Clean sweep for Barbican again - Barbican dominates Sherwin Williams Women's Premier League awards
Marc Stamp, Gleaner Writer
Barbican FC dominated the 2013-14 Sherwin Williams Women's Premier League award ceremony at the Jamaica Football Federation's (JFF) offices in New Kingston yesterday.
The Barbican team won the Sherwin Williams Premier League Trophy and $400,000, the Sherwin Williams mid-season title and $80,000, and the Sherwin Williams Colourscope Trophy and $100,000 for a clean sweep. The team ended with the triple for a third consecutive season.
Barbican won their seventh consecutive Premier League title when they defeated Arnett Gardens 3-0 in the final at Waterhouse Stadium this month.
Captain of the dominant Barbican team, Alicia 'One Left' James, attributed her team's dominance over the years to "hard work and discipline".
"It is as a result of a combination of things that the coach, Charles 'Charlie' Edwards, instills in the players, like hard work, discipline and team spirit. We try to live as a family," James told The Gleaner.
She also said the presentation left her with a special feeling.
"It is special for me to see Shanique Smith winning the MVP (Most Valuable Player) of the final.
"We have a lot of young players that played last season, including two 16-year-olds and that augurs well for further dominance," James said.
Barbican's coach, Edwards, says quality is a factor in their success.
"We have quality players who went abroad to colleges and returned to also play with and assist the team," Edwards said.
"Every year, we set different goals," he informed. "However, it's not really good for one club to dominate so many years, but that is not our fault. The other clubs have to step up and take it from us."
Ian Forbes, managing director of Sherwin Williams, said that as long as money is available his company will continue to assist with the development of women's football in Jamaica.
"We've supported women's league for 13 years and will continue as long as resources are available. It all depends on the profit of the business," Forbes said.
Captain Horace Burrell, president of the JFF, lauded Sherwin Williams for their effort in supporting women's football.
"Sherwin Williams has been the driving force, and without them the local programme would not have reached where it is at now," Burrell said.
The local football boss also lauded the Marley Foundation for pushing the game at the international level.
"With the Marley Foundation behind the programme, we will move forward in the next 10 years. We will celebrate success," he professed.
Myshjua Archibald, head of mission for Cedella Marley (Ambassador of Jamaica's Women's Football Programme), also praised Sherwin Williams for their involvement.
"Sherwin Williams' support over the years has led us to coming on board to push Jamaica's women's football programme," Archibald said.
"We want to see women's football get the respect deserved on the international stage. The Reggae Girlz can be a game changer for women's football in the region. We look forward to working with Sherwin Williams," she noted.
Meanwhile, the awards for academic achievement went to Tramaine Brown of Barbican and Khadra Brooks of G.C. Foster College. They received $40,000 each.