Spotlight On Sport

G. St. C. Scotter
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Jamaica Gleaner

The Case Of Captain Harvey.

Before this Trinidad "war" is over, the case of Captain Harvey is going to become almost as famous as the case of Captain Dreyfus.

I am warning the Selectors right now that if they persist in this folly of experimenting with Harvey at centre half they are dealing a severe, perhaps fatal, blow at Jamaica's chances of winning.

Two things were noticeable in Monday's trial—one that the three Jamaica insides, MacKenzie, DaCosta aud Sasso, though they played fast and brilliant football, and displayed at times good combination, lacked leadership and direction—that is exactly
what the presence of Harvey as centre forward would supply, and has supplied in Jamaica and club matches throughout this season.

The other point which was even more obvious, was that Harvey, fine player, as he is, was quite obviously lost in the position of centre half.

What is the surest sign of an experienced centre half! That whenever the ball is in the loose in midfield play he appears on the spot almost as if by magic to snap it up.

Now Harvey, though he did excellent work whenever he got the ball—he's too good a player to do otherwise—was constantly wandering about in that No Man's Land between his own defence and attack where he was too far back to take part in the attack, but not far enough back to pick up the ball if kicked out by the defence.

The obvious thing to do is to revert Harvey to the centre forward position, and bring back the veteran Pinkie to centre half. It must be remembered too that Harvey, playing as he does the "W" position constantly, does not need an attacking centre half behind him very much; in fact such an attacking centre half gets in his way as often as not—and this fact would spare Pinkie a great deal of work.

The Forward Line.

Here the problem is largely what to do about the outside left; and I am making a suggestion which I believe would be of value to the Selectors—try MacKenzie there—he is a hard worker, plenty of speed, good kick in either foot, but his fault as an inside is that his habit of "manoeuvring" as often slows up an action as
it advances one—and he would have much more room for this manoeuvring on the wing without upsetting the other forwards—it is in fact really a strategy suitable to a winger, but not to an inside.

There is still the difficulty that there will be four good insides left, DaCosta; Dunleavy, Harvey and Sasso—one way out of this would be to play DaCosta at outside right—in fact there would be no argument that the greatest line Jamaica could put out would be MacKenzie, Dunleavy, Harvey, Sasso, DeCosta—why not give it a trial!

For wing halves Parke, Hitchins, Addis are all playing well, but the Selectors will also have to keep an eye on Hendriks, whose display Monday was excellent in every way.