Trinidad Soccer Team On Tour Of Dutch Guiana

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Jamaica Gleaner


A TEAM of 18 Trinidad footballers left on Monday to play a series of matches against Surinam, some of them under floodlights. It is the third Trinidad tour to Dutch Guiana. The first in 1937 ended in a stalemate with the three "tests" drawn, the second in 1948 also ended in a draw when the home team won the first "test" 1-0, the second was a goalless draw and Trinidad won the third 2-0.

Some of the names of the present team familiar to Jamaicans are goalkeeper Pat Gomez, half-backs Delbert Charleau and Doyle Griffith and forward Len Munroe. Munroe and Charleau are survivors of the 1948 side.

On the whole, it is a very young side, with 24-year-old Knolly Hesekiah whose first representative pick was this year against the English team, being chosen captain. He was picked ahead of Charleau and Gomez, both of whom captained Trinidad teams against the touring Englishmen.

Baby of the team is 17-year-old Robald James Grey who was born in Scotland and played in a schoolboys' international against England when he scored one of the goals that gave his team victory.

Grey has been in Trinidad seven months, and is a star forward for his club side, Forest Reserve, and a member of the Southern Amateur Football League side which won the Trinidad Inter-League Championship Shield this year. He plays at inside-right, but can also keep goal.