Schoolboys must learn more of soccer finer art

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Jamaica Gleaner


"THE STANDARD of football played by Jamaican schoolboys is quite good, but from what I have seen, they need to learn more about the finer points of the game". So said Joseph Gonzalves, manager-coach of the St. Mary's College soccer team which left the island by air for Trinidad yesterday after a five-match tour of Jamaica.

He said the potential was present, but that was not enough. The players should be taught the skills of the game from their youth and one way he thought the Jamaican schoolboys could learn in this respect was to play against stronger teams than themselves.

"I was somewhat impressed with Merrick Miller, Kingston College and All-Manning skipper and his team-mate, Neville McCook," he said.

It was his opinion that the St. Mary's boys played very well under lights, particularly as they were not familiar with it.

"All the boys gave their best, but Tyrone deLabastide, Jeffery Mahon, Calvie Griffin, and Richard Neives were outstanding," he said.

"On the whole, I think the tour was a success; and all the boys enjoyed it and are looking forward to seeing a Jamaica schoolboy team in Trinidad soon."

He also returned thanks to the JFA officials, and all who had contributed to making their stay in Jamaica pleasant.

The departing players were: de Labastide, Griffin, Neives, Mahon, Clem Clarke, David Freeman, Wenceslaus Thomasos, Aubrey Welsh, Guy Boldon, Ralph Horton, William Browne, Mervyn O'Connor, Rowely Forde, Ernest deCoteau.

Also leaving were Fr. E. Pinard, St. Mary's Dean of Discipline, and Mr. Eric James, secretary of the British Caribbean Football Association.

They were seen off at the Airport by JFA officials and many of the friends they had made here.