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THE SPORTING WORLD, Issue 15674, 12 December 1914
THE SPORTING WORLD
[From Our London Correspondent.] October 23. ENGLISH ATHLETICS. The resolutions conic to at tho General Committee meeting of the Amateur Athletic Association a few days ago show that the body named intends to “cany on,” irt spite of the war. It ha? been decided to continue the triangular international athletic contest among teams representing England, Scotland, and Ireland. This was held for the first time at Glasgow last July, and the second fixture is to be decided m London. Another decision was to hold the English athletic championships at Stamford Bridge, London, probably on the first Friday and Saturday in July. At the present time champions in C. I\. Seedhonee (quarter-mile) and G. W. Hutson (one and lour miles) arc at the front, whilst another great runner in H. Ives is also serving. Many lesser lights in the athletic wo;In have stepped forward lo do their duty to their Empire, ihe writer firmly believes in carrying on our sports, so far as practicable, in the interests of the young.-tere, the veterans, and those who arc serving the Empire at home. It seems entirely out of place, however, to hold a championship when many champions and prospective champions are- fighting, and thus giving those who aro less patriotic a chance of becoming the holder of an A.A.A. gold medal. It would be more in order if the governing .association promoted a junior chaniplunehip, for athletes under 19 years of age, in place of the regular July festival. The regulation championship might he held over for a time, to eee how matters were going. Tho new army ought to lie able to take the field early in. the spring cf 1915, and as it will probably prove to be the finest body of fighting men ever gathered together, its mission .may have been accomplished by midsummer. If this happy state of affairs came about, it would still bo possible to hold the regulation championships during tho autumn. THE OLYMPIC GAMES. The question of tho Olympic Games also claimed the attention of the athletic legislators at the meeting referred to. Matters aro in abeyance, the engagement of \V. R. Knox, of Canada, a» chief coach in England having been ended on mutual terms of agreement. If or when it will be resumed depends on what the future brings forth. Meanwhile, about £SOO which the Olympic Committee had in hand lias been put aside for expenses when Olympic matters again claim attention. Another sign of the times is the announcement that the governing bodies of England and Canada have entered into a working agreement. The English A.A.A. have adopted a very non-piogressive spirit for years, and it is good to see signs of alertness. Tne writer has long advocated a federation of the athletic governing bodies of the Mother Country, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa. With this accomplished, one might look for a British Empire Championship every fourth year, as a cuvtain-raieer and trial for the Olympic Games. SOLDIER. ATHLETES. France has lo?t another great athlete in G. Andre, who is reported to have been killed in action. He won championship? as a jumper, hurdler, and runner, and also represented France on the Rugby football field. Early in the campaign ho distinguished himself by capturing the colors of a Gorman regiment, for which he was promoted to tbo rank of sergeant and recommended for the Log on of Honor. Por.lain, a famous French cyclist, is alsd reported among the killed. The war is only 10 weeks old, yet many famous sportsmen have mot their death in upholding tho honor and prestige of the.r country, and many more ma t go in the long struggle to be faced before peace is signed in Berlin. No further news has come to hand regarding Corporal G. W. Hutson, but another champion, in A. K. Sanderson, is lying wounded in the military hospital at Bonrnehrook. near Birmingham. He wa? shot whilst lining the trenches, the bullet entering the armpit ami lodging under the lower rib, thus traversing the loft side of the. bodv. Sanderson, who won the Midland Comities Cross-country Championship last February, is very cheerful, in spite of all he has gone through. Owing to the exposed po?ition his regiment was holding it was not possible to remove him from the trenches for two days. Nevertheless, he is making good progress. BOXING. The winter season at ;the Notional Sporting Club opened on Monday, when the tit-hit arranged was a 20-round cuntest between Percy Jones and Taney Lee. The iiv-weight championship belt should have been at issue, but the former (holder) was over-weight and had to pay torlcit. The lads went on with the match, however, but it was not very exciting, done,, had tried hard to realm.o himself to the stipulated Bst, with’the result that he was very weak. On the other hand, whilst the Scotchman showed no great skill as a boxer, he was strong and determined, so that he soon had Jones in difficulties. ’I he Welshman was very plucky, however, and struggled on after his proopecto looked hopeless. Tho end came in the 12th round, when Jim Driscoll, who was behind Jones, gave in for his man. Another international bout was decided at the Ring (London) this week, Dai Roberto (of Wales) decisively boating Alt’. Sponceley (of London). The latter made a lino record as an amateur, and since going over to tho professional ranks he has beaten such good men ao Sapper 0 Neill and Marcel Thomas (France). On the strength of this he was fancied by many, but lie never had a look in against the much - improved Welshman. Roberts knocked his man down in the second, third, eixth, amf seventh rounds, the latter being the end. The winner is.a good man, and ho is a prospective challenger for welter-weight chainj)ionshi|> honor?. Before finishing with boxing matters, it may bo mentioned thift Sergeant M’Enroy (of tho Irish Guards), who > has been wounded. is mentioned in Gcnetal French’s official despatch among those bravo soldiers who nave particularly distinguished themselves. It is with regret that one also has to chronicle the fact that Captain G. W. Bentley (of the Middlesex Regiment) is reported among the killed, lie was a famous boxer, tne heavy-weight championship for officers falling to him at the Army boxing championships of 1910. BILLIARDS. H. W. Stevenson and Tom Reece wore the first pair to come together in tide season’s London billiard tournament. The conditions are new, the heats now being 4,000 up. so that two will be decided each’ week. With Stevenson, Reece, and Gray on the scratch mark, Newman and Smith receiving 300 points, and Diggle 450 points, there is plenty of material for some interesting games. Reece scored twice as iast g/ 1 SUl *™ aL “ tt
day, but the latter found his form at the fourth session, when he made a splendid break of 523, and returned an average of 79.06 for each visit to the table. He maintained his form on tho third day', making a; break of 385, and having an average of 77.21 at the final session. This enabled hi into win bv tho handsome margin of 768, and his high average testifies to his splendid form. THE TURFThe news of tho death of Sir R. Duff, killed in action, follows closely on the doatli of hia father (Sir Chas. Asseton Smith), only four weeks elapsing between the death of Jerry M.’s owner and that of his son. The war is indeed depleting the rank.? of sportsmen, and many wellknown faces will bo missed from racing circles. A sign of the times was seen in the Westorham Welter Handicap at’ the Lingfield meeting. The riders of tho placed horses are all serving in tho army, and needless to say, the jockeys got an extra hearty cheer. The race went to Mr H. Bottqvnloy’s Bunch o’ Keys, ridden by Trooper G. Heasman, of the. 19tli Hussars, Trooper F. Reece (Sussex Yeomanry) and Lieutenant H. Hartigan (9tk Hussars) being up on tho second and third. When the war broke out, C. Ringstead, one of England’s best-known jockeys, was fulfilling an engagement in Austria, being retained by Count Berchtold, the Minister of War. Tho influence of this sportsman enabled Ringstead to return to England, though ho has only just arrived. Ho says that Austrian sportsmen are astonished at Englishmen keeping up their sports at such a time. The ‘Sporting Life* quotes Ringstead as saving that an officer remarked ; “ Yon aro a queer people. Just fancy, keeping racing .going at such a time* as this.” I told him there was once a fellow named Drake, who finished his game of bowls and thou went out and gave the Spaniards a good hiding. I wonder if he tumbled to what L meant?” Ringstead has boon unlucky enough to lose all he possessed, but is glad to bo safely back in the Old Country. RUGBY FOOTBALL. Franco deplores the loss of Gaston Lane, who represented his country in 15 international Rugby matches. He was rightly considered to be one cf the very best players under the carrying code ever produced in France, and he claimed more international honor? than any ether Frenchman. No particulars are to hand regal ding his death beyond tho bare statement that he was killed in action. Turning to news of our own Rugby men, Alan Roberts, a Northumberland and ■English international, I). 15. Williams, treasurer of the Swansea F.C., W. M. Dodds, of tho Harlequins, and S. S. L. Steyn, who has played for Oxford and Scotland, aro a few prominent players now serving in the army. Rugby men will also feel pleased that F. Burgee Watson, Lieut.-commander of the destroyer Royal, had the good luck to participate in the fight, off the coast of Holland last Saturday, when four German destroyers were sunk. The gal*lant officer had the distinction of representing England against Scotland in J9C9, and only the calls of service deprived him of many more football honors. Another great player, in J. H. D. Watson, also an English international, is, it is feared, among the victims of the Hawke. Ho was a temporary surgeon on this vessel, which was torpedoed whilst ensuring the command of the sea, whereby the commerce and safety of the Empire is safeguarded. RECENT MATCHES. Manchester City continues to gather in points, and alone among English and Scottish League clubs can still claim an unbeaten record. It was a fine performance to visit Notts County and score 2 goals (for which Howard was directly responsible) without response from tho home men. As Oldham could only draw (1-1) on visiting Kvcrton. this gives the Manchester Club a clear lead of 2 points over their neighbor?. Sheffield Wednesday are only 1 point behind the leaders, but have played an additional mate!;. One of the best, performances on Saturday was the victory of Ayr United over Glasgow Ranger? in a Scottish League match. To conquer two such crack teams as Celtic and Rangers in successive matches is a fine testimony to this team, which came up from tin; second division eight mouths ago. Ayr United will next tackle Heart of Midlothian, the leaders in the Scottish League Championship. Another win would put Ayr right on the heel? of the crack Edinburgh club, and the game is sure to arouse wide interest.
THE SPORTING WORLD, Issue 15674, 12 December 1914
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