Spotlight On Sport

G. St. C. Scotter
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Jamaica Gleaner

Trinidad's Good Tactics

There was very little to choose between the two teams in Saturday's first intercolonial, actually Jamaica had a shade the better of the play; but where, if a Jamaica forward line gets 10 chances they will only notch 2, if you give 10 chances to this Trinidad forward line you'll be d-d lucky if you get out under seven goals.

I don't think in Saturday's game that Trinidad's Flying Five had more than half a dozen real chances—but they got three goals, and Jamaica with twice as many opportunities could only get two—and that was what decided the result. For the rest the Jamaica side has more all round individual talent and tactical skill; but Trinidad balance that by more sustained pace—and they also showed considerable tactical skill in Saturday's game by the way they shifted the focus of attack from Alkins and Sutherland, both of whom were suffering somewhat from leg injuries, to a long distance combination between Payne on the left wing and L. Henderson at inside right; this manoevre proving very puzzling to the Jamaica backs, and very profitable.

And What Now Jamaica!

That there will have to be changes in the line up for next Saturday's game is obvious to everyone, but what will they be?

Personally I am not in favour of too extensive changes, such as dropiing of at least three of the present forward line and bringing in a whole bunch of new men, who will be inexperienced and unused to each other's game.

It must be remembered that Saturday is the critical match—if we lose that we have lost the series; and for such a critical occasion the more experience you have on the side, the better.

Changes there must be, but it would be folly to make a holocaust of the team just because they were beaten be the odd goal.

The first change that must be made is Capt. Harvey back in the forward line—well as he worked on Saturday he is obviously out of place on the half line, and had he been playing with forwards I think we should have won.

Hitchins was obviously not fit and never should have played; Willie Passailaigue would I believe be more effective than Peter; Clarence should give way to Sinclair of the Railway—so that my line up for Saturday's acid test would be:—

Goal, Sinclair; backs, Willie Passailaigue, and Hadden; halves, Pinkie Smith, Sinclair of Cornwall, and Park; Forwards, (l to r) McKenzie, Huntley DaCosta, Capt. Harvey, Alty Sasso, Briggs. I cannot see anywhere where this side could be bettered, though the possibility of Ron Sturdy to replace Sasso, if he shows up well enough in the Kingston Club game to-morrow; and Scott of Munro to replace Sinclair or Pinkie on the same conditions should also be envisaged be the Selectors.

My final word to them however would be—don't experiment too much!