St. Benedicts soccer tour finalised

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Jamaica Gleaner

Four-match series starts Sept. 5

TRINIDAD'S CHAMPION football team, St. Benedicts, are to tour Jamaica in September.

The wrappings came off the tour at a Press conference yesterday when the sponsors Antillean Import Export Co., outlined plans for the four match series which will be a glamorous curtain raiser for the Manning Cup season.

Highlight of St. Benedict's tour will be two matches against Vere Technical, the 1965 DaCosta Cup winners, who will be the Trinidadians' hosts.

The aggregate winners of the two matches will receive the Antillean Trophy.

St. Benedict's other matches will be against Jamaica's Under-19 team and Cavalier Colts.

The matches will be played at the National Stadium and Vere's ground at Hayes, Clarendon. It had also been hoped to have a match in Montego Bay but the local organizers could not accept the offer.

Vere's coach, Derek Tomkinson, who fixed up the tour during a recent visit to Trinidad, told the Press conference, held at Antillean's Water Lane headquarters, that St. Benedict's would prove classy opposition.

From the ranks of this crack team have come Trinidad's star players such as Warren Archibald, the impish wizard who baffled and bewildered defences during the recent CONCACAF tourney in Jamaica and Jan Steadman — both of whom have now signed with U.S. professional clubs.

At the moment eight of the St. Benedict's team play for Trinidad's national Under-19 side.

"St. Benedict's are taking this tour very seriously," said Tomkinson. "Trinidadians always play harder when their opposition comes from Jamaica and St. Benedict's have hired a special coach from Surinam to prepare them for Jamaica.

''Despite this I feel Vere, captained by Allan Cole, will do well."

Mr. Ben Francis, headmaster at Vere, said the whole school was looking forward to the arrival of the Trinidadians. "Indeed their tour is a project that involves the whole school.

"The girls are busy converting classrooms into living accommodation for St. Benedict's — they are even making curtains."


The tour, expected to cost in the region of £2,000 is the first sports sponsorship venture undertaken by Antillean Import-Export but director Mr. Gene Macdonald hinted it would not be the last and said his company's only hope now was that the football would be entertaining and Vere would prove triumphant.

Fixture-list for the tour is: September 2, Vere vs St. Benedict's at National Stadium at 8 p.m.; September 5, St. Benedict's vs Jamaica Under-19s at Vere; September 7, Vere vs St. Benedict's at Vere (also at 4.15 p m.) and September 9, Cavalier Colts vs St .Benedict's at National Stadium at 8 p.m.