Women's Premier League kicks off tomorrow
The Sherwin Williams Women's Premier League is set to kick off tomorrow with a full slate of games, which will be highlighted by a double-header at the Barbican Complex.
Boys' Town will oppose Olympic Gardens in the opening game at 1 p.m. before champions Barbican take on G.C.Foster in the feature game at 3 p.m. In other games, Waterhouse host St James Women at Drewsland at 1:30 p.m, Arnett Gardens oppose Rangers at the Anthony Spaulding Complex and Trelawny Women face Los Perfectos at Elliston Wakeland Centre. Both matches will kick off at 3 p.m.
The start of the league has been delayed by more than three months but although disappointed with the late start, coach of champions Barbican, Charles Edwards, was happy that the nation's female footballers didn't have to sit out a whole season.
"I am a bit disappointed it is starting this late but based on the explanation we got it was unavoidable, so we just have to find a way to make this year's league as entertaining as in the past," he told The Gleaner.
"They (JFF) just told us they were in dialogue with the sponsors and something delayed it and they were sorting it out.
"It's an unfortunate situation but at least we are going to have a league instead of idling for the whole year. We have to work with it as best as we can. Coaches will have to be smarter ... week to week ... so it's going to be interesting," he reasoned.
Edwards expects the teams to start slow, with less than a full week of training. But he expects the usual contenders to try and break their three-year unbeaten run as they look to hold on to the three available trophies (League, Knockout and Mid-season titles).
"The delay shut down some teams who were unable to mobilise again. So you are going to see a lot of unfit teams playing for the first few weeks, because no team had been training for a week.
He added that he expects a tough opening match against G.C. Foster tomorrow.
"I am expecting a keenly contested game. This is a game between two big guns ... both teams should have the same fitness and unprepared level ... so let's wait and see," he added..
Ten teams will contest the league this year.