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BOWLING, Issue 15683, 23 December 1914
, ' ■ '- ' [By Msastobb.] '' Saturday's games wore played in rather cold weather." Dunedin Club had a complete victory over Roslyn, and it will be surprising if-they let the champion banner go this' season. Kaituna also won all 1 three against Kaikorai, but the young club pressed their opponents very hard. St. Kilda went down two sections to Mornington, and only just got home against Green Island. ' .Tho Saints appear to be "right off color. Taieri won easily against. Balmacewen, but Wakari defeated them by a couple of points. Otago beat Valley easily in all three games. St. Clair beat Green Island in the Centre contest; but Wakari claim a win by default in the Association. This is the first instance of the kind in my recollection whero a team has failed to put in an appearance on a playable day unless by arrangement. There may bo an explanation. Caversham were supposed to meet Port Chalmers in two sections and West Harbor in the third, but if they did so results havo not been made public. The big Australian meeting arranged for next Easter has been postponed. The following extract from Sydney 'Referee ot December 9 foretold the probability of this:—-"The New South Wales Bowling Association will meet to-morrow evening to discuss the advisableness or otherwise of continuing the arrangements for next carnival of the Australian Bowling Council, which has been sot down for Sydney next Easter. The committee appointed to make arrangements have held several meetings, and have matters well in hand for a definite campaign if the delegates decide to go on. It is known, however, that some of the delegates on the association take the view that, since there is little likelihood of the war being sufficiently determined to permit the carnival to be made the occasion of celebrating a glorious victory, it might happen that at that particular time the British arms might suffer a heavy defeat; and these people urge that, in such circumstances, it would not benefit the game for bowlers to proceed with arrangements for jollifications. There is another aspect of the matter which has not been overlooked—the loss in business bowlers havo sustained throughout Australia and New Zealand, and its effect on the representation of the various States if it is decided to proceed. An Adelaide writer recently stated that ho had interviewed a dozen men who, before the outbreak of hostilities, were 'sure for Sydney,' and not ohe had said he would go; in fact, the whole of them stated more or less emphatically that they would not be able to make the journey as things were now. However, the delegates will, as stated, consider the whole question to-morrow-evening, and if any decision is arrived at it will probably bo to postpone the gathering." Tho Dominion Council have now extended the date of closing entries for the Auckland January tournament till next Saturday, as it is likely that some who intended to journey to Australia will make the trip to Auckland instead. St. Clair met the next challengers for the Holmes Feathers (Caversham Club) last Friday, and scored another win, being the fifth in succession this season. The St. Clair team are a solid combination, and will take a lot of boating. They got away with a good start, being 8 to 0 at the fourth head, and kept well in front, having scored 18 to 12 at the fifteenth head. Caversham only scored once after that, and St. Clair ran out winners on the twentieth head by 28 to 14. Details: St. Clair—J. Scddon, J. S. Foster, W. Giles, W. Piddington (s), 28; Caversham— A. Trefcheway J. M. Brown, D. Fastier, W. Blackwood (s), 14.
On Monday night the holders had another go, tackling Caledonian. What a night for bowls! The players had to knock off twice for about 20 minutes each time to allow the "passing shower" to expend itself. The green was wet—decidedly wet —and heavy. At the end of the seventh head St. Clair wore 10 to 6; then Cale. got two 3's—lo to 12. This was the only time they had a look in. St. Clair got 4 the next head, and finally ran out on the 20th head 26 to 16. The teams were: St. Clair—J. Seddon, J. S. Foster, W. Giles. W. Piddington (s), 26;- Caledonian—J. Dey, O. Tillie, J. Voitch, D. Smith (s), 16. It will bo noticed that Cale. were " hot stuff." We all know that a good shot does not necessarily mean a favorable result, and it was almost touching to listen to a skip recounting his experience last week. With one end to go he was level, but his section wanted a few points badly. His men had got their bowls well back; the opponents were mostly short, but lay shot with one about 9in behind. kitty. Our friend saw his opportunity. There was a justpossible port between two front ones to get jack back to his bunch. He missed with his first, but got it lovely with his last. Kitty struck the opponent's shot bowl, sprang forward in the air, and lay among the front wood. Seven shots against him, and the section was lost! "A Secretary " writes as follows : —"The secretaries of clubs are indebted to you for your paragraph re the harassing times they have chasing round for score cards. If it were only forgetfulness or neglect one could easily forgive, for in that' case the same trouble would not occur week after week. But as things are now, the secretary has to waste hours of his time each week telephoning or chasing round for ' wandering' score cards. Surely bowlers are not so forgetful or 80 neglectful as to accidentally lose their scoring cards every week. It is a noticeable fact that in nearly every case where a scoring card cannot be obtained the players of that rink arc down. Tho inference is plain. The custom of getting the skips to sign or to have anything to do with the scoring cards should "be done away with. The two seconds whom you have confidence in to keep the scoro throughout the game should be equally competent to sign tho cards and be responsible to the secretary of their club for the production of same I .immediately after the game is over. In somo cases the second player doe 3 not display much thought or trouble over his card, and very often you have to seek a member of tho team to interpret before vou can find out which side has the highest score, for tho card fails to give that information. By placing more responsibility on the second players probably better results would be obtained. If a ' museum '- of scoring cards were kept it would afford great amusement examining what ludicrous ideas some people have of how a scoring card should be kept." Dunedin Club have lost a good member through the premature death of Mr James Farra. Quiet, unassuming, inoffensive, "Jim" was a thorough sport, of whom anv club would be proud. The Green Island Club are to be represented at the elderly bowlers' day by a rink of genuine old identities, who have resided in that district since their arrival in the Dominion: John Blair, who came by the ship Dunedin in January, 1856; Charles Samson, sen., by the Pladda in September, 1861; D. M'Donald, by the Rob Roy in Docember, 1865; and John Mason, by the William Davie in November, 1866. The aggregato ages of these players total 306 years. Even the Dunedin Club will have to put on their thinking cap if they desire to beat that record. The bowlers' "driving" competition at the Garden Fete was patronised by somo 150 bowlers. It consisted of six balls, driving at the jack at full rink length. The winner turned up in Mr Langdpn Clark, who secured throe hits. Mr Clark is an Auckland bowler, who joined Kaituna Club on coming to Dunedin last year. Mr R. Hanning, secretary of Dunedin has been advised that bowlers and their wives proceeding to the championship tournament at Auckland will be granted first class railway-tickets at holiday excursion rates on presentation of tho usual form ! of certificate. Tickets will be issued from the 6th to the 16th of January, and will be available for return until 28th idem. A concession will also be granted by the U.S.S. Company. The entries for the Patriotic Singles Handicap have closed with players from 18 clubs. The finals will take place on the Dunedin Green on the 27th January. Due notice will be published in the Press.. Quite a number oftburnamerits are set down for Christmas and New Year time," but I am Inclined to think that the number of Dunedin. fellers will sot be as lagje_
as usual. Christchurch had an-opportu- I nity under the new constitution to hold a j representative South Island gathering, but havo taken no steps in tho matter.' Perhaps just' as well, all things considered. South Canterbury Centre hold a threedays' gathering at Timaru on December i 25, 26, and "28; Southland Centre meet at | Invercargill on December 31, January 1, 2, and 4; and South Otago Centre on j January 1. 2, and 4. Auckland, Wellington, Hamilton, and Nelson are also having ; meetings. . « When the Northern Bowling Association merged into the Dominion Association they did ndfc distribute their credit fund of. about £2OO, and it is now suggested that this should be handed over to the Belgian fund. The, Auckland Centre have donated £5 to the fund. My Invercargill correspondent sends the following:— ; It looks as though the tournament is going to be frostbitten this year. Entries are to close on Wednesday, 23rd inst., and to date, 21st, there are five entries. Probably the' continuously bad weather is to some extent accountable. We havo had neither spring nor summer,, and to-day, Midsummer Day, the weather has been at its worst, showers of rain, hail, and sleet following each other with disgusting rapidity. Indeed, it might be midwiner. How, then, can one get Op an interest in bowls T It is a marvel that matches have been got off at all. That thoy have speaks volumes for the enthusiasm: of our bowlers; but club ties are at a standstill.
The Saturday matches—no banner waits upon the issue of these games—are very popular. Last week Southland invaded the Invercargill Green with five rinks. When four out of the five games had been completed Southland led with only four points to spare, and the fifth rink had three ends to play. Sebo—Dunedin bowlers know him pretty well—was skipping against Walker, who is playing this year for Invercargill. The first of these three heads went against Sebo, who failed rather badly, and had to submit to some unmerciful barrack from his clubmates. Next end the score was two against Sebo with his last bowl to go. He made no mistake this time, but drew a beauty amidst great cheering. The next end went to Southland, also, and " Three cheers for Sebo" terminated a most interesting and enjoyable afternoon's sport. The first round of the four-rink championship matches leaves Northend' easily on top. Te Rangi Club have lost some of last year's prominent players, the most notable being Messrs Findlay and Calder, so that the opposition from this quarter has been, of necessity, a good deal less vigorous than is usually the case. The Southland Club are as strong as ever, but results have gone against the old club. It would seem as if the combinations representing the club might be altered with considerable advantage.
BOWLING, Issue 15683, 23 December 1914
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