Sporting events in Jesselton and Penampang, among others
Published on: Saturday, September 18, 2021
By: British North Borneo Herald
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1ST JUNE 1938 

During their short stay at Jesselton, the sports experts of tthe MV Herald had only two football games against local combinations and had to be content with, being the "second best" each time. As the Herald is scheduled to visit Jesselton at intervals, we expect to have the pleasure of entertaining them at other games during their latter calls. 

The opening encounter against our 2nd XI was played at the padang on 17th April and the local players soon established a lead of 2 — 0. Getting a penalty goal before the interval, the visitors levelled up the score after half time. But adding two more to the tally in the second half, the home outfit ran out winners by four goals to two. 

A representative match with a Jesselton team captained by Andrew Wong was played on the following day before a large crowd of footer fans. In one of the attacks on the home goal, Dawson the right winger drew first blood for the Navy but Beng Wan obtained one for the locals and the teams changed sides on equal terms. On resumption the visitors started with a flourish and were all close to their opponents' goal. On relieving the pressure, the home attackers got into their stride and Beng Wan scored again at close range. Fortunately for Jesselton, a penalty for "hands" against them did not produce a score. After that the game was marked by stop-pages in one of which A/B Richie, the referee, was knocked unconscious as he came in the way of a hefty clearance. Final whistle found the score 2 — 1 in favour of Jesselton. 

JESSELTON TEAM: Chin Tsan Kui, Udak, Andrew Wong, Lakai, Malik, Sigo, Dangai, Awit, Teo. Beng Wan, William Funk, and Laimandiki. 

Penampang's Sports Carnival 

The second annual sports organised by the Penampang Sports Association provided a red letter day for the populace on 18th April. The lengthy programme of variety sports fare listed for the afternoon did not deserve the interference of the weather which like last year, threatened to "wash away" a major portion of the show. But unlike the previous occasion, all the events except the Pole Vault were completed. 

A very large crowd of spectators had gathered all round the one-time Padi field, which has become a beflagged sports arena. To the beating of gongs, an imposing parade started across the ground to the grand stand. Native dancers (men and women) in ancient costumes and with beautifully decorated headgear were followed by bright young ladies with their silver-dollar belts showing against all-black garments. These were the subjects of a special event — the Native dress competition — which were aimed at encouraging the art among girls, and added greatly to the gaiety. The flower of the local manhood — the athletes — bringing up the rear, completed a grand spectacle. 

In the track and field athletic section the standard of performances showed an upward trend. From a slippery take-off, the sparely built Aloysios Lakupi took the high jump to 5 ft. 1 fi in and the long jump at 19 ft. 2 in Bantoi, who was a good second in these first events, scored a fine win in the 120 yards hurdles, and by a one point margin claimed the championship award. Niun won the shot put with 30 ft. 2 in., while Mathew Chin triumphed in the 100 yards race. 

Bongkalin ran away with the 220 yards in pouring rain, and the quarter mile, the only open track event, was won by Arjan Singh. The tit-bit of the footracing section, however, was the race for Orang Tua's. 

After the regular entrants had started on their 100 yards journey, one old fellow, in an excess of the festive, spirit probably caused by an overdose of Tapai, took off from about half way and shouting in no uncertain manner (challenging the back markers), rushed to the winning post. L. Buatai, the wellknown horse owner, had no difficulty in claiming the pony race. 

At the conclusion of sports, the prizes were given away by the Right Rev Msgr, Wachter. The organising committee headed by the D. A. D. 0., Mr Hiew Sin Yong, deserve congratulations for running such a successful meeting which is bound to add greatly to the interest and enthusiasm for various sports in the locality.

Great credit is also due to Mr L.W. Manjaji who is rendering a yeoman's service to the cause of Penampang Sports. 

All Saints' School takes the lead 

Yet another chapter in our local sports history was opened recently. We have been dubbed a slow moving people in this part of the globe and our sporting tendencies are no exception. Up to the present time none of our schools appear to have taken the trouble of introducing cricket —the greatest of British games. That unfortunate unconcern is now over in as much as All Saints' School, Jesselton, is concerned. 

The honour of being the first to take this step goes to the Rev S.M. Collier who deserves our congratulations. The S.P.G. School has been well represented in most of the local sports activities and the boys have taken up the game in real earnest. As the Recreation Club and the Muhibbah Club, who have some keen adherents of the willow, are also bestirring themselves, we are assured of an interesting revival in this pleasant pastime. 

Adventure's adventurers 

on our Sports fields

The visit of H.M.S. Adventure during the concluding week of April provided the local sports enthusiasts with another crowded programme. 

As usual the soccer series occupied the stage most of the time. 

Sailors clash at Batu Tiga 

The honour of engaging the visitors in the first "friendly" went to the Armed Constabulary, whose 2nd Xl played a junior combination of Royal Marines at the Depot Ground on April 26th. By scoring two goals in each half the visitors managed to stave off the Policemen's second half revival and won 4/3. 

To renew a year-old acquaintance, the Royal Marines crack team met the Constabulary 1st team on the following day (they had met last year at Sandakan during the Coronation celebrations). The home side not being at full strength, the Marines confirmed their previous victory by giving the Constables a three — nil beating after an interesting struggle. 

Recreation Club's 

fluctuating fortune 

The J.R.C. again provided the closest game in their match with the Engine Room Staff on Wednesday. After leading 2 — 0, a penalty for "hands", upset their upward march. Even when their brilliant full back Andrew Wong was injured early in the second period, they held their own until another penalty was responsible for evening up the score 3 — 3. Then, in a hectic struggle for a decider, the home forwards missed some easy chances, while the Stokers succeeded when A/B Cook crashed the ball through a forest of legs and beat Awang who was unsighted, and who throughout the game brought off some excellent saves.

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