NAN Sports Editor
News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. June 7, 2018: Here are the top stories making Caribbean sports news for the week ending, June 7, 2019:
CUP – Meet The Reggae Girlz Team Facing Brazil Sunday In Grenoble
Jamaica’s Reggae Girlz will have their first challenge
of the 2019 Women’s World Cup tourney as they take on Brazil on Sunday, June 9th
at the Stade des Alpes, Grenoble. The match time is 9:30 a.m. ET (8:30
a.m. Jamaica time) and can be seen on FS1
Jamaicans and Caribbean soccer fans globally are
pumped to see the underdog team compete in their first ever World Cup, ranked
at 53rd globally.
They will then have to face Italy at Stade
Auguste-Delaune, Reims on June 14th and Australia on June 18th.
It will be a tough challenge for the team which is making its maiden appearance
at the Cup.
Florida-based coach Hue Menzies volunteered his
services for a while to help the team achieve its milestone.
The full team includes:
Konya Plummer, #5
Captaining the national team at the age of 21 tells
you everything you need to know about Plummer. Blessed with leadership skills,
the centre-back started all five games during Jamaica’s run to third place at
the Concacaf Women’s Championship, helping make history as the first Caribbean
nation to qualify for the Women’s World Cup.
Syndney Schneider, #1
After a successful freshman season with the UNC
Wilmington Seahawks and experience with multiple Jamaica youth national teams,
goalkeeper Schneider’s moment arrived during the Concacaf Women’s Championship
when she put in a player-of-the-match performance in a 1-0 win over Costa Rica.
The tall keeper may only be 19, but that didn’t stop head coach Hue Menzies
from starting her in four of their five matches at the Concacaf Women’s
One of Jamaica’s heroes during their run to World Cup
qualification, McClure was brought on to replace Sydney Schneider in goal for a
do-or-die penalty shootout against Panama. With a spot at France 2019 at stake,
the 29-year-old made two saves to earn her country third place at the Concacaf
Women’s Championship and qualify for their first Women’s World Cup.
Born in Toronto to a Jamaican father and Grenadian
mother, Jamieson’s journey to joining the ranks of the Reggae Girlz began with
an unexpected tryout while visiting the country in 2013. Now that journey
continues on the world’s stage for the 21-year-old shot-stopper, who recently
joined New Zealand’s Papakura City FC.
Brought in by head coach Hue Menzies for Jamaica’s
January 2019 camp, Hudson-Marks earned her senior debut against Chile on 28
February. The agile 21-year-old wing player’s ability to stretch the field
often opens up space for her team-mates. Speed runs in the family, too; Usain
Bolt is one of Hudson-Marks’ cousins.
Sweatman, 24, played in all five matches during
Jamaica’s historic third-place finish at the 2018 Concacaf Women’s
Championship. A complete player with playmaking abilities at the base of the
Reggae Girlz’s midfield, Sweatman’s football journey has taken her from Oregon
to the Netherlands and to Hungary.
“Den-Den” Blackwood made her senior debut for the
Reggae Girlz during their qualifiers for the Concacaf Women’s Championship in
2018. The 22-year-old forward had an instant impact, scoring two goals in
qualification matches to help her side reach the regional competition that
would eventually seal a first-ever World Cup berth.
Bond-Flasza, 22, will always be known for scoring the
winning penalty kick that sent Jamaica to their first-ever Women’s World Cup.
Born in New York to a Polish father and a Jamaican mother in 1996, the
well-travelled Bond-Flasza, who primarily plays as a right back, played a key
role in the Reggae Girlz’s qualification journey.
A versatile player that head coach Hue Menzies can
rely on to perform in multiple positions, Silver can play as a holding or
central midfielder and at full-back. The 26-year-old was a crucial member of
the side that helped Jamaica qualify for their first-ever Women’s World Cup,
playing in three matches at the Concacaf Women’s Championship in their run to
finishing with the bronze medal.
Forming an important partnership with captain Konya
Plummer at the heart of the Jamaican backline, Swaby played a key role
throughout the Reggae Girlz’s historic Concacaf Women’s Championship 2018
campaign. The 22-year-old added a new piece to her football development with a
move to Roma in Italy’s top division, and will be joined at France 2019 by her
younger sister Chantelle.
You can bet on the fact that Patterson will have an
extra eye on Jamaica’s Group C match against Italy as the centre-back has club
experience with Bari. The 25-year-old, New York-born Patterson made one start
and a couple of substitute appearances during Jamaica’s historic run to third
place at the Concacaf Women’s Championship.
Once part of USA’s youth set-up, Swaby, 20, is a
Connecticut-born defender and midfielder who just completed her junior season
at Rutgers University, where she helped the Scarlet Knights reach the NCAA
tournament. Her older sister, Allyson, will also represent Jamaica on the
backline at France 2019.
Solaun, 26, is a leader on the field from the attacking midfield position. Equally comfortable breaking on the counter and picking out passes in possession, she finished her collegiate career at the University of Florida as captain and one of the most accomplished attackers in school history. Stops at USA’s Seattle Reign and Washington Spirit led to her signing with Norway’s Klepp IL in 2019.
The USA-born Asher, 26, played in every game of her
junior and senior seasons at Purdue University and the University of
Louisville, respectively, showcasing her consistency. Well-travelled in her
club career, the central midfielder has won a championship with Colombia’s
Independiente Santa Fe and joined Norwegian side Stabaek at the end of 2018.
The 25-year-old forward offers plenty of pace for head
coach Hue Menzies to deploy in the Reggae Girlz’ attack. A focal point for
Florida International University, Shim led the Panthers in goalscoring (eight)
during her junior season. Her senior debut for Jamaica came against the
Dominican Republic in August 2015.
Absent from the Reggae Girlz senior squad for a
four-year stretch, Campbell triumphantly returned in 2018 during the run to
their first-ever qualification for a Women’s World Cup. The attack-minded 28-year-old
midfielder represents Israeli side Maccabi Kishronot Hadera at club level.
Brown is the youngest player the Reggae Girlz are
bringing to France. At 17 years old, she’s proven her goalscoring prowess on
every level of Jamaica’s youth set-up, culminating with being recognised as the
top young player at the 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship. Her hat-trick
against Cuba sparked a 9-0 win.
“Bunny” Shaw, #11
“Bunny” Shaw, a goalscoring prodigy now grown into an
imposing centre forward, enters this World Cup having persevered through
tremendous personal tragedy. The 22-year-old has lost four brothers and two
nephews during her lifetime, four of whom were victims of gang-related violence
in her hometown of Spanish Town, Jamaica.
Born in Toronto, Cameron appeared in multiple
friendlies for Canada’s senior team. The 27-year-old forward made the switch to
Jamaica after their historic run to qualification for France 2019, earning her
first cap against Chile on 28 February. Cameron’s passport is well-stamped; she
has competed for top-flight clubs in Germany, Israel, USA and Norway.
Carter plays primarily as a forward but has
contributed plenty of assists throughout her career. She signed her first
professional contract with Roma of Italy’s Serie A in 2018. Carter, 24, started
two matches during Jamaica’s historic run to finishing in third place at the
Concacaf Women’s Championship and scored four goals during the Concacaf
Caribbean Women’s Qualifiers prior to that.
A promising, USA-born prospect eligible to represent
Nigeria, the United States and Jamaica, Adamolekun chose the Reggae Girlz. The
18-year-old forward debuted for the senior side on 28 February 2019 against
Chile after joining the team for January camp. She also represented Jamaica at
the 2018 Concacaf Women’s U-20 Championship.
The speedy 20-year-old Seattle-born striker was a late
addition to the Jamaica squad, joining up as a replacement for the injured
Kayla McKoy. Grey came through the national youth ranks but made her debut for
the senior Reggae Girlz just a few weeks before France 2019, impressing in a
3-1 win over Panama.
The Jamaica Tourist Board will host watch parties for
the match on Sunday across the US and Canadian Diaspora as follows:
New York: Milk
River Restaurant, 960 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY.
Fort Lauderdale: Grand Café, 12389 Pembroke Road,
Pembroke Pines, FL.
Baltimore: Island Quizine, 8128 Liberty Road, Windsor
Toronto: Jamaica Canadian Association, 995 Arrow Road,
Hall 3, Toronto.
“We are excited that the Reggae Girlz have qualified
to represent Jamaica on the global soccer stage,” said Donovan White, Jamaica’s
Director of Tourism. “We are so proud of
the Reggae Girlz and invite the Jamaican and Caribbean Diaspora and friends of
Jamaica to come out in their colors and cheer on the team in the opening match
in their historic World Cup campaign.”
What’s Up With Umpire Chris Gaffaney And Those Calls Against The West Indies?
In their second match of the 2019 Cricket World Cup,
the West Indies team, fresh from their win over Pakistan, came close to beating
Australia, losing by just 16 runs.
And Australia can thank New Zealand born umpire Chris
Gaffaney for that.
Especially since the Windies star player, opener and
master blaster Chris Gayle was ruled out on a delivery which should have been a
free hit. Gayle was caught plumb in front of his stumps by Australian pacer
Mitchell Starc in the 5th over of the Windies innings.
Umpire Gaffaney failed to notice the error by Starc and
ruled Gayle out.
Before his dismissal in the fifth over, Gayle had
survived twice from being dismissed during the third over from Starc as both
the reviews went his way. On the first occasion, the ball kissed the stumps but
bails didn’t come off giving Gayle a reprise before he survived a caught behind
appeal after taking another review in the same over.
Then skipper Jason Holder was given out lbw, even
though TV replays showed the ball had pitched outside the line of leg stump. Luckily
for Holder that decision was successfully overturned.
Gaffaney’s errors did not go unnoticed by many former
cricketers including Windies Kieron Pollard who took to Twitter to tweet: “Time
and time again we tend to be on the wrong end of decisions… and the masses are
not vociferous bcuz y……. Piss piss poor decision making in this game and it
continues … it is blatantly alarming.”
“I am sorry but the umpiring in this game has been
atrocious,” said Michael Holding, while commentating for OSN Cric, in the UAE.
Windies player Carlos Brathwaite described some
decisions as “frustrating” and “dodgy” and suggested that
West Indies players are on the wrong end of decisions more often than their
But despite the umpiring mishaps, Shai Hope and
Skipper Holder answered the Aussie’s total of 288, with 273 for 9. Hope made a gutsy 68
runs while Holder added 51 to help the Windies come within shy of
winning the match,
The Windies next World Cup match-ups are as follows:
June 10 v South Africa, Southampton, 7.30pm Australian
June 14 v England, Southampton, 7.30pm AEST
June 17 v Bangladesh, Taunton, 7.30pm AEST
June 22 v New Zealand, Manchester, 10.30pm AEST
June 27 v India, Manchester, 7.30pm AEST
July 1 v Sri Lanka, Durham, 7.30pm AEST
July 4 v Afghanistan, Leeds, 7.30pm AEST
The ICC’s list of official broadcasters is here.