We Meet Trinidad In First 'Test' Today

Author: 
Linesman
Date Published: 
1947-02-12
Source: 
Jamaica Gleaner
Page: 
14

Visitors Defend Title Won 11 Years Ago

How The Teams Will Line Up

AND NOW IT is the first of the five Colony Matches! Jamaica vs Trinidad in their second Intercolonial Football Tournament which continues, this afternoon at Sabina Park. The J.F.A. has decided, however, that if the weather should prove uncertain the match will be played tomorrow instead.

Trinidad have left a big impression on local fans in their two opening matches, which they won 3-0 and 4-2; and speculation is now rife that whether the players of the "Land of the Humming Bird" will be able to successfully defend the "title" they won from us eleven years ago.

As was reported in yesterday's "Gleaner", the series will be played for the Hayward Shield, donated by Commander Chas. Hayward, M.B.E., President of the Trinidad Amateur Football Association. If Jamaica should win, the Shield will remain here, but if Trinidad win they will be presented with a replica to be kept permanently. The Shield is to be put for competition on the occasion of any visiting teams.

STUDDED BOOTS

TRINIDAD won all three matches of the 1935-36 series; on this occasion they will be called upon to play two more. The first match ended 3-2 after Jamaica were 2-0 up at half-time.

On Monday Trinidad avenged one of their two defeats of the first tournament, St. George's Old Boys then winning 2-0. The Senior Knockout holders gave certainly a disappointing display; and our Jamaica representatives on the side were no exceptions.

Still there seems to have been some excuse for the local club. Truly we have always played with bars locally, but the Trinidadians with studded or pegged boots proved that these are the best for a slippery field as it was at Sabina Park following the showers before the start of the match.

Whilst the Old Boys were floundering around, the visitors had all the time in the world in which to be first on the ball and to construct their movements, in which Ian Seale, not 21 yet, and the versatile Andy Ganteaume were the keymen. Gordon Partridge told me that he had always advocated pegs for Jamaica. Our supposedly hardness of turf will be no handicap, he said, as his Corinthian-Causuals combination of 1937 proved it to be.

THE WEAKNESSES

I think, like ourselves, Trinidad's weakness lies in defence, despite the spectacular Syl Dopson; and this line will be hard put to stop an even more potential shooting Jamaica forward line than our opponents possess, if in approach they might prove to be the more constructive.

The Selection Committee, despite disappointing displays on the part of players since their selection, have had no reason to make any changes but for one exception, and that is due to injury. All the Jamaica players were medically examined yesterday and Waldy Ricketts having not recovered completely from his back trouble will stand down for S. Bayliss. Otherwise the selectors pin their fate on the original choices.

One thing, however, seems certain: if we are beaten today, it will not be due to physical fitness as on the last occasion; it will be because Trinidad are the better footballers—and I don't think they are.

The teams will be presented to His Excellency the Governor, Sir John Hugging, K.C.M.G., at 4.15 p.m.; the kick-off is as usual at 4.30. The Jamaica Military Band will be in attendance from 3.30 p.m.

ZQI TO BROADCAST 5 COLONY MATCHES

ZQI will broadcast the five 'test' football matches between Jamaica and Trinidad. This afternoon, there will be a running commentary throughout the play. In addition, there will be commentary during the interval. "The Gleaner" understands that a noted international will do the description of play, while commentary during the interval will be done by a well-known
sport critic.

Trinidad will be able to listen in to this broadcast, for arrangements have been made to have it relayed by Cable and Wireless to Port of Spain.

HOW THE TEAMS WILL LINE UP

JAMAICA - *TRINIDAD

GOAL: A. T. McLean - J. Gonsalves
RIGHT BACK: A. U. Dujon - S. Dopson
LEFT BACK: V. Delgado - J. Simmonds
RIGHT HALF: H. Walters - M. McLean
CENTRE HALF: K. McKen - P. Jones (Capt.)
LEFT HALF: S. Bayliss - I. Seale
OUTSIDE RIGHT: N. Hall - Stollmeyer or Gauteaume
INSIDE RIGHT: L. Alcock - G. E. Gomez
CENTRE FORWARD: J. K. Holt, Jnr. - K. Galt
INSIDE LEFT: G. Allen (Capt.) - R. Burnett
OUTSIDE LEFT: S. Hollingshead - Gauteaume or Lynch

JAMAICA RESERVES: D. Smith, H. Shakespeare
REFEREE: F. O. Romney
LINESMEN: E. S. Barber, G. S. M. Lovell

*These are the Trinidad Probables, as, officially, the team will not be selected until today.