Bajan girls off to U15 tourney
A stronger and much fitter Barbados team is ready to compete at the second CONCACAF Under-15 Girls Championship being held at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida.
Speaking with Barbados TODAY Tuesday afternoon before the 18-member squad departed Barbados with seven officials, assistant coach Richard “Juggie” Forde said the girls had improved in all aspects of their game and he believed they would do much better than they did at the last CONCACAF championship in Cayman Islands back in 2014.
“I think that we are ready in terms of the preparation that we had. I want to make something clear and that is because we are at this tender development stage it is more about the developmental aspect of the game. And what I am happy about is that the girls have improved in all aspect of the game,” said Forde who will be working beside head coach Thomas Jordan.
The side is well balanced and Barbados will seek to capitalize on that when they take on U.S Virgin Islands, Curacao and Anguilla. Once successful they will advance to the knockout round where they will meet Canada.
“Our strengths lie in all the departments and it is surprising because if you look at the team that went to the last CONCACAF it was not as this team is now technically, physically, tactically. They are very good and I think it is because of the great initiative by BFA to put on a five-week camp that has helped the girls so much. So I am looking forward for it to continue so that our players understand what it is to practise,” Forde explained.
He noted that Barbados had some young talented players and all that was needed was to keep them together and continue working in order for a chance to knock on the door of CONCACAF and even the World Cup.
The Bajan ladies will face U.S. Virgin Islands at 9 a.m. on August 11 before they meet Anguilla the following day at 11 a.m. Following that they will then play their final match in the group on August 14 at 9 a.m. against Curacao.
Manager of the team Sheena Baker said they were pleased with how preparations went and made special mention of Barbados Football Association administration assistant, Sherrol Austin, and Barbados Defence Force trainer Leroy Stuart who have both spent a lot of time making sure the girls were fully prepared for the championship.
The team is Olianna Bishop, Aaliyah Boyce, Alana Boyce, Tia Briggs-Thompson, Shontee Broomes, Keinelle Johnson, Jade Clarke, Tia Haynes, Marissa King, Rowland Kirton-Browne, Jadzia Morris, Zara Owen, Caitlin Padmore, Tiana Sealey, Britnee Stanford, Ryanna Thomas, Asha Stevenson, Hope Colucci.
Meanwhile Baker, head coach Jordan, assistant coaches Forde and Kerry Trotman, lead the management team. The medic is Shonnelle Trotman.