Confident St. Benedict's arrive

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Jamaica Gleaner

Open tour tomorrow

A CONFIDENT St. Benedict's College soccer team of Trinidad and Tobago arrived in the island yesterday morning from San Juan, Puerto Rico, for a four-match series for the Antillean Import Trophy here, starting tomorrow night at the National Stadium.

St. Benedict's were a very happy squad as they were met at the airport by Mr. Gene McDonald, a director of Antillean Import Export, sponsors of the tour, Mr. Ben Francis, headmaster of Vere Technical High School, who are the hosts, Vere's coach Deryck Tomkinson, and a number of Vere's team.

Chief reason for the visitors' happiness was the fact, that, they had brought along a trophy which they won in Puerto Rico during a three match series in which they were unbeaten, winning two garnes and drawing the other.

Headed by three officials, Father Dom Basil Matthews, "The football Father,'' Principal of the School, David Traboulay, Gamesmaster, Philbert Lewis, Secretary of South Zone of College's Football League and Hollis Chin Kee Fatt a Sports commentator and writer.

Gamesmaster, Traboulay, who is also the team's coach said "The team is a young and inexperienced one as we have lost eight players from our last year's line-up. Five of these have gone to the American Professional League. The team, however, is a very skillful one and we are more than confident that we will win the series."

The coach said that his team was somewhat hampered after losing three of his better players while in Puerto Rico, due to injuries, but in 18-year-old Wilfred Cave who has represented Trinidad and who last season scored some 30 goals in as little as ten matches.

Of the other players who Jamaicans can expect to keep their soccer appetite open are, skipper Laurence Rondon who represented his country in the CONCACAF finals in Honduras and Dick Furlonge also a Trinidad representative.

The tourists' programme during their stay here will be as follows: Saturday, September 2: vs Vere Technical at the National Stadium at 8.00 p.m. Tuesday, September 5, vs Jamaica Under-19 at Hayes, Clarendon, K.O. 4.15 p.m.

Thursday, September 7: vs Vere Technical at Hayes, Clarendon. K.O. at 4.15 p.m.

Saturday, September 9: vs Santos at the National Stadium at 8.30 p.m.

Shortly after the team's arrival in the island yesterday they left the City for Vere Technical High School where they will stay during their tour here.

The team is expected to have light training this morning and afternoon before their opening game tomorrow.

Members of the team arriving yesterday were: Laurence Rondon (capt.), Dick Furlonge, Wilfred Cave, Keith Renaud, Michael Hackette, Selwyn Alleyne, Dave Reuben, Herbert DeLeon, Bob Jeffrey, Selwin Bailey, Leo Brewster, Jnr., Herbert Lennard, Trevor Edmund, Anthony Douglas, Gerald Hachett and Dave Chander.

Trinidad Schoolboy ChampionsTrinidad Schoolboy Champions: Members of the St. Benedict's schoolboys' soccer team which arrived in the island yesterday morning. Stooping (L-R) Earle Archibald, Anthony Douglas, Keith Renaud, Dick Furlonge, Lawrence Rondon (capt.), Michael Hackett. Middle (L-R) Mr. Philbert Lewis (assistant manager/coach), Leo Brewster, Gerald Hackett, Clibert Lennard, Selwyn Bailey, Selwyn Alleyne and Mr. David Traboulay (coach). Back (L-R) Dave Charles, Herbert DeLeon, Mr. Hollis Chin-Kee-Fatt (Pressman), Dave Reuben, Father Don Roy Matthews, Headmaster, Trevor Hedman, Wilfred Cave and Steve David.

"Glad To Have You Here""Glad To Have You Here": Mr. Gene McDonald (right), a director of Antillean Import-Export, sponsors of the schoolboys football between St. Benedict's, the champion schoolboys football team of Trinidad and Tobago says as he welcomes Fr. Basil Matthews Principal of the champion school to Jamaica. Second from right is Derek Tomkinson, Vere's coach, while to Father Matthews' right are: Mr. Ben Francis, Headmaster of Vere Technical and David Traboulay Games-master and coach of St. Benedict's.