[By Recorder ] The match Victoria v. New South Wales concluded recently marked the 54tb of the series, and the first time for 24 years that New South Whies has drawn level. Each State has now won 27 matches. The outstanding feature was A. B. Jones’s magnificent form. Ho has played very little during the last 12 months, and only joined the team at the last moment. Heath refused to play for Victoria because he was not appointed captain. Wertheim also displayed improved form. Some of the results are interesting. New South Wales won by 11 rubbers to 10. —Singles Matches.— A. B. Jones beat A. O'Hara Wood, 2-6, 6-1, 6-3. -k. d. Jones beat G. L. Patterson, 6-1, 6-1. M. H. Marsh beat A. O’Hara Wood, 1-6, 6-3, 6-4. M. H. Marsh lost to G. L. Patterson, 4-6, 2-6. H. M. Rice beat A. Campbell, 6-4, 8-6. H. M. Rice lost to P. UTiara Wood, 4-6, 6-3, 4-6. N. Peach lost to R. Wertheim, 0-6, 1-6. H. B. Metcalfe lost to R. Wertheim, 6-4, 2-6, 2-6. —Doubles Matches.— A. B. Jones-N. Peach beat A. CarapbellG. L. Patterson, 8-6, 6-8, 7-5. A. B. Jones-N. Peach heat R. WertheimJ. A. Raws, 6-2, 11-9. A, B. Jones-N. Peach beat A. and P. OHara Wood, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3. H. Rice-W. Clark beat R. Wertheim-J. A. Raws, 6-2, 11-9. Hi Rice-W. Cla’k beat A. Campbell-G. L. Patterson, 8-6, 6-3. H. Rice-W. Clara lost to A. and P. O’Hara Wood, 4-6, 4-6. The Australasian championships followed, and there was a reversal of the interstate form a* some instances. A. O’Hara Wood is the new champion of the "Island Continent. ■ In the interstate contest he lost to a second-rater, Marsh, and to A. B. | Jones, who did not compete for the rhnni- | pionships. Wcithivm went down to Wood in the -enii-fir.al. G. L. Patterson, now 20 years of age. gai ed a very convincing victory over R. W Heath in straight sets. According to some good mi'hoiitics Patterson’s service rivals M'Loiighlin's. and he is very severe overhead. Wood's defeat of P-reerson was quite convincing, but Wood did not plnv anv other matches on the final day. whilst P-tt-Tfon had to con- =•■ "crc double? match beforehand. The doubt©? went to Camphc!l-Pnt‘on on, who heat Heath-Wood in the final. 7-5, .3 6. 6-2. 6-5. Miss P. A. Stewart, who won the New Zealand championship at Ch r i c teh”rch in 1911. annexed three events —lad-os’ singles, ladies’ doub'e? f'rith Miss Westmoreland), and mixed doubles (with A. Campbell). A reference to the interstate scores chows that A. B. Jones easily accounted for the new men champion? tin mod above, both in singles and doubles, so tie is clearlv first in Australia fn-dav. There has been considerable talk about the complete failure of leading tenon nhivers of th© Dominion to respond to thr-iv country's call for men willing to serve up something more deadly than a tennis ball. The same remark applies to leading cricketers, footballers, golfers, and other sports. I would suggest to the presi. dents and committees of local sports bodies that thev coneicler the advisability of calling meetings of active plavers, and that the serious question of the hour—the Empire’s future—bo impressed on those who are phvsicallv able, but prefer to fight the great battles at the breakfast table. Which president will be the first in the field to carry out the idea, or something on the lines indicated? Is the following lift not inspiring (o tennis players of the male persuasion : —A. F. Wilding is second lieutenant in the Royal Marines attached to the armored motor, and was with the Naval Brigade which landed at Antwerp. Norman Brooks was expected to leave for France in charge of a motor ambulance at the end of October. Dom-t has joined the transport service. J. C. Parke isj on service as lieutenant in the 6th Battalion Leinster Regiment. Mavro is with Hie great public school corps at the front. Captain Kingscotc is with the R.G.A., and A H. Lowe exnccted to receive his commission in October. The foregoing all played in last season's Davis Cup contests. Messrs Archdnle Palmer, R. J. M'Nair, and R. S. Barnes (in Dunedin two years ago) are in the fighting line; also Hillvard. Hope Crisp, K ; Powell, Tindell-Green, Kidson. Dr W. V. Eaves (Brookes’s mentor), and n-any others. The names of the few local players serv ing their country will appear shortly in “The Only Roll of Honor” of any account. So far I have been unable to* obtain a copy of the New Zealand Association’s programme. The tournament looks like sagging owing to the war—and why not?
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LAWN TENNIS, Evening Star, Issue 15674, 12 December 1914