Coach says Vere played well within themselves

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Jamaica Gleaner

"ON the whole it was a great tour, the boys played well within themselves and above all, their discipline on and off the field was excellent, and they were truly good ambassadors for their country," commented football coach, Derek Tomkinson, of his team Vere Technical High School yesterday after their arrival from Trinidad.

Vere, national secondary schoolboys soccer champions, left the island last December 28 for a six-match tour of that we are making excuses draw and four defeats was the result of their itinerary. "Not that we are making excuses for our defeats", said Tomkinson, "but in some of the games we lost, the refereeing left much to be desired."

At the same time, Mr. Tomkinson denied stating in an article originating in Trinidad and appearing elsewhere on this page that "the turning point in two matches in which we were beaten was the referee's decision. Vere drew 1-1 with their hosts Fatima, beat St. Mary's College 4-0, lost 0-3 to a Combined Colleges XI, 1-2 to Queens' Royal College and 1-3 to the Trinidad under 21.

The coach said that the boys really came to life in their final game against the Trinidad under-21 last Tuesday, and thought that it was their best match of the tour. They lost 1-2, and might have at least earned a draw had Corcel Blair not missed from the penalty spot.


Despite their four defeats, Tomkinson said the boys were satisfied for they had won the match they had specially gone after — that against the Trinidadian schoolboy champions, St. Mary's College who bowed 0-4.

Tomkinson said after this match they were highly praised in a television broadcast on which they were said to be the best overseas team to have come there for a long time.

The best forward of the tour, thought the coach, was left-winger Kenneth Campbell while goal-keeper Orville Edwards, link-man Errol Barrett, defenders Lascelles Shaw and Larry Walcott and forward Anthony Douglas were consistent.

Returning along with Tomkinson were the team's manager, John Tapscott, players — Ruddy Wright, Kenneth Campbell, Lascelles Shaw, Milton Samuels, Errol Barrett, Errol McLean, Orville Edwards, Neville Thompson, Corcel Blair, Lloyd Walker, Livern Wellington, Anthony Douglas, Booby Coombs and Larry Walcott.