Coming Visit to Jamaica of Footballers of Trinidad

Author: 
Linesman
Date Published: 
1935-12-04
Source: 
Jamaica Gleaner
Page: 
22

FOOTBALL CHAT

"Linesman" Hopes Trinidad's Visit Will Be Beginning Of Many More. Discusses Claims Of Possibles For Colony Matches. The Case Of Hadden — He Should Decide.

There is much speculation at present as to who will be representing Jamaica in the coming Inter-Colonial Football Tournament, against Trinidad. And this date is not so far off as to make the present too early for us to arrive at some idea as to what the composition of the team, even for the first Colony Match, should be like.

We have been waiting for such a visit from our Sister Colony, or from any other of the West Indian Colonies, for many many years; and now that the wish is about to be a realization, Jamaicans and Trinidadians, no doubt, look forward to it with an abundance of pleasure. It is hardly necessary here to go into the good that shall result from this visit, in respect to closer relationship. The natives, (sportsmen and politicians alike), of each country are quite well aware of the intended purpose of fostering a better understanding among the West Indian Colonies. The Mother Country regarded the playing fields of sports in particular to be the best avenue in moulding a closer bond and a better understanding between her Dominions and Colonies and herself. We are hoping that such an avenue will also be instrumental in obtaining more intimacy, for which each Colony in these parts has been waiting so long, but to which end none would independently make the first step.—We are further hoping that the coming visit will only be the beginning of many such interchanges among the West Indies.

FOOTBALL AT AN EBB.

To return to the job in hand. Without any intention of voicing an excuse should we be beaten, at this early period, I may say that it is many many seasons since our football has been at such a low ebb. I am not an alarmist when I say this, for this is a fact known to every exponent of the game. But I am not suggesting that the prevailing condition is any certain indication of a premature triumph for the Trinidadians. We have an advantage. Our football supremacy will be challenged on our grounds; and that should be enough, for the purpose of making footballers realise their duty to Jamaica, so that they may in time rouse themselves out of the, we hope, temporary lethargy into which they have now sunk. Trinidad's international reputation is well known to us; and it is held by many that they will be quite able to hold their own, or perhaps even beat us.

The standard of a country's football is dependent on that produced by the clubs. A short review of ours will give an idea of the quality that now exists. St. George's Old Boys and Y.M.C.A., the clubs that are known as always turning out the best civilian teams, are undergoing severe set-backs. The Old Boys are now actually playing on reputation, and to make matters worse, it is rumoured that there is discord among themselves. The Y's are now a team of "tears and patches," so much so, that they will not be meeting the visitors. Kingston possess the best team, even if we include the Foresters, but they are rather unreliable. And it is to them, no doubt, that we will be looking for the majority of our representatives. Wembley are what they have always been—a team of surprises; and Railway are in a similar street as the Old Boys and Y.M. There is no Melbourne first team.

INDIVIDUALS.

The position of goal-keeper will be decided between Groves and Clarence Passailaigue. The former has been keeping exceptionally well this season, whilst we are quite aware of the latter's ability to rise to the big occasions.

And now comes the back-line, a controversial question at present. There is no denying that Hadden is one of the best backs in the country. I would have certainly given him pride of place, but for the possible return of Hugh Myers or the reinstatement of Willie Passailaigue in his old line. For years Myers has been a stalwart in our rearguard, and to see his towering figure taking up its position preparatory to the kick-off of an international tussle, instils confidence in every Jamaican present. What if his knee should recover in time (he is playing now) and Hadden is available? Trinidad forwards would have something to think about. They would almost believe, that Cerberus were parted in twain with the exception that our goal would be more sacred. However, there is hardly a likelihood of either playing. With regard to the question of Hadden, I am of the opinion that he should have a say as for which country he desires to play. Trinidad in making their final selection made no mention of further claiming his services. Apparently they are no longer keen over a matter that might cause some umbrage. But we have not yet arrived at any decision as to whom should be our backs. If Myers and Hadden are not available, I suggest D. Peters (St. George's) and Willie Passailaigue to complete our defence.

The half line is not so easily selected as some people think, although as far as I can see, it is a question of only one place to fill—that of right half. There was some suggestion about dropping "Pinkie" Smith from centre on account of age. Well, to do so will only be inviting disaster. His only rival at present is Cecil Marley but on present form, it could not be considered to give him preference. Smith is playing as well as ever. Hitchens automatically comes in at left half, but the other end has to be raffled between Addis, Waterhouse, Espeut and Moodie (of Y.M.). The latter can kick with either feet, and is the next best left half to Hitchins now playing.

THE FORWARD LINE

The forward line will be the hardest to select. In dealing with such a line, the general process of selecting is to find your leader—but who? DeLeon has been playing in such bad form this season that he can hardly be thought of. Some would Suggest Captain Harvey, but that would only be limiting his skill. The Captain is a roving forward of the Alex James type, and he is the best shot in the island. He possesses both the stamina and ability to play the roving game and get up in time to receive scoring passes. At inside left he would be indispensable to a forward line which we are quite aware will need a lot of work done for it to make it effective. A very bustling and good shot at centre would therefore reap a harvest of goals with Harvey beside him to initiate the openings and I think in D'Azevedo we will find such a man. Alty Sasso has been playing in such rotten form this season, that it is only his past fine record that will keep him in his old place.

In respect to the outside men, Huntley DaCosta is perhaps the best outside right at present. He is a very hard worker, but possesses the failings of every other outside man. He is averse to cutting in, even when the opportunity arises, and shoot. In this respect, Redman in form, has no equal. So it is left to the selectors to choose which method they like best. In a slow game, and this can hardly be expected, Kinkead would be the most likely man for the left wing. He is however, rather slow and in a fast game will almost be out of the picture. Galloway has speed, but lacks skill, and McKenzie has rarely shown up to advantage in that position for Jamaica, although he might be the best acquisition there.

We might have to be satisfied with a forward line in which some of the players will not be playing in the right positions but to select the best we must adopt that policy.