Cricketers & Cyclist Shine At Soccer

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Jamaica Gleaner

Two Trinidad-West Indian cricketers became Trinidad representative footballers a fortnight or so ago when they were selected by the Trinidad Amateur Football Association to represent them in the annual North vs South match for the Skinner Cup.

The two cricketers are Gerry Gomez and Jeffrey Stollmeyer, whose side also included D. Galt (right-back and captain) and John Alkins (centre-forward), both of whom were members of the Trinidad team which visited Jamaica.

The match last year was won by the South, for whom John Sutherland, another visitor to Jamaica, played at inside-left as usual, not to mention Ahamad Charles (the visiting cyclist) at centre-half. This year's match left a three all draw and so the South kept the cup.

Gomez played at inside-left, and Stollmeyer at outside-right, and the former scored his side's first goal. Alkins scored the second and when his side were down 3-2, Sutherland scored the equalising goal. Gomez was quoted in the report as one of the stars for his side, and Charles for the winners.

The former was always an "aggressive forward;" Charles was "intercepting brilliantly and lobbing the ball dangerously before the opponents goal mouth." and "Galt defended strongly."


The match is officially known as the T.A.F.A. vs the Southern Amateur Football League. Thus a week before the T.A.F.A. also met another southern association—the Southern Amateur Football Association in another annual representative match for the Goodal Cup.

Galt again led the T.A.F.A. team and other members known out here were: Frank Ambard in goal, Prior Jones at centre-half, Alkins and H. Burnett, the latter at outside-right. Incidentally like Gomez and Stollmeyer, Jones and Galt have represented Trinidad at cricket, while the last two were only schoolboys when they visited Jamaica.

In this match the north proved too good, winning by four goals to one. Score at half time was 2-1 and then: "Ambard in goal for the T.A.F.A. saved some fine shots and was always safe. An then came the Alkins goal—a gift."

On the same afternoon Charles helped a S.A.F.L. to beat East St. George 3 nil, the cyclist, at right-half, scoring his side's second goal. Sutherland also played for the winners.