Football Match With Trinidad Cricketers Mooted

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Jamaica Gleaner

Game At End Of Tour Could Help Charity, Says Gomez

The Trinidad cricket team now touring Jamaica include four current football internationals, and it can really put in the field a side capable of giving a good account of itself.

Speaking about this with Gerry Gomez, who is one of Trinidad's leading outside-lefts, the Trinidadian was so enthused that he made the suggestion that after the cricket matches have been concluded a football match be arranged between Trinidad and a local side, the proceeds to be given to some deserving charity.

This is of course, with the approval of Jeffery Stollmeyer, the Trinidad cricket captain, who often plays along side of Gomez on the Casual F.C. and Trinidad forward lines. When I approached Stollmeyer on the matter he said: "We will see."

On the cricket side is the current Trinidad football captain, Prior Jones, the centre-half and who as we know was a member of the 1935-36 team here.

Andy Ganteaume, the opening batsman-wicketkeeper, is a winger who was on the side with visited British Guiana in March; and although he has now retired from competitive football for refereeing, Harold Burnett was for years Trinidad's leading outside right, which fact he proved out here ten years ago.

The now heavy Derek Sealy also represented Barbados at soccer, while the Trestrail brothers, Pierre, etc., play football to help make up an eleven.


Should the suggested match be arranged it would not be necessary to call upon a Jamaica side to provide the opposition, but use the Senior League Champions, Melbourne, or more interesting yet, pick an eleven from the cricketers opposed to the Trinidadians during the tour.

J. K. Holt Jnr. is today our best forward, while there are Weekes, a member of Lucas first team; Dickie Fuller who represented Jamaica, and Donald Aitcheson, who are the available members of the Jamaica XI.

On the next XI there are Arthur McKenzie, who played against the Trinidadians ten years ago, C. O. Bloomfield, one of the best backs of last season, Victor Goodwin, C. G. Bonitto, C. W. Bailey. On the Kingston Combined there are young Binns, Barber or Groves, who could decide who should be goalkeeper, Hendricks, Alty Sasso.

Truly two equally balanced teams could be got up from among the cricketers of this goodwill tour to carry out the suggestion of Gomez, and there is no gainsaying the attraction such a match would be.