PLANS to resume the West Indies Intercolonial Cricket Tournament in January and to have the visit of the Trinidad football team to Jamaica next February have created difficulties not only in Jamaica but in Trinidad in arranging convenient dates without clashing.
As is already known, the Jamaica Cricket Board of Control had to put back the Barbados cricket visit for our entry into the Intercolonial Tournament for the first time to March-April, the first match to start around March 19. As a result the Jamaica Football Association has been allowed to go through without any curtailment to its season and given every opportunity to prepare Jamaica's players for the football invasion of Trinidad in February, the visitors to arrive here around February 6.
If the assertions of our Trinidad Correspondent in the "Gleaner" recently is any indication then Jamaica seems to be the West Indies "Eldorado" to Trinidad sportsmen these days. Declaring that if the question of choice is left to them if selected to play against British Guiana at cricket and to visit Jamaica for the football it will be Jamaica, some three or four of Trinidad's leading cricketers at one time left us with the impression that they were ready to desert the national game for football.
Prior Jones, Gerry Gomez, Andy Ganteaume and Jeff Stollmeyer will, however, not be required to make a decision when the time comes for the Trinidad football team to come here, for like Jamaica the controlling bodies of their game have arranged dates convenient to the cricket-football players of the country.
Both in Jamaica and Trinidad the football tournament will be the first, it having been arranged that the Cricket Tournaments to take place after the Trinidad footballers return home.
According to a letter I received from Derek Sealy, West Indies Cricketer, the first Trinidad-B.G. match will start on March 16 and the second on March 23. On that score Trinidad will be about 3 days ahead of Jamaica in their cricket tourney.
But despite these arrangements, the best under the circumstances, I think the cricketer-footballer of Trinidad will be more affected by the two tournaments than will be his contemporary in Jamaica, for the simply reason that there are more such players in Trinidad than in Jamaica at the moment.
At the moment I can see J. K. Holt Jnr. as our only dual man; whilst Jones, likely captain of the football team is Trinidad's best fast bowler and best centre-half; Gomez is the leading batsman and inside-right; Ganteaume is the No. 2 opening batsman and outside-right; Stollmeyer No. 1 opening batsman and another outside-right; and Lance Pierre, fast bowler and centre-half.
Of the Trinidad four I think that Jones and Gomez are certainties for the Jamaica football visit. Stollmeyer has played little or no football this season no doubt due to the recurrence of his leg trouble during the cricket tournament out here; but Ganteaume, who also suffers from foot trouble, has returned recently to the representative sides of the Trinidad Amateur Football Association, the leading football body in Trinidad who is responsible for the coming visit here.
There should be a Burnett again on the Trinidad team, too, as Harold's brother, Rex, is regarded now as the leading inside-left of the Island. He is a noted sharpshooter, and only recently got the "hat-trick" for his team, Notre Dame, against the Casuals, and played for the North vs. South, when the former were down 2 goals ten minutes to time, Burnett netted twice to draw the match for his side at 4-4.
It was in this game that Ganteaume returned to the T.A.F.A. side, which also included Jones and Gomez. Leading the South was Ken Galt, centre-forward, who is one of the rivals for the captaincy of the team for here. Harold Burnett was a member of the 1935-36 team and was manager of the year's cricket team.
In the meantime our Selectors and Coaches are looking for forwards. Holt has not been himself in the last couple of matches; nothing of his form at the opening of the season is seen. In fact if I were asked who was our cleverest forward of the day I would readily say Arthur McKenzie. Not even Dudley Smith, who is playing at his best form, has at any time lifted his quality of game to compare with that of the veteran, if the latter naturally cannot move around as fast.
Wanted most badly is an outside-left. Coy seems hopeless despite potentiality; and Ken Lyew is also off colour, although I would give him time to recover. I would not be resurrecting
Kinkead. Hollingshed seems a candidate for the position; he is speedy, can work the ball and
carries a really strong kick. His tendency to be selfish can be worked away by the coaches.
At least four defenders have already selected themselves. Shakespeare and A. U. Dujon (backs), Walters and Waldy Rickets (wing halves). Illness has caused a setback in McKen's football for the moment, but if he takes the necessary rest should be ready long before February. So far he is still our cleverest centre-half.
The goalkeeper might rest between the "retiring" A. S. Dujon and "Happy" Delgado.