Spotlight On Sport

G. St. C. Scotter
Date Published: 
Jamaica Gleaner

Trinidad Will Win.

With Trinidad one up in the series of three intercolony games, to-morrow's match at Sabina, the second of the series, is naturally a highly critical one. Should Trinidad win—well the series is over—should they draw, Jamaica still could not win—so that our only hope of defeating Trinidad means, we must win to-morrow. In face of this crucial position how have our Selectors carried out their task of picking the Jamaica side?

They have definitely not chosen the best side available—while the side for to-morrow is slightly stronger in defence than last Saturday's, it is weaker in the forward line. With the results of the Kingston Club game at their disposal, the Selectors could have picked a side that would have been practically certain to have defeated the visitors; as it is, I am afraid the side chosen will again go down to defeat.

There is always some uncertainty in footer, as in other games, and of course last Saturday's match was an extremely close one; but even allowing for these factors, Jamaica will be very lucky if she manages to draw to-morrow, and the probabilities are in favour of defeat, with the team that has been chosen.

In The Defence.

Looking at the defence, no one will argue against the replacement of Passailaigue by Groves; "Pinkie" as partner for Hadden should do better than Peter; in the half line the replacement of Hitchens by Hendricks is all to the good; and thanks Heaven! they have at last put Capt. Harvey in the right position, giving Sinclair the centre-half post.

But here is where the Selectors could have done better still after Wednesday's game against Kingston, it was obvious to everyone that Cecil Marley was playing a better game at centre-half then either Sinclair, Pinkie Smith, or any other contender for that position. It was equally obvious that Wylie Lopez' display at left-half was the most brilliant seen so far against the Trinidadians by any player in that position.

Why not have put these two in at centre and left half, and at the same time made use of Hendricks by putting him full back with Hadden, in which position he has been playing and playing very well indeed, for Wembley throughout the season?

Never Drop Sasso.

Those were mistakes, but they are not particularly bad ones—but when we come to the forward line, I must say I consider the Selectors have made a really serious mistake in leaving out Alty Sasso. Yes! I am aware that Sasso's bad habits of handling and getting offside spoil many a good chance; but le his detractors just think over these facts, as seen unmistakably in the Kingston match.

The Kingston forwards completely outplayed the Trinidad defence (admitted it was not their best); more significant still, they outran the Trinidad side, and, up to this it has always been the Trinidad men who have outrun their opponents; now to whom, on the Tiger line, were these results due? Not to Captain Harvey, who was badly out of form, and also suffering from injuries in the latter part of the game; not to Willie Passailaigue, who is steady, but slow; certainly not to Kinkead; these results were due almost entirely to the speed, skill, and hard work of the Huntley DaCosta-Alty Sasso comination, and the lion's share of the work was done by Sasso, good as Huntley was.

Sasso's display on Wednesday, judged fairly and without prejudice, was easily better than that of any other forward in the line, the line that completely outplayed the visitors, and yet he was left out!

The Selectors have preferred in his place Briggs or Kinkead, for that is what it amounts to; if they had put in Sasso they would have had to drop one of these two.

Well, that is what I think of the choice, but having said it, as I fleft it is my duty as a critic to do, that does not make me any the less keen to see Jamaica win and tie the series, and certainly not any the less keen to see what promises to be a really epic struggle between two keen and sporting sides for the football leadership of the West Indies.

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HAIL ALTY! Alty Sasso, whose playing was one of the main factors that contributed to the first defeat the visiting Trinidad football team has received in the island, when on Wednesday (New Year's Day) Kingston outplayed them. The score was one nil. Sasso is shewn getting past an opposing defender by clever use of his head. He certainly played a characteristically dashing game on Wednesday afternoon.