ccm- to bear out the argument for the composition side:—''A series of tests wei\: made recently with wood ilignum vita-) and various l'nak.:-. of compo.sitiou howl-, in temperatures varying from 18dcg to 126deg I'-ihi'.. weighing and mcasiuiiik: the hoe Is after e.-ivi.r'tfsl. Tt is claimed thai ihe wooden bowl u.-ed in the test was a splendid .sample »\ \vel'--ea>on-:d lignum, and had boon in possession of the testers for eight or ton years. In norma! temperatint;. T6deg 'summer heat in England'. lignum vilfe bowl: SWe, 5 ~>-16in ; disr to disc. 4gin ; weight, 31b 6oz 2dr: bias. X • 3, E.B.A. standard. Excellite.: Size, 5 l-16in: disc to disc, 4 21 3?in: weight. s!b 6oz 12dr: bias, No. 3, E.B.A. standard. Aftor f>i hours in temperatures varyire from 76deg to 18deg Fshr. ibebcfreezing), no variation in either howi. After 24 hour* in temperatures varying from HOdeg to llodog: I.ignu.n vita 3, size--5 13-64 in, due to disc 4_27-32 : -.i, # weight 31b Soz 14dr. Note: Variations in size and weight, the bowl cracked badly, both disc; fell out, shrinkage very Irregular, ap.l bias altered to Excellite composition bowl: Size 5 l-16iii, disc to disc 4 21-52 in. weight 31b 6oz 12cU. Note: No variation; size, weight, and bias tha same- as before. After 6£ hours in temperatures varying frnm 120deg to 126deg on two consecutive days : Lignum vita; bowl, further slight variations. Excellite composition bcwL no variation."

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BOWLING, Issue 15653, 18 November 1914

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