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CURRENT SPORT. It was in a perfect blizzard that the Irish Junios Cross-country Championship was decided over ■ 5 miles course at Inchicore, near Dublin, on Satuf* day. J. Hamilton, of the Galway Harriers, was first man home in 32tnia. 49800., and it was to his club that the winning team honsurs went, with a score of 58 points, the Ballinsloe Harriers, aftea much exciu,ment, losing the championship, by OM point only, with a total of 59. Limerick Harriers were third with 78, and Leinster fourth with 137. Owing to the frost-bound and slippery conditions of the four and three-quarter utiles course at Roe- hampton on Saturday, most of the competitors in the Thames Hare and Hounds Invitation SteeplechaM Race wore rubber shoes. The few who were shod with spikes suffered from the hard going. Fiftean runners—six from the South London HaiTiers and nine from the Thames—competed. S. W. F. Dixoa. of the T.H. and H., the 50 miles running record holder's youngest son, was the winner, with 2min. start, in the net time of 29min. 45sec.; J. H. Besaell, S.L.H. (30sec.), being second in 27min. 45sec. J. Procter, S.L.H. (50sec.), in 28min. 5-^sec., third; and H. G. Lloyd, T.H. and H. (scratch), in 27min. 408ec.—the fastest time in the race—fourth. There was a surprising result in the Thames Valltp Harriers Ten Miles Championship at Twickenham, on Saturday. W. Thompson, whose chance had been so lightly esteemed that he was allotted 2min. 20aec. in the sealed handicap (which he also easily woD). finished first in the level race, beating several better- known men, and covering the course in the fast time of 55min. 37 1-3sec. Among those whom he defeated on level terms were S. Cottrell, the National Cham- pion of 1895, and F. J. Steadman, the Junior Cham* pion of 1898. For the second week in succession, hockey was pretty well at a standstill on Saturday. There wen one or two games in the metropolitan district, however, so that matters were rather better than QB the previous Saturday. Kidbrooke took a fairly strong team to Eltham, and the home side's victoij by five goals to three was highly creditable. Eltham have lost their hon. secretary, D. C. O. Watson, who has gone to the front with the Berkshire Yeomanry. The result of the meeting between those near neigh- bours, Crystal Palace and Norwood, was a win for the former, the senior club. Wimbledon were nnable to raise a team to take North to play the Western, of Manchester. The severe weather throughout the country caused a greater dislocation of football arrangements oa Saturday than had been previously experienced tfaaa season. The Rugby game, of course, suffered mon heavily than did the Association but the upsetting; of fixtures even under the latter code was more general than has been the case for a very long time. A number of games of great importance were attempted, and, in some cases, carried througlb Results, of course, have to stand but it is probable that, in nearly every case, it would have been fairer to both sides to arrange for a postponement. It it, however (as the Standard football specialist points out) for the referee to decide on the spot whether the conditions are such as to warrant a start being made, and their is a natural unwillingness stop a game that has once been set going. Even se, many games had to be abandoned on Saturday wheat experience had shown the unwisdom of continuing them. In the second round of the competition proper for the Football Association Challenge Cup, only three out of the eight games were played through, and, as one of these resulted in a draw, six of the ties have yet to be decided. Queen's Park Rangers v. Millwall, Liverpool v. West Bromwich Albion, and Preston North End r. Blackburn Rovera, were postponed without any attempt being made to- play. Sheffield United v. Sheffield Wednesday and Southampton v. Newcastle United were started, but abandoned owing to snow falling heavily. Notts County v. Bury produced an even, though not too brilliant game on the Trent-bride- ground, Nottingham, neither side being able to score. The only two finished games were tfiosa at Birming- ham and at the City ground, Nottingham. At Bir- mingham, Astoa Villa inflicted upon Bristol City the inevitable defeat, but with no wider a margin than five goals to one. This, of course, is wide enough to mean a big beating but no one would have been greatly surprised if a much heavier defeat had resulted. this did not happen was doe to the really fine, stubborn defence of the Bristol team. At Nottingham, Notts Forest best Sunder- land much more easily than had been anticipated, winning by three goals to nil. The conditions of plav were such as to make anything like accurate football an impossibility, the ground being frozea hard and covered with snow. It was not a fair test. of the merits of the two teams, and it would have been better to postpone the game. There is, however, no appeal against the result standing, as the rules of the competition lay down that, if a match is played to a conclusion, it must be a cup-tie. The three postponed games in the second round of the Amateur Cup Competition were played on SatuiS day. Marlow had a somewhat easy task with West Croydon (3—0). The Old Etonians, who were one man-short, did not, consequently, do so well against Leytonstone as had been hoped, though some capital play was seen. At Colchester, the Old Malverniaaa gave Colchester a splendid game, extra time being played without seeing either team slacken, a draw of three goals all being the result. Of League games played on Saturday, none were of very great note. In the Southern League, the most important, as keeping up the interest in the contest for the Championship, was Tottenham Hotspur's easy (3—0) victory over Brighton United, which enabled them still to keep just ahead of Southampton. No other club has a chance of getting to the top, but the i fight between these two is very keen; In the Second Division of the League, Small Heath, by defeating Loughborough, climbed into second place. None of the Rugby games fixea far decision on Saturday in the metropolis or in the Midland or Northern Counties are reported as having been played. The postponement of the Cumberland v. Northumberland match affects the prospects of the former county unfavourably, as they have two of their beet men under notice for South Africa, 1Hut- the choice of the committee is very limited. Cam- bridge v. Blackheath is a game which can hardly >• be arranged for another date, since Black- heath's card is full; and this was undoubtedly, in the circumstances of the former draw, and of the reputation of the Cantabs, a game full of interest. The Charity mittch between Richmond aad < the London Scottish is, happily, postponed only, and will take place on March 24, a date more likely, per- haps, than one in the earlier part of February to tend towards a good assemblage, and the consequent profit of the War Fund. In Wales the weather, though horribly wet, was not on Saturday such as prevented football, and there were several games of more than common importance. First amongst <, these was the second meeting of Swansea and Cardiff. The earlier match, in November, at Cardiff, ended in a rather easy win for Swansea; but the Welsh Metropolitans were at that time somewhat disorganised, and they have since then shown some very good form, and have regained the servioee of their crack three-quarter. It was, therefore, some- what disappointing that they could make no headway on Saturday against their formidable rivals, and, that, as on the former oooaøion" the latter thrice crossed their line, the defeat being practically of the same proportion, In spite of their somewhat unfortunate defeat by Llanelly, Swansea, who twicer > again before the end of the season meet the neigh- bouring team, can claim with confidence the first position among Welsh, and, consequently, amongst all Rugby playing, clubs. They have played but five matches against English clubs, have won them all, and have scored in them 69 points to four. The matches were against Gloucester (two), Devonport Albion, Northamp- ton, and Leicester, almost the pick of English clubs. They do hot meet Blackheath, which ii ) unfortunate, but measured through Cardiff, who have twice defeated the Kentish club somewhat easily, are superior to the London leaders. Llanelly were at home to Newport, and managed to defeat their visitors, who, it will be remembered, journeyed to Cambridge last week, and defeated the powerful University fifteen on their own ground. In the west the Albion club received a visit from Northamton, and weramuch too good for the East Midland side, tcor- ing five times, although the heavy raju curtailed the time allowed for play. Several football matches had to be postponed on Monday owing to the ground being unfit for play. Of those decided, Tottenham Hotspur beat Chester- field, Grimsby defeated Small Heath, and Bedminster proved victorious over Sheppey United. Of the 24 competitors for the British Professional Skating Championship, at Littleport, Fred Ward/of Sutton St. Edmunds, proved successful, covering the" mile and a half in the final round in 5min. 33 l-5sec.

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