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BOWLING., Issue 15665, 2 December 1914
[By Measuheb.] It was an off day last Saturday, as wisely provided by the Centre's sehedulo of fixtures. A vacant Saturday here and there allows of club ties being proceeded with, and many clubs took advantage of this, tho greens being occupied fully with rinks, doubles, and singles. Without doubt, iuterclub play is necessary, but the occasional hiatus is a real good thing. The only interclub game announced was between Fairfield and Port Chalmers, who had missed the previous week's engagement. Each was supposed to make the long journey from home to home. Whether they did so or not I am nnable to say. Thursday afternoon (Show Dayi the second match for the Holmes Feathers was played. According to tho draw, Port Chalmers had the right to endeavor to take them away from St. Clair (the holders), hut tho Port men were not ready, and St. Kilda, next on tho list, engaged their neighbors. It was anything but ideal bowling weather, .showers being frequent, and though the green played well it naturally got very' wet towards the finish. The scoring kept pretty even for the first seven or eight heads, but after the 16th head St. Clair led by 8 points—l 7 to 9. Then St. Kilda had a turn, and with one head to go they were only 3 down — 16 to 19. Things now became exciting. When skips changed ends St. Kilda lay 4. Hancock did not improve matters with his first bowl, but ho drove with his last, scattered the head, and when the situation had quietened down St. Kilda got but a couple out of it and lost by a point. St. Clair are now ready for their next opponents—West Harbor, according to the draw. Tho idea of the Patriotic Singles in aid of the Garden Fete funds (Mr J. C. Short in charge) has taken on heavily with a lot of the clubs, though falling sadly flat with others. The conditions are that each entrant pays 2s 6d. Clubs handicap their own members and find their representatives ; then they are to meet on an ap pointed day on Dunodin Green, be rehandicapped, and play off for handsome trophies. All entrv'fees go to the Garden Fete funds. Tho return is likely to be considerable, for the entries known to me are: Dunedin 48, Kaituna 38, Valley 52, St. Kilda 28. No doubt many other clubs are taking part also. North-east Valley occupied last Saturday afternoon by finding right out their representative for the event. He proved to be (I. E. Bennett, who beat J. Abbott in the final by 11 to 10. Alter the fifth bead things 'looked rosy for Abbott, as he had scored 7to 0. Things are uncertain in this life. On Monday night Kaituna members made good progress with the "Patriotic," many games being got through, though no definite result was arrived at. This evening tho first of the annual home-and-home games between Roslyn and Balmacewcn is to take place on tho Roslyn Green for the Balk cup. These friendly contests are looked forward to with eagerness by both clubs.
Writing the name of Mr Balk reminds me that the war cloud shadows even the game of bowls,' and a few lines in common fairness may not be amiss. At tho smoke concert of the Roslyn Bowling Club somo weeks ago Mr Balk was called upon to propose the toast of "The Press." His remarks on that occasion have come in for a good deal of adverse comment, and many appeals have been made to mo as to the inwardness of the circumstance. It may be mentioned that, quite expecting to be called upon to reply to tho toast, I listened carefully to what'Mr Balk said (without actually taking a note), and this is my version: Mr Balk started by apologising for absence from the club's previous function, but the date on which it was held (August 5) was the saddest day of his life —the date of declaration of war between England and Germany. Ho would like to express himself on the matter. " First, my sympathies arc with Britain." Ho had been born in England, had lived for over 25 years under tho Union Jack, and fully recognised the benefit of its institution's. But he was of German blood, and no man worthy of tho name could forget the womb from whence lie sprang. Also his most impressionable years had been spent in Germany. Thercforo it pained him exceedingly to sec these nations at strife—nations who had been friendly for over a thousand years. Mr Balk went on to express the hope that the Press would not foment trouble, and would hold the scales fairly between the parties. On this speech charges of disloyalty have been made against him which, to my mind, are not warranted. Somo have accused him of saying that " at first his sympathies worn with Britain," implying they were not so now-. I am sure that Mr Balk was misunderstood in this respect. From Invcrcargill comes a copy of the tournament programme to be carried out in that town on Decembor 31, January 1, 2, and 4, entries closing on December 25. On the 31st inst. Singles (on the modified two-life principle) will bo played; prizes £3 (and certificate for club), £2, £1; entry fee, ss. On January 1 tho Rinks bogin ; entry, £1 10s per rink. The events are styled Provincial, City, and Suburban, and three games are assured. Tho pri~.es are: Provincial, £lO and £6; City, £6, £4, and £2; Suburban, £4 and £2. Winners of Provincial Rinks will a ho receive a framed certificate for their club. There are two competitions for tho Pairs, played on " sudden death " principle. Those losing in first and second rounds of the Champion Doubles go into the Last Try Doubles. Tho entry fee is 10s per pair, and the prizes are: Champion, £4 and certificate for club, £3, £2, £1; Last Try, £3. £2. The fourth day is apparently mentioned for finishing-off purposes. Tho bowling clubs of New South Wales made special collections for the patriotic fund, and gathered in £1,690. From the ' Mataura Ensign ': Standing at the open door of the Goro Bowling Club's pavilion recently, a little girl was eagerly scanning tho blackboard inside. " Please, mister, would you tell me what it says on the board about the Expeditionary?" sho asked ono of the bowlers inside the building. On consulting tho blackboard the latter read the following notice, which appearod to havo mo military significance:—'• Pleaso do not expectorate on tho green or in the ditches." My Southland correspondent sends the following notes : The matches played in tho Invcrcargill Centre last week indicate that two of the younger clubs are going to put up some good fights as tho season goes on. Southland Club visited Bluff with four pretty strong rinks, but so well did tho scasiders play that the redoubtable Southlanders had to bo content with a draw. Three, out of the four games were won by Bluff rinks. One of the most notable of theso was tho victory scored by T. Crocket's rink over that skipped by the veteran, R. Erskbie. Mr A. Young, ono of the steadiest leads in Southland, and always a source of strength to the Bluff Club, is-nominating for the trip to Australia. Ho is certainly well worth a place in the team, and, 1 think, will be tho only Southlander to offer. The Invercargill Club, the youngest in tho town, tried conclusions with the strength of Northend, and came within an ace of winning tho interclub match of roven rinks a side. When Manson and J. Lock wont down to play the last bowls ot the match Northend was 2 points to tho good on the grand total, while" tho Invcrcargillites were lying just that number. Lock scored second, and 'Manson. with his last bowl malting a big try tov a -win or. at least, a draw, turned in bis opponent s shot, and Northend won by 3 points. Tho point to note is that the two clubs, Bluff and Invercargill, came close to winning against such strong clubs as Southland and Northend respectively. In the evening came the test of strength in the Four-rink Championship match between Invercargill and Northend. Here, again, thero was a good game. The old Caledonian skip, J. Yates, looked like losing his game, but the last two heads produced 7 in his favor, and he got off with a draw. His match in the afternoon.was a draw, likewise —something of a record. Hain, skipping against his old club, was the only one to gain a victory so Northend won on the whole by IS pente. The young club have • lvg» aaatm «rf dM»4y
players qualified to plav lead or second in almost any company. "vVrien some of these develop a fait so as to be ablo to take command effectively good things may bo looked fur. Dmiedin players should note that the Jnvercargill tournament is to bo held on December 31 and January 1, 2, and 4. Southland has not been very strongly supported by Punediu of late years. Perhaps this season will prove an 'exception, and, as in Iho old times, 10 or 12 years back, a larpe number from the Duiiedin Centro will journey southwards.
BOWLING., Issue 15665, 2 December 1914
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