Big Ball Game Officially Kicks Off On Thursday

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Jamaica Gleaner


Booked to go out of the picture competitively on Saturday, cricket will still be here with us when the big ball game officially opens on Thursday with the Jamaica-Army clash at Sabina Park. And as was cricket on the eve of the season's start in February so will football be ushered in—players and public in suspense and anticipated enthusiasm.

And as in the case of the little ball game, the same source is responsible for this state of affairs. Trinidad will be sending a football team to visit us—which according to a message from our correspondent in Trinidad appearing in yesterday's "Gleaner," should arrive here in February 6 for a three-week tour.

The date is that submitted by the Council of the Jamaica Football Association; and according to the drafting of the fixtures, unlike the cricket season, which turned out to be dull and unattractive in the closing stages there will be no football after the departure of the Trinidad players. All competitive football is booked to end before their arrival.


The message slates that there will be five Colony Matches, a number that is unusually large. Never has Jamaica ever planned a local tour with more than three Colony Matches, and I am certain there has never been cause to regret that that was not sufficient. I think you will find the public more enthusiastic after two matches which should be won by one side in a three-"Test" series than it would if the same thing should occur after four (even three) matches of a five-"Test" series.

The programme calls for seven matches, and I would submit that it be composed of fixtures as those of the first Trinidad visit or the Corinthian-Casual. That is: three Colony Matches, two against the leading Civilian teams, one against the Military and one against Combined Schools.

The J.F.A. Council is to meet soon to tackle the programme, and I hope it will be amenable to a three-match Test series than the five, avoiding too much of a sameness the latter arrangement would naturally incur particularly in respect to players. Too few players would have the opportunity of playing against the visitors.

Prior Jones, Gerry Gomez, and Andy Ganteaume are the Trinidad cricketers likely to be back here in February. Only member of the 1935-38 Trinidad football team likely to make the trip again is John Alkins, the little centre-forward, who is still hailed as the best player in his position in the island today.