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I V [ [By RecoitDKit. j ‘ Three weeks ago I had the temerity to J predict that Balmacewen would defeat Kai--1 tuna in their A grade encounter, but I evi--1 dently reckoned without Bray, Wilkie, Xicol. i son, Oxford, and the four Kaituna ladies. 3 Twelve rubbers to two is very decisive, but ' the disparity in games is not nearly so great,. 1 the average being about 8 games to 6. 1 : shall make no more predictions this year re- - gardiug interolub results, being quite content I with tho laurals gained as a prophet in this . match. I gave Bray a big chance against . 11. S. Brown, but thought Balmacewen would capture three of the men's singles after close ! contests. Front what little 1 have seen of ’ It. S. Brown’s play this season, ho seems not to be so strenuous in his methods as of yore. 1 His second service is a severe handicap to 3 him; it calls for a vigorous return lb the ’ base-line or to the server’s feet, which puts > tho striker on the immediate offensive and r the server on tho defensive. R.S.B. has not ) lately been driving with his old dash down . tho lines and across court. Against Goss in 1 tho Cadtcrbury match a few weeks ago ho , was nonrly-at his best. It is difficult to gob f singles’ practice on club courts, although I . hear that Kaituna is more favored in that ’ respect than other dubs. Bray, when at Lis , best, is always difficult to defeat —Ollivier ex--1 perienced that last Easter. He has fine I strokes, is very energetic, and keeps the ball going with rare consistency, and on this occa- ; sion ho well earned a fine win. Contests s between S. X. Brown and Wilkie are usually very dose. I expected Brown’s well-known a powers overhead to pull him through, but e evidently Wilkie gave him few chances in the air. Wilkie’s drive, with its spin, keeps “ the ball low on tho bound, and, being always ‘ well placed, requires careful handling; and . Wilkie can also volley artistically. It was s a struggle betwee a strong fore-hander and > a strong back-hander, and Wilkie’s fore- “ hand won. r M’Kerrow had shaped so well against :l Moana that I expected him to get much . closer to J. S. Nicolscm, but the latter is r quite as steady as the Balmacewen veteran. I Oxford was too good all round for Cramond, r whose good strokes seem nowadays to bo in-tersper-sod with too many loose ones. Tho " Kaituna ladies were just a shade ahead of Balmacewen, winning the four rubbers with 1 a margin of 24 games to 18. Tho men’s 1 doubles contained some first-class play, each club winning a rubber, Balmacewen having a margin of one game. There was a great J struggles in the mixed doubles, Bray-Miss I White just getting homo by one game against 11. S. Brown-Miss Cramond. WilkieMiss Marks were too strong for S. X. BrownMiss Turner. Th : s latter lady is not yet up 1 to A grade standard, but is improving, r MTverrow had revenge with Miss Fletcher against ,T. S. Xicolsou-Miss Murray, and Oxford-Miss Black were superior to Cramond- { Mrs Wcllsted. St. Kildn, minus Simpson’s services, <3e--1 fcated Roslyn, whose team contain only two ; men—M’Dougall and G. Black— of A grade • calibre. The former was too good for D. - Hart. Black went, down to Trcgear, whose s weirdly nonchalant play seems difficult to c successfully contend with. J. Hart got in 1 front of Lousley, but only by tho odd game. The ladies’ doubles were divided, each club gaining one rubber, tho total in games being ‘ equal. The men’s doubles were also squared, i Tho most interesting mixed rubber was Hart--1 Miss Hodges versus M’Dougall-Mrs Black, ’ the’ former pair being much tho stronger as ; a combination. J In the B grade Kaituna Xo. 2, Valley, and Moana retained their unbeaten record for the :1 first half of the season. s The entries for the Xew Zealand cham- . pionship closed on Wednesday. From private information received they are not quite up io expectations, hut there is mate- , rial for many good contests. Wallace and * Itiekio, present doubles champions, will take part: also Miss Brewster, Taranaki lady champion, and conqueror of Miss Gray in 1 the Taranaki-Auekland rep. match last scas son. Sho will partner our local champion, , Miss F. Campbell, in the ladies’ doubles. Tho latter is entered (definitely) with Pearse for

the mixed doubles. Hiss Gray (present ladv champion) will bo* down from■ _ Auckland. Canterbury men will include Olhvior, Goss, and Borrows. Of Otago’s quota Brown Bros. (Otago champions), Wilkie-Bray, and M'Dougall-Harraway are paired. Miss Campbell will compete in the ladies’ singles; also Miss Bagley and one or two others. R. S. Brown-Miss Cramond, S. N. Brown-Miss T. White, and M*Dougall-Mise Bagley are amongst local pairs in the mixed doubles. _ One grass court for local players and visitors who will arrive before the tournament commences will be available for practice next week. Don’t rush it. The Otago Association are not responsible for the shortage. The Invercargill tournament ia in jeopardy this season, and will probably bo abandoned. A Southern enthusiast advises me that the entries total 42 only, as against 170 last Christmas. The war, I understand, is mainly responsible, but the weather has been bad all the season. The championships In Dunedin kept Dunedin players from entering. • The war and duty to the Empire should certainly he the first considerations of all men physically capable of bearing arms, hut there is no sane reason why those who cannot go to the front should not take part in their sports. Tennis is, to a very large extent, an individual game, and if not taking part in a tournament the individual would travel somewhere during the holidays. To see whole teams of men touring the Dominion in these times, and drawing attention to themselves, is certainly objectionable, for it implies a total indifference to everything but the pursuit of sport. Bet us have our sports in' moderation, and without too much ' dl The J New Zealand Association, If they do not benefit financially from this year’s tournament, will have a windfall of £3OO to holster up the credit side of the ledger. At a meeting of the Australasian L.T. Association held on the 4th inst. it was decided to divide the sum of £2.100 equally between the seven States comprising the association. This sum is taken from profits from the Davis Cup contests. The recent contests brought in £3,400. and the association had £2,300 in band up to the end of 1913, making £5,700. The sum of £3.600 is to bo retained and invested for financing future Davis Cup tours.

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LAWN TENNIS, Issue 15680, 19 December 1914

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LAWN TENNIS Issue 15680, 19 December 1914

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