Trinidad School 14 Due Today

Date Published: 
1957-12-05
Source: 
Jamaica Gleaner

St. Mary's College Footballers Practise Tonight

ST. MARY'S COLLEGE'S 14-strong football team, the first schoolboy team to come here from Trinidad for a football series, is due at the Palisadoes Airport at 11:30 o'clock this morning by BWIA aircraft from Port of Spain, via Caracas.

Said to be one of the strongest schoolboy aggregations in the Southern Caribbean island, the St. Mary's side will test local school teams at Sabina Park, and a Jamaica Colts XI in their fourth game.

The Jamaica Football Association, promoters of the tour, are working out details for a fifth match which the Trinidadians will play here.

This visit by the St. Mary's footballers, although the first by a Trinidad school team, marks the second time in some 20 years that schoolboys from outside have come to Jamaica to play football. In the middle 20's, a Costa Rican school team played two matches at Sabina Park.

Much interest has been stirred up among Jamaican football fans — both schoolboys and adults — over the visit of the Trinidadians, and indications are that those who attend will be rewarded with good football and keen rivalry.

Accompanying the players will be Mr. Eric James, secretary of the Trinidad Football Association and the British Caribbean FA; a Chef de Mission, the Rev. Fr. E. Pinard, also Dean of Discipline and Games Master at St. Mary's and the team's manager-coach Joseph Gonsalves.

Players are: Tyrone de Labastide, Guy Boldon, Aubrey Welch, Calvie Griffin, Gabriel Clarke, William Browne, Ernest de Coteau, Ralph Horton, Richard Nelves, Jeffrey Mahon, Rowley Forde, Wencelaus Thomases, Mervyn O'Connor, and David Freeman.

The Trinidadians are scheduled tonight to practice under the Sabina lights in preparation for the opening fixture tomorrow night against Manning Cup champions, Kingston College. Other games lined up for the tourists are: December 9: vs. All-Manning XI; December 11: vs. daCosta Cup champions; December 14: vs. Jamaica Colts.

Players Must Have Passes

ALL Jamaican player participating in matches during the visit of the St. Mary's College team, must show their passes at the gates in order to gain admission to Sabina Park says a JFA release. No Player, failing to show a pass, will be admitted.

Schoolboys entering the park as spectators must be dressed in their school uniforms so as to be admitted at the prescribed charge.