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Gleaner 180 - INSIDE SPORTS

Published:Saturday | September 13, 2014 | 9:00 AM
The incomparable Garfield Sobers.
Members of the victorious Kingston hockey team who retired the Jamaica Men's Hockey Association League Cup after they had won it for a record three years in a row by beating Munro Old Boys 2-0 at Sabina Park.
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With Baz Freckleton

  • Hockey expatriates out

A move by male expatriate hockey players to topple a decision that they are not eligible for places on Jamaica's national teams was snuffed out last week and the high tide of nationalism in local sports swirls on the reaffirmation of the principle enunciated in the rules came at an extraordinary general meeting of the Jamaica Men's Hockey Association (JMHA) on Monday night on a staggering majority vote.

Cavalier Club, a hockey team with a high percentage of expatriates, had introduced a motion seeking support for the platform that an expatriate hockey player, who had spent 24 consecutive months in Jamaica, should be eligible for selection on Jamaica's national teams. But this concept was rejected at the extraordinary general meeting of the JMHA and overwhelming support given to the 1966 ruling that expatriates should not only be excluded from places on national teams but that they should not be considered, either, for places on JMHA teams.

The expatriates took Monday's rebuff in sporting fashion. They showed no pique and, as a matter of fact, offered to place their skills at the disposal of the Jamaica Men's Hockey Association in sharpening the national team through practice matches every Tuesday afternoon until the national team, managed and coached by Alva Anderson, and skippered by Harvey Simm, leaves for the quadrangular tournament in Georgetown, Guyana, on September 30. The Cavalier team is also contributing immeasurably to the programming of local hockey by providing referees of outstanding competence.

There is no unanimity among sporting organisations on the question of posture towards expatriates. In such sports as golf, lawn tennis, track and field athletics, women's hockey, rifle shooting, netball, softball, baseball and soccer expatriates have been named on national and/or association teams. In some cases, these foreign athletes contributed a great deal to the improvement of the teams on which they played.

But today, with the theme of Jamaicanisation being an established facet of our society, it would perhaps be prudent for all the major sporting organisations to get together and decide on a common front to the subject of using expatriates on our national teams and association teams. The question is: Should they be used and, if so, on what conditions particularly from the viewpoint of residential qualification?

  • Code of conduct in football

Division 1 football begins on Saturday, September 16, with a double-header: Jamaica Regiment vs Golden Aces at Camp and Kingston against Nascimento at Sabina Park to be followed on Sunday, September 17, by two matches at the Stadium: Boys' Town vs UWI and Santos vs Real Mona with the third found double-header on Saturday, September 23 setting Kingston against Real Mona at Sabina and UWI vs Jamaica Regiment at Mona. The Kingston and St Andrew Football Association, however, has not yet announced a. new code of discipline, bearing in mind the frightful deterioration in behaviour pattern last season.

It is urgently necessary that soccer disciplines be maintained if the enthusiasm of the new KSAFA administration is to be rewarded with permanent success. There can be no ifs or buts. Players must know that certain offences carry certain penalties. Referees must know that indecision, misinterpretation of rules, late-coming and failure to honour assignments will be treated with granite firmness. Clubs must know that they will be held responsible for dereliction of duty at the administrative level as affiliates and KSAFA itself must at all times be above charges of impropriety, unfamiliarity with the laws of soccer, partisanship and wrong interpretation of its constitution.

To my mind, there could be nothing but rich rewards from adopting the points system now being carried out in England for certain types of infringements in soccer leagues. This is how the system operates:

One point for illegal marking of pitch, entering or re-entering the field without the referee's permission; using teammate's shoulders to assist in heading the ball.

Two points: Deliberate handling, time-wasting; use of arms to obstruct opponents; goalkeeper lying on the ball to waste time; gesticulating in front of a player taking a free kick; entering the penalty area during the taking of a penalty kick; gesticulating by penalty taker or in front of a player taking a throw-in; ungentlemanly conduct.

Three points: Deliberate obstruction; persistent infringe-ment of the laws, pulling an opponent's shirt or shorts; encroaching within ten yards of a free kick.

Four points: Deliberate tripping; continued commenting to referees on decisions; dangerous play and foul tackle from behind.

When a player has accumulated 12 points he will be automatically suspended for two matches; and a player sent off the field will be suspended for three games. If the player is sent off a second time he will be put away for four games and a third time for five games.

  • Successful Sobers appeal

An appeal by the world's greatest-ever cricket all-rounder Gary Sobers for a chance to be given to the Barbadian Gordon Greenidge to slake a claim for a place on the West Indies team to meet Australia early next year has met with success, in that Greenidge has been invited to come to Barbados and seek a place on the Barbados team to meet the Aussies. Greenidge's expenses are to be met from the Barbados end.

Sobers thinks Greenidge, who is no relation to Geoffrey Greenidge, the Barbadian who plays cricket for Essex, in the English County Championship; Barbados in inter-territorial tournaments and the West Indies in Tests, has the makings of a first-class player, is a good stroke-player and is not afraid to hit the ball. Gordon Greenidge plays for Hampshire in county cricket.

On the question of West Indies cricket decisions, the West Indies Board is not about to surrender its right to name umpires for Tests. For the 1972 Aussie tour territorial umpires associations will have to submit their choices through their West Indies associations to the West Indies Board, along with medical certificates from their nominees.

1974 - THEY RETIRED THE JMHA LEAGUE CUP: Members of the victorious Kingston hockey team who retired the Jamaica Men's Hockey Association League Cup after they had won it for a record three years in a row by beating Munro Old Boys 2-0 at Sabina Park. Standing (from left) are Tony Burrowes (captain), Gordon Smith, Milton Powell, Mickey West, Garth Anderson, Alva Anderson, Simon Dickson, Peter Rickards. Stooping (from left) Terry Smith, Dennis Robotham, Robert MacMillan, Terry Campbell, Steve Evans. In front, goalkeeper Peter Murray.