Who Will Be Selected To Play Trinidad?

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Jamaica Gleaner

"Effat" Reviews the Claims Of Some: What the Trial Match Revealed.

The first test, of Monday afternoon last, far the selection of Jamaica's team to play against the visiting Trinidadian footballers, relieved the selectors of at least two of the considerations which go with their arduous duties, now confronting them—the task of finding
the right players for the positions on the All-Jamaica side.

The two positions that I feel would before Monday's trial, have given much concern are—the outside right and the centre half positions. While there are at least four good men that could readily on their present playing form be shuffled for these places it is imperative that every precaution and care should be taken to pick a team well balanced, not only on the performance displayed at a trial or two but a team whose ability is undoubted because of consistency and the merits of the individual players.

In this respect I have no hesitation in saying that the selectors could not, at this stage replace Briggs of Y.M.C.A. by a better player for the outside right position. In emphasising this point, however, I would not for one moment ignore the fact that Huntley DaCosta of Kingston is about the only other player I would frankly consider on his present form, to be Briggs' rival for this position. DaCosta is one of them most improved players of the season, and he is, in addition, one of the very few really good shooting forwards the season has, so far produced.

The facts however that must be most taken into consideration between these two players are, that while both players are unquestionably the only two that could be seriously considered because of his shooting ability, DaCosta would prove a more valuable asset to the team at inside right. For this position there is also Alty Sasso to be considered. This player may not have displayed his usual talent during the trial game of Monday, but the fact is indisputable that his claim to the inside right position on any all Jamaica team is most justified. Like DaCosta, Sasso is an extremely hard worker, and possesses a shot which very seldom misses its aim. To exclude Sasso from the forward line would prove a lamentable
error and yet not, to seriously consider DaCosta would seem just as regrettable.


Another position which I hold will take much care to fill is the outside left winger. Personally I feel that on showing the only two players that the selectors could, at the moment, take seriously into consideration—until, of course, they are satisfied with someone else—are Webster of Montego Bay and Kinkead of Kingston. Both players are speedy—and most of all their work on this wing have been consistently praiseworthy, though the latter, through temperament, has still to learn to hold his position more effectively. Both, in addition, are hard workers, and can always be relied upon to send across centres just where they are wanted.

Until two better men can be found, the selection should be between these two. The only trouble is that Webster is all the way down in Montego Bay and would find it somewhat difficult to come over to Kingston for all the trial matches and practices; but the Association could do something in this respect to facilitate this player who should in anyway be considered.

The question of the centre half position, could also now be solved from Monday's trial, on the performance of Captain Harvey. To the lay observer, The merit of Captain Harvey's position at centre half would appear a trivial matter; by those having a better knowledge of the game Captain Harvey played as brilliant a game at centre half as he played at centre forward.

His fine knowledge of the game and his playing technique would serve the side in this coming invasion to distinct advantage playing at centre half, if but in two directions. Forwards would have an unlimited resource in him and if necessary, he is quite capable of making his own openings through any defence and scoring at the same time—a factor lacking in our most brilliant centre half players.


With the expectation that another test or two might result in the "discovery" of equally good or better supporting wing halves, I maintain that the selectors should seriously consider consistent performances this season of Parke and the ability and unbounded experience of that veteran player "Pinkie" Smith who, despite, his advanced age is still a master of this position. "Pinkie" Smith and Parke along with Captain Harvey on the half-line would be a trio that would present a most difficult proposition for the invaders.

At the moment one hears much comment on the selection of the goalkeeper. This is another delicate task for the selectors. At present there are three goal-keepers, Clarence Passailaigue, Johnnie Groves and Clinton Nunes, of almost even merit. Since there are three big matches I do feel that each of them if available should be given a trial. Such an action on the part of the selectors, apart from meeting with universal approval of players and fans alike, would certainly show appreciation of the claims of these men, as Jamaica's "first three."

I shall follow up the trials for the selection of our representatives with greater interest, as it is quite evident that with the playing of these a few revelations will turn up as to the merits and demerits of claimant players of the city clubs. More anon.