Problem of Choosing Team To Represent Ja. vs. Trinidad

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Jamaica Gleaner

Match Between All Schools And All Jamaica Suggested.
Cases Of D. Peters And Frank Laing

As was hinted earlier, the more trial matches played, the more difficult the task of the Selectors of the J.F.A. will become; and the one on Monday only went to further that end. The Trinidadians will be with us on Monday next, yet the men on whom Jamaica pins her faith in rooting out the best material to represent the colony, are still perplexed as to what the team will be like.

True there are a few uncertainties, but with a certainty "crocking-up" in nearly every league match played lately, the Selectors' present dilemma becomes even more unenviable. Again the trail matched served distinctly opposite purposes—good and bad. Some of the seasoned players who should form the nucleus of the teams have never really played in consistent form in these matches. Then players who were not previously given serious consideration have risen to such superlative heights as to demand the Selectors' respect. Whilst others who were suggested to the J.F.A. for trial, failed to justify their champions' faith in them.


Of the three trial matches played, only the second one could be taken seriously. The first supplied fast and good football, but owing to the difficulties the Selectors had to put two teams at full strength on the field, only a few players did themselves justice. In that match Briggs played a fine game at outside-right, and immediately became an eligible candidate for the position on the All-Jamaica side; but he was almost a flop in the other two games. Captain Harvey shone with brilliance at centre-half in the first, did badly in the second, although there was some explanation for his indifferent showing, and was his usual invaluable self at inside-left in the last.


The playing of John Sinclair at centre-half in the last two games has certainly solved the puzzle that position has been causing. He is a conscientious worker, with speed, unlimited stamina, is a persistent tackler and send away his forwards without much delay.

Alec. Hendricks is perhaps the most versatile footballer in the island to-day. The different positions he has filled with credit to himself and to Wembley, so far this season, only himself can remember. He has never really been given the opportunity of concentrating on one position. However, I have seen him in the role of right-back on most occasions, and on his performance I would advise him to stick with that position. He is built on the same lines with
Hugh Myers, and with the likelihood of the game losing the services of the latter, Hendricks is a possible successor. He possesses a very clean kick in both feet, can use his height and head to advantage and his positional play needs little developing. In the second trial he played an excellent game at left-half. Perhaps, he could contrive, however, to keep the ball
lower when distributing as a forward generally finds it difficult to deal properly with a high pass on the spur of the moment. It as quite unlikely that Hitchins will be fit to play, at least in the first colony match, as he is now on the list of the "crocks." If so, Hendricks is the most eligible candidate for the position of left-half.


Talking about "crocks," if these games and leagues matches should continue any longer, by the time the first colony match comes around we might not be able to put a representative team on the field. My advice to the J.F.A. is that all First Division League fixtures should be postponed from after Wednesday of this week.

Another suggestion I would like to make, to that upon the All Jamaica team being selected, a match should be arranged between it and the All Schools team. The fixture would afford the schoolboys the opportunity of playing against a team of grown-ups and the experience
will certainly be of great value to them in their match against the visitors.


From present indications there should be a few changes in the personnel of the teams that I have already suggested. But before going further I would like to settle a question—who will captain Jamaica? This job had been Clarence Passailaigue's in late years, but it is quite likely that he will be unable to play in the first colony match on account of a recurrence of a dislocated digit. The match is on the 28th inst. and should his finger heal in time, would it be safe putting him between the sticks, as such an eventuality might again occur? I, for one, would think it inadvisable to play him. Groves should then come in as goalie, so that the captaincy should rest between himself, Alty Sasso and Huntley DaCosta. Alty has been on Jamaica's side as long as can be remembered, and so is most deserving of the honour.

In respect to the back-line there is a lot of candidates from which the final selection could be made. Now that it is certain Hadden will play for Jamaica, although I am not so overwhelmed by the fact only his partner must now be found to complete the line. Willie Passailaigue has not been impressive in the two trials he played in. I think his foot has prevented him doing himself justice, and so I would not think it safe to include him on the team. The position should then be given to either Pinkie Smith or


If the latter has not the fine clearance kick of last season, his anticipation and tackling are still good.

Again, Hadden and himself played with a good deal of understanding in the second trial match.

The outside-left position is also causing some difficulty to fill. Webster played in only one trial, but gave a most indifferent display after playing throughout the first half without having a half-back to stick him.

Without further perambulation I suggest the team be selected from the following players:

Clarence Passailaigue (if fit) or Groves; Hadden, Pinkie or Dudley Peters; Parks, J. Sinclair, Hitchins (if fit) or Hendricks; H. DaCosta, Alty Sasso, McKenzie, Harvey, Kinkead.

In respect to refereeing, one thing that should be remembered, is the creditable handling of the final trial match by Frank Laing.