[By Measvkkii.] •' J. A.M’K."—Thanks. The big Association tournament, is now in progress at Auckland. Dunedin Centre is fairly well represented, half a dozen rinks taking part. Three of these are. from Dunedin Club, and are skipped by W. M’Laren, AV. D. Wyatt, and K. Karra, way respectively. M'Laren lias with him TliitchAon, (iregory and T. Xcil. Wyatts men are NcKon. Morrison, and Slubber held iChri-tchurcho K. Harr,away has H. Williams, F. Saxon (Auckland), and J. .Johnson. The Otago rink skipped by C. D, Smith are a composition, including W . Waddell lOamaru) and 0. Balk ißalmacewenl). Smellie (Green Island) has W. M'Donald. D. Buchanan, and another helping him : and W. Carswell iTaicri) has for partners S. Cousins, D. L. Christie, and Gibson. Writing at the close of the second day's play it will be seen that Carswell and Snidlie are doing well. The rinks competition is being placed in sections of 10. each meeting the other, so section winners will not be found fill to-mpht. M'Laren and Smellie have the bad luck to ho drawn an the same section. The weather for the start, at any rate, lias been good, and there is no doubt that the Aucklanders will make all visitors very welcome. The official reception was held last Saturday afternoon, and other arrangements are: —Tuesday, January 12: Flay on each green begins at 9 o’clock. Meeting of howler* at Chamber of Commerce at 8 p.m. Wednesday. January 13: I’lay on each green begins at 9 a.m. Carden party, given by the president, Mr M. Casey, at his residence, Hamilton road. Ponsonby. at 7,30 p.m. Thursday, January 14; Intersectional play in the full rink championship begins at Remnera. (Ireen at 9 a.m. Friday, January 15; Play in the pairs championship begins on each green at 9 a.m. .Match, North v. South, at Auckland Croen by electric light, at 7.45 p.m. Saturday. January 16; Intersectional play in the pair; championship begins at, Remnera. (•men at 9 a.m. Final of full r>nk championship at Remnera (Ireen at 2.7:0 p.m. .Monday, January 18: Play in the singles championship begins on all green; at 9 a..m. Tuesday. January 19: Winners of greens in the singles championship meet at Remnera Green at 9 a. m.
] A prominent absentee from the Audi- | land gathering A Mi’ C, J. Payne. Business arrangements prevented him from I taking part. Somehow, an Association tournament without a rink skipped by I C.J.P. seems inoomplete. “ Skip,” writing hi the ' Southland Xcws' of the recent Invercargill tournament. says :—"’Re the two-feet-on-thc-mat rnlo 1 There was one player who most per-iftenl!y and wilfully treated the, committee's wishes with contempt. Mr J. M'Cnrdy i-■ so skilful a howler that 1 am ! certain it would be no hardship to him to | conform to the rule that is now being en- | forced. tie declares that the rule cannot j lie enforced —that there, is no penalty. | Well, maybe there is no sppciiic penalty j attaching to that particular rule. Peat is j any howler to lie allowed to break the j laws laid down merely because such specn ' tic penalty has been overlooked? Bowlers ; should obey the laws; failing (his. they I should lie, summarily punishes!. 1 would give such people as Mr M'Cnrdy only one warning. After that, if they persisted in their infractions, (hey should, like recalcitrant footballer:, be ordered ciT the Held. | lb naltv, for-oolh !" (If course, such an ! intolerable --l.il e of a flairs cannot be al- ! ] nvc-P lo continue. The Dunedin Centre : Executive considered (he matter on Mou- | day night when making arrangements for I (lie blaster meeting (which, by the way, will be run upon similar lines to last year’s gathering/, and resolved that decisive measure- should be taken. They are of opinion that Clause XIII. of the Centre rules, under the heading “ Misconduct.” gives them ample power to deal with oltVmlcrs. and intend to enforce it. The clause rends; “The Centre shall have the power, on inquiry, lo disqualify or suspend 1 either temporarily or permanently' any I plover who may he found guilty of uuiair I piny.” etc. Oli’emlei-s will he first wanted ; ! afterwards (hey will have to stand the I penalty. The Council showed weakness | in ah-taiuing from attaching a “ punishj mint to tit, the rrime ” when they decided j on the iwo-feet-on-the-mat rule, but ceni tees will right!'.' see that, the rule i- on--1 forced. | The SC Clair rink cho-eu to defend the j Holmes readier:- seem determined not. to i let go their hold of them. They have ! held them all through the sea-on so far. j (heir victims Inning been Kaikoiai. At. j Kildn. West Harbor, Fairfield, Caver-ham. i Caledonian, -and (la-t Monday night' Kae ! tuna. This is a great record. Kaituna : put forward a powerful quartet, comprisI ing Seeiye. Johnstone, F. Smith, and 1 , | Vet St. Clair defeated them 2 to 1 —id to I 9 1 The strength of the SI. Clair men J--1 their all-round consistency. If the lead j Saddom does not rome off. Foster dhe I second; docs; (tiles (the third' rarely i plays a. bad shot, and W. Piddington is I reliable -at time- brilliant—a- a skip. The holders have to meet formidable opponents in their next few garncs-diroeu island. Taieri. Dunedin, and <o on—and they will (le-erve a, lot of credit if they can hold on much longer. I). Forrester will represent Caver-ham Club as the Patriotic Singles winner. lie ; put defeated J, Drown in the lina! by a i point after a fine, game, both men playing j splendid howls. i When a letter from Samoa addressed ' " Measurer, Star Office.” reached me hot ; week it. was ea\v to guess that, some, | howler formed one of the garrison on duty- i there. It proved lo be a card expressing ; tin- fact that. " The Xcw Zealand Rail- | wav p.n.gineers join in wishing you a j Merrv Christmas -md a Happy Xew Year." ! and was sent by I,e<. Campbell, late of (he ! Caledonian Club, the -kip who could both ' drive and draw. He expresses the general j deEre of (lie garrison to get to the front, ! and adds : " I have tried to play bowls ! with eocoanul.-. but they won't ’draw.’ not | even an audience." lie sends best wishes i to all old friends. ! A fixture that is now becoming almost ; time-honored is the annua! match between !, Hie Hillside Workshops and the ' Evening 1 M.nr ’ Office. Six or seven years have; elapsed since these games started, and they , are looked forward to by both sides. This • season’s two-rink game was played on i Caversham Green last, night, and the Hill- j side men once more proved too strong for ] the newspaper bowlers. Results, how- i ever, are merely incidents, ; what matters ' is the. evening's enjoyment, and about this there was no doubt. The green played : splendidly, and the thanks of both teams , am due lo the Caver-ham Chib executive for their hospitality. Following are the teams and their scores : —Workshops (J. Paterson, D. H. Hastings, J. Reddington, FI. Ci. Brooksl 24 v. ‘Star’ (M‘Alister. F. Jago. G- Capstick. J. Edwards). 21; Workshops (A. Austin. A. Thomson. T. Meekison. J. Kennedy/ 27 v. ‘Star' AI. Pearce. W, Cole, J. ft. Moody. IV. Thomp- j son) 15. Lest week's intorchib matches provided good games, but no startling surprises. Of the leading teams, Dunedin kept their place bv winning all three engagements against Otago, but Wakari lost way by going ’ down twice to Kaituna. who also defeated 1 Green Island. Valley had another bad day. losing two to Balmacewcn and another to Outran). St. Kilda won two and lost one to Roslyn ; Caledonian defeated j St. Clair in two, but Taieri were too strong | in the third ; Caversham won both against I Mornington and lost to Green Island; Taieri had a conols of wins; KaikoraiJ
won one. 10-=t two : Fairfield won and lost, a, did Green Island. The. matches were played in rather dull but suitable weather, and sonic good play was seen.
South Canterbury Centre, ns a result of their Christmas tournament, wore able to hand over to the British and Belgian relief fund £2o—a goodly sum.
Bowlers are reminded that entries for the South Island tournament, commencing at Christchurch on January 25. close on the 16th in=fc.
Clubs' representatives in the Patriotic [singles will gather for a tinal decision on the Dunedin Green on Wednesday. 27th hist... at 2 p.m. The name- of chib winners must be sent to .Mr J. C. Short before Tuesday, the 26th. in time for rehandicapping and draw. A drawing compe(ion. open to all comers, will also take place during the a fte,moon, for which first and second trophies are offered.
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BOWLING, Evening Star, Issue 15699, 13 January 1915