Bond-Flasza: Competition tight at first camp
National defender Dominique Bond-Flasza said the week-long training camp that ended on Sunday ahead of the Jamaica senior women’s football team’s FIFA Women’s World Cup campaign in France proved to be extremely competitive because of the new players trying to earn a spot in the final squad.
The camp that ran for six days saw the Reggae Girlz train at the Montego Bay Sports Complex.
Bond-Flasza, who scored the winning penalty kick in a 4-3 shoot-out win against Panama in the CONCACAF Women’s Championships last October, sending Jamaica through to the World Cup, plies her trade in the Netherlands with PSV Vrouwen, the women’s equivalent of PSV Eindhoven.
“I would say it’s a very competitive atmosphere around this camp,” she said.
“The coaching staff has brought in new players, so nothing is guaranteed as we don’t know the final roster going into the World Cup. It’s very competitive as everyone is trying to get a spot to compete in France later this year.
“I think every position is at stake. Everyone is competing for a spot, so it’s not just my position as an outside [right] back. It’s also interesting, in soccer, anyone can play any position.
It’s interesting to see the dynamics of where the coach is starting to put players and kinda figuring out who and what personnel we need in order to present the best team to compete going into France,” she added.
With this being the first camp called up ahead of the World Cup, Bond-Flasza was asked how much emphasis was being placed on fitness and conditioning.
“They expect a lot of us, so leading into the camp, they also expect us to come in fit. So we can focus on more of the soccer aspect of things.
“We did the beep test coming into the camp, and we are just looking to improve as each camp goes on and ultimately peak fitness-wise when we go to France,” Bond-Flasza said.