Sports Editor's Diary

L. D. Roberts
Date Published: 
Jamaica Gleaner


WILL OUR footballers do what our tennis stars, track athletes, golfers, and women's hockey players failed to do against Trinidad in recent tournaments between the two colonies? This is the question uppermost in the minds of Jamaicans as our soccer stars renew the rivalry with Trinidad tomorrow afternoon at Queen's Park Oval, Port-of-Spain, Trinidad.

On the last occasion that Jamaica and Trinidad met in a soccer series here in Jamaica over a year ago Jamaica won all three matches. The Trinidadians scored only one goal against Jamaica's five. The Jamaicans had underlined their superiority in a well contested tournament.

Since Jamaica's soccer success against Trinidad, however, the Trinidadians have come back at us with a vengeance, and have beaten our Hoerman Cup golfers, women's hockey team, Brandon Trophy team and the track squad we sent to Trinidad for the second West Indies Track and Field Championships.

In between those triumphs the Trinidad St. Mary's College soccer team came her and defeated the Jamaican schoolboys. The Jamaica soccer side then, has a big score to settle in an effort to show that there is at least one game in which Jamaica can hold her own, against Trinidad.

The Jamaica team is a good blend of youth and experience, strong in attack and defence, and if the players perform up to their best, they should give a satisfactory account of themselves. Of course, playing at home, and playing abroad are two different things entirely.

One can only hope that the long journey to Trinidad and only a day's rest before the series starts, will not seriously affect our players and that they will justify the confidence Jamaica has in them. It is a good team on paper. The rest is up to the players themselves.