Jamaica's female football is set to benefit once more from the visit, their second, of Dollard Soccer Club of Montreal, Canada, which arrived in the island on December 26 and will remain for just under two weeks.
The group of 30, which includes players, staff and parents arrived at the Sangster International Airport. Commonly referred to as the Dragons, Dollard will play three exhibition games.
Today, they face a St Thomas Invitational team at the Paul Bogle High School before opposing a Masters team at Buttercup Park in Mona on Tuesday. The last match is next Sunday against a St James Invitational team in the curtain-raiser to the Red Stripe Premier League encounter between Montego Bay United and Sporting Central Academy at the Montego Bay Sports Complex. The first two games begin at 2 p.m. while the third will begin at 3 p.m.
Dollard's game against the female masters will be in honour of former national representative, the late Marvalyn 'Marva' Brown and will include players such as Andea Lewis, June Cover-Simpson, Nicole Berwise, Valerie Murphy, Paulette Riley, Kayon Davis and Jamaica Football Federation Advanced Level II coach Anneka Headley. Their game on January 6 will be played in honour of another former national representative and product of Montego Bay, the late Bernadette 'Lorraine' Mairs, who passed away in 2008.
On their first visit in January 2011, the group, hosted by Gamma Ray Athletics, assisted in the formation of a female team in St Thomas, which currently participates in the Sherwin Williams Women's League. On this occasion, Gamma Ray Athletics and Dollard will assist the St James Football Association, through Montego Bay United, in forming a football team.
"This is an opportunity that we intend to make the most of. We want to do the same for women's football as we have started to do for men's football," said Orville Powell, president of Montego Bay United Football Club.