Rolph Grant Plays In Business House Soccer At Sabina Pk.

Author: 
Linesman
Date Published: 
1936-11-21
Source: 
Jamaica Gleaner
Page: 
14,18

Messrs. Geddes Grant Ltd. Revenge Defeat Of Last Year In Enjoyable Renewal Yesterday Afternoon

Adolph Levy & Bro. ... 2 (Phillips, Defender)
Geddes Grant Ltd. ... 3 (Clarence, Sale, Smith)

The business houses of Messrs. Adolph Levy & Bro. and T. Geddes Grant, Ltd., renewed their
"feud" at soccer at Sabina Park yesterday afternoon, and in the end the "Grantites" revenged their 4—nil defeat of last year with 3—2 victory.

This was after the "Maple leaves" were trailing 2—1 at half time. Of course, there were more laughs than ha-pence, more endeavour than technique, but it was enjoyable watching, and in this the fairer sex, who were conspicuous among the spectators, can best tell if their shrill cheering is any pointer.

Last year the match was divided into four quarters, but yesterday the footballers (?) thought themselves men enough to follow the custom and play with two sessions. As a result, there were plenty of bellows to mend from early in the fray, and the game at times was a funeral match, so to speak. One fair person went even so far as to exhort the player
with the following sally: "Put some life into it men; it's wet." But the answer to this, as far as pace was concerned, was no; and but for occasional breaks, the game went on in the even tenor of its way.

Prominent among the players, and playing for Geddes Grant, was Rolph Grant, the Cambridge University, Corinthian, All-England and Trinidad international goalkeeper and West Indies cricketer, and son of the founder of the company. He is now on a business
trip to the island; but he did not keep goal throughout the match. He started out at centre-half, then to right-back, and the second half found him between the sticks. He had little to do, however, until in the closing stages his anticipation and reach stood the "Grantites'' in good stead as a goal would have robbed them of victory then.

THE GOALS.

At the kick-off the "Maple Leaves" went away, and with doing a good piece of work by beating about three men, a centre might have given them an early lead, but "Clarris" appeared so belated with his performance that he forgot to centre the ball, and was robbed of it. After a scrimmage in front of the goal from the resulting corner, Johnston did a solo, but was tackled in approaching the penalty area. His antagonist, A. Moodie—who otherwise plays a good game at back—finished up on the ground and Johnston finding himself free spun around and let drive at the ball, which proved to be a fine

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It was Geddes Grant's turn to press in the second half and with Sharp believing he was playing back instead of goal, Sale lobbed the ball over his head during a rush. Not five minutes after Smith ran down and scored a similar goal to give them the lead, and which they held on to to the end. Levy and Brothers' forward-line was handicapped over the absence of Byles for the greater part of this half.