North Meets The South

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Trinidad Guardian

REPRESENTATIVES of the South, chosen by the Southern Amateur Football League, will meet the North team of the Trinidad Amateur Football Association to-day in a struggle to determine the holders of the Gilbert Skinner Cup for 1930.

His Excellency the Governor, Patron of the Association will be present to hand over the Cup to the winning team at the end of the game.

This will be the fourth occasion on which rival teams from the leading football centres of the island will meet for this trophy, and interest is very keen as to the result.

North won in 1927 and again in 1928, but the South triumphed last year, when Carter scored the only goal of the match in a strenuous tussle.

Will the South retain their superiority over the North?

This is a question which cannot be easily determined. The South selectors picked their team early and the players have had the advantage of learning more of each other's peculiarities than has been possible with the North team, the selection of which was only made Wednesday afternoon. Critics from the South have admitted the strength of their team and are apparently confident of success.

The majority of the South players adopted the close passing Scottish game and they are all adepts in positional play and ball control.

On the other hand while there are a few very clever and experienced ball players in the North team it is well known that pace and hard shooting are the absorbing points in the Northern teams' games.

It is to these qualities that they look for success and the battle today may truly be expected to be on of contrast in styles.

Will the Southern defence be strong enough to stop the fast, hard shooting City forwards, or can the Southern tacticians outmanoeuvre the North defence?

It must not be understood that there are not speedy players on the South team.

Individually there are players capable of bursts of speed equal to the City's attacking line, but as a rule the pace of a line is not more than that of the slowest player, and in staving off the combined runs of the South, the fast North backs and halves, should have an advantage in mere speed.

Indeed, a football treat is in store for its patrons this afternoon. Football has become t most patronised pastime in Trinidad, a circumstance which has been brought about by development of Intercolonial interest, its spectacular nature, and the fact that a great number can snatch an hour after the day's toil to witness the skill of the players.

Although critics lament some falling off in the standard of excellence as a whole, there is no necessity for gloomy reflections. Quite a deal of encouragement can be drawn from the greater number of persons now playing the game, and the promising material to be found among the junior ranks.

So long as the play is kept clean, the standard must improve where such enthusiasm exists.

Much can be done by spectators, not only to help the players keep the game clean; but also to help improve the standard of their play.

This is an appeal to football supporters and particularly to those on the grounds who, by keeping up a running fire of comment, wise and otherwise, on players and the game alike, contribute greatly to the short hour of glorious entertainment.

They should not, however well might be their intentions, allow their enthusiasm to get the better of their judgement as to how they should conduct themselves.

In a football match in which there is but one hour to decide the supremacy between two evidently well-balanced sides, there are bound to be exciting moments; but those who have standing accommodation round the arena should control themselves and let no untoward incidents mar to-day's struggle.

Whichever team wins, the struggle should be an exciting one, and should prove a stimulus to the game in view of the coming tour in British Guiana three months hence.