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Irish Athletic Society

During the early part of the week the town was full of athletes and their friends, heralding the 21st annual gathering of the Irish Athletic Society of Southland, which took place in the Queen’s Park on Wednesday. The number of country patrons was less than formerly. It was thought that as the harvest was well advanced the railway returns would have exceeded previous years, but this was not so possibly the dull morning deterred many from making the journey. The day turned out an ideal one. The grounds were in excellent order, and the gathering was a very large one. Rather more than the usual complement of townspeople were present, and it is quite safe to sat- they enjoyed themselves. The various committees worked hard, and are to be complimented on the manner in which they kej>t the ringclear, and gave the public the best possible view. The new secretary, Mr Goo. McNamara, proved a worthy successor to Mr O'Brien, who had charge for some years. The arrangements were well carried through, and the various events keenly contested. Of course, principal centered on the running, and at times excitement ran high. The winning of the 75 yards by Baird was a popular one," and Currie, the winner of the Sheffield, was carried shoulder high from the field.

The cycling events were well-com-peted, and- the old interest in this class of sport seems to he reviving—in fact, there is some talk of putting on another cycling sports gathering. The school relay race was well contested, and the winners, pupils of the Marist School, fairly deserved the honour.

It is a pity the 220 yds and 440 yds were not run in heats, for some of the rimers were blocked early in the races.

The handicappers—Messrs Murdoch (running) and Mr Geo. Double (cycling)—were very successful, and the winners were hard to pick in almost every race. The starters —Messrs Irving and Mulvey—were very strict, and a number of runners had to retire a yard for false starts. This is as it should be, and tends to make competitors more careful". The quoits, decorated bicycle, and youths’ wrestling fully justified their inclusion in the programme, and some surprise was expressed on account of the omistsion of axemen’s events. Some thought a space could be set apart in another section of the held, which would not have interfered with the already long programme.

After the semi-final in the Sheffield, Mr Jas. Collins, the Deputy-Superin-tendent of .the sports, addressed the ■winners of the heats, and tokl them to be very careful how they conducted themselves between then and the final, remarking that there had been a lot of trouble in previous years, and if the directors heard of anything they would not allow them to start in the final. The advice was acted upon, and the 1907 Sheffield will bo a race long remembered in the bistort- of athletes in Southland.

The Municipal Band. under Conductor Glennie, supplied a very enjoyable programme of music, and one and all wore loud in their praise ‘of the way in which the gathering was conducted, and augurs well for the future success of the society. Subjoined is a summary of events. PRIZH-LIST. R CXXTXG Youths' Scratch Race, 120 yards ; Ist silver cup, 2nd gold medal J. Secular 1, S. Reid 2, H. W, Scott 8. To Yards Handicap : Ist £5, 2nd £2. Brd £l—W. .Baird 1, A. S. Peters 2. F,. G. Sherbonrne 8 ; time —7 8-5 secs. IMO Yards Flat Handicap (fur competitors who had not won =£s or over) ; Ist £2, 2nd £l, Brd lOs—A. Thomson 1, W. Aldred 2, A. Gregory 3. Time—ll secs.

One Mile Flat Handicap : Ist £5, 2nd £2, 3rd £l—M. Small (20 yds) 1 ; _A. fouling- (10 yds) 2, J. Riddell (35 yds) 3. Time 4 mins 37 1-5 secs. St. Patrick’s Sheffield Handicap. 135 yards ; £4O and President’s Gold Medal ; 2nd £7 ; 3rd £3 ; 4th £1 10s—J. Currie (Heriot) 1, W. Henderson (Dunedin) 2, W. Raird (Invercargill) 3, A. Thomson (Invercargill) 4. Time —12 4-3 secs.

Schools Relay Race ; Ist four gold medals and pennant held by school for one year—Marist School 1. Central school 2. Gladstone School 3.

Half-Mile Flat Handicap ; Ist £3, 2nd £2, 3rd £l—M. Small (15 yds) 3, G. Small (30 yds; 2, J. Riddell (30 yds) 3. Time—2 min. 6 secs. 220 Yards Flat Handicap ; Ist £7, 2nd £3. 3rd £2 —J. Shivas (9 yds)

1, L. C. McLauchlan (3 yds) 2, T. I W. Dodds (12 yds) 3. Time—22 3-5 , secs. 440 Yards Flat Handicap ; Ist £5, 2nd £2, 3rd £l—A. S. Peters (22 yds 1, R. I>. Chalmer (20 yds) 2, A. J. Dunne (30 yds) 3. Time —49 4-5 secs. 440 Yards Flat (for amateurs)— Ist gold medal, 2nd silver cup—W. F. Trembath (scr) 1, R. Pyle 2, P. 0. Stokes 3. Time 54 4-5 secs. CYCLING— Decorat,ed Bicycle—l Mrs D. A. Mitchell, 2 Miss Timpanv. Half Mile Bicycle Race ; Ist £-4, 2nd £2, 3rd £1 —J. Summers 1, W. Bennet 2, R. Lambert 3 ; time —1 min 3 4-5 secs. Quarter Mile Dash ; £3, £2, £1 — Shea 1, Schmelz 2, Waldie, 3. Time —32 secs. One Mile Bicycle Race, £5, £2, £1 —Summers 1, Bennett 2, Shea 3 ; lime—2 mins 10 secs. WRESTLING, ETC.— Collar and Elbow ; £4 and £2 —F. Forde 1, F. Keenan 2. Youths' Cumberland Wrestling (under 18 years)—J. Cody 1, D. Cody 2, P. Staunton 3. Cumberland Wrestling, £4 and £2 F. Forde 1, M. Fordo 2, W. Forde 3. Throwing 16 lb Hammer (Scotch Style)— ; £2 and £l—F. Forde (123 ft. 4 in.) 1, W. Forde (121 ft.—2o ft. handicap) 2. Throwing Stone (Irish Style) ; £2 and £1 —F. Forde (50ft. lin.) 1. W. Forde (48ft. Bin.—handicap 3 ft. 6 in.) 2, M. Forde (47ft. 6in. —handicap 3ft. 6in.) 3. Quoits —3 Guinea Silver Cup, 2 Guinea Gold Medal, and Silver Medal —H. Macgregor 1, R. McDonald 2, M. McLeod 3. DANCING— Irish Jig—D. Reidie Irish Jig ; £2 and £1 —D. Reidie 1, F. Brown 2. Highland Fling (for girls under 16 gold medal and silver medal —M-isis Huffadine 3, Miss Glennie 2, Miss> J. Fraser 3. Sailors’ Hornpipe ; £1 and 10s —A. Sutherland 1 . Master Soar 2. INVERCARGILL DRAMATIC CLUB CONCERT. On the evening - of the sports a very enjoyable concert was given in the theatre, and attended by an appreciative audience. The programme opened with a well-rendered selection by the Municipal Band, and throughout oho evening Mrs E. B. McKay played the accompaniments, in a skilful manner. " The performers were Mr A. Thomson, Mrs Ross, Mr H. Norris, Miss Nixon. Misses Hishon and Kirwan, Mr J. W. Glennie, Mr and Mrs Sheehan, and Miss Daisy Ross. The management was intrusted to Mr A. R, Wills, and faithfully carried out. The programme was a rattling good one, and encores were numerous and deserving of a much larger patronage. The descriptive fantasia, ‘-'The Smithy in the Woods! - ’ —as performed by the Municipal—in itself was a performance well worth going a long way to hear.

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Irish Athletic Society, Southern Cross, Volume 14, Issue 51, 16 March 1907

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Irish Athletic Society Southern Cross, Volume 14, Issue 51, 16 March 1907

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