Trinidad Footballers Make Barbados Tour

Date Published: 
1940-05-15
Source: 
Jamaica Gleaner
Page: 
12

Gomez Stars For Visitors In Series of "Tests"

While his two club and West Indies Test Match colleagues, the brothers, Jeffrey and Victor Stollmeyer, were making plenty of runs in the Bonanza Cup cricket, Gerry Gomez, the Trinidad al-rounder was scoring goals for Casuals F. C. on their tour in Barbados, which opened on April 18 and closed on Saturday, April 27. When the other colonies play cricket, it is football season in Barbadoes.

Besides other matches three "Tests" were played against the full strength of Barbadoes, which included a number of Intercolonial cricketers and one Test player in Derek Sealy.

The Casuals also included a couple footballers known out here, as J. F. Merry, the back, Arthur Wilkinson, the Trinidad half-back and captain. They were, however, without their star centre-half, Botha Tench.

Gomez was the star of the touring team, who had to contend with even honours in the Test Matches, which, were divided thus: Casuals the first, the second drawn, and Barbadoes the last.

The opening match was against Harrison College, then the leading local team in the senior division, who were routed 6 goals to one. Gomez's share was five goals. The College had opened the score, but the cricketer came back with all his goals in succession.

He "made capital out of his powerful physique and the ability to shoot powerfully with either foot," says the Barbadoes "Advocate."

GOALS FOR GERRY AND DEREK

Came the first Test which Casuals won, Gomez scoring one of his side's 3 goals, while Derek
Sealy got both for the home team. The second match was drawn 2-2, Sealy scoring one for Barbadoes but Gerry had to leave it to somebody else this time. The third Test was won by Barbados one nil.

The touring team, also played Sealy's team, the Spartans, and won 2-0, in which match according to the "Advocate", "Gomez was up to his scoring tricks again and shared with Herman Da Silva the honour of scoring for their side."

"Spartan's ranks were reinforced by the inclusion of J. L. Parris, a well-known international cricketer, at leftwing and J. E. D. Sealy at centre forward, both of whom gave a satisfactory account of themselves."

Commenting on the tour on a whole the "Advocate" says: "Gerry Gomez, who is deservingly popular in this island as a cricketer, has earned the right to be compared with such stalwarts as Mittelholzer of British Guiana and Harold Achong of Trinidad both of whom gave sterling performances when the triangular tournament was played in Barbados in 1932."