Get It Right

Matthew Strong
Date Published: 
Jamaica Gleaner



Superiority in sports has not been confined to any particular West Indian territory. While Barbados has excelled in cricket, Trinidad has more often than not taken the lead in football, and Jamaica in track athletics. Each has had its particular forte and none was ever really able to boast of being champions in all phases of sports. None that is till now. For by winning the football series against Jamaica, Trinidad can now lay claim to this type of superiority having previously won the Brandon Tennis Trophy, the Women's Hockey series, the Golf Tournament and emerged victorious in the track athletic meet held during Federation week — though it must be pointed out that Jamaica's best track athletes were not competing.

It is a very proud achievement and a well deserved one Jamaica were previous Brandon Cup winners, had beaten Trinidad in the goodwill football tournament played in Jamaica last year and certainly were the shining stars of the Olympics. Now, however, the tables have been turned and Jamaica's erstwhile superiority has given way with the emergence of Trinidad's new skills.

Perhaps this is just as well. It is natural to regard the metropolitan area as preeminent in most things; and as the capital territory, Trinidad will come to be considered, at the very least by the smaller territories (if she does not already enjoy that distinction) as the mother territory. It is fitting, therefore, that she should be able to demonstrate such evidence of superiority as will justify the support, the respect and admiration of these other territories.

Jamaicans will, of course, be disappointed at the result of these several tournaments but the decisiveness of Trinidad's victories leaves no doubt as to their merit; and it should at least act as extra incentive to Jamaicans to concentrate on the development of better skills so that they might stand some chance consonant with the size of the population of retrieving their lost position.

In the end result these frequent tournaments between the far flung territories of the West Indies will serve not only to discover the very best talents which exist, but be a welding force
to cement the friendships and bring the members of the Federation in closer relationships one with another, which must finally defy the disadvantages of distance.