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Panama women arrive for friendlies
Panama’s Women footballers are scheduled to touch down on local shores today ahead of their international friendly encounters against T&T's Soca Princesses on Thursday at the Manny Ramjohn Stadium, Marabella from 6.30 pm, and the second match on Saturday at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva from 4pm.
The Panamanians will be using the matches as preparation for the FIFA Women's World Cup in France next year. The T&T 18-member women team being will be led by veteran Tasha St Louis in the team's first international game under coach Jamaal Shabazz.
Like the Panamanians, they too will be seeing international action for the first time this year. TTFA technical director Anton Corneal is optimistic the local women will utilise the two matches to their benefit.
“I think it’s two very good friendlies at this time of the preparation. We were waiting on two good games and they are in front of us now. Both teams are in the midst of preparations for their qualifying matches and the Panama team is also looking forward to these matches which I think shows that we can expect two very competitive games,” Corneal said.
He said, “Panama from all accounts have advanced their programmes in tremendous fashion. Their Men’s team have qualified for the Russia 2018 World Cup and now their women’s programme is taking off and they are looking to prove their worth. We on the other hand are looking to continue where we left off the last time around in 2014 and go one step further this time. We have not played regularly of recent but this also means that our ladies are very eager to step onto the pitch and kick-start their campaign for the World Cup in France next year.”
Team captain St Louis said, “Yes, definitely we are very, very excited and hungry for these two games. As a group we have been working very hard over the past few months. The FA has kept us together and now it’s a matter of us going out there and putting in the display in a match situation. We always know the importance of international matches and it’s a great opportunity to get the match time with these two games against Panama."
Tickets for both matches are priced at $20 and will be available at the game venue on the day.
Meanwhile St Louis and company can also look forward to some much needed international friendly matches as T&T has been named as one of the host for the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Women’s Challenge Series 2018 next month (April 18-29).
T&T will host Group One that will comprise four teams at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva. Other groups will be held at Jamaica; Stade Sylvia Cator in Haiti and Antigua Recreation Grounds in Antigua.
T&T will later turn its focus to the World Cup qualification in May.
Group A: St. Kitts and Nevis (hosts), St. Vincent and the Grenadines, St. Lucia and Dominica
Group B: Jamaica (hosts), Barbados, Cuba and Turks and Caicos Islands
Group C: Haiti (hosts), Martinique, Dominican Republic and USVI
Group D: Antigua and Barbuda (hosts), Curacao, Guadeloupe and Montserrat; and
Group E: Trinidad & Tobago (hosts), Grenada, Guyana and Suriname.
At Eddie Hart ground, Tacarigua
Hibiscus 219-1 (31 overs) (Rachel Vincent 102 not out, Shari John 62 not out) vs Cricket Lovers 52 all out (Alice Collins 3/3, Anna Marie Pereira 3/150. Hibiscus won by 167 runs.
At Bamboo Recreation ground
Presyal Phoenix 176-6 (45) (Felicia Walters 54, Samantha Bissoon 30; Petrina Walcott 2/34) vs Players 63 all out (Nadia Mohammed 21; Leandra Ramdeen 7/17, Shenelle Lord 2/7). Preysal Phoenix won by 113 runs.
At Caroni New Settlement
Moosai 181-7 (45 overs) (Amanda Samaroo 65, Kirbyina Alexander 38 not out, Kamara Ragoobar 20; Stephanie Ragoonath 2/24; Jodian Morgan 2/30; Aleysha Gomez 2/43) vs Technocrats 139 all out (Jodian Morgan 52, Stephanie Ragoonath 22, Stacy-Ann King 19; Kirbyina Alexander 4/26; Jerveena Pollucksingh 3/32; Kamara Ragoobar 2/32). Moosai won by 42 runs.
Points Standings (after 8 matches)
1 Hibiscus - 17 points
2 Preysal Phoenix - 16
3 Technocrats - 13
4 Moosai - 9
5 Players - 7
6 Cricket Lovers - 5
At Couva East Secondary
Achievers 120-3 (16) (Shanta Roopchan 46 not out; Tiffany Assoon 23; Steffi Soogrim 11 not out) vs JFK 39-5 (16) (Daylia Alexander 2/9). Achievers won by 81 runs.
Waterloo Allstars 50 all out (25) (Selina Isaac 12 not out; Sharika Sinanan 2/4, Krystal Cabralis 2/6, Salisha Heraldo 2/13) vs Cricket Divas 51 without loss (5.2/25) (Stacey Bolag 30 not out, Trisha Marquis 16 not out). Cricket Divas won by 10 wickets.
1 Achievers - 19 points (7 matches)
2 Cricket Divas - 13 (6 matches)
3 UWI - 7 (6 matches)
4 Waterloo Allstars - 6 (6 matches)
5 JFK - 1 (7 matches)
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