Farewell Dinner To Trinidad Footballers Saturday Night

Date Published: 
1936-01-13
Source: 
Jamaica Gleaner
Page: 
8

Mr. G. M. daCosta Host At Enjoyable Function At South Camp Rd. Hotel.
GOOD SPEECHES.
Sporting Spirit And Good Football Of The Visitors Praised.

MEMBERS of the Jamaica Football Association and others foregathered at a very pleasant Dinner given by Mr. G. M. daCosta at South Camp Road Hotel on Saturday night as a Farewell to the popular Trinidad side.

Mr. daCosta was in the chair, all the members of the Trinidad side were present, and the Jamaica "team" for the occasion consisted of the Rev. Fr. Butler, Capt. Harvey, Messrs. Vernon Sasso, N. N. Nethersole, H. O. A. Dayes, G. St. C. Scotter, Guy Campbell, Douglas Judah, D. P. Lacy, H. Walker, H. DaCosta, H. G. deLeon, Dr. E. Gideon, Messrs. W. T. Hadden, F. E. Lyons.

An excellent dinner was served by the Hotel and much appreciated by the gathering, and, after the dinner, of course, came the speeches.

THE TRINIDAD TEAM.

In proposing the health of the visiting team, Mr. G. M. daCosta said he was sorry it had not been possible to arrange an official Football Association dinner for the side, as the time had been too short, with the Montego Bay visit in view, to make the necessary arrangements, but nevertheless he hoped the men of Trinidad would enjoy this informal function just as well (applause). He had asked fifteen men prominent in Jamaica football and sport generally to meet the Trinidadians, and everyone of them had accepted with enthusiasm—a very significant tribute to the popularity of our visitors, and the high esteem in which they were held here (loud applause).

The Football Association had taken some risk financially in regard to the tour—times were hard, in Jamaica nowadays after a couple of "blows," to say nothing of Xmas (laughter)—but even had that risk not come out successfully, as it had, it would have been amply justified by the splendid play and sportsmanship of our visitors (prolonged applause).

If this was a sample of what Trinidad produces in the way of sportsmanship, he was longing to see the day when Jamaica could meet them on the cricket field; and if Jamaica could not win there (cries of "why not?"), then on the tennis courts, where Jamaica was the best in the Empire outside of Great Britain (laughter, and cries of "what about Australia"). He had the greatest pleasure in wishing Mr. Wilkinson and his side the best of luck, and assuring them that they had not only carried away the football honours of the series, but they were also carrying back to Trinidad a host of friendships (applause).

THE CAPTAIN REPLIES.

In replying, Mr. Wilkinson, the captain of the Trinidad side, said he did not think the J.F.A. or
any other body had any need to be anxious over the financial aspect of an inter-colony series, if all series were played in the spirit in which this one had been played in Jamaica—such sportsmanship and appreciation as had been displayed by the Jamaica audiences must attract any visiting side; and this spirit of appreciation was, he thought, to no small degree responsible for the fact that his team had displayed their very best form (applause).

It gave him the very greatest pleasure to thank the many people in Jamaica who had made
their visit such a very enjoyable one (applause), and he would like to especially mention the
President of the J.F.A., and his committee, Mr. G. M. daCosta, the Gleaner Co., and, of course,
the Jamaica side who had given them such sporting opposition throughout.

OTHER SPEECHES.

Capt. Harvey, replying for the Jamaica side, said he had enjoyed captaining the Jamaica team, and he had enjoyed playing against such good sportsmen and players as the Trinidadians. He was quite sure that their visit would lead to an improvement in football here—it would help us to realise first what our players could and could not do, and to improve on it—and he hoped that this visit would be the precursor to more international games in Jamaica—though he doubted whether they could ever be against as sporting a side as our opponents in this tour (applause).

Mr. N. N. Nethersole emphasised the fact of the hard work that had been done by Mr. Palmer, President of the Association, and his committee in bringing about the visit; and said how much he, and all of us, regretted that Mr. Palmer had to be unavoidably absent that evening. He went on, with characteristic humour and eloquence, to defend the Committee against its detractors, and wound up by pointing out the great impetus that intercolonial unity, not only in sport, but generally, gained from such visits as these.

Mr. Harry Dayes spoke in appreciatipn of the work done by the Press in lfurthering this visit, and sport generally in the island and Mr. G. St. C. Scotter replied.

Mr. Douglas Judah proposed the toast of the sister clubs; and Father Butler in reply paid an
eloquent tribute to the part that the host for the evening, Mr. G. M. daCosta, had played in making the present visit possible, and making it the success that it had been—this sentiment being heartily appreciated by both Trinidadians and Jamaicans alike.

The singing of the National Anthem brought a very enjoyable function to a close.