T.A.F.A. Decides Proceeds of Opener To Aid Convent Relief
Renewal of the triangular football tournament, abandoned since 1933, is almost certain to take place here late in the year. This was revealed by Major Courtenay Rooks, president of the Trinidad Amateur Football Association, which met in annual session at the Clydesdale Club on Friday night.
Major Rooks, who was re-elected president of the Association, told a packed gathering of soccer club representatives that plans were under way, and it was almost a certainty that fans here will see "our old friends, British Guiana and Barbados," contesting along with Trinidad in a goodwill series, some time during October.
By re-establishing the triangular series, Major Rooks stated that it would be a stepping stone to renewing the historic Martinez Shield series.
But a melancholy gloom hung over the meeting when Major Rooks asked the house to stand with him in a minute's silence as a mark of tribute for the tragic loss of life occasioned by the recent St. Joseph's Convent fire.
The president also revealed that the T.A.F.A. Council had decided to devote the entire proceeds of their opening match for 1944 season to the Convent Fund. He also pointed out that last year a similar match fetched $750 for the Red Cross Fund, and he had high hopes that this figure would be exceeded by a long way.
The meeting unanimously re-elected the 1943 officers as follows: Major Rooks, president; Commander Charles Hayward, 1st vice-president; The Hon'ble L. C. Hannays, 2nd vice-president; Mr. E. James, hon. secretary-treasurer; Mr. H. W. Farrell and Mr. M. A. Gibson, auditors.
The secretary's report for the last season showed that the T.A.F.A. had experienced a very healthy financial year. At the end of the season under review the assets of the association stood at $11,400.76. Cash standing to the association's credit at the bank was $8,792.42.
The meeting voted that the sum of $1,000 be donated by the T.A.F.A. to the Win the War Association, for the South Caribbean Welfare Fund; $1,000 for financing soccer tours; the sum of $1,800 for purchasing War Savings Certificates; the sum of $200 will be given to Les Amantes De Jesus, the Corpus Christi Day Nursery, and the Coterie of Social Workers; and the sum of $1,000 honorarium to the secretary.
Mr. Sonny Brown, Shamrock Club representative, got the meeting to pass a unanimous resolution for (1) reduction of various entrance fees to competitions to a nominal amount; (2) all balls for matched played under the aegis of the T.A.F.A. must be provided by the ruling body; (3) all T.A.F.A. first-class players should be admitted to stand free of charge except in charity matches; (4) assistance to clubs in keeping their grounds in good order should be provided by the T.A.F.A.
Mr. Eric Almandoz, of Casuals pointed out the very heavy income tax the T.A.F.A was called upon to pay, and suggested that in view of the fact the T.A.F.A. were a body sponsoring clean and healthy sport for the community in general, some reduction should be made.
Major Rooks, after informing the speaker that Mr. Maingot, of the Income Tax Office, had already been approached with a measure of success, promised Mr. Almandoz that representations in that direction should be made through the Legislative Council.
Commander Hayward told the meeting that he had just returned from Barbados, where he had seen and spoken with Captain Cutteridge.
It was his pleasant duty to inform them that Captain Cutteridge had told him to convey to the soccer players of Trinidad how proud he was of them during the recent Barbados tournament.
It was the finest tournament he had ever witnessed, and he wished to express how delighted he was in witnessing the very clean and improved soccer Trinidad played, particularly toward the end of the tour.
At first they found it hard to find the groove, but when they got going, the Trinidad boys played sparkling soccer.
Before the meeting closed Major Rooks asked the house to rise as a token of regret at the death of two men who were closely connected with Trinidad football. They were Mr. H. A. Harris of Apex Oilfield, who was indeed a credit to South football, and young David Merry, former Queen's Royal College and Casuals' goalkeeper, who died while doing duty in the R.A.F.