How Trinidad Lost Triangle Football Tourney In Demerara

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Jamaica Gleaner

Charles, Famous Cyclist, Represented Colony At Left-half—Others Known Out Here

As was known through the cables, Surinam or Dutch Guiana won the "rubber" in the Triangle Intercolonial Football Tournament recently played between the winners, Trinidad and British Guiana in Demerara, the Magnificent Province, and now I can give some further details.

First of all the number of players who represented Trinidad and known out here will be of interest. Fifteen players represented the "Land of the Humming Bird," but since 1935-36 a number of those who came to Jamaica have had to make way for younger men on the Colony side.

Only four players know in Jamaica were elected, and one of these is not really known out here as a footballer, but as a cyclist. I refer to Ahamad Charles, who, when he visited Jamaica with Laurie Rogers last year to ride at Kensington Park, told me that he loved football more than cycling and that when he returned home he would concentrate more on the winter game. That he has done so can be seen that he has been called upon to play for his country. He plays as left-half.


The other three are H. L. Burnett, the outside-right with the prominent head. Lester Henderson who plays beside the former, and John Sutherland the tricky inside-left who along with John Alkins, the centre-forward, was such a thorn in the side of our defence.

The following were the results of the Triangle Tournament:

British Guiana vs Trinidad, 1—1
British Guiana vs Trinidad, 0—3
Surinam vs Trinidad, 0—1
Surinam vs Trinidad, 3—0
British Guiana vs Trinidad, 0—2
Surinam vs Trinidad, 1—0
British Guiana vs Surinam, 1—1
British Guiana vs Surinam, 2—0
British Guiana vs Surinam, 3—0

Trinidad lost their chance of winning as a result of successive defeats at the hands of Dutch Guiana in their last two matches of the tourney. When the two Guianese teams met, besides the decision for the championship, the Walcott Cup competed for annually between them was at stake and which the Dutch team retained.

In their last match, Trinidad lost their captain Ken Galt, brother of D. Galt the full-back-goalkeeper, who was here with Arthur Wilkinson's team when he collided with F. Vierra the opposing left-back and fractured his nose. The Trinidad team returned home on Monday, April 11 all fit, however, with the exception of this accident.


The name mentioned in [illegible] patches, so to speak, was that of Hans Nahar, the Dutch brilliant centre-forward, who scored three of the four goals in the two matches in which Trinidad were beaten. His wizardry was solely responsible for Surinam's victory, when in the 3—0 game he got through twice in three minutes.

However, Mr. E. A. Hinds, the manager, in an interview said that "Nahar is a fine player but he has some tricks which should bot be allowed in the game."

Burnett, although playing on the wing, proved Trinidad's most consistent scorer, but he was injured in the first match with Surinam in which he scored the only goal of the match. Lester Henderson also proves a goal getter in the matches with B.G.

While the English teams used the long passing, the Dutch side, it is said, preferred the dribbling game.