Trinidad Football Tour

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Jamaica Gleaner

Thirtytwo Players To Train For Triangular Tournament

TRAINING OF OUR players preparatory to the selection of the Jamaica team to take part in the Triangular Football Tournament in Trinidad in November has started, and along with the Eleven and reserve selected for the official opening match the J.F.A. Council has invited thirty-two players to get themselves in readiness.

The Jamaica XI to meet the Combined Military side in September is I think the strongest team available. On the form of last season the selectors could hardly improve on that line-up were we to meet Trinidad again to-morrow.

Interesting is the inclusion of the two schoolboys—K. Hamilton, who is as good at back as he is as the third back centre half and who should have played in at least one of the Colony matches against Trinidad; and Alexander, the Wolmer's captain who is one of those natural ball players to be found in this country. Although he plays for the Schools at centre forward Alexander always reveal that he can work and distribute the ball as well as a inside-forward.


Interesting, too, is the inclusion of the resident Trinidad invader, Malcolm McLean, in the twenty-two additional players to train for the Trinidad Tour. McLean was one of the stars of the tournament in February.

The other invitees are:—

Goalkeepers — A. U. Dujon (Melbourne), K. Williams (Jamaica College).

Backs — A. Hendriks (Kingston), George Prescod (Lucas), C. Hall (YMCA), and C. Berry (Kingston Police).

Halves — Malcolm McLean, K. Heron (Kingston), R. Woodstock (Wembley), B. Hall (St. Peter's), A. McLean (Melbourne).

Forwards — J. K. Holt Jnr. (Lucas); N. Hall (St. George's O.B.), D. Beek and C. Alexander (Melbourne), L. Duncan, G. deMessa and D. Hollingshead (YMCA), K. Lyew (Wembley) and R. Kinkead (Kingston).

Having decided to recall Kinkead I think Huntley daCosta, who played well at centre-half in one or two of the Trials last season, should have been on the list.

Surprising omission is Lester Alcock, who contrary to report that he is residing in Montego Bay is well to be seen in Kingston. We admit that he is almost an incorrigible forward but he is one of those natural players, whose ability you cannot ignore. And don't tell me coaching cannot work him into the mysteries of team work in a forward line. He is really an individualist but certainly he is not beyond correction.


I understand that we will be having yet another resident from the sister colonies following in the footsteps of Frank Worrell, of Barbados, and McLean, already referred to.

The expected new-comer is supposed to be Andy Ganteaume, well-known to local sports crowds as he was a member of both the Trinidad cricket team of 1946 and the football team this year. The dapper little all-rounder is now a member of George Headley's cricket team in U.S.A. and it is very likely that he will come on straight to Jamaica this week (the Jamaica contingent is expected to leave New York on Thursday) instead of returning to Trinidad.

Wouldn't it be rather unique to have both himself and McLean on the Jamaica football team to Port-of-Spain in November?