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BOWLING

[By Measures.] Another round of club matches was played last Saturday, and surprises are still the order of tho day. Roslyn got in two wins against Valley, one easily, tho other by a few. They lost the Association by a fair number in a peculiar scoring game. Mathoson scored for Roslyn 24 to Begg's 7; but for Valley Rawliuson put on 25 to M'Fadden's 12, and Burt chalked up 31 to R. H. Scott's 7. St. Clair walked homo in the Association match against Kaikorai, scoring more than two to one. The winners were up heavily in each rink. Maddox put on 34 to Weir's 12. In the Centre contest the teams made a draw—ss all. In their third game Kaikorai defeated Taieri. Caledonian were up and down against Wakari, winning the District easily and going under to their opponents in the Association by just one point. Caledonian also won against Green Island after a good game. _ _ I Balmacewen put up a surprise against Kaituna, winning in both contests. How Kaituna fared against Outram has not transpired. Dunedin went down in one game to Mornington, and won the third (against Green Island! with a few points in hand. St. Kilda won both games against Port Chalmers, also versus West Harbor. Otago defeated Fairfield both games, but lost to Taieri. Caversham had the bye. An announcement on Monday in the_ Press read: " Taieri defeated Otago, but detailed scores were not supplied." In re this kind of thing, tho following extract from a writer up north has point:—"A secretary makes a complaint in season. He says it is very harassing to have to ' chase round ' away-teams for score cards. Players like to seo" their names in the results columns of the Press, except, probably, when they lose badly, but they have only got themselves to blamo if they do not depute some one or other of tho players who is returning to his homo green to take the cards back with him promptly. Will players, especially the No. 2's or skips, see that their secretary doesn't have to waste his time telephoning up or sending messengers for wandering cards ?"_ While Caledonian were playing Wakari on Saturday some great scoring was done. John Collins's rink, for Caledonian, got the whole Bin on one head. These shots were all drawn—the jack was never disturbed. But alongside, at the same time, Blacklock's rink, for Wakari. were also busy. They got in a 7 against their opponents, so things came out nearly equal. Caledonian Club's entries for the Patriotic Singles total 32. Kaituna's champion for the "Patriotic" event proved to be R. Johnston, who has been playing a good game lately. Acknowledged with thanks: Pair of bowls for Mental Hospital from Mr F. Bastings. Others would bo gladly received. The Seacliff Club must be progressing all right, as I notice they put four rinks into the field last Wednesday in tho return match with Waikouaiti. Thcv lost bv onlv 4 points. St. Clair* Club still retain the Holmes Feathers, having an easy win against West Harbor last week. On this occasion W. R. Piddington skipped the holders, and did it well, too, playing in rare form. He was strongly supported. The St. Clair men scored 35 to 11, finishing up with a 6. Tho West Harbor players found the green too keen for them, and were most affected bv the gustv wind. Scores: St. Clair— J'.' Soddon, J. S. Foster. W. Giles. W. R. Piddington (s). 35; West Harbor—W. Lind, G. Burke. G. Grant, J. Button (s), 11. Last evening tho next challenger—Fairlivid—tried to get away with the Feathers, and they put up a* great game. The St. Clair team made a good beginning, after a few heads being 10 to 1, but from thence on the struggle was keen, and three heads from home there were only 3 or 4 points separating them. Fortune varied with these last heads, but the St. Clair rink maintained their lead, a couple of good shots bv the St. Clair skipper at the" last head definitely settling the result of tho match. The 'following were the teams and the result?:— St. Clair—J. Keddon. J. S. Foster, W. Giles, W. 11. Piddington (s). 19; Fairfield—W. L. Harrison, W. Allan, A. Love. T. Anderson (s), 14C. E. Keast. at present in town, intends to leave for Sydney before the end of the year, to settle' there permanently. • The game which Dunedin Club aro arranging for elderly bowlers should prove of considerable interest. Dunedin Club can put in two rinks the aggregate ages of whom would exceed 3CO years, but they have a large number of players over 65 year.;, all anxious to take part if room can be provided for them. The Taieri Club have five players whose aggregate ages are over 363 years, while Mornington lono of our junior clubs) have a rink whose total ages exceed 295 years. St. Clair, Kaikorai, Wakari, and Port Chalmers can each put in one rink all over 65. St. Kilda and Kaituna Clubs will do their utmost to assist the Dunedin Club to make the day a success. Most of us can recollect when bowling was entirely an old man's game, but now tho number of j young players make most of the games too j strenuous 'for the elderly gentlemen to keep pace with. One game of 21 heads is quite as much as any of the elders wishes to plav. and then he does not caro to be hurried over it—a smoke-ho at every seventh head and a rest are more to their tastes. Tournaments, as now conducted, are far too strenuous for them. So an elderly gentleman's day should prove quite a success. It is proposed to hold the game some time during January. I understand tho Dunedin Club are prepared to give tho use of their green any day during the week. It is to bo hoped that the day fixed upon will bo a Saturday. Elderly players pay theirs subs, the same as other members, and do not often get an opportunity to havo onlookers watching them play. The younger players would surely be only too glad to stand aside for one day to look on. Tt is fully expected that the whole of the 10 rinks of the Dunedin Green will be occupied. The president of the club (Mr Win. Emery) is taking a great interest in arranging matters for tho clay, while the ladies of the club aro delighted to have an opportunity to cater for the veterans. The Dunedin Club would like it to be understood that not only do they wish all elderly bowlers to turn up on the day fixed upon, but they aro expecting their lady friends also. If they can gather 80 players together all about or over 65 years of age taking part it will be a day not soon forgotten. The trustees of the Reefton Bowling Green have been compelled to affix printed notices requiring ladies and visitors to delist from ravaging tho flower beds. It is certainly discouraging in the face of efforts to beautify and adorn the-property that such a notice has to be exhibited. Failure to comply with the wishes of the trustees will result in the appointment of a janitor and the refusal of admission of all offenders to the grounds. The following, bv "Jack," of Christchurch '' Evening Nlews,' deals with a friend of tho game well known to many Dunedin players : —Dr W. Thomas, a wellknown figure on tho, Christchurch Green/ joined the club in- 1833. He had as a coach the late Mr Henry Thompson, who is said to have been one of tho ablest exponents of the game in New Zealand. Dr Thomas has always taken a keen and lively interest in bowls. He has played in nearly all the most important fixtures of the club, and has always taken an active part in the management of the club. He was a member of the committee in 1836, and has ever since occupied some ofticial position, having held every office the club could bc6tow. Ho was president in 1891-92, and for quite a long stretch of years was the club's secretary. Ho has at all times taken a fatherly interest in the club, and has always been anxious to give *ny advice te the* younger gencrttion of bowlers. He has been a member of many winning rinko, and has quit* a number of club victorie* to his credit. Dr Thomas hj«« be*n «, dekgate to the New Zealand Bowling Association scr many years.

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BOWLING, Issue 15677, 16 December 1914

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BOWLING Issue 15677, 16 December 1914

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