Picking The Team To Represent Jamaica Against Trinidad

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Jamaica Gleaner

Coming Football Tournament Promises Fostering Of Better Relationship Between Sister
Colonies. The Others Should Follow

ON READING THAT FINE, highly appreciated and succinct article by the Sports Editor of the
"Port of Spain Gezette" anent the forthcoming football Intercolonial tournament between Trinidad and this colony, I perceived that I was only in a minor way echoing his thoughts in my article appearing in this paper on the 4th inst.

The Sports Editor's article is flavoured with such a spirit of goodwill and reciprocal plea on behalf of Trinidad for the welfare of future relationship, not only between the two colonies concerned, but the West Indies as a whole, that Jamaica should leave no stone unturned in her efforts to contribute towards the cementing of this closer bond of friendship. From indications, the visit is a welcome innovation in contrast to the erstwhile estrangement that existed between the West Indian colonies. On how many occasions have not the general public of each colony read ridiculous articles in the Press boosting the prowess of the respective colonies in the different spheres of sports? I am happy to say, however, that since the trial matches in Trinidad, preparatory to the tour of the Mother Country in the cricket season of 1933, those unbenefiting effusions have been conspicuous by their absence. It can, therefore, be written down beforehand that the 25th inst. (Christmas Day)—a day that could not be more befitting for such an occasion of goodwill—will be one
of indelible remembrance in the football history of both colonies, when the opening match of the tournament will be played.

As far back as in 1900 the cricketers of the four premier colonies or the West Indies have been rubbing shoulders together on the cricket fields abroad as one family in a manner appreciated by all foreign eyes. But they were unaware of the sense of discord, if it is not too harsh a word to use, existing at home in that apparent loving family. Gradually that wall of Independent aloofness, enamoured by each, is now being broken down, and the means towards the final crumbling of its foundations, we hope, is about to be launched in the coming football tournament.

It is hoped that the Associations of the other colonies will not allow the J.F.A. and T.A.F.A. to outstrip them in this purpose of fostering better relationship, and that Jamaica and Trinidad will merely be the pioneers towards the realisation of such an end. This advice also goes for the cricket Associations of each colony.


And now to turn to domestic affairs.

The J.F.A. have concluded all fundamental arrangements for the invasion, and are now busy preparing the most essential part of the programme—the picking of a team. On Monday the 2nd inst. a trial match was played at Sabina Park. It served many purposes besides the right one. It provided football of a high quality, especially that displayed by the forwards; a
complete disarrangement of Possibles from Probables; and without the selectors arriving at a satisfactory conclusion as to what their team will be like. There was too much transferring of players from one side to the other, which went to spoil the purpose of getting either of the sides to play as a team. We do not want a representative side to be comprised of players who will be strangers, technically, to each other. The time is now quite ripe when a team could be selected, and give it all the opportunity of playing together, cultivating a better understanding. Perhaps by the time the first colony match comes around few changes might be necessary, but which "screws" should not affect the "machinery" of the team.


Captain Harvey played at centre-half, and although it is saying a lot, he simply excelled himself. He gave such an unequal exhibition in the middle that the selectors are now in a quandary whether to play him in that position or at inside-left. And to assist them in making a decision in favour of the centre-half position, Huntley DaCosta played masterly, at inside-left. It appeared that the afternoon was one of coincidences; for Briggs out on the right-wing—a position that is always thought to be DaCosta's—was wonderful before he was removed to inside-right. Yet despite all these manifestations I would not play any of them in
the positions they played in the trial match—in the first colony match at least. Briggs for one
thing, would not be on my side. He has skill, there is no denying that, but he lacks speed and stamina, so that by half-time he would be useless at such position that calls for a lot of running.

In the case of Captain Harvey, anyone seeing him play before should not be so really surprised at his wonderful performance. It should have been an expected and welcome surprise. I have seen a part of Harry Paxon's career and Pinkie Smith at his best, but I have never seen either of them reach such a peak of brilliancy in that position. It was a display that caused the secretary of the J.F.A. to remark "that man is the


I have seen come to Jamaica"; and the secretary has seen a few of them. McKenzie, if a bit hesitant, played a fine game at centre-forward, and automatically solved the riddle for which that, possible was responsible. Alty Sasso, of course, goes in at inside-right, but to take away Harvey from inside-left would, as I have said before, deprive the forward line of all its effectiveness, especially in shooting. We cannot now rely on McKenzie and Sasso in that respect. The captain possesses speed, ability, stamina and an uncanny football sense, so that his roving game at inside-left would be even more invaluable to the forward line in particular and the team in general, as he would also be better positioned in getting up to shoot, than at centre-half. DaCosta was playing with such skill and adoption at inside-left that it now appears it was a mistake when he was transferred to outside-right by his club. Although he seems to forget his shooting boots at home on the wing, he is still our best outside-right at present. Outside-left, so far, must be given to Kinkead. The forward line will therefore be that of Kingston, split by McKenzie.


Clarence Passailaigue presumable will "pip" Groves for the place of goalie. Willie Passallaigue comes in at right-back, but I am now inclined to divide the other end between D. Peters (St. George's) and V. Peters (Railway). I am requesting the J.F.A. to give the latter
a good tryout.

Hitchins, of course, will be at left-half, the only certain man on the half-line so far. Before choosing the right-half, which selection at present points to Parke, I would again suggest that Moodie be given a fair trial. It is not compulsory that the team representing Jamaica in the first colony match should represent the colony in the other two games. Therefore I can't see this puerile hesitation to put Pinkie Smith at centre-half. Is it believed that such a step would cause Jamaica the match? Is Pinkie such a novice that the outcome is feared in consequence of his inclusion? Has this player ever let down Jamaica in the past in that position? There is only one answer that I know of, to these questions—No! That should therefore settle the matter once and for all.

The team should then be finally selected from the following players: Clarence Passailaigue; Willie Passallaigue, D. Peters or V. Peters; Parke or Moodie, Pinkie Smith, Hitchins; H. DaCosta, Alty Sasso, McKenzie, Captain Harvey, Kinkead.