Sports Notes From Trinidad

Date Published: 
Jamaica Gleaner

Willie Payne Retains His Table Tennis Crown—Casuals Are Football Champions

Willie Payne, Trinidad's best football outside-left, who was a member of the team to Jamaica in 1935-36, is also the best ping-pong player at that colony. He successfully defended the crown, which he won last year, on Saturday night, November 5.

He turned back the challenge of A. Fernandez by dropping only one set in the presence of hundreds of table tennis fans, including the Mayor of Fernando. The scores were 17-21, 18-21, 21-12, 21-14, 22-20, which latter was at one time 20-17 in favour of Fernandez.


The premier football trophy in Trinidad was decided on Monday, two days after the success of Payne, run under the aegis of T.A.F.A., Casuals, for whom Botha Tench plays, ended up the winners for 1938, thus wresting the championship from Sporting Club, the team of John Alkins.

Sporting Club and Notre Dame played the last fixture of the League, and despite a fine 3—1 victory for the Sporting Club it was not good enough to keep the trophy, as before the match they were 3 points behind the Casuals, and thus were still a point in the rear, 11—10 in eight matches. Alkins scored twice for his team.

On the previous Saturday North met South in the annual tussle for the Skinner Cup, and at the final whistle either side had scored two goals in the presence of 2,000 spectators. It was a thrilling game, as it was very near to the end that the North equalised to save the game. They had previously failed to convert a penalty kick which would have given the side the match.

Alkins was the leader of the North's forward line and other players known to local football fans were D. Galt (right-back), and Frank Ambard (goal), while on the South were Buster Henderson (centre-half), and John Sutherland (inside-left). There was also A. Charles, known to us more as a cyclist and who could not get leave to come here for the Intercolonial meetings to be staged by the J.C.R.A. and the Bowl. He plays at left-half.