The TCIFA National Academy Football pitch came alive over the weekend with two fiercely played out Women’s Football League (WFL) matches. The Net Rockers showed just how much improvement they have made this season with a spirited performance against league champions AFC Academy Strikers on Sunday, February 7th in the first game of the double header.
Ashlii Barnett scored twice, with a third being added by Emmanuella Meneide. Despite Barnett hitting in almost 20 crosses from the right wing - the Strikers forwards failed to convert these chances. Sterling work was witnessed by Bertha Lee Belle - who kept the scoreline respectable. Nevertheless, the Net Rockers had chances to score themselves; yet with Amelie Speer being alert on several occasions, she ensured that she kept another clean sheet for her team.
In the second game, with some quality finishing in front of goal gave Grace Bay FC their biggest win of the season with a 10-0 victory over the AFC Academy Hurricanes. Regardless of the scoreline, the Hurricanes were no pushovers and had several chances to score themselves; the clearest chance came to the hard working Christina Hinds whose penalty was well saved by Louise Henderson.
Of the games, Candace Hanchell, President of the WFL said: “Both matches were evidence of a new and exciting level of competition and, also highlighted each team's competitive spirit and determination to win.”
Christopher Bryan, President of the TCIFA said: “Competition in the Women’s Football League has strengthened this season and is evidence of all the work and commitment that the team coaches and the players have put into their game. This helps the Association tremendously with the preparation for the Women’s National Team’s upcoming games against the Dominican Republic in the CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup in March.”
The competition, the 2010 CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup - Phase 1, will see Team TCI play in Group D with the Dominican Republic - where they will play each other twice, with the winner advancing to the next stage.
The CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup is a biannual football competition sponsored by CONCACAF, and serves as a qualifying competition to the Women's World Cup. CONCACAF - the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football - is the governing body for football for North America and the Caribbean, for which the Turks and Caicos Islands is a member through the Turks and Caicos Islands Football Association (TCIFA).
The TCI delegation comprising of the Women's National Team and staff, leave the Turks and Caicos on Wednesday, March 24, returning Monday, March 29 - with the matches played on March 26 and 28.
The Women’s Football League concludes this Sunday, February 14th, 2010 - when the Net Rockers take on the Hurricanes at the Academy pitch at 4pm.
The goal scorers for the double header were as follows:
Strikers 3-0 Net Rockers
Barnett two (2) points
Meneide one (1) point
Grace Bay 10-0 Hurricanes
Most Valuable Player (MVP)
Ashlii Barnett - Strikers
Lencie Wilner - Net Rockers
Emma Tanner - Grace Bay
Christina Hinds – Hurricanes