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Title: Women Warriors Thread
Post by: Flex on November 14, 2006, 04:54:32 AM
11 overseas players in Women’s squad.
By: Nigel Simon (Guardian).
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Eleven overseas based players have been included in a 20-member T&T team by national coach Marlon Charles for the 2006 Concacaf Women’s Gold Cup which will take place in the United States from Sunday.
Included in the 11 is 16-year-old Atlanta-born utility Sadjr Williams, whose father is a T&T national.
Williams was also selected to the Under-20 women’s team earlier in the year but did not acquire her passport in time to play in the tournament.
However, she is now in possession of her T&T passport and eager to represent the twin Island Republic.
Among the notable overseas players in the team are forwards Aveann Douglas of Munroe Community College, Ahkeela Mollon of the University of South Carolina and defenders Katrina Meyer of Murray State University and Anastasia Prescott of the University of Mobile and Canadian-born Micah Mahabirsingh of the Thornhill Cobras in Toronto.
Maylee Attin-Johnson is still recovering from knee surgery and was not included in the team.
The local women will continue to train at the UWI Ground, St Augustine daily before departing for the US on Friday.
The third edition of the Women’s Gold Cup will see Canada, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama, T&T and USA competing for the title along with two guaranteed spots in the 2007 Fifa Women’s World Cup in China.
In first round action, Panama plays Jamaica and Mexico faces T&T, both at Tropical Park Stadium in Miami, Florida on Sunday.
The winners of these two first round games will then advance to the semifinals of the event with the winner of Panama/Jamaica match meeting Canada, while the winner of the Mexico/T&T will meet reigning defending champions, USA.
The semifinals take place on Wednesday November 22 at The Home Depot Center on the campus of California State University.
Tournament play concludes with the Concacaf Women’s Gold Cup Final and a third-place play-off game on November 26, also at The Home Depot Center in Carson, California. The Champion team and the runner-up will automatically qualify to next year’s Fifa Women’s World Cup in China while the third-place finisher will face Japan (Asian Football Confederation) in a home-and-away play-off for the final berth.
Women's team selected for Gold Cup.
By: Shaun Fuentes (TTFF).
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Trinidad and Tobago’s Women footballers will depart home for Miami on Sunday ahead of the 2006 CONCACAF Gold Cup and World Championship qualifier against Mexico two days later.
The squad was finalized this week by coach Marlon Charles and includes eleven overseas-based players. They will however not play Jamaica in an earlier proposes friendly international as the continue preparations at the University of the West Indies, St Augustine grounds.
Also back in the mix is experienced goalkeeper Lisa Jo Ramkissoon who is showing true grit as she also recovers from the passing of her young kids father Sean Vincent, former NCC cameraman.
Not included is talented forward Maylee-Attin Johnson who is yet to fully recover from surgery.
In first round action, Panama plays Jamaica and Mexico faces T&T, both at Tropical Park Stadium in Miami, Florida on Sunday.
The winners of these two first round games will then advance to the semifinals of the event with the winner of Panama/Jamaica match meeting Canada, while the winner of the Mexico/T&T will meet reigning defending champions, USA.
The semifinals take place on Wednesday November 22 at The Home Depot Center on the campus of California State University.
Tournament play concludes with the Concacaf Women’s Gold Cup Final and a third-place play-off game on November 26, also at The Home Depot Center in Carson, California.
The Champion team and the runner-up will automatically qualify to next year’s Fifa Women’s World Cup in China while the third-place finisher will face Japan (Asian Football Confederation) in a home-and-away play-off for the final berth.

T&T Team:

Goalkeepers:[/b]
Kimika Forbes (Stokelyvale FC), Lisa-Jo Ramkissoon (Real Dimension).

Defenders:
Jemilia Mathlin (Real Dimension), Katrina Meyer (Murray State University/USA), Anastasia Prescott (University of Mobile/USA), Ayana Russell (Munroe Community College), Patrice Superville (Brewton Parker College/USA).

Midfielders:
Aveann Douglas (Monroe Community College/USA), Rae-Ann Elder (Real Dimension), Leslie Ann James (Joe Public), Nadia James (Real Dimension), Micah Mahabirsingh (Thornhill/Canada), Dernelle Mascall (University of Mobile/USA), Ahkeela Darcel Mollon (University of South Carolina/USA), Jenelle Nedd (West Texas A&M University/USA), Mauricia Nicholson (University of West Florida/USA), Niasha Reyes (Real Dimension).

Forwards:
Kennya Cordner (Young Harris College/USA), Tasha St. Louis (New England Mutiny/USA), Sadjr Williams (no club).

Technical staff:
Marlon Charles (coach), Izzler Browne (asst coach), Ricarda Nelson (manager), Janelle James (asst manager), Nicole Kistow (physiotherapist), Steve Frederick (goalkeeper coach), Dexter Williams (equipment manager).

Related News.

2006 Women’s Gold Cup begins next week. (http://www.socawarriors.net/forum/index.php?topic=22577.msg241761#msg241761)
Burgins nets hat-trick in Women FA quarters.
T&T Guardian Reports.
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National striker, Alania Burgins, scored a hat-trick as title-holders Real Dimension began the defence of their T&T Women’s Football Federation FA Trophy with a 9-0 quarter-final hammering of UWI.
Tasha St Louis, another national women’s player added a pair of goals in the win at UWI Ground, St Augustine on Saturday while Rae-Ann Elder, Jeniel Nivet, Niasha Reyes and Nadia James got one each.
Elder, Reyes and James are also members of the national team.
In the semifinals, Real Dimension will meet St Clair Coaching School, who defeated Eugene Central United 4-3 on penalty-kicks on Sunday at Home Land Gardens Ground, Enterprise in Chaguanas after a 1-1 regulation time draw.
Renasha Jones scored for St Clair and national women’s hockey player Oire Trotman, showed she is well able on the football field by netting Central’s equaliser.
However, in the shoot-out national goalkeeper Julia Mc Dougall came up trumps for St Clair with a decisive save.
Jones, Eltisha Adams, Jenelle Mc Kellar and Natoya John scored St Clair’s first four attempts, while national cricketer Stacey King, Natalie Noel and Afiesha Mohammed were on target for Central.
Waliyda Muhammad fired Central’s fourth attempt wide of the target, but with a chance for a 5-3 win, Akeela George missed St Clair’s fifth attempt which left the door open for their opponents to level the scores at 4-4.
But it was not to be as Mc Dougall kept out Roxanne O’Brien effort to earned her team a 4-3 win. The other semifinal will see league runner-up Joe Public against Vandykes.
Yosha Jacobs got a brace and Desiree Sergeant scored the other in Vandykes’ 3-1 triumph over Petrotrin at the St Augustine Senior Comprehensive Ground, while Joe Public were awarded their match by a 3-0 result when opponents North Coast failed to keep their date at the Eddie Hart Ground, Tacarigua.

Saturday’s FA quarterfinal results:

Real Dimension 9 (Alania Burgins 3, Tasha St Louis 2, Rae-Ann Elder, Jeniel Nivet, Niasha Reyes, Nadia James) vs UWI 0.

Joe Public 3 bt North Coast 0 - By default.

Vandykes 3 (Yosha Jacob 2, Desiree Sargeant) vs Petrotrin 1 (Natalie Des Vignes).

Sunday’s FA quarterfinal result:

St Clair CS 1 (Renasha Jones) vs Eugene Central Utd 1 (Oire Trotman).
St Clair won 4-3 on penalty-kicks.
Title: Soca Princesses begin qualifying preparation.
Post by: Flex on November 27, 2013, 03:17:52 AM
Soca Princesses begin qualifying preparation
By Ian Prescott (Express).


Hoping for more warm-up games

With most of the major CONCACAF teams already deep in preparation, Trinidad and Tobago’s senior national women’s team this week began full preparation for the upcoming World Cup qualifying. CONCACAF qualifying for the World Cup is due to begin in 2014, although no date has yet been set.

The 2015 Women’s World Cup will be held in Canada, and local experts believe that Trinidad and Tobago have their best chance of qualifying for their first World Cup this time around. Expansion of the Women’s World Cup from 16 to 24 teams, has seen CONCACAF being given an additional automatic qualifying spot.

CONCACAF is guaranteed to have at least four representatives for the World Cup, hosts Canada and three automatic qualifiers. A fifth CONCACAF team will also qualify for a playoff against the third-placed team in the South America region.

World champions USA and top-10 ranked Canada traditionally dominate CONCACAF women’s football, which is regarded as being of a higher standard than South America (CONMEBOL), where Brazil dominate.

South America has been given just two automatic qualifying spots, and a playoff spot against the fourth-placed CONCACAF qualifiers. With Canada qualifying as host, and the USA almost guaranteed another spot, it leaves two automatic qualifying spots and a playoff berth up for grabs among the other CONCACAF contenders, including Mexico, Costa Rica, Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica and possibly Haiti.

Under coaches Marlon Charles and Anton Corneal, the locally-based contingent of the national team has been keeping fit. However, the training schedule has been increased to four times a week.

“We have been training all along and just keeping fit,” Charles said, “But, we have only really began the programme for the 2015 World Cup (qualification) this week.”

Charles expects to have a full complement of players by mid-December, when several players, who are based in the United States at college, will return home for the vacation break.

“We will be able to train as a group them and really get to do what we wanted as a team,” he said.

T&T have not had any international matches since August, when they played unbeaten against club teams on a tour of England. That trip was sponsored by the Ministry of Sport. On the other hand, the USA have played unbeaten in 16 matches this season, winning 13 and drawing three. Also busy have been Canada, Panama, Costa Rica and Guatemala.

“They say that next year things will be better in terms of matches,” Charles said. “But, we’ll wait and see.”

Title: Re: Soca Princesses begin qualifying preparation.
Post by: Coop's on November 27, 2013, 09:57:01 AM
From what i'm reading here this does not sound good at all,we already start off on the wrong foot and is Marlon and Corneal going to be blamed for everything in the end.

Imagine all those other teams are deep in preparation for this tournament and we just doing some training four times a week without the majority of the women who going to actually play.It's WC qualification we talking about,look how the men start putting things in place and they looking at 2018,these women suppose to be ready for next year and nothing is being done as yet.

Again is the women may be it's not important,when was the last time these women played together,they will get a couple games/tournaments before the qualifying tournament and tell themselves they ready.
Title: Re: Soca Princesses begin qualifying preparation.
Post by: Deeks on November 27, 2013, 04:26:30 PM
The women teams in general get the short end of the stick. If by a fluke we get to host the women's WC that will change, but otherwise is guava season for the senior women's team. When will it end.
Title: Re: Soca Princesses begin qualifying preparation.
Post by: socalion on November 27, 2013, 06:22:21 PM
while we are here on the topic of women's football  , can someone ,anyone  bring us up to date  also concerning our under20's women preparation  for the final rounds of qualification  which i believe scheduled for  january  .......??   what sort of preparations are taking place as we speak ..??  coach izler brown has made it absolutely clear of what is needed, !!! has anything been done since for the team .?
Title: Re: Soca Princesses begin qualifying preparation.
Post by: palos on November 27, 2013, 06:48:27 PM
Doh like de nickname fuh dis team
Title: Re: Soca Princesses begin qualifying preparation.
Post by: gawd on pitch on November 27, 2013, 09:36:33 PM
Doh like de nickname fuh dis team

Agreed. Sounds too novelty like..

Based on my research, this team actually has a good chance of making the WC. It will be them fighting Costa Rica for the 3rd spot. There is also a playoff for the 4th place team. I think the hex will look like this.. If there is a hex:

USA
MEX
T&T/CR
HAI
GUA/JAM

TT has a decent set of NCAA players. Also, many of the girls played in the under 17 WC in 2010. Taking this into consideration.. TT may even be better than CR on paper. Dont be surprised if TT women make history.

Title: Re: Soca Princesses begin qualifying preparation.
Post by: Coop's on November 28, 2013, 01:03:48 PM
Doh like de nickname fuh dis team

Agreed. Sounds too novelty like..

Based on my research, this team actually has a good chance of making the WC. It will be them fighting Costa Rica for the 3rd spot. There is also a playoff for the 4th place team. I think the hex will look like this.. If there is a hex:

USA
MEX
T&T/CR
HAI
GUA/JAM

TT has a decent set of NCAA players. Also, many of the girls played in the under 17 WC in 2010. Taking this into consideration.. TT may even be better than CR on paper. Dont be surprised if TT women make history.


    What kind of research you did and you talking about being better than CR on paper,Breds forget research and lets deal with reality.
Title: Re: Soca Princesses begin qualifying preparation.
Post by: Coop's on November 28, 2013, 01:23:53 PM
The women teams in general get the short end of the stick. If by a fluke we get to host the women's WC that will change, but otherwise is guava season for the senior women's team. When will it end.
      Deeks, Women's Football needs it's own office,admin,Secretary,Technical Director etc etc TTFA can't afford that,i remember when Dr Iva Glouden was in charge things used to look organized,one thing good about the Women's program they assit players with scholarships,is years now Coaches have been the scapegoats for the admin shortcomings.

     
Title: Re: Soca Princesses begin qualifying preparation.
Post by: gawd on pitch on November 28, 2013, 06:55:26 PM
Doh like de nickname fuh dis team

Agreed. Sounds too novelty like..

Based on my research, this team actually has a good chance of making the WC. It will be them fighting Costa Rica for the 3rd spot. There is also a playoff for the 4th place team. I think the hex will look like this.. If there is a hex:

USA
MEX
T&T/CR
HAI
GUA/JAM

TT has a decent set of NCAA players. Also, many of the girls played in the under 17 WC in 2010. Taking this into consideration.. TT may even be better than CR on paper. Dont be surprised if TT women make history.


    What kind of research you did and you talking about being better than CR on paper,Breds forget research and lets deal with reality.

Its obvious you glanced over my comment. I said "TT may even be better than CR on paper". The keyword here is "may"..Its called figurative language Coops..  You make it sound as if CR is far ahead of TT. In fact, they are not. CR and TT are on the same level. Check the last Gold cup campaign, Check the current ranking, etc.. You will see there is not much that separates TT and CR.

Regardless, this is probably their best ever chance to make the WC. We will see how they fare in the 2014 Gold cup.
Title: Re: Soca Princesses begin qualifying preparation.
Post by: Coop's on November 28, 2013, 07:50:16 PM
Doh like de nickname fuh dis team

Agreed. Sounds too novelty like..

Based on my research, this team actually has a good chance of making the WC. It will be them fighting Costa Rica for the 3rd spot. There is also a playoff for the 4th place team. I think the hex will look like this.. If there is a hex:

USA
MEX
T&T/CR
HAI
GUA/JAM

TT has a decent set of NCAA players. Also, many of the girls played in the under 17 WC in 2010. Taking this into consideration.. TT may even be better than CR on paper. Dont be surprised if TT women make history.


    What kind of research you did and you talking about being better than CR on paper,Breds forget research and lets deal with reality.

Its obvious you glanced over my comment. I said "TT may even be better than CR on paper". The keyword here is "may"..Its called figurative language Coops..  You make it sound as if CR is far ahead of TT. In fact, they are not. CR and TT are on the same level. Check the last Gold cup campaign, Check the current ranking, etc.. You will see there is not much that separates TT and CR.

Regardless, this is probably their best ever chance to make the WC. We will see how they fare in the 2014 Gold cup.
       I hear you,what i'm trying to say is how prepared are we?from the initial report all the countries involved are way ahead in their preparation for this qualifying round,it doesn't matter where we are in rankings.
Title: Re: Soca Princesses begin qualifying preparation.
Post by: gawd on pitch on November 29, 2013, 09:50:09 PM
Okay. Yeah I agree that we are not as prepared. We all seen how the big teams are staying prepared. I think this TT team will find their legs quickly.. Just imagine we are nowhere prepared as USA, MEX and CAN. But much more prepared than the GUA, HAI, JAM and even CR.

Our college girls will make the difference. Many of them played in the under 17.. They are more mature now and have trained in the NCAA environment. 
Title: Re: Soca Princesses begin qualifying preparation.
Post by: Soccer 19 on December 09, 2013, 08:39:24 PM
Camp opens very soon (next week I believe). CFU first round is April 7th-14th. The women need to show their CFU competition that they are the team to beat & serve notice to the likes of Costa Rica & Mexico that they will be gunning for them. :cheers: :cheers:



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Title: Re: Soca Princesses begin qualifying preparation.
Post by: Soccer 19 on December 18, 2013, 12:24:03 PM
Camp has opened up with hardly a peep from anyone. Surely somebody in the know can share what is occurring on the pitch for the Princesses.


Cheers   19
Title: Re: Soca Princesses begin qualifying preparation.
Post by: elan on December 18, 2013, 02:13:17 PM
Camp has opened up with hardly a peep from anyone. Surely somebody in the know can share what is occurring on the pitch for the Princesses.


Cheers   19

Who are you talking about ? The U20s or the Women's?
Title: Re: Soca Princesses begin qualifying preparation.
Post by: Soccer 19 on December 18, 2013, 02:39:48 PM
Camp has opened up with hardly a peep from anyone. Surely somebody in the know can share what is occurring on the pitch for the Princesses.


Cheers   19

Who are you talking about ? The U20s or the Women's?

The Senior's

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Title: Re: Soca Princesses begin qualifying preparation.
Post by: soccerlover on December 18, 2013, 10:44:13 PM
 

  The girls have begun training 3-4 times a week.However , an average of about 7 players attend each session .Min. of Sp[orts , Anil Roberts seems to be part of the technical staff now , working on the team's fitness .The whole set-up looks like a joke .The team was scheduled to play an American University team (male ) two days ago but could not field a team .
The U-20 team is currently in camp , training twice daily .Camp will break on the weekend . :-[
Title: Re: Soca Princesses begin qualifying preparation.
Post by: elan on December 19, 2013, 11:30:40 AM


  The girls have begun training 3-4 times a week.However , an average of about 7 players attend each session .Min. of Sp[orts , Anil Roberts seems to be part of the technical staff now , working on the team's fitness .The whole set-up looks like a joke .The team was scheduled to play an American University team (male ) two days ago but could not field a team .
The U-20 team is currently in camp , training twice daily .Camp will break on the weekend . :-[

Is the poor turn out because many of the senior women are on the U20 also and the U20 tournament is in a couple week the players attend the U20 training?

Is Mollon, Attin-Johnson, St. Louis, Mascall present with the Senior Team?
Title: Re: Soca Princesses begin qualifying preparation.
Post by: Soccer 19 on December 19, 2013, 11:54:04 AM


  The girls have begun training 3-4 times a week.However , an average of about 7 players attend each session .Min. of Sp[orts , Anil Roberts seems to be part of the technical staff now , working on the team's fitness .The whole set-up looks like a joke .The team was scheduled to play an American University team (male ) two days ago but could not field a team .
The U-20 team is currently in camp , training twice daily .Camp will break on the weekend . :-[

Is the poor turn out because many of the senior women are on the U20 also and the U20 tournament is in a couple week the players attend the U20 training?

Is Mollon, Attin-Johnson, St. Louis, Mascall present with the Senior Team?

Don't forget Ya Ya Kordner & Arin King  :wavetowel: To name two more regular contributors.

I was thinking the same thing Elan (re 20's that are on the sqaud yet immersed in their own camp). It's funny the Warriors have a camp & everyone and their brother is all over who what why etc etc etc... Yet the Women have a camp and it's like it's none existent :banginghead:. We have to change that culture !!!!
This is Trinidad's best chance to qualify for a World Cup with Canada hosting as they are not involved in the qualifying rounds and with 2015 WWC going from 16 to 24 teams it opens up another Concacaf spot. I can't believe the poor turnouts none-the-less  >:(

CFU's are around the corner in April. The bigger question is why are there not more senior's out ?


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Title: Re: Soca Princesses begin qualifying preparation.
Post by: elan on December 19, 2013, 12:01:56 PM


  The girls have begun training 3-4 times a week.However , an average of about 7 players attend each session .Min. of Sp[orts , Anil Roberts seems to be part of the technical staff now , working on the team's fitness .The whole set-up looks like a joke .The team was scheduled to play an American University team (male ) two days ago but could not field a team .
The U-20 team is currently in camp , training twice daily .Camp will break on the weekend . :-[

Is the poor turn out because many of the senior women are on the U20 also and the U20 tournament is in a couple week the players attend the U20 training?

Is Mollon, Attin-Johnson, St. Louis, Mascall present with the Senior Team?

Don't forget Ya Ya Kordner & Arin King  :wavetowel: To name two more regular contributors.

I was thinking the same thing Elan (re 20's that are on the sqaud yet immersed in their own camp). It's funny the Warriors have a camp & everyone and their brother is all over who what why etc etc etc... Yet the Women have a camp and it's like it's none existent :banginghead:. We have to change that culture !!!!
This is Trinidad's best chance to qualify for a World Cup with Canada hosting as they are not involved in the qualifying rounds and with 2015 WWC going from 16 to 24 teams it opens up another Concacaf spot. I can't believe the poor turnouts none-the-less  >:(

CFU's are around the corner in April. The bigger question is why are there not more senior's out ?


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The U20s have a very good chance of qualifying also. But again, the preparation is today for tomorrow.
Title: Re: Soca Princesses begin qualifying preparation.
Post by: Coach on December 19, 2013, 12:09:22 PM
For the senior women team to have a good chance to qualify for the World Cup TTFF should get Stephen Hart involve in some capacity as the present coaching staff have proven they don't have the tactical coaching knowledge to compete at the international level.
Title: Re: Soca Princesses begin qualifying preparation.
Post by: soccerlover on December 20, 2013, 12:40:21 AM

 None of the senior girls are on the U-20 team ,so they are not in camp . Mollon is not part of the team at present .There are one or two girls that are still out of the country .The girls just don't appear to be too motivated so they train when they feel to or are able to .The majority of them know that they will be on the team whether they train hard or not at all .
Title: Re: Soca Princesses begin qualifying preparation.
Post by: elan on December 20, 2013, 01:19:35 PM

 None of the senior girls are on the U-20 team ,so they are not in camp . Mollon is not part of the team at present .There are one or two girls that are still out of the country .The girls just don't appear to be too motivated so they train when they feel to or are able to .The majority of them know that they will be on the team whether they train hard or not at all .

That's the :bs: and why women's soccer in T&T will continue to struggle. It shows on the field, women vs our girls.
Title: Re: Soca Princesses begin qualifying preparation.
Post by: Deeks on December 20, 2013, 05:15:34 PM

 None of the senior girls are on the U-20 team ,so they are not in camp . Mollon is not part of the team at present .There are one or two girls that are still out of the country .The girls just don't appear to be too motivated so they train when they feel to or are able to .The majority of them know that they will be on the team whether they train hard or not at all .

That's the :bs: and why women's soccer in T&T will continue to struggle. It shows on the field, women vs our girls.

Nah, don't dump it all on the girls now. The TTFF is so caught up what their restructureing getting some kind of order on the menside side. IT APPEARS that the women side of this equation is not getting full attention. Plain and simple.
Title: Re: Soca Princesses begin qualifying preparation.
Post by: Coop's on December 20, 2013, 05:36:00 PM

 None of the senior girls are on the U-20 team ,so they are not in camp . Mollon is not part of the team at present .There are one or two girls that are still out of the country .The girls just don't appear to be too motivated so they train when they feel to or are able to .The majority of them know that they will be on the team whether they train hard or not at all .

That's the :bs: and why women's soccer in T&T will continue to struggle. It shows on the field, women vs our girls.

Nah, don't dump it all on the girls now. The TTFF is so caught up what their restructureing getting some kind of order on the menside side. IT APPEARS that the women side of this equation is not getting full attention. Plain and simple.
        Women Football in T&T don't get the attention it deserves and that's a fact,at times the admin is blamed,at times the Coaches/technical staff is blamed and at times the players are blamed,really and truely it's a combination of all.
        Look at the kind of money spending on Football/Facilities etc u never hear of anything for Women,check the Seminars/Clinics going on by foreign Coaches/staff none is geared towards Women.
Title: Senior women quailfying campaign !!!
Post by: socalion on January 22, 2014, 03:53:30 PM
Can anyone provide an update /  details /  concerning the senior womens preparations as it relates to their upcoming qualifying campaign ?
Title: Re: Senior women quailfying campaign !!!
Post by: elan on January 22, 2014, 04:32:49 PM
Can anyone provide an update /  details /  concerning the senior womens preparations as it relates to their upcoming qualifying campaign ?

They were training over the Christmas break at home, but only a couple girls come out ever so often from what I've heard. Maybe the U20s inspired them to come out in full force.


Title: Re: Senior women quailfying campaign !!!
Post by: elan on January 22, 2014, 04:35:23 PM
Take a read here. (http://www.socawarriors.net/womens-team/womens-team-news/womens-senior-team-news/13350-soca-princesses-begin-qualifying-preparation.html)
Title: Re: Soca Princesses begin qualifying preparation.
Post by: Soccer 19 on January 22, 2014, 06:09:44 PM
Take a read here. (http://www.socawarriors.net/womens-team/womens-team-news/womens-senior-team-news/13350-soca-princesses-begin-qualifying-preparation.html)

The 2015 Women’s World Cup will be held in Canada, and local experts believe that Trinidad and Tobago have their best chance of qualifying for their first World Cup this time around. Expansion of the Women’s World Cup from 16 to 24 teams, has seen CONCACAF being given an additional automatic qualifying spot.

CONCACAF is guaranteed to have at least four representatives for the World Cup, hosts Canada and three automatic qualifiers. A fifth CONCACAF team will also qualify for a playoff against the third-placed team in the South America region.


Well considering how we have had very positive results versus Costa Rica in the past year & even with Mexico as far back as the Pan American games IMHO I see no reason why we should not capture at least one spot. However Mexico has been playing top world ranked teams to ensure they continue to be a worthy opposition in any tournament they play in. These extra spots by no means are a given as we still have to go through CFU's in April & May. We need to trounce everyone we play in CFU to make a statement that we are ready to make the leap to the coveted WWC.

The ministry of sport needs to ensure that the best players available are brought into Trinidad right away to start to have the team begin to gel. I hope to god that every player is working out over and above the training on their fitness. Good luck ladies as April is just around the corner.


Cheers   19
Title: Re: Soca Princesses begin qualifying preparation.
Post by: elan on January 22, 2014, 07:12:26 PM
Take a read here. (http://www.socawarriors.net/womens-team/womens-team-news/womens-senior-team-news/13350-soca-princesses-begin-qualifying-preparation.html)

The 2015 Women’s World Cup will be held in Canada, and local experts believe that Trinidad and Tobago have their best chance of qualifying for their first World Cup this time around. Expansion of the Women’s World Cup from 16 to 24 teams, has seen CONCACAF being given an additional automatic qualifying spot.

CONCACAF is guaranteed to have at least four representatives for the World Cup, hosts Canada and three automatic qualifiers. A fifth CONCACAF team will also qualify for a playoff against the third-placed team in the South America region.


Well considering how we have had very positive results versus Costa Rica in the past year & even with Mexico as far back as the Pan American games IMHO I see no reason why we should not capture at least one spot. However Mexico has been playing top world ranked teams to ensure they continue to be a worthy opposition in any tournament they play in. These extra spots by no means are a given as we still have to go through CFU's in April & May. We need to trounce everyone we play in CFU to make a statement that we are ready to make the leap to the coveted WWC.

The ministry of sport TTFA needs to ensure that the best players available are brought into Trinidad right away to start to have the team begin to gel. I hope to god that every player is working out over and above the training on their fitness. Good luck ladies as April is just around the corner.


Cheers   19

Title: Re: Soca Princesses begin qualifying preparation.
Post by: Soccer 19 on January 22, 2014, 08:36:51 PM
Take a read here. (http://www.socawarriors.net/womens-team/womens-team-news/womens-senior-team-news/13350-soca-princesses-begin-qualifying-preparation.html)

The 2015 Women’s World Cup will be held in Canada, and local experts believe that Trinidad and Tobago have their best chance of qualifying for their first World Cup this time around. Expansion of the Women’s World Cup from 16 to 24 teams, has seen CONCACAF being given an additional automatic qualifying spot.

CONCACAF is guaranteed to have at least four representatives for the World Cup, hosts Canada and three automatic qualifiers. A fifth CONCACAF team will also qualify for a playoff against the third-placed team in the South America region.


Well considering how we have had very positive results versus Costa Rica in the past year & even with Mexico as far back as the Pan American games IMHO I see no reason why we should not capture at least one spot. However Mexico has been playing top world ranked teams to ensure they continue to be a worthy opposition in any tournament they play in. These extra spots by no means are a given as we still have to go through CFU's in April & May. We need to trounce everyone we play in CFU to make a statement that we are ready to make the leap to the coveted WWC.

The ministry of sport TTFA needs to ensure that the best players available are brought into Trinidad right away to start to have the team begin to gel. I hope to god that every player is working out over and above the training on their fitness. Good luck ladies as April is just around the corner.


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Meant to say that the MOS needs to open their wallets to the TTFA ...... to ensure the TTFA can then ensure the best players where ever they live are made available to the program.

Cheers  19
Title: Re: Soca Princesses begin qualifying preparation.
Post by: elan on January 22, 2014, 08:45:54 PM
Take a read here. (http://www.socawarriors.net/womens-team/womens-team-news/womens-senior-team-news/13350-soca-princesses-begin-qualifying-preparation.html)

The 2015 Women’s World Cup will be held in Canada, and local experts believe that Trinidad and Tobago have their best chance of qualifying for their first World Cup this time around. Expansion of the Women’s World Cup from 16 to 24 teams, has seen CONCACAF being given an additional automatic qualifying spot.

CONCACAF is guaranteed to have at least four representatives for the World Cup, hosts Canada and three automatic qualifiers. A fifth CONCACAF team will also qualify for a playoff against the third-placed team in the South America region.


Well considering how we have had very positive results versus Costa Rica in the past year & even with Mexico as far back as the Pan American games IMHO I see no reason why we should not capture at least one spot. However Mexico has been playing top world ranked teams to ensure they continue to be a worthy opposition in any tournament they play in. These extra spots by no means are a given as we still have to go through CFU's in April & May. We need to trounce everyone we play in CFU to make a statement that we are ready to make the leap to the coveted WWC.

The ministry of sport TTFA needs to ensure that the best players available are brought into Trinidad right away to start to have the team begin to gel. I hope to god that every player is working out over and above the training on their fitness. Good luck ladies as April is just around the corner.


Cheers   19


Meant to say that the MOS needs to open their wallets to the TTFA ...... to ensure the TTFA can then ensure the best players where ever they live are made available to the program.

Cheers  19

Doh worry I understand what you're saying.
Title: Re: Soca Princesses begin qualifying preparation.
Post by: FF on January 24, 2014, 02:48:35 AM
Senior women getting ready for World Cup qualifiers
By Ian Prescott (Express).


Has a lesson been learnt?

The Trinidad and Tobago senior national women’s football team are preparing for World Cup qualification and need international warm-up matches.

Will the senior Soca Princesses receive the support needed for a successful World Cup run, or go a similar route to the national Under-20 team, which fell at the final hurdle, within grasp of achieving their goal?

It is just over 70 days and counting to the start of what may be an historic run by the Trinidad and Tobago senior national women’s team to their first-ever qualification for a FIFA Women’s World Cup.

The expansion of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup to 24 teams has given the region an extra automatic qualifying spot. And as hosts, top-10 world-ranked Canada does not have to qualify. It gives teams like T&T a unique opportunity to qualify for the World Cup for the first time.

“We are due to open Caribbean qualifying in the week of April 7-14,” said head coach Marlon Charles. “We were hoping to make a bid to host the CONCACAF leg of the qualifiers, but Mexico beat us to it. Hosting would have given us home advantage and also let people get to see the progress of these girls, and get behind the team.”

The only Caribbean team ranked top-50 in the world, T&T will be favoured to advance past the two early Caribbean rounds wherever they are played, before meeting the CONCACAF contenders, who will battle for three automatic World Cup spots, and an additional playoff spot against a third-placed South American finisher.

“USA will qualify automatically. But then, it’s a toss-up between Mexico, Trinidad and Tobago and the rest, for two and a half spots. The team that finishes fourth in CONCACAF still gets a chance of a playoff.

This is a fantastic opportunity for teams in the region,” Charles said.

Over the Christmas holidays, much of the T&T team assembled, including the foreign-based players from college in the United States. Right back Ria Belgrave, and Tobago sisters Karen “Baby” Forbes and goalie Kamika Forbes are among those that have since returned to school, leaving the home-based players to work hard at getting fit, under the guidance of trainer Dexter Thomas, a seaman in the Coast Guard.

Among those regularly present at sessions are Tasha St Louis, Maylee Attin-Johnson, Tamar Watson, Anastasia Prescott, Ayanna Russell, Janine Superville, Kennya Cordner, Afiyah Mathias, Patrice Superville, Dernell Mascall, and prolific scorer Jo-Marie Lewis.

Anique Walker, the Debesette twins, Khadisha and Khadidra, and other members of the Under-20 squad may also be given the chance to vie for selection. Solid Canadian defender Arin King and USA-based Danielle Blair will likely hook up with the team prior to the CONCACAF leg. But missing are former professional Ahkeela Mollon, hard-running Tobago striker Candice Edwards, and solid right back Katrina Meyer. Striker Mariah Shade, meanwhile, is doing well at college in the USA.

The status of 26-year-old Edwards is uncertain despite team efforts to contact her, and Meyer hasn’t played since being injured a couple years ago. Meanwhile, the very gifted Mollon has had past issues with team management.

“She promise to join us in January...and it’s January now,” Charles said of Mollon’s status. “As far as I am concerned, past issues are past. I am about putting the best Trinidad and Tobago national team together. My only concern is a player’s willingness to contribute to the team.”

Over the past few weeks, the Soca Princesses have been hard at work on the training ground of the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port of Spain.

Coaches have split the duties. Sometimes, Charles is in charge, while former Joe Public coach Rajesh Lachoo and T&T technical director Anton Corneal have also done work with the team. They played the national Under-20 women in a couple of scrimmages, and a couple weeks ago veteran playmaker Tasha St Louis was seen smashing a bullet against an over-40 men’s team.

Charles said the next step would be to re-assemble the entire team and get them playing together, possibly in international matches.

“We would like to have a camp somewhere in North or South Carolina (USA). That way we can get all our players together,” Charles said. “We can train together and have some matches.

Although we may know the girls we think will be involved in the campaign, such a camp will also give other players, and maybe those with Trinidad and Tobago roots, a final chance for selection. We might just spot someone we might not have considered.”

Title: Re: Soca Princesses begin qualifying preparation.
Post by: elan on February 03, 2014, 05:17:32 PM
Danielle Blair is not USA Based , she is a Canadian. Danielle graduated UAB University of Alabama at Birmingham. Blair plays on a Provincial Women's Soccer team (Provincial is the highest level for women in Ontario).
Check her out here (http://uabnews.blogspot.com/2011/09/former-uab-blazer-danielle-blair.html)


Arin King is in from the start to finish. Arin was supposed arrive Saturday morning to begin training with the team in their CFU quest & ultimately 2015 WWC. So another boost for the team


The team may go to Portugal in March.  With the success of the 20's & this being our best chance to secure a WWC spot maybe the MoS will come to assist sooner rather than later.

Title: Re: Soca Princesses begin qualifying preparation.
Post by: Tallman on February 03, 2014, 05:44:59 PM
Ah wonder whatever happen tuh Lauren Schmidt, de captain of we U-17 team at de World Cup? Ah know she going Stanford, but ah wonder if de TTFA has been in contact with she?

Ah hear de Mohammed twins might attend de camp.
Title: Re: Soca Princesses begin qualifying preparation.
Post by: Sam on February 07, 2014, 06:18:30 AM
Ah wonder whatever happen tuh Lauren Schmidt, de captain of we U-17 team at de World Cup? Ah know she going Stanford, but ah wonder if de TTFA has been in contact with she?
Ah hear de Mohammed twins might attend de camp.


 Yuh think she go come back after they made a big stink about her being captain.

Title: Re: Soca Princesses begin qualifying preparation.
Post by: elan on February 07, 2014, 11:49:44 AM
Ah wonder whatever happen tuh Lauren Schmidt, de captain of we U-17 team at de World Cup? Ah know she going Stanford, but ah wonder if de TTFA has been in contact with she?
Ah hear de Mohammed twins might attend de camp.


 Yuh think she go come back after they made a big stink about her being captain.




I remember that bachannal.
Title: Re: Soca Princesses begin qualifying preparation.
Post by: Soccer 19 on February 18, 2014, 07:16:58 AM
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The team may go to Portugal in March.  With the success of the 20's & this being our best chance to secure a WWC spot maybe the MoS will come to assist sooner rather than later.


Unfortunately the team will not be going to Portugal in March as the last open spot in the Algarve Cup was filled by Korea DPR. There is talk of a camp in the States at some point in the near future.


Keep training hard ladies  :wavetowel: :challenge: :challenge: :wavetowel:


Cheers  19
Title: Re: Soca Princesses begin qualifying preparation.
Post by: elan on February 18, 2014, 12:20:51 PM
Quote
The team may go to Portugal in March.  With the success of the 20's & this being our best chance to secure a WWC spot maybe the MoS will come to assist sooner rather than later.


Unfortunately the team will not be going to Portugal in March as the last open spot in the Algarve Cup was filled by Korea DPR. There is talk of a camp in the States at some point in the near future.


Keep training hard ladies  :wavetowel: :challenge: :challenge: :wavetowel:


Cheers  19


There is always talk of doing something.

Ladies stay grounded.
Title: Re: Soca Princesses begin qualifying preparation.
Post by: Soccer 19 on March 18, 2014, 02:29:05 PM
https://www.facebook.com/TTwomensleaguefootball

SENIOR WOMEN'S TEAM OFF TO CHARLESTON FOR 4-MATCH CAMP

Issued on March 18th, 2014

A Trinidad and Tobago senior women’s football team left Port of Spain on Tuesday for a four-match training camp in Charleston.

The squad, under technical director Anton Corneal and coach Marlon Charles, are in preparations for the Caribbean Football Union leg of 2015 World Cup qualification and have been in training for the past few months. Vernetta Flanders is the team manager with Rajeesh Latchoo serving as assistant coach.

Following their tour of England last year, the local ladies will get another opportunity for some much needed match practice.

They will kick off their match schedule tomorrow (Wednesday) against Charleston Southern University at the Patriots Point Athletic Complex in Mt Pleasant, SC. That game is scheduled for a 7pm local time kick off.

The next day T&T will face College of Charleston at the same venue from 7:30pm.

T&T will continue their tour with another fixture against University of South Carolina at USC Stone Stadium from 6pm on March 22nd. They then close off the their slate of matches against Coastal Carolina University on March 23rd from 6pm at 540 University Blvd. Conway, SC.

Corneal, who has been overseeing the team’s preparations, said the games will go a long way in the team’s build up to the qualifiers for Canada 2015.

“It’s just that opportunity to have the players together in a camp atmosphere and to get some valuable match practice before the qualifiers begin. These College teams are of a decent standard and will offer a good challenge to our players,” said Corneal.

“A lot of our opponents in the Concacaf are well into their preparations and we cannot afford to slip far behind if we intend to challenge for a spot at the World Cup. If we are to be serious about this then we have got to try our best to get the team ready and this trip will help our efforts.”

The 20-player squad includes Maylee Attin Johnson, former national under 17 and US-based goalkeeper Linfah Jones, Tasha St Louis, prolific goalscorer and TTFA Women’s Player of the year for 2013 Kennya Cordner, Jo-Marie Lewis and Arin King among others.

The Ministry of Sport and the SporTT Company are supporters of this training camp.


Cheers 19
Title: Re: Soca Princesses begin qualifying preparation.
Post by: asylumseeker on March 18, 2014, 02:34:53 PM
Niceness.

http://www.gamecocksonline.com/sports/w-soccer/scar-w-soccer-body.html

Title: Re: Soca Princesses begin qualifying preparation.
Post by: asylumseeker on March 18, 2014, 04:02:08 PM
Gamecocks Host Trinidad & Tobago National Team Saturday
March 18, 2014
gamecocksonline.com


COLUMBIA, S.C. - The South Carolina women's soccer team will host the Trinidad & Tobago women's national team on Saturday. Kickoff is slated for 6 p.m., ET at Stone Stadium with free admission.

"This is a great opportunity for us to play an international opponent, someone who is preparing for the world cup qualifying stage so we're glad to help them out and give them a good game," head coach Shelley Smith said. "For our players, it's an opportunity to see another style of play, different from what we face a lot of times in the U.S. and in the college game. There will be a lot of things that we're not normally faced with and how we deal with that will just make us better."

The game will be part of the Gamecocks' spring season, which began last month, while Trinidad & Tobago is currently preparing for the CONCACAF group stages as they attempt to qualify for the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup.

South Carolina has ties to Caribbean nation, as former Gamecock Darcel Mollon has been a staple on its national team since the mid-2000s. She will not be making the trip though as she is currently playing professionally in Sweden with Kvarnsvedens IK.

Carolina will use this opportunity to help prepare for the fall as they look to improve on one of the best seasons in program history. The Gamecocks were ranked in the Top 20 the majority of the year and rose to as high as No. 7 (Oct. 15, 2013) in the NSCAA rankings before finishing the year at No. 15. Carolina's final record of 17-4-2 was the second-best mark in school history, while the team put together the program's only undefeated season at home at 11-0-0.

http://www.gamecocksonline.com/sports/w-soccer/spec-rel/031814aac.html

Title: Re: Soca Princesses begin qualifying preparation.
Post by: Soccer 19 on March 19, 2014, 10:10:05 AM
The ladies arrived late last evening from a looooooooooong layover in Miami & a looooooooong day overall to boot. I can't understand why they don't fly direct whenever possible. Here's hoping that the ladies shake the jet lag & are able to rebound quickly for this evening's match. Good luck ladies  :wavetowel: :wavetowel: :wavetowel:


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Title: Re: Soca Princesses begin qualifying preparation.
Post by: asylumseeker on March 20, 2014, 07:45:25 AM
Match report?
Title: Re: Soca Princesses begin qualifying preparation.
Post by: Tallman on March 20, 2014, 08:01:24 AM
Match report?
Our Women's team won 7-0.
Title: Re: Soca Princesses begin qualifying preparation.
Post by: Soccer 19 on March 20, 2014, 08:10:23 AM
Match report LOL :)

From TT Wolf's Facebook page

https://www.facebook.com/TTwomensleaguefootball


WNT SENIOR TEAM ANNIHILATES UNIVERSITY OF CHARLESTON 7-0.
GOALSCORERS: TASHA ST. LOUIS, MAYLEE ATTIN-JOHNSON, KENNYA CORDNER, LAUREN HUTCHINSON.

GAME 2 TONITE VS COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON (7:30PM)



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Title: Re: Soca Princesses begin qualifying preparation.
Post by: asylumseeker on March 20, 2014, 08:23:16 AM
Thx, TM & 19!  :beermug:

BTW, who is in the travelling party? I eh see no mention of squad etc.
Title: Re: Soca Princesses begin qualifying preparation.
Post by: Tallman on March 20, 2014, 08:37:35 AM
Thx, TM & 19!  :beermug:

BTW, who is in the travelling party? I eh see no mention of squad etc.

T&T squad for Charleston: Maylee Attin-Johnson, Rhea Belgrave, Kennya Cordner, Karyn Forbes, Kimika Forbes, Janine Francois, Dernelle Mascall, Anastasia Prescott, Tasha St Louis, Patrice Superville, Arin King, Afiyah Mathias, Kenya Charles, Jonelle Warrick, Camille Borneo, Lauryn Hutchinson, Linfah Jones, Annalis Cummings, Jo-Marie Lewis and Shenelle Henry.

Technical staff: Anton Corneal (technical director), Marlon Charles (coach), Rajesh Latchoo (assistant coach), Vernetta Flanders (manager)
Title: Re: Soca Princesses begin qualifying preparation.
Post by: asylumseeker on March 20, 2014, 08:59:47 AM
Thx, TM & 19!  :beermug:

BTW, who is in the travelling party? I eh see no mention of squad etc.

T&T squad for Charleston: Maylee Attin-Johnson, Rhea Belgrave, Kennya Cordner, Karyn Forbes, Kimika Forbes, Janine Francois, Dernelle Mascall, Anastasia Prescott, Tasha St Louis, Patrice Superville, Arin King, Afiyah Mathias, Kenya Charles, Jonelle Warrick, Camille Borneo, Lauryn Hutchinson, Linfah Jones, Annalis Cummings, Jo-Marie Lewis and Shenelle Henry.

Technical staff: Anton Corneal (technical director), Marlon Charles (coach), Rajesh Latchoo (assistant coach), Vernetta Flanders (manager)

Solid. :beermug:

(Fari, yuh coulda be seeing this ting live).
Title: Re: Soca Princesses begin qualifying preparation.
Post by: Soccer 19 on March 20, 2014, 12:25:42 PM
Thx, TM & 19!  :beermug:

BTW, who is in the travelling party? I eh see no mention of squad etc.

T&T squad for Charleston: Maylee Attin-Johnson, Rhea Belgrave, Kennya Cordner, Karyn Forbes, Kimika Forbes, Janine Francois, Dernelle Mascall, Anastasia Prescott, Tasha St Louis, Patrice Superville, Arin King, Afiyah Mathias, Kenya Charles, Jonelle Warrick, Camille Borneo, Lauryn Hutchinson, Linfah Jones, Annalis Cummings, Jo-Marie Lewis and Shenelle Henry.

Technical staff: Anton Corneal (technical director), Marlon Charles (coach), Rajesh Latchoo (assistant coach), Vernetta Flanders (manager)

Solid. :beermug:

(Fari, yuh coulda be seeing this ting live).

I know for a fact the Corneal has asked each school to video each game so he has a copy for further breakdown of play when he gets home however a live stream may be a stretch. I know somebody who knows somebody at USC & will see if they are going to live stream. They have a pretty good set up at USC so here is hoping they can. Will update you all ASAP.


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Title: Re: Soca Princesses begin qualifying preparation.
Post by: CK1 on March 20, 2014, 02:13:50 PM
Match report LOL :)

From TT Wolf's Facebook page

https://www.facebook.com/TTwomensleaguefootball


WNT SENIOR TEAM ANNIHILATES UNIVERSITY OF CHARLESTON 7-0.
GOALSCORERS: TASHA ST. LOUIS, MAYLEE ATTIN-JOHNSON, KENNYA CORDNER, LAUREN HUTCHINSON.

GAME 2 TONITE VS COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON (7:30PM)



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That is Charleston Southern University...weak opponent. Apart from USC, these other schools aren't quality enough to give them a true preparation test. Should have scheduled USC, Clemson and Furman for the best quality games (IMO)
Title: Re: Soca Princesses begin qualifying preparation.
Post by: asylumseeker on March 20, 2014, 02:44:16 PM
Somebody had to say it ...
Title: Re: Soca Princesses begin qualifying preparation.
Post by: Socapro on March 20, 2014, 05:49:22 PM
Soca Princesses continue preparations in USA camp
Published: Thursday, March 20, 2014 (T&T Guardian)


A 20-member T&T senior women’s football and four officials team left Piarco on Tuesday for a four-match training camp in Charleston, South Carolina, USA, which kicked off against Charleston Southern University at the Patriots Point Athletic Complex in Mt Pleasant, South Carolina from 7 pm (local time), yesterday.
 
Today, the T&T women’s team under technical director Anton Corneal and coach Marlon Charles, will continue their preparations for the Caribbean Football Union leg of 2015 FIFA World Cup qualification versus the College of Charleston at the same venue from 7.30 pm.
 
The squad which has been in training for the past few months following their tour of England last August during which they won all matches played, will continue their tour with another fixture against University of South Carolina at USC Stone Stadium from 6 pm on Saturday before closing out their tour against Coastal Carolina University on Sunday from 6 pm in Conway, South Carolina.
 
A former senior men’s team World Cup as Under-17 and U-20 assistant coach, Corneal, has been overseeing the team’s preparations and says the games will go a long way in the team’s build up to the qualifiers for the FIFA World in Canada 2015.
 
“It’s just that opportunity to have the players together in a camp atmosphere and to get some valuable match practice before the qualifiers begin. These College teams are of a decent standard and will offer a good challenge to our players,” said Corneal.
 
“A lot of our opponents in the CONCACAF are well into their preparations and we cannot afford to slip far behind if we intend to challenge for a spot at the World Cup. If we are to be serious about this then we have got to try our best to get the team ready and this trip will help our efforts.”
 
The 20-player squad includes Maylee Attin-Johnson, former national U-17 and US-based goalkeeper Linfah Jones, Tasha St Louis, prolific goalscorer and T&T Football Association Women’s Player of the year for 2013 Kennya Cordner, Jo-Marie Lewis and Canadian-based defender Arin King among others. Vernetta Flanders is the team manager with Rajesh Latchoo serving as assistant coach.
 
The CFU qualifiers are expected to kick off in just under a month (April 7-14) and the local women’s team has their eyes set on a historic first ever qualification.
 
T&T squad for Charleston:
Maylee Attin-Johnson, Rhea Belgrave, Kennya Cordner, Karyn Forbes, Kimika Forbes, Janine Francois, Dernelle Mascall, Anastasia Prescott, Tasha St Louis, Patrice Superville, Arin King, Afiyah Mathias, Kenya Charles, Jonelle Warrick, Camille Borneo, Lauryn Hutchinson, Linfah Jones, Annalis Cummings, Jo-Marie Lewis and Shenelle Henry.
Technical staff: Anton Corneal (technical director), Marlon Charles (coach), Rajesh Latchoo (assistant coach), Vernetta Flanders (manager)
Title: Re: Soca Princesses begin qualifying preparation.
Post by: Soccer 19 on March 20, 2014, 09:07:39 PM
The ladies won their match tonight over Charleston College one nil. The goal was scored by YaYa Kordner. No other match details are known at this time.


Cheers 19
Title: Re: Soca Princesses begin qualifying preparation.
Post by: asylumseeker on March 21, 2014, 01:45:25 AM
According to @CofCWSOC this game was a rematch of an encounter played in Point in 2012. (https://twitter.com/CofCWSOC/status/446652070339162112/photo/1)
Title: Re: Soca Princesses begin qualifying preparation.
Post by: elan on March 21, 2014, 09:39:16 AM
The ladies won their match tonight over Charleston College one nil. The goal was scored by YaYa Kordner. No other match details are known at this time.


Cheers 19

At this stage in preparation we should be dismissing a college team like this easily and maybe even handily.
Title: Re: Soca Princesses begin qualifying preparation.
Post by: Soccer 19 on March 21, 2014, 11:07:34 AM
The ladies won their match tonight over Charleston College one nil. The goal was scored by YaYa Kordner. No other match details are known at this time.


Cheers 19

At this stage in preparation we should be dismissing a college team like this easily and maybe even handily.


This score was not indicative of what the play was. It should've been a lot higher for Trinidad however give-a-ways in the attacking 3rd were the story of this match.



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Post by: Tiresais on March 22, 2014, 04:17:04 AM
‘Ya Ya’ gives Soca Princesses 2nd win
T&T Express


Striker Kennya “Ya Ya” Cordner scored the only goal as Trinidad and Tobago National Women Football team won for the second time on a four-match tour of Clarleston, South Carolina, USA.

Trinidad and Tobago beat the College of Charleston 1-0 on Thursday night, following a 7-0 win over the Charlestown Southern University the night before.

Preparing for the Caribbean leg first round of the Women’s World Cup Qualifiers to be held from April 7-14, T&T will play probably their toughest match tonight against University of South Carolina (USC) from 6pm at Stone Stadium, before closing out their tour against Coastal Carolina University on Sunday, from 6 p.m. in Conway, South Carolina. Trinidad and Tobago are seeking to qualify for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada, the first in the country’s history.

T&T had previously met the College of Charleston “Cougars” in 2012, when the Americans spent 10 days training and playing matches at the University of the West Indies ground, where T&T won the opener 2-1 and the College of Charleston took the return match 4-1. Meanwhile, Cordner, Tasha St Louis, Maylee Attin Johnson and Lauren Hutchinson all scored in T&T’s opening win over Charlestown Southern University.

TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO:
Maylee Attin-Johnson, Rhea Belgrave, Kennya Cordner, Karyn Forbes, Kimika Forbes, Janine Francois, Dernelle Mascall, Anastasia Prescott, Tasha St Louis, Patrice Superville, Arin King, Afiyah Mathias, Kenya Charles, Jonelle Warrick, Camille Borneo, Lauryn Hutchinson, Linfah Jones, Annalis Cummings, Jo-Marie Lewis and Shenelle Henry.

Technical staff: Anton Corneal (technical director), Marlon Charles (coach), Rajesh Latchoo (assistant coach), Vernetta Flanders (manager)
Title: Re: Soca Princesses begin qualifying preparation.
Post by: asylumseeker on March 22, 2014, 01:48:50 PM
10 minutes in ... Very slow, plodding game in progress. 0-0.
Title: Re: Soca Princesses begin qualifying preparation.
Post by: asylumseeker on March 22, 2014, 01:52:37 PM
USC 1 TT 0 @ 16'
Title: Re: Soca Princesses begin qualifying preparation.
Post by: asylumseeker on March 22, 2014, 01:54:04 PM
Lobbed goal.
Title: Re: Soca Princesses begin qualifying preparation.
Post by: asylumseeker on March 22, 2014, 02:17:24 PM
2 good saves by USC to deny the equalizer. Sadly, T&T look largely disinterested in going fwd. This game is excruciatingly slow. Left-sided TT central defender incurred injury. Game stopped briefly.

Then ...

Opportunity to equalize for TT @ the other end. Dead ball situation. Ball lobbed over the goal.
Title: Re: Soca Princesses begin qualifying preparation.
Post by: asylumseeker on March 22, 2014, 02:33:17 PM
7 subs engaged in a possession activity at the half ... seemed to have started 4 v 3 ... then 3 v 3 + a neutral.
Title: Re: Soca Princesses begin qualifying preparation.
Post by: asylumseeker on March 22, 2014, 02:39:18 PM
... then a technical warm-up with emphasis on passing. This and the above were with Coach Latchoo. The passing quality here was significantly better than in display during the game ... even considering the absence of pressure.
Title: Re: Soca Princesses begin qualifying preparation.
Post by: asylumseeker on March 22, 2014, 02:44:23 PM
Goal! @ 49' equalizer by left mid.

SC 1 TT 1
Title: Re: Soca Princesses begin qualifying preparation.
Post by: asylumseeker on March 22, 2014, 02:53:58 PM
We are playing without numbered kit so ... not easy to distinguish some of the players.
Title: Re: Soca Princesses begin qualifying preparation.
Post by: asylumseeker on March 22, 2014, 03:00:43 PM
Much better sequence of play ... Right mid is now playing as center mid ... More creativity on display.
Title: Re: Soca Princesses begin qualifying preparation.
Post by: asylumseeker on March 22, 2014, 03:06:07 PM
Notable is the absence of a substitution rotation. @ 71'

Great double save by our goalie.
Title: Re: Soca Princesses begin qualifying preparation.
Post by: asylumseeker on March 22, 2014, 03:09:42 PM
2-1 them!

Disallowed! 1-1
Title: Re: Soca Princesses begin qualifying preparation.
Post by: asylumseeker on March 22, 2014, 03:11:28 PM
Keepers rotated. @ 78'
Title: Re: Soca Princesses begin qualifying preparation.
Post by: asylumseeker on March 22, 2014, 03:14:51 PM
Passing has improved. Sun has gone down. Finally use of width.
Title: Re: Soca Princesses begin qualifying preparation.
Post by: asylumseeker on March 22, 2014, 03:51:03 PM
1-1 FT. Closed out the game with more attacking commitment.
Title: Re: Soca Princesses begin qualifying preparation.
Post by: Soccer 19 on March 22, 2014, 10:23:22 PM
Lobbed goal.

Miscommunication between our left back and left centre back was a direct result of this goal.  Our keeper then was indecisive coming off her line as she was thinking our defenders would right the issues.  Before our keeper knew it the ball was in the back of the night far side. 

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Title: Re: Soca Princesses begin qualifying preparation.
Post by: Soccer 19 on March 24, 2014, 10:41:11 AM
In the game versus Coastal Carolina the Princesses won 3-2. Goals scored were Kordner, King , Kordner. Coastal scored first we then tied it & then Coastal went up we than tied it & then went up late in the 2nd half. We were playing behind the 8 ball from the get go.The team arrived late to the match as they were given wrong instructions as to get to the field.

Arriving late & not getting a proper warm up affected the girls as they were very lethargic to say the least. We also started many of the younger players that did not get into the USC game on Saturday. Many of the youngsters were very tentative and IMHO were afraid to make mistakes. I was expecting to see more pace & jump from our youth as they should have been chomping at the bit to make an impression on the coaching staff to show they deserve to be regulars with the seniors.The opposite occurred IMHO on both sides of the ball. There was moments of flash however not for the full 90 minutes.

The team came away with the "W" however take the ugly 3 points & run after the game film is dissected. Personally I would burn it. Bottom line is against CFU teams an effort like that is put in the ladies will get shredded. Only 3 players IMHO showed up to play and they were Kimika Forbes, Arin King & YaYa Kordner. Overall a successful trip for the Princesses as these friendlies have given the coaching staff a good indication as to who is ready & who needs work. Further breakdowns off all the games " film " will show deeper what needs immediate attention.

Next on tap are the CFU's. No official dates have been announced by the CFU organizing body. The CFU calendar indicated dates in early May however team mgmt has not heard from the CFU officials yet. It will be better for us if it is at the end of May as we still have a few seniors at school in the states they would have early May conflicts. Am hearing the Trinidad may get the first round of the CFU at home so the 12th man in the stands will be huge for the ladies. Good luck ladies in your continued training.


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Title: Re: Soca Princesses begin qualifying preparation.
Post by: Michael-j on March 24, 2014, 10:56:06 AM
In the game versus Coastal Carolina the Princesses won 3-2. Goals scored were Kordner, King , Kordner. Coastal scored first we then tied it & then Coastal went up we than tied it & then went up late in the 2nd half. We were playing behind the 8 ball from the get go.The team arrived late to the match as they were given wrong instructions as to get to the field.

Arriving late & not getting a proper warm up affected the girls as they were very lethargic to say the least. We also started many of the younger players that did not get into the USC game on Saturday. Many of the youngsters were very tentative and IMHO were afraid to make mistakes. I was expecting to see more pace & jump from our youth as they should have been chomping at the bit to make an impression on the coaching staff to show they deserve to be regulars with the seniors.The opposite occurred IMHO on both sides of the ball. There was moments of flash however not for the full 90 minutes.

The team came away with the "W" however take the ugly 3 points & run after the game film is dissected. Personally I would burn it. Bottom line is against CFU teams an effort like that is put in the ladies will get shredded. Only 3 players IMHO showed up to play and they were Kimika Forbes, Arin King & YaYa Kordner. Overall a successful trip for the Princesses as these friendlies have given the coaching staff a good indication as to who is ready & who needs work. Further breakdowns off all the games " film " will show deeper what needs immediate attention.

Next on tap are the CFU's. No official dates have been announced by the CFU organizing body. The CFU calendar indicated dates in early May however team mgmt has not heard from the CFU officials yet. It will be better for us if it is at the end of May as we still have a few seniors at school in the states they would have early May conflicts. Am hearing the Trinidad may get the first round of the CFU at home so the 12th man in the stands will be huge for the ladies. Good luck ladies in your continued training.


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Thanks for the reports soccer19!
Did Linfah Jones get any playing time? How did she look between the uprights? I saw her in the U17 WC and loved her spirit and commitment ....she read the game well and her positioning was pretty good....my only concern was that she was a little on the short side and thus susceptible to the high balls and lobs...
Title: Re: Soca Princesses begin qualifying preparation.
Post by: Soccer 19 on March 24, 2014, 12:01:45 PM
In the game versus Coastal Carolina the Princesses won 3-2. Goals scored were Kordner, King , Kordner. Coastal scored first we then tied it & then Coastal went up we than tied it & then went up late in the 2nd half. We were playing behind the 8 ball from the get go.The team arrived late to the match as they were given wrong instructions as to get to the field.

Arriving late & not getting a proper warm up affected the girls as they were very lethargic to say the least. We also started many of the younger players that did not get into the USC game on Saturday. Many of the youngsters were very tentative and IMHO were afraid to make mistakes. I was expecting to see more pace & jump from our youth as they should have been chomping at the bit to make an impression on the coaching staff to show they deserve to be regulars with the seniors.The opposite occurred IMHO on both sides of the ball. There was moments of flash however not for the full 90 minutes.

The team came away with the "W" however take the ugly 3 points & run after the game film is dissected. Personally I would burn it. Bottom line is against CFU teams an effort like that is put in the ladies will get shredded. Only 3 players IMHO showed up to play and they were Kimika Forbes, Arin King & YaYa Kordner. Overall a successful trip for the Princesses as these friendlies have given the coaching staff a good indication as to who is ready & who needs work. Further breakdowns off all the games " film " will show deeper what needs immediate attention.

Next on tap are the CFU's. No official dates have been announced by the CFU organizing body. The CFU calendar indicated dates in early May however team mgmt has not heard from the CFU officials yet. It will be better for us if it is at the end of May as we still have a few seniors at school in the states they would have early May conflicts. Am hearing the Trinidad may get the first round of the CFU at home so the 12th man in the stands will be huge for the ladies. Good luck ladies in your continued training.


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Thanks for the reports soccer19!
Did Linfah Jones get any playing time? How did she look between the uprights? I saw her in the U17 WC and loved her spirit and commitment ....she read the game well and her positioning was pretty good....my only concern was that she was a little on the short side and thus susceptible to the high balls and lobs...

She played the 1st two games in full as Kimika Forbes was still at school (University of Maine / Fort Kent) and she only arrived  late Saturday afternoon. The game versus USC was originally at 18:00 however with the time change to earlier coupled with Forbes flight coming in around 15:00 we are lucky she even got any time in the 2nd half.

I did not see those 1st two games however a 7 nil game I was told she did not see much leather. In the 2nd game I cannot comment as I was not there however was told she played well in that game. In game three she saw the 1st half and part of the 2nd. Made some very nice saves (one breakaway save she came up big in particular) however the goal that was scored she hesitated (see previous post) coming off of her line. If she came out when her gut first told her to go she would have saved the goal.There was a corner kick that was bent in over her head to the back side of the net however USC was ruled offside. From my vantage point it was really hard for me to tell whether USC was offside or not.  Other than the one faux pas I liked what I saw.

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Title: Re: Soca Princesses begin qualifying preparation.
Post by: asylumseeker on March 24, 2014, 01:49:46 PM
RE: Linfah and the USC game

She did reasonably well. Obviously Kimika's physical stature is more imposing, but I can't think of a game situation in which Linfah's height impacted the game or her approach to the game. She does not seem to lack courage, and, based on what was in evidence, could only get better with targeted training. (How tall is she anyway?)

Although she tended to reach her target players, I thought there could have been the occasional variation in her distribution of the ball. Otherwise, above I noted a double save that was very creditable ... overall, she did not leave anything but a positive impression. (I recall an assertive action or two on defending corners also).

As far as the goal: I disagree somewhat with Soccer 19's assessment. To fully analyze what happened, I suggest rewinding to the development of the play. USC played a pass (from central midfield) aimed at getting in behind the defence. Though intelligent, the pass itself was unremarkable and should have been innocuous. It had no pace on it, and was predictable to read. HOWEVER, the right-sided central defender failed to react with sufficient urgency to stifle the play ... her outside back had pushed up marginally, and the ball, though placed between the gap between them (it was perhaps not more than 10 yards), would have been hers to retrieve possession ... but for the casualness of her reaction. I'm calling it that because she saw the danger, but only seemed to take it seriously when SC's flank player actually took possession, even then she didn't assert herself. It was the defender's failure to react that prompted Linfah to move off her line ... and for a brief moment it looked as if she had managed to delay the attacker sufficiently, but the lob was executed, and at that point it was out of her hands ...

HOWEVER, Linfah should also be credited for narrowing the angle that was available to the attacker ... and this is where OTHER players are culpable on the goal ... the left central and left flank defenders did not assist her effort and could have prevented that goal had one (or both) recovered to the central goal area/far post. Granted, they reacted, but only after the lob was in progress. (It either bounced off the post or hit the immediate side-netting).

It was an avoidable goal, but it was not generated merely by the GK's decision-making.

The right sided defender had been incorporating into the attack ... although on this occasion she wasn't fully pushed up ... she too looked disinterested in recovering ... she had options ... such as to cover the left central defender ... particularly had the left central defender made a decision to delay the attacker. It wasn't an impressive sequence.

I don't know what Linfah's verbal communication is like with her defence.


Title: Re: Soca Princesses begin qualifying preparation.
Post by: FF on March 24, 2014, 02:07:07 PM

She played the 1st two games in full as Kimika Forbes was still at school (University of Maine / Fort Kent) and she only arrived  late Saturday afternoon. The game versus USC was originally at 18:00 however with the time change to earlier coupled with Forbes flight coming in around 15:00 we are lucky she even got any time in the 2nd half.

I did not see those 1st two games however a 7 nil game I was told she did not see much leather. In the 2nd game I cannot comment as I was not there however was told she played well in that game. In game three she saw the 1st half and part of the 2nd. Made some very nice saves (one breakaway save she came up big in particular) however the goal that was scored she hesitated (see previous post) coming off of her line. If she came out when her gut first told her to go she would have saved the goal.There was a corner kick that was bent in over her head to the back side of the net however USC was ruled offside. From my vantage point it was really hard for me to tell whether USC was offside or not.  Other than the one faux pas I liked what I saw.

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Offside?? from a corner kick? Did the ball get cleared and come back in?
Title: Re: Soca Princesses begin qualifying preparation.
Post by: Soccer 19 on March 26, 2014, 08:07:39 AM

She played the 1st two games in full as Kimika Forbes was still at school (University of Maine / Fort Kent) and she only arrived  late Saturday afternoon. The game versus USC was originally at 18:00 however with the time change to earlier coupled with Forbes flight coming in around 15:00 we are lucky she even got any time in the 2nd half.

I did not see those 1st two games however a 7 nil game I was told she did not see much leather. In the 2nd game I cannot comment as I was not there however was told she played well in that game. In game three she saw the 1st half and part of the 2nd. Made some very nice saves (one breakaway save she came up big in particular) however the goal that was scored she hesitated (see previous post) coming off of her line. If she came out when her gut first told her to go she would have saved the goal.There was a corner kick that was bent in over her head to the back side of the net however USC was ruled offside. From my vantage point it was really hard for me to tell whether USC was offside or not.  Other than the one faux pas I liked what I saw.

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Offside?? from a corner kick? Did the ball get cleared and come back in?


To answer your question " No ". Everybody was saying it was an offside ( that's what i assumed). The AR had his flag up now I did not see him twirling it to indicate a foul & the man in the middle to not run over to ask him. Very strange call IMHO. Asylumseeker I am not sure where you were sitting however what were your thought's on this play?


Cheers   19
Title: Re: Soca Princesses begin qualifying preparation.
Post by: Soccer 19 on March 26, 2014, 08:15:55 AM
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It was an avoidable goal, but it was not generated merely by the GK's decision-making.


Maybe I should re-read before I type. That is what happens when you are sleep deprived. I do agree with your assessment of the play however from my vantage point (behind the Trinidad bench - close to the play) when the play came over the top our keepers 1st instinct was to come and punch the ball away. She hesitated ever so marginally because she thought our defenders would clear the ball. That slight hesitation to go & punch/parry the ball left the net exposed.

I am not blaming her by any means for the goal as our defenders should have cleared the ball. Just making a comment about her original hesitation.

Sorry you did not make the Coastal game as would have liked to have met you at that pitch.


Cheers

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Title: Re: Soca Princesses begin qualifying preparation.
Post by: Soccer 19 on March 26, 2014, 08:24:45 AM
Trinidad and Tobago senior national women’s football team won and drew on the weekend, to end a four-match tour of South Carolina unbeaten. The Soca Princesses ended their tour against USA college teams with three victories and a draw.

T&T gave several young players a run when they ended with a 3-2 win over Coastal Carolina University on Sunday. Top scorer Kenya “Ya Ya” cordner scored twice along with Toronto-based defender Arin King. The Soca Princesses twice trailed before Cordner struck the winning goal.


http://www.socawarriors.net/womens-team/womens-team-news/womens-senior-team-news/13752-soca-princesses-play-unbeaten.html


Arin King has been playing mostly midfield this tour and has looked very comfortable feeding her fellow forwards & or " YaYa" with switched balls to put her on the attack.

Good to see the team playing rather than just training as they need more high level matches in order to keep improving. They have a lot to sharpen up however the core looks good. They should do well at CFU's in May & then July (locations to be determined) and this forumite will be disappointed if they don't move on to Concacaf.

They need to play the likes of Mexico , Costa Rica & even some Conmebol teams this summer / early fall to really gauge what needs tweaking.


Keep up the good work ladies.


Cheers  19





Title: Re: Soca Princesses begin qualifying preparation.
Post by: asylumseeker on March 26, 2014, 08:42:22 AM

She played the 1st two games in full as Kimika Forbes was still at school (University of Maine / Fort Kent) and she only arrived  late Saturday afternoon. The game versus USC was originally at 18:00 however with the time change to earlier coupled with Forbes flight coming in around 15:00 we are lucky she even got any time in the 2nd half.

I did not see those 1st two games however a 7 nil game I was told she did not see much leather. In the 2nd game I cannot comment as I was not there however was told she played well in that game. In game three she saw the 1st half and part of the 2nd. Made some very nice saves (one breakaway save she came up big in particular) however the goal that was scored she hesitated (see previous post) coming off of her line. If she came out when her gut first told her to go she would have saved the goal.There was a corner kick that was bent in over her head to the back side of the net however USC was ruled offside. From my vantage point it was really hard for me to tell whether USC was offside or not.  Other than the one faux pas I liked what I saw.

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Offside?? from a corner kick? Did the ball get cleared and come back in?


To answer your question " No ". Everybody was saying it was an offside ( that's what i assumed). The AR had his flag up now I did not see him twirling it to indicate a foul & the man in the middle to not run over to ask him. Very strange call IMHO. Asylumseeker I am not sure where you were sitting however what were your thought's on this play?


Cheers   19

Foul determined by the ref without the AR's assistance?
Title: Re: Soca Princesses begin qualifying preparation.
Post by: Soccer 19 on March 26, 2014, 10:29:38 AM
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Foul determined by the ref without the AR's assistance?

Thanks for the FYI heads up on that call.


Cheers
Title: Re: Soca Princesses begin qualifying preparation.
Post by: Tallman on March 27, 2014, 11:31:20 PM
Catching up with Technical Director Anton Corneal after the completion of a four-match tour of South Carolina by the T&T Senior Women's team.

https://www.youtube.com/v/jhzJKRMVfn8
Title: Re: Soca Princesses begin qualifying preparation.
Post by: Flex on March 28, 2014, 02:00:34 AM
T&T want to host Caribbean opening round.
By Ian Prescott (Express).


Marlon Charles, Trinidad and Tobago senior national women team head coach, is hoping that T&T will host the opening round of Caribbean qualifying for the  2015 World Cup, which is carded for May. 

Charles was speaking following the Soca Princesses’ return from last week’s pre-tournament training camp in the USA.

“I think the Caribbean qualification will be a high standard.  Like a mini World Cup.  And we are hoping that the first leg is here in Trinidad and Tobago,” Charles said.

“Every Caribbean team has the same dream us. Every Caribbean team wants to qualify for this World Cup because it might be the best chance to get to one. Assuming the USA will qualify, there are still two automatic qualifying spot and a playoff spot left.  It’s almost like three spots. “

While on tour, the Soca Princesses won three matches and drew once against South Carolina university teams.  Trinidad and Tobago opened with a 7-0 win against  Charlestown Southern University, before edging College of Charleston 1-0. They drew 1-1 with University of South Carolina (USC) and ended the tour with a 3-2 over Coastal Carolina University.

‘”I think that the objective was met in that we got a chance to play as a team in a competitive setting and we had to play to get a result,” Charles said. “The first game gave us the opportunity to find our feet, but the other three were very competitive. You know how American teams play. They never gave us a chance to relax.”

On tour, T&T got a look at one USA-born player, and want to see her again. But Charles was not able to see all the USA players he wanted to due to school commitments. Locals players on the fringe of the team were also give a chance to play. Also on tour was technical director Anton Corneal, who felt the player showed a lot of character. Sometimes they came from behind to get a result, and were able to also take control of some matches.   

Corneal felt there would definitely be a lot of competition for places with World Cup qualifier coming up. Canada-based defender Daniel Blair has begun training following surgery, while Ahkeela Mollon is playing professionally in Sweden  and is expected to join the team at some point, along with several USA-based college players. Ten or so members of the team are based in Trinidad and Tobago will the other based abroad.

“We have not seen all of them,” Corneal said.  “In mid-May we will bring them all together in a group of about 30. Players, will definitely have to play for their spot.”

“We are looking to see every player we can get an eye on so that we can look to build the best possible team,” Charles added. “Some of the Under-20s like the Debisette twins and Anique Walker are likely to start training with us in April.”

Title: Re: Soca Princesses begin qualifying preparation.
Post by: Tallman on April 04, 2014, 09:50:17 PM
HIGHLIGHTS of University of South Carolina Women vs T&T Women on March 22nd at Stone Stadium. The match ended in a 1-1 draw.

https://www.youtube.com/v/SYjiJ1zvMEg
Title: Re: Soca Princesses begin qualifying preparation.
Post by: Soccer 19 on April 05, 2014, 06:47:56 AM
The hi lights don't due justice of what actually occured during the match.  Mostly followed USC.  Question to those why are in the know.  Has Cirneal completely left the TTFA ? The women's team was the only team he was regularly attending daily practises as he was heavily involved. Is he gone ?
Title: Re: Soca Princesses begin qualifying preparation.
Post by: elan on April 05, 2014, 01:01:57 PM
We have a massive problem with our female defenders and bystander apathy. Our 2nd and 3rd defenders seem to not assess the urgency of situations in and around the box. This was present in the U17s, the U20s and from the little highlights you get glimpse of this problem also.
Title: Re: Soca Princesses begin qualifying preparation.
Post by: asylumseeker on April 05, 2014, 01:36:37 PM
The hi lights don't due justice of what actually occured during the match.  Mostly followed USC.  Question to those why are in the know.  Has Cirneal completely left the TTFA ? The women's team was the only team he was regularly attending daily practises as he was heavily involved. Is he gone ?

Give thanks.

Title: Re: Soca Princesses begin qualifying preparation.
Post by: asylumseeker on April 05, 2014, 01:42:17 PM
The TTFA maybe, just maybe, need to take a  peek at Venezuela program.

Suddenly that Venezuelan offer to play mentioned by AC looks like something to pursue.
Title: Re: Soca Princesses begin qualifying preparation.
Post by: elan on April 06, 2014, 10:05:50 PM
U.S. Soccer Relieves Tom Sermanni of Duties as Head Coach of the U.S. Women's National Team (http://www.ussoccer.com/stories/2014/04/06/21/16/140406-sermanni-relieved)



CHICAGO (April 6, 2014) - U.S. Soccer has announced that Tom Sermanni has been relieved of his duties as head coach of the U.S. Women's National Team, effective immediately.

U.S. Soccer Director of Development Jill Ellis will serve as interim head coach, starting with the USA's next match against China PR on April 10 in San Diego.

"We want to thank Tom for his service over the past year and half, but we felt that we needed to go in a different direction at this time," said U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati. "We will begin looking for a new coach immediately to guide our Women's National Team toward qualifying for the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup."

"I'm disappointed that things didn't work out, but I'd like to thank U.S. Soccer for the opportunity to have coached this team and also the staff and players for all their hard work," said Sermanni.

Ellis previously served as interim head coach for seven matches at the end of 2012, going 5-0-2.
Title: Re: Soca Princesses begin qualifying preparation.
Post by: asylumseeker on April 06, 2014, 10:37:20 PM
Raw deal ...
Title: Re: Soca Princesses begin qualifying preparation.
Post by: Deeks on April 07, 2014, 10:21:05 AM

Ellis previously served as interim head coach for seven matches at the end of 2012, going 5-0-2.

What is the real reason? Were they playing that badly under him?




Title: Re: Soca Princesses begin qualifying preparation.
Post by: Deeks on April 07, 2014, 10:25:25 AM
The TTFA maybe, just maybe, need to take a  peek at Venezuela program.

Suddenly that Venezuelan offer to play mentioned by AC looks like something to pursue.

I always used to wonder why we don't play when often. Look how often US and Mex play. They are our closest neighbours. Jump in a pirogue and we dey. But with the situation in Caracas with the muslims under detention, I don't think that is possible for now at least.
Title: Re: Soca Princesses begin qualifying preparation.
Post by: elan on April 07, 2014, 10:40:54 AM

Ellis previously served as interim head coach for seven matches at the end of 2012, going 5-0-2.

What is the real reason? Were they playing that badly under him?









Those players have to like yuh. You ever see so much different players play on the team other than in the last year? The US doh want to change they does only say that. Back to boom and run me down.
Title: Re: Soca Princesses begin qualifying preparation.
Post by: asylumseeker on April 07, 2014, 10:48:43 AM

Ellis previously served as interim head coach for seven matches at the end of 2012, going 5-0-2.

What is the real reason? Were they playing that badly under him?


Cultural dissonance ... the man was 18-2-4.
 
http://espn.go.com/espnw/news-commentary/article/10741545/tom-sermanni-dismissed-us-women-soccer-national-team-coach

(looking at Antonietta Collins is like looking at her mother).
Title: Re: Soca Princesses begin qualifying preparation.
Post by: elan on April 07, 2014, 03:23:55 PM
Didn't know that these women were contacted to USsoccer.

Heard Abby is deep in this issue :-\
Title: Re: Soca Princesses begin qualifying preparation.
Post by: asylumseeker on April 07, 2014, 05:35:31 PM
Didn't know that these women were contacted to USsoccer.

Heard Abby is deep in this issue :-\

Yuh mean player contracts? Yeah, man!
Title: Re: Soca Princesses begin qualifying preparation.
Post by: elan on April 07, 2014, 07:54:51 PM
Didn't know that these women were contracted to USsoccer.

Heard Abby is deep in this issue :-\

Yuh mean player contracts? Yeah, man!

Recieve like US $30000+ a year  ???
Title: Re: Soca Princesses begin qualifying preparation.
Post by: Tiresais on April 13, 2014, 02:21:56 AM
FIFA SENDS WOMEN FOOTBALL CONSULTANT FOR TALKS WITH TTFA
TTFA Website



As part of the continuing efforts to assist Trinidad and Tobago football, FIFA will send one of its women football consultants and instructors to this country on Monday to hold meetings about the development of the local women’s game.

Andrea Rodebaugh will arrive in Port of Spain on Monday and will meet with TTFA President Raymond Tim Kee and General Secretary Sheldon Phillips. During her two-day visit, she will also hold meetings with the T&T Women’s Football League (WOLF) and President of the Women’s football Sharon O’Brien. Rodebaugh is also scheduled to hold discussions with the members of the TTFA Women’s football committee and local national women’s team coaches.

Rodebaugh was part of the team that conducted a CONCACAF Coaching Workshop for women’s football in Costa Rica earlier this month at the FIFA Under 17 Women’s World Cup.

Last Tuesday, FIFA Vice President Jeffrey Webb and FIFA Development Officer Howard McIntosh visited T&T to hold various meetings with TTFA officials and other football stakeholders. McIntosh said the ongoing visits by FIFA consultants was all in relation to the efforts by FIFA to assist football in this country.

“The visit by Ms Rodebaugh, a  FIFA women’s football consultant, is another way of FIFA’s effort to help the TTFA and football in your country,” McIntosh said. 

“Again we have realized that the plans for the development of local football as put forward by President Tim Kee and the General Secretary Phillips shows us that concerted efforts are being made by the TTFA. We know there are major challenges but we must get the work done and we are about offering assistance in the various areas to see how best we can help with the development of the game here, “McIntosh added.

Trinidad and Tobago will host the Women’s Caribbean Finals in August and currently the T&T Senior Women’s Team is preparing for this tournament as they attempt to qualify for the next FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada.
Title: Re: Soca Princesses begin qualifying preparation.
Post by: Soccer 19 on April 19, 2014, 04:50:14 PM
FIFA SENDS WOMEN FOOTBALL CONSULTANT FOR TALKS WITH TTFA
TTFA Website



As part of the continuing efforts to assist Trinidad and Tobago football, FIFA will send one of its women football consultants and instructors to this country on Monday to hold meetings about the development of the local women’s game.

Andrea Rodebaugh will arrive in Port of Spain on Monday and will meet with TTFA President Raymond Tim Kee and General Secretary Sheldon Phillips. During her two-day visit, she will also hold meetings with the T&T Women’s Football League (WOLF) and President of the Women’s football Sharon O’Brien. Rodebaugh is also scheduled to hold discussions with the members of the TTFA Women’s football committee and local national women’s team coaches.

Rodebaugh was part of the team that conducted a CONCACAF Coaching Workshop for women’s football in Costa Rica earlier this month at the FIFA Under 17 Women’s World Cup.

Last Tuesday, FIFA Vice President Jeffrey Webb and FIFA Development Officer Howard McIntosh visited T&T to hold various meetings with TTFA officials and other football stakeholders. McIntosh said the ongoing visits by FIFA consultants was all in relation to the efforts by FIFA to assist football in this country.

“The visit by Ms Rodebaugh, a  FIFA women’s football consultant, is another way of FIFA’s effort to help the TTFA and football in your country,” McIntosh said. 

“Again we have realized that the plans for the development of local football as put forward by President Tim Kee and the General Secretary Phillips shows us that concerted efforts are being made by the TTFA. We know there are major challenges but we must get the work done and we are about offering assistance in the various areas to see how best we can help with the development of the game here, “McIntosh added.

Trinidad and Tobago will host the Women’s Caribbean Finals in August and currently the T&T Senior Women’s Team is preparing for this tournament as they attempt to qualify for the next FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada.

Anyone in the know aware of what transpired with the recent FIFA visit. We are hearing zero about the seniors. There was talk of a Venezuela trip with the men. However nothing concrete has been advised.

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Title: Women Warriors Thread
Post by: Tallman on October 06, 2014, 05:19:37 PM
Introducing the Women Soca Warriors, formerly known as the Soca Princesses.

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-c-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xpa1/v/t1.0-9/10687068_840017259362926_5557467778892770700_n.png?oh=39a19261dafceb77c84ea558803eb580&oe=54B0894A&__gda__=1422775026_cbb5a128905441989dde038f080c828b)


LIKE their Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/tt.womensocawarriors).
Title: Re: T&T Women Soca Warriors
Post by: Bakes on October 06, 2014, 05:34:39 PM
Thank you... the 'Soca Princesses' thing was borderline chauvinistic.  Not too sure about the mask and headdress, kinda stereotyping of Native Americans.  Some of the other elements seem like overkill (and ah not sure about that "steel drum") but definitely a start in the right direction.  The women's program deserve their own brand  :beermug:
Title: Re: T&T Women Soca Warriors
Post by: Sando prince on October 06, 2014, 08:01:57 PM

http://www.trinidadexpress.com/sports/Soca-Princesses-get-help-278319301.html (http://www.trinidadexpress.com/sports/Soca-Princesses-get-help-278319301.html)


Soca Princesses get help

Team to leave for training camp today


 Leaving at last. According to a press release by the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association yesterday, the national women’s team will leave at three o’clock this afternoon for a training camp in Dallas, United States ahead of the opening CONCACAF Final Round fixture against the United States on October 15.

This departure will come four days after the team’s originally scheduled departure on Saturday.
Seven members of coach Randy Waldrum’s squad of 20 will meet the rest of  the team in Dallas.
Yesterday, the Express reported that the team had been grounded because the TTFA had failed to come up with $40,000 to process visa applications for team members. But according to the release, 10 players and one member of the technical staff were granted their US travel visas.

 The TTFA said the Ministry of Sport had provided financial support which will cover costs for the training camp in Dallas which runs until October 13, as well as other allowances and team-related expenses.

Petrotrin, which also provided its Beach Camp facility in Palo Seco for a previous training camp, has also come forward to support the team with the provision of casual wear and $75,000 which assisted in the visa payments for the players.
TTFA President Raymond Tim Kee expressed his gratitude for the support. He told TTFA Media: “I speak on behalf of the TTFA and the local football fraternity in saying how extremely grateful for the unwavering support of the Ministry of Sport, the Sport Company and Petrotrin in ensuring our  national women’s team received the necessary assistance ahead of their qualifying tournament in the United States.”
 

He added: “There was some unfinished business over the past few days but we are quite pleased to say now that things have been looked after and there is an ongoing process to ensure that the team will have the right conditions heading into the tournament. I want to wish them the very best in what will be an extremely difficult opening match against the United States, a world giant in women’s football but I expect them to give it their best and I am optimistic of the team’s chances in progressing out of the group and into the World Cup.”Coach Waldrum said of his squad that, “I’m really excited about our squad of 20.  I think this group gives us the best opportunity to advance in the CONCACAF tournament at this moment...We have a very good blend of talent, experience, and desire within this squad, and I know they will represent Trinidad and Tobago to the absolute best of their ability.”
Title: Re: T&T Women Soca Warriors
Post by: gawd on pitch on October 06, 2014, 08:04:08 PM
Thank you... the 'Soca Princesses' thing was borderline chauvinistic.  Not too sure about the mask and headdress, kinda stereotyping of Native Americans.  Some of the other elements seem like overkill (and ah not sure about that "steel drum") but definitely a start in the right direction.  The women's program deserve their own brand  :beermug:

I always spoke out against the name " soca princess ".. It's too novelty. Plus the word princess isn't anything to be fearful of. When I hear princess I think of a little girl who needs shelter and pampering. .

 A step in the right direction..  But what's up with the native American ??
Title: Re: T&T Women Soca Warriors
Post by: Bakes on October 06, 2014, 08:49:45 PM
I always spoke out against the name " soca princess ".. It's too novelty. Plus the word princess isn't anything to be fearful of. When I hear princess I think of a little girl who needs shelter and pampering. .

 A step in the right direction..  But what's up with the native American ??

LOL... well after ah read the description, they say she's ah "Amerindian." Nevermind the fact that they weren't known for wearing feathered headdresses... but whatever.  Step in the right direction indeed.


Kudos to the Ministry of Sport, Sport Company and Petrotrin for stepping up, stepping in and helping  :beermug: :beermug:
Title: Re: T&T Women Soca Warriors
Post by: Big Magician on October 06, 2014, 09:14:18 PM
tnt tnt tnt
Title: Re: T&T Women Soca Warriors
Post by: elan on October 06, 2014, 09:42:16 PM
Game on!!!

I hope one of dem gyul bus Solo net.
Title: Re: T&T Women Soca Warriors
Post by: asylumseeker on October 06, 2014, 10:04:48 PM
Why not call dem Soca Warriors and done?

(Ah whole lot going on in that emblem. Maybe too much ambition for one emblem. Laudable still).
Title: Re: T&T Women Soca Warriors
Post by: Mose on October 07, 2014, 01:29:44 PM
Thank you... the 'Soca Princesses' thing was borderline chauvinistic.  Not too sure about the mask and headdress, kinda stereotyping of Native Americans.  Some of the other elements seem like overkill (and ah not sure about that "steel drum") but definitely a start in the right direction.  The women's program deserve their own brand :beermug:

Ditto. Don't particularly like the logo or the new name, but the idea is good.
Title: Women Warriors Thread
Post by: Sando on October 30, 2014, 09:57:25 AM
Women Warriors still owed match fees; no bonus for Kimika Forbes.
Lasana Liburd (wired868).
29 October 2014


The Trinidad and Tobago national senior women’s players are still awaiting outstanding match fees and per diems, which were promised to them for the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship in the United States.

A Ministry of Sport official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, told Wired868 that roughly $350,000 of its subvention to the football body was meant to go to the players as per diem.

However, none of the money reached the “Women Soca Warriors” although the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) saved on meal expenses during the team’s pre-tournament camp due to donated foodstuff prompted by head coach Randy Waldrum’s appeal for help via Twitter.

Wired868 was also informed that some of the Government’s subvention was re-routed to pay for non-budgeted team costs, which included hotel accommodation and travel for several late additions to the technical staff including former national stand-out Lincoln “Tiger” Phillips, who is the father of Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) general secretary Sheldon Phillips.

“We were promised $100 US a day but we never got it,” Trinidad and Tobago captain Maylee Attin-Johnson told Wired868. “They told us we will get it before we go to Mexico. It seems that there was some misdirect.”

Narada Wilson, who is the agent for Sweden-based winger Ahkeela Mollon, said the women were owed match fees as well as per diems and, although there has been no uproar within the squad, players have grumbled.

“They were told that they would get US$100 a day and it was 21 days so, from their calculation, they are supposed to get US$2,100 and that is not counting promised match fees,” said Wilson. “The girls are upset about it. But, to be honest, they are feeling worse about the players who are at university and stayed away from school for so long and then left with nothing.

“Everybody shook their hands yesterday (at the VIP reception) and said everything would be settled off today but then nothing. They are hoping they get it before they leave.”

However, Phillips denied that the Government specified any money was due to the players in its subvention.

“Our budgetary request was for $870,000 but we received roughly $650,000,” said Phillips, who stressed that he did not wish to be in conflict with the Ministry of Sport. “The $650,000 did not have line items. To me it was meant for expenses as they came along including hotel and meals and so on.”

CONCACAF paid for meals, accommodation and travel for 20 players and five technical staff members during its competition. The Trinidad and Tobago team had 11 technical staff members.

Randy Waldrum (head coach), Vernetta Flanders (manager), Claire George (equipment manager), Michael Taylor (physiotherapist) and Ben Waldrum (assistant coach) were involved to varying degrees with the women during their Caribbean Cup triumph.

The new additions to the squad were Muhammad Isa (acting technical director), Lincoln Phillips (technical advisor and goalkeeper coach), Wayne Cunningham (head of delegation), Nicholson Paul (cameraman), Dr Margaret Ottley (sport psychologist) and Adam Burns (trainer).

Cunningham, who is also the Eastern Football Association (EFA) president, and Paul are both GISL employees. They did one interview with Waldrum during their trip that was made available to the local media and public through the TTFA’s media channel.

Isa, Phillips, Cunningham, Ottley and Burns are among a list of staff members sent to the Ministry of Sport to receive $50,000 bonuses promised to the team. Only Paul missed out.

Phillips said he had to speak to Flanders before he could divulge how money was spent on the trip.

“I have to have a meeting with the manager to reconcile where and how the money was used so i can give you the breakdown later today,” said Phillips.

After a chat with Flanders, Phillips suggested too that, apart from an inadequate Government budget without a clear directive for line items, a faulty bank card was also partly responsible for the women not receiving their per diems in the United States.

“There was a problem where the manager couldn’t get money from her visa card while in the US,” said Phillips. “We need to find out why the card wasn’t operating. A per diem was budgeted but if the manager cannot get access to the funds she can’t do it.”

Could the TTFA not have wired the money to the women?

“If you wire money, it is a very expensive process and you end up spending hundreds of dollars,” said Phillips. “The card is really the best approach; so you have to find out from the bank what was the problem and why the card wasn’t operating.”

Phillips assured football fans that the women will be paid today.

Waldrum, in a telephone interview with Wired868, also revealed that the money raised from donations in the United States is still in a PayPal account set up for the players. He explained that the money will go to the players but has not been disbursed yet since he is trying to clarify NCAA rules on the matter.

Goalkeeper Kimika Forbes, her younger sister and midfielder Karyn Forbes, defenders Brianna Ryce, Liana Hinds and Rhea Belgrave and attacker Anique Walker are all university students. They can collect the per diem, which are considered living expenses, but none of them can receive match fees or bonus money given to their teammates.

Waldrum hopes that they can get a share of the money raised by Twitter, though.

“We wrote a letter to the NCAA to find out we can do with the money for those six players,” Waldrum told Wired868. “It cannot go to the players or the players’ families so we are trying to find out if we can put it in an account somewhere or if the Government or (TTFA) can hold it for them…

“So the money is still in a PayPal account until we get word from the (TTFA) and NCAA on that. We felt it wasn’t a good idea to give some players their money in front of other players who could not get any.”

The Women Warriors are due to leave tomorrow for a seven day training camp in Mexico City where they will prepare for the first game of their two-legged FIFA Play Off against Ecuador. The Ecuador national team plays its home matches in Quito, which is 2,782 metres above sea level.

The players hope to receive their per diems before then while the US-based players hope to have their stipends sent to them.

Waldrum apologised again for any embarrassment caused by his tweet for financial assistance and thanked the football body and the government for their response since then.

“I never intended to embarrass anybody,” said Waldrum, who confirmed that he is still working without a salary for the TTFA. “I thought as a parent who was trying to take care of his kids. I am extremely happy with the way the Government responded and Sheldon and Mr Tim Kee responded once we got things moving forward.”

He pleaded with football fans not to let any negative feelings for any of the parties involved in their World Cup bid detract from their support for the women.

“I want everybody to know how much I appreciate the support for the team,” said Waldrum. “It is important to get all the people of Trinidad and Tobago to throw all their differences aside and get behind the team.

“With the social media and internet, it is hard to keep the girls from seeing the negative stuff. So I hope even those who don’t support me will support the team and what we are trying to do for Trinidad and Tobago.”

Title: Re: Women Warriors still owed match fees; no bonus for Kimika Forbes.
Post by: dreamer on October 30, 2014, 10:32:02 AM
Keep up the good work Lasana. We would still be up the friggin' creek right now with Jackula siphoning off every last cent, had it not been for your fearless work, your challenging of authority, zero tolerance for mediocrity and also the work of the brave lawsuit warriors with Sancho, Football supporter and the many other unsung heroes. Hard to believe that Horner and his sick crew are largely silent now. Just remember the amount of vitriol and resentment you get now is proportional to the amount of good work you are doing. Just follow the money and perks. So press on.

Now for the ladies. We love what you all are doing. We appreciate you and thanks Coach Waldrun and  thanks Uncle Tim and Sheldon. The eyes of all the world are coming on us so we have to represent at all levels as fans, players, journalists, coaches, administrators, financiers and those who market the team.
Title: Re: Women Warriors still owed match fees; no bonus for Kimika Forbes.
Post by: socalion on October 30, 2014, 11:47:33 AM
Lasana your objectivity is seriously being brought into question !!   Lasana    are you  serious ..?? 
Title: Re: Women Warriors still owed match fees; no bonus for Kimika Forbes.
Post by: Flex on October 30, 2014, 12:40:03 PM
Apparently, the girls are refusing to get on the plane to Mexico right now unless they are paid their stipends!!

So I heard !!!

Title: Re: Women Warriors still owed match fees; no bonus for Kimika Forbes.
Post by: Bakes on October 30, 2014, 12:47:42 PM
Lasana? Objective?  The man himself state that when reporting the news he has no obligation to be objective... and some of his sycophants happy with that.  The bias in his articles are at times less subtle than others, but yuh have to guard against it all the same.  For instance:

Quote
Phillips said he had to speak to Flanders before he could divulge how money was spent on the trip.

“I have to have a meeting with the manager to reconcile where and how the money was used so i can give you the breakdown later today,” said Phillips.

His use of the word "divulge" (meaning to reveal, disclose, share etc.) implies that Phillips already knows how the money was spent but need to speak with Flanders before he shares that publicly.  Like there is some kinda conspiracy.  Whereas, reading the actual comment from Phillips, it's clear from the context that he means he wasn't there himself and would have to find out from Flanders how money was spent on what.  Also, from the article one cannot tell whether it was only the women who did not get their per diem, or whether everybody was affected.  The truth is that no one has received the per diem because the TTFA still hasn't received all the money the MoS promised them.  Naturally what money was received was used to take care of necessities first (paying for rooms, meals, transportation etc.) rather than paying players their per diem.

Aside from that, there's an undercurrent to his reporting about Lincoln Phillips... as though he just on some kinda freeco thing.  In comments made in response to an earlier article he stated that there were other goalkeeping coaches besides Lincoln, and now making it a point to mention Lincoln's name among those being recommended for a bonus.  You'd swear Sheldon Phillips trying to look out fuh he pops... the way Lasana spinning it.  Reality is that LP wouldn't be on the staff if Waldrum didn't request for him to be there.  Yes him and Lincoln are good friends, but is not like Lincoln is some kinda scrub.  With his coaching acumen I'm sure he'd be an asset to any staff anywhere in the world, and it's no stretch to think that he had a hand in Kamika Forbes' outstanding performance throughout the tournament.
Title: Re: Women Warriors still owed match fees; no bonus for Kimika Forbes.
Post by: weary1969 on October 30, 2014, 12:50:22 PM
Apparently, the girls are refusing to get on the plane to Mexico right now unless they are paid their stipends!!

So I heard !!!



You kidding y should they do such a ting.
Title: Re: Women Warriors still owed match fees; no bonus for Kimika Forbes.
Post by: de_redman on October 30, 2014, 12:50:56 PM
Apparently, the girls are refusing to get on the plane to Mexico right now unless they are paid their stipends!!

So I heard !!!


WHATTT!!!! Like Bravo talk to dem!
Title: Re: Women Warriors still owed match fees; no bonus for Kimika Forbes.
Post by: FF on October 30, 2014, 12:52:40 PM
I cant see how this would help...

Title: Re: Women Warriors still owed match fees; no bonus for Kimika Forbes.
Post by: asylumseeker on October 30, 2014, 01:01:53 PM
Apparently, the girls are refusing to get on the plane to Mexico right now unless they are paid their stipends!!

So I heard !!!


Say it isn't so!!!! Flashes of the experiences of Togolese, Ghanaian, Cameroonian, Nigerian, and Ivorian teams are coming to mind. Damn, we just had a cricket incident ... smh, if dahis what we boil down to!
Title: Re: Women Warriors still owed match fees; no bonus for Kimika Forbes.
Post by: Football supporter on October 30, 2014, 01:04:34 PM
There was a discussion but all is resolved and the girls are getting on the plane.
Title: Re: Women Warriors still owed match fees; no bonus for Kimika Forbes.
Post by: weary1969 on October 30, 2014, 01:06:36 PM
There was a discussion but all is resolved and the girls are getting on the plane.

Cash or a rubber checque? I heard they got it. Good 4 them. If u doh stand 4 sumting u will fall 4 anything.
Title: Re: Women Warriors still owed match fees; no bonus for Kimika Forbes.
Post by: socalion on October 30, 2014, 01:24:23 PM
Unless someone has direct and reliable info from a spokeperson  representing the ladies  and team staff  being discontented as we speak, i will   have serious reservation  as it relates at this time to any  careless whispers ...  !!!
Title: Re: Women Warriors still owed match fees; no bonus for Kimika Forbes.
Post by: Flex on October 30, 2014, 02:05:14 PM
Not sure if my original source was right, but the fa assured me they were taken care off and is on the plane.

Good job.

Title: Re: Women Warriors still owed match fees; no bonus for Kimika Forbes.
Post by: elan on October 30, 2014, 02:08:07 PM
Lasana? Objective?  The man himself state that when reporting the news he has no obligation to be objective... and some of his sycophants happy with that.  The bias in his articles are at times less subtle than others, but yuh have to guard against it all the same.  For instance:

Quote
Phillips said he had to speak to Flanders before he could divulge how money was spent on the trip.

“I have to have a meeting with the manager to reconcile where and how the money was used so i can give you the breakdown later today,” said Phillips.

His use of the word "divulge" (meaning to reveal, disclose, share etc.) implies that Phillips already knows how the money was spent but need to speak with Flanders before he shares that publicly.  Like there is some kinda conspiracy.  Whereas, reading the actual comment from Phillips, it's clear from the context that he means he wasn't there himself and would have to find out from Flanders how money was spent on what.  Also, from the article one cannot tell whether it was only the women who did not get their per diem, or whether everybody was affected.  The truth is that no one has received the per diem because the TTFA still hasn't received all the money the MoS promised them.  Naturally what money was received was used to take care of necessities first (paying for rooms, meals, transportation etc.) rather than paying players their per diem.

Aside from that, there's an undercurrent to his reporting about Lincoln Phillips... as though he just on some kinda freeco thing.  In comments made in response to an earlier article he stated that there were other goalkeeping coaches besides Lincoln, and now making it a point to mention Lincoln's name among those being recommended for a bonus.  You'd swear Sheldon Phillips trying to look out fuh he pops... the way Lasana spinning it.  Reality is that LP wouldn't be on the staff if Waldrum didn't request for him to be there.  Yes him and Lincoln are good friends, but is not like Lincoln is some kinda scrub.  With his coaching acumen I'm sure he'd be an asset to any staff anywhere in the world, and it's no stretch to think that he had a hand in Kamika Forbes' outstanding performance throughout the tournament.

Yuh wukking over time dred.
Title: Re: Women Warriors still owed match fees; no bonus for Kimika Forbes.
Post by: elan on October 30, 2014, 02:10:00 PM
Unless someone has direct and reliable info from a spokeperson  representing the ladies  and team staff  being discontented as we speak, i will   have serious reservation  as it relates at this time to any  careless whispers ...  !!!

because as we know, people trying to sabotage the team right. Alyuh need to get serious. People just siddung and come up with these things.

Title: Re: Women Warriors still owed match fees; no bonus for Kimika Forbes.
Post by: dreamer on October 30, 2014, 03:38:18 PM
There was a discussion but all is resolved and the girls are getting on the plane.

Lovely. Got pay? Got game !!!
Onward to Mexico then Ecuador!
Remember, while we jump & wine wit' we head bad, during the anticipated successes of the female warriors, making us as fans feel good,
let us not forget the need for their contracts, for all their blood sweat and tears, to be honored.
Kudos to those who have the guts to raise the issues to trigger action and change in policy.
This would nevah have happened with Jackula still at the helm. Thank you again Lord for his demise. We must be ever vigilant.
Horner (socalion) and dem eh done yet and might have another re-incarnation.
Title: Re: Women Warriors still owed match fees; no bonus for Kimika Forbes.
Post by: socalion on October 30, 2014, 04:03:55 PM
Aye aye  Dreamer    wha kinda thing is dat i see  yuh trying  to connect and assocaite  meh  name with horner   dem ppl dey like  horner and jackula doh  associate meh name wid  dem at all   ......... like yuh smoke some bad weed dey  ah wah.... my support is  100 percent  plus more   fuh dem lady warriors  so doh try dat:)
Title: Re: Women Warriors still owed match fees; no bonus for Kimika Forbes.
Post by: dreamer on October 30, 2014, 04:14:24 PM
Aye aye  Dreamer    wha kinda thing is dat i see  yuh trying  to connect and assocaite  meh  name with horner   dem ppl dey like  horner and jackula doh  associate meh name wid  dem at all   ......... like yuh smoke some bad weed dey  ah wah.... my support is  100 percent  plus more   fuh dem lady warriors  so doh try dat:)

Good to know lion. Glad yuh understand how serious dis business is.
Title: Re: Women Warriors still owed match fees; no bonus for Kimika Forbes.
Post by: socalion on October 30, 2014, 04:34:09 PM
 ah doh make dem kinda joke  dreamer ........... when it comes to  de/ meh   red whilte and black   ah fervent wid meh supoort...... ah doh  play  dat kinda shifty game  bizness and change like ah camileon..   leave dat for horner and he crew....
Title: Re: Women Warriors still owed match fees; no bonus for Kimika Forbes.
Post by: Feliziano on October 30, 2014, 05:37:32 PM
Lasana? Objective?  The man himself state that when reporting the news he has no obligation to be objective... and some of his sycophants happy with that.  The bias in his articles are at times less subtle than others, but yuh have to guard against it all the same.  For instance:

Quote
Phillips said he had to speak to Flanders before he could divulge how money was spent on the trip.

“I have to have a meeting with the manager to reconcile where and how the money was used so i can give you the breakdown later today,” said Phillips.

His use of the word "divulge" (meaning to reveal, disclose, share etc.) implies that Phillips already knows how the money was spent but need to speak with Flanders before he shares that publicly.  Like there is some kinda conspiracy.  Whereas, reading the actual comment from Phillips, it's clear from the context that he means he wasn't there himself and would have to find out from Flanders how money was spent on what.  Also, from the article one cannot tell whether it was only the women who did not get their per diem, or whether everybody was affected.  The truth is that no one has received the per diem because the TTFA still hasn't received all the money the MoS promised them.  Naturally what money was received was used to take care of necessities first (paying for rooms, meals, transportation etc.) rather than paying players their per diem.

Aside from that, there's an undercurrent to his reporting about Lincoln Phillips... as though he just on some kinda freeco thing.  In comments made in response to an earlier article he stated that there were other goalkeeping coaches besides Lincoln, and now making it a point to mention Lincoln's name among those being recommended for a bonus.  You'd swear Sheldon Phillips trying to look out fuh he pops... the way Lasana spinning it.  Reality is that LP wouldn't be on the staff if Waldrum didn't request for him to be there.  Yes him and Lincoln are good friends, but is not like Lincoln is some kinda scrub.  With his coaching acumen I'm sure he'd be an asset to any staff anywhere in the world, and it's no stretch to think that he had a hand in Kamika Forbes' outstanding performance throughout the tournament.

Yuh wukking over time dred.
Spot on Bakes...I read and interpreted it the same way
Title: Re: Women Warriors still owed match fees; no bonus for Kimika Forbes.
Post by: Flex on October 30, 2014, 06:30:22 PM
I heard that the women team were paid in full. A $100 dollars a day x 21 days stipend and the bonus promised by the MoS will be paid after the match in December.

Good job by all involved.

Title: Re: Women Warriors still owed match fees; no bonus for Kimika Forbes.
Post by: dreamer on October 30, 2014, 06:48:31 PM
I heard that the women team were paid in full. A $100 dollars a day x 21 days stipend and the bonus promised by the MoS will be paid after the match in December.


Supa dupa results. Now I happy. Thanks to all who made this happen.
Thanks Flex for reporting this and indirectly being an advocate for justice.
Could imagine how furious Horner, Jackula and others would be to see this waste of money on a bunch of fleckin' greedy-ass players who eh win a dyam trophy in Concacaf. Dey too fas wit' deyself.  :rotfl:
Title: Re: Women Warriors still owed match fees; no bonus for Kimika Forbes.
Post by: King Deese on October 31, 2014, 09:28:37 AM
Cuidado....ttfa employees, incognito.....and peeping on this forum.

Lasana and Flex thanks for revealing the cantankerous, juvenile delinquencies. Ain't a damn thing different about the small minded and so professional ttfa.

Quite frankly, Frank.....doh believe ah f*%king thing the ttfa tell you. Money in December? Yeah.....okay.
Title: Re: Women Warriors still owed match fees; no bonus for Kimika Forbes.
Post by: dreamer on October 31, 2014, 10:36:17 AM
Cuidado....ttfa employees, incognito.....and peeping on this forum.

Lasana and Flex thanks for revealing the cantankerous, juvenile delinquencies. Ain't a damn thing different about the small minded and so professional ttfa.

Quite frankly, Frank.....doh believe ah f*%king thing the ttfa tell you. Money in December? Yeah.....okay.
:beermug:

One thing you will notice. Attin-Johnson eh no fool like the predecessors of the Jackula era. She made it clear, hinting: " ah love all allyuh but run de dollars written in de contrac' b4 you watch meh board this plane to sacrifice meh body at 10 thousan' feet for an ungrateful bunch of waggonists."

Title: Re: Women Warriors still owed match fees; no bonus for Kimika Forbes.
Post by: palos on October 31, 2014, 02:42:46 PM
Hopefully we have a squad for the Caribbean Cup Finals in Jamaica in November.
Title: Re: Women Warriors still owed match fees; no bonus for Kimika Forbes.
Post by: Sando on October 31, 2014, 03:41:01 PM
Hopefully we have a squad for the Caribbean Cup Finals in Jamaica in November.

They used up all the funds to pay 11 staff members for the women team, so we will be lucky if we get a squad for the Caribbean Cup Finals in Jamaica in November.

They have no clue how to utilize money.

Our ministry can't be that dumb.

Jeez.

Title: Re: Women Warriors still owed match fees; no bonus for Kimika Forbes.
Post by: weary1969 on October 31, 2014, 10:56:10 PM
Hopefully we have a squad for the Caribbean Cup Finals in Jamaica in November.

Doh worry everything will b gr8
Title: Re: Women Warriors still owed match fees; no bonus for Kimika Forbes.
Post by: Sam on November 01, 2014, 09:29:01 AM
This headline f00ck up, Lasana  know how to get hits.

He making it sound like is de TTFA or MOS fault Forbes not getting a bonus.

She getting one, just when she done school.

Title: Re: Women Warriors still owed match fees; no bonus for Kimika Forbes.
Post by: Football supporter on November 01, 2014, 12:46:20 PM
Hopefully we have a squad for the Caribbean Cup Finals in Jamaica in November.

They used up all the funds to pay 11 staff members for the women team, so we will be lucky if we get a squad for the Caribbean Cup Finals in Jamaica in November.

They have no clue how to utilize money.

Our ministry can't be that dumb.

Jeez.



This is not so. Funding for Jamaica will already have been applied for by TTFA. The bonus was a separate initiative by the Minister of Sports. I doubt that there was any consultation with TTFA aside from maybe including the additional staff members. Don't allow the Sports Ministers actions to cloud those of TTFA.
Title: Re: Women Warriors still owed match fees; no bonus for Kimika Forbes.
Post by: Insider on November 03, 2014, 01:00:26 PM
Apparently, the girls are refusing to get on the plane to Mexico right now unless they are paid their stipends!!

So I heard !!!



I can tell you that this is 100% true.

And I am happy the ladies made a stand.

They grouped them together and passed out brown envelopes with US dollar close to the female bathroom in the airport with their payments.

I just wanted to clear this up.

Title: Re: Women Warriors still owed match fees; no bonus for Kimika Forbes.
Post by: Banter Banton on November 03, 2014, 03:46:54 PM
Apparently, the girls are refusing to get on the plane to Mexico right now unless they are paid their stipends!!

So I heard !!!



I can tell you that this is 100% true.

And I am happy the ladies made a stand.

They grouped them together and passed out brown envelopes with US dollar close to the female bathroom in the airport with their payments.

I just wanted to clear this up.

Yuh went Inside the bathroom too sadman?


Title: Women Warriors one win away from World Cup.
Post by: Flex on November 08, 2014, 03:57:53 PM
Women Warriors one win away from World Cup.
By Inshan Mohammed.


Trinidad and Tobago women senior team are just one win away from a FIFA World Cup after pulling off a surprising 0-0 draw against Ecuador at Estadio Olímpico Atahualpa in Quito.

Despite playing at the elevation of 2,782m, T&T kept their composure and frustrated the Ecuadorians throughout the match as the South Americans were pilling on repeated attacks on T&T goal especially in the second half.

They came very close on a few occasions with some good opportunities from long distance and dead ball situations. However, T&T, led in defence by the composed Arin King dealt with almost everything coming their way.

Ligia Moreira had the great opportunity to open the scoring for Ecuador in the 80th minute, but could not finish inside the box as goalkeeper Kimika Forbes were up to the task. Forbes, were at her best and came up big on many occasions that kept T&T in the game.

The Soca Princesses refused to lay-down and had a few chances if their own. They were unfortunate not have stolen the match away from under the noses of Ecuador, in-fact, T&T had found the net in the dying minutes of the second half after a mix up in the box, but German referee Bibiana Steinhaus blew for a foul and as a result the goal were disallowed.

T&T will now head into the second game knowing that they have the upper hand while Ecuador will feel the opposite as they have failed to win on their home ground and now face an up-hill battle. Both teams are aspiring to qualify for a first ever World Cup appearance.

T&T will now regroup and gear up for the return game when they play host to the South Americans in 3 weeks time at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Mucurapo, on December 2.

Teams

Ecuador: - 1.Shirley Berrus, 19.Kerly Real, 3.Lorena Aguilar (Yellow 27), 16.Ligia Moreira, 6.Angie Ponce (Yellow 34), 18.Adriana Barre (Yellow 35), 20.Andrea Pesantes, 13.Madeline Riera, 7.Ingrid Rodriguez, 10.Ambar Torres, 9.Gianina Lattanzio.

Coach: - Vanessa Arauz.

Trinidad & Tobago: - 1.Kimika Forbes, 4.Rhea Belgrave (Yellow 47), 5.Arin King, 8.Patrice Superville, 9.Maylee Attin Johnson (capt) (Yellow 35), 14.Karyn Forbes, 11.Janine Francois, 20.Lauren Hutchinson, 12.Ahkeela Mollon, 3.Mariah Shade, 19.Kennya Cordner.

Coach: - Randy Waldrum.

Referee: - Bibiana Steinhaus (Germany).

Attendance: - 17,500.

Title: Trinidad and Tobago and Ecuador Play to a Draw in World Cup Qualifying
Post by: Tallman on November 08, 2014, 04:16:58 PM
Trinidad and Tobago and Ecuador Play to a Draw in World Cup Qualifying
By Hal Kaiser (Orange in the Oven)


It was a tale of two halves in Quito, as Trinidad and Tobago faced Ecuador in the first leg of a playoff for one of the final two spots in the Women’s World Cup in Canada next summer. The end result of both halves was identical, however, as the teams played to a 0-0 draw in front of over 15,000 in a match played at an altitude of 9,127 feet.

The opening ten minutes were frenetic as both teams raced up and down the pitch in a pace that likely favored the home side given the altitude. Thereafter, the Soca Princesses began to take control of the match with Ecuador dropping deep to defend and struggling to get numbers forward.

The pace and athleticism of the Trinidadian players proved difficult for Ecuador to cope with in the 1st half, and La Tri accrued three yellow cards early on as they dove to where the ball once was but found only the legs of the opposing players.

Still, the Ecuadorian defense proved difficult to break down and despite all of Trinidad & Tobago’s possession, they were unable to get a good look at goal. Ahkeela Mollon looked dangerous on the right side of the pitch, however the final ball was always lacking. Her best chance to create came in the 31st minute when she made a clever move to beat a defender along the right touchline only to hit her cross straight at the keeper.

In the final five minutes of the half, Ecuador began to show some signs of life as the altitude, perhaps, started to take its toll on the Trinidadian players. La Tri could not string together enough passes to threaten goal, however. The closest they came was in the 40th minute when a cross into the box found Ingrid Rodriguez, who chested it up nicely but went down under the slightest of contact. The referee was not impressed, and no foul was called.

As the sides went into the locker room, it was 0-0 with Ecuador having reason to feel good after surviving Trinidad and Tobago’s best efforts to get forward to score.

After the half, Trinidad and Tobago continued to look tired, getting increasingly sloppy in possession as Ecuador began to push numbers forward. Four minutes into the half, Andrea Pesantes had La Tri’s first real chance on goal, picking up a Trinidad and Tobago clearance near the top of the box and blasting a shot wide.

In the 53rd minute, T&T keeper Kimika Forbes was called upon to punch a dangerous set piece out of the box. Three minutes later, Ecuador brought on the dangerous Erika Vásquez who made her presence felt immediately. In the 60th minute, she was nearly played through on goal but the defense was alert to the danger and cleared. Two minutes later, she was played through again but Forbes was quick off her line and slid out to deflect the ball away.

In the 73rd minute, Pesantes stole the ball near the top of the Trinidad and Tobago box and let loose another long range volley which went just over the crossbar. As Ecuador continued to press forward, Trinidad and Tobago looked increasingly tired leading Randy Waldrum to send Tasha St Louis and Dernelle Mascall into the game.

In the 80th minute, Ecuador sent a dangerous ball into the box but the defense cleared. A minute later, a free kick for Ecuador created a frenzy in front of goal, but the Soca Princesses were again finally able to clear.

The 82nd minute saw a rare chance for Trinidad and Tobago, but the shot from the top of the box went harmlessly to the keeper.

Over the final five minutes of the game plus stoppage time, the pace picked up and chances came fast and furious at both ends of the pitch. In the 87th minute, Kennya Cordner found space at the far post but could not get up high enough to make good contact on a cross from the right touchline.

Four minutes later, the ball was in the back of the net as Cordner challenged the Ecuadorian keeper on a ball into the box, however she was judged to have fouled the keeper. In the 93rd, Quintero had a quality chance for Ecuador but headed wide of the net.

As the whistle blew following nearly six minutes of stoppage time, the Soca Princesses took a deep breath of relief having come away with a scoreless draw in difficult conditions. The teams will meet again on December 2nd in Port of Spain for the second leg of the playoff. A win on home turf and the Soca Princesses are through to the World Cup.
Title: Re: Women Warriors one win away from World Cup.
Post by: AB.Trini on November 08, 2014, 04:27:39 PM
BAAaRrRRRAAAIIINNNNNNN all over again- we need a cracker!!!!!!
 Meh ticket booked - flying in for the game Dec1 - any link ups planned forumnites? Any special section for SWO fans?
Title: Re: Women Warriors one win away from World Cup.
Post by: Sando prince on November 08, 2014, 04:49:31 PM

Hasely Crawford stadium should be flood out in red in support for our women on Dec 2nd
Title: Re: Women Warriors one win away from World Cup.
Post by: FireBrand on November 08, 2014, 06:22:34 PM
I'll be doing my best to make it. We are on the verge of creating history... we have to ram out de HCS. Come on TTFA, fans, waggonist, corporate T&T, show your support and let's give our Women Warrior all that they need to reach the promised land.
Title: Re: Women Warriors one win away from World Cup.
Post by: Brownsugar on November 08, 2014, 06:40:54 PM
I eh goh lie......I am a waggonist on this one........
Title: Re: Women Warriors one win away from World Cup.
Post by: Sando prince on November 08, 2014, 06:42:23 PM
I'll be doing my best to make it. We are on the verge of creating history... we have to ram out de HCS. Come on TTFA, fans, waggonist, corporate T&T, show your support and let's give our Women Warrior all that they need to reach the promised land.

I think the Hasely Crawford Stadium has not been sold out since October 2005 when T&T battle Mexico in a WC qualifier. This next game for our Women ballers should bring an end to the drought

Title: Re: Women Warriors one win away from World Cup.
Post by: weary1969 on November 08, 2014, 07:00:14 PM
I'll be doing my best to make it. We are on the verge of creating history... we have to ram out de HCS. Come on TTFA, fans, waggonist, corporate T&T, show your support and let's give our Women Warrior all that they need to reach the promised land.

I think the Hasely Crawford Stadium has not been sold out since October 2005 when T&T battle Mexico in a WC qualifier. This next game for our Women ballers should bring an end to the drought





U 4get when Becks came. That was d last time 4 a TT game.
Title: Re: Women Warriors one win away from World Cup.
Post by: Thomo on November 08, 2014, 07:01:39 PM
I couldn't be any prouder of these ladies. No complacency come December 2nd, we don't want the ghost of November 19th, 1989 coming back to haunt us.
Title: Re: Women Warriors one win away from World Cup.
Post by: weary1969 on November 08, 2014, 07:18:16 PM
I couldn't be any prouder of these ladies. No complacency come December 2nd, we don't want the ghost of November 19th, 1989 coming back to haunt us.

ENT. It took 16 yrs to recover from that dreadful day, I eh want 2 relive that again.
Title: Re: Women Warriors one win away from World Cup.
Post by: warmonga on November 08, 2014, 08:12:28 PM
I couldn't be any prouder of these ladies. No complacency come December 2nd, we don't want the ghost of November 19th, 1989 coming back to haunt us.

ENT. It took 16 yrs to recover from that dreadful day, I eh want 2 relive that again.

big game .. Jus stop bringing up dat unfortunate date before allyuh blight  di children dem nuh..

war
Title: Re: Women Warriors one win away from World Cup.
Post by: palos on November 08, 2014, 08:32:50 PM
Does a score draw in the return leg mean that Ecuador will qualify?

What's the tie breaker?
Title: Re: Women Warriors one win away from World Cup.
Post by: weary1969 on November 08, 2014, 09:11:30 PM
I couldn't be any prouder of these ladies. No complacency come December 2nd, we don't want the ghost of November 19th, 1989 coming back to haunt us.

ENT. It took 16 yrs to recover from that dreadful day, I eh want 2 relive that again.

big game .. Jus stop bringing up dat unfortunate date before allyuh blight  di children dem nuh..

war

Just keep yuh gyul Kams away from them and they will b ok.
Title: Re: Women Warriors one win away from World Cup.
Post by: che on November 08, 2014, 09:56:13 PM
Does a score draw in the return leg mean that Ecuador will qualify?

What's the tie breaker?

Yes. 1-1, or any draw with goals means Ecuador will qualify on away goals.  :nailbiting:
Title: Re: Women Warriors one win away from World Cup.
Post by: palos on November 08, 2014, 10:16:58 PM
Does a score draw in the return leg mean that Ecuador will qualify?

What's the tie breaker?

Yes. 1-1, or any draw with goals means Ecuador will qualify on away goals.  :nailbiting:

Thanks. Lots of work left to be done
Title: Re: Women Warriors one win away from World Cup.
Post by: Socapro on November 09, 2014, 02:17:12 AM
Does a score draw in the return leg mean that Ecuador will qualify?

What's the tie breaker?

Yes. 1-1, or any draw with goals means Ecuador will qualify on away goals.  :nailbiting:

Thanks. Lots of work left to be done

Ecuador will be coming with all guns blazing to at least score one goal so we will need to try our best to keep a clean sheet and beat them by at least 2 goals to keep things safe. This is not going to be an easy game to win even with us being at home unless we impose our selves on Ecuador.   :nailbiting:
Title: Re: Women Warriors one win away from World Cup.
Post by: Flex on November 09, 2014, 02:47:29 AM
Brave Women Warriors hold Ecuador goalless.
T&T Guardian Reports.


A determined, physical and gritty performance from T&T’s senior women’s team was rewarded by a goalless draw against Ecuador yesterday, when the two teams battled in the first leg of a two-match qualifying playoff for next year’s Fifa Women’s World Cup.

Playing at the Estadio Olimpico Atahualpa, Quito, one of the most intimidating venues for traveling teams because of its altitude, captain Maylee Attin-Johnson’s T&T team epitomised their “Women Soca Warriors” nickname as she and her teammates once again beat the odds stacked against them.

The result, likely to give T&T the edge for the December 2 second leg in Port-of-Spain, left head coach Randy Waldrum much more satisfied than his counterpart, Vanessa Arauz.

It was a match lacking genuine goal-scoring chances for either team but T&T goalkeeper Kimika Forbes nevertheless turned up in another outstanding display. Despite being called into only one reflex save early on, Forbes’ calculated movement off her line and top-notch handling of shots and aerial crosses, may have been a real factor in keeping a most valuable clean sheet for T&T.

She also had the support of a strong back-line marshalled by Arin King, who was confident and composed. However, T&T visibly struggled in the final third. Attempts to play through the middle were often cut off by the Ecuadorian defence, leaving T&T’s key forward Kennya Cordner and Mariah Shade often isolated. Winger Ahkeela Mollon made a number of bursts off the flank and also recorded T&T’s only shot on target late in the match, while Ecuador made desperate attempts on the other end to please the home support with a goal.

Ecuador had a couple of attempts and were naturally more daring going forward but T&T was by no means second best, particularly in the first half, which the away team dominated. T&T slowed the pace in the second period and allowed Ecuador to press but continued a strong defensive display.

Only with the last quarter of the match remaining, some T&T players showed signs of fatigue given the testing conditions. Apart from Attin-Johnson nearly receiving a second yellow card in the 75th minute, the Warriors remained composed to celebrate the draw. Ecuador, desperate to find something to leave home with, had a penalty appeal waved away by the German official with five minutes remaining.

On the other end, within the five minutes of time added on, Cordner almost came up massive when she put the ball into the net with a header but this time the referee blew in Ecuador’s favour, as Cordner was adjudged to have impeded the goalkeeper, although her eyes were glued to the ball.

It was a fair result for both teams in the end but a less-than-positive one for Ecuador, based on its reported expectations prior to kick-off. The six-day preparation camp in Mexico, which ended on Wednesday, seemed to have the ideal effect on Waldrum’s players, who almost seemed more comfortable in sprints than the opposition, before the final third of the match. Speaking after the match, Waldrum offered praises to his players and said he could ask little more of them.

“They were all just warriors out there today,” he said. “We came into this game wanting a positive result, to stay in the game as long as we could and we did everything for that to happen today. I’m extremely pleased with the way we kept it together out there.  “There were times in the game where they (Ecuador) tried to break us down but we kept it strong and considering the conditions of this match, I have to really applaud the players for this great effort today.”

He added, however, that the players should not get ahead of themselves but ought to remain focused on the task at hand. “We’ve got to now ensure that the focus remains and I’m sure it will because these girls are keeping their eyes firmly on the prize which is qualification for Canada. But, we’ll also ensure that we do things right because playing at home now is different to what we‘ve had in the recent past.

The Caribbean Championship was great but we’re now looking at a World Cup Final qualifying game here where everything is on the line.” He urged the T&T public to turn out in support in the team. “It’s a great opportunity now for the folks back in Trinidad to really show their love and support for this team,” he said. The team is expected to return home tomorrow morning.

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‘Women Warriors’ set-up decider with gritty draw
By STEPHON NICHOLAS (NEWSDAY).


Trinidad and Tobago put themselves in position to qualify for the 2015 Women’s World Cup after a gutsy 0-0 draw in high altitude yesterday against Ecuador in the first leg of their play-off at the Atahualpa Stadium in Quito, Ecuador.

The “Women Soca Warriors” now have 90 minutes at the Hasely Crawford Stadium on December 2 to beat the South Americans and book their ticket for a first ever appearance at the global showpiece in Canada.

Battle hardened at the recently concluded CONCACAF Women’s Championship where they placed fourth, the TT women gave a sterling account of themselves despite playing over 9000 feet above sea level.

Well organised in defence and looking to hit on the counter, the TT team executed their game plan well in limiting their opponents despite suffering a dip in performance in the second half when fatigue began to set in.

The taller TT team looked a threat throughout the game on set pieces and will definitely be looking to exploit that advantage in the return leg.

Former national player Brent Sancho, a member of the 2006 Soca Warriors team that qualified for the World Cup in Germany, commended the team for their gritty showing yesterday but warned that the job is not yet complete.

“Obviously they should be proud of their performance but they have to be wary that the job is only halfway done. I know some of the girls personally so I know complacency won’t step in,” he said.

Sancho noted though that the tie is still undecided with no team gaining a decisive edge as yet.

“I am always cautious with a zero zero tie. It’s still a lot of football to be played. No team scored so there isn’t an away goal advantage (for us). There is still a sizeable chunk of work left to be done but if you’d ask coach Randy Waldrum before if he’d taken a zero zero tie I’m sure he would have. They’re halfway there. It’s not a great result but it’s not a bad result,” he added.

The hosts, backed by a vociferous 17,000 crowd yesterday, started strongly, looking to find gaps in the TT backline with their short passing game.

The TT defence, marshalled by central defender Arin King, stood firm though to repel the first wave of pressure.

King, outsanding throughout the 90, showed her fancy footwork in the 27th minute, dribbling past four Ecuador players in a strong run that took her into Ecuador territory before passing off the ball.

Right winger Ahkeela Mollon was also looking good, beating players at will down the flank but was unable to deliver that final killer cross.

A strong run down the right channel by Mollon in the 31st looked promising for the visitors but the dreadlocked player’s cross was too close to Ecuador goalkeeper Shirley Berruz who collected the ball with ease. A minute later, Kennya Cordner received a through ball down the left but attempted to take on three defenders when a pass to Mollon on top the box would have been the better option.

Ecuador, persisting with their short passing game, crafted their best chance from a long ball to Lorena Aguilar but King stuck to her task to block the forward’s shot. Mollon was having her way with the Ecuadoreans who found it easier to foul her than stop her legally.

A free-kick won by Mollon in the 35th gave TT the chance to strike from the deal ball and captain Maylee Attin-Johnson saw her shot from just outside the area blocked after the free-kick was cleared straight to her.

Ecuador started the second half brightly, and midfielder Andrea Tenorio tried her luck from distance with a couple shots that had goalkeeper Kimika Forbes concerned.

Ecuador substitute Monica Quinteros was causing the TT defnce some headache with her pace and strength and looked goalbound when sent clear but Forbes raced off her line to make a crucial clearance in the 62nd.

With the altitude beginning to take its toll on the TT players, Ecuador assumed ascanedancy as the Caribbean women struggled to get out their half.

Coach Randy Waldrum quicky sought to refresh his team with subsitutions, taking off the tiring left-back Lauryn Hutchinson (64th), Mariah Shade (66th) and Jenine Francois (76th) in favour of Ayanna Russell, Tasha St Louis and Dernelle Mascall.

Despite weary, TT were looking dangerous on the counter with the hosts pushing for the go-ahead goal and leaving space in the back. In the 85th, a combination that worked so well at the CONCACAF Championship almost came to the rescue again as Mollon made progress down her flank and looked to pick out Cordner at the last post but the TT forward could not jump high enough to connect on a header.

TT had the ball in the back of the net in injury time when a cross from Mollon was attacked by Cordner who fouled the Ecuador goalie attempting to head the ball.

There were to be no scares as TT picked up a precious draw to head back home with just a win needed.

Title: Re: Women Warriors one win away from World Cup.
Post by: asylumseeker on November 09, 2014, 03:38:22 AM
Although the match was firmly a tactical battle complicated by the conditions (altitude, playing away, and the physical condition of our players - fatigue included), it was not a "great game".

It ended up being a "good game", but primarily on the merit of heightened moments in the second half ... as both teams actively opted for more than to negate the actions of the opponent.

The first half was bland, and likely encouraging to both coaching staffs as evidence of opportunities to exploit the opponent was easily identifiable to the other team.

In my view, both dressing rooms relished getting to the half time whistle to discuss what needed to be tweaked. Most weren't subtleties. Most were items there for the taking (or preventing).

Both coaching staffs were well-prepared. The occasional issue was with players (on both teams) not remaining faithful to the script.

Despite our overall caution - no doubt weighted by altitude and physical health concerns - I was disappointed that we didn't exhaustively exploit available 1 v 1 situations on Ecuador's defending left flank. It seemed evident that there was a vulnerability in that position. (Alternatively, in the second half we briefly overloaded their right defending flank with some measure of promise).

Nonetheless, I have to applaud Mollon's enterprise. She covered a lot of ground with the ball in taking on the opponent, but didn't ... and to be fair couldn't consistently have the support of players in advanced positions. However, I would like to see her vary some of her attacking movement (make some actions inside, diagonal and incisive) rather than linear and down the flanks ... although yesterday she effectively rode several challenges like a gazelle, and as on other occasions left an impression and entertained with a truly, TRULY sublime moment of skill, worthy of throwing $ at her feet.  :notworthy:

For my $ Mollon still has another gear bottled up in her. If she shifts to that gear, be on high alert.

Our midfield (collectively) remains an area of concern. It's an area on the field in which being attentive to defensive responsibilities on transition is particularly important. One player in particular was having difficulty being on the right side of the ball and her opponent ... and to our danger seemed to be hedging her bets on recovering. Fortunately, this issue was addressed.

Positively though ... as the game developed, I was impressed by our captain's rendition in midfield. She grew with the game and took command of nullifying dangerous situations while generating our attack from increasingly advanced positions on the field. Kudos to her. :beermug:

I thought the central defenders were not only effective in addressing aerial balls, and dealing with the threat imposed by Coach Arauz's introduction of Monica Quinteros Cabeza. I also thought they were  comfortable and mentally tuned in. Certainly, Arin King's composure and intervention proved to be invaluable at critical moments. However, deficiencies in the midfield cause her to step high to address penetration, and it becomes a game of inches when she's drawn/sucked out of position. It's not an ideal situation.

Quinteros - one of the new players called up to the Ecuadoran squad in anticipation of this game (although not for the first time as she has prior NT experience) gave us something to think about not just through being faster than the player she replaced, but also in her willingness to hold the ball and attract/confront defenders. Her presence on the field earlier, in accompaniment with the midfielder Ambar Torres, might have led to them capitalizing on the concern noted above. 

Areas in which we were particularly poor: service of the ball from wide areas and GROSS indiscipline in moving offside. 

Our players have self-belief, talent and confidence. What still plagues us is concentration and being too casual. I believe we have the arsenal to take care of the return leg in Port-of-Spain, but I am wary of being undone by a moment of mental slackness. One had the sense that we were being unguarded in delicate moments. Thankfully, the referee's sophistication and attentiveness helped us.

In the meantime, fitness has to be a concern. There's a lot of work to be done to put us on the right side of history.
Title: Re: Women Warriors one win away from World Cup.
Post by: Sam on November 09, 2014, 06:31:41 AM
Good post asylumseeker.

The T&T captain Ms Johnson is a very clever player, but she have to be careful cause she like to get cards, we need her.

She has improve a lot.

Still find Tasha did not make any impact.

Other than that, I agree with your post.

We need to be ready mentally.

And we need to make better use of the ball.

One big problem with our team and I saw this vs Mexico and Costa Rica, we does give away de ball to easily and sometime to close to our own box down de center and if we did not have a good keeper was more goal in we ass.

We need to fix that.

De team improve in de defensive department but they need some good attacking training. Waldrum seems like he strong in defense training.

Our forward player all over de place and we expecting her to run from midfield.

De coach using Mollon and Cordner wrongly.

These players can make things happen up front, we need to utilize that, we cant have players running from midfield and by the time they reach up front they tired or they have no options.

Some little tweaks need fixing up front.

We have de players.

A system like this is good for de return game.

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Title: Re: Women Warriors one win away from World Cup.
Post by: Carib-Briton on November 09, 2014, 06:40:18 AM
Seriously, T&T have got to take this now. Will the stadium be packed for this? What is the feel amongst the people in T&T right now?
Title: Re: Women Warriors one win away from World Cup.
Post by: frico on November 09, 2014, 08:12:57 AM
You've got to wonder if Ecuador held back just a bit to avoid a goal,IMO if we had lost 2-1,the impact may have been better,with the away goal counting double.Our home encounter will now take on a different flavour,and we must look for goals,that is always dicey.We now have to avoid a goal and also look for goals,we'll be under some pressure,but I think history will be made after watching our ladies fight in foreign conditions.
Title: Re: Women Warriors one win away from World Cup.
Post by: asylumseeker on November 09, 2014, 10:37:40 AM
Good post asylumseeker.  :beermug:

The T&T captain Ms Johnson is a very clever player, but she have to be careful cause she like to get cards, we need her.

She has improve a lot.

Still find Tasha did not make any impact.

Other than that, I agree with your post.

We need to be ready mentally.

And we need to make better use of the ball.

One big problem with our team and I saw this vs Mexico and Costa Rica, we does give away de ball to easily and sometime to close to our own box down de center and if we did not have a good keeper was more goal in we ass.

We need to fix that.


De team improve in de defensive department but they need some good attacking training. Waldrum seems like he strong in defense training.

Our forward player all over de place and we expecting her to run from midfield.

De coach using Mollon and Cordner wrongly.

These players can make things happen up front, we need to utilize that, we cant have players running from midfield and by the time they reach up front they tired or they have no options.

Some little tweaks need fixing up front.

We have de players.

A system like this is good for de return game.

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These are items I have thoughts on, but preferred to defer discussing ... but since you've raised them, ah will comment lil bit.

1. Tasha St. Louis

A player of pedigree, but with a health situation (ah doh know the specifics, but it's evident) that is restricting her effectiveness/impact. Sometimes when faced with situations like this, coaches opt for the player being on the field to deliver a moment of magic. This comes with downsides that tend to  mean that other players have to compensate for the injured player's inability to do certain things.

It also means that teammates should be tuned in enough to know that they can play that player only certain types of passes ... yesterday I saw a couple of "not so thoughtful" balls into Tasha that she could never address in her present state.

It also means we have to be clear as to which player we need/want addressing the final ball. If chances are going to come rarely, yuh better get the right personnel there. However, once a player is on the field, I expect a lil something from the player ... especially in these situations. So yeah, fair play on that point.

It's essential for the coach to know when to deal another hand. Because yuh could only linger in sentimentality and romanticism fuh so long ... ultimately, the takeaway here might be that we need to do a deep genealogical search to find a pre-done baller eligible to play for us ... OR ... toss an understudy into the deep end, and work in earnest between now and December 2 on that player's ability to impose her will on the opponent, and cohesive understanding with fellow attackers.

As it stands, the Tasha option seems to tip the scales when Coachman glances at his bench. So, it is what it is.

2. Our improvement defensively versus where we are in the attacking department

In an elimination situation, no surprise why we drill home a defensive commitment. We have several players with natural attacking instincts and attacking commitment. However, what a couple of these players need to cultivate is where they need to be defensively should attacking movement break down. Even on set plays, we don't read well enough where second balls are likely to break. Two passes by a more surgical opponent could slice us open.
 
Regarding cohesive understanding, I would say Mollon and Cordner have an attacking expectation/understanding of each other, but because they play at some distance apart ... this makes the pivotal ingredient the combination play and movement of any third player in attack (typically the player working off Mollon) ... this is an area where things are not "tight". It's not bad, but it isn't sufficiently orchestrated.

Sometimes yesterday, particularly in the first half ... YaYa was underutilized (although in good positions), and somewhat due to no link-up play through third player options (if there was a third player option). Basically this problem comes down to incorporating the midfield into the attack ... yesterday, circumstances weren't perfect so ah empathise with the coaching staff on that one because they were trying to strike a defensive balance. The alternative would have been playing long, diagonal balls (almost from flank to flank) ... but that would have been a risky proposition ... and ah not even sure we have personnel who could hit those.

When Ecuador had the ball in advanced areas, you could see their attacking intent, what their dynamism created (seams etc.), and how we could be exploited. In football you want players to be unpredictable, BUT ... when an attack is predictable and yuh can't stop the attack (or are troubled by it) ... it speaks volumes to that attack.

When we had the ball in attack, our players at times looked like independent actors rather than clearly on the same page. So, there is something in what yuh saying in terms of the product we saw ... but in fairness, this is still a work in progress. After we qualify, we should see things worked out as the staff can focus more liberally on the attacking element.

Mollon did "come" for the ball. This did work her physically. She did well in doing that. I think she did that because she wants the ball. Ah doh think Coach necessarily expects her to work for it there. However, in observing that, I would note that her coming for the ball also allowed her to be in place to contribute some robust challenges to break up Ecuador generating an attack ... so on both sides of the ball, we got some measure of good from her.

3. Loss of possession in sensitive areas

This is undeniably correct. Usually occurred, not so much through passes (although I can think of one horrible square pass that could have poisoned us), but through dribbling.

Our players need to appreciate when releasing the ball is the preferred option. Because we have issues in transition, loss of possession in advanced areas for the opponent needlessly creates exposure for us in ways that are entirely avoidable.

I found myself cussing when these unforced errors occurred. Ah doh want to be cynical, but if you consider our tactical posture yesterday, rather than losing the ball through dribbling in those areas, I would have preferred to see the culprits play the ball into space behind the opposing defence ... away from the opposing keeper ... Consequence: their defenders turn their backs to our goal and chase the balls, and we obtain time to organize our lines. Same occurrence if the ball goes out of touch.  It's a fundamental way of releasing pressure.

Ah have to say that King's pass selection in terms of where ... and the type of balls to release pressure was excellent. Some of the lofted balls she played ... gave just enough to restore order and didn't risk any loss of possession in sensitive areas.

At the end of the day, what is past is past. The stage is set for us to make adjustments. The flip side of this is that Ecuador understands a bit more about our playing culture ... even if we feel we will deliver a stronger product on December 2, I feel they feel they will deliver a stronger product too.

Four years ago, at age 22, Arauz got into this gig because she finished at the top of her coaching cohort (not 1st, but possibly 2nd out of 22 candidates, and the first Ecuadoran woman to be credentialled). She had no idea it was coming (the federation president dropped the news on her at the graduation ceremony). The guy who finished 1st got a wuk with the U15s and 16s.

I think she's hanging pretty well, and has accomplished a lot to be on the door of WC qualification. No one in our camp should take anything for granted.
Title: Re: Women Warriors one win away from World Cup.
Post by: Deeks on November 09, 2014, 10:48:42 AM
I did not see the game, but was pleased we came out with a tie. Would have love the win, but.....  So, Congrats to the Ladies. So now they have a respite until the next game. Conditioning, ball possession and passing could be worked on during this period. We could probably ask Ven. for a game, who knows. But our girls will be under "pressure" because we are at home. But as long as we come with a clear sheet, that is all that matters for now. God Bless, Ladies!!!
Title: Re: Women Warriors one win away from World Cup.
Post by: asylumseeker on November 09, 2014, 10:53:16 AM
You've got to wonder if Ecuador held back just a bit to avoid a goal,IMO if we had lost 2-1,the impact may have been better,with the away goal counting double.Our home encounter will now take on a different flavour,and we must look for goals,that is always dicey.We now have to avoid a goal and also look for goals,we'll be under some pressure,but I think history will be made after watching our ladies fight in foreign conditions.

They wanted a "result" before travelling to us.
Title: Re: Women Warriors one win away from World Cup.
Post by: elan on November 09, 2014, 11:42:27 AM
Although the match was firmly a tactical battle complicated by the conditions (altitude, playing away, and the physical condition of our players - fatigue included), it was not a "great game".

It ended up being a "good game", but primarily on the merit of heightened moments in the second half ... as both teams actively opted for more than to negate the actions of the opponent.

The first half was bland, and likely encouraging to both coaching staffs as evidence of opportunities to exploit the opponent was easily identifiable to the other team.

In my view, both dressing rooms relished getting to the half time whistle to discuss what needed to be tweaked. Most weren't subtleties. Most were items there for the taking (or preventing).

Both coaching staffs were well-prepared. The occasional issue was with players (on both teams) not remaining faithful to the script.

Despite our overall caution - no doubt weighted by altitude and physical health concerns - I was disappointed that we didn't exhaustively exploit available 1 v 1 situations on Ecuador's defending left flank. It seemed evident that there was a vulnerability in that position. (Alternatively, in the second half we briefly overloaded their right defending flank with some measure of promise).

Nonetheless, I have to applaud Mollon's enterprise. She covered a lot of ground with the ball in taking on the opponent, but didn't ... and to be fair couldn't consistently have the support of players in advanced positions. However, I would like to see her vary some of her attacking movement (make some actions inside, diagonal and incisive) rather than linear and down the flanks ... although yesterday she effectively rode several challenges like a gazelle, and as on other occasions left an impression and entertained with a truly, TRULY sublime moment of skill, worthy of throwing $ at her feet.  :notworthy:

For my $ Mollon still has another gear bottled up in her. If she shifts to that gear, be on high alert.

Our midfield (collectively) remains an area of concern. It's an area on the field in which being attentive to defensive responsibilities on transition is particularly important. One player in particular was having difficulty being on the right side of the ball and her opponent ... and to our danger seemed to be hedging her bets on recovering. Fortunately, this issue was addressed.

Positively though ... as the game developed, I was impressed by our captain's rendition in midfield. She grew with the game and took command of nullifying dangerous situations while generating our attack from increasingly advanced positions on the field. Kudos to her. :beermug:

I thought the central defenders were not only effective in addressing aerial balls, and dealing with the threat imposed by Coach Arauz's introduction of Monica Quinteros Cabeza. I also thought they were  comfortable and mentally tuned in. Certainly, Arin King's composure and intervention proved to be invaluable at critical moments. However, deficiencies in the midfield cause her to step high to address penetration, and it becomes a game of inches when she's drawn/sucked out of position. It's not an ideal situation.

Quinteros - one of the new players called up to the Ecuadoran squad in anticipation of this game (although not for the first time as she has prior NT experience) gave us something to think about not just through being faster than the player she replaced, but also in her willingness to hold the ball and attract/confront defenders. Her presence on the field earlier, in accompaniment with the midfielder Ambar Torres, might have led to them capitalizing on the concern noted above. 

Areas in which we were particularly poor: service of the ball from wide areas and GROSS indiscipline in moving offside. 

Our players have self-belief, talent and confidence. What still plagues us is concentration and being too casual. I believe we have the arsenal to take care of the return leg in Port-of-Spain, but I am wary of being undone by a moment of mental slackness. One had the sense that we were being unguarded in delicate moments. Thankfully, the referee's sophistication and attentiveness helped us.

In the meantime, fitness has to be a concern. There's a lot of work to be done to put us on the right side of history.

Man we could go into business you and I, but for the fact you don't need me  ;D .

I was wondering why we did not work a bit harder to exploit that left flank as Mollon was distressing that little girl. I would have like to see supporting player put themselves into dangerous areas in the box once Mollon had the ball vs that player. That was an instance where we could have committed numbers in the attack. I believe that we should have scored at least one goal from build up on that flank.

Also maybe give Mollon and Yaya a little less defensive responsibility. Maybe go a bit Dutch in the formation?


All your observation are spot on and fair.
Title: Re: Women Warriors one win away from World Cup.
Post by: Coach on November 09, 2014, 12:30:29 PM
Hope we don't get to penalty kicks and we beat them in regular time, if we do get to a shootout hopefully the girls get in some practice and given some pointers on taking PK's. Putting your head down and going for a corner is risky, if the the keeper picks correct by moving before you kick then you screwed.
Title: Re: Women Warriors one win away from World Cup.
Post by: Tallman on November 10, 2014, 11:25:44 AM
https://www.youtube.com/v/W1NQOgQaOJg
Title: Re: Women Warriors one win away from World Cup.
Post by: Tallman on November 10, 2014, 11:28:39 AM
Allyuh Spanish speakers! What it is de Ecuadorean coach say?

https://www.youtube.com/v/Iz9R28RVFRo
Title: Re: Women Warriors one win away from World Cup.
Post by: FF on November 10, 2014, 01:01:23 PM
She said they went out with the expectation or goal to win by 2-0. They gave 100% towards this and they were not playing for a 0-0. She said everything went as planned and the only thing missing was scoring a goal or two.
She said corrections will be made for the rematch in Port of Spain and once again they will be giving 100% to getting the result and qualifying.

Let me know if I miss anything who have a better ear than me.
Title: Re: Women Warriors one win away from World Cup.
Post by: 100% Barataria on November 10, 2014, 01:23:37 PM
She said they went out with the expectation or goal to win by 2-0. They gave 100% towards this and they were not playing for a 0-0. She said everything went as planned and the only thing missing was scoring a goal or two.
She said corrections will be made for the rematch in Port of Spain and once again they will be giving 100% to getting the result and qualifying.

Let me know if I miss anything who have a better ear than me.

yuh miss one ting, she say she lookin forward to meetin de dread who co-runs SWO in Puerta de Espana  ;D
Title: Re: Women Warriors one win away from World Cup.
Post by: Bourbon on November 10, 2014, 01:49:32 PM
Hope they practice penalties just in case. And by practice..I mean practice at the end of a training session where they tired.

Feel we could win this in normal time though.....
Title: Re: Women Warriors one win away from World Cup.
Post by: elan on November 10, 2014, 02:08:08 PM
I hear 96.1wefm bigging up the game. Telling people to clear they schedule for this game.
Title: Re: Women Warriors one win away from World Cup.
Post by: mcruic on November 10, 2014, 04:04:11 PM
Trinidad & Tobago women also down to compete in the Central American & Caribbean Games next week in Mexico - 17 November v Haiti, 19 November v Mexico, 21 November v Colombia.

Clearly, they will not send their A team, as they are preparing for Ecuador.  Anybody know what kind of team they will be sending?  The tournament has no age restrictions, and is for full national teams, so I think T&T will struggle.
Title: Re: Women Warriors one win away from World Cup.
Post by: asylumseeker on November 11, 2014, 03:42:23 AM
She said they went out with the expectation or goal to win by 2-0. They gave 100% towards this and they were not playing for a 0-0. She said everything went as planned and the only thing missing was scoring a goal or two.
She said corrections will be made for the rematch in Port of Spain and once again they will be giving 100% to getting the result and qualifying.

Let me know if I miss anything who have a better ear than me.

... also specifically referred to their failure to capitalize on the chances created in the first half. Views this as a collective error.

It seems she thinks a first half goal would have made the difference.
Title: Re: Women Warriors one win away from World Cup.
Post by: AB.Trini on November 11, 2014, 09:59:05 AM
I was at all the games in August to watch and support our Women' netballers qualify for the Worlds in Australia next year- the ladies mash up every team they played. December 02 passage done booked, I will be there to see our Women's Soca Warriors qualify for the Worlds in Canada-
Ladies let's make it happen- starts with a BELIEF- in self in team and in Faith that given our tLent and experience,against the likes of USA , Mexico and CR, we ought to be NEXT up for the WC!!!!!!!
Title: Re: Women Warriors one win away from World Cup.
Post by: Flex on November 12, 2014, 02:52:25 AM
A good thing going
By Garth Wattley (Express).


“We have a good thing going, togetherness make it so,So while the mauvais langue is flowing, we want our people to know,We play this game for both you and me, good and I but great are we, We have a good thing going with football in T&T...”

It’s November and Trinidad and Tobago is on the road again. The path this time is leading to Canadian 2015 for the Warriors in Randy Waldrum’s charge who are now one game and one win away from becoming the country’s first-ever representatives to play at a Women’s World Cup.

Here we go again, the voice in my head is singing.

Twenty-five years ago this month, the “Strike Squad” had a very good thing going on the road to Italy until Paul Caligiuri ended the journey. But that was some trip while it lasted.

Having got into the final round of qualifying, the last phase of the campaign began in Torrance, California against the Americans in Murdock Stadium. It was a May afternoon, a Saturday. I am in front my TV in St James.

Things are not looking too good for Clayton Morris and his men. Two minutes to go, and they are still trailing to Steve Trittschuh’s volley early in the second half. “Spiderman” Earl Carter has no chance with it.

But then, Brian Williams picks up the ball on the right side, just inside his half, flicks it over his head and turns, leaving out his American challenger, travels into the American half and chips in-field towards Hutson Charles.

Rather than collecting, “Baba” dummies and continues his run towards goal, the ball floating on to Marlon Morris. What does he do? Not take it on the chest and look for the pass, but dives forward and directs a flick header into Charles’ path. Clear through on goal, “Baba” steers a left footer past David Vanole in the USA goal. All square.

Creative, pacy and clinical, that goal set the tone for what was to follow in 1989. For a generation that had not known the Cha Cha Cha era of Malvern, the “Government” sides of Maple and the stars of St Benedict’s of the 1960s or were too young to identify with the side that was “robbed” of a place in the 1974 World Cup during the qualifying series in Haiti, this campaign presented T&T football like they had never seen it.

The 1970s had seen the game go into the doldrums. But this side led by Morris, coached by Everald “Gally” Cummings and conducted by Russell Latapy at his best brought freshness to the football.

It dragged all the closet followers back out, created new fans, and just gave people hope--mainly that they could actually see a T&T side play on the sport’s biggest stage.

That qualifying series threw up many memories that have lasted. The artistry of that goal in the US was an iPhone moment for sure. But so was the Kerry Jamerson thunderbolt that won the penultimate game against Guatemala at the then National Stadium.

With the game level at 1-1 in the second half, Latapy lays the ball back to Jamerson outside the 18-yard box and he drives into the bottom left-hand corner.

The Stadium was shaken to its foundations when the ball hit the back of that net. Relief and excitement was shooting around the place. It even possessed a soldier, the man leaving his post to take a prance on the field. Remember that?

After that game, all that was needed was a draw. Just a draw, at home against the Americans on “Red Day.” Just a draw...

I don’t have to tell you the rest of that story. But it would take another 16 years before Latapy and Dwight Yorke could complete their journey to a World Cup, this time with the Soca Warriors. Dennis Lawrence finally supplied the missing goal.

But that Warriors team is not the side I identify with. The end of that 1989 campaign made me a football cynic. That November 19 day when my life and the lives of the thousands were put at risk so that someone could squeeze every cent out of the occasion, something was lost for me as far as local football was concerned. It was like a love affair gone sour. But I have never lost affection for the football of the Strike Squad.

However, the story of the female Warriors has piqued my interest. They remind me of Gally’s side in that they have set a standard for those who come after to follow, regardless of the final outcome against Ecuador on December 2. And like the Strike Squad, they have captured people’s attention because of their unity.

The strength of character of those young women really must be admired.

Taken for granted, ignored largely over the years by the public and their administration, and kept together sometimes through the individual efforts of coaches like Marlon Charles, they have got this far largely on their own steam.

I can only conclude that it is the largeness of their ambition, the love of the game, sheer guts and the devotion of coaches like Charles and Jamaal Shabbazz and the standards that Norwegian Even Pellerud tried to establish that have got them to this point. Even West Indies cricketers could learn about sacrificing to succeed from these Warriors.

As the late Lancelot Layne voiced in the opening words at the top of this page: “Good am I but great are WE.”

So keep your good thing going Women Warriors.

Title: Re: Women Warriors one win away from World Cup.
Post by: de_redman on November 12, 2014, 05:18:13 AM
What '89 have to do with the women's qualification campaign... Poor attempt to tie things in  :bs:
Title: TTFA explains record women’s ticket prices for historic W/Cup contest
Post by: SWF Reporter on November 13, 2014, 01:21:04 PM
TTFA explains record women’s ticket prices for historic W/Cup contest
By Lasana Liburd (Wired868.com)


Football fans must pay a record admission fee for a local women’s match to be part of history on 2 December 2014 when the Trinidad and Tobago senior national women’s football team faces Ecuador in the second and final leg of a Canada 2015 Women’s World Cup Play Off from 6 pm at the Hasely Crawford Stadium.

Trinidad and Tobago held Ecuador to a goalless draw at 2,700 metres above sea level in Quito for the first leg on 8 November 2014 and now needs a win at home on December 2.

Trinidad and Tobago has never qualified for a FIFA women’s tournament before although the two island republic participated in the 2010 Women’s Under-17 World Cup as the host nation.

And the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA), based on advice from its Local Organising Committee (LOC), has set the ticket prices at $200 (covered stands) and $100 (uncovered stands) for the return leg with children under-12 free in the uncovered section. The tickets are due to go on sale from November 17 at still undisclosed outlets.

The admission fee of $200 and $100 mirrors the price for Trinidad and Tobago’s vital 2006 World Cup qualifier against Mexico on 12 October 2005 when Stern John’s double got the “Soca Warriors” into a FIFA Play Off against Bahrain. Tickets for that historic match, which also featured icons Dwight Yorke and Russell Latapy, were sold out.

The price for Trinidad and Tobago’s first leg clash with Bahrain in 2005 rose to $300 (covered) and $150 (uncovered) and there were over 5,000 fewer spectators for the contest in Port of Spain.

The women’s game has never previously commanded a fee near to either sum.

Four years ago, local fans paid $40 (covered) and $20 (uncovered) to watch Trinidad and Tobago’s three group matches at the Women’s Under-17 World Cup.

And tickets were priced at $20 when the Women Warriors began their World Cup campaign on Wednesday 20 August 2014 with a 10-0 rout of St Kitts and Nevis at the Hasely Crawford Stadium. Roughly 1,000 fans came out, then, to cheer on their women’s team.

There were just under 4,000 supporters for the women’s last Port of Spain outing in the Caribbean Cup final on Tuesday 26 August 2014, which was priced at $50.

But Phillips, who is a LOC member, believes that the heightened interest around the team and the importance of the fixture justifies the price spike.

“(The price) wasn’t arbitrarily made,” Phillips told Wired868. “It was talked about at length at a LOC meeting and everyone collectively felt that it was a good price point… The Caribbean Cup was three months ago and a lot has changed since then in terms of the knowledge of the women’s programme.

“It was also one of the first tournaments we had hosted… So you cannot compare the CFU tournament to a World Cup qualifier.”

Responses to the prices on the social media thus far have been muted but, generally, positive.

Phillips claimed that the revenue gained from the upcoming fixture would help further develop the women’s game.

“You cannot speak about raising the level of women’s football in one breath and then say it cannot demand a higher fee because that is the way it is always done,” said Phillips. “You have to look at it as a case by case situation. And this is a women’s team at the cusp of the World Cup and a very good team.”

But does the inflated women’s ticket prices, whether reasonable or not, run the risk of diminishing the volume of supporters for the crucial World Cup Play fixture?

Since most of Ecuador’s women players come from its coastal regions, Trinidad and Tobago’s temperature and humidity are not expected to create difficulties for “La Tricolor.” Apart from the ability, desire and preparation of the two teams, fan support represents the best chance of an advantage for the host nation.

In Quito, the Ecuador Football Federation (FEF) charged US$2 (TT$13) and US$5 (TT$32) for uncovered and covered stand tickets and US$10 for private boxes and was thrilled for a turnout of 17,500 patrons. Outside the Atahualapa Stadium, by means of context, it costs between US$5 and $10 for a meal at the mall.

However, Phillips dismissed any notion that the TTFA should mirror Ecuador’s approach in the first leg.

“That is Ecuador; Ecuador is not Trinidad and Tobago,” said the TTFA General Secretary. “We based our discussion based on feedback we got from the folks in Trinidad and Tobago. That was good and appropriate for Ecuador…

“When the tickets go on sale on Monday that is when the market will speak. But people are waiting to buy tickets and we already have pre-orders… So the overriding issue is the importance of the game and the level of excitement from the public.”

Phillips said the TTFA will pay match fees to the women’s team for the first time on December 2 while there is a bonus arrangement in place with the players should they qualify. He said the gate receipts will help to cover those costs.

“This is the first time the team has found itself in this position where they captured the hearts and minds of the nation,” said Phillips, when asked why there was a different pay scale for the upcoming game, “and it is the first time they are in the position where they are one win away from the World Cup. This is a big deal.”

In fact, the Women Warriors were one match away from the World Cup twice already when they played Costa Rica and then Mexico in last month’s 2014 CONCACAF Championship semi-finals and third place play off.

The FIFA Play Off is the last chance for the team, which overcome chaotic preparation with the dramatic technical staff alterations, visa issues that affected its pre-Caribbean Cup camp and, most famously, when the Warriors left for the pre-CONCACAF camp with just US$500 and no accompanying match officials.

Today, Phillips thinks the women’s squad, which is captained by Maylee Attin-Johnson and led by coach Randy Waldrum, can become the country’s second flagship team along with the senior men.

“This could be the launch pad game for the women’s team to be another flagship team for the national program,” he said.

Between 1,200 and 4,000 supporters turned out to watch the national men’s team play in the Caribbean Cup qualifying phase in Couva last month with prices set at $100 (covered) and $60 (uncovered).

The TTFA will soon know whether the women’s team, which is contesting a World Cup place rather than a Caribbean Cup crown, can surpass that level of interest. And whether the football body’s pricing of the upcoming contest is fair.

“We believe a crowd of 12,000 to 15,000 people will be a success, based upon past audiences,” said Phillips. “We would be happy with that amount going into the match. But we do believe this game has real potential to be a sell-out.”

The Hasely Crawford holds roughly 6,000 patrons in the covered stands and 16,000 in uncovered. If 4,000 covered tickets are sold and 8,000 uncovered, the TTFA will raise $1.6 million from the decisive December 2 affair.

Theoretically, if tickets were sold a $100 and $50 and 20,000 patrons (6,000 covered and 14,000 uncovered) turned up; the TTFA could raise $1.3 million, which would represent a $300,000 loss but with a near full stadium.

Of course, there is no proof that the ticket price would be the decisive factor in whether fans come out to the Tuesday evening contest.

The TTFA and the national women’s team are counting on supporters to turn up in their numbers on December 2 to roar them into the history books as the first Caribbean team to qualify for a FIFA Women’s World Cup.

Title: Re: TTFA explains record women’s ticket prices for historic W/Cup contest
Post by: Flex on November 13, 2014, 04:32:05 PM
Very good price.

Hope the stadium is sold out.

Title: Re: TTFA explains record women’s ticket prices for historic W/Cup contest
Post by: Bakes on November 13, 2014, 05:00:59 PM
Steups... we trying to make history here yet this f**ker talking about "record ticket prices."  Damned if you do, damned if you don't.
Title: Re: TTFA explains record women’s ticket prices for historic W/Cup contest
Post by: spideybuff on November 13, 2014, 07:51:04 PM
Very good price.

Hope the stadium is sold out.


The sarcasm is deafening.

I cah make that price this rounds...sorry Maylee...I there in spirit
Title: Re: TTFA explains record women’s ticket prices for historic W/Cup contest
Post by: elan on November 13, 2014, 09:38:45 PM
It will have plenty ppl, but many will stay away.

My concern is the younger school players who may want to go but can't. I would have given the female players in WoLF league a free entry. This is a good opportunity for young female footballers to feel and see the next level.

But daiz me.

I understand the price, but not really feeling it.
Title: Re: TTFA explains record women’s ticket prices for historic W/Cup contest
Post by: Thomo on November 14, 2014, 01:36:31 AM
That's a fair price considering Cost of Living in TnT. Lately I've been losing faith in some of Lasana's commentary and analysis. The pricing was NOT worthy of an investigation (or article) IMO
Title: Re: TTFA explains record women’s ticket prices for historic W/Cup contest
Post by: Flex on November 14, 2014, 03:07:26 AM
It will have plenty ppl, but many will stay away.

My concern is the younger school players who may want to go but can't. I would have given the female players in WoLF league a free entry. This is a good opportunity for young female footballers to feel and see the next level.

But daiz me.

I understand the price, but not really feeling it.

Maybe not all but very good idea.

Title: Re: TTFA explains record women’s ticket prices for historic W/Cup contest
Post by: Cowen on November 14, 2014, 03:56:08 AM
That's a fair price considering Cost of Living in TnT. Lately I've been losing faith in some of Lasana's commentary and analysis. The pricing was NOT worthy of an investigation (or article) IMO

Totally disagree. That could never be a fair price and the "logic" for the price is total BS.  :flamethrower:
Title: Re: TTFA explains record women’s ticket prices for historic W/Cup contest
Post by: Sam on November 14, 2014, 05:09:45 AM
Allyuh to f00cking cheap, a $100 and $200 TT is no kinda money.

Stop de f00cking cheapnest and go support de team.

Its not cheap, the FA needs the money.

I cah believe some of these f00ckers here, $15 US they cah spend but they could go in a rum shop and TGIF every f00cking Friday and spend hundreds.


Title: Re: TTFA explains record women’s ticket prices for historic W/Cup contest
Post by: Deeks on November 14, 2014, 07:20:32 AM
Allyuh to f00cking cheap, a $100 and $200 TT is no kinda money.

Stop de f00cking cheapnest and go support de team.

Its not cheap, the FA needs the money.

I cah believe some of these f00ckers here, $15 US they cah spend but they could go in a rum shop and TGIF every f00cking Friday and spend hundreds.




Breds, I on the same page with you this morning!
Title: Re: TTFA explains record women’s ticket prices for historic W/Cup contest
Post by: FF on November 14, 2014, 07:33:59 AM
How much for a fete ticket?
Title: Re: TTFA explains record women’s ticket prices for historic W/Cup contest
Post by: asylumseeker on November 14, 2014, 08:07:08 AM
One would be amazed at how depressed prices/costs are in Ecuador ... in a dollarized economy (the US dollar is the currency in use). On the face of it, T&T is made more expensive on the basis of wielding supply and demand curve principles like a weapon. Under any accounting, eating a $2.50 2-course hot meal at lunch with a beverage ... is flicking amazing. Ah suppose the real correlation would be to cross-reference the comparative costs at KFC ...   ::)

Those 17,500 spectators at the first leg represent the most ppl ever to watch a women's game in Ecuador. Contrast that to the maybe 300 spectators that showed up at the same venue 4 days later to watch Independiente v. Nacional in the pro league top flight. Independiente was first going into the game, and Nacional fifth. Undoubtedly, the Ecuadoran federation got something right ... while seeking to balance multiple objectives, one of which included bolstering interest and mashing up stereotypes regarding the women's game ... and dey have a new stadium to build.

Local pricing should strike a balance with multiple objectives in mind. Yuh cyah develop the women's game to the exclusion of future or present young participants. Some of the ppl who the price point will capture ... are waggonists. Hopefully the net also captures ppl who will be faithful to the game on and off the field down de road.

Whatever the deal, the venue should be filled. I didn't expect the Atahualpa to be filled, and it wasn't ... but Ecuadorans were also shocked that 17.5K showed up to watch women ball. That's priceless.

What's priceless for us in terms of value and WC qualification?

What's the advertising blitz like for the second leg?
Title: Re: TTFA explains record women’s ticket prices for historic W/Cup contest
Post by: FireBrand on November 14, 2014, 08:49:54 AM
I'm curious…  To those who disagree with the pricing, what would you consider to be a "fair" cost of admission to this match?
Title: Re: TTFA explains record women’s ticket prices for historic W/Cup contest
Post by: Banter Banton on November 14, 2014, 09:20:33 AM
Really?

I cannot believe people beating up over $100 $200 for a f**king World Cup playoff game , a virtual final.

If it was Jack he would have charged easily 300 200, maybe more.

You will pay $600 dollars no questioned asked to watch bulla man Machel sing a few tunes but you beating up to pay a blue bill to support the Women ... Also the TTFA have to use the games that will have a good crowd to generate income and I think they could have gone greedy and it's very good to see they stuck realistic and went with a very very very fair price of 100 200.

Those who don't want to pay the fair price..save allyuh money for Carinval you waggonist shithongs.
Title: Re: TTFA explains record women’s ticket prices for historic W/Cup contest
Post by: Bakes on November 14, 2014, 10:04:03 AM
Totally disagree. That could never be a fair price and the "logic" for the price is total BS.  :flamethrower:

So what would be a 'fair price'?  When the Men's National Team hosted their qualifying leg against Bahrain the price was $300 covered stands, $150 uncovered... and that was nine years ago.  People spending $100-$200 TTD to go Movietowne but can't/unwilling to spend that to support the women?  The TTFA has its faults, but people need to stop and re-assess their attitudes too.  Even at $40 a ticket they not going to watch Pro League football.  Central just had a match where admission was free, people still eh come out.  So tell me, what would be a fair price?  And no, pointing to what Ecuador did hardly aids the conversation, their economy and the financial situation with their football much different from ours.
Title: Re: TTFA explains record women’s ticket prices for historic W/Cup contest
Post by: Jayerson on November 14, 2014, 10:43:35 AM
Totally disagree. That could never be a fair price and the "logic" for the price is total BS.  :flamethrower:

So what would be a 'fair price'?  When the Men's National Team hosted their qualifying leg against Bahrain the price was $300 covered stands, $150 uncovered... and that was nine years ago.  People spending $100-$200 TTD to go Movietowne but can't/unwilling to spend that to support the women?  The TTFA has its faults, but people need to stop and re-assess their attitudes too.  Even at $40 a ticket they not going to watch Pro League football.  Central just had a match where admission was free, people still eh come out.  So tell me, what would be a fair price?  And no, pointing to what Ecuador did hardly aids the conversation, there economy and the financial situation with their football much different from ours.

Also, am I missing something in the article?

The admission fee of $200 and $100 mirrors the price for Trinidad and Tobago’s vital 2006 World Cup qualifier against Mexico on 12 October 2005 when Stern John’s double got the “Soca Warriors” into a FIFA Play Off against Bahrain. Tickets for that historic match, which also featured icons Dwight Yorke and Russell Latapy, were sold out.

The price for Trinidad and Tobago’s first leg clash with Bahrain in 2005 rose to $300 (covered) and $150 (uncovered) and there were over 5,000 fewer spectators for the contest in Port of Spain.


Is he saying that there were 5,000 fewer spectators in the TnT leg of the Bahrain tie than there were at the Mexico game? Unless I'm misinterpreting this, that is so far from being accurate. We all know the Bahrain leg was utter chaos and oversubscribed.

I remember reaching to the Mexico game when anthems were playing and still got a good choice of seats. Whereas the Bahrain game .......well those who were there know the level of drama surrounding that game.
Title: Re: TTFA explains record women’s ticket prices for historic W/Cup contest
Post by: Bakes on November 14, 2014, 10:51:47 AM
The article just isn't very coherent.  This is a World Cup qualifier... clearly it's being priced on par with previous World Cup qualifiers, and ticket prices were set at the same level they were 9 years ago.  You can't compare this to a regular Pro League match and it sounds disingenous to argue that the TTFA shouldn't price this match competitive to the Senior Men's matches.  Some would respond, "well, this is ah woman's game"... but that is precisely the mentality we need to move away from.  This particular group of women, on the verge of achieving what would be a historic accomplishment, deserve better.
Title: Re: TTFA explains record women’s ticket prices for historic W/Cup contest
Post by: de_redman on November 14, 2014, 11:55:53 AM
The fact that we have disagreement means that the price is just about right... Personally I find it is a steal of a deal... but doh tell the bandwaggonists... I don't want to have to fight up for tickets.
Title: Re: TTFA explains record women’s ticket prices for historic W/Cup contest
Post by: Deeks on November 14, 2014, 12:02:50 PM
Homies, it is imperatives allyuh come out and support the national team. Allyuh read and see their trials and tribulations. Oh Gorm, please, give our DAUGHTERS their support nah!!!! What they have to do again? Please ah beggin. I on meh friggin knees. Please go and help out the ladies nah.
Title: Re: TTFA explains record women’s ticket prices for historic W/Cup contest
Post by: FireBrand on November 14, 2014, 12:36:05 PM
Homies, it is imperatives allyuh come out and support the national team. Allyuh read and see their trials and tribulations. Oh Gorm, please, give our DAUGHTERS their support nah!!!! What they have to do again? Please ah beggin. I on meh friggin knees. Please go and help out the ladies nah.

Deeks the fact that this is even an issue shows how much Trinbagonians care about their own.  Forget dem girls and instead bring Messi, bring Brazil, bring Ronaldo, bring England, bring Chronixx….. SMH. 
Title: Re: TTFA explains record women’s ticket prices for historic W/Cup contest
Post by: Bakes on November 14, 2014, 12:53:56 PM
Deeks and Firebrand, fully agreed.  Allyuh should read the comments to the article on Lasana's site, people honestly believe that the TTFA trying to get rich off this game.  If the TTFA lucky they'll gross about $2m-$3m TT from the gate, based on them selling 15,000- 20,000 tickets at $150.00 per.  $3 million TT might help the FA just about get out of the red, but won't make anybody rich.
Title: Re: TTFA explains record women’s ticket prices for historic W/Cup contest
Post by: Thomo on November 14, 2014, 01:10:35 PM
That's a fair price considering Cost of Living in TnT. Lately I've been losing faith in some of Lasana's commentary and analysis. The pricing was NOT worthy of an investigation (or article) IMO

Totally disagree. That could never be a fair price and the "logic" for the price is total BS.  :flamethrower:

Why do you disagree and what do you think is a fair price then, in your opinion?
Title: Re: TTFA explains record women’s ticket prices for historic W/Cup contest
Post by: Coach on November 14, 2014, 01:27:03 PM
A soccer fanatic don't care about price!
Title: Re: TTFA explains record women’s ticket prices for historic W/Cup contest
Post by: Flex on November 14, 2014, 01:33:31 PM
Very good price.

Hope the stadium is sold out.


The sarcasm is deafening.

I cah make that price this rounds...sorry Maylee...I there in spirit

??   >:(

Title: Re: TTFA explains record women’s ticket prices for historic W/Cup contest
Post by: asylumseeker on November 14, 2014, 01:37:38 PM
Any word on where the tix available in de earlies?
Title: Re: TTFA explains record women’s ticket prices for historic W/Cup contest
Post by: Errol on November 14, 2014, 01:58:17 PM
Some of you guys comments are embarrassing.

And even Maylee Atti-Johnson is getting sucked into this one by Lasana, she better stop worrying about these stuff and worry about getting the job done.

$100 TTD is $15.76 US Dollars !!!!!

That you cant spend to see possible history?

Shame on some of you here.

Title: Re: TTFA explains record women’s ticket prices for historic W/Cup contest
Post by: Cowen on November 14, 2014, 02:26:41 PM
Totally disagree. That could never be a fair price and the "logic" for the price is total BS.  :flamethrower:

So what would be a 'fair price'?  When the Men's National Team hosted their qualifying leg against Bahrain the price was $300 covered stands, $150 uncovered... and that was nine years ago.  People spending $100-$200 TTD to go Movietowne but can't/unwilling to spend that to support the women?  The TTFA has its faults, but people need to stop and re-assess their attitudes too.  Even at $40 a ticket they not going to watch Pro League football.  Central just had a match where admission was free, people still eh come out.  So tell me, what would be a fair price?  And no, pointing to what Ecuador did hardly aids the conversation, their economy and the financial situation with their football much different from ours.

During the qualifiers prices were nowhere close to what they should have been for any WC Qualifier and the games where bitterly underpopulated. Its a case of "johnny come lately".....we on the verge of a possible qualification and now prices suddenly start to reflect what it should have been in the beginning?

Im not against the price for the games cause granted it is on par with a WC qualification. My issue is with the TTFA suddenly realising they have a chance to cash in on the "hot item" now and and bump up the price.........yes supply and demand....but at $60 we only had the die hards at the game....the bandwaggonist will just replace the die hards who will feel that there loyal support going through isn't now being rewarded...together with the many who just may not be able to afford it
Title: Re: TTFA explains record women’s ticket prices for historic W/Cup contest
Post by: socalion on November 14, 2014, 02:30:51 PM
A  few weeks ago many at home and abroad expressed disbelief  and horror to learn of our women's team  predicament  upon arrival in the U.S ..i don't think much  more need to be said in that respect....  now here is the perfect opportunity to show  much needed support  for our Women's team come  (  December 2nd and people bitching about  paying $100 tt /$ 200 tt to go see the game?  wtf man   ..Ah really cyah believe it ..   for  frigging  sake   homies go show de ladies some love  , support de ladies  by showing  up ..... full that stadium, please go support dem ladies...   show dem ladies / our women warriors  team we believe in them , homies go show yuh support please.....  ah bet if   it was ah carnival fete  @ de stadium  $600tt  woulda be nuttin..!!!. :banginghead:   lawd i wish i was @ home for dat ......
Title: Re: TTFA explains record women’s ticket prices for historic W/Cup contest
Post by: asylumseeker on November 14, 2014, 02:42:20 PM
Extracted from the article:

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And the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA), based on advice from its Local Organising Committee (LOC), has set the ticket prices at $200 (covered stands) and $100 (uncovered stands) for the return leg with children under-12 free in the uncovered section. The tickets are due to go on sale from November 17 at still undisclosed outlets.

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In Quito, the Ecuador Football Federation (FEF) charged US$2 (TT$13) and US$5 (TT$32) for uncovered and covered stand tickets and US$10 for private boxes and was thrilled for a turnout of 17,500 patrons. Outside the Atahualapa Stadium, by means of context, it costs between US$5 and $10 for a meal at the mall.

However, Phillips dismissed any notion that the TTFA should mirror Ecuador’s approach in the first leg.

“That is Ecuador; Ecuador is not Trinidad and Tobago,” said the TTFA General Secretary. “We based our discussion based on feedback we got from the folks in Trinidad and Tobago. That was good and appropriate for Ecuador.

The WC qualifier was treated as an exception. Women also entered free.

Aucas, the second tier leader ... is a point away from sealing promotion from Serie B to Serie A. Game will be on Sunday at the Atahualpa also. Tickets are priced at $10, $18 and $30 US (box seats), and children will pay a $1. Whereas, on Wednesday night, when Independiente clashed with Nacional, it was $5 (covered) and $10 (uncovered).

Different events will command different assessments. In comparing, we shouldn't read more than is there.

Good debate; reasonable issue for inquiry. All ah we want ah full house.

Title: Re: TTFA explains record women’s ticket prices for historic W/Cup contest
Post by: Bakes on November 14, 2014, 02:48:42 PM
During the qualifiers prices were nowhere close to what they should have been for any WC Qualifier and the games where bitterly underpopulated. Its a case of "johnny come lately".....we on the verge of a possible qualification and now prices suddenly start to reflect what it should have been in the beginning?

Im not against the price for the games cause granted it is on par with a WC qualification. My issue is with the TTFA suddenly realising they have a chance to cash in on the "hot item" now and and bump up the price.........yes supply and demand....but at $60 we only had the die hards at the game....the bandwaggonist will just replace the die hards who will feel that there loyal support going through isn't now being rewarded...together with the many who just may not be able to afford it

I know you's a fair man and a diehard... I seem to recall you and a handful of others wearing black to the England game to protest the blacklist of the 2006 WC players, so I know you does support.   That being said, doh fall for the fiction that the TTFA trying to profit on the backs of the ladies, perception is a helluva thing and I realize how it might seem to the skeptics, but putting aside the emotions over perceived 'price gouging', putting aside mistrust of the FA... you self concede that the price is on par for an important qualifier like this.  You can't hold against the TTFA the fact that they was underpricing tickets before and "all of a sudden" want to price them closer to reasonable.  Stop and think about that for a second, that make any sense?  They had to undersell tickets before because nobody was paying attention to the womens' game... now they are. 

Bear in mind also, all of the fixed costs associated with hosting a game at the HCS remained the same in the past... they didn't get any discounts from vendors/service providers etc. just because nobody didn't care about women's football before.  People don't realize that the FA was operating at a loss when it hosted these earlier games... yuh can't fault them for now trying to make back a little money to stay afloat.  And then we does want to pong dem for "only sitting down and waiting on government handout."
Title: Re: TTFA explains record women’s ticket prices for historic W/Cup contest
Post by: socalion on November 14, 2014, 03:32:25 PM
Well said bakes.....
Title: Re: TTFA explains record women’s ticket prices for historic W/Cup contest
Post by: Flex on November 14, 2014, 04:11:26 PM
You know whats amazing, the people in Texas raised over 9,000 USD for a team that was no where close to where they are now, furthermore, more than half of them are none Trinis.

They didn't care whether they were getting back something in return, in-fact, they didn't even know if the team would have reached this far. I am sure they didn't even know the players, they even bought food and drinks for them.

A few months ago, even some of the diehards didn't want to pay $40 TT to go see the women play.

If the TTFA is using this game to generate some much needed funds, I see nothing wrong with that.

Its a business in a sense and they have to take advantage of the situation so they can help stand on their feet, its not like the money is going into someones pocket. Its going back into the teams.

Just to bring the foreign players for the men's team cost over a million dollars. Its expensive to run a FA and have teams compete in tournaments.

Lets be logical here guys, anyone of you in the same position would have done the same, besides, $100 dollars is not much to go see the ladies play, it wouldn't break you. It costing a little more than a 6-pack of Carib.

Trinis are to dam cheap, imagine, we run a donation for kids every year on the SWO and not one of the persons here complaining ever donated to the cause to help the kids.

Title: Re: TTFA explains record women’s ticket prices for historic W/Cup contest
Post by: Thomo on November 14, 2014, 04:28:55 PM
You know whats amazing, the people in Texas raised over 9,000 USD for a team that was no where close to where they are now, furthermore, more than half of them are none Trinis.

They didn't care whether they were getting back something in return, in-fact, they didn't even know if the team would have reached this far. I am sure they didn't even know the players, they even bought food and drinks for them.

A few months ago, even some of the diehards didn't want to pay $40 TT to go see the women play.

If the TTFA is using this game to generate some much needed funds, I see nothing wrong with that.

Its a business in a sense and they have to take advantage of the situation so they can help stand on their feet, its not like the money is going into someones pocket. Its going back into the teams.

Just to bring the foreign players for the men's team cost over a million dollars. Its expensive to run a FA and have teams compete in tournaments.

Lets be logical here guys, anyone of you in the same position would have done the same, besides, $100 dollars is not much to go see the ladies play, it wouldn't break you. It costing a little more than a 6-pack of Carib.

Trinis are to dam cheap, imagine, we run a donation for kids every year on the SWO and not one of the persons here complaining ever donated to the cause to help the kids.

Well said

Title: Re: TTFA explains record women’s ticket prices for historic W/Cup contest
Post by: Socapro on November 14, 2014, 07:31:38 PM
Please no more complaints about the price folks and have some pride in being able to support your team and country. 
Title: Re: TTFA explains record women’s ticket prices for historic W/Cup contest
Post by: elan on November 14, 2014, 09:03:33 PM
The women's team is in a bright spot right now. They are capturing the attention of many, but does that equate to being main-stream? To draw attention is one thing, but to parlay that into paying customers is an entirely different ball game. This needs to be given sufficient consideration and not lumped with the "we reach” syndrome that so often permeates our psyche when any glimmer of success on the international stage is within grasp.
 
This upcoming game for our women's team is a great situation to be in as it draws attention to the sport, the team, and the players. Therefore, this opportunity should be seen as a time to solidify the importance of women soccer, the opportunities available, and the success of our players in the local and international game. This is a time to develop heroes, stars, and personalities within the women's team to the wider public. To do this we need to cast as wide a net as possible.  We eh reach, we’re on approach. 
 
The posturing of “How much is a fete ticket?" is a relevant argument if used in comparison to would be customers making a choice on how they should spend their money.  You must take into consideration competition for the same demographic you are targeting. Thus, the cost of a fete ticket must be a real consideration when setting a price for your product. That is, what other events are scheduled around the date and time that maybe relevant to the customers you wish to provide a service to.
 
That people are spending money to partake in other entertainment and so should automatically spend that money to support our women's team is a bit naïve. People need to know that the money they spend on entertainment will provide satisfaction for them that is worth their money. For an organization (not the TTFA perse) to proffer that people spend money on other supposedly "trivial" things and that supporting the women's team is a much more "meaningful" venture is very simple and shows a lack of understanding of customers. The TTFA have to make a concerted effort to sell this game and this team to the public. Not everyone is a football fan and not every football fan is a fan of the women's game. How do we win over the fence sitters? These are the people we should be focusing on and trying to reach to spend that money to come out and support. Cannot understand the rational that people should just support the team.  We have to convince people to come out. They have many options to chose to spend their money on. Your product must be great and your marketing must be even better.

Notice must be taken on how other countries are going about generating hype around the women’s game. You make not take all of the idea but you may take bits and pieces to assist us in solidifying the women’s game in T&T.

Imagine the USWNT in the mecca of youth soccer (girls’ soccer is huge in KC and STL) only managed to generate just under 4000 spectators for their world cup qualifier opener through which last time they struggled.

Quote
Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Trinidad & Tobago
Date: Oct. 15, 2014
Competition: 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship
Venue: Sporting Park; Kansas City, Kansas
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. CT
Attendance: 3,621
Weather: 60 degrees, cool

We have to accept that great strides were made with the women's national team, but we are not equal to or on the same level as the men's national team. To admit that is not doing a disservice to the women's game or to our players. It is the reality. We know the players, we know the struggles they had to endure (not many of you know those struggles more than me), and we give our support. How much of the wider public know this team, the players, what they have been through. We could argue about Kenwyn Jones and Randafar Abu Bakr. We can compare Molino to Latapy. How many people can compare Mollon to a past female player? Compare Kamika Forbes to a past GK? Attins-Johnson to a past midfielder? We are on our way, but we are not there yet and we have to operate in the system as just that, we are not there yet.
 
The TTFA can use this game to streamline their organizing of hosting home games. Now is a good time to divide the stadium seating and affix various prices for different sections -
1. Behind the Goal,
2. Corner Flag,
3. Side line Lower (covered and uncover),
4. Side Line Upper (covered and Uncovered),
5. Field seating,
6. The Warrior Experience ("on field seats, meet and greet of TTMNT, etc.),
7. Group rates, etc...

This may also be a brilliant opportunity to get online sales going where you can purchase and print you ticket. How about a TTFA app for up to the minute news, give away, game day info, competitions, etc.  This is a very short sighted approach that can come back to haunt the TTFA and the Women's game is mishandled.
 
Fill the stadium, bring as many people in to see our women play so that there can be arguments about player and how good they are or how shitty they are or how much they have improved or how much they have fallen off. This is the perfect scenario to lift the women's game to the next level.

Don’t be misled. I think the price is not bad and the monies generated will go a long way in assisting the FA to provide better services to our players.

Should the cost of entry to one of its finest moment in the women’s game in T&T be a point of contention?
Title: Re: TTFA explains record women’s ticket prices for historic W/Cup contest
Post by: Bakes on November 14, 2014, 10:14:50 PM
Imagine the USWNT in the mecca of youth soccer (girls’ soccer is huge in KC and STL) only managed to generate just under 4000 spectators for their world cup qualifier opener through which last time they struggled.

Quote
Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Trinidad & Tobago
Date: Oct. 15, 2014
Competition: 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship
Venue: Sporting Park; Kansas City, Kansas
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. CT
Attendance: 3,621
Weather: 60 degrees, cool

People keep harping on this as if it were relevant.  For one thing the opponents that night were expected to just lay down and let the US walk all over them.  More significantly the Kansas City Royals returned to the World Series for the first time in 29 years, and were playing less than half an hour away at Kaufmann Stadium.  That is where the crowd went, it had very little to do with apathy towards the women's game.
Title: Re: TTFA explains record women’s ticket prices for historic W/Cup contest
Post by: asylumseeker on November 15, 2014, 05:30:37 AM
The women's team is in a bright spot right now. They are capturing the attention of many, but does that equate to being main-stream? To draw attention is one thing, but to parlay that into paying customers is an entirely different ball game. This needs to be given sufficient consideration and not lumped with the "we reach” syndrome that so often permeates our psyche when any glimmer of success on the international stage is within grasp.
 
This upcoming game for our women's team is a great situation to be in as it draws attention to the sport, the team, and the players. Therefore, this opportunity should be seen as a time to solidify the importance of women soccer, the opportunities available, and the success of our players in the local and international game. This is a time to develop heroes, stars, and personalities within the women's team to the wider public. To do this we need to cast as wide a net as possible.  We eh reach, we’re on approach. 
 
The posturing of “How much is a fete ticket?" is a relevant argument if used in comparison to would be customers making a choice on how they should spend their money.  You must take into consideration competition for the same demographic you are targeting. Thus, the cost of a fete ticket must be a real consideration when setting a price for your product. That is, what other events are scheduled around the date and time that maybe relevant to the customers you wish to provide a service to.
 
That people are spending money to partake in other entertainment and so should automatically spend that money to support our women's team is a bit naïve. People need to know that the money they spend on entertainment will provide satisfaction for them that is worth their money. For an organization (not the TTFA perse) to proffer that people spend money on other supposedly "trivial" things and that supporting the women's team is a much more "meaningful" venture is very simple and shows a lack of understanding of customers. The TTFA have to make a concerted effort to sell this game and this team to the public. Not everyone is a football fan and not every football fan is a fan of the women's game. How do we win over the fence sitters? These are the people we should be focusing on and trying to reach to spend that money to come out and support. Cannot understand the rational that people should just support the team.  We have to convince people to come out. They have many options to chose to spend their money on. Your product must be great and your marketing must be even better.

Notice must be taken on how other countries are going about generating hype around the women’s game. You make not take all of the idea but you may take bits and pieces to assist us in solidifying the women’s game in T&T.

Imagine the USWNT in the mecca of youth soccer (girls’ soccer is huge in KC and STL) only managed to generate just under 4000 spectators for their world cup qualifier opener through which last time they struggled.

Quote
Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Trinidad & Tobago
Date: Oct. 15, 2014
Competition: 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship
Venue: Sporting Park; Kansas City, Kansas
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. CT
Attendance: 3,621
Weather: 60 degrees, cool

We have to accept that great strides were made with the women's national team, but we are not equal to or on the same level as the men's national team. To admit that is not doing a disservice to the women's game or to our players. It is the reality. We know the players, we know the struggles they had to endure (not many of you know those struggles more than me), and we give our support. How much of the wider public know this team, the players, what they have been through. We could argue about Kenwyn Jones and Randafar Abu Bakr. We can compare Molino to Latapy. How many people can compare Mollon to a past female player? Compare Kamika Forbes to a past GK? Attins-Johnson to a past midfielder? We are on our way, but we are not there yet and we have to operate in the system as just that, we are not there yet.
 
The TTFA can use this game to streamline their organizing of hosting home games. Now is a good time to divide the stadium seating and affix various prices for different sections -
1. Behind the Goal,
2. Corner Flag,
3. Side line Lower (covered and uncover),
4. Side Line Upper (covered and Uncovered),
5. Field seating,
6. The Warrior Experience ("on field seats, meet and greet of TTMNT, etc.),
7. Group rates, etc...

This may also be a brilliant opportunity to get online sales going where you can purchase and print you ticket. How about a TTFA app for up to the minute news, give away, game day info, competitions, etc.  This is a very short sighted approach that can come back to haunt the TTFA and the Women's game is mishandled.
 
Fill the stadium, bring as many people in to see our women play so that there can be arguments about player and how good they are or how shitty they are or how much they have improved or how much they have fallen off. This is the perfect scenario to lift the women's game to the next level.

Don’t be misled. I think the price is not bad and the monies generated will go a long way in assisting the FA to provide better services to our players.

Should the cost of entry to one of its finest moment in the women’s game in T&T be a point of contention?

Lots of good nuggets in this post!
Title: Be reasonable, gentlemen
Post by: Tallman on November 17, 2014, 07:30:08 AM
Be reasonable, gentlemen
By Fazeer Mohammed (T&T Express)


It’s not too late, gentlemen, to heed the captain’s plea.

Maylee Attin-Johnson wants a packed Hasely Crawford Stadium for Trinidad and Tobago’s return women’s World Cup qualifying play-off against Ecuador in 15 days’ time, and doesn’t think ticket prices of $200 and $100 will make that possible.

For the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association to justify the pricing on the basis of the game’s status and the fact that it is on par with what was charged for the men’s do-or-die qualifier against Mexico in 2005 suggests that whoever has the final say on this matter misses the point of the occasion completely.

Look, there’s absolutely no comparison between the men’s and women’s teams when it comes to national interest. If there was parity, the game on December 2 would already be the talk of the town and the subject of endless speculation on every mainstream or social media platform that exists. But it isn’t, and that’s why everything reasonable should be done to attract fans to the game, to get them to come out in support of the national women’s team and give the female version of the game in this country a significant boost.

To suggest that, as this is a senior World Cup finals playoff, a certain price structure has to be maintained in keeping with the status of the game is a classic case of being preoccupied with keeping up appearances when it is blindingly obvious that the hype for the fixture does not exist in any form or fashion to compare with what has prevailed when the men’s teams were as close to making it onto football’s biggest stage.

For an organisation that suffers from a chronic lack of credibility with corporate T&T and a significant segment of the football-loving public, this is an opportunity to earn much-needed goodwill, to show that the governing body for the sport in this country is more concerned with providing the perfect backdrop for the women’s team to make national and Caribbean history than cashing in on a unique occasion.

Surely they should have the sense to recognise this, especially as we are only two days away from the 25th anniversary of arguably the most blatant and shameless example of exploitation of patriotism when tickets were deliberately oversold – as a fund-raising exercise—by the thousands for the decisive World Cup qualifier against the United States on November 19, 1989.

I suppose the argument will be that it’s too late to make any changes now with tickets supposed to be on sale from this morning. Maybe there will be a bit of a rush at the start, especially by the scalpers seeking to capitalise on any last-minute surge in interest as we count down to the kickoff of a game in which both sides have everything to play for following a goalless first leg in Quito nine days ago.

This is not an occasion to be anticipating significant gate receipts but to try and fuel a vibe, to encourage fans to go out and support the team. Surely the subventions or allocations from FIFA will be much more than anything that can be collected at the turnstiles should the team get the result required to advance to next year’s finals in Canada. Think about the spinoff benefits for football, and especially women’s football, should the Trinidad and Tobago team prevail over an Ecuadorean side that will certainly be a handful come that fateful evening.

If, and I emphasise “if,” the TTFA is serious about distancing itself from a reputation of greed, selfishness, arrogance and unaccountability, this is a chance not to be missed.

Tickets already printed? How difficult will it be to get a few rubber stamps made in denominations of $100 (covered) and $50 (uncovered), or just leave it as $50 anywhere and let as many people as possible get to the game to cheer on the team? I fully appreciate that it may not be as easy as that, but then again, you have to be prepared to do unconventional things if you want to drum up national support and, very importantly, to be seen as not doing so for narrow-minded financial reasons.

This is a TTFA that has not paid the senior men’s national team players for six months while the coach has gone without his salary for longer than that. Yet they are through to tomorrow night’s final of the Caribbean Cup in Jamaica, their fourth game in eight days in a low-key competition squeezed into a tight international window.

Our footballers continue to achieve despite embarrassing setbacks. After leaving the women’s coach begging for assistance for his team ahead of the CONCACAF tournament last month, there will be no better time than right now to show genuine goodwill.
Title: Re: TTFA explains record women’s ticket prices for historic W/Cup contest
Post by: Socapro on November 17, 2014, 08:03:50 AM
Be reasonable, gentlemen
By Fazeer Mohammed (T&T Express)


It’s not too late, gentlemen, to heed the captain’s plea.

Maylee Attin-Johnson wants a packed Hasely Crawford Stadium for Trinidad and Tobago’s return women’s World Cup qualifying play-off against Ecuador in 15 days’ time, and doesn’t think ticket prices of $200 and $100 will make that possible.

For the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association to justify the pricing on the basis of the game’s status and the fact that it is on par with what was charged for the men’s do-or-die qualifier against Mexico in 2005 suggests that whoever has the final say on this matter misses the point of the occasion completely.

Look, there’s absolutely no comparison between the men’s and women’s teams when it comes to national interest. If there was parity, the game on December 2 would already be the talk of the town and the subject of endless speculation on every mainstream or social media platform that exists. But it isn’t, and that’s why everything reasonable should be done to attract fans to the game, to get them to come out in support of the national women’s team and give the female version of the game in this country a significant boost.

To suggest that, as this is a senior World Cup finals playoff, a certain price structure has to be maintained in keeping with the status of the game is a classic case of being preoccupied with keeping up appearances when it is blindingly obvious that the hype for the fixture does not exist in any form or fashion to compare with what has prevailed when the men’s teams were as close to making it onto football’s biggest stage.

For an organisation that suffers from a chronic lack of credibility with corporate T&T and a significant segment of the football-loving public, this is an opportunity to earn much-needed goodwill, to show that the governing body for the sport in this country is more concerned with providing the perfect backdrop for the women’s team to make national and Caribbean history than cashing in on a unique occasion.

Surely they should have the sense to recognise this, especially as we are only two days away from the 25th anniversary of arguably the most blatant and shameless example of exploitation of patriotism when tickets were deliberately oversold – as a fund-raising exercise—by the thousands for the decisive World Cup qualifier against the United States on November 19, 1989.

I suppose the argument will be that it’s too late to make any changes now with tickets supposed to be on sale from this morning. Maybe there will be a bit of a rush at the start, especially by the scalpers seeking to capitalise on any last-minute surge in interest as we count down to the kickoff of a game in which both sides have everything to play for following a goalless first leg in Quito nine days ago.

This is not an occasion to be anticipating significant gate receipts but to try and fuel a vibe, to encourage fans to go out and support the team. Surely the subventions or allocations from FIFA will be much more than anything that can be collected at the turnstiles should the team get the result required to advance to next year’s finals in Canada. Think about the spinoff benefits for football, and especially women’s football, should the Trinidad and Tobago team prevail over an Ecuadorean side that will certainly be a handful come that fateful evening.

If, and I emphasise “if,” the TTFA is serious about distancing itself from a reputation of greed, selfishness, arrogance and unaccountability, this is a chance not to be missed.

Tickets already printed? How difficult will it be to get a few rubber stamps made in denominations of $100 (covered) and $50 (uncovered), or just leave it as $50 anywhere and let as many people as possible get to the game to cheer on the team? I fully appreciate that it may not be as easy as that, but then again, you have to be prepared to do unconventional things if you want to drum up national support and, very importantly, to be seen as not doing so for narrow-minded financial reasons.

This is a TTFA that has not paid the senior men’s national team players for six months while the coach has gone without his salary for longer than that. Yet they are through to tomorrow night’s final of the Caribbean Cup in Jamaica, their fourth game in eight days in a low-key competition squeezed into a tight international window.

Our footballers continue to achieve despite embarrassing setbacks. After leaving the women’s coach begging for assistance for his team ahead of the CONCACAF tournament last month, there will be no better time than right now to show genuine goodwill.

I agree with this article but will be surprised if the TTFA drops the price of the tickets now as they have already been printed and are on sales as from today.

Maybe that can announce that the tickets already printed will now allow entry of two people on one ticket so that the tickets already printed are not wasted before printing more tickets priced at $50 uncovered and £100 covered. That can work if the TTFA wants to be innovative and try to get a guaranteed sold out stadium on 2nd December.

They can even do some door prizes on the tickets with a grand prize like a pair of airline tickets to the World Cup Finals in Canada next year if we win the game. That should be an added incentive for fans to cheer on the team as they may just be the one who might win the free pair of airline tickets to go support our team in Canada if we win the play-off.
Title: Re: TTFA explains record women’s ticket prices for historic W/Cup contest
Post by: Trevor on November 17, 2014, 09:23:17 AM
I find Lasana Liburd only tries to cause confusion.  To me, the ticket prices sound quite reasonable.  Out of curiosity, what is the price of house to see a movie in T&T?  What is the price of a big mac meal in T&T?  Go T&T girls!
Title: Re: TTFA explains record women’s ticket prices for historic W/Cup contest
Post by: Socapro on November 17, 2014, 10:05:48 AM
I find Lasana Liburd only tries to cause confusion.  To me, the ticket prices sound quite reasonable.  Out of curiosity, what is the price of house to see a movie in T&T?  What is the price of a big mac meal in T&T?  Go T&T girls!

If you had read the article in Reply #37 above properly you would have gathered that it was written by Fazeer Mohammed and not Lasana Liburd and that he is reflecting a plea from the T&T team captain Maylee Attin-Johnson who wants to play in a guaranteed packed Hasely Crawford Stadium for T&T's return women’s World Cup qualifying play-off against Ecuador in 15 days’ time. She doesn't think ticket prices of $200 and $100 will make her team's desire for a packed stadium possible.
Title: Re: TTFA explains record women’s ticket prices for historic W/Cup contest
Post by: Sando prince on November 17, 2014, 10:23:00 AM
Socapro yuh serious bredda? Yuh dont think the man talking about the original article of this thread?
Title: Re: TTFA explains record women’s ticket prices for historic W/Cup contest
Post by: Bourbon on November 17, 2014, 10:26:12 AM
Allyuh wicked oui.


It have little guarantee that the stadium going and be sold out if it were cheaper.

If the waggonists and dem coming out......take dem while yuh could get it.


100 reasonable........is the attitudes that need adjusting.
Title: Re: TTFA explains record women’s ticket prices for historic W/Cup contest
Post by: Socapro on November 17, 2014, 10:42:32 AM
Allyuh wicked oui.


It have little guarantee that the stadium going and be sold out if it were cheaper.

If the waggonists and dem coming out......take dem while yuh could get it.


100 reasonable........is the attitudes that need adjusting.

Tell that to the T&T captain Maylee Attin-Johnson and her team mates who would like to see a guaranteed packed stadium and believe that cheaper ticket prices would be a great help.

Did you read the article in reply #37? The money that will come in to the TTFA if we qualify with the help of a packed stadium will more than make up for pricing the tickets cheaper to guarantee a packed stadium.
Title: Re: TTFA explains record women’s ticket prices for historic W/Cup contest
Post by: elan on November 17, 2014, 11:18:20 AM
I coulda tell alyuh long time the players was concerned about the ticket prices but did not want to put them on blast.

Why you feel they concerned? Maybe people who they know telling them about the prices? Maybe they themselves understand the communities they come from? But then again is not the communities they come from who most likely/hopefully will fill the stadium.
Title: Re: TTFA explains record women’s ticket prices for historic W/Cup contest
Post by: elan on November 17, 2014, 11:19:09 AM
Allyuh wicked oui.


It have little guarantee that the stadium going and be sold out if it were cheaper.

If the waggonists and dem coming out......take dem while yuh could get it.


100 reasonable........is the attitudes that need adjusting.

Yeah the captain should hush and stick to playing football on the field.   ::)
Title: Re: TTFA explains record women’s ticket prices for historic W/Cup contest
Post by: Socapro on November 17, 2014, 11:30:14 AM
Allyuh wicked oui.


It have little guarantee that the stadium going and be sold out if it were cheaper.

If the waggonists and dem coming out......take dem while yuh could get it.


100 reasonable........is the attitudes that need adjusting.

Yeah the captain should hush and stick to playing football on the field.

So the captain should hush if she believes a packed stadium encouraged by cheaper ticket prices will help her team in their quest to win their return play-off game at home?

I see.

I am glad that the captain gave her view on the issue as they have made enough sacrifices to get us this far and their opinion on the matter should be valued.
Title: Re: TTFA explains record women’s ticket prices for historic W/Cup contest
Post by: elan on November 17, 2014, 11:42:58 AM
Allyuh wicked oui.


It have little guarantee that the stadium going and be sold out if it were cheaper.

If the waggonists and dem coming out......take dem while yuh could get it.


100 reasonable........is the attitudes that need adjusting.

Yeah the captain should hush and stick to playing football on the field.

So the captain should hush if she believes a packed stadium encouraged by cheaper ticket prices will help her team in their quest to win their return play-off game at home?

I see.

I am glad that the captain gave her view on the issue as they have made enough sacrifices to get us this far and their opinion on the matter should be valued.

Sarcasm
Title: Re: TTFA explains record women’s ticket prices for historic W/Cup contest
Post by: Bakes on November 17, 2014, 12:04:50 PM
While I wouldn't go as far as to say that Maylee should hush, her comments are very out-of-timing and only serves to undermine her employers.  Her concerns would have better been raised behind closed doors.  Imagine the backlash if Tim Kee or Phillips had criticized the performance of the team, for instance... or if they were to publicly second-guess the coaching.
Title: Re: TTFA explains record women’s ticket prices for historic W/Cup contest
Post by: elan on November 17, 2014, 01:25:22 PM
While I wouldn't go as far as to say that Maylee should hush, her comments are very out-of-timing and only serves to undermine her employers.  Her concerns would have better been raised behind closed doors.  Imagine the backlash if Tim Kee or Phillips had criticized the performance of the team, for instance... or if they were to publicly second-guess the coaching.

Again, I was being sarcastic. I support Maylee and as I said, I knew about this sentiment as soon as the ticket prices were publicized. I don't think she should hush, I think she should speak out.

The TTFA are not her "employers". I would love to see a contract of employment from the TTFA. When did negotiations take place between the players and the TTFA and who represented the players?



Title: Re: TTFA explains record women’s ticket prices for historic W/Cup contest
Post by: Socapro on November 17, 2014, 01:46:04 PM
While I wouldn't go as far as to say that Maylee should hush, her comments are very out-of-timing and only serves to undermine her employers.  Her concerns would have better been raised behind closed doors.  Imagine the backlash if Tim Kee or Phillips had criticized the performance of the team, for instance... or if they were to publicly second-guess the coaching.

Again, I was being sarcastic. I support Maylee and as I said, I knew about this sentiment as soon as the ticket prices were publicized. I don't think she should hush, I think she should speak out.

The TTFA are not her "employers". I would love to see a contract of employment from the TTFA. When did negotiations take place between the players and the TTFA and who represented the players?

You hit that lame argument of Bakes out of the Oval and the ball is now lost!  :devil:
Title: Re: TTFA explains record women’s ticket prices for historic W/Cup contest
Post by: Sam on November 17, 2014, 01:57:07 PM
Why de f00ck Maylee doh hush she ass.

How they expect to get paid or play friendly games for the future?

If T&T make it to de world cup, ent de money they make here will help the team?

The TTFA needs the money, this is not thieving Jack Warner, Maylee ole boss who use to promote she.

The money will go a long way.

How stupid some of these players go be, she have mouth now.

On de flip side, is the women team playing any friendly to fine tune?

Title: Re: TTFA explains record women’s ticket prices for historic W/Cup contest
Post by: elan on November 17, 2014, 02:04:18 PM
Why de f00ck Maylee doh hush she ass.

How they expect to get paid or play friendly games for the future?

If T&T make it to de world cup, ent de money they make here will help the team?

The TTFA needs the money, this is not thieving Jack Warner, Maylee ole boss who use to promote she.

The money will go a long way.

How stupid some of these players go be, she have mouth now.

On de flip side, is the women team playing any friendly to fine tune?



So after these players go through so much with so little, they should hush they mouth now?

Alyuh fellas is real jokers yes.

I always say as long as football playing nobody care about what going on and the players.

We using the price to show parity with the MNT, but then in the same instance the women must hush. The 1 time she speak not in favor of the FA she eh know what she talking bout. She support them with all the shyte they do, this 1 time.

Alyuh doh understand women football at all.

I does have tuh laugh yes.
Title: Re: TTFA explains record women’s ticket prices for historic W/Cup contest
Post by: Sando prince on November 17, 2014, 02:11:18 PM
All this bad energy can be a distraction and possibly affective how the women play in the near future.

I have no problems with players voicing there concerns. In fact I encourage them to voice their concerns BUT do it in a professional manner. Her concerns should have been brought to the TTFA privately behind closed doors and not out in the public. Now the public discussion is turning out to be more about the Captain reaction to ticket prices instead of what the team should do to win the game on December 2nd.
Title: Re: TTFA explains record women’s ticket prices for historic W/Cup contest
Post by: Bakes on November 17, 2014, 02:14:04 PM
Again, I was being sarcastic. I support Maylee and as I said, I knew about this sentiment as soon as the ticket prices were publicized. I don't think she should hush, I think she should speak out.

The TTFA are not her "employers". I would love to see a contract of employment from the TTFA. When did negotiations take place between the players and the TTFA and who represented the players?

I wasn't addressing you so you don't need to explain anything to me.  The tone of your comment was evident from the " ::) ", even if Socapro was too dotish to pick up on that.  As for the TTFA not being Maylee's employer... that is entirely too foolish to even respond to.  Every international player who plays "for their country" really plays for and at the pleasure of the local FA.  There is no players union in TnT but this why when players union have any issues on behalf of the players, they take it up with the local FA.  Not really sure what your contention is.
Title: Re: TTFA explains record women’s ticket prices for historic W/Cup contest
Post by: Socapro on November 17, 2014, 02:20:54 PM
Again, I was being sarcastic. I support Maylee and as I said, I knew about this sentiment as soon as the ticket prices were publicized. I don't think she should hush, I think she should speak out.

The TTFA are not her "employers". I would love to see a contract of employment from the TTFA. When did negotiations take place between the players and the TTFA and who represented the players?

I wasn't addressing you so you don't need to explain anything to me.  The tone of your comment was evident from the " ::) ", even if Socapro was too dotish to pick up on that.  As for the TTFA not being Maylee's employer... that is entirely too foolish to even respond to.  Every international player who plays "for their country" really plays for and at the pleasure of the local FA.  There is no players union in TnT but this why when players union have any issues on behalf of the players, they take it up with the local FA.  Not really sure what your contention is.

Hey cunnyhole, Elan inserted the " ::)" AFTER I quoted his post to make it clearer to anyone else that he was just being sarcastic so no need for the insults about who dotish.
Title: Re: TTFA explains record women’s ticket prices for historic W/Cup contest
Post by: elan on November 17, 2014, 02:23:07 PM
All this bad energy can be a distraction and possibly affective how the women play in the near future.

I have no problems with players voicing there concerns. In fact I encourage them to voice their concerns BUT do it in a professional manner. Her concerns should have been brought to the TTFA privately behind closed doors and not out in the public. Now the public discussion is turning out to be more about the Captain reaction to ticket prices instead of what the team should do to win the game on December 2nd.

Isn't this how football should be? Or should we treat the women like Princesses? The women show how tough and gritty they are why we want to baby them. How are we moving forward if we want to treat them with kid gloves.

Discuss it man, let the talk be about the team good bad or in-between. Bring them out front for real.
Title: Re: TTFA explains record women’s ticket prices for historic W/Cup contest
Post by: Sando prince on November 17, 2014, 02:27:14 PM

Elan you know very well a player concern about ticket prices can be discussed privately. This is not an issue to demand public outcry.

What about people who think the prices are reasonable. What about players who think the prices are reasonable.
Title: Re: TTFA explains record women’s ticket prices for historic W/Cup contest
Post by: Socapro on November 17, 2014, 02:34:38 PM

Elan you know very well a player concern about ticket prices can be discussed privately. This is not an issue to demand public outcry.

What about people who think the prices are reasonable. What about players who think the prices are reasonable.

As the team captain she is most likely reflecting the concerns of all of her team mates in addition to people she knows personally who are giving a feedback on what it may take to help jam the stadium.
Title: Re: TTFA explains record women’s ticket prices for historic W/Cup contest
Post by: Sando prince on November 17, 2014, 02:44:34 PM

Elan you know very well a player concern about ticket prices can be discussed privately. This is not an issue to demand public outcry.

What about people who think the prices are reasonable. What about players who think the prices are reasonable.

As the team captain she is most likely reflecting the concerns of all of her team mates in addition to people she knows personally who are giving a feedback on what it may take to help jam the stadium.

Right this YOUR assumption. Also nothing is wrong with giving feedback, that is not the issue.

Title: Re: TTFA explains record women’s ticket prices for historic W/Cup contest
Post by: Bourbon on November 17, 2014, 03:05:47 PM
She entitled to her opinion. But the fact remains that the federation has full rights to utilize the opportunity to get as much windfall from this as prudent. 100 eh grievous.  The point of hoping lower prices draw the crowd is valid to some extent but  then think of this: those who care enough to come out sure to know what happened at the qualifier and should understand the price. It still is a reasonable cost... And children under twelve free. Come nah man.
Title: Re: TTFA explains record women’s ticket prices for historic W/Cup contest
Post by: elan on November 17, 2014, 03:16:45 PM

Elan you know very well a player concern about ticket prices can be discussed privately. This is not an issue to demand public outcry.

What about people who think the prices are reasonable. What about players who think the prices are reasonable.

Man whatever yes. I never run ah mango stand much less ah federation. The most I ever organize was ah game ah pitch and ah lorse all meh marble so me eh know utte ah bout organizing ah WCQ.

I go watch from the back.
Title: Re: TTFA explains record women’s ticket prices for historic W/Cup contest
Post by: spideybuff on November 17, 2014, 11:07:48 PM
The outcry on the price is because this is not about the girls.

If i was paying my money to support my national team, no scene. But we here in 2014 and NONE of our national teams getting paid. All the money STILL going somewhere else. Why am I pelting money blindly because the TTFF see an avenue to exploit us by using the success of the team when the players and coaches not getting paid ???

Title: Re: TTFA explains record women’s ticket prices for historic W/Cup contest
Post by: Sam on November 18, 2014, 03:41:06 AM
The outcry on the price is because this is not about the girls.

If i was paying my money to support my national team, no scene. But we here in 2014 and NONE of our national teams getting paid. All the money STILL going somewhere else. Why am I pelting money blindly because the TTFF see an avenue to exploit us by using the success of the team when the players and coaches not getting paid ???

Wha game you went to recentaly?

De funny thing is, half de f00ckers here who complaining is waggonist.

When was de last time any game get sell out or de TTFA making money on gates?

Man, stop de bitching nah, if you cant afford to pay $100 TT dollars, then shut yuh cat and doh go nah.

Ok, forget de game, how much money yuh donating to this here, at least yuh know where yuh money going and is for a good cause.

http://www.socawarriors.net/forum/index.php?topic=63678.msg913488#msg913488

Let me here yuh.

Title: Re: TTFA explains record women’s ticket prices for historic W/Cup contest
Post by: Anbrat on November 18, 2014, 07:46:01 AM
Allyuh to f00cking cheap, a $100 and $200 TT is no kinda money.

Stop de f00cking cheapnest and go support de team.

Its not cheap, the FA needs the money.

I cah believe some of these f00ckers here, $15 US they cah spend but they could go in a rum shop and TGIF every f00cking Friday and spend hundreds.



*APPLAUSE* :applause:
Title: Don’t give up on us.
Post by: Flex on December 03, 2014, 02:45:19 AM
Don’t give up on us.
By Andrew Gioannetti (Guardian).


Waldrum hopes to keep momentum

T&T’s Women Soca Warriors’ hopes of achieving an historic berth in next year’s Fifa World Cup in Canada were dashed at the Hasely Crawford Stadium last night, after they conceded a goal in time added on in their intercontinental playoff against Ecuador.

Monica Quinteros stunned the packed stadium of mostly local supporters when she deflected a seemingly harmless free kick from the left flank over advancing keeper Kimika Forbes which bounced into an open net.

Forbes was left stranded as she left her line to gather the cross but ran into heavy traffic inside the penalty area and could only look on as the ball sailed over her and into the net. The effort came against the run of play and gave T&T, who had dominated the match from nearly the start until then, the task of having to score two goals to win, as Ecuador’s away goal counted as two.

T&T threw everything into attack but when Mariah Shade pushed her shot wide of advancing Ecuador goalkeeper Shirley Berruz it was the visitors who would celebrate their first ever World Cup berth. The result was all too familiar for many of the local fans, bringing back memories of the Strike Squad’s campaign in 1989 when T&T men, needing only a draw then, suffered a 1-0 defeat to USA in the final qualifying match at the very same venue.

Speaking afterwards, T&T coach Randy Waldrum could not hide his disappointment, but still congratulated his players for their sterling effort throughout the qualifying experience. “We had more clear chances… It was almost a replay of 1989,” he said.

“I am really disappointed for the players. I want to congratulate Ecuador. Their plan was to sit in and counter. “I am really proud of this group. This group touched so many people around the world.”

Waldrum did not speak about his future with the team, but said, “It has been an incredible journey… It’s made for the big screen. It has been an amazing experience.

“I am devastated but I hope the T&T public (continues to) show their support. We must tip our hats to Ecuador for qualifying.” He said he hoped the authorities would use this effort to continue to develop the women’s game.

“We have to continue the momentum … We have to move forward.” Ecuador had played the counter-attacking game for most of the 90 minutes, allowing T&T to press from the onset. There was a sense that a goal was coming for T&T almost immediately after kickoff as winger Ahkeela Mollon poured in crosses from the right flank.

Tasha St Louis, on the opposite flank, was also lively up until her early withdrawal in the 36th minute from an apparent leg injury. She was replaced by Shade, who also linked well with the star striker Kennya Cordner and Mollon.

Cordner was T&T’s most enterprising player throughout and was perhaps unlucky not to convert one of her chances. In the 60th minute, she connected with an overhead kick, which beat Ecuador’s goalkeeper but went out off of the crossbar. Then, in the 77th minute, she made a darting run past a couple of Ecuador defenders from the right flank and had two team-mates in support, but opted to shoot into the gloves of Ecuador’s shot stopper.

Ecuador’s 25-year-old coach Vanessa Arauz will look forward to the draw for the 24 qualifying nations in Ottawa, Ontario, on the weekend.

PM salutes team

Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar last night congratulated the Women Soca Warriors for their effort in the intercontinental playoff saying although the were just edged out by Ecuador they had captured the heart of the nation.

“You won the admiration of an entire nation. You won our pride by the way you played your hearts out,” Persad-Bissessar said in a statement after the match, which she attended.

“You won a world of respect and the heartfelt gratitude of all of Trinidad and Tobago. You have demonstrated how far we can go no matter how great the odds.”

She noted that the team had been an inspiration to every young girl who may want to “emulate your character, your spirit, your ability to bring a nation together.” “Your efforts have gone well beyond the excitement and pride from what occurred on the field of play. You have united us all,” she said.

“The red, white and black unfurls proudly in your honour and our nation salutes you.”

Title: Re: Don’t give up on us.
Post by: socalion on December 03, 2014, 01:30:57 PM
Heartbroken i must admit , but i must also admit that i'm extremely proud  of the efforts  given by all these players every single one of them, thanks again our women warriors,  take a moment for some quiet reflection, but your journey  should not nor must it end with yesterdays' results, infact i encourage each of you to be even more motivated , much love to all you .......... keep your heads up you have won many admirers for all your efforts ..!!    With that said my plea is please do not let these young ladies down ..!!  and to the fans don't let  this be a one of moment , we need to show all time support for our sportsmen and women alike ..i'm remain  hopeful  with the belief  together we all can  achieve more   best wishes to our women warriors   thanks again  .......to coach randy waldrum you are not forgotten  thanks  much .... so too the fans ..
Title: Re: Don’t give up on us.
Post by: AB.Trini on December 03, 2014, 05:45:43 PM
Lesson learned- once more these setbacks should help to build us not demoralize us-

One thing I would like the TTFA to consider is to shift focus from building teams to building programs. Foundational programs would allow us to have succession plans for players and our teams throughout- from our u17-u 20 Olympic programs to our senior teams- what common shared philosophy, training, objectives and consistency in goals do we have in place?

By the way, speaking of giving up? Consider the role of a coach in the mental emotional and physical development  of players - while I remained uncritical of this 'volunteer coach'  Would he consider working with this program in a paid contractual position?  Or is he done!!!!!!!
Title: Women Warriors Thread
Post by: Flex on December 04, 2014, 02:45:24 AM
T&T skipper makes appeal on behalf of Women Warriors after loss to Ecuador
By Ian Prescott and Mark Pouchet (Express).


The Women Warriors need jobs.

Team captain Maylee Attin-Johnson specifically mentioned her colleague Ahkeela Mollon when she highlighted a problem facing many of the players on the national team, which failed to qualify for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup when it lost 1-0 to Ecuador Tuesday night at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Port of Spain.

Many have been through the United States college system and have graduated with degrees, but cannot find jobs in Trinidad and Tobago. At best, most of them have gotten ‘on-the-job training’,” she said in an interview after the match.

Attin-Johnson also called for meaningful resources to be invested in women’s football.

“A lot of us are not only talented footballers, but we are very intelligent young ladies as well. We went abroad, got a degree, and it is very difficult to come back home and not get jobs,” Attin-Johnson pointed out. “So, hopefully the heads that be can facilitate that. Help us throughout our football career and even after.”

Like many of the older players, the women’s team captain has to think of a career ahead, and at age 28 she is unsure whether she will see another World Cup qualification campaign.

“Four years from now? It’s hard to say. Especially with a loss like this. I am very distressed at this moment,” Attin-Johnson stated. “A lot of things have to change for us to commit our time. We (are) getting older, so we have to find a career that will finance us through our lives,” she added.

The captain also called on the authorities to improve the status of women footballers, so that upcoming footballers do not have to face the hardship they went through during the World Cup qualifying campaign.

“Football is not my life, it a passion for me. I graduated with a degree in sport management, so I can fall back on that. But for the other kids coming up, who are in school right now, they have a lot of football to play. Granted, I hope, a lot of resources is pumped into women’s football,” she said.

I hope now they can see what we can give and what a little resources and investment in women’s football can do. Hopefully, the head that be, take charge and start putting money into women’s football,” she added.

“I hope a lot of resources is pumped into women’s football to make it easier for the ones going to school, and the ones that are coming up to have a way of life,” she ended.

Early August, 2014: US-based coach Randy Waldrum is hired and accepts leading the team without pay until the TTFA gets funding.

August 27: One day after winning the Caribbean Championship, captain Maylee Attin-Johnson and the team’s coach Randy Waldrum appealed for funding to gather the team together to train and prepare properly in preparation for the October 12-26 CONCACAF Women’s Championship.

October 5: Six days before the start of the CONCACAF Women’s Championship, some members of the Women Soca Warriors are stranded in T&T ahead because the TTFA had trouble raising $40,000 to process visas for the team.

A planned pre-tour camp that was expected to include warm-up matches, is compromised and the TTFA scrambles to get the team together in time for their first match against world number one ranked USA.

October 6: The final members of the team travel to Dallas, Texas, four days after the team’s originally scheduled departure.

In a last ditch effort the Ministry of Sport bailed out the TTFA providing financial support to cover costs for the training camp in Dallas to run until October 13 and other allowances and team-related expenses. Petrotrin provides casual wear and $75,000 to assist in the visa payments.

October 8: Coach Waldrum tweets about the T&T female soca warriors, “I need HELP! T&T sent a team here last night with $500 total. No equipment such as balls, no transportation from airport to hotel, nothing.”

October 9: The Haitian football team and the T&T diaspora in Dallas contribute over US$10,000 to the team. The coach is able to raise much needed funds while the Ministry of Sport injects over $200,000 to help the team.

November 26: Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar scolds the TTFA organisation to get its house in order to provide funding for football in T&T as she delivers a promised one-off $1.5 million incentive payment to the team.

December 2: At a post-match interview after their 1-0 loss to Ecuador, captain Attin-Johnson appeals for help with securing jobs as she and several of her teammates have failed to secure jobs despite being qualified.

Title: Re: The Women Warriors need jobs.
Post by: Flex on December 04, 2014, 02:53:09 AM
Captain wants T&T to take sports seriously.
T&T Guardian Reports.


Women Soca Warriors captain Maylee Attin-Johnson made an emotional plea to the Government of T&T at an appreciation function for the team at the Hyatt Regency Hotel on Wrightson Road, Port-of-Spain, yesterday, asking for more respect for the athletes.

On Tuesday, T&T’s dream of qualifying for the Fifa Women’s World Cup was crushed after a 1-0 loss to Ecuador.

At the function where Minister of Sport Dr Rupert Griffith and president of the T&T Football Association (TTFA) Raymond Tim Kee were present, the captain was thankful for the support but wanted the country to show athletes more respect.

Attin-Johnson said: “To the Ministry of Sport and the Government, thanks for everything in the last couple months we truly appreciate it. I also wish for you all to stop taking our sportswomen and sportsmen for granted. Stop looking at us just as footballers but as ambassadors for our country. Please respect us.”

Earlier, Attin-Johnson in an address to her teammates, who were present, said: “I want you all to be disappointed but not ashamed. I hope you have found the comfort in knowing you have changed the entire outlook of women’s sports. You have captivated the entire nation, hold your heads high.

“You have inspired every young girl that follows us. You all are champions in my book.”

The members of the team all received commemoration plaques for their effort.

Tim Kee, Griffith praise team

Tim Kee and Dr Griffith both congratulated T&T’s football team for its effort in Tuesday’s match.

Tim Kee said, “The ladies performed admirably and they made us all proud. The journey that took us to yesterday’s (Tuesday) final match was indeed a challenging one. Despite those difficulties, you have persevered and you have won the hearts of the country. You are indeed our national heroes.”

Dr Griffith who praised Attin-Johnson for her leadership skills, said the Ministry had plans which will help women’s football.

“We want to have a special unit in the Ministry dealing with sport development and administration with special emphasis on women and girls.

“I have to put a team together, they will touch base with the various key stakeholders and then we will come up with a plan.”

Mollon okay, St Louis needs time to recover

Following the match, midfielder Ahkeela Mollon fainted in the dressing room and was rushed to West Shore Medical Private Hospital. The team doctor Tonya Welch described Mollon’s condition as respiratory distress due to fatigue and exhaustion. Mollon was stabilised and discharged, and was present at the appreciation function.

Tasha St Louis, who was substituted in the 36th minute because of a knee injury, is suffering from swelling and Dr Welch said St Louis would need between two weeks and a month to recover.

(http://www.guardian.co.tt/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/field/image/Maylee%20Attin-Johnson.jpg?itok=zW-G8dIz)
National women’s football captain Maylee Attin-Johnson, left, and teammate Arin King embrace during an appreciation function at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Port-of-Spain. The local team was edged by Ecuador, 1-0 in Tuesday’s Women’s World Cup qualifier at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Mucurapo. Photo: Shirley Bahadur

Title: Building Women Warriors’ success.
Post by: Flex on December 08, 2014, 04:34:41 AM
Building Women Warriors’ success.
By Anand Rampersad (Guardian).


The adage of goals win matches holds true regardless of dominance of ball possession. T&T clearly had the higher percentage of ball possession. However, they failed to convert any of the many chances they had to score. On the other hand, Ecuador capitalised on one of their very few opportunities and earned a spot in the 2015 women’s World Cup in Canada.

It is understandable that the players are devastated by their three (twice at CONCACAF and the Intercontinental playoff) missed opportunities to qualify for the 2015 World Cup. However, at the same time 2014 must be remembered as a positive year for women’s football in T&T.

In January, the Under 20 team just failed to qualify for the 2014 U20 Women’s World Cup in Canada losing 7-3 to Costa Rica in extra time after leading 3-2 with five minutes to play in normal time. The national U15 team finished 3rd in the inaugural U15 CONCACAF championship beating Honduras 5-2 after losing 1-0 to the eventual winner Canada. In August the senior national team was crowned the inaugural Caribbean Cup Champions beating Jamaica 1-0 at the Hasley Crawford Stadium.

Looking ahead the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) has to build upon the momentum created throughout the year, climaxing with the stellar effort of the senior national team. The TTFA have to factor into their strategic plan a clearly defined road map for the integrated development of women’s football.

A good starting point from a governance perspective would be an overall assessment of the status of the game. This assessment should be able to provide hard data about:

• the number of persons playing the game

• factors influencing and or discouraging participation

• availability of facilities

• a viable league structure that will attract players

• review of the school system

• funding

• coaching

• media and marketing

A postmortem of the performance of the national senior team campaign for Canada 2015 must be undertaken to assess the strengths and weaknesses. This report should be made public to allow for transparency and accountability. It may also raise public confidence in the ability of the TTFA.

From a strategic perspective was enough time afforded for effective preparation. For instance why were there no practice matches against worthy opponents before the CONCACAF qualifiers?

There was almost a one month break between the end of the Caribbean Cup and the start of the CONCACAF qualifiers. Even more importantly would a practice match at home before the return leg against Ecuador been strategically useful in terms of acclimatization?

Secondly, the international embarrassment the team and the country experienced when it arrived in the US for the start of the CONCACAF qualifiers cannot be overlooked. The source of the fiasco must be addressed and ensured that it is never repeated.

If the issue of financing is not addressed by the TTFA as it seeks to rebrand itself, the full development of football will continue to suffer. The TTFA has to get its act in order and not depend on the state to regularly come to its assistance as happened in 2014.

The U17 and U20 teams must be kept together to form the basis of future national teams especially for the 2019 World Cup. The technical staff must be identified and given the green light and resources to develop the team for the next World Cup. Models of the American and even Costa Rican system should be looked at but importantly not necessarily to be copied without good reason.

The primary and secondary school leagues must be reviewed and improved especially as at these levels the players will be honing their basic skills. It is not only important to have proper development of players’ skills but coaches at this level must also be on par with the overall women development programme.

The management of the league has to find creative ways to promote the girl’s league. Every effort must be made by the organisers to get more sponsorship, media coverage and overall mileage for the girl’s league. It will be great accomplishment if the status of the game can be elevated to that of the boy’s. However, at the onset any improvement will be welcomed.

More effort has to be given the development of the TT WoLF. Greater visibility through funding, better facilities, media coverage and public buy-in can add to existing status of the league. Women should also be encouraged become coaches and match officials.

There is no doubt that talent and ability is abound as demonstrated by the various teams that represented T&T in 2014. The challenge now falls upon the administrators to ensure that the momentum of 2014 is mobilized into clearly defined road maps tied to specific goals.

Title: TTFA makes $1.6m from women’s match.
Post by: Flex on December 17, 2014, 06:41:47 AM
TTFA makes $1.6m from women’s match.
T&T Guardian Reports.


The Fifa Intercontinental second leg Women’s World Cup qualifier between T&T and Ecuador at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Port-of-Spain on December 2 was a resounding success, bringing in over $1.6 million dollars in profits.

In fact, the TTFA had an income of $2,161,340 and its expenditure was $532,264 which produced a healthy profit of $1,629,077. The profit was made after $1,975, 180 in ticket sales which came from an attendence of 20,071 persons.

The TTTFA was successful in establishing partnerships with the Ministry of Sport and The Sports Company of T&T to provide resources and support for the women’s national team, including a seven-day camp, full technical staff, pre-camp strength and conditioning program, transportation services, unfettered access to the national stadium, and medical support.

Other state stakeholders that made the event profitable included the National Operations Centre, Ministry of National Security, Tourism Development Company, PTSC, CNMG, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Energy, Ministry of Science and Technology, and the Office of the Prime Minister.

Among the commercial partners who served vital roles were; Lifestyle Motors, Gatorade, Blue Waters, Miscellaneous Marketing, DirecTV, Toyota of T&T, First Citizens Bank, Trotters, All Out, Kenny’s Sports, The Fan Club, Econo Mart, Heritage Sports of Tobago, Ramsinghs Sports, Sportway, socawarriors.net, 105 fm, 102 fm, Talk City 91.1, and i95.5 fm.

In many ways, the match was a celebration of the growth and development of not only women’s football but also the progress made by the TTFA over the last two years.

T&T football’s road back to national and international relevance would not have been possible without the support of the football family of T&T beginning with the office staff of the TTFA, Regional Associations, members of the TTFA Executive Committee, Local Organizing Committee, various local, regional, and national leagues, and of course, the people whom the TTFA work tirelessly to support; the coaches and players of our national team programs, especially our Women Soca Warriors.

The TTFA thanked all the faithful and loyal supporters as well as new fans of women’s football who all showed up as the 12th Warrior.

The TTFA is committed to applying a significant part of the earnings from this event towards the development of women’s football. Specific details on the Association’s plans will be relayed in due course once it has completed discussions with relevant technical personnel and approved by the TTFA Executive Committee. The TTFA is excited at the prospects and believes this is just the beginning of a new era for women’s football in T&T.

Title: Re: TTFA makes $1.6m from women’s match.
Post by: Mose on December 17, 2014, 08:48:51 AM
Interesting. I wonder what's the cost of bringing a team in for an international match?
Title: Re: TTFA makes $1.6m from women’s match.
Post by: Deeks on December 17, 2014, 10:57:21 AM
That is TT money, right?
Title: Re: TTFA makes $1.6m from women’s match.
Post by: dreamer on December 17, 2014, 11:37:34 AM
Progress to see some version of what they call accounting. Big progress as a matter of fact. That only comes from fans givin' them thunder and tellin' them we eh taking this shite no more ... and of course Lasana (aka "yuh f**ker") Liburd constantly letting them know that "we watching yuh - so doh try dat".  Keep the pressure on , and I mean pressure, cause when you are mentored by the dutty hands of Jackula, iz almost impossible to reform without the threat of a fleckin' jail in yuh backside.
Title: Re: TTFA makes $1.6m from women’s match.
Post by: Bakes on December 17, 2014, 11:49:42 AM
Progress to see some version of what they call accounting. Big progress as a matter. That only comes from fans givin' them thunder and tellin' them we eh taking this shite no more ... and of course Lasana (aka "yuh f**ker") Liburd constantly letting them know that "we watching yuh - so doh try dat".  Keep the pressure on , and I mean pressure, cause when you are mentored by the dutty hands of Jackula, iz almost impossible to reform without the threat of a fleckin' jail in yuh backside.

Or it comes from a genuine desire to change things but having to overcome strident (and often internal) resistance... have you ever considered that?

TTFA damned if they do, damned if they don't. 
Everybody was bitching about the lack of self-sustenance and income generation... so what they do?

-They were successful in getting the Min. of Tourism to sign on to a deal packaged around the Argentina deal, give a contract to a former Soca Warrior who has apparently mismanaged the funds... it's because "Tim Kee and Phillips t'iefin' money."

-They priced tickets to generate some revenue and people start bitching about "band waggonists" and "they too greedy" and "boycott the game."

- Game done and they taking they time to properly account for the proceedings... is because "two weeks pass and they still ent pay de women and them.  How long it does take to count money??" 

- They let children under 12 in free to the game and gave out complimentary tickets to Girls who participated in the SSFL competition this year... is because "they give away too many free tickets."

- They promised greater transparency... yet when they start to deliver on that promise they get no credit for it... it's because of 'watchdogs' pressuring them to do the right thing.
Title: Cordner on TTFA
Post by: Tallman on December 18, 2014, 10:25:03 PM
Cordner on TTFA
T&T Express


Even as the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association profited in excess of $1.6 million for the home leg World Cup qualifier against Ecuador, the National Women's Football team is yet to be paid.

Contacted, striker on the team Kennya Cordner says the women were given promises by the TTFA that they would be compensated for their efforts.

However, she says the TTFA has made no statements concerning their salaries since the December 2nd clash and she wants to know when they will get their salaries.

http://www.tv6tnt.com/sevenpm-news/CORDNER-ON-TTFA-286297011.html
Title: We Are Proud Of You Women Warriors!
Post by: Socapro on December 19, 2014, 01:46:18 PM
The Support Continues For Our Women Warriors!
https://www.youtube.com/v/ClDmjNo6h6I

Women Warriors Captain, Maylee Attin-Johnson, Ahkeela Mollon and Kenya Yaya Cordner on the Mad Drive with Shal, Jaiga and Ding Dong.

The ladies were presented with Flowers courtesy Flowers 137.

We Are Proud Of You Women Warriors!
https://www.youtube.com/v/P_RiVzekduE

Women Warriors Captain, Maylee Attin-Johnson and Ahkeela Mollon on Cruise Control with Allan and Ashleia.
Title: Re: Building Women Warriors’ success.
Post by: royal on December 19, 2014, 02:57:59 PM
just like dis captain very articulate right woman for the job
Title: Re: Building Women Warriors’ success.
Post by: asylumseeker on December 19, 2014, 03:39:07 PM
Hold it dong. Iz ah love. Ah love allyuh like cook food.

My captain: "I doh believe in moral victories."  :applause:

Tell dem already ... we have to tell dem again
Tell dem already ... we have to tell dem again
Tell dem already ... we have to tell dem again
Title: Re: TTFA makes $1.6m from women’s match.
Post by: Bakes on December 19, 2014, 08:48:03 PM
Women Warriors receive $$

Story Created: Dec 19, 2014 at 9:39 PM ECT

Members of the Trinidad and Tobago Senior Women’s team have received their match wages for the recent FIFA Intercontinental Women’s World Cup Qualifier against Ecuador.

This was revealed by the TTFA via a press release yesterday which stated that cheques were provided to players present in Trinidad while team manager Vernetta Flanders and captain Maylee Attin-Johnson collected for those who are away from Trinidad at this time.
The match fee per player was $3200 while a stipend total of $4480 was also provided.

In addition, the TTFA has made available a gratuity of $3200, which will be wired to both players and members of the technical staff. 
Flanders expressed gratitude on behalf of the Women Warriors to the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association for the payments which represent the first ever match fee collected by women’s senior national team players.

“It’s been a long campaign for everyone on the team including players and staff and we wish to say thank you to the TTFA and those who ensured the players in particular were able to receive their payments before the holiday period. The experience has been one of a lifetime for everyone in the team and again we appreciate the efforts of the association,” Flanders said.

Longstanding T&T player Tasha St. Louis also added “The FA came through for us and we received more resources and payment over the last three months than we have received since over the ten years or more that I’ve been a part of the program.”

TTFA President Raymond Tim Kee stated that he was pleased that the TTFA was able to complete the payments, also expressing gratitude to the Government for its partnership with the TTFA during the campaign including the $50,000 bonus the TTFA initiated in its discussions with Minister of Sport Rupert Griffith and Minister of National Security Gary Griffith.

Tim Kee also relayed that Randy Waldrum has already submitted a plan for 2015 going forward for the National Women’s program with proposed training matches in early 2015 and preparations for the Pan American Games in Canada in August.

Breakdown of wages to T&T senior women’s team

CONCACAF TOURNAMENT /MEXICO TRAINING CAMP
$20,480

DEC 2 MATCH FEE
$3,200

DEC 2 CAMP STIPEND
$5,120

GRATUITY
$3,200

GOVERNMENT BONUS
$50,000   

TOTAL      $82,000

http://www.trinidadexpress.com/sports/Women-Warriors-receive--286427441.html


Now that the TTFA paid them a bonus on top of what was owed, ah wonder if Maylee still crying about "how long it takes to count money"?
Title: Re: TTFA makes $1.6m from women’s match.
Post by: elan on December 19, 2014, 09:24:29 PM
Bakes yuh eh easy, yuh lashing the soldiers and all after they come back from battle. The brass and them infallible.

What did Jack Warner say, "the player to greedy."
Title: Re: TTFA makes $1.6m from women’s match.
Post by: Deeks on December 19, 2014, 09:42:37 PM
I don't think the players are greedy. They should demand  what is rightfully theirs after making all those sacrifices. They deserve all monies owed  to them. But they should keep a level head, read between the lines and don't get caught up the tug-a-war between the two political parties.
Title: Re: TTFA makes $1.6m from women’s match.
Post by: Bakes on December 19, 2014, 10:51:37 PM
Bakes yuh eh easy, yuh lashing the soldiers and all after they come back from battle. The brass and them infallible.

What did Jack Warner say, "the player to greedy."

You the only person raising the "greedy" talk... because I certainly didn't.
Title: Women Warriors receive $$.
Post by: Flex on December 20, 2014, 07:03:15 AM
Women Warriors receive $$.
T&T Express Reports.


Members of the Trinidad and Tobago Senior Women’s team have received their match wages for the recent FIFA Intercontinental Women’s World Cup Qualifier against Ecuador.

This was revealed by the TTFA via a press release yesterday which stated that cheques were provided to players present in Trinidad while team manager Vernetta Flanders and captain Maylee Attin-Johnson collected for those who are away from Trinidad at this time.

The match fee per player was $3200 while a stipend total of $4480 was also provided.

In addition, the TTFA has made available a gratuity of $3200, which will be wired to both players and members of the technical staff. 

Flanders expressed gratitude on behalf of the Women Warriors to the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association for the payments which represent the first ever match fee collected by women’s senior national team players.

“It’s been a long campaign for everyone on the team including players and staff and we wish to say thank you to the TTFA and those who ensured the players in particular were able to receive their payments before the holiday period.

The experience has been one of a lifetime for everyone in the team and again we appreciate the efforts of the association,” Flanders said.

Longstanding T&T player Tasha St. Louis also added “The FA came through for us and we received more resources and payment over the last three months than we have received since over the ten years or more that I’ve been a part of the program.”

TTFA President Raymond Tim Kee stated that he was pleased that the TTFA was able to complete the payments, also expressing gratitude to the Government for its partnership with the TTFA during the campaign including the $50,000 bonus the TTFA initiated in its discussions with Minister of Sport Rupert Griffith and Minister of National Security Gary Griffith.

Tim Kee also relayed that Randy Waldrum has already submitted a plan for 2015 going forward for the National Women’s program with proposed training matches in early 2015 and preparations for the Pan American Games in Canada in August.

Breakdown of wages to T&T senior women’s team

CONCACAF TOURNAMENT /MEXICO TRAINING CAMP

$20,480

DEC 2 MATCH FEE

$3,200

DEC 2 CAMP STIPEND

$5,120

GRATUITY

$3,200

GOVERNMENT BONUS

$50,000
   
TOTAL

$82,000

Title: Re: Women Warriors receive $$.
Post by: Rastaman on December 20, 2014, 11:22:27 AM
Why was it necessary for the entire world to know exactly how much our female players got ?????????
Title: Sham! TTFA allegedly faked congratulatory statement from Women Warriors
Post by: SWF Reporter on December 20, 2014, 12:10:04 PM
Sham! TTFA allegedly faked congratulatory statement from Women Warriors
By Lasana Liburd (Wired868.com)


The credibility of the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) has taken another hit after an allegation that the beleagured football body sent invented quotes to media from national women’s team player Tasha St Louis, which congratulated the TTFA over its treatment of the national women footballers.

Yesterday, a TTFA press release quoted St Louis and national team manager Vernetta Flanders complimenting the organisation for its efforts during the team’s 2015 World Cup qualifying campaign.

“The FA came through for us,” said St Louis, according to a TTFA press release, “and we received more resources and payment over the last three months than we have received since over the ten years or more that I’ve been a part of the program.”

Flanders allegedly thanked the football body for paying the players before the holiday period.

“It’s been a long campaign for everyone on the team including players and staff and we wish to say thank you to the TTFA and those who ensured the players in particular were able to receive their payments before the holiday period,” Flanders allegedly told the TTFA Media. “The experience has been one of a lifetime for everyone in the team and again we appreciate the efforts of the association.”

However, Wired868 was informed that both persons privately denied conducted any such interview with TTFA press officer Shaun Fuentes or anyone else from the local football body.

“No, I didn’t do an interview,” St Louis told Wired868. “Shaun called me but I told him I was busy and he didn’t call back.”

Wired868 read out St Louis’ alleged statement and asked if those were her words. She replied in the negative.

Flanders said she heard about her supposed statement but, when asked if she gave an interview to the TTFA Media or was accurately quoted, she responded: “no comment.”

Fuentes, who sent to the release to the media, told Wired868 that he did not speak to St Louis or Flanders but claimed he received the quotes in a draft done by TTFA general secretary Sheldon Phillips.

The long-serving press officer admitted that he called St Louis but was told she was driving at the time while his second attempt to reach the player was unsuccessful. He was also unable to contact defender Arin King for a comment regarding the payment of their match fees and stipends.

Fuentes alleged that Phillips then sent him a draft press release with quotes from St Louis and Flanders. So he assumed that his boss spoke to both women.

“The release was put together by (Phillips) who said he had confirmed with the player that it was okay to use that quote,” Fuentes told Wired868. “He inserted the quote in the final draft to me and indicated that he spoke to her… He sent me a quote from both of them.”

Wired868 phoned Phillips for comment and left a message. But, up to the time of publication, he had not responded.

The allegedly faked interviews followed criticism from team captain Maylee Attin-Johnson and star attacker Kennya “Yaya” Cordner who blasted the TTFA’s tardiness in paying its players among other issues.

“To be honest, there are times when (the TTFA) was good to us,” Cordner told Wired868, “but most times when we needed them the most they were not good at all.”

At just 26 years of age, Cordner is already a three-time TTFA Women’s Player of the Year and recently became the first Caribbean player to be named on a shortlist for the CONCACAF Player of the Year award.

But, rather than call Cordner into a meeting to discuss her disenchantment, the TTFA appeared to counter her complaints by allegedly fabricatinig quotes that were credited to her teammate, St Louis, which claimed that: “The FA came through for us.”

If true, the stunt will do little for the image of the TTFA at a time when its integrity is being questioned more than ever since the depature of its former special advisor Jack Warner.

Phillips was alleged to be involved in a license fee racket, which cost taxpayers $400,000 in May. And football president Raymond Tim Kee deceived his own football executive over monies owed to coach Stephen Hart and his players and allegedly tried to hide Darren Millien’s role with the TTFA from the ExCo as well as Tourism Minister Gerald Hadeed.

St Louis’ claim suggests that the TTFA has now turned to using players as pawns to shield themselves from criticism.

Tim Kee, in response to Cordner’s suggestion that the women’s team is now dormant, said that coach Randy Waldrum had already submitted plans for 2015, which included practice games. Just minutes after the final qualifying game on December 2, Phillips also indicated that Waldrum would be kept on.

It raised the question as to whether the TTFA technical committee, which is chaired by Richard Quan Chan, is no more than a rubber stamp. It is the technical committee’s remit to gauge and recommend coaches. But, if Waldrum did send his plans for 2015 to the football body, neither Tim Kee nor Phillips bothered to forward them to Quan Chan.

“We have not had yet had a report from Randy and we will not do anything until a report from him is submitted,” Quan Chan told Wired868. “The fraternity might accept at this point that Mr Waldrum has done a good job (and) the women believe he has brought them a long way…

“Mr Waldrum is the coach of Dallas Dash and I do not know that we are in a financial position to hire a foreign coach at this time. But there will be a full discussion on his performance and what kinds of options we might have.”

Title: Re: Sham! TTFA allegedly faked congratulatory statement from Women Warriors
Post by: SWO_TNTFAN on December 20, 2014, 12:31:35 PM
Good read. Again we dabbin up in mud like 4 eye fish.
Title: Re: Women Warriors receive $$.
Post by: Deeks on December 20, 2014, 02:57:48 PM
Rastafarian. I think you could answer that, you know.
Title: Re: Sham! TTFA allegedly faked congratulatory statement from Women Warriors
Post by: kounty on December 20, 2014, 07:51:15 PM
lol. two other possibilities are that st louis and flanders gave these quotes to sheldon himself (not fuentes) in some conversation they had with him, or that sheldon wrote up a draft document for fuentes with fake quotes as space savers and fuentes either wittingly or otherwise release with said quotes in order to embarrass him or just a big misunderstanding.  Or is like this article implies - a sham!
Title: Re: TTFA makes $1.6m from women’s match.
Post by: elan on December 20, 2014, 11:05:26 PM
Bakes yuh eh easy, yuh lashing the soldiers and all after they come back from battle. The brass and them infallible.

What did Jack Warner say, "the player to greedy."

You the only person raising the "greedy" talk... because I certainly didn't.

What were you implying when you quoted/stated
Quote
ah wonder if Maylee still crying about "how long it takes to count money"?

nvm, don't  bother. I will ask Tasha and Flanders for a quote.
Title: Re: TTFA makes $1.6m from women’s match.
Post by: Bakes on December 20, 2014, 11:16:13 PM
What were you implying when you quoted/stated
Quote
ah wonder if Maylee still crying about "how long it takes to count money"?

nvm, don't  bother. I will ask Tasha and Flanders for a quote.

The implication is both simple and clear... no wonder then that it would have escaped you.  Maylee was being impatient... suggesting that two weeks was too long a time for the TTFA to reconcile their books.  And look in the end they was looking out for them... not only did they give the players what they owed the, but they even throw in ah extra $600 US as a "gratuity."  If the TTFA was really trying to scheme or cheat them (by drawing out the counting process) they wouldn't turn around and pay the women a bonus.  Sometimes it pays to keep a level head and air your dirty laundry privately.
Title: Re: TTFA makes $1.6m from women’s match.
Post by: SWO_TNTFAN on December 21, 2014, 01:18:32 AM
Or under pay them even with the bonus included so it looks like they actually getting a bonus when infact they are been robbed. Next level robbery.

Title: Re: TTFA makes $1.6m from women’s match.
Post by: Bakes on December 21, 2014, 06:49:14 AM
Or under pay them even with the bonus included so it looks like they actually getting a bonus when infact they are been robbed. Next level robbery.



You see any of the women complaining? Right. The match fee and stipend they paid them was actually more than what they negotiated, and then in addition to paying them more than the contract called for, they give them a bonus on top of that. Real next level robbery.
Title: Re: TTFA makes $1.6m from women’s match.
Post by: coache on December 21, 2014, 02:17:19 PM
This the reported amount...how much was pocketed? What is going to happen with this money?
Title: Re: TTFA makes $1.6m from women’s match.
Post by: coache on December 21, 2014, 02:17:40 PM
This the reported amount...how much was pocketed? What is going to happen with this money?
Title: Re: Sham! TTFA allegedly faked congratulatory statement from Women Warriors
Post by: coache on December 21, 2014, 02:37:06 PM
All TTFA officials should be hunted ,captured and tried for treason..they should be tied, blindfolded, stripped and blasted by cannons filled with human faeces..then left in the midday sun to dry out.
Title: Re: Women Warriors receive $$.
Post by: Sam on December 22, 2014, 06:31:47 AM
Good job by the TTFA in paying these ladies. Lets see whats next.

Maylee, ah still love yuh.

Yuh sweet like julie mango.

Where yuh go be for Karnival?

Title: Re: Sham! TTFA allegedly faked congratulatory statement from Women Warriors
Post by: Sam on December 22, 2014, 06:47:50 AM
This TTFA is real dramma sah.

They come out and lie yes.

Title: Re: Women Warriors receive $$.
Post by: Deeks on December 22, 2014, 07:59:43 AM
Good job by the TTFA in paying these ladies. Lets see whats next.

Maylee, ah still love yuh.

Yuh sweet like julie mango.

Where yuh go be for Karnival?


You friggin rat, you!
Title: Re: Sham! TTFA allegedly faked congratulatory statement from Women Warriors
Post by: elan on December 22, 2014, 01:55:26 PM
So is this another ax on de grinder?
Title: Re: Sham! TTFA allegedly faked congratulatory statement from Women Warriors
Post by: dreamer on December 22, 2014, 09:20:52 PM
Sham! TTFA allegedly faked congratulatory statement from Women Warriors
By Lasana Liburd (Wired868.com)


The credibility of the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) has taken another hit after an allegation that the beleagured football body sent invented quotes to media from national women’s team player Tasha St Louis, which congratulated the TTFA over its treatment of the national women footballers.

Yesterday, a TTFA press release quoted St Louis and national team manager Vernetta Flanders complimenting the organisation for its efforts during the team’s 2015 World Cup qualifying campaign.

“The FA came through for us,” said St Louis, according to a TTFA press release, “and we received more resources and payment over the last three months than we have received since over the ten years or more that I’ve been a part of the program.”

Flanders allegedly thanked the football body for paying the players before the holiday period.

“It’s been a long campaign for everyone on the team including players and staff and we wish to say thank you to the TTFA and those who ensured the players in particular were able to receive their payments before the holiday period,” Flanders allegedly told the TTFA Media. “The experience has been one of a lifetime for everyone in the team and again we appreciate the efforts of the association.”

However, Wired868 was informed that both persons privately denied conducted any such interview with TTFA press officer Shaun Fuentes or anyone else from the local football body.

“No, I didn’t do an interview,” St Louis told Wired868. “Shaun called me but I told him I was busy and he didn’t call back.”

Wired868 read out St Louis’ alleged statement and asked if those were her words. She replied in the negative.

Flanders said she heard about her supposed statement but, when asked if she gave an interview to the TTFA Media or was accurately quoted, she responded: “no comment.”

Fuentes, who sent to the release to the media, told Wired868 that he did not speak to St Louis or Flanders but claimed he received the quotes in a draft done by TTFA general secretary Sheldon Phillips.

The long-serving press officer admitted that he called St Louis but was told she was driving at the time while his second attempt to reach the player was unsuccessful. He was also unable to contact defender Arin King for a comment regarding the payment of their match fees and stipends.

Fuentes alleged that Phillips then sent him a draft press release with quotes from St Louis and Flanders. So he assumed that his boss spoke to both women.

“The release was put together by (Phillips) who said he had confirmed with the player that it was okay to use that quote,” Fuentes told Wired868. “He inserted the quote in the final draft to me and indicated that he spoke to her… He sent me a quote from both of them.”

Wired868 phoned Phillips for comment and left a message. But, up to the time of publication, he had not responded.

The allegedly faked interviews followed criticism from team captain Maylee Attin-Johnson and star attacker Kennya “Yaya” Cordner who blasted the TTFA’s tardiness in paying its players among other issues.

“To be honest, there are times when (the TTFA) was good to us,” Cordner told Wired868, “but most times when we needed them the most they were not good at all.”

At just 26 years of age, Cordner is already a three-time TTFA Women’s Player of the Year and recently became the first Caribbean player to be named on a shortlist for the CONCACAF Player of the Year award.

But, rather than call Cordner into a meeting to discuss her disenchantment, the TTFA appeared to counter her complaints by allegedly fabricatinig quotes that were credited to her teammate, St Louis, which claimed that: “The FA came through for us.”

If true, the stunt will do little for the image of the TTFA at a time when its integrity is being questioned more than ever since the depature of its former special advisor Jack Warner.

Phillips was alleged to be involved in a license fee racket, which cost taxpayers $400,000 in May. And football president Raymond Tim Kee deceived his own football executive over monies owed to coach Stephen Hart and his players and allegedly tried to hide Darren Millien’s role with the TTFA from the ExCo as well as Tourism Minister Gerald Hadeed.

St Louis’ claim suggests that the TTFA has now turned to using players as pawns to shield themselves from criticism.

Tim Kee, in response to Cordner’s suggestion that the women’s team is now dormant, said that coach Randy Waldrum had already submitted plans for 2015, which included practice games. Just minutes after the final qualifying game on December 2, Phillips also indicated that Waldrum would be kept on.

It raised the question as to whether the TTFA technical committee, which is chaired by Richard Quan Chan, is no more than a rubber stamp. It is the technical committee’s remit to gauge and recommend coaches. But, if Waldrum did send his plans for 2015 to the football body, neither Tim Kee nor Phillips bothered to forward them to Quan Chan.

“We have not had yet had a report from Randy and we will not do anything until a report from him is submitted,” Quan Chan told Wired868. “The fraternity might accept at this point that Mr Waldrum has done a good job (and) the women believe he has brought them a long way…

“Mr Waldrum is the coach of Dallas Dash and I do not know that we are in a financial position to hire a foreign coach at this time. But there will be a full discussion on his performance and what kinds of options we might have.”

Watch nah, this is some deadly & reportedly seriously inappropriate behaviour on the part of some folks in/associated with the TTFA,
as being reported by a journalist called Lasana (previously venomously called "yuh f**ker") Liburd.
If the allegations of misconduct about alleged quotes of Tasha St. Louis are true, I would advise Tasha to get ready with a lawyer and prepare for some action (as this could be a game changing moment).
The integrity or character (let's say good or bad) of the folks in the TTFA and those who support them intensely could be slowly revealed by this very serious story.

Title: Re: Sham! TTFA allegedly faked congratulatory statement from Women Warriors
Post by: Sando prince on December 23, 2014, 01:21:30 AM
I want to step aside from the topic to ask...

Is it just me or this writer seem obsessed to tarnish the TTFA. Most of the info he has been revealing in different articles is not being published elsewhere. Not in the Express, Not in the Guardian, not even in the pro-government Newsday. I encourage the writer to show some objectivity in his writing unless his wish is to be seen as a bias writer.
Title: Re: Sham! TTFA allegedly faked congratulatory statement from Women Warriors
Post by: elan on December 23, 2014, 10:44:55 AM
I want to step aside from the topic to ask...

Is it just me or this writer seem obsessed to tarnish the TTFA. Most of the info he has been revealing in different articles is not being published elsewhere. Not in the Express, Not in the Guardian, not even in the pro-government Newsday. I encourage the writer to show some objectivity in his writing unless his wish is to be seen as a bias writer.

You serious?
Title: Re: Building Women Warriors’ success.
Post by: elan on December 23, 2014, 01:09:35 PM
FIFA announced that it would be doubling its funds dedicated to womens football development from grassroots up in 2015.
Title: Re: Sham! TTFA allegedly faked congratulatory statement from Women Warriors
Post by: SWF Reporter on December 24, 2014, 02:59:20 PM
So the solution is that Wired868 sticks to press releases and match reports like the daily newspapers? Really?
I do the match reports and so on as well. There was a Wired868 story when Kevin Molino scored his first international hattrick and when the women's team won the Caribbean Cup.
The difference here is that I understand what happens off the field affects performances on the field. So I don't turn a blind eye to that.
I can't dumb down Wired868 to benefit people who are embarrassed by my stories. I see my job as to provide relevant information for the football community.
Title: Re: Sham! TTFA allegedly faked congratulatory statement from Women Warriors
Post by: Sam on December 24, 2014, 03:25:52 PM
If wasn't for Lasana, Jack Warner woulda still be here bulling all ah them.

If wasn't for Lasana, Tim Kee woulda do as he please without caring to let the public, they woulda cover up everything.

If wasn't for Lasana, rapper man Terrance Marcelle woulda still be trying to bull lil boys.

Lasana, keep doing the splendid job you are doing.

Title: Re: Sham! TTFA allegedly faked congratulatory statement from Women Warriors
Post by: Socapro on December 24, 2014, 04:10:24 PM
So the solution is that Wired868 sticks to press releases and match reports like the daily newspapers? Really?
I do the match reports and so on as well. There was a Wired868 story when Kevin Molino scored his first international hattrick and when the women's team won the Caribbean Cup.
The difference here is that I understand what happens off the field affects performances on the field. So I don't turn a blind eye to that.
I can't dumb down Wired868 to benefit people who are embarrassed by my stories. I see my job as to provide relevant information for the football community.

Please continue to do your good journalistic work in 2015, its invaluable and we appreciate it!
Title: Re: Sham! TTFA allegedly faked congratulatory statement from Women Warriors
Post by: Agent Jack Bauer on December 24, 2014, 08:43:29 PM
"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing" - Edmund Burke


Keep up doing things your way Lasana and don't be bullied by your biased critics
Title: Re: Sham! TTFA allegedly faked congratulatory statement from Women Warriors
Post by: weary1969 on December 25, 2014, 10:48:44 AM
Sando I take it that u do not live in TnT. FYI the crime reporters sit at their desk and call the station and get the info. You really expect the sports reporters them eh journalists to get information bout the operations of the TTFA.
Title: Re: Sham! TTFA allegedly faked congratulatory statement from Women Warriors
Post by: SWF Reporter on December 27, 2014, 07:41:17 AM
Thanks everyone. I will do my best and as much as I can.  :beermug:
Title: Re: Building Women Warriors’ success.
Post by: elan on February 01, 2015, 12:21:36 AM
So I was listening to ah lil talk today.

Many of our U17 Women's players who should be making the step up to the U20 are very jaded. A number of them are trying to get into college and have stated that they will not play again for the NT. They cannot deal with the poor organization, the last minute tournament.

These players are still hurt from that dismal U17 performance they gave as may feel that was not a true reflection of their abilities (they were never debriefed and have not been contacted since). That they were not set up to succeed. Making matters worst they are looking at the U20 USWNT in training already (players who are already in college and training year round at a top level).  Haiti is also in training as most of the U17s still live at that Haiti Football complex that was built and have been training since they lost in the U17 qualifiers.

I don't know what the TTFA have planned but they need to get this group of players going or else we will lose a quality bunch of players. These players are really dejected and have no one to turn to for any information. As it stands, they don't know anything about screening, when exactly qualifications begin, who their coach will be, etc. They are hopelessly reaching out to each other to find out if anyone has any kind of info and keeps coming up with nothing.  Sad situation as some may quit the sport altogether.

What is the TTFA doing? When will they get their act together? How much time is enough time?

How much money do they need to communicate plans with players?
Title: Re: Building Women Warriors’ success.
Post by: Deeks on February 01, 2015, 11:14:10 AM
How much money do they need to communicate plans with players?

Plenty. If you know a couple millionaires, use your influence to get them to invest in the football program. As you know by now football is no longer a cheap man sport.
Title: Re: Building Women Warriors’ success.
Post by: elan on February 01, 2015, 12:15:14 PM
How much money do they need to communicate plans with players?

Plenty. If you know a couple millionaires, use your influence to get them to invest in the football program. As you know by now football is no longer a cheap man sport.

Deeks what kinda madness you talking. How does communication cost money? How hard is it to get in touch with players and give them a date to meet at the "free" HCS. There, they could explain to the players the situation, show that they have a plan, what it will take to implement the plan, why it cannot be currently implemented and what the ALTERNATE plan is. Yes a plan B and a plan C is a requirement for any serious organization. They can also let the players know what they (the players) can do to assist in being ready for upcoming tournaments.

See this is our main problem that everyone has bought into. Money will fix the problems we are experiencing. No, money won't solve it.
It will still take foresight, consideration, concern, planning, and communication to rectify our problem. Yes we need money and money will allow us to do much, much, much better, but only if it is used effectively ad efficiently.

I believe a lack of communicating with our players is the biggest downfall of the administration. They identified this recently on 2 separate occasions. Those occasion being the US $500-Houston-Twitter fiasco, and then the MNT JA debacle. For some reason it seems that the FA believe that players are only supposed to play the game and not be involved of have any dealings with the administrative side of the game. In today's world there are no secrets in football (well except where the money from the 2006 WC gone and where the "Milli" disappear to). I truly believe things will go much smoother - money or not - if the players are treated as valuable members of the FA and not disposable commodities.



Title: Re: The Women Warriors need jobs.
Post by: royal on February 18, 2015, 06:13:16 PM
so after all is said and done none ah those ladies from de national team was good enough for Waldrum Houston Dash team? Dey finish last in de league last year
Title: Re: The Women Warriors need jobs.
Post by: elan on February 18, 2015, 06:33:04 PM
so after all is said and done none ah those ladies from de national team was good enough for Waldrum Houston Dash team? Dey finish last in de league last year

Ah glad somebody say it. i did not want to say it. After watching the Dash last season I am positive a try out for King was in order. Our players though are not in keeping with the style of play at the Dash or the NWSL for that matter. Not even ah lil mamaguy self. Maybe our player doh want to play pro. Or going through the paper work for a work permit maybe more headache than it's worth?

Maybe the TTFA could have offered to pay the players he interested in Salary.
Title: Re: The Women Warriors need jobs.
Post by: elan on February 18, 2015, 08:27:44 PM
Look who he rather sign (http://www.sbisoccer.com/2015/02/houston-finalist-stephanie.html)   :frustrated:  I am following Houston real closely this season because I am working on a theory.
Title: Re: Building Women Warriors’ success.
Post by: elan on March 05, 2015, 07:50:10 PM
World Cup Champion Julie Foudy: Women’s Soccer Is A Major ‘Untapped Market’ (http://thinkprogress.org/sports/2015/03/05/3628410/wheres-funding-womens-soccer/)



(http://d35brb9zkkbdsd.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/trinidadsoccer-638x471.jpg)
Trinidad and Tobago's Arin King (5) challenges Haiti's Yvrose Gervil during World Cup qualifying in October.
CREDIT: (AP PHOTO/NAM Y. HUH)



When Trinidad and Tobago’s women’s national soccer team flew to the United States for World Cup qualifying in October, its coach faced a crisis: his team did not have enough money to fund training equipment or basic expenses for players during the trip.

So Randy Waldrum, the American coach of Trinidad’s women’s team, took to social media to issue a plea for help, and different sources of funding soon emerged, from crowd-funded campaigns and the Haitian team (which subsequently received help from The Clinton Foundation). The Trinidadian federation stepped up too, promising more funding was on the way. But in this region alone, Jamaica also had to crowd-fund just to get through qualifying.

The issues associated with merely getting to qualifying put a bright light on a well-known problem: the lack of funding for women’s soccer, not just in small associations that are part of CONCACAF, which governs North and Central America and the Caribbean, but worldwide. In the year ahead of the Women’s World Cup, the comparatively meager funding for women’s soccer teams isn’t just an issue of equality, it creates a huge missed opportunity for FIFA and national and regional federations.

When it comes to funding the sport, “whether you like women’s soccer or not is not of interest to me,” said Julie Foudy, the former captain of the U.S. Women’s National Team who played for two World Cup-winning sides. “What concerns me…is here is this untapped market worth a lot of revenue to the federation. How can we not be utilizing that? From a business perspective — and I think FIFA is finally coming to this — there is really something here that we’re not tapping into.”

There is an indication now that FIFA, the sport’s international governing body, is realizing that. In February, it released the results of a year-long survey that detailed some of the biggest problems facing the women’s game. Based on the responses of 177 of the sport’s 209 federations, the survey found that just 25 percent of the national federations had staff dedicated to the women’s game, and worse, 20 percent of those federations didn’t even have a team. Half of them had no youth development program for girls.

The numbers “aren’t surprising,” Foudy said. But the fact that FIFA conducted such a survey is a big step forward for understanding the upward climb facing the women’s game.

“What’s great is that FIFA took the time to put those numbers in place,” Foudy, who now works as an analyst on ESPN’s soccer broadcasts and remains close to the women’s game. “We need some sort of baseline standard to say, ‘Here’s where we are, here’s the reality, and how are we going to make it better?'”

FIFA’s survey documents the issues facing specific federations, noting that many need more competitions, more development programs, and, especially, more funding. The 177 member foundations put $156 million toward women’s soccer annually, the survey found, though that investment skews heavily toward Europe, which invests roughly two-thirds of that total (CONCACAF and the Asian federation, meanwhile, make up another $40 million). FIFA has said it would double its funding of the women’s game by 2018 by focusing primarily on development programs across the world.

That funding matters. According to the survey, the top 20 countries in the FIFA women’s world rankings put an average of $5.4 million into their teams each year. The average drops to $1.2 million in the next group of countries all the way down to $100,000 for the worst teams.

For most federations and member associations, women’s soccer “is not a priority,” Foudy said. “So the question is, how do you create federations where there are more people that’s a priority for?”

One way to do that could be through increasing the number of women working in positions of power in the sport. FIFA’s survey found that just one-in-six federation executive committee members are women, and women make up just one-in-14 coaches. Women occupy only three of the 27 spots on FIFA’s executive board.

Even in the United States, where the women’s game is comparatively well-funded and advanced, there isn’t yet a pipeline that encourages girls and women playing the sport — there are an estimated 30 million worldwide, with half of them in the U.S. or Canada — to pursue coaching positions or other decision-making roles in the sport. That is a place where the United States could take the lead as an example for the rest of the world, Foudy said.

The survey is a start for improving the women’s game because it puts a focus on and quantifies the problem. Still, Foudy said, the fact that much of soccer’s funding flows directly through these same federations that have not committed to the women’s game in the past means there also needs to be pressure for more transparency about how they spend their money, particularly the funds that are supposed to go toward women’s soccer.

FIFA’s recommendations are “all good stuff, but at the end of the day, who’s going to be the one to ensure all of this is getting done?”

But it needs to happen, because the successes of countries that have invested in the women’s game makes it clear that the market is there for the sport.

“If you open those doors, I think you’d find there’s a lot of women that would step through them,” Foudy said. “They’re just not doing that.”
Title: Re: Building Women Warriors’ success.
Post by: elan on March 09, 2015, 02:54:33 PM
2015 Houston Dash Preseason Roster (http://www.houstondynamo.com/news/2015/03/houston-dash-announce-2015-preseason-roster)

Goalkeepers (5): Erin McLeod**, Bianca Henninger, Megan Kinneman*, Jordan Day*, Haley Carter*
Defenders (17): Allysha Chapman**, Niki Cross, Meghan Klingenberg**, Stephanie Ochs, Lauren Sesselmann, Taylor Leach*, Sam Harder*, Taylor Nelson*, Tessa Andujar*, Ellie Rice*, Brooke Rice*, Whitney Jaynes*, Lauren Hutchinson*, Lauren Silver*, Jen LaPonte*, Jazmyne Avant*, Carleigh Williams
Midfielders (10): Rachael Axon, Brittany Bock, Morgan Brian**, Jordan Jackson, Carli Lloyd**, Ashley Nick, Allie Bailey*, Quinny Truong*, Laura Eddy*, Cami Privett*
Forwards (9): Melissa Henderson, Ella Masar, Tiffany McCarty, Jessica McDonald***, Kealia Ohai, Stephanie Roche**, Kelley Monogue*, Claudia Saucedo*, Anisa Guajardo*


*Non-roster invitee
**Currently with national team
***Not in preseason camp
Title: Re: Building Women Warriors’ success.
Post by: Deeks on March 09, 2015, 03:20:51 PM
Lauren is a good player. Good luck!
Title: Re: Building Women Warriors’ success.
Post by: asylumseeker on March 09, 2015, 06:25:07 PM
I thought Roche was signing with Lyon.
Title: Re: Building Women Warriors’ success.
Post by: elan on March 09, 2015, 06:46:06 PM
I thought Roche was signing with Lyon.

I think she's  even going to the WH to meet the President for St. Paddy's.
Title: Re: Building Women Warriors’ success.
Post by: Soccer 19 on March 10, 2015, 05:07:25 AM
This is great news for the Women's program. Lets hope he is offered a contract through the 2019 Women's World Cup. Good luck Coach at the Pan Am's in Toronto this summer.

http://www.newsday.co.tt/sport/0,208057.html



19
Title: Re: Building Women Warriors’ success.
Post by: elan on March 10, 2015, 11:19:08 AM
So Waldrum will be the U20 coach. I wonder when they will come together?

Also September 6th is the last regular season game for the Houston Dash, Pan Am games is July 11th - 26th.
Title: Re: Building Women Warriors’ success.
Post by: dreamer on March 11, 2015, 07:16:27 AM
This is great news for the Women's program. Lets hope he is offered a contract through the 2019 Women's World Cup. Good luck Coach at the Pan Am's in Toronto this summer.

http://www.newsday.co.tt/sport/0,208057.html

19

Good move to hire Waldrun even though TTFA is probably clueless about where the money coming from and hoping that the MOS & Sancho will fix up.
Keep the pressure on the TTFA. Jackula never felt this kinda pressure or scrutiny. It works.
Title: Waldrum wrong man for the job
Post by: Tallman on March 12, 2015, 06:46:06 AM
Waldrum wrong man for the job
T&T Express


I write in response to an article published in the newspapers on Tuesday where it was stated that Randy Waldrum will be retained as the Soca Princesses’ coach.

I am really amazed at this decision by the T&T Football Association to retain Waldrum’s services. My question is what is the yardstick they use to measure success?

It is important to first jog our memory by going back to a few years ago during Waldrum’s first stint with our women’s national under-17 team. Under his stewardship, our Soca Princesses were defeated by 9 goals to 0 by the US in a Concacaf qualifying game.

What was more memorable was Waldrum’s refusal to leave the comfort of this bench to attempt to instil advice or motivation to his players in a situation that seemed beyond their technical competencies. This was recorded as the largest defeat ever experienced by a Trinidad team to the US. It was unanimous that Waldrum must ride out of Dodge. Hopefully never to be seen again in these parts of the woods.

Many people in T&T may have seen the current women’s senior team for the first time as they attempted to qualify in the Concacaf tournament. It is important to note this very talented team had been making inroads with high-level performances on the international scene many months before Waldrum’s arrival on the Concacaf scene a few weeks before its commencement.

In 2013, this very team toured the UK and posted victories against Queens Park Rangers 6-1, Reading 4-0, Tottenham Hotspurs 3-0. I believe Anton Corneal handled the team on that tour, as Marlon Charles, their substantive coach, took the under-17 team to a tournament taking place at the same time.

Two months before the Concacaf tournament there was a return to Dodge by Waldrum and with him the previously dismissed technical director, Lincoln Phillips. These two, I understand, have had a long friendship; I say no more on that matter!

Waldrum could not have asked for an easier passage to a World Cup finals; topping his group would have qualified the team to the WC finals. As we know, that was not the case. He missed the first bite. He also missed the second bite when he lost to Mexico in an attempt to finish as the third qualifier of the tournament. Nevertheless all was not lost, or so we thought, as we had only to secure a win in the home-and-away playoff with Ecuador.

With a full house at the Hasely Crawford Stadium wanting a victory over a very mediocre team, we could not do it under Waldrum.
Where are we going with decisions like these? Is this a decision made by the TTFA’s technical committee or one made by the general secretary, Phillips? Are we going to watch a national coach sit on the bench and not get involved to provide needed instructions when the team needs it most; as he did during that ill-fated game in the stadium? Poor Minister Sancho another mouth to feed!

Please president Tim Kee, take a hold of your organisation and these nonsensical decisions. While some foreign coaches may be good, this one certainly is not, and the evidence is right before us.

Bob Mills
Tunapuna
Title: Re: Building Women Warriors’ success.
Post by: royal on March 12, 2015, 06:54:25 AM
Waldrum wrong man for the job
T&T Express


I write in response to an article published in the newspapers on Tuesday where it was stated that Randy Waldrum will be retained as the Soca Princesses’ coach.

I am really amazed at this decision by the T&T Football Association to retain Waldrum’s services. My question is what is the yardstick they use to measure success?

It is important to first jog our memory by going back to a few years ago during Waldrum’s first stint with our women’s national under-17 team. Under his stewardship, our Soca Princesses were defeated by 9 goals to 0 by the US in a Concacaf qualifying game.

What was more memorable was Waldrum’s refusal to leave the comfort of this bench to attempt to instil advice or motivation to his players in a situation that seemed beyond their technical competencies. This was recorded as the largest defeat ever experienced by a Trinidad team to the US. It was unanimous that Waldrum must ride out of Dodge. Hopefully never to be seen again in these parts of the woods.

Many people in T&T may have seen the current women’s senior team for the first time as they attempted to qualify in the Concacaf tournament. It is important to note this very talented team had been making inroads with high-level performances on the international scene many months before Waldrum’s arrival on the Concacaf scene a few weeks before its commencement.

In 2013, this very team toured the UK and posted victories against Queens Park Rangers 6-1, Reading 4-0, Tottenham Hotspurs 3-0. I believe Anton Corneal handled the team on that tour, as Marlon Charles, their substantive coach, took the under-17 team to a tournament taking place at the same time.

Two months before the Concacaf tournament there was a return to Dodge by Waldrum and with him the previously dismissed technical director, Lincoln Phillips. These two, I understand, have had a long friendship; I say no more on that matter!

Waldrum could not have asked for an easier passage to a World Cup finals; topping his group would have qualified the team to the WC finals. As we know, that was not the case. He missed the first bite. He also missed the second bite when he lost to Mexico in an attempt to finish as the third qualifier of the tournament. Nevertheless all was not lost, or so we thought, as we had only to secure a win in the home-and-away playoff with Ecuador.

With a full house at the Hasely Crawford Stadium wanting a victory over a very mediocre team, we could not do it under Waldrum.
Where are we going with decisions like these? Is this a decision made by the TTFA’s technical committee or one made by the general secretary, Phillips? Are we going to watch a national coach sit on the bench and not get involved to provide needed instructions when the team needs it most; as he did during that ill-fated game in the stadium? Poor Minister Sancho another mouth to feed!

Please president Tim Kee, take a hold of your organisation and these nonsensical decisions. While some foreign coaches may be good, this one certainly is not, and the evidence is right before us.

Bob Mills
Tunapuna


I agree with the article. A man who miss 3 bites at the cherry including a home game in a good situation. Also not one of our players are on his pro team, indicates to me what he thinks of our players for his last place team.
Title: Re: Building Women Warriors’ success.
Post by: elan on March 18, 2015, 11:37:48 AM
Breakers to play Jamaican Women's National Team (http://www.bostonbreakerssoccer.com/NEWS/867631.html)


(March 18, 2015) – The Boston Breakers will head to Florida next week to continue their preseason preparations with an eight-day road trip. The Breakers will play two games against the Jamaican Women’s National Team during the road trip.

The first of two matches against the “Reggae Girlz” takes place Wednesday, March 25 at 7 p.m. ET, at Flagler College in St. Augustine, just outside of Jacksonville. The teams meet again Saturday, March 28 at 7:30 p.m., at Central Winds Park in Winter Springs, on the outskirts of Orlando.

“We are excited we can play two quality games in Florida against a national team,” Boston Breakers general manager Lee Billiard said. “We see this as good preparation as we continue through preseason camp.”

The Breakers will spend four days in Jacksonville before heading to Orlando to round out their preseason trip.

Jamaica, No. 72 in the latest FIFA Women’s Rankings, most recently played in the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship in October. The Reggae Girlz beat Martinique, 6-0, to open the tournament, which served as the qualifier for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada. Following the win over Martinique, Jamaica lost, 2-1, to Costa Rica and 3-1 to Mexico.

Also while in Florida, the Breakers coaching staff and players will meet players and staff from the Florida Elite Soccer Academy (FESA). The Breakers partnered with the Florida Elite Soccer Academy in February to be FESA’s professional affiliate.

The Breakers will play Boston College Friday in Newton, Mass. at 12:30 p.m., in a closed-door practice match. It will be their first preseason game of the year. The Breakers plan to play one final practice match when they return from Florida prior to the start of the NWSL regular season.
Title: Re: Building Women Warriors’ success.
Post by: elan on March 20, 2015, 09:19:39 PM
So Arin King is in Houston, Texas on try-outs with the Dash. It sound very positive. Hopefully it works. Good luck.
Title: Re: Building Women Warriors’ success.
Post by: elan on March 20, 2015, 11:10:12 PM
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Title: Re: Building Women Warriors’ success.
Post by: asylumseeker on March 21, 2015, 05:13:43 AM
Was Roche a trialist? Is it reasonable for King to be a trialist?
Title: Re: Building Women Warriors’ success.
Post by: asylumseeker on March 27, 2015, 05:45:15 AM
And the outcome of Arin's trial is?
Title: Women Soca Warriors forgotten again.
Post by: Flex on May 06, 2015, 02:00:55 AM
Women Soca Warriors forgotten again.
By Andre Baptise (Guardian).


Whether or not it is human error, negligence or simply forgetfulness, something is wrong with the way women are treated.

But in this case I am referring to Women in Sports, not in other spheres of life, and in particular for the purpose of those who wish to read further, women in football in T&T.

The fact, that since December 2, 2014, our national women’s team has not played a single match to this day, is not only unforgivable, but a possible sign of disengagement by those in authority, who if not for this team would have been as unpopular as their predecessors. Because let me explain for the infinite time to all Sports Administrators in all spheres of this country, that people are interested in the sportsmen and sportswomen and not in them. If they remain silent and do their work efficiently, they will have achieved and one day be recognised.

In the case of the women, the T&T Football Association stated that since the young ladies lost that game in December to Ecuador 0-1, there are no countries interested in playing our national team anymore.

However, the women footballers are flatly denying that is true and instead believe that not enough effort was made by the TTFA to ensure that this could have occurred. It is difficult to believe that after such a successful run, that no team would be interested in playing this country ahead of the World Cup in Canada.

And if the TTFA were smart and given the apparent business success of the game in December, they would have found a way through connections to play a game in front of a still adoring crowd when the momentum was there for all to witness, instead to most, it appears as if they have turned their backs once again on women’s football.

We all know the problems the team experienced in 2014 and when you listen to the captain Maylee Attin-Johnson talk from the heart again about the fact, that officials basically at one time told her, that the emphasis has to be on men’s football, because that is the flag bearer, you can imagine the passion and drive in our women when they heard this male dominated TTFA state these words.

However the situation at the moment that again has the TTFA and women’s football at loggerheads involves the Pan American Championships in Canada, where a men’s team was named some 10 days ago and names rightfully submitted to the T&T Olympic Committee. However no team was announced or published or released to the media on a women’s team for the same event with the same deadlines.

On i95.5fm, I sports on Thursday, we spoke with Maylee Attin-Johnson, who says she knows that a team is going, but no team has been announced to her or any of the players and it was just in line with that knowledge that Attin Johnson and Akhela  Mollon decided to call some players to practices.

There is not even a coach as yet for the women’s team for these Championships, with apparently the TTFA in negotiations with Randy Waldrum. There is just too much uncertainly, and this breathes doubt and despair and can lead to more questions.

Why is there so much secrecy over the naming of a team , over the situation with a coach, it is this apparent unwillingness to be open and transparent that has affected the Football Association in the past and unless they fix this problem, quickly , they are heading down the same road.

As a follow up to all of this on Saturday on Isports, the President of the TTOC, Brian Lewis confirmed, that a team of ladies for the Pan American Championships had been received from the TTFA. So then, one is forced to question, why the need for all of this secrecy and this non-disclosure by the TTFA. Is it that Shaun Fuentes forgot to issue this information? Or was he told not to do so?

Title: Re: Women Soca Warriors forgotten again.
Post by: elan on May 06, 2015, 08:34:23 AM
No one to explain the TTFA side or has Mollon joined with Maylee to be Sancho mouth-piece?
Title: Re: Women Soca Warriors forgotten again.
Post by: Sando on May 06, 2015, 09:43:21 AM
Everyone should give the TTFA the same secrecy treatment especially the ones they depend on.

No one knows whats going on T&T football.


Title: Re: Women Soca Warriors forgotten again.
Post by: maxg on May 06, 2015, 12:15:05 PM
Let's understand something, and this pertains to all football teams. Up to the last game played by our teams, players and staff indicated they were not paid and monies from the Government was barely forthcoming, and other sponsor funds practically non-existent.
Currently to our knowledge staff ( &players) payments are probably not up to date , as we haven't had any influx of any new major funds. Well, true, this could be a secret.
To call practices (not even games) a certain amount of basic funds need to be available. Unless players (& staff) utilize their own and provide their own basics. That just covers the local-based contingent. To include the foreign is an even greater expense.
So Tobago all star 11(or Argentina) say they available for games. Does that mean, the required funds to bring them or carry a team, or even to run a practice will surface, because we want to keep active ? I must be missing something. Maybe we can let Randy run a facebook advert again begging for at least water.
Even pro-footballers in TT ketchin hell to get prize monies from previous years, and Pro operations suppose to be a business. Or ppl not studying that. When ppl watch EPL(or wherever) and see the ''Wemblys' stands pack, and games broadcast all over the world, when they read KJ get x amt of pounds in championship, do ppl think we football make the same money, and operate the same way, when 3000 ppl in the Manny stands ?  Ppl crying for professional minds and dreams, but living in a amateur environment. I think things can be organized, but not to the level of consistency that TT fans think is required, and maybe rightfully so, may be required. This is why I laud all our National team performances given the situation. I bet more ppl in TT have a Foreign team sports shirt than those with a Local team sports shirt.
but all of above are just from personal observations..i could be wrong
Title: Re: Women Soca Warriors forgotten again.
Post by: Deeks on May 06, 2015, 12:23:07 PM
i could be wrong

Max, you eh wrong. But something will have to give. The TTFA have to get someone who can support them financially(NOT JACk). They have 8 teams to support.
Title: Re: Women Soca Warriors forgotten again.
Post by: elan on May 06, 2015, 12:59:32 PM
Let's understand something, and this pertains to all football teams. Up to the last game played by our teams, players and staff indicated they were not paid and monies from the Government was barely forthcoming, and other sponsor funds practically non-existent.
Currently to our knowledge staff ( &players) payments are probably not up to date , as we haven't had any influx of any new major funds. Well, true, this could be a secret.
To call practices (not even games) a certain amount of basic funds need to be available. Unless players (& staff) utilize their own and provide their own basics. That just covers the local-based contingent. To include the foreign is an even greater expense.
So Tobago all star 11(or Argentina) say they available for games. Does that mean, the required funds to bring them or carry a team, or even to run a practice will surface, because we want to keep active ? I must be missing something. Maybe we can let Randy run a facebook advert again begging for at least water.
Even pro-footballers in TT ketchin hell to get prize monies from previous years, and Pro operations suppose to be a business. Or ppl not studying that. When ppl watch EPL(or wherever) and see the ''Wemblys' stands pack, and games broadcast all over the world, when they read KJ get x amt of pounds in championship, do ppl think we football make the same money, and operate the same way, when 3000 ppl in the Manny stands ?  Ppl crying for professional minds and dreams, but living in a amateur environment. I think things can be organized, but not to the level of consistency that TT fans think is required, and maybe rightfully so, may be required. This is why I laud all our National team performances given the situation. I bet more ppl in TT have a Foreign team sports shirt than those with a Local team sports shirt.
but all of above are just from personal observations..i could be wrong

BUt Maxg you haven't said anything there. It's forever a crying game. Obviously we won't operate at a USsoccer budget or and EFA Budget or a DFB budget, but we are struggling to match a Jamaican budget. You feel in JA you won't see more foreign team shirts than local teams shirt.

We are so hip to excuses when it comes to the TTFA. What have they done to instill some type of faith or goodwill in people to want to support them?
Imagine Tim Kee blaming the 06 Warriors for not having an audit ready. Imagie Tim Kee have to ask for a list of their creditors.


Why is the TTFA depending solely on the MoS as their only source of income? Imagine they strike a deal to pay 50% of the new TD salary and not even that they can do. So the Ministry will pay half the TD salary, then give the FA money from which they will pay the other half of the TD salary.  :rotfl: Daiz rel smart man thing (You can get a deal of 2 for $10 or 1 for $5).  Who fault is that? We the fans?

The press conference prior to our last home game, the TTFA video had a number of sponsors through out the video. Were they just for that game or are they the TTFA's sponsors? Where the money from those sponsors?

Excuses abounds, but what is the TTFA doing to help themselves.

Here's another question. What should players do? Keep training indefinitely with no idea of when they maybe playing? How will they get into competition mode if they just training all the time with no schedule? Should they sit and wait until the TTFA tell the they have a game? Is it fair to player to be left in the dark?

Imagine the TTFA don't even communicate with the players letting them know what is what. You need money to call a meeting with players to let them know what going on? Imagine a month away from tournament and no one knows what is going on. Who on the team, who not on the team, will they be participating, who is the coach, etc.  Who fault is that? This is just terrible administration. Communication goes a long way in generating understanding and support. Talk to the players, explain thing to them. They may be disappointed but they will respect and understand and be more receptive and open to working with the little that the FA can give.


Let's stop the excuses and challenge the TTFA to do better. Because in situations that money is not required they are still failing miserably.
Title: Re: Women Soca Warriors forgotten again.
Post by: maxg on May 06, 2015, 02:02:47 PM
no disagreement here..but I think we definitely should forget about seeing practice/games organized on a interim basis, until all other items taken care of, primarily organizing themselves.. don't you agree ? and even then, during or after, we cannot fault the team for it's lack of performance.. we cannot have the cake, and eat it too.
they can start with
"Imagine the TTFA don't even communicate with the players letting them know what is what. You need money to call a meeting with players to let them know what going on? Imagine a month away from tournament and no one knows what is going on. Who on the team, who not on the team, will they be participating, who is the coach, etc.  Who fault is that? This is just terrible administration. Communication goes a long way in generating understanding and support. Talk to the players, explain thing to them. They may be disappointed but they will respect and understand and be more receptive and open to working with the little that the FA can give."

How much time that will buy them ? Not one minute I think.
Title: Re: Women Soca Warriors forgotten again.
Post by: Bakes on May 06, 2015, 08:08:29 PM
i could be wrong

Max, you eh wrong. But something will have to give. The TTFA have to get someone who can support them financially(NOT JACk). They have 8 teams to support.

Allyuh clearly eh realize the kind of head games being played here:

-The TTFA don't have any money in large part because the MoS holding up funding. 
-The MoS holding up funding because they claim the TTFA ent submit audited statements yet. 
-The audits can't be produced because the financial statements from 2008-2012 are missing. 
-The financial statements for that period are missing because they were on the computers seized by the WC players, Sanko included, when they executed the levy on the old Dundonald St. offices of the then TTFF. 
- Requests have been made of the Hon. (sic) Min. of Sports, asking for a return of the documents, but to date have been ignored. 

So the FA starves for funding and taking a beating in the press.  The Emperor Minister fiddles while football burns.

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“(KPMG) requested information from the TTFA which we didn’t have,” the TTFA president told Wired868. “Some of that information was taken away by the (World Cup 2006) players after the court case.”

Thirteen World Cup 2006 players levied against the football body, three years ago, and seized equipment from the TTFA office on Donaldson Street, Port of Spain. Sancho was one of the players present for the raid as well as his advisor Kevin Harrison.

http://wired868.com/2015/05/06/sport-ministry-halts-payment-to-warrior-coaches-tim-kee-explains-delay/
Title: Re: Women Soca Warriors forgotten again.
Post by: Bakes on May 06, 2015, 08:12:44 PM
All that, and despite the misleading headline from The Guardian claiming that women's football was being neglected... the TTFA/TOC still put together a team for the games, it just hasn't been revealed who's on it.

Quote
As a follow up to all of this on Saturday on Isports, the President of the TTOC, Brian Lewis confirmed, that a team of ladies for the Pan American Championships had been received from the TTFA.

We are so hip to excuses when it comes to the TTFA. What have they done to instill some type of faith or goodwill in people to want to support them?
Imagine Tim Kee blaming the 06 Warriors for not having an audit ready. Imagie Tim Kee have to ask for a list of their creditors.

What's wrong with Tim Kee having to ask for a list of all creditors?
Title: Re: Women Soca Warriors forgotten again.
Post by: elan on May 06, 2015, 09:32:28 PM
All that, and despite the misleading headline from The Guardian claiming that women's football was being neglected... the TTFA/TOC still put together a team for the games, it just hasn't been revealed who's on it.

Quote
As a follow up to all of this on Saturday on Isports, the President of the TTOC, Brian Lewis confirmed, that a team of ladies for the Pan American Championships had been received from the TTFA.

We are so hip to excuses when it comes to the TTFA. What have they done to instill some type of faith or goodwill in people to want to support them?
Imagine Tim Kee blaming the 06 Warriors for not having an audit ready. Imagie Tim Kee have to ask for a list of their creditors.

What's wrong with Tim Kee having to ask for a list of all creditors?


 :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl:

Surprise, you're on the NT. Hope you've been training.


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Title: Re: Women Soca Warriors forgotten again.
Post by: Bakes on May 06, 2015, 10:12:05 PM
:rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl:

Surprise, you're on the NT. Hope you've been training.


Your buffoonery aside... I'm sure the women whose names have been submitted know that they're on the team.
Title: Re: Women Soca Warriors forgotten again.
Post by: Deeks on May 07, 2015, 04:09:57 AM
Thanks for the info, Bakes! But you know in the long run, the TTFA can't depend on the govt(or at least this govt). But even if the election brings in a new govt, TTFA will have to devise startegies to get non-govt funds to run this besieged organization.
Title: Re: Women Soca Warriors forgotten again.
Post by: Football supporter on May 07, 2015, 05:37:58 AM
:rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl:

Surprise, you're on the NT. Hope you've been training.


Your buffoonery aside... I'm sure the women whose names have been submitted know that they're on the team.


Well I spoke to two of the girls who played against Ecuador and they know nothing. But, of course, the coach may be selecting new players to move forward.
Title: Re: Women Soca Warriors forgotten again.
Post by: elan on May 07, 2015, 08:10:35 AM
:rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl:

Surprise, you're on the NT. Hope you've been training.


Your buffoonery aside... I'm sure the women whose names have been submitted know that they're on the team.

Pretty sure many don't. Hey, the TTFA knows right. That's all that matters.

Here's a question TTFA communications Officer, if Jason Spence is supposedly the care-taker coach and he doesn't know who the team is, then who evaluated the players to pick the team that the TTFA submitted?
Title: Re: Women Soca Warriors forgotten again.
Post by: elan on May 07, 2015, 08:13:22 AM
Women Soca Warriors forgotten again.
By Andre Baptise (Guardian).



On i95.5fm, I sports on Thursday, we spoke with Maylee Attin-Johnson, who says she knows that a team is going, but no team has been announced to her or any of the players and it was just in line with that knowledge that Attin Johnson and Akhela  Mollon decided to call some players to practices.

There is not even a coach as yet for the women’s team for these Championships, with apparently the TTFA in negotiations with Randy Waldrum. There is just too much uncertainly, and this breathes doubt and despair and can lead to more questions.

As a follow up to all of this on Saturday on Isports, the President of the TTOC, Brian Lewis confirmed, that a team of ladies for the Pan American Championships had been received from the TTFA. So then, one is forced to question, why the need for all of this secrecy and this non-disclosure by the TTFA. Is it that Shaun Fuentes forgot to issue this information? Or was he told not to do so?


Title: Re: Women Soca Warriors forgotten again.
Post by: Bakes on May 07, 2015, 01:05:43 PM
Thanks for the info, Bakes! But you know in the long run, the TTFA can't depend on the govt(or at least this govt). But even if the election brings in a new govt, TTFA will have to devise startegies to get non-govt funds to run this besieged organization.

Deeks that is very true.  Under the old TTFF I was one of the people stating loudly that football shouldn't be dependent on the government for funding.  The only reason I have softened my stance is because:

1) I was comparing the situation with that of the US, where government leaves sports primarily unto themselves.  A truer comparison would be to the UK, in whose mold we have model our governance.  The UK Ministry of Sport (https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-culture-media-sportl) doesn't have much involvement with the English FA's running of football on a top level, but they're involved with the FA on the grass roots level.  Football aside, it's funding from the MoS which has catapulted the UK to the top of short track sprint cycling.  So there is a proper role for government funding in sports.

2) More significantly, Jack Warner robbed local football blind.  Not just the then Federation, but the sport itself.  On top of money pillaged from the coffers of the TTFF, or otherwise intended for the coffers of the TTFF, Jack used local football as a springboard to wealth for his family and himself.  He then used that financial platform as a launching pad for his foray into politics.  He was one of, if not the chief financier of the PP government.  It's no stretch to say that the PP government bought their way into power on the back of local football.  This government owes a moral responsibility to the sport.  They should in the least support the TTFA until they get back in the black.  If they want to wash their hands after than then fine.  Think of the money thrown away under LifeSport and where our football could be if only a fraction of that was given to the FA.  But nah, they'd rather starve it and handicap it because is not their favorite sons who running it anymore.
Title: Re: Women Soca Warriors forgotten again.
Post by: Bakes on May 07, 2015, 01:12:26 PM
Well I spoke to two of the girls who played against Ecuador and they know nothing. But, of course, the coach may be selecting new players to move forward.

After (falsely) accusing me of racism directed at yourself, and for "mashing up" this site, I'm surprised that you would even address me.  But since yuh here, it might be a good time to ask you why The Honorable Minister hasn't given over the documents to the TTFA so that they could produce the audits which he himself insists are necessary for the FA to obtain funding.

Pretty sure many don't. Hey, the TTFA knows right. That's all that matters.

Here's a question TTFA communications Officer, if Jason Spence is supposedly the care-taker coach and he doesn't know who the team is, then who evaluated the players to pick the team that the TTFA submitted?

How would you know how "many" don't know that their names are on the list?  It stands to reason that if no one called you then your name isn't on the list.  The fact that a player may not have been called doesn't mean that there isn't a pool of players submitted.

I'm no "TTFA communications Officer", one just needs to piece together information already in the publich domain, with a little bit of common sense... which you are clearly lacking by your foolish derision of Tim Kee asking his GS for a complete list of all creditors.  There's nothing even remotely funny or strange about that.
Title: Re: Women Soca Warriors forgotten again.
Post by: elan on May 07, 2015, 02:28:59 PM
Well I spoke to two of the girls who played against Ecuador and they know nothing. But, of course, the coach may be selecting new players to move forward.

After (falsely) accusing me of racism directed at yourself, and for "mashing up" this site, I'm surprised that you would even address me.  But since yuh here, it might be a good time to ask you why The Honorable Minister hasn't given over the documents to the TTFA so that they could produce the audits which he himself insists are necessary for the FA to obtain funding.

Pretty sure many don't. Hey, the TTFA knows right. That's all that matters.

Here's a question TTFA communications Officer, if Jason Spence is supposedly the care-taker coach and he doesn't know who the team is, then who evaluated the players to pick the team that the TTFA submitted?

How would you know how "many" don't know that their names are on the list?  It stands to reason that if no one called you then your name isn't on the list.  The fact that a player may not have been called doesn't mean that there isn't a pool of players submitted.

I'm no "TTFA communications Officer", one just needs to piece together information already in the publich domain, with a little bit of common sense... which you are clearly lacking by your foolish derision of Tim Kee asking his GS for a complete list of all creditors.  There's nothing even remotely funny or strange about that.

Guess the "Interim" Head Coach didn't get the call either cause he said he have no clue who is who. So Maylee - last WNT Captain - eh get ah call also? hmmmm, maybe not yet or it came after she made those comments.

Again, help me piece together who pick the team nah? Plz.

A head coach have a pool of players and pick his/her team and did not chat with the players who failed to make the cut about their decision in omitting the player from the team? What a coach.

Title: Re: Women Soca Warriors forgotten again.
Post by: Bakes on May 07, 2015, 07:00:05 PM

Guess the "Interim" Head Coach didn't get the call either cause he said he have no clue who is who. So Maylee - last WNT Captain - eh get ah call also? hmmmm, maybe not yet or it came after she made those comments.

Again, help me piece together who pick the team nah? Plz.

A head coach have a pool of players and pick his/her team and did not chat with the players who failed to make the cut about their decision in omitting the player from the team? What a coach.

How would I know who pick the team... is that information in the public domain?  And where did you see anybody say that Jason is "interim" coach?  He is the assistant coach and he heads the training session... nowhere did it say he was head coach or involved in any decision-making.
Title: Re: Women Soca Warriors forgotten again.
Post by: kounty on May 08, 2015, 11:52:16 AM
elan. please don't waste yuh time.  good thing ttff decide to indirectly throw this very shaky defense on we forum, cuz they will certainly be ripped apart if they was to make any of those ridiculous claims on the record.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8b4Q8fVoRFc
So the documents was part of the assets seized by sancho? shabbaz come and get he balls...look. steups.
Title: Re: Women Soca Warriors forgotten again.
Post by: asylumseeker on May 11, 2015, 09:23:39 AM
Ah feel iz dis thread that disrupt  de forum these last days.
Title: Re: Women Soca Warriors forgotten again.
Post by: Socapro on May 11, 2015, 09:34:07 AM
Don't know what's up but all the threads and posts which I made in "What About Track & Field" disccusion board over the weekend are now missing and I did spend a lot of time posting tons of stuff!  >:(
Title: Re: Women Soca Warriors forgotten again.
Post by: FF on May 11, 2015, 10:52:49 AM
Socapro. Noticed the same. Flex and Tallman are aware and looking into it.
Title: Re: Women Soca Warriors forgotten again.
Post by: kounty on May 11, 2015, 11:11:52 AM
lol. man does take theyselves real seriously boy. but is a while now I notice I havin trouble loggin gettin on to the site - off & on (now it clear that there is a big gap from may 7th -10th)...but even from before, anybody else had these same issues before? (not talkin about this last time)
Title: Re: Women Soca Warriors forgotten again.
Post by: Bakes on May 11, 2015, 11:13:45 AM
Pretty sure many don't. Hey, the TTFA knows right. That's all that matters.

Here's a question TTFA communications Officer, if Jason Spence is supposedly the care-taker coach and he doesn't know who the team is, then who evaluated the players to pick the team that the TTFA submitted?

Looks like the TTFA hire WEFM to help mih with de communication duties.  None ah these women know anything... they just running by vaps.

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BTW where has Spence coached?

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Spence eh really coach nowhere.  He lead St. Ann's Rangers to the WoLF title last year, but clearly that ent qualify him for a job as an assistant with the WNT.
Title: Re: Women Soca Warriors forgotten again.
Post by: elan on May 11, 2015, 12:53:13 PM
Google finally came through.

I never dispute that players are not training. All who paying attention knew players were training. The question is who selected players from all who were training? What about the foreign base players (if any), who selected/informed them?

Or and for info, that's a mix of U20s (Spence was originally the U20 Head Coach and was asked to get the WNT going until Waldrum or his assistant arrived) and WNT players. Unless the U20s are part of the WNT which brings us back to my original question, who selected the team.


Anything can qualify you to coach a WNT, is up to the FA to hire the Head Coach, which he now is since Waldrum blank the TTFA.
Title: Re: Women Soca Warriors forgotten again.
Post by: Bakes on May 11, 2015, 01:10:24 PM
Google finally came through.

I never dispute that players are not training. All who paying attention knew players were training. The question is who selected players from all who were training? What about the foreign base players (if any), who selected/informed them?

Or and for info, that's a mix of U20s (Spence was originally the U20 Head Coach and was asked to get the WNT going until Waldrum or his assistant arrived) and WNT players. Unless the U20s are part of the WNT which brings us back to my original question, who selected the team.


Anything can qualify you to coach a WNT, is up to the FA to hire the Head Coach, which he now is since Waldrum blank the TTFA.

Wait... I thought all this time is inside information I was getting?  Make up yuh mind nah.   Jason and I actually go way back, so trust I doh need to google anything.

Btw... how come Maylee eh training... Akhila eh send she de memo or what?
Title: Re: Women Soca Warriors forgotten again.
Post by: elan on May 11, 2015, 10:39:44 PM
Google finally came through.

I never dispute that players are not training. All who paying attention knew players were training. The question is who selected players from all who were training? What about the foreign base players (if any), who selected/informed them?

Or and for info, that's a mix of U20s (Spence was originally the U20 Head Coach and was asked to get the WNT going until Waldrum or his assistant arrived) and WNT players. Unless the U20s are part of the WNT which brings us back to my original question, who selected the team.


Anything can qualify you to coach a WNT, is up to the FA to hire the Head Coach, which he now is since Waldrum blank the TTFA.

Wait... I thought all this time is inside information I was getting?  Make up yuh mind nah.   Jason and I actually go way back, so trust I doh need to google anything.

Btw... how come Maylee eh training... Akhila eh send she de memo or what?

Is you who say a cursory search of google will give answers about the TTFA, now you're saying you don't need to google anything you and Coach Man tight.  :beermug:
Title: Re: Women Soca Warriors forgotten again.
Post by: Bakes on May 11, 2015, 11:12:25 PM

Is you who say a cursory search of google will give answers about the TTFA, now you're saying you don't need to google anything you and Coach Man tight.  :beermug:

You real good at playing stupid... sometimes ah does wonder if yuh really playing.  Everything that I said regarding the team/team selection is in the public domain, including the fact that Spence isn't the "interim" coach.  At the same time I don't need to Google anything on Spence coaching resume.  See how that works?
Title: Re: Women Soca Warriors forgotten again.
Post by: kounty on May 08, 2015, 11:52:16 AM
elan. please don't waste yuh time.  good thing ttff decide to indirectly throw this very shaky defense on we forum, cuz they will certainly be ripped apart if they was to make any of those ridiculous claims on the record.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8b4Q8fVoRFc
So the documents was part of the assets seized by sancho? shabbaz come and get he balls...look. steups.
Title: Re: Women Soca Warriors forgotten again.
Post by: elan on May 08, 2015, 06:18:31 PM
elan. please don't waste yuh time.  good thing ttff decide to indirectly throw this very shaky defense on we forum, cuz they will certainly be ripped apart if they was to make any of those ridiculous claims on the record.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8b4Q8fVoRFc
So the documents was part of the assets seized by sancho? shabbaz come and get he balls...look. steups.

Even then to Kounty, that raid was before Tim Kee and Phillips. They could not go to the auditors and get a copy?

The real eye opener though is from what Tim Kee say, it seems they took over the "books" and did not do their own audit? How you will let the mafia hand you ah bag without checking to see what's inside?

How then do they know where they stand? This whole thing real shady and no one at the TTFA seems to want to clear anything up.

Title: Re: Women Soca Warriors forgotten again.
Post by: elan on May 08, 2015, 06:54:27 PM
The U20 WNT is supposedly playing Venezuela U17 in a friendly next week I think the 17th or 18th. :applause: :applause:
Title: Re: Women Soca Warriors forgotten again.
Post by: Flex on May 09, 2015, 06:19:41 AM
Great day for women’s football.
By Vinode Mamchan (Guardian)


On December 2, last year, the country came to a standstill as this nation’s women footballers were on the verge of making the World Cup Finals. Since then the girls who played their hearts out, have not kicked a ball.

Thursday afternoon, Minister of Sport Brent Sancho gave them a lifeline with the news that there will be a professional women’s football league in T&T. This is the greatest shot in the arm that T&T’s women footballers have ever gotten. Here comes a situation where the girls can focus on playing ball and not have to worry about doing a day job or night job and having to juggle a footballing career with work.

I want to applaud the minister on this great initiative and even more so because it comes very early in his tenure at the helm of domestic sport. It tells me that he can get things done and get it done quickly. Coming in at a difficult time in the Ministry of Sport, Sancho has not only quelled the fears of many NGBs but has also found the time to make progressive steps.

This women’s professional league will have enormous advantages in store for this country. Not only will our footballers be gainfully employed and playing regularly but also there would be a job creation aspect for many people. As we have seen with the Caribbean Premier League T20 cricket tournament, a number of people will benefit off the field.

Let’s take a look at all the advantages this league can bring to our shores. Firstly, our female footballers will have a peace of mind and can now fully devote their time to honing their football skills. Having foreign players come to T&T (Sancho mentioned that about 40 foreign pros will be coming to T&T), will only lead to better quality football and greater development for our players. It will also lead to our girls taking a professional approach to the sport and not just some pastime.

I always make the point that neighbouring Guyana has seen football rise quite significantly because their players have been taking part in our Pro League football in recent years.

The same kind of benefits will accrue for our players who are taking part in this professional set up. Secondly, our players would now be seen regularly by foreign football interest and this could lead to many of them getting Collegiate stints. This would prove a major boost in their academic well being and the T&T women’s pro league can function as a starting point to great things for them. Secondly, the league opens the possibility for employment for many people, like coaches, administrators, marketing officials and caterers etc. This stimulation of many sectors would be another way in which the government is achieving its goal of diversification and also boosting sport tourism in this country. Seeing that many regional footballers will be taking part in the three-month tournament, there is bound to be people coming into the country to take in the event.

Thirdly, sport as we all know is a major crime fighting tool and having these meaningful sporting events would serve to save a number of young people who would have normally taken to drugs etc. Not only would the players get away from the negative elements but non players as well because they would now be focussed on something that is positive.

I have always used this space to expressed my belief that sport is a big turn away from crime. I for one supported the initiative of LifeSport and interviewed many people who benefitted from it and turned their lives around. Whatever happened in terms of contracts and mis-management must not take away from the good that it brought as well.

I remember when a massive meeting was called by the LifeSport stakeholders at Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva, I arrived to cover it and one of the young men who had just bought a car after getting involved in the programme came up to me. It was an old car but you could see just how proud the young man was to display his car to me. He asked me for a jumper cable and when I told him that I did not have one in my possession, he said to me: “You people are also failing us, you think I want to take your cable and run away.” I sat him down and spoke to him and what I realised was that this young man just wanted society to give him a chance and he got that through LifeSport.

Today every sporting programme that comes to fruition will save a life in this country. We are all involved in sport and we have to know the power of its goodness and use it to benefit T&T. Let’s support the women in their pro league and celebrate another significant moment in sport in this country.

Title: Women Warriors still need help
Post by: Tallman on June 29, 2015, 02:17:30 PM
Women Warriors still need help
By Ian Prescott (T&T Express)


Trinidad and Tobago’s women footballers are still pleading for assistance, just few months after they marginally failed to qualify last December for the Women’s World Cup, currently taking place in Canada.

Having recently led Defence Force to two professional league titles, Ross Russell inherited the team which finished fourth at the 2014 CONCACAF Championships and lost a playoff to Ecuador 1-0 on aggregate for the final spot in the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. There was a public outcry and great show of support when the Women Warriors were reported to have gone to the 2014 CONCACAF Gold Cup with little funds. Since then, much of the corporate support have dried up, once the team missed out on World Cup qualification.

“We not really crying, but we need some help. We need corporate sponsors to come aboard and help us,” said Russell, while also indicating that the players are also doing their part to raise funds.

“Ladies have a way of getting the job done. Right now they are going to play a game against the netballers to raise funds,” Russell added.

The women’s football tournament at the 2015 Pan American Games will be held at the Hamilton Pan Am Soccer Stadium, in Canada, from July 11 to 25. The women are divided into two groups for the eight-team tournament.

The top two teams in each group will advance to a semi-final stage. Canada are the defending champions from the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, where they defeat Brazil in the final.

Trinidad and Tobago open the tournament on July 11 against Argentina, before meeting Colombia (July 14) and Mexico (July 18). Russell has been in charge of the Women Warriors for about six weeks.

“It’s a work in progress,” he said. “We suppose to leave on the 6th (July). Our group opponents are Argentina, Colombia and Mexico. It’s a very tough group. The only thing good for us is that the three teams play similar, so we do not have to change our style going into the three games.

“We are grouped with big names in football. So we have to be very careful how we go up against them. But our girls are very confident we can go out there and do well,” Russell added.
Title: Re: Women Warriors still need help
Post by: Flex on June 30, 2015, 02:01:04 AM
Women Warriors ready for Pan-Am.
T&T Express Reports.


Trinidad and Tobago's senior women's team head coach Ross Russell said his team will be ready to contest the upcoming Pan American Games and he is expecting them to give a strong showing in Toronto, Canada.

The former national goalkeeper was speaking following a recent training session at the Ato Boldon Stadium as his team continued its preparations for the slate of matches in the opening group phase.

The Women Warriors open against Argentina on July 11 at the Hamilton Pan Am Soccer Stadium before facing Colombia on July 14th and Mexico on July 18.

“We are ready as can be,” Russell told TTFA Media. “Right now the team is shaping up quite good. Most of the players are playing in the WPL. I have been to all of the games and they are all in good nick. It's just about sharpening up and finalizing the system we will play.”

Russell said there were benefits to his team members from playing in the WPL. “The benefit is that the players are getting to play 90 minutes of football. It fits in okay into our preparations.”

The teams in T&T's group are more than likely to be formidable opponents for the Caribbean champions. “There are positives for us heading into such a tournament against these high quality teams.

The confidence level of our girls is high because they want to play these kind of teams. The only scare for me is that the teams we are playing are already in competition, some of them being at the World Cup and they will be well oiled. We are optimistic but we just have to be mindful of our opponents being a bit sharper at this time.”

Russell said his current squad members will be eager to show their worth at the Pan Am Games. “The girls are very eager to show their worth. They are very anxious to go out there and show the world that they belong to be up there with the better teams. The last game was a bit of a bitter sweet experience (against Ecuador) but they are putting that behind them and looking forward to doing well in the Pan Am Games,” Russell added.

On the men's side, head coach Zoran Vranes will be hoping his team can bounce back from the disappointment of being eliminated from the Olympic qualifying campaign after one match having lost 5-3 to St Vincent/Grenadines on the weekend.

“It's not an easy time for us but we have to take it on openly as this tournament will be a very good chance for us to face some very good teams and this will be a very good experience for our boys,” Vranes said.

“Now we do not have any more games in the Olympic qualification to prepare for so it is important that we make full use of this opportunity in the Pan Am and then get our players back into a programme as they will now then have to look forward to being part of the senior team in the years ahead,” he added.

T&T's Under-23 men's team face Uruguay on July 13, Paraguay on July 17 and Mexico on July 21. The T&T teams are scheduled to depart for Toronto on Monday.

T&T Teams

T&T Women's Pan-Am squad: Kimika Forbes, Karyn Forbes, Maylee Attin-Johnson, Rhea Belgrave, Janine Francois, Arin King, Patrice Superville, Dernelle Mascall, Mariah Shade, Khadidra Debesette, Ayanna Russell, Ahkeela Mollon, Brianna Ryce, Shalette Alexander, Lauryn Hutchinson, Shenelle Henry, Kennya Cordner and Tasha St Louis.

T&T men's Pan-Am squad: Montell Joseph, Maurice Ford, Alvin Jones, Jesus Perez, Neveal Hackshaw, Jomal Williams, Tristan Hodge, Shannon Gomez, Nathaniel Garcia, Shackiel Henry, Xavier Rajpaul, Dwight Quintero, Jelani Felix, Neil Benjamin Jr, Dario Holmes, Aikim Andrews, Jovan Sample and Kadeem Corbin.

Title: Re: Women Warriors still need help
Post by: Tallman on July 01, 2015, 12:21:07 PM
Women’s Head Coach, Ross Russell, talks about the readiness of his team to participate in the Pan Am Games
https://www.youtube.com/v/Twh1g4GAf1g
Title: Re: Women Warriors still need help
Post by: Tallman on July 02, 2015, 06:28:22 PM
One on one with national women's midfielder Khadidra Debesette

https://www.youtube.com/v/8nNP42u-f1U
Title: Maylee and Kennya refuse to join “Women Warriors” under current manager
Post by: SWF Reporter on November 15, 2015, 09:34:00 PM
Maylee and Kennya refuse to join “Women Warriors” under current manager
By Lasana Liburd (Wired868)


Former Trinidad and Tobago National Women’s Senior Team captain Maylee Attin-Johnson and star attacker Kennya “Yaya” Cordner are refusing to represent their country, as the “Women Soca Warriors” remain divided since coming to international prominence during their Canada 2015 World Cup qualifying campaign.

Cordner, who was a 2014 CONCACAF Player of the Year nominee, and Attin-Johnson have refused to play under current team manager, Sharon O’Brien, while former teammates Dernelle Mascall and previous vice-captain Ayanna Russell also allegedly opted out of the current Rio 2016 Olympic qualifying series.

And the disillusioned Women Warriors have company in former head coach Randy Waldrum, who also chose to remain in Dallas due to his concern about numerous administrative issues surrounding the programme and a lack of job security.

Cordner and Attin-Johnson, who were injured at the July Toronto 2015 Pan American Games are angry at their subsequent treatment from the TTFA and, in particular, O’Brien.

Cordner flew to Canada to seek medical treatment after being injured on international duty. And the former three-time Trinidad and Tobago Player of the Year was told she had to pay for her own trip home to play in the Olympic qualifiers, even though plane tickets were dispatched to other W/Warriors who were based in North America.

“Yaya paid for herself to go Canada to have her injuries taken care of,” said Waldrum, “and Sharon (O’Brien) said because she flew there on her own dime, she has to fly back on her dime.

“But she only went there because the (TTFA) wasn’t taking care of her in the first place…”

Cordner suffered a grade two MCL strain on her left knee after she collided with the opposing goalkeeper while scoring Trinidad and Tobago’s equaliser against Colombia on July 14. Her goal meant the Women Warriors retained a chance of qualifying for the semifinal round.

So, despite the injury, Cordner played in T&T’s final fixture, which ended in a 3-1 loss to Mexico. She then paid her own way to return to Canada for treatment at the LJR Physiotherapy Services.

Her ticket was subsequently reimbursed by the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee (TTOC).

“I didn’t really look to the TTFA for help because of the TTFA’s financial situation and I could not risk waiting and not knowing when my treatment would start,” Cordner told Wired868. “I took the opportunity because I wanted a speedy recovery in order to rejoin the team for the Olympic Games.

“By doing this, I also assisted the TTFA by taking away that financial burden.”

Cordner was flabbergasted when Waldrum informed her that the TTFA would not pay for her return to join the squad.

“I think it is very unprofessional that the TTFA would state that I’m responsible for paying my way to represent my country,” said the W/Warriors star, who is finishing her therapy in Seattle. “I’m cleared to play (by doctors here) so it’s disappointing that I won’t be representing my country in this upcoming tournament.

“I feel as though the current manager is being very vindictive towards me because there are five other players (based in North America) they (bought) tickets for.

“I do wish the team nothing but the best but I can’t subscribe to the current management they have in place.”

Former national captain, Attin-Johnson, slammed the TTFA’s stance on the outspoken Cordner as unforgivable.

“How in heaven’s name can a manager of the national team say Kennya has to pay her own way?” asked Attin-Johnson. “Is she representing us or St Lucia? For me, it shows it is a personal vendetta against Yaya because they brought in Lauryn (Hutchinson) and (Victoria) Swift but not her.

“Kennya is the one player who would play with a broken foot for Trinidad and Tobago. How can I accept that (treatment of her) as captain?

“And it is not just because she is my friend. I could never accept that for anyone.”

O’Brien did not deny asking Cordner to pay for her own airfare back to Trinidad. However, the W/Warriors manager suggested that the problem was partly down to miscommunication.

She did not elaborate.

“Kennya is an issue that we are trying to sort out,” O’Brien told Wired868. “I prefer to keep that private and we will deal with that behind closed doors.

“I feel communication was bad in Kennya’s case, so I am trying to see if I can rectify that situation.”

For now, Attin-Johnson is inconsolable. The gifted playmaker, who said she has recovered from injury at the Pan Am Games, said she will not wear national colours once O’Brien is team manager.

She explained too that she knows her request will not be an easy one for Tim Kee to fulfil—even if he wanted to—as O’Brien is the president of WOLF (Women’s League Football), which has two votes at the upcoming TTFA elections.

“For her to be a manager of a national team is unacceptable and I won’t sacrifice my body for people like that,” said Attin-Johnson, who claimed that many current players are also frustrated. “If I am not going to put my heart and soul into something, it is better I remove myself from it…

“The most difficult thing for me is knowing you worked your ass off to give a certain brand and identity to the women’s program, just to see it destroyed by one selfish individual…

“We are in 2015 and I am not going to take five or 10 goals from America again. And I am not going to make a fool of myself for a trip to Hawaii (for a high profile friendly against the United States).

“I am very proud of my contribution to the women’s national team and, by extension, Trinidad and Tobago. But not even God can tell me play for Sharon O’Brien.”

O’Brien responded that she thought Attin-Johnson was still injured. She declined comment on the former national captain’s stance.

“Maylee, as far as I understand, is still injured (because) she has never indicated to me that she is fit and ready to come back to train,” said O’Brien, who claimed she never had a falling out with Attin-Johnson or Cordner. “That is Maylee’s choice (not to play). Maylee and them have their own agenda.”

The Women Warriors whipped St Lucia 6-0 on Friday and 8-1 tonight to breeze into the Caribbean semifinal round and a match-up with Jamaica on Wednesday at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva.

The top three nations from Jamaica, Guyana, Puerto Rico and T&T will advance to next February’s CONCACAF Olympic qualifying rounds in the United States. Only two CONCACAF teams will progress to the Rio Olympics.

O’Brien said the W/Warriors squad, which includes Arin King, Ahkeela Mollon, Tasha St Louis, Lauryn Hutchinson and Janine Francois, will be further strengthened on Tuesday with the return of Karyn and Kimika Forbes and Khadidra Debesette, just 24 hours before the Caribbean semifinals.

“I personally believe that, after months with no training, the girls are beginning to gel again now that they are in camp,” said O’Brien, “and I expect them to do well as per usual.”

Title: Re: Maylee and Kennya refuse to join “Women Warriors” under current manager
Post by: Bakes on November 16, 2015, 12:15:58 AM
Quote
Her ticket was subsequently reimbursed by the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee (TTOC).

The PanAm Games were a TTOC event... Brian what's-his-name even made a big stink about Phillips not telling him that the players threatened to strike... saying it was a TTOC event.  It is therefore the responsibility of the TTOC to pay for her treatment, injured as she was, on duty for the TTOC.  At worst, the TTFA would have had to pay for the travel and treatment, and the TTOC would have had to reimburse them.  That being said, sounds like O'Brien could have treated the issue with greater sensibility, if the accounts are to be believed.
Title: Re: Maylee and Kennya refuse to join “Women Warriors” under current manager
Post by: Sam on November 16, 2015, 04:03:12 AM
It seems is always some problem especially with ole lady Maylee.

Time to bring in new blood, Maylee, thanks for your service, stay in America and continue your rehab. We don't need no premadonnas on de team crying like a puppy for everything.

De TTOC is responsible for your ticket, you choose not to return after the Pan Am games and now 5 months later yuh looking for tickets, you should clear that ip with de other imps, Brian Lewis.

On de other note, Randy Waldrum is a boss, I hope the TTFA find a way to keep him, can't wait for next election.

De man want to help our women program, give him de chance, he is de best thing to happen to women football in T&T, he better than Pulleard.

Title: Re: Maylee and Kennya refuse to join “Women Warriors” under current manager
Post by: andre samuel on November 16, 2015, 05:12:41 AM
It seems is always some problem especially with ole lady Maylee.

Time to bring in new blood, Maylee, thanks for your service, stay in America and continue your rehab. We don't need no premadonnas on de team crying like a puppy for everything.

De TTOC is responsible for your ticket, you choose not to return after the Pan Am games and now 5 months later yuh looking for tickets, you should clear that ip with de other imps, Brian Lewis.


First Glen is a fool for highlighting a great wrong that was done against him and now Maylee is a puppy crying for everything? 

You cannot be serious.  I am beginning to wonder if all this time your real identity is someone working in the TTFF.
Title: Re: Maylee and Kennya refuse to join “Women Warriors” under current manager
Post by: Sam on November 16, 2015, 06:00:39 AM
It seems is always some problem especially with ole lady Maylee.

Time to bring in new blood, Maylee, thanks for your service, stay in America and continue your rehab. We don't need no premadonnas on de team crying like a puppy for everything.

De TTOC is responsible for your ticket, you choose not to return after the Pan Am games and now 5 months later yuh looking for tickets, you should clear that ip with de other imps, Brian Lewis.


First Glen is a fool for highlighting a great wrong that was done against him and now Maylee is a puppy crying for everything? 

You cannot be serious.  I am beginning to wonder if all this time your real identity is someone working in the TTFF.


Yes, I am Tim Kee. Wha yuh go do now? All of a sudden you sow up on site and playing police, where you was all de time, or... we have a game coming up...

Glen spoke and nothing happen, no one even fart on him. De thing is, what was de purpose of it 3 days before we important games? Sour grapes if you ask me.

Maylee always have a problem,  not just now,  but all de time,  she friend Sancho should help she now.

No body play for pride no more, de team never accomplish anything but they complaints.

Play for your country and qualify for tournaments, money will come. Is not like de TTFA is stealing they money, they broke.

 

Title: Re: Maylee and Kennya refuse to join “Women Warriors” under current manager
Post by: dreamer on November 16, 2015, 08:28:49 AM
To Ms. Cordner, Maylee, Ms. Mascall and the other warriors who sacrifice daily in unknown ways to bring joy selflessly to T&T, we wish to let you know that your principled sacrifices for justice & integrity in administration are not going unnoticed.
Uncle Tim's and his lackey's days are numbered. The more we see, the more it will be revealed who is who as they say.
Prepare yourself for being made the scapegoat and to receive a little bit of hate from fans whom you thought would support you.
Iz lonely sometimes taking a stand. Lonely for a while. Daiz life. To some you are just a convenient dispensable piece a shite for their transient pleasures as they ride the back of a next player for the next tournament. It's sad and callous and I am sorry.
Just remember you will not be forgotten. Just brace yourself as the troops are martialling for wars that have nothing to do with your innocent  quests to be a good proud T&T footballer.
Title: Re: Maylee and Kennya refuse to join “Women Warriors” under current manager
Post by: Sando prince on November 16, 2015, 08:35:28 AM
What's is this? Players refusing to play for their country under different managers? huh?
Title: Re: Maylee and Kennya refuse to join “Women Warriors” under current manager
Post by: loyalist on November 16, 2015, 11:08:43 AM
It seems as though once some people are given a position on the national team staff they think that they run the show. If you have your best players refusing to play because of the team manager, then I think they need a new manager. Managers need to do their job, MANAGE. Managers stands by players and assist them so that they are able to play and represent without too many stress. I can't understand how the managers are so heavily involved when it comes to players and their participation on the teams. I could be wrong, their may be more to the story.
Title: Re: Maylee and Kennya refuse to join “Women Warriors” under current manager
Post by: dreamer on November 16, 2015, 11:48:52 AM
One minute Randy Waldrun supposed to be dey, nex ting hush hush he eh dey. Jess so. No proper press release by TTFA, if any at all.
Nobody wants to ask questions because we cyah wine (in the stands with the men's senior team) and chew gum (follow the ladies' team) at the same time. Gotta do better than this.
How would the fans feel if we hear that hush hush BraveHart eh dey no more, Shabazz back as coach, no questions asked by the "mainstream" press. Sam and all would be crying like a baby. Keep up the good work Lasana.
Title: Re: Maylee and Kennya refuse to join “Women Warriors” under current manager
Post by: palos on November 16, 2015, 11:54:26 AM
Slippery slope
Title: Re: Maylee and Kennya refuse to join “Women Warriors” under current manager
Post by: asylumseeker on November 16, 2015, 12:01:08 PM
Slippery slope

Sense.
Title: Re: Maylee and Kennya refuse to join “Women Warriors” under current manager
Post by: Bakes on November 16, 2015, 12:23:44 PM
Yes, I am Tim Kee. Wha yuh go do now? All of a sudden you sow up on site and playing police, where you was all de time, or... we have a game coming up...

Glen spoke and nothing happen, no one even fart on him. De thing is, what was de purpose of it 3 days before we important games? Sour grapes if you ask me.

Maylee always have a problem,  not just now,  but all de time,  she friend Sancho should help she now.

No body play for pride no more, de team never accomplish anything but they complaints.

Play for your country and qualify for tournaments, money will come. Is not like de TTFA is stealing they money, they broke.

 



I wouldn't bash the players for speaking out, if somebody genuinely feels aggrieved then they should be able to talk about it, because nobody else will on their behalf.  After all, is not like they have a players' union or anything.  That being said, Maylee erred when she aligned herself with Sancho, where if she had played her cards right she would have been on a larger, much more capable stage for addressing players' concerns.   Now she's just seen by some as a complainer, and Cordner risks the same thing for the way she has vented her frustrations in the past.  But none of that is to say that they complaints don't have merit.

It's one thing to say yuh won't play for the national team because of the administration, or because of the coach... but to say you're not playing because of the team manager??  What next... yuh won't play because yuh doh like de chef or equipment manager?  Charmin instead ah Cottonelle?
Title: Re: Maylee and Kennya refuse to join “Women Warriors” under current manager
Post by: Deeks on November 16, 2015, 02:45:52 PM
Nobody wants to ask questions because we cyah wine (in the stands with the men's senior team) and chew gum (follow the ladies' team) at the same time. Gotta do better than this.

Some of us eh sure what questions to ask because we eh sure what's going on. if it is not one thing is the other. The video showing the MOS, RTK, Hart and KJ all smiling at one another at the practices session in HCS. Putting on a "united" front for the media before the game. Things maybe right for the MNT at the moment because of the important game tomorrow. But the other national teams need some serious attention. By the way MOS. Mr. Smith needs to join the squad for some intense workout. He was a ex baller with Saints? Right?
Title: Re: Maylee and Kennya refuse to join “Women Warriors” under current manager
Post by: dreamer on November 16, 2015, 03:13:18 PM
I hear you Deeks. Dah smiling could be a well-edited, politically driven, all-skin-teet-is-not-laugh photo or video opp.
Uncle Tim might need that more than anybody as it's his upcoming election to lose and the news releases on him have been less than flattering. Could be the end of lots of juicy brown envelopes, 5 star hotel experiences with various Sheiks and Presidents and the collapse of his other career if he is shown up to be a traitor to Trini football by being conductor and close observer of the mismanagement off the field.

He is hoping for a good showing (and so are we!!) for the MST but there may be an additional agenda of hoping that a win by T&T vs USA just before a carefully timed & postponed election, will be milked for all it's worth to say: "I am the man who made this happen, so vote for me" ... and don't take notice of what else is going on.
Nevertheless, it's a good sign that the administrators are under such pressure to at least look as if dey performin' . It eh go fool K-9 Jones and BraveHart, latter who is waiting for a proper contract as his leverage and negotiating power continues to rise. Uncle Tim would not dare do a "Sheldon" on him as it would cause serious repercussions.
Title: Re: Maylee and Kennya refuse to join “Women Warriors” under current manager
Post by: Adam Lake on November 16, 2015, 09:34:44 PM
Alyuh forgetting one thing, is woman we dealing with and they don't always think logically but can sometimes let emotions cloud there judgement or reasoning... (Ladies doh buss meh head, you know is true  :o)

With that said, Maylee, Kenya and the entire team has Sacrificed tremendously for the sake of women's football. They've given Blood, sweat and plenty of tears, and has put ladies football on the Map, so I can't be vex with them for voicing there displeasure and concerns. They should be free to do so without fear of persecution from this Administration and even the fans. They, at the very least deserve a lil God damn respect from the TTFA for there service to our National Team. Ladies, I wish you all the very best and hope the matter is resolved  :beermug:..   
Title: Re: Maylee and Kennya refuse to join “Women Warriors” under current manager
Post by: socalion on November 16, 2015, 10:11:23 PM
Alyuh forgetting one thing, is woman we dealing with and they don't always think logically but can sometimes let emotions cloud there judgement or reasoning... (Ladies doh buss meh head, you know is true  :o)

With that said, Maylee, Kenya and the entire team has Sacrificed tremendously for the sake of women's football. They've given Blood, sweat and plenty of tears, and has put ladies football on the Map, so I can't be vex with them for voicing there displeasure and concerns. They should be free to do so without fear of persecution from this Administration and even the fans. They, at the very least deserve a lil God damn respect from the TTFA for there service to our National Team. Ladies, I and hope the matter is resolved  :beermug:..   
     Adam  with all due respect  the comment as in referrence to  { woman  / women  not always thinking logically  but can sometimes allow their emotions to cloud their  judgement or reasoning ) is sexist !  sorry   bro its not  really reassuring to the ladies cause ..
Title: Re: Maylee and Kennya refuse to join “Women Warriors” under current manager
Post by: g on November 17, 2015, 01:42:58 PM
The bottom line is that between the TTFA and TTOC they could have resolved the issue.
Title: Re: Maylee and Kennya refuse to join “Women Warriors” under current manager
Post by: Sam on November 21, 2015, 07:29:56 AM
Now that de women team is de 2015 CFU Women’s Olympic Qualifying Champions yuh go see how fast Maylee go buy ticket now.

Title: T&T Women Soca Warriors Thread
Post by: Socapro on November 27, 2015, 06:05:43 PM
I can't seem to find a dedicated thread to the Women's football team that is not tied to a particular tournament so I've started this one. 

Mods please merge if there is already a dedicated thread to the Women's Football team that I am overlooking.

I came over this great interview with guests Ahkeela Mollon and Narada Wilson today and thought I should post it to the dedicated Women's Football thread on this board.
I think this interview took place back in June of this year and the show is called "Field Of Dreams" hosted by ex-national striker Steve David.

Field Of Dreams Ep 7 - Current State Of Women's Football In Trinidad & Toabago
https://www.youtube.com/v/LDCteUbchho
Title: Re: T&T Women Soca Warriors Thread
Post by: dreamer on November 27, 2015, 06:29:12 PM
Good timing to highlight these undervalued, exploited, abused and marginalized Warriors.
Recurring story of being used for our instant gratification-limin' pleasure & blog habits but discarded for the nex' hedonistic Warrior quest.

Interestingly, the person who took the time to respect Ahkeela Mollon, was none other than the supposedly flip phone-challenged "old man" Steve David.
These are the people (Lady Warriors) that Uncle Tim wants to silence.
Ahkeela, we salute you.

Here's inspirational Warrior Captain Maylee Attin-Johnson on an earlier episode (#3) of "Field of Dreams" panel with host Steve David, Narada Wilson, Gally Cummings & Selby Browne.

Field of Dreams Ep 3:
"The 4 teams that represented us in the World Cup that made a statement in our football history"
https://www.youtube.com/v/2Cn1qCeTUrY
Title: Re: Maylee and Kennya refuse to join “Women Warriors” under current manager
Post by: dreamer on November 27, 2015, 08:06:23 PM
Maylee-Attin Johnson: Goal vs Guatemala
https://www.youtube.com/v/koO6behJbDQ
Title: Re: T&T Women Soca Warriors Thread
Post by: Sando prince on November 27, 2015, 08:08:24 PM

Sorry but I have to ask. Flex are we going to post everything about our Women's National team in just this one thread now? Still a TnT football forum right.?
Title: Re: T&T Women Soca Warriors Thread
Post by: Socapro on November 28, 2015, 01:11:33 AM

Sorry but I have to ask. Flex are we going to post everything about our Women's National team in just this one thread now? Still a TnT football forum right.?

Did Flex or anyone else post a command that eveything about T&T Women's football be posted in this thread?

You post wherever you want to on the topic, its up to you.

I simply decided to start this thread because I couldn't find one dedicated to T&T Women's Football which deserves much more attention in my eyes than it has been getting.
Title: Re: Maylee and Kennya refuse to join “Women Warriors” under current manager
Post by: Sando prince on November 28, 2015, 05:48:24 AM
I am not sure if to post here on in a random TnT Women's Football thread Socapro just created  :D

Anyway these two players may want to evaluate their attitudes before returning to TnT squad because the team won the Championship with good team chemistry so we do t want attitudes coming in and interfering with chemistry.
Title: Re: T&T Women Soca Warriors Thread
Post by: Flex on November 28, 2015, 06:58:02 AM

Sorry but I have to ask. Flex are we going to post everything about our Women's National team in just this one thread now? Still a TnT football forum right.?

It would be nice and easy for future references if we kept most related news on one thread, but if you feel something is of importance and deserve a new thread then feel free.

Have one specific thread really helps find old articles.

Unlike the men's team, the women play 3/4 game per year so there isn't a lot of news on them. But I guess as tournament picks up I am sure there will be other threads like we normally do.

As SP said, no rule here.

Thank you.

Title: Re: Maylee and Kennya refuse to join “Women Warriors” under current manager
Post by: Deeks on November 28, 2015, 11:37:33 AM
I am not sure if to post here on in a random TnT Women's Football thread Socapro just created  :D

Anyway these two players may want to evaluate their attitudes before returning to TnT squad because the team won the Championship with good team chemistry so we do t want attitudes coming in and interfering with chemistry.

Sando, you have a point. But these ladies, in their minds have some legitimate reasons for their stance. We would like for them to suck it up and  give it a go for the team, the nation, etc. But how long this been going on. At some point you just tired of promises. I think they want the TTFA to bring back the Houston coach pronto. For whatever reasons, he brings the best out of the ladies. They feel that way and should be given the benefit of doubt. They are the players, not us. I think, I hoping they will play. But clearly look at the situation. Olympic qualifying and TTFA election. You think these ladies should not be in camp already doing serious training with the coach. But we have election campaign. I think the women should have had the priority over elections.
Title: Re: Maylee and Kennya refuse to join “Women Warriors” under current manager
Post by: Socapro on November 28, 2015, 11:38:43 AM
I am not sure if to post here on in a random TnT Women's Football thread Socapro just created  :D

Anyway these two players may want to evaluate their attitudes before returning to TnT squad because the team won the Championship with good team chemistry so we do t want attitudes coming in and interfering with chemistry.

Why do you always allow threads that Socapro start to bother you so much? You are the only poster here who seems to do that.

I said to the Mods to merge my thread if there is already one here on the topic.

Also the thread that I created on the topic of the Women's Football Team is not a random thread as it serves a specific purpose and will make finding dedicated information on the T&T Women's Football Teams much easier in the future once it is posted to regularly enough by enough posters.

And no one here commanded you to post in that thread so no need to be openly agonizing over where to post, just post where ever you choose to as you usually do.
Title: Re: Maylee and Kennya refuse to join “Women Warriors” under current manager
Post by: Sando prince on November 28, 2015, 11:59:13 AM
Socapussy please stop chasing me around in every thread. If yuh feeling lonely go and finger yuh crutch  :beermug:
Title: Re: Maylee and Kennya refuse to join “Women Warriors” under current manager
Post by: Socapro on November 28, 2015, 12:08:51 PM
Socapussy please stop chasing me around in every thread. If yuh feeling lonely go and finger yuh crutch  :beermug:

Please stop with your childish behaviour and name calling.

You are the one calling out my name unnecessarily in your posts like whatever I post bothers you to distraction.

Grow up and make your posts without having to reference my name like I am always on your mind.
Title: Re: Maylee and Kennya refuse to join “Women Warriors” under current manager
Post by: Soccer 19 on November 28, 2015, 12:28:05 PM
Socapussy please stop chasing me around in every thread. If yuh feeling lonely go and finger yuh crutch  :beermug:

Please stop with your childish behaviour and name calling.

You are the one calling out my name unnecessarily in your posts like whatever I post bothers you to distraction.

Grow up and make your posts without having to reference my name like I am always on your mind.
j


Socapro can a board moderator not lock a topic / thread ? Therefore limiting posting to only one thread such as the one you had created. I for one find it so much easier to just navigate in only one thread myself personally.

Cheers

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Title: Re: Maylee and Kennya refuse to join “Women Warriors” under current manager
Post by: Bakes on November 28, 2015, 12:53:02 PM
I am not sure if to post here on in a random TnT Women's Football thread Socapro just created  :D

Anyway these two players may want to evaluate their attitudes before returning to TnT squad because the team won the Championship with good team chemistry so we do t want attitudes coming in and interfering with chemistry.

Sando, you have a point. But these ladies, in their minds have some legitimate reasons for their stance. We would like for them to suck it up and  give it a go for the team, the nation, etc. But how long this been going on. At some point you just tired of promises. I think they want the TTFA to bring back the Houston coach pronto. For whatever reasons, he brings the best out of the ladies. They feel that way and should be given the benefit of doubt. They are the players, not us. I think, I hoping they will play. But clearly look at the situation. Olympic qualifying and TTFA election. You think these ladies should not be in camp already doing serious training with the coach. But we have election campaign. I think the women should have had the priority over elections.

The only thing I disagree with is Kennya saying she wouldn't play for the national team because of the manager.  I don't know what the manager did to make her say that, but I'm sure she has her reasons.  That being said, you can't let such pettiness get in the way of representing your country.  Other than that, I agree with everything you say here Deeks... the other day Arin King posted pretty much the same thing verbatim on her FB wall.  There are legitimate grievances... even the U-20 women struggling from administrative screw ups and they getting ready for their own round of qualifications.
Title: Re: Maylee and Kennya refuse to join “Women Warriors” under current manager
Post by: Socapro on November 28, 2015, 12:59:48 PM
Socapussy please stop chasing me around in every thread. If yuh feeling lonely go and finger yuh crutch  :beermug:

Please stop with your childish behaviour and name calling.

You are the one calling out my name unnecessarily in your posts like whatever I post bothers you to distraction.

Grow up and make your posts without having to reference my name like I am always on your mind.
j


Socapro can a board moderator not lock a topic / thread ? Therefore limiting posting to only one thread such as the one you had created. I for one find it so much easier to just navigate in only one thread myself personally.

Cheers

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As you said a dedicated thread on a topic makes it much easier to navigate and the thread I created is meant to facilitate exactly that.

However I think posters should still have the freedom to post wherever they choose and the role of the Mods would then be to decide if certain posts should be merged into the dedicated thread or left where they are which makes them much harder to find and reference weeks and months later.
Title: Re: Maylee and Kennya refuse to join “Women Warriors” under current manager
Post by: FF on November 28, 2015, 01:56:33 PM
Allyuh just remember to maintain civility and decorum in all conversation and debate.
Just a reminder.

Carry on.  :beermug:
Title: Re: Maylee and Kennya refuse to join “Women Warriors” under current manager
Post by: Socapro on November 28, 2015, 02:04:02 PM
Allyuh just remember to maintain civility and decorum in all conversation and debate.
Just a reminder.

Carry on.  :beermug:

Please don't say "allyuh" and called the name of the offender as I have clearly maintained civility and decorum unlike Sando prince.
Title: Re: Maylee and Kennya refuse to join “Women Warriors” under current manager
Post by: Sando prince on November 28, 2015, 02:12:30 PM
^^ I see SocaClown still have a hard on. Fella still have Sando Prince on his mind. Remember what ah tell yuh to do if yuh feeling bored. Scroll up the page if yuh forget
Title: Re: Maylee and Kennya refuse to join “Women Warriors” under current manager
Post by: Socapro on November 28, 2015, 03:08:48 PM
^^ I see SocaClown still have a hard on. Fella still have Sando Prince on his mind. Remember what ah tell yuh to do if yuh feeling bored. Scroll up the page if yuh forget

Just as I said to FF. Its clear which poster in this thread has no civility and decorum so no need to use the term "allyuh" in advising civility and decorum and call the name of the offender.

Some posters here just need to grow up.
Title: Re: Maylee and Kennya refuse to join “Women Warriors” under current manager
Post by: Sando prince on November 28, 2015, 03:11:56 PM
^^ I see SocaClown still have a hard on. Fella still have Sando Prince on his mind. Remember what ah tell yuh to do if yuh feeling bored. Scroll up the page if yuh forget

Just as I said to FF. Its clear which poster in this thread has no civility and decorum so no need to use the term "allyuh" in advising civility and decorum and call the name of the offender.

Some posters here just need to grow up.


One day you will realize most times people are ignoring you  :D
Title: Re: Maylee and Kennya refuse to join “Women Warriors” under current manager
Post by: Socapro on November 28, 2015, 03:14:20 PM
^^ I see SocaClown still have a hard on. Fella still have Sando Prince on his mind. Remember what ah tell yuh to do if yuh feeling bored. Scroll up the page if yuh forget

Just as I said to FF. Its clear which poster in this thread has no civility and decorum so no need to use the term "allyuh" in advising civility and decorum and call the name of the offender.

Some posters here just need to grow up.


One day you will realize most times people are ignoring you  :D

Wish you would take your own advice about ignoring and stop calling up my name unnecessarily in your post.
Then when I address your paranoia about whatever Socapro posts you resort to childish name calling.

Time to grow up.
Title: Cordner ready to don T&T colours again
Post by: Tallman on November 29, 2015, 12:57:26 PM
Cordner ready to don T&T colours again
TTFA Media


Trinidad and Tobago forward Kennya Cordner is ready to wear the national shirt with pride again after being named in the Senior National Women’s Team squad for the two upcoming international friendlies with World champions United States next month.

Cordner, a valuable member of the team that came to within a whisker of qualifying for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup will join her teammates for the first friendly in Hawaii on December 6th and the second outing in Texas on December 10th.

The full squad selected by head coach Randy Waldrum will be announced on Sunday (today).

In an immediate reaction to the recall, Cordner said “To be back on the squad to help out and do what I do best which is scoring goals is a good feeling. I know due to certain situation I couldn’t be on the squad for the CFU (Olympic qualifiers) but I’m still the same old ‘Yaya Monsta,’” she told TTFA Media on Saturday night.

“This game against the US is going to be my returning game after being hurt in July so I’m looking forward to it and hopefully we can get a good result .”

Giving her feelings on the two matches against the 2015 world champions which T&T lost 1-0 to in the CONCACAF Final round in 201,5, Cordner said it would be a big boost but she expects it to be very challenging for T&T.

“It’s good for the national team to finally get two international game leading up to the Olympics qualifiers in February. It’s going to be a tough one because the US have been playing since July and we just started back two months ago. These two games will give us an indication of how much work we would need to put in before the Olympic qualifiers in February.”

Waldrum who was in Trinidad recently, will team up with fellow staff members Sharon O’Brien (Manager), Ben Waldrum (Assistant Coach), Anthony Creece (Assistant Coach), Benyam Astorga (Trainer), Claire George (Kit manager), Clayton Ince (Goalkeeper coach) and Michael Taylor (Physio).

The first of the two friendlies which is part of the US Victory tour, will be played Aloha Stadium in Honolulu at3 p.m. local/8 p.m. ET and will be aired on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Sports GO).The Second match in Texas will kick off at 8 p.m. CT and the game will be broadcast on ESPN2 and WatchESPN.
Title: Re: Maylee and Kennya refuse to join “Women Warriors” under current manager
Post by: Bakes on November 29, 2015, 01:21:54 PM
Players treating the national team like a conga line.  Joke.
Title: Re: Maylee and Kennya refuse to join “Women Warriors” under current manager
Post by: royal on November 29, 2015, 01:50:41 PM
Players treating the national team like a conga line.  Joke.

dey probably just following the TTFA........ is Waldrum in or out? 
Title: Re: Maylee and Kennya refuse to join “Women Warriors” under current manager
Post by: Bakes on November 29, 2015, 02:19:24 PM
Players treating the national team like a conga line.  Joke.

dey probably just following the TTFA........ is Waldrum in or out? 

You have money to pay Waldrum?  How are the two even comparable?  A player says she not playing for the national team... because she doh like de manager... not the coach... the f**king manager.  Next thing yuh know she back in the team like nothing happen.  And you here talking shit about Waldrum?  Allyuh not serious.
Title: Re: Maylee and Kennya refuse to join “Women Warriors” under current manager
Post by: royal on November 29, 2015, 02:45:40 PM
Players treating the national team like a conga line.  Joke.

dey probably just following the TTFA........ is Waldrum in or out? 

You have money to pay Waldrum?  How are the two even comparable?  A player says she not playing for the national team... because she doh like de manager... not the coach... the f**king manager.  Next thing yuh know she back in the team like nothing happen.  And you here talking shit about Waldrum?  Allyuh not serious.

breeds me ain't arguing with you. as a matter of fact I agree with you about Cordner. However yuh ain't answer meh question about slack in slack out with Waldrum and de TTFA. You cannot have a coach one month when yuh have money yuh have him and de next month you use somebody else  because yuh don't have money and den yuh have money again yuh bring him back in......... dat is congo line too. 
Title: Re: Maylee and Kennya refuse to join “Women Warriors” under current manager
Post by: Bakes on November 29, 2015, 02:54:41 PM
breeds me ain't arguing with you. as a matter of fact I agree with you about Cordner. However yuh ain't answer meh question about slack in slack out with Waldrum and de TTFA. You cannot have a coach one month when yuh have money yuh have him and de next month you use somebody else  because yuh don't have money and den yuh have money again yuh bring him back in......... dat is congo line too. 
I won't cut the TTFA any slack because they clearly taking notes from their leader... but the coaching situation isn't as critical as it might seem.  Even when Randy Waldrum not there, Ben Waldrum coaches the team so continuity isn't affected.  Randy Waldrum's issue is the lack of funding for the program in general... and it's legitimate.  I don't begrudge the women their right to be upset about how the program is treated, but on this one I can't side with Cordner.
Title: Re: Maylee and Kennya refuse to join “Women Warriors” under current manager
Post by: dreamer on November 29, 2015, 05:10:45 PM
Courtesy CTV
https://www.youtube.com/v/af1_tMM3qgI
Title: Re: T&T Women Soca Warriors Thread
Post by: dreamer on November 29, 2015, 05:18:10 PM
Courtesy CTV
https://www.youtube.com/v/I41kko3TVFk
Title: Re: T&T Women Soca Warriors Thread
Post by: dreamer on November 29, 2015, 06:48:19 PM
Courtesy CTV
https://www.youtube.com/v/YpJap_wtwO4
Title: Re: Maylee and Kennya refuse to join “Women Warriors” under current manager
Post by: maxg on November 29, 2015, 07:35:06 PM
So is the successful coach and manager and other team members and staff now replaced ?
Title: Re: T&T Women Soca Warriors Thread
Post by: Soccer 19 on November 30, 2015, 02:28:43 PM
http://wired868.com/2015/11/30/djw-i-wont-be-jacket-and-tie-president-wwarriors-are-ttfas-first-priority/

Best news I have heard in a long time

Great news for our Women
Time for Randy to receive a contract that takes him through to WWC 2019



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Title: Re: T&T Women Soca Warriors Thread
Post by: Adam Lake on November 30, 2015, 02:34:09 PM
WALDRUM ANNOUNCES WOMEN’S TEAM FOR US FRIENDLIES:

T&T Squad for USA matches.

Baron, Saundra
Cordner, Kennya
Forbes, Karyn
Forbes, Kimika
Francois, Janine
Hutchinson, Lauryn
King, Arin
Mollon, Ahkeela
Tasha St. Louis
Khadidra Debessette
Danielle Blair
Annalis Cummings
Vicky Swift
Mariah Shade
Patrice Superville
Janice Johnson
Liana Hinds
Brianna Ryce
Amira Walcott
Nia Walcott


http://ttfootball.org/2015/11/30/waldrum-announces-womens-team-for-us-friendlies/
Title: Re: T&T Women Soca Warriors Thread
Post by: dreamer on November 30, 2015, 08:51:34 PM
Coach Randy Waldrum 0n: Houston Dash & TnT WNT.  almost 3 months ago
T&T gets discussed from the 10 min 30 sec point.  Interview ends at the 19:19 point
https://www.youtube.com/v/4BjH9bR5aEw?start=630
Title: Re: Maylee and Kennya refuse to join “Women Warriors” under current manager
Post by: Sam on December 01, 2015, 05:38:35 AM
Players treating the national team like a conga line.  Joke.

Thats why they shouldn't be to quick to f00cking talk, something I do to..  :devil:

Maylee feel she is Marta. They opening they mouth 2 weeks before election and now we have a new president and look Yaya came back. They know things will change, why complain? Maylee always complaining, she was the manager for one of our under 20 team when Jack Warner made her one and SHE DID NOTHING, now she complaining, she had her chance to make a difference. She made Brent Sancho bamboos she head. Look how good de women team doing now, ah bet yuh she sorry..

Title: Re: Maylee and Kennya refuse to join “Women Warriors” under current manager
Post by: Sam on December 01, 2015, 06:31:58 AM
Players treating the national team like a conga line.  Joke.

Thats why they shouldn't be to quick to f00cking talk, something I do to..  :devil:

Maylee feel she is Marta. They opening they mouth 2 weeks before election and now we have a new president and look Yaya came back. They know things will change, why complain? Maylee always complaining, she was the manager for one of our under 20 team when Jack Warner made her one and SHE DID NOTHING, now she complaining, she had her chance to make a difference. She made Brent Sancho bamboos she head. Look how good de women team doing now, ah bet yuh she sorry..

Look when Jack Warner had she in his pocket, she like them kinda thing, what did she do when she was manager?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NFqD9E6YQw0

Now she complain for everything, she like a popo.

We have a new president now, wait and see nah.

Them eh reach yet, but they want.

Title: Re: T&T Women Soca Warriors Thread
Post by: Soccer 19 on December 01, 2015, 06:45:53 AM
https://mobile.twitter.com/keepernotes/status/671469446641278976

Later today via Podcast our very own Lauryn Hutchinson is interviewed by Jen Cooper. Jen runs a very successful website in South Texas called Keeper Notes. Will see if I can find out at what time the interview  airs. However I believe all past interviews are archived in case you miss it. Jen Cooper covers the Houston Dash / Dynamo on a weekly basis.

http://keepernotes.com/


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Title: Re: Maylee and Kennya refuse to join “Women Warriors” under current manager
Post by: Sando prince on December 01, 2015, 07:14:26 AM
So wha is the W Connection President man plans on getting the right preparation for the Women Warriors?
Title: Re: T&T Women Soca Warriors Thread
Post by: Soccer 19 on December 01, 2015, 11:50:35 AM
https://mobile.twitter.com/keepernotes/status/671469446641278976

Later today via Podcast our very own Lauryn Hutchinson is interviewed by Jen Cooper. Jen runs a very successful website in South Texas called Keeper Notes. Will see if I can find out at what time the interview  airs. However I believe all past interviews are archived in case you miss it. Jen Cooper covers the Houston Dash / Dynamo on a weekly basis.

http://keepernotes.com/


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http://whatahowler.podomatic.com/entry/2015-11-30T21_45_50-08_00

The PODCAST is up and running.
Lauryn is on from 103.25 to 118.45
Have a listen.
Lauryn we can hear the passion in your voice as always keep up the great work !!
Representing   :wavetowel: :wavetowel: :wavetowel: :wavetowel: :wavetowel:


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Title: Re: Maylee and Kennya refuse to join “Women Warriors” under current manager
Post by: Flex on December 03, 2015, 03:21:41 AM
O’Brien to leave Attin-Johnson matter to TTFA heads.
By Sean Taylor (Express).


Manager of the Trinidad and Tobago women’s national football team Sharon O’Brien is leaving the recent conflict involving herself and the estranged former captain Maylee Attin-Johnson, in the hands of the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) management.

The former “Women’s Warriors” skipper has reportedly declined to play for the national team as long as O’Brien is the team manager.

Commenting on the situation yesterday, O’Brien told the Express the decision to stop playing for T&T was entirely Attin-Johnson’s, and that she had stopped coming to training sessions, and had not indicated whether or not she would train with the team. O’Brien said that she would not meet with the player on the issue, but instead preferred to let the TTFA handle the situation.

Title: Re: T&T Women Soca Warriors Thread
Post by: Tallman on December 03, 2015, 01:47:37 PM
Trinidad and Tobago Women's Team has been invited to participate in the 2015 International Tournament of Natal in Brazil from December 9-20. They will take the place of Croatia who pulled out of the tournament. The other countries involved are Brazil, Canada, and Mexico.

(https://scontent-dfw1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpa1/v/t1.0-9/12347773_10153806322494314_1370205630898222282_n.jpg?oh=9f0fb8fdad1f7bdd969b34f72440e0e4&oe=56DF5645)
Title: Re: T&T Women Soca Warriors Thread
Post by: FF on December 03, 2015, 01:54:42 PM
We playing USA on the 10th. This would be a brisk turn around. When would be the first game?
Title: Re: T&T Women Soca Warriors Thread
Post by: Tallman on December 03, 2015, 02:02:23 PM
We playing USA on the 10th. This would be a brisk turn around. When would be the first game?

Group Stage games are on the 9th, 13th, and 16th. I don't know if there will be any rescheduling.
Title: Re: T&T Women Soca Warriors Thread
Post by: Deeks on December 03, 2015, 03:45:04 PM
Quick notice, but this is great for the TT Ladies!!!
Title: Re: T&T Women Soca Warriors Thread
Post by: asylumseeker on December 03, 2015, 04:34:35 PM
December 9 through 20th? Dahis some $trong currency involved.
Title: Re: T&T Women Soca Warriors Thread
Post by: Jumbie on December 03, 2015, 07:16:12 PM
Show what you're made of Mr Williams.. sort of the ladies to the fullest please.
Title: Re: Maylee and Kennya refuse to join “Women Warriors” under current manager
Post by: Tallman on December 03, 2015, 08:09:05 PM
WATCH: Maylee Attin-Johnson returns to national duty (https://www.facebook.com/socawarriors.net/posts/10153806786089314)
Title: Re: Maylee and Kennya refuse to join “Women Warriors” under current manager
Post by: de_redman on December 03, 2015, 08:30:52 PM
So what change Maylee? Explain why yuh jump back in...
Title: Re: Maylee and Kennya refuse to join “Women Warriors” under current manager
Post by: amielisadore on December 03, 2015, 09:04:15 PM
So what change Maylee? Explain why yuh jump back in...

Possibly the fact that Sharon is not the manager of the team that she will be travelling with lol. Maybe DJW was able to negotiate some sort of compromise as well
Title: Re: T&T Women Soca Warriors Thread
Post by: maxg on December 04, 2015, 02:05:26 AM
Trinidad and Tobago Women's Team has been invited to participate in the 2015 International Tournament of Natal in Brazil from December 9-20. They will take the place of Croatia who pulled out of the tournament. The other countries involved are Brazil, Canada, and Mexico.

(https://scontent-dfw1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpa1/v/t1.0-9/12347773_10153806322494314_1370205630898222282_n.jpg?oh=9f0fb8fdad1f7bdd969b34f72440e0e4&oe=56DF5645)
we not ready for this ! Structurally, Emotionally, Physically and definitely not financially..we don't need to go..US test is enuff for now
Title: Re: T&T Women Soca Warriors Thread
Post by: Flex on December 04, 2015, 06:23:45 AM
Attin-Johnson returns for Brazil tourney.
By Nigel Simon (Guardian).


Out-spoken Women Soca Warriors midfielder, Maylee Attin-Johnson has been appointed captain of a T&T squad which will depart on Sunday for Brazil to compete at the International Women’s Football Tournament hosted in the city of Natal.

The T&T team was a late inclusion to the four-team event after Croatia, which was a replacement for world fifth ranked England, also opted out. The other teams in the tournament are host Brazil, and Concacaf duo, Canada and Mexico.

Attin-Johnson’s inclusion in the team is a surprise one, after she fell out with T&T Football Association Women’s president and senior women’s team manager Sharon O’Brien.

Last month, Attin-Johnson who led the team to within a win of qualification to last year’s Women’s World Cup in Canada opted out of the senior women’s squad because of her dispute with O’Brien and vowed not to play for the team once O’Brien is team manager.

However, Attin-Johnson’s absence did not impacted on the team as the local women successfully navigated the first round of the Caribbean Football Union Olympic Qualifiers at home.

Led by Canada-born defender Arin King dispatched St Lucia 6-0 and 8-1 in their first round qualifying tie and then defeated Jamaica 2-1 in extra-time in their semifinal before edging Puerto Rico in the final to qualify to the Concacaf Women’s Final Round Olympic qualifiers set for February in the USA.

On Wednesday, Attin-Johnson met with newly elected T&T Football Association David John-Williams, who agreed in his role as mediator to move on from the issue.

King and some of the players who contested the qualifiers will not be making the journey to Brazil on Sunday as they first head to the USA for two international friendlies against that country on December 6 and 10, before linking up with Attin-Johnson-led group in Brazil for the remainder of the Natal Tournament.

In addition to Attin-Johnson, the players confirmed for the South American trip and set to leave on Sunday are Tenesha Palmer (goalkeeper), Shalette Alexander (goalkeeper), Renelle Findley, Melissa Woo Ling, Afiya Matthias, Sharain Cummings, Annalis Cummings, Jo-Marie Lewis, Joy Daniel, Candace Edwards and Shenelle Henry, Tamara Johnson, Jenelle Cunningham.

They will be joined in Brazil by Khadidra Debesette, Karyn Forbes, Kamika Forbes, Janine Francois, Lauryn Hutchinson, Janice Johnson, Ahkeela Mollon, Arin King, Brianna Ryce, Mariah Shade, Patrice Superville and Victoria Swift

Next Wednesday, the Women Soca Warriors will meet host Brazil in the second match of the afternoon from 8.45pm at the Arena das Dunas in Natal before meeting Canada (December 13) and Mexico (December 16) in the other round-robin matches.

Title: Re: T&T Women Soca Warriors Thread
Post by: Soccer 19 on December 04, 2015, 06:30:34 AM
Trinidad and Tobago Women's Team has been invited to participate in the 2015 International Tournament of Natal in Brazil from December 9-20. They will take the place of Croatia who pulled out of the tournament. The other countries involved are Brazil, Canada, and Mexico.

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we not ready for this ! Structurally, Emotionally, Physically and definitely not financially..we don't need to go..US test is enuff for now

The Brasil FA is covering all of the TTFA costs 100 % due to the last minute pull out of Croatia of this tournament.
The Brasil FA is even covering the cost of flying the team from Texas to Brasil.

Even on the Victory Tour the only cost to the TTFA is the flight's from Trinidad to Hawaii.
Once the team lands all costs for the rest of trip are covered by USA Soccer.

Getting six games versus top flight competition will be invaluable for our preparation for Concacaf.
Fifa Ranking's as of Sept 25th. USA # 1 , Brasil # 7 , Mexico # 26 , Trinidad # 48
Croatia # 55
Our toughest game will be the 1st game versus Brasil with only 13 players however we will fight as we always do.
The Women fly out from Texas right after their game on the 10th so they should be rested enough and with a full squad for
Game 2 on the 13th versus Canada will be a good test as we will also face them in game 2 at Concacaf.
Game 3 versus Mexico on the 16th will be another battle
and finally the semi / finals on the 20th.
These games will be invaluable for our preparation for Concacaf.

After Christmas break in early January the Women will be flying to Houston for camp to further be prepared by Waldrum.
They will be housed by the Houston Dash Host families therefore keeping the costs to the TTFA to a minimum.

Good luck Women Warrior's

Represent us proud as always !!!!!!


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Title: Re: T&T Women Soca Warriors Thread
Post by: Rastaman on December 04, 2015, 08:04:47 AM
Thanks for the update Soccer 19. Great opportunities for our program  :wavetowel: :wavetowel: :wavetowel:

The rewards of playing well and climbing up the rankings.
Title: Re: T&T Women Soca Warriors Thread
Post by: Flex on December 04, 2015, 08:11:41 AM
Trinidad and Tobago Women's Team has been invited to participate in the 2015 International Tournament of Natal in Brazil from December 9-20. They will take the place of Croatia who pulled out of the tournament. The other countries involved are Brazil, Canada, and Mexico.

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we not ready for this ! Structurally, Emotionally, Physically and definitely not financially..we don't need to go..US test is enuff for now

The Brasil FA is covering all of the TTFA costs 100 % due to the last minute pull out of Croatia of this tournament.
The Brasil FA is even covering the cost of flying the team from Texas to Brasil.

Even on the Victory Tour the only cost to the TTFA is the flight's from Trinidad to Hawaii.
Once the team lands all costs for the rest of trip are covered by USA Soccer.

Getting six games versus top flight competition will be invaluable for our preparation for Concacaf.
Fifa Ranking's as of Sept 25th. USA # 1 , Brasil # 7 , Mexico # 26 , Trinidad # 48
Croatia # 55
Our toughest game will be the 1st game versus Brasil with only 13 players however we will fight as we always do.
The Women fly out from Texas right after their game on the 10th so they should be rested enough and with a full squad for
Game 2 on the 13th versus Canada will be a good test as we will also face them in game 2 at Concacaf.
Game 3 versus Mexico on the 16th will be another battle
and finally the semi / finals on the 20th.
These games will be invaluable for our preparation for Concacaf.

After Christmas break in early January the Women will be flying to Houston for camp to further be prepared by Waldrum.
They will be housed by the Houston Dash Host families therefore keeping the costs to the TTFA to a minimum.

Good luck Women Warrior's

Represent us proud as always !!!!!!


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Thanx, it would have been really nice if they could have accommodated us even by a day or 2 seeing that it was last minute? Would have liked to see a full team play against Brazil.

Oh well, very good games and good job by all involved.

Title: Re: T&T Women Soca Warriors Thread
Post by: FF on December 04, 2015, 08:42:00 AM
Also no one mentioned but I'm sure we have realized, the much larger player pool that is being exposed to these kind of games.
Title: Re: Maylee and Kennya refuse to join “Women Warriors” under current manager
Post by: Soccer 19 on December 04, 2015, 10:15:21 AM
Interesting article and many thought provoking comments at the end of the article.


http://wired868.com/2015/12/03/maylee-vs-sharon-a-football-agent-offers-solution-to-wwarriors-crisis/


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Title: Re: T&T Women Soca Warriors Thread
Post by: dreamer on December 04, 2015, 10:15:54 AM
Great news to see Attin-Johnson back. The sickening polarization, player-unfriendly vibe, HR-challenged atmosphere of the Uncle Tim / Renraw era was here, nicely corrected in this instance, by new President DJW who found a way to bring back the captain Maylee and make all the players happy. Players being happy over Sharon O'Brien being happy is more important.
How many of us would have been prone to say "eff Maylee, leh we overs she, and call her shittong anyway" like Uncle Tim and disciples would?
Again we see again why Uncle Tim had to go and why we must be prepared to change from our old ways.

Well done DJW. We should continue to embrace you, not fear you.
Title: Re: Maylee and Kennya refuse to join “Women Warriors” under current manager
Post by: dreamer on December 04, 2015, 10:31:13 AM
Great news to see Attin-Johnson back. The sickening polarization, player-unfriendly vibe, HR-challenged atmosphere of the Uncle Tim / Renraw era was here, nicely corrected in this instance, by new President DJW who found a way to bring back the captain Maylee and make all the players happy. Players being happy over Sharon O'Brien being happy is more important.
How many of us would have been prone to say "eff Maylee, leh we overs she, and call her shittong anyway" like Uncle Tim and disciples would?
Again we see again why Uncle Tim had to go and why we must be prepared to change from our old ways.

Well done DJW, Narada and all those who helped with the new DJW-led beginnings of cultural changes post-election.  We should continue to embrace you DJW not fear you. More delegation of leadership is needed to be given to those with real talent and get rid or reposition old stooges who eh wukkin'.
Title: Re: T&T Women Soca Warriors Thread
Post by: FF on December 04, 2015, 11:04:04 AM
Dreamer I keep hearing this... Who were "Uncle Tim" disciples?

Title: Re: T&T Women Soca Warriors Thread
Post by: Bakes on December 04, 2015, 11:17:35 AM
Great news to see Attin-Johnson back. The sickening polarization, player-unfriendly vibe, HR-challenged atmosphere of the Uncle Tim / Renraw era was here, nicely corrected in this instance, by new President DJW who found a way to bring back the captain Maylee and make all the players happy. Players being happy over Sharon O'Brien being happy is more important.
How many of us would have been prone to say "eff Maylee, leh we overs she, and call her shittong anyway" like Uncle Tim and disciples would?
Again we see again why Uncle Tim had to go and why we must be prepared to change from our old ways.

Well done DJW. We should continue to embrace you, not fear you.

You have a real obsession dred... a fixation even.  Tim Kee has effectively been fired and everybody trying to move on.  You should do the same.
Title: Re: T&T Women Soca Warriors Thread
Post by: asylumseeker on December 04, 2015, 11:54:56 AM
Also no one mentioned but I'm sure we have realized, the much larger player pool that is being exposed to these kind of games.

When both units unite in Brazil, how many players will be there in total?
Title: Re: T&T Women Soca Warriors Thread
Post by: Michael-j on December 04, 2015, 12:36:44 PM
Also no one mentioned but I'm sure we have realized, the much larger player pool that is being exposed to these kind of games.

When both units unite in Brazil, how many players will be there in total?

About 26....two full starting line-ups with subs and a waterboy/girl  ;D
Title: Re: T&T Women Soca Warriors Thread
Post by: asylumseeker on December 04, 2015, 01:15:59 PM
Also no one mentioned but I'm sure we have realized, the much larger player pool that is being exposed to these kind of games.

When both units unite in Brazil, how many players will be there in total?

About 26....two full starting line-ups with subs and a waterboy/girl  ;D

Yuh not including meh doc? :devil:
Title: Re: Maylee and Kennya refuse to join “Women Warriors” under current manager
Post by: asylumseeker on December 10, 2015, 08:50:22 AM
How was this matter resolved? Where is Sharon O'Brien at present?
Title: Re: Maylee and Kennya refuse to join “Women Warriors” under current manager
Post by: soccerman on December 10, 2015, 09:19:35 AM
How was this matter resolved? Where is Sharon O'Brien at present?
I think she's with the team in Houston.
Title: Re: Maylee and Kennya refuse to join “Women Warriors” under current manager
Post by: asylumseeker on December 10, 2015, 11:07:50 AM
How was this matter resolved? Where is Sharon O'Brien at present?
I think she's with the team in Houston.

Will she be in Brazil ... ?
Title: Re: Maylee and Kennya refuse to join “Women Warriors” under current manager
Post by: soccerman on December 10, 2015, 11:40:10 AM
How was this matter resolved? Where is Sharon O'Brien at present?
I think she's with the team in Houston.

Will she be in Brazil ... ?
She should be, as I think the entire team is going to Brazil afterwards but I'm not totally sure.
Title: Re: T&T Women Soca Warriors Thread
Post by: Soccer 19 on January 11, 2016, 09:28:05 AM
Concacaf begins February 10th

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2016_CONCACAF_Women%27s_Olympic_Qualifying_Championship#Draw

USA , Canada , Mexico , Costa Rica , Concacaf's big 4 are already in camp.
Am going to assume that Guatemala & Peurto Rico are also in camp as their websites are not updated.
Guyana just had a camp in Toronto , Ontario, Canada the week before last as the majority of their roster is Ontario based. Due to budgetary concerns unless a major sponsor is found for the team their will be no second camp however they are looking to bring the team to Houston early to work on last minute prep.

The USA is so far ahead of everyone, just look at there fitness facility and what they do. They track every players fitness to ensure they are continually improving.
http://www.ussoccer.com/stories/2016/01/09/13/11/160109-wnt-off-and-running-in-2016

The USA is also schedule to play Ireland on Jan 23rd after camp ends on 21st.

I was reading that Costa Rica played the University of Wisconsin in early January and beat them 10-nil. Cosa Rica had indicated on their web site that they plan a friendly every week leading up Concacaf. However no specific details advised on whom the friendlies will be against.
You know that Mexico is going to be tweaking their squad especially since they did not get the results they expected in Natal (Brazil) last month.
Canada is bringing in a mix of youth with their experienced players (Sinclair , Tancredi , Matheson - to name 3). They have 23 in camp (notables missing Leon & Filigno)

That leaves the Women Warrior's. Training camp is opening on Jan 15th. Rumor is there is a 2 game friendly scheduled at the end of the month in Costa Rica versus the Tico Women. No word as to whether Randy Waldrum has been retained as our coach to lead the ladies through Februaries Concacaf. May of the ladies are doing their own thing (fitness and or training with men) until camp opens. Never the less Group  " B " 2nd spot is wide open and with a little luck from the Soccer god's Canada could be surprised if they take the 3 underdog's for granted. Good luck Women Warrior's.


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Title: Re: T&T Women Soca Warriors Thread
Post by: spideybuff on January 11, 2016, 09:54:04 AM
We have a coach?
Title: Re: T&T Women Soca Warriors Thread
Post by: Tallman on May 10, 2016, 07:11:16 AM
Victoria Swift, Rhea Belgrave, and Karyn Forbes have joined FC Dallas Women.
Title: Re: T&T Women Soca Warriors Thread
Post by: soccerman on May 10, 2016, 07:21:04 AM
Victoria Swift, Rhea Belgrave, and Karyn Forbes have joined FC Dallas Women.
Nice! Good to see some of our ladies getting opportunities.
Title: Re: T&T Women Soca Warriors Thread
Post by: Flex on May 20, 2016, 02:31:13 AM
Dallas women excited over T&T trio.
By Shaun Fuentes (Guardian).


FC Dallas Women’s Team head coach Ben Waldrum says the club is excited about the signing of National Women’s Team trio Victoria Swift, Rhea Belgrave and Karyn Forbes.

FC Dallas will be competing in the Southwestern Conference of the US Women’s Premiers Soccer League (WPSL). The league is just below the full-time NWSL Professional League (Only 9 teams in that league and have limitations on foreign-based players (only 4 on a 20 player roster). WPSL is considered semi-professional with some of the teams in the league fielding mostly college players.

Belgrave and Swift are set to play in the team’s opening game on Saturday but Forbes is recovering from a knee injury and should be playing again in two weeks

“Obviously knowing all three players and what they bring to the game will benefit how they are used during the season for us and I fully expect all of them to contribute to the success of the team,” Waldrum said.

“The Level will be very high with our group. We only signed our players on this current roster for the length of the season in hopes that our ownership (Hunt Sports Group) looks to expand into the National Women’s Soccer League and with the foreign player rule much different, allocation of USWNT, Canadian WNT players plus the structure of those players salaries being subsidized by those soccer federations, Waldrum explained.

Some of the well-known faces of US Women’s football to have come through the WPSL include Alex Morgan, Julie Foudy, Megan Rapinoe and Abby Wambach.

Title: Re: T&T Women Soca Warriors Thread
Post by: Flex on May 20, 2016, 02:34:04 AM
‘Yaya’ joins OSA FC in Seattle.
T&T Newsday Reports.


National senior women’s footballer, Kennya ‘Yaya’ Cordner, has joined Seattle, Washington- based, OSA Football Club, for the 2016 Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL) season which kicks off tomorrow.

Cordner, 27-years-old, can play as a left midfielder or forward, and has played for both the Seattle Sounders Women, Seattle Reign and Wave FC in last year’s inaugural hosting of Women’s Premier League.

The experience national representative is known for her speed, taking on players and creating opportunities for others. She has been a national player for the past 12 years.

“I choose OSA because I’ve played with most of the players on the team, and the chemistry that we have as a team is what you need to win a league,” said Cordner recently. “The environment is welcoming so any player would want to be part of that atmosphere feeling comfortable and playing.” With the start of this year’s WPS L tomorrow, Cordner is optimistic of making the starting eleven and welcomes the many challenges on this new journey of her professional career.

“Based on our practices and the work we’ve been doing on our shape for the upcoming games, I have to say I’m pretty confident in the team, and this coming weekend we should be awesome, not saying it’s going to be easy but I can feel that will do great because I believe in myself and my teammates.

We are going to have a great season with God’s guidance throughout the season.”

Title: Tryouts for Women’s Senior and U-20 Teams scheduled for Feb 5th.
Post by: Flex on January 28, 2017, 03:29:25 PM
Tryouts for Women’s Senior and U-20 Teams scheduled for Feb 5th.
TTFA Media.


The Trinidad and Tobago Football Association will conduct tryouts for players  eligible for Senior and Under 20 Women’s Team selection on Sunday February 5th from 9-11 am at the  Ato Boldon Stadium.

Players eligible for U-20 selection must be  born after January 1 1998.

Players that that would like to register for the tryout must follow the link below and complete the registration form.

Form - Registration form for Women’s Team Tryouts (https://form.jotform.co/repleostar/ttwomensnationaltryouts)

Additionally, the T&T Senior Women’s Team under head coach Carolina Morace will commence a training camp on Monday through to Saturday February 4th.

Title: Re: Women Warriors Thread
Post by: Flex on January 31, 2017, 01:08:57 PM
Opening Day of National Senior Women’s Team Training Camp – In Photos.
TTFA Media.


Carolina Morace held her first training session in charge of the Senior Women’s National Team as a one-week training camp commenced at the Ato Boldon Stadium on Monday evening.

Check out some of the images below from the session. The Team is gearing towards qualification for the 2018 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France.

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Title: Re: Women Warriors Thread
Post by: Michael-j on January 31, 2017, 02:33:38 PM
Nice seeing the ladies back together again. Seems a good mix of old and new faces. Flex, can you provide a list of the players invited to the camp?
Title: Re: Women Warriors Thread
Post by: maxg on January 31, 2017, 03:03:38 PM
https://www.facebook.com/TrinidadandTobagoFootballFederation/videos/10154594112678929/ (https://www.facebook.com/TrinidadandTobagoFootballFederation/videos/10154594112678929/)

Yup..nice, professional..trying to determine the full staff
Title: Re: Women Warriors Thread
Post by: Flex on February 02, 2017, 02:50:00 AM
Morace unveiled as TTFA steps up Women’s development programme.
TTFA Media.


A little more than a month after being announced as the new Head coach of the Trinidad and Tobago Women’s Senior Team, Carolina Morace was officially unveiled before the media at a Press Conference held at the Ato Boldon Stadium on Wednesday afternoon.

Morace began work on the field of play with a training camp with the Women’s Senior Team on Monday at the Ato Boldon Stadium and was today presented to the public by TTFA President David John-Williams who relayed several plans for women’s football development in this country.

Among the items included a proposed retainer contract arrangement for Senior Women’s players and a series of training camps and international friendlies ahead of the team’s 2018 Women’s World Cup qualifying campaign. There will also be ongoing training programmes for the Under 20, Under 17 and Under 15 teams with Morace to also be involved in grassroots and coach education initiatives.

Morace introduced her staff which includes English-born Nicola Williams who will be her number one assistant with the Senior Team and the head coach of the Women’s Under 20 Team while Italian Elisabetta Bavagnoli will also serve as an assistant coach along with other members who will provide support as members of the backroom staff. Manuela Tesse will serve as head coach of the Under 17 Women’s Team. Former national player Jinelle James will serve as the Senior Team Manager.

“All the teams will be related. It does not mean that all the teams have to play the same system which for us is wrong, but it will help the younger players be ready when they reach the senior team,” Morace stated.

She noted that the TTFA President was able to convince her to take up the new position to lead Women’s Football in T&T.

“He presented a good project, he showed me that he wants to develop the women’s programme and he believe in the women’s programme.We’ve started our first camp. The process was, first of all, to select (the) players,” she said

“We started with a physical test because we want to see where the players are at this moment. From that, we want to start our physical programme.

“In this country there is a lot of potential.There are many who are fit and that’s really important in football. We finished the test for the senior team. We are surprised because some of them are already at a very good level so they can just improve on where they are,” Morace added.

“This year we would not have any official competition so it will force us to get experience, to organise a lot of friendly matches, and to participate in some tournaments.”

Morace, 52, holds a UEFA Pro License and is a FIFA Legend Ambassador. She also holds a  law degree and coached both Italy and Canada’s Women’s Teams. She scored an astounding 105 goals in 15o appearances for Italy.  She became the first woman to be inducted into the Italian Football Hall of Fame in 2014.

The 34-year-old Williams is a former midfielder and ex-assistant coach for Australia’s National Women youth teams.  She holds an Asian Football Confederation (AFC) and Football Federation Australia (FFA) “A” Coaching Licence accreditation

Williams met Morace at the 2012 Women’s U-20 World Cup in Japan, where she was invited to an Elite Coaches Workshop . The pair began working together from then and following time at Juventus Academy Roma they established Perth’s only Female Football Academy.

Bavagnoli is a former Italy defender/ midfielder who also worked with Morace with the Italy and Canada teams. She made 80 appearances for Italy. She managed Lazio’s Women’s team and was also assistant coach for Italy’s U-19 Women’s team. She was Morace’s assistant when Canada won the 2010 CONCACAF Gold Cup. Bavagnoli acquired her UEFA Pro License badge in 2013.

John-Williams said there have been discussions for an international friendly against Ecuador in Port of Spain in March.

“I spoke to Carolina about it and she said we have enough time to prepare the team. Our initial thoughts was to play Ecuador on the same day as we play Mexico or Panama,” John-Williams said

“As I said, FIFA does not allow a curtain-raiser… we still have to get permission to see if we could play a double-header at that game. If we do get the permission from FIFA, it could be a bumper March,” the TTFA President added.

On the idea of the retainer contracts for players, he stated “Carolina is evaluating the players right now and she’ll shortlist (some) players. As soon as we get that shortlist, we’ll put things in motion for that.”

Some of the senior team players involved in the current training camp include Colombian-based goalkeeper Kimika Forbes, Maylee Attin-Johnson, Kennya Cordner, Karyn Forbes, Arin King, Liana Hinds, Lauryn Hutchinson and Tasha St Louis among others.

RELATED NEWS

Contracts for 25 women players.
By Walter Alibey (Guardian).


Admitting that Women’s football was not treated fairly in the past, David John-Williams, president of the T&T Football Association (TTFA) revealed yesterday that his association is looking at contracting women players so that they will be full-time in the game.

New coach Carolina Morace is expected to provide a shortlist of about 25 players that will be offered the contracts. The TTFA will also provide players with a Code of Ethics programme upon accepting the contracts.

Speaking at a press conference to give an update of women’s football in the country the TTFA boss described the coming women’s development programme under Morace, as a holistic plan from which they will be pushing seriously at qualification of the country’s under-20 and senior teams for the FIFA Women’s World Cups.

However, he first had to answer questions on where his association would acquire monies to provide payments of the contracts, considering the financial burdens being face presently nationally and by his organisation.

According to John Williams it will be sourced from their budget funding exercise. “It is no secret that the TTFA is in a significant amount of debt, but there are certain revenues that are available to the TTFA that you are not allowed to pay debt and I am happy to say that the Women’s Concacaf Programme is the one programme that will finance the Woman’s Programme.”

He noted, “You cannot take Concacaf money to finance debt, so don’t get the misconception that we are contacting coaches and we can’t pay them. We have specific allocations, so therefore the US$125, 000 that we get a year from Concacaf, we have already decided will be put towards the women’s programme. So we can’t take that $125, 000 to pay John Browne who we owe for 15 years or 20 years and the public must understand that.”

He continued, “It is just about prudent management which this TTFA is all about. I am also happy to sat that Government has not given this TTFA a cent within the last five months and that is because of prudent management, fund raisers exercises, getting back our FIFA grant and channelling our money in a proper way.”

Logistics for the programme are being worked out presently John Williams said, noting that Morace will sort things out in addition to her other responsibilities. She will be assisted by three coaches Nicola Williams, Betty Bavagnoli and Manuela Tesse. The TTFA has also launched a search for other potential local coaches to work with the Morace and her team for continuity.

Meanwhile, the TTFA boss also announced that attempts are being made to lobby with the FIFA for the country national senior team to play against Ecuador in a friendly international after a match between Panama and Mexico in a World Cup qualifier.

“FIFA does not allow a curtain raiser in the World Cup Qualifier. It is our intention in one of the games between Panama and Mexico, to play the Ecuador national team after the qualifier against Mexico. We have already written to Ecuador in that regard to get a return match.

I spoke to Carolina about it and she said it is enough time to prepare the team. FIFA does not allow a curtain raiser, we still have to get permission to see if we can play a double header on that day, but if we do get the permission, it will be a bumper match” John Williams said.

Morace kicks off T&T’s development programme

It will be a blend of Italian and T&T football, new national Women’s coach, Italian Carolina Morace and her assistants Nicola Williams and Betty Bavagnoli have said at a press conference to give an update on the state of women’s football in T&T at the Ato Boldon Stadium, Balmian Couva yesterday.

Work on the development of women’s football began with a one-week camp at the Couva venue and TT Football Association brought back all the country’s senior players for it. Morace,who said she will be joined by another coach Manuela Tesse of Italy soon, said between 32- 33 players were chosen for the camp but it will not be closed to new players wanting to come in.

To date the players have been put through a physical fitness test which has impressed Morace so far, as she believes most of the players are at a level where they just need improvement.

“From this test we will begin our physical programme. I think from this campaign we have a lot of potential because there are very good athletes, fast athletes and that is important in football” Morace explained. She pointed out her assistants- Williams who will be in charge of the Under-20 team, Tesse who will be u-17 coach and Bavagnoli, her assistant on the senior team are all highly qualified with UEFA Pro License and will ensure that all the T&T teams will play the same brand of football.

“All the teams will be related. It does not mean that all the teams have to play the same system which for us is wrong, but it will help the younger players be ready when they reach the senior team.”

She boasted of being schooled at the best football academy in the world in her native Italy, saying they will put their experience against the T&T culture to create a good playing system for the teams. “A good system is where the two cultures have a match” Morace said while her assistants Williams and Bavagnoli described it as a blend between Italian and T&T football.

In addition to the national teams, senior, u-17 and under-20s teams, Morace has also been enthrusted with the responsibility to coach coaches, football education among the women and get the football development programme running.

The Italian coach, who successfully coached the Canadian Women’s national team to victory in the 2010 Concacaf Gold Cup said since the TT team will not be involved in any official competition this year, it will be important to get the players involved in international friendly matches for much needed practice.

Apart from the Trinidad players, Morace and her team will also travel to the sister-isle of Tobago to scout players for the team as well.

TTFA retainers for women footballers.
By Ian Prescott (Express).


TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO'S senior women footballers will soon be offered retainer contracts by the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association and may also get to play a revenge match against Ecuador, as possibly a second match to the March World Cup qualifier between the T&T men's team and either Panama or Mexico.

At a media conference yesterday, TTFA president David John-Williams revealed that the women's programme is now fully restarted under its new director, Carolina Morace, the high-profile former Italy and Canada coach who arrived here last month.

The new-look women's programme is funded by CONCACAF development money— so far comprising two instalments valued at US$250,000.

“One CONCACAF programme is going to finance the women's programme,” John-Williams declared. “We can't take CONCACAF money to finance debt.” The TTFA boss was also quick to address concerns that the Association was hiring high-profile international coaches while still owing money to several organisations and persons, including former national men's coach Stephen Hart.

“Don't get the misconception that we are contracting coaches and we can't pay them,” John-Williams added. “One specific allocation of US$125,000 a year, that we get from CONCACAF, is going into the women's programme.”

Revealing that the TTFA had received no government funding for five months, John-Williams said the association was able to keep its programme running by prudent management of international grants from CONCACAF and FIFA, as well as its own fund-raising activities.

He continued: “It's no secret that the TTFA is in a certain amount of debt. (But) there are certain revenues that is available to the TTFA with which you are not allowed to pay debts.” He further revealed that a list of players for retainers would be compiled soon.

Both John-Williams and Morace revealed that it took some convincing to get her to Trinidad and Tobago, but she was intrigued by the programme John-Williams envisioned.

The women's programme has been largely inactive since 2014, when the “Women Warriors” finished fourth at the CONCACAF Championship and qualified for a playoff berth in its quest for the final spot at the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup. But the T&T women lost a two-leg playoff against Ecuador, 1-0.

John-Williams also said the TTFA had already contacted Ecuador for a “grudge” international and was applying to FIFA for exception to allow the match. FIFA does not usually allow its World Cup qualifiers to be played as double-headers.

“I spoke to Carolina about it and she said we have enough time to prepare the team,” John-Williams said. “Our initial thoughts was to play Ecuador on the same day as we play Mexico or Panama. As I said, FIFA does not allow a curtain-raiser... we still have to get permission to see if we could play a double-header at that game. If we do get the permission from FIFA, it could be a bumper March.”

Morace also revealed two highly-qualified assistants. England-born Australian Nicola Williams has a pro licence, was assistant Australia U-20 coach and is both Morace's senior team assistant and national U-20 head-coach.

And Elisabetta “Betty” Bavagnoli, along with Morace, are among just three Italian women with a pro coaching licence. Bavagnoli has been a development coach with the Lazio men's team and currently works as technical director of another men's team. Bavagnoli will be here part-time as Williams' U-20 team assistant.

A third Italian coach will take charge of the U-17s and the lower teams.

John-Williams also announced a flurry of activity by other national teams. “We have an Under 15 team that is going to start training very shortly. Our U-17 team is training twice a week under Russell Latapy in preparation for the next U-20 qualifiers.

Our beach soccer team is preparing right now for qualification for the World Cup. There is a camp in Tobago and we will go to Barbados very shortly and then on to Guadeloupe. Our U-20 team is now in Colombia on a pre-tournament camp in preparation for the CONCACAF finals.”

Title: Re: Women Warriors Thread
Post by: AB.Trini on February 02, 2017, 07:50:11 AM
I applaud the concept and the philosophy behind  building a cohesive program rather than focusing on a national senior team. You build from the grassroots and have them feeding from one level to the next. Wish the men's program could adapt a similar. Concept  by having identifiable local coaches working with the national senior coach to develop a developmental program for the men's team.

Is time some of these male coaches put away their inflated egos and work together for the betterment of TNT football
Title: Re: Women Warriors Thread
Post by: Mose on February 02, 2017, 09:17:06 AM
Liking this news! DJW and TTFA deserve some credit for putting this together!  :beermug:
Title: Re: Women Warriors Thread
Post by: Sando on February 02, 2017, 09:21:04 AM
Liking this news! DJW and TTFA deserve some credit for putting this together!  :beermug:

Yes, good stuff by the TTFA.

Title: Re: Women Warriors Thread
Post by: maxg on February 02, 2017, 12:26:29 PM
Which present coaches are the understudies ?

add: Oh, excellent program planning. No sabotage here yet  :devil:
or money making venture, like selling players, yet   :devil:
Title: Re: Women Warriors Thread
Post by: Flex on February 06, 2017, 05:16:02 AM
Women coaches assess players at National Tryouts.
TTFA Media.


Director of Women’s Football Carolina Morace and her staff saw over 50 players in their first tryout session for Senior and Under 20 Women players at the Mannie Ramjohn Stadium Training Pitch on Sunday morning.

Currently there is already a Senior Team and Under 20 Player pool in existence but Morace and her assistants are hoping to expand the list of players for training and commenced the hunt for new talent with Sunday’s session.

The former Italian and Canadian Women head coach said she saw potential from the group but pointed out there was need for more work on the fitness level of the players.

“Many players showed up which is good because it shows there is a lot of interest in women’s football and wanting to represent the country,” Morace told TTFA Media .

“The players have to work on their fitness level. If you want as a player to show your ability then you need to be fit. The technique alone is not enough. We have to also work with the local coaches in order to improve these things. Sometimes it is just a little suggestion that makes a huge difference,”she said.

“The message that we want to send is the national team is open to everybody. But to reach the national team you have to have something more than a normal player. It’s about sacrifice and understand what is needed. There is a lot of potential here and we have to be able keep the potential and improve on it,” Morace added.

Assistant Coach, English-born Nicola Williams who is the head coach of the Women’s Under 20 team was also impressed by the enthusiasm shown by the players in her group.

“It was really positive and a good start for us. There were over 50 players that came out today from all over Trinidad and Tobago and some from overseas. To add that to the current pool means that we have a good group of under 20s for the next selection.

“There were promising signs today. We did some technical and tactical work in today’s session. What we were looking for apart from their natural ability,their style and how they play, is their understanding of what we ask for as coaches. They have to follow set instructions and be able to work with their teammates. Vision, their understanding and being able to be coached is very important,” Williams said.

Morace oversaw a one-week training camp with current National senior Team women players which concluded on Saturday and will continue with  further sessions in the coming weeks.

Title: Re: Women Warriors Thread
Post by: Trini _2022 on February 06, 2017, 04:25:59 PM
https://www.youtube.com/v/8VldgkPTDjk

talking about our players technical ability ... ... ahhh
Title: Re: Women Warriors Thread
Post by: FF on February 06, 2017, 04:58:14 PM
Morace call it like it is:

Players unfit (Palos highlighted this in the other thread)
Individual technical ability is lacking
Individual tactical ability (wrong or random choice of technique)

This is an indictment of the grassroots local coaching as well as the individual player ethic back home.
Title: Re: Women Warriors Thread
Post by: palos on February 06, 2017, 05:35:14 PM
Morace call it like it is:

Players unfit (Palos highlighted this in the other thread)
Individual technical ability is lacking
Individual tactical ability (wrong or random choice of technique)

This is an indictment of the grassroots local coaching as well as the individual player ethic back home.


Equally applies to our male players

Assessment as well as Indictment

That said...there ARE players that try very hard.  And there ARE coaches who do yoeman service with footballers.

What is needed is for as many coaches as possible to get themselves current with certifications etc and for administration to provide resources, pathways, assistance etc to help them get there.
Title: Re: Women Warriors Thread
Post by: doc on February 06, 2017, 06:55:07 PM
Morace call it like it is:

Players unfit (Palos highlighted this in the other thread)
Individual technical ability is lacking
Individual tactical ability (wrong or random choice of technique)

This is an indictment of the grassroots local coaching as well as the individual player ethic back home.


Equally applies to our male players

Assessment as well as Indictment

That said...there ARE players that try very hard.  And there ARE coaches who do yoeman service with footballers.

What is needed is for as many coaches as possible to get themselves current with certifications etc and for administration to provide resources, pathways, assistance etc to help them get there.
What is the story on the ground? Our females probably play less than 12 games a year....what is the incentive to maintain peak fitness? Historically they don't have camps either... strange ol' world.
Title: Re: Women Warriors Thread
Post by: Flex on February 09, 2017, 03:51:26 AM
Morace: Women players passing technique poor.
By Walter Alibey (Guardian).


Women footballers in T&T have been using the wrong technique, new national women’s coach and head of the Women’s Development Programme Carolina Morace has said, following her first week of training at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Balmain, Couva yesterday.

It was one of few observations made by the Italian coach who has been recruited by the T&T Football Association (TTFA) to help develop local women’s football and take the country’s senior and under-20 teams to the World Cup.

Morace pointed out that players’ passes were inaccurate because of the techniques being used were not the right one. “The technique that they use is just random. The players passes were not accurate and the technique they use was not the right technique. Sometimes it’s just a suggestion, a little suggestion, that goes a long way.”

Assistant coach Nicola Williams called on players to work on their technical abilities, saying how the players pass and receive the ball are areas that they will have to develop. “Their natural ability in the match, the dribbling and fake is already good, but we have a journey to go on”, she explained.

Because of this Morace and her team intend to work hard with local coaches to show them the right techniques in passing and receiving the ball, and how to impart it to young players. She describe it as a critical part of their programme. Morace who is head of the programme is being assisted by Williams who is also coach of the country’s under-20 team, while another Italian Manuela Tesse is coach of the under-17 team and Betty Bavagnoli will also provide assistance to Morace at the senior team level.

They are expected to be joined by a number of local coaches soon. It is understood this is being organised by the T&TFA which is being led by David John Williams, the man behind the overall development of women’s football in T&T.

Only recently John-Williams announced that his association will look at offering women footballers and coaches contracts.

Morace, who coached the Canadian women’s team to the Concacaf championship in 2010, said another observation she made was that the local players were not fit. “What we can say is that the players are not fit. They need something. If you want to show your ability you have to be fit.”

As Morace continues her search for the country’s best players, she will continue with an open-door policy in which any and all players desirous of representing the country, will have the opportunity to try out. However she noted her policy is not a guarantee that anyone will make it on the national team, saying to make it on the team you have to have something more than a normal player.

According to Morace “It is about sacrifice and understanding what we want. I think there are many potential players here. We have to keep the potentials and improve the potentials. We have to be able to transform the potentials.”

Title: Re: Women Warriors Thread
Post by: elan on February 09, 2017, 02:52:51 PM
Like I said, top down do not work.

Why invest at the top when the grassroots is in shambles. We've had decades of observations with the men's team and years of observation with the women's team and yet we continue to purposefully not learn anything.
Here it is stated in no uncertain terms, and I promise we will not take heed.


You cannot have a NP with players who do not know the game.

Our players (both men and women) cannot compete at/in the game, they can only play it.
Title: Re: Women Warriors Thread
Post by: Deeks on February 09, 2017, 03:59:28 PM
another observation she made was that the local players were not fit. “What we can say is that the players are not fit. They need something. If you want to show your ability you have to be fit.”


"Good observation", coach.

Title: Re: Women Warriors Thread
Post by: Flex on February 13, 2017, 04:36:56 PM
TTFA to host U-17 Women Tryouts on March 4th and 5th.
TTFA Media.


The Trinidad and Tobago Football Association will host tryouts for National Under 17 Women selection on Saturday March 4th and Sunday March 5th at the Mannie Ramjohn Stadium.

All interested players must register online via this LINK (https://form.jotform.co/repleostar/ttwomensu17)

The closing date for registration is March 1st and all players must register online by 5pm on Wednesday March, 1st, 2017.

Players will not be able to register after 5pm on March 1st and those not registered will not be accepted at the venue on the two days of tryouts.

Director of Women’s Football Carolina Morace and her staff have already conducted screening for the Senior Women and Under 20s and have commenced training sessions with the two squads. These are all part of the programme for the respective national teams for future qualification tournaments and other  international activities.

Title: Re: Women Warriors Thread
Post by: Flex on March 06, 2017, 04:58:20 AM
TTFA holds Women U-20, U-17 Screening in Tobago on March 11th and 12th.
TTFA Media.


The Trinidad and Tobago Football Association will conduct screening sessions in Tobago on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th of March, 2017 for National Women Under 17 and Under 20 players.

Director of Women’s football Carolina Morace will lead her staff in the sister isle with the sessions carded for Courland Ground, Black Rock. Saturday’s session will run from 4-6pm and from 9-12 midday on Sunday.

Accompanying Morace will be Under 20 head coach Nicola Williams and Under 17 head coach Manuela Tesse along with the rest of the women’s programme staff.

All players are requested to walk with a white T-shirt, black pants and red socks. Players must register online via the link below and registration must be completed by 5pm on Wednesday March 8th, 2017. No player will be accepted on the day of the sessions.

TTFA Online Registration Link (https://form.jotform.co/repleostar/ttwomensu17_u20)

Title: Re: Women Warriors Thread
Post by: Flex on March 06, 2017, 05:00:27 AM
Tesse begins duty as Under 17 Women’s head coach.
TTFA Media.


Manuela Tesse, another italian women’s coach has begun her duties in the National Women’s football programme as head coach of the Under 17 Women’s Team.

Tesse arrived in the country recently to join Director of Women’s football Carolina Morace and the rest of her staff and her first bit of business involved overseeing tryouts for national under 17 players during a two-day trial at the Mannie Ramjohn Stadium training pitch this weekend.

Players were required to register online before turning up at the venue on Saturday evening to be assessed by Tesse and the rest of the staff. Also involved were Morace and assistant coach Nicola Williams who is also the Under 20 head coach.

“I wanted an experience outside of Italy and this is an opportunity to serve. I am thankful for the opportunity and thank you to the TTFA and the President David John-Williams to believe in the programme and Carolina Morace,”Tesse told TTFA Media.

“This weekend we looked at the players 16 and 15 years old and we looked at their technique and coordination and individual tactical awareness. This was the first objective, We have a lot of work to do but we have much potential,” Tesse said.

Tesse was part of the Italian national team at the UEFA Women’s Euro 1997, 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup and UEFA Women’s Euro 2001.

Williams who has been here from the start with Morace said the women’s programme has intensified over the past couple weeks.

“Last week was a very successful week. We had the Under 20s play against the Senior team and we saw a lot of the work done in the practice sessions shown on the field during the game. The senior women team train every day of the week with one day in the gym.  On the other days they have physical preparation and technical where we work on ball possession and non-ball possession,” Williams said.

“The 20s follow a similar model so what is good is that the work we do with the senior team, the methodology we follow and the types of principles we install in our team, we follow that with the under 20s and my assistant, Manuela Tesse follows that at the Under 17 team. We have already seen some players move between the under 20s to the senior team and they are able then to adapt into the same environment,” Williams stated.

Both the Senior and Under 20 Women have separate pools of around thirty home-based players and another ten that are based overseas.

“The buses are set up in Port of Spain for transportation with local connections on the way and they come to Mannie Ramjohn Stadium for training. We also have meals involved. The project is very exciting. There is a lot to do and there is a lot of success that can come with that and so as a coach and as part of the coaching staff it is very rewarding the be here. The culture and with the players and staff… everyone is very receptive,” Williams said.

Title: Re: Women Warriors Thread
Post by: maxg on March 06, 2017, 10:09:33 AM
I find this wholesome programme totally amazing, and at a loss as to how it can only be afforded now.
add: Again I ask (maybe no one here knows), do we have any understudies operating with this team of coaches ? or we keeping them for life ? or we start a new program when they gone ?
Title: Re: Women Warriors Thread
Post by: Controversial on March 06, 2017, 10:58:49 PM
Very good question... I like this progress

So it seems, build and develop women's football and sabotage men's football lol
Title: Re: Women Warriors Thread
Post by: maxg on March 07, 2017, 01:31:41 PM
Very good question... I like this progress

So it seems, build and develop women's football and sabotage men's football lol
This is one expensive attempt to sabotage men's football, could have been done much easier, quicker and cheaper. I don't think so.
Team Staff
Head Coach – Dennis LAWRENCE (TT)
Assistant Coach – Sulzeer “Sol” CAMPBELL (ENG)
Assistant Coach – Stuart Charles Ferrier (St Lucia)
Coach – Stern JOHN (T&T)
Goalkeeper Coach – Ross RUSSELL (TT)
Fitness Conditioning Coach- Riedoh BURDEN (South Africa)
Team Doctor-Israel DOWLAT (TT)
Football Therapist- Dave ISAAC (TT)
Massage Therapist- Saron JOSEPH (TT)
Sport Scientist – Stephen BRADLEY (Ireland)
Match Analyst- Matthew HAWKES (ENG)
Media Officer – Shaun FUENTES (TT)
Equipment Manager- Michael WILLIAMS (TT)


add: what is more interesting to me, is how we can go from unreliably paying past men and women football staff, and lack of finances for games and tournaments to the present extravagant staff appointments.
Title: Re: Women Warriors Thread
Post by: asylumseeker on March 07, 2017, 01:42:08 PM
maxg, what does a "football therapist" do that distinguishes him from a "massage therapist"?
Title: Re: Women Warriors Thread
Post by: maxg on March 07, 2017, 02:46:12 PM
I think the "Football Therapist" = "Sport or Athletic Therapist", specialization in football studies
Responsibilities
A sports therapist may be involved in any or all of the following:

conducting an assessment of the fitness level of players, athletes or participants and advising on exercises prior to an event or fixture;
testing joints for ease and range of movement, pain and dysfunction;
mentally and physically preparing players, athletes and participants before a competition and using strapping, taping and massage techniques where necessary;
providing emergency aid in a sport and exercise environment;
examining and assessing injuries and determining whether the athlete or participant can continue safely with the event or activity;
treating and mobilising injuries to alleviate pain;
rehabilitating injuries by using manual therapy techniques, apparatus and electrotherapy;
designing and monitoring rehabilitation programmes appropriate to the injury and/or sport and level;
deciding whether athletes, players or participants need extra treatments and coordinating referrals to other practitioners;
advising players or athletes on diet and nutrition (when therapists are appropriately trained);
working alone or with coaches, trainers and/or fitness advisers to implement exercise, conditioning, core stability and injury prevention programmes, so that athletes, players or participants reach and maintain peak performance;
liaising with other healthcare professionals in the sports sector and in mainstream medicine.

Ref: https://www.prospects.ac.uk/job-profiles/sports-therapist

what I think therefore is overkill on this team, if finances are an issue, obviously it is not
Coach – Stern JOHN (T&T)
Fitness Conditioning Coach- Riedoh BURDEN (South Africa)
Team Doctor-Israel DOWLAT (TT)
Sport Scientist – Stephen BRADLEY (Ireland)
Match Analyst- Matthew HAWKES (ENG)


especially as since we not going WC yet.
Title: Re: Women Warriors Thread
Post by: Soccer 19 on March 08, 2017, 06:48:46 AM
Very good question... I like this progress

So it seems, build and develop women's football and sabotage men's football lol
I find this wholesome programme totally amazing, and at a loss as to how it can only be afforded now.
add: Again I ask (maybe no one here knows), do we have any understudies operating with this team of coaches ? or we keeping them for life ? or we start a new program when they gone ?

Morace has already added Joanne Daniels to the staff & to answer your question the long term plan is identify & develop more females with in the program to continue with the curriculum that is set in place by Morace & her entourage. One would hope that if Morace contract is not renewed that the infrastructure  set in place will continue. ( That remains to be seen). There are many current seniors that with the right development and counseling by Morace & her entourage will leave the program from highscool , U15 through to senior in good hands. Personally 2.5 years is a short time as don't forget Morace is heavily involved in her TD duties however if anyone can do it well it is her.She is one of only a handful of women in the world that holds a UEFA PRO License and is a FIFA Instructor for coaching Women’s Football. We are in good hands as long as DJW leaves well enough alone.

Cheers 19
Title: Re: Women Warriors Thread
Post by: maxg on March 08, 2017, 01:50:37 PM
Very good question... I like this progress

So it seems, build and develop women's football and sabotage men's football lol
I find this wholesome programme totally amazing, and at a loss as to how it can only be afforded now.
add: Again I ask (maybe no one here knows), do we have any understudies operating with this team of coaches ? or we keeping them for life ? or we start a new program when they gone ?

Morace has already added Joanne Daniels to the staff & to answer your question the long term plan is identify & develop more females with in the program to continue with the curriculum that is set in place by Morace & her entourage. One would hope that if Morace contract is not renewed that the infrastructure  set in place will continue. ( That remains to be seen). There are many current seniors that with the right development and counseling by Morace & her entourage will leave the program from highscool , U15 through to senior in good hands. Personally 2.5 years is a short time as don't forget Morace is heavily involved in her TD duties however if anyone can do it well it is her.She is one of only a handful of women in the world that holds a UEFA PRO License and is a FIFA Instructor for coaching Women’s Football. We are in good hands as long as DJW leaves well enough alone.

Cheers 19
thanks Soccer 19 (yuh mus be 20 by now). Joanne Daniels and a few snrs should be able to know and maintain the program. So no , Shabazz, Charles or Community service fella. Sounds good, now if only we can see the plan to fruition.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y8Q52AjNLd0
Title: Re: Women Warriors Thread
Post by: Tallman on March 08, 2017, 06:18:43 PM
WATCH: Take an inside look at one of our Women’s Senior Team’s training sessions.

https://www.youtube.com/v/aJRGiU0FpJU
Title: Re: Women Warriors Thread
Post by: asylumseeker on March 09, 2017, 08:49:12 AM
In the US, the "UK sports therapist" is an athletic trainer. Nevertheless, not convinced that the definition leads us any closer to distinguishing between job titles and actual responsibilities on the NT ... I know trainers who have massage encompassed within their roles. Merely curious.

However, maxg, I disagree with cutting out the staff you would cut. All hands on deck now to make this work? Or not?

How yuh go cut Stern? How yuh go cut de fitness man? etc.

Anyhow, thread hijack in progress.

Title: Re: Women Warriors Thread
Post by: maxg on March 09, 2017, 02:04:04 PM
In the US, the "UK sports therapist" is an athletic trainer. Nevertheless, not convinced that the definition leads us any closer to distinguishing between job titles and actual responsibilities on the NT ... I know trainers who have massage encompassed within their roles. Merely curious.

However, maxg, I disagree with cutting out the staff you would cut. All hands on deck now to make this work? Or not?

How yuh go cut Stern? How yuh go cut de fitness man? etc.

Anyhow, thread hijack in progress.


sorry bout that... just to many cooks...the football therapist/athletic trainer, should be able to, and is trained intensively to handle  fitness, and some measure of massage, doh not intensively. Some do take further studies and qualifications. if the National team players are being/expect to be selected and yet coming to camp unfit, then they should NOT be selected. In addition to local club coaches, 4 team coaches, How many coaches really required, It is not an academy, it's a National team, where most training is short term and less required once the plan, tactic and style is established .I think, at this level max 3 is good but not necessary...got to run, swim meet taxi.
Title: Re: Women Warriors Thread
Post by: Flex on March 10, 2017, 04:26:15 AM
Williams pleased with Women Under-20s progress.
By Shaun Fuentes (Guardian)


National Women’s Under-20 head coach Nicola Williams said she is pleased with the way the Under-20 players have applied themselves over the past few weeks of training sessions at the Mannie Ramjohn Stadium. The coach has been overseeing daily training sessions with the players as they prepare for future Caribbean Football Union World qualifying tournaments.

“The girls have really done well. We have a situation where she under 20 players have been moved into the senior team already and that is a good sign,” Williams said.

“There is a lot of commitment now to the training sessions and that is commendable of the players. There is also good support from the FA towards the programme and there is an understanding of what is necessary for us to do to achieve success.

“They work hard when they are at training. The beginning of a programme is always the hardest because we have to build the physical profile of the players but they are adapting well so far,” Williams added.

The Under-17 Women’s team also commenced training this week under head coach Manuela Tesse following screening sessions the previous weekend. And Carolina Morace is overseeing the preparations of the Senior Women’s team which also trains daily at the Manny Ramjohn Stadium.

Title: Re: Women Warriors Thread
Post by: Adam Lake on March 15, 2017, 06:02:36 PM
T&T Senior Women to host Venezuela on March 26th and 29th.
TTFA Media.


While the Senior Men’s Team is in the midst of World Cup qualifying action, the Women will also be brought into action as the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association has secured two international warm up matches against Venezuela’s Senior Women’s Team on March 26th and March 29th at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva. The games will kick off at 4pm and 7pm respectively.

This will be the first pair of international matches for head coach Carolina Morace and her staff since they commenced duties in January.

Morace spoke about the upcoming games prior to Wednesday evening’s training session at the Hasely Crawford Stadium training pitch, saying she was grateful to have the opportunity to test  her team against the South Americans.

“It is good to have the opportunity to play two international games at the end of the month and it’s good for the preparation of the team. I have to say thank you to David John Williams because the President has worked hard to have these two matches here,” Morace told TTFA Media.

“It is a test for us and it will be the second time I will have the opportunity to see the players who are based in the United States. We will not be fast because we still are in the early stage of our preparations. We have had some friendly games against the local boys and against the Under 20s and these two games will give us a good opportunity to measure where we are at this point,” the Italian-born added.

“Some of the US-based players will be coming back for the game. I still have not had the chance to see some of them because they are with Colleges and even though they want to come, they are not being released to us as yet and their coaches want to determine when they are able to come but unfortunately I decide when have we to start and finish the camp,” Morace said.

The team is in training up to five days per week.

Title: Re: Women Warriors Thread
Post by: Controversial on March 17, 2017, 01:25:51 AM
Happy for he women's program but why not the men?

The saboteur making sure we get zero quality friendlies to prepare, good tactic and Tallest is going along with it while he's paid by FIFA..
Title: Re: Women Warriors Thread
Post by: Flex on March 20, 2017, 02:01:48 PM
Senior Men and Women footballers undergo medical screening at Healthnet/Lab Medica.
TTFA Media.


Members of the Senior Men’s and Women’s Team recently underwent a full medical surveillance conducted by the Healthnet and Lab Medica Group, an existing partner of the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association.

Players underwent ECG, lung function test, full blood and urine work up for liver function, kidney function and diabetes evaluation; Cancer evaluation and a full doctor’s physical examination including Vision and Hearing screening.

Twenty five senior men’s team players and 15 of the players currently training with the Senior Women’s Team under Carolina Morace took part in the surveillance earlier this month.

CEO of Healthnet and Lab Medica Richard Ramrekha spoke about the ongoing service being offered to the TTFA and its national teams.

“This is an existing partnership that we feel very honoured and privileged to be part of. The physical and health condition of our players is immensely important and we have seen it fit to extend this service to all our national teams and existing national players. We have done this year the beach soccer players, the under 17s and the senior men and women,” Ramrehka said.

“We try to ensure the players are aware of the health state and prevention measures are vital in the life of athletes. Once we discover that any of the players are in need of further treatment, the recommendations are made and we take it from there,” he added.

Senior Women and Men Players undergo medical screening at Healthnet (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ehyyxzxYRI)

Title: Re: Women Warriors Thread
Post by: Flex on March 22, 2017, 03:15:33 PM
Morace says preparations on stream for friendlies versus Venezuela.
TTFA Media.


Trinidad and Tobago’s Senior Women’s head coach Carolina Morace says her squad is settling into a level of preparation that is conducive to international football and she expects their will be continued improvements in fitness levels and tactical awareness.

The team is currently in a residential camp ahead of Sunday’s International Warm up with the Venezuela Senior Women’s Team at the Ato Boldon Stadium from 4pm.

“First of all here the mood is good because we are in a beautiful hotel and it’s the first time that the players are staying together since we began training. We are doing some team building that helps the players to get to know each other better and they are appreciative of that,” Morace told TTFA Media.

“It’s good to see them all day and all speaking and laughing together. That is a very good thing. I am happy about that because a team actually becomes a team when the players to come everyday to the field with a smile and to want to come to us coaches and enjoy the training. I was a player before so I know how important it is for the player to have a lot of involvement. They play because they play for each other, they are friends in the field and they want to represent the country in the best way possible,” she added.

“The players are looking forward to this match just as a verification to see where they are at in this time to understand and to see where we are at. It’s normal that the players training with us everyday will know better about the movement that I want from them but also the players who are now joining us I can see they are very focused also. It is important that they understand the need for that.

“We are working on timing, on ball possession and how we must play when we have the ball. And in non ball possession we will play zonal. Of course the coaches before may have had a different style. We will try to have strong team in defence when we do not have the ball and then be ready to attack when we are in possession of the ball.”

The Italian-born added that there is continuous efforts on the physical readiness of the players which she expects to improve over time.

“We know that we are not in the best physical condition right now so we have to decide if we have to attack high or whether it’s better in an intermediate way. Our staff is working hard in the camp every day to have the players ready. We are all curious and all excited to play these two games,” Morace said.

Both T&T and Venezuela will meet on Sunday form 4pm and then again on Wednesday March 29th at Ato Boldon Stadium at 7pm. Tickets cost $100 (covered) and $50 (uncovered) and will be available at the venue on gamed.

Title: Re: Women Warriors Thread
Post by: Flex on March 22, 2017, 04:32:37 PM
Maylee Attin-Johnson and Kennya Cordner were both suspended by manager Jinelle James following issues with the national head coach over the weekend. More on this to follow.

Title: Re: Women Warriors Thread
Post by: madness on March 22, 2017, 04:59:42 PM
why these girls got suspended.
Title: Re: Women Warriors Thread
Post by: Flex on March 25, 2017, 03:37:42 PM
Women face Venezuela at Ato Boldon Stadium.
TTFA Media.


Tasha St Louis will lead the Trinidad and Tobago’s Senior Women’s Team as captain when they face Venezuela in the first of two international warm ups at the Ato Boldon Stadium from 4pm on Sunday.

Head Coach Carolina Morace appointed the veteran player to lead the team with defenders Arin King and Karyn Forbes given the role of vice captains.

Morace has been preparing her squad during a residential training camp over the past few days in the build up to the two matches against the South Americans.

“This is my first game in charge of Trinidad and Tobago and of course I am excited just like the rest of my staff. This game will be used to measure where we are as a team. We know that we have worked a a lot physically and now we want to see where are at,” Morace told TTFA Media on Saturday.

“In this camp we have had a chance to bring the local players and US-based players together and set up the professional environment that is required to play in the national team. The last two or three days, the players have focused more on the technical and tactical aspect. I have to say that the atmosphere is great.”

As to what she will be looking for from Sunday’s encounter, Morace  said, “In ball possession, I will focus on the distance of the players in the same unit and the distance in the different units and the timing to take space. What I want to see in non ball possession is whether the player understands the concept of marking and covering.”

St Louis also spoke about the current mood in the camp, describing it as high level.

“The atmosphere now is pretty good. The players are gelling and we are starting to look like a team.” she said. “Both games against Venezuela will be good for us and I am looking forward to having a great impact as an individual and as a captain.

Forbes said she was pleased to be part of the current training camp outside of the normal preparations for a tournament.

“Right now we are involved in a two week camp in preparations for the future and it’s great that we are starting this early because usually in the past we didn’t have this full preparation camp, doing things that will help us achieve our common goal which is making it to France 2019. I am really excited that we have the privilege to come in and do these team building exercises that we have been doing in camp because this is all part of the preparations for moving forward and achieving success,” Forbes said.

King said the team was keen to show their commitment to the program with a solid showing in these two games.

“It feels great to be back with all my sisters. It’s a good atmosphere coming back in, training again and being around everyone, getting that chemistry going again. We’d love to have the support of the fans come out. We are excited to show you where we are with our passion and drive to make it to France,” King said.

Tickets are priced at $100 (adults) and $50 (children) and are available at the game venue on Sunday. Season Pass Holders will gain free access to the match.

Trinidad & Tobago Squad

Goalkeepers:

Kimika Forbes, Shalette Alexander.

Defenders:

Arin King, Patrice Superville, Anastasia Prescott, Liana Hinds, Lauryn Hutchinson, Chevonne John, Annalis Cummings.

Midfielders:

Dernelle Mascall, Tasha St.Louis, Karyn Forbes, Nia Walcott, Ranae Ward, Ke’die Johnson.

Forwards:

Mariah Shade, Shenelle Henry, Laurelle Theodore.

Coach - Carolina Morace.

Title: St Louis leads T&T women today
Post by: Socapro on March 26, 2017, 10:25:13 AM
Any more updates on today's game for T&T vs Venezuela at the Ato Boldon Stadium, anyone?
Title: Re: Women Warriors Thread
Post by: soccerrama on March 26, 2017, 01:57:26 PM
Any more updates on today's game for T&T vs Venezuela at the Ato Boldon Stadium, anyone?

Live commentary on i95.5 fm
www.i955fm.com
Title: Re: Women Warriors Thread
Post by: kounty on March 26, 2017, 02:54:15 PM
Any more updates on today's game for T&T vs Venezuela at the Ato Boldon Stadium, anyone?

Live commentary on i95.5 fm
www.i955fm.com

i hearin slows
Title: Re: Women Warriors Thread
Post by: royal on March 26, 2017, 04:15:48 PM
FT: Trinidad and Tobago 0 vs Venezuela 0
Title: Re: Women Warriors Thread
Post by: Flex on March 27, 2017, 04:38:01 AM
T&T Women, Venezuela in goalless draw.
By Ian Prescott (Express).


For the entire first half, Trinidad and Tobago senior women footballers showed only the briefest signs of active preparation, as Venezuela’s young-looking team knitted a series of short passes around the park.

Still, the Carolina Morace era as head of the Trinidad and Tobago women’s football programme began without defeat, as the Women Warriors drew goalless with their South American counterparts yesterday evening in the first of two international friendlies to be played at Ato Boldon Stadium, in Couva.

The restart of T&T women’s football, stalled for three years since narrowly losing a 2015 Women’s World Cup playoff spot to Ecuador 1-0, got off to a lethargic start. The hosts looked very much a work in progress and in much need of match practice, which they will get when the teams meet again from 7p.m. on Wednesday at the same venue.

There was little fluency of play, ball movement, or actual teamwork to T&T’s play, but there was the attempt to play structured football. Defensively, T&T looked solid enough, with the experienced back four of Arin King, later-injured Lauren Hutchinson, Anastasia Prescott and Patrice Superville, restricting the South Americans to mainly shots from distance.

Even a double change at the start of the second half, bringing on Chevonne John in defence and Nia Walcott in midfield, brought little impact to the home team’s performance, despite a very good turnout of fans.

Venezuela keeper Micheel Rengifo was never once tested, although young T&T substitute striker Laurelle Theodore broke away and had a chance to give the home team a winning goal with 10 minutes left. She neither threatened the Venezuelan keeper or goal with an off-target shot.

Most times, Venezuela looked more assured of what they wanted to do. Like when 22-year-old captain Paolo Villamizar bisected T&T markers Dernelle Mascall and Hutchinson, before failing to put a shot on target.

A very dangerous player, the skillful number 10, Villamizar was often the focal point of Venezuela’s attacks. She shot quickly and powerfully, from every angle, but many times having shots blocked or just off-target.
Venezuela, though, were unlucky not to be ahead when Petra Cabrera put Villamizar’s cross onto the crossbar, with T&T goalie Kamika Forbes beaten, 12 minutes into the second half.

T&T TEAM: 1.Kamika Forbes, 20.Lauren Hutchinson (15.Chevonne John 46th), 3.Anastasia Prescott, 5.Arin King, 7.Dernelle Mascall (6.Nia Walcott 46th), 8.Patrice Superville, 9.Mariah Shade, 10.Tasha St Louis (capt), 12.Ranae Ward, (19.Laurelle Theodore 81st), 13.Shanelle Henry, 14.Karyn Forbes.

Unused Subs: 2.Ayanna Russell, 4.Crystal Mollineau, 11.Liana Hinds, 16.Kedie Johnson, 17. Annalis Cummings, 18. Kelsey Henry, 21 Shalette Alexander (GK).

Title: Re: Women Warriors Thread
Post by: g on March 27, 2017, 05:34:13 AM
When 3 of your best 4 attack minded players are not part of the mix. I don't expect much attacking wise from our team.
Title: Re: Women Warriors Thread
Post by: asylumseeker on March 29, 2017, 12:44:44 PM
Build up news?
Title: Re: Women Warriors Thread
Post by: Tallman on March 29, 2017, 01:46:41 PM
WATCH: Trinidad and Tobago Women Warriors look ahead to second friendly with Venezuela

https://www.youtube.com/v/0hOwotQKo6c
Title: Re: Women Warriors Thread
Post by: asylumseeker on March 29, 2017, 04:00:00 PM
Was the last women's match televised?
Title: Re: Women Warriors Thread
Post by: kounty on March 29, 2017, 09:26:51 PM
what happen with the match?
Title: Re: Women Warriors Thread
Post by: Tallman on March 30, 2017, 05:51:23 AM
what happen with the match?

Trinidad and Tobago 1-3 Venezuela
Title: Re: Women Warriors Thread
Post by: Socapro on March 30, 2017, 07:02:09 AM
Was the last women's match televised?

In my opinion no international matches playing in T&T should be televised live locally unless the stadium is sold out.

Trinis need to learn to support  their team by attending games and being a proper 12th man!!
Title: Re: Women Warriors Thread
Post by: madness on March 30, 2017, 11:16:51 AM
this is crazy to do that
Title: Re: Women Warriors Thread
Post by: Flex on March 31, 2017, 01:37:52 AM
Venezuela whip T&T women 3-1.
By Ian Prescott (Express).


THE CAPTAIN Paola Villamizar scored the opening goal and also set up striker Milagros Mendoza on either side of half-time, as the Venezuela women's team won the second of two friendly international football matches against the Trinidad and Tobago women 3-1 at Ato Boldon Stadium on Wednesday night.

Women Warriors captain Tasha St Louis converted from the penalty spot to keep her team in the hunt at 2-1, before Mendoza's second goal sealed victory for the visitors.

The game hinged on two brilliant saves by the Oriana Palacios, the outstanding former Venezuelan national U20 team goalkeeper. Palacios twice stopped Warriors captain St Louis. There was a suspicion that the ball had crossed the line, although the Venezuelan keeper showed a clean pair of hands to clutch St Louis' first-half free-kick and in the dying stages, the Venezuela keeper was quick off her line to block a fierce shot when St Louis ran clear to the goal.

Playing for the second time under their new coach, Italian Carolina Morace, hosts Trinidad and Tobago began more positively than in Sunday's 0-0 draw but faded in the second half while the South American visitors maintained good composure and ball possession over 90 minutes.

T&T had the first chance when Shenelle Henry, the 23-year-old T&T winger, was played in by a St Louis pass and forced Palacios into a diving save in the 7th minute.

Twenty-two year-old Villamizar, arguably the best player on the field, gave Venezuela a 1-0 lead in the 22nd-minute with a low chip over T&T keeper Kamika Forbes, from an angle. And from a similar position, 29-year-old Mendoza was unmarked and curled a shot in from the back post to make it 2-0 in the 28th minute.

Trinidad and Tobago were soon back in it at 2-1 on the half hour mark when St Louis converted a penalty, when after initial hesitation, referee Cecile Hinds pointed to the spot following a clear foul in the area.

Erratic and inaccurate several times with her punts out of goal, T&T keeper Forbes was made to work sometimes, as the always shooting Venezuelans laced her goal with a couple of shots from long distance.

Forbes, though, had no chance when both Venezuelans Villamizar and Mendoza sprung the offside trap, with the captain squaring for Mendoza to roll the ball in an open net for the final 3-1 score in the 80th-minute. Venezuela were intelligent enough to keep the ball after and negated all efforts by the home team to force a late comeback.

RELATED NEWS

T&T Women go down 3-1 to Venezuela.
T&T Guardian Reports.


After a goalless draw with Venezuela in the opening game on Sunday last, the T&T Women, under new coach Italian Carolina Morace went down 1-3 to their South American opponents in what was more of a learning experience at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva on Wednesday night.

The women, in only their second competitive game since the inception of the Italian coach and her assistants, thought they had gotten the opening goal when Karyn Forbes fired them ahead but the referee waved off-side.

Instead they went a goal down a few minutes later (23 minute) after captain Paola Villamizar benefitted from a defensive blunder to fire her team in the lead. And they were almost certain of victory when teammate Milagros Mendoza added another just five minutes later, her attempt taking a deflection before beating T&T goalkeeper Kamika Forbes.

But new T&T skipper Tasha St Louis pulled a goal back in the 31st minute from the penalty spot to give her team hope. They battled hard thereafter, but there was no stopping the South Americans from sealing a very comfortable win when Tahicelis Marcano found the net in the 69th minute.

After the match Morace congratulated the local girls, describing their performance as much better than the first game, despite conceding three goals. She promised to work harder to eliminate these errors.\

Title: Re: Women Warriors Thread
Post by: Sando prince on March 31, 2017, 10:13:22 AM

^^ disappointing result
Title: Re: Women Warriors Thread
Post by: Michael-j on March 31, 2017, 11:11:38 AM
WATCH: Highlights of Trinidad and Tobago Women’s 3-1 loss to Venezuela

https://www.youtube.com/v/Ef74WWNmQqU
Title: Re: Women Warriors Thread
Post by: Tallman on March 31, 2017, 11:37:24 AM
WATCH: Post-match press conference with Head Coach Carolina Morace and midfielder Mariah Shade after Trinidad and Tobago Women’s 3-1 loss to Venezuela

https://www.youtube.com/v/5nS8Rbu1lPQ
Title: Re: Women Warriors Thread
Post by: Flex on March 31, 2017, 02:52:36 PM
King: Morace’s detailed approach is good for us.
TTFA Media.


National Women’s Team defender Ain King believes that Carolina Morace’s no-nonsense and detailed approached as head coach is working well for the current squad.

“It’s huge. Usually we will get preparation games maybe few weeks in advance so a year and a bit more is great for us so we can gauge where we are,” King said,

“It’s good (Morace’s approach). It’s a change for us because she is very into details which is great for us. Its just to grasp what she’s coaching and apply it to our style of play,” King added.

She spoke about the efforts being made by the TTFA to push Women’s football development at the moment.

“It’s important in the women’s game that we start from the grassroots level and from young so that the coach’s philosophy is implemented and therefore when the players step into the senior team they already have an idea of what is expected and they can ease their way into the system.”

T&T played two friendlies against Venezuela, drawing 0-0 and losing 3-1.

Title: Re: Women Warriors Thread
Post by: asylumseeker on March 31, 2017, 03:57:04 PM
Anyone find that we getting a slow leak of "we've never been happier because the 'troublemakers' left the team building" ...?

How is all of this reading as more joyous than The Road to Ecuador?
Title: Re: Women Warriors Thread
Post by: asylumseeker on April 04, 2017, 01:45:46 AM
Anyone find that we getting a slow leak of "we've never been happier because the 'troublemakers' left the team building" ...?

How is all of this reading as more joyous than The Road to Ecuador?

Or does a retainer/player contract make one sing a joyful song such that "no one eh gehhin between me, meh $$$ and meh coach"?

A purge by the purse?

Reading the above, we have attained a team harmony that eclipses anything delivered by Waldrum and that surpasses the unity of the $500 debacle. (https://www.theguardian.com/football/2014/oct/14/soccers-princesses-and-paupers-trinidad-tobago-usa-wnt)
Title: Re: Women Warriors Thread
Post by: Mose on April 04, 2017, 02:08:41 AM
I don't get a sense of "never been happier". Definitely claims that all is well but "never been happier" doesn't quite fit. For me anyways.
Title: Re: Women Warriors Thread
Post by: asylumseeker on April 04, 2017, 03:03:45 AM
I don't get a sense of "never been happier". Definitely claims that all is well but "never been happier" doesn't quite fit. For me anyways.

Could be. Aside from the excerpts below, I may be imputing inputs not on the thread.

Quote
According to Shade “a lot of us don’t have jobs. We have degrees but we dedicate most of our life to football, so now we can feel confident that we can take care of business on the field and then outside we also have something to work with. It is something good for the programme and the future of women’s football.”

Quote
Arin King, one of the overseas-based players was also delighted with the new step. “We made history with these retainer contracts. It’s just stability. A lot of people do not know that women have it very hard. In the men’s game they are getting pro contracts and having a foundation with a salary. But sometimes we come to practice on a hungry belly. For the women it’s just great to have that stability and taking the programme to a next level with this,” King said.

Quote
St Louis also spoke about the current mood in the camp, describing it as high level.

“The atmosphere now is pretty good. The players are gelling and we are starting to look like a team.” she said. “Both games against Venezuela will be good for us and I am looking forward to having a great impact as an individual and as a captain.
Title: Re: Women Warriors Thread
Post by: Mose on April 04, 2017, 04:50:32 AM
The first two quotes, from Shade and King, sound more like relief to me. And not relief in terms of bad eggs being removed from the camp. More like finally, a paycheck, ah could begin to see mih way lil bit.
Title: Re: Women Warriors Thread
Post by: asylumseeker on April 04, 2017, 07:09:54 AM
Anyone find that we getting a slow leak of "we've never been happier because the 'troublemakers' left the team building" ...?

How is all of this reading as more joyous than The Road to Ecuador?

1.Or does a retainer/player contract make one sing a joyful song such that "no one eh gehhin between me, meh $$$ and meh coach"?

A purge by the purse?

2.Reading the above, we have attained a team harmony that eclipses anything delivered by Waldrum and that surpasses the unity of the $500 debacle. (https://www.theguardian.com/football/2014/oct/14/soccers-princesses-and-paupers-trinidad-tobago-usa-wnt)


Mose, ah inartfully conflated two streams of thought ... although each isn't entirely separate from the other.

(1). This is supposedly a time of plenty. Feast versus the famine. Subject to the caution on the topic mentioned by Tallman (if not on this thread, somewhere on the forum). Ah will look for it. This was one sense of "never been happier". Security versus Twitter interventions.

(2). The other is life outside the shadow/dynamics of the traditional skipper ... the force to be reckoned with in the dressing room.

There's a particular quote I thought I read. Will look for it.


Title: Re: Women Warriors Thread
Post by: Flex on April 05, 2017, 12:14:10 PM
Morace presses on with Women’s team preparations.
TTFA Media.


With just under a week having passed since her two international friendlies in charge of the National Senior Women’s Team, head coach Carolina Morace is planning her upcoming phase of preparations  for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup Qualifiers.

The FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019 is scheduled to take place in June/July 2019. The exact dates are still to be defined in coordination with the LOC France. And the qualification details for CONCACAF and CFU will be revealed in due course.

CONCACAF has three and and a half spots for the World Cup.The inter-confederation play-off will be contested between CONCACAF’s fourth-placed team and CONMEBOL’s third-placed team.

Morace is expected to resume training within the next few days following a short break after the two recent friendlies with Venezuela at the Ato Boldon Stadium.

“The focus this week is to keep going with our physical preparation. We are focusing on the aerobic preparation, aiming to improve the explosive strength and speed of the individual player,” Morace told TTFA Media on Wednesday.

“It’s in the right timing of the preparation now for us to deal with this aspect. We knew we would not be ready at best for the last two games. But for this phase we are now looking to work on it in advance of the qualification.”

“From a tactical stand point, in non ball possession we have to understand better mark and cover and to read the trajectory of the pass. and in ball possession we will focus on the technique because we have made too many mistakes technically in the two matches,” Morace added.

“We had a very good opportunity to assess the ability and the physical readiness of some of the players based in North America and they understand what is required of them while they are away from us. And we will give it our best when it comes to emphasising the work to be done with the local players here in Trinidad and Tobago,” she added.   “In the future we will also aim to see some more of the players that are based outside of the country.”

Meantime, National Under 17 Women’s coach Manuelle Tesse and Joanne Daniel, were accompanied by Technical Director Muhammad Isa at open tryouts for Women’s Under 20 and Under 17 selection at the Dwight Yorke Stadium training pitch on Sunday. Some 48 players were assessed during the session.

The FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup France 2018 is scheduled to take place in August 2018. And the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup takes place in Uruguay in November/December 2018. CONCACAF has three qualifying spots for each of the Women’s Youth World Cups.

Title: Re: Women Warriors Thread
Post by: Sam on April 12, 2017, 06:21:35 AM
Maylee playing in de match between the TTFA/FIFA team and the Government/Sportt yesterday but she cah play for she country....  :rotfl:

(https://scontent-mia1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/17883971_10154804864928929_8112854617427244162_n.jpg?oh=8139a11cd60a40dc74e697883db65213&oe=59502C62)
Title: Re: Women Warriors Thread
Post by: asylumseeker on April 12, 2017, 02:56:01 PM
Ent!
Title: Re: Women Warriors Thread
Post by: Flex on April 21, 2017, 01:52:50 AM
Williams says U-20 women adapting well.
By Shaun Fuentes (Guardian).


National Under-20 Women’s head coach Nicola Williams says that the pool of players currently in training are beginning to adapt to the type of training under the current team management since preparations commenced just under three months ago.

Williams, who is the assistant to Carolina Morace on the Senior Women’s Team, has been overseeing the Under -20 programme as the unit build towards the CONCACAF Final Round of Women Under 20 World Qualification which will be played in T&T in January.

“We are in the final weeks of the pre-season preparation for the team .We have had two matches against the boys team and one against the Venezuela senior women’s team which was very good for us,” Williams said.

“Now we have a commitment with a large squad of players and a routine that is established. We are training frequently and players are beginning to gel on and off the field so we are developing relationships with each other.

“One of our positives is that the players are coachable and adapting to the style of play we want to implement in T&T and we are continuing to build on this We have allowed players who have been in school and in exams to have a break over the Easter and then start back refreshed after the holiday period,” Williams added. Several of the Under 20 players are also involved in the training sessions with the Women’s Senior Team.

Title: Re: Women Warriors Thread
Post by: Flex on April 28, 2017, 01:45:29 AM
Women’s Team duo enjoying Morace experience.
By Shaun Fuentes (Guardian).


National senior women’s team duo Patrice Superville and newcomer Ranae Ward says they are both enjoying the intense level of training with the team under head coach Carolina Morace and her assistant Nicola Williams.

Both players were speaking at a recent training session at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Mucurapo after returning from a short break following the two warm up matches against Venezuela.

Superville has been a regular member of the squad for some time and was involved in the 2015 World Cup qualifying campaign.

“I think the mood is good in the camp. The training has been intense, it’s been different and we are learning every session,” Supervise said.

“The two games (against Venezuela) I think were tough. We are learning what she is teaching us and we are trying to play her game and I think this has been shown in the games and we will develop in the further games,” she added

Ward meantime made her senior debut against Venezuela.

“I was nervous obviously but as the game continued I got in the groove and I got more confident on the ball. It was a good experience overall. It is a great opportunity to train with one of the best coaches in the world and among the best players in the country so I am embracing this opportunity. It is always a fun environment to be in,” Ward said.

The national team continues to train up to five days per week as they prepare for the France 2019 World Cup qualifying campaign.

Title: Re: Women Warriors Thread
Post by: Flex on May 30, 2017, 11:58:31 AM
Morace welcomes US-based players into Senior Team Training Programme.
TTFA Media.


Trinidad and Tobago Women’s Senior Team head coach Carolina Morace welcomed a few of this country’s United States based players into the national team’s training sessions this month.

And with the pool of players increasing, Morace arranged for a few training matches to be played against local boys teams in order to have her players active in game situations. The current Senior Team players have been training up to three times weekly for the majority of this year so far.

“This month we saw the return of players from the USA during their summer or college break. Therefore we scheduled  matches against the boys teams here in Trinidad to have some local game situations The matches are to get the players into the rhythm of the game and we have seized this opportunity to have them active,” Morace told TTFA Media on Monday after observing the first set of training games last weekend.

Morace said she will be looking at options to balance the playing time of the players throughout the year due to the fact that the Women’s Football League (WOLF) is only for a three-month period.

“The summer period goes until the end of July so we are hoping to be able to see more players and to finish this period with International matches.

“I have seen some new players that now add to the pool of players that are able to be selected and there are more players that I am still waiting to see which is necessary for us to have a better idea of what our best selection can be for international football.

“What is important is the players overseas have to realise what the international level is like and they have to prepare themselves physically to be ready to compete when called to duty,” Morace added.

Some of the US-based players currently back home include Victoria Swift, former Under 20 player Maya Matouk and Jenelle Cunningham among others.

Title: Re: Women Warriors Thread
Post by: AZZURRI on May 30, 2017, 11:46:19 PM
Ms Morace and her staff reached out to the WOLF league coaches this mth and did a couple informative workshops.
Great insight into the national program and how they are doing things and trying to help the clubs to align themselves with the philosophy that the national team is setting out to do with their training regime

Morace and her asst. were pretty open and willing. Looking forward to more sessions in the future with them
Title: Re: Women Warriors Thread
Post by: Sando on May 31, 2017, 01:40:19 AM
Well I heard that Elisabetta Bavagnoli and Manuela Tesse quit their jobs.

Title: Re: Women Warriors Thread
Post by: Mose on May 31, 2017, 12:57:39 PM
Well I heard that Elisabetta Bavagnoli and Manuela Tesse quit their jobs.


Reasons???
Title: Re: Women Warriors Thread
Post by: Flex on June 03, 2017, 01:46:33 AM
Under-20 Women footballers.
T&T Newsday Reports.


UNITED STATES team Charlotte Eagles cruised to a 3-0 triumph over the Trinidad and Tobago’s Under-20 Women football team in a friendly match, last Tuesday, at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Mucurapo.

The “Ladies Eagles” are all University students making their second visit in 10 years to TT to engage in various humanitarian activities such as visiting The Cyril Ross home for the HIV kids, St Dominic’s and the St Jude Home for Girls.

The Ladies Eagles also partook in coaching sessions with a number of coaching schools.

TT Under 20 coach Nicola Williams, noted, “I was happy to play the match to compete against other female players.

Despite losing 3-0, I am happy that we showed good organisation and exerted our style of play into the game. We need to work on our aggression to win the ball back and put our opponents under pressure.

“The Charlotte team was older than us and able to win more balls in the air – scoring their first goal from a cross and the last from a corner.

Their pace did trouble us on the wings and they were able to get behind our defence a number of times. Our goalkeeper Rebecca Almondoz was able to make a number of saves.

They were also quick to close us down and although we were able to combine and switch the play to find space in the other side we didn’t do it often enough and lost the ball under pressure.

“We have been playing local boys teams to give the players the weekly rhythm of a match where other countries have players playing in full-time leagues. Next month players will join the WOLF league for competition and I will be able to travel around and watch their performance along with scouting any new talent,” Williams added.

“I hope to finish July with an international match of our age (Under-20) to evaluate how our preparation is tracking. This month has seen some foreign based players return for the summer college break so reintroducing them into the team is very important.”

Title: Re: Women Warriors Thread
Post by: Flex on June 03, 2017, 01:48:23 AM
U-17 women’s coach quits, returns to Italy; Carolina continues with half her foreign staff
By Lasana Liburd (Wired868).


Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) president David John-Williams restarted the Women’s National Team programme with a bang on 1 February 2017, as he unveiled respected Italian coach Carolina Morace and her foreign aides, Nicola Williams, Elisabetta Bavagnoli and Manuela Tesse, as assistants.

Morace, a former Canada head coach, was enlisted to head the programme and operate as Women’s National Senior Team coach with Williams as her assistant and Under-20 head coach, Tesse as Under-17 coach and Bavagnoli serving as assistant to all three coaches.

Four months on and only Morace and Williams, an Australian, remain though, as Wired868 was reliably informed that Tesse quit her post while it is uncertain whether Bavagnoli ever returned since her first visit to Trinidad. Tesse and Bavagnoli are both Italians.

John-Williams and National Under-17 Team manager Ricarda Nelson could not be reached for comment while the TTFA is yet to issue a release on Tesse’s departure.

Suggestions differ as to why Tesse’s quit the programme although most agreed that she was unenthused by the low-key operation of the youth team, which has no scheduled international games and is supposedly less resourced than the senior set up.

However, the senior Women Soca Warriors have not exactly been buzzing either. Their only two international outings so far ended in a goalless draw and 3-1 loss to a mediocre Venezuelan team while Morace fell out early with former senior team captain Maylee Attin-Johnson, veteran winger Ahkeela Mollon and gifted attacker Kennya “Yaya” Corder as well as equipment manager Steve Fredericks.

Morace’s time in Trinidad and Tobago so far has divided opinion with some hailing her as brave, knowledgeable and no-nonsense while detractors described her as abusive, divisive and dictatorial.

Regardless, the fiery Italian remains and, according to informed sources, has described her will to finish the job in Trinidad as absolute. Her contract with the TTFA takes her up until the France 2019 Women’s World Cup when, hopefully, the Women Warriors will qualify for a FIFA tournament for the first time.

Trinidad and Tobago’s only previous involvement at a Women’s World Cup came as host nation for the 2010 Under-17 tournament.

The senior women continue to train three times a week under Morace, who has widened her pool with an influx of United States-based players who are home on school vacation.

Some of the overseas-based players in the current training squad are: Victoria Swift, Maya Matouk, Jenelle Cunningham, Naomie Guerra, Chevonne John and Khadisha Debesette.

Morace told the TTFA Media that she has scheduled matches with local boys teams to get some playing time for her current squad.

“The matches are to get the players into the rhythm of the game and we have seized this opportunity to have them active,” said Morace. “The summer period goes until the end of July so we are hoping to be able to see more players and to finish this period with International matches.

“I have seen some new players that now add to the pool of players that are able to be selected and there are more players that I am still waiting to see which is necessary for us to have a better idea of what our best selection can be for international football.

“What is important is the players overseas have to realise what the international level is like and they have to prepare themselves physically to be ready to compete when called to duty.”

The 2017 Women’s League of Football (WOLF) competition is due to kick off on 10 June and runs until August. Morace has agreed to release all national players to train twice a day with their respective clubs and to play competitive matches on the weekend.

Once more, TTFA employee Sharon O’Brien will oversee the competition after being returned to the post of women’s football president at last Wednesday’s election but it was a fractious affair. The first vote ended seven-seven between O’Brien and challenger Vernetta Flanders, who was the body’s former general secretary. However, O’Brien prevailed eight-six in a second vote.

The electoral committee compromised of TTFA vice-presidents Ewing Davis and Joanne Salazar as well as Jamiyla Muhammad, which, Flanders suggested, was hardly an independent trio.

As a TTFA employee, O’Brien is, arguably, beholden to Davis and Salazar. And she is believed to have ingratiated herself to president John-Williams—not least by taking his daughter and W Connection boss, Renee John-Williams, to Costa Rica, as the sole Pro League representative to a FIFA TMS workshop, and voting along with the TTFA president to remove former men’s head coach Stephen Hart.

Notably, O’Brien’s first order of business, once re-elected, was to name the third member of the electoral committee, Muhammad, as her new general secretary.

The women’s body had also failed to adhere to article 27.3 of its constitution, which stipulated that all members should receive, among other documents, the Financial Statements and Independent External Auditors’ Report as well as the Budget at least 14 days before the AGM.

Instead, a balance sheet purporting to be a financial statement was issued to clubs on the day of the election with no accompanying independent report.

Flanders, a former Women Warriors team manager, said that, despite her dissatisfaction with the process, she will not contest the election result.

Title: UB's Laura Dougall earns call to Trinidad & Tobago National Team
Post by: Tallman on July 03, 2017, 04:56:23 PM
UB's Laura Dougall earns call to Trinidad & Tobago National Team
By Ben Tsujimoto (The Buffalo News)


Laura Dougall has never been to Trinidad, but the Caribbean nation has presented her with the opportunity of a lifetime.

The starting goalkeeper for the University at Buffalo women's soccer team has been recalled by new Trinidad & Tobago women's national team head coach Carolina Morace for a training camp that begins July 10. The Women Soca Warriors are expected to train for roughly 10 days before traveling to Margarita Island to face Venezuela on July 20 and 23.

As United States Soccer fans have seen countless times - from Jermaine Jones to Darlington Nagbe to Fabian Johnson - a soccer player need not be born in a country to represent it on the international stage. Because of her father's background, Dougall is eligible to compete for T&T while retaining her eligibility to play her senior season for the Bulls this fall.

"It's a mix of excitement and nerves," said Dougall, in an email, after receiving the T&T invite. "I can hardly believe I am actually going to potentially play on an international team."

Although she's already set the UB record for career shutouts (27) long before her senior season, Dougall isn't a shoo-in for the roster of 18 players that Morace will pick for the friendlies; performance in training will determine the list of traveling players to Venezuela from a larger pool, many coming from United States colleges.

"I know there will be an adjustment period trying to get to know everyone and adapt to new coaching styles and routines," Dougall added. "It can be challenging and nerve wracking but hopefully I will make some new friends and learn the ropes from the more experienced players."

HOW IT'S POSSIBLE

Dougall's father, Steve, lived in Trinidad until age 6 before moving to Jamaica when his father's job transferred, then to Mississauga, Ont., in the middle of winter. Many of the Dougalls' Trini relatives had already made the jump to Canada. Steve and his wife, Terri, had Laura in July 1996 in Pickering, Ont.

While she's never visited Trinidad until this training camp, Dougall isn't a novice when it comes to the Caribbean culture, thanks to the influence of her Trini grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins.

"Family dinners consisted of macaroni pie, callaloo (a leafy green, often sauteed) and crab, stewed chicken, pigeon peas and rice when at my Granny and Grandpa Dougall's [house]," Laura remembers. "Many of my friends who met my Trinidad relatives find the accent harder to understand, but I have grown up with it all my life so hopefully that helps [this summer]."

Easing the transition will be a few remaining relatives on the island of Trinidad, including family in Port of Spain, roughly a 20-minute drive from Hasely Crawford Stadium, T&T's regular training grounds.

CARIBBEAN CONNECTION

While it's one thing for Dougall to be eligible to play for Trinidad & Tobago, it's entirely another to be invited into the national team camp.

The crucial connection came through her goalkeeping coach, Jeff Sanderson, who knew of Dougall's family history and boasted a strong Trinidadian soccer network of his own.

Sanderson corresponded with a Trinidad & Tobago scout, who was eager to set up a training session in March. One problem: Dougall had a long-planned backpacking trip through Europe - France, Switzerland and Italy - slated for the same time window.

Fortunately - thanks to the flexibility of the T&T contact - the UB goalkeeper was offered a reschedule for June 3 in Toronto, where her workout would be videotaped and forwarded to the T&T staff.

"A few days later the manager contacted me and said, 'You got a very positive review,' and 'the next stop is to get you here,' Dougall recounts. "Within 30 minutes I was sent the July plans for the women's national team."

The positive review will not come as shocking to Bulls fans; Dougall has stood tall in her three years in Amherst. Her breakout freshman campaign - which saw UB win the Mid-American Conference championship and book a trip to the NCAA Tournament for the first time - was rewarded with the MAC Freshman of the Year award and a spot on the all-conference first team.

Although she's been left off the All-MAC squads the last two years, Dougall's career statistics - 59 starts, .69 goals against average, 32 wins and 259 saves, all with one year left - have her positioned to go down as one of the best in UB history.

DOUGALL'S EXPECTATIONS

Growing up in Ontario and playing in some bitterly cold matches during the fall seasons at UB, Dougall is accustomed to one extreme temperature. Bear in mind that playing in the cold is considerably worse for goalkeepers, who don't move at the rate of the other field players.

"During the winter sessions [in Ontario] we would sometimes have to shovel snow off the field before training," Dougall said. "I am pretty sure I won’t have to be doing that in Trinidad!"

In Trinidad, July temperatures hover in the high 80s with humidity typically around 70 percent. Even the superbly conditioned United States women's national team finds the heavy hair and unrelenting heat a challenge during away matches in Trinidad.

"While we do play in the summer here in [Canada and Buffalo], Trinidad is much closer to the equator so I have to wonder what it will be like to play there in July," Dougall mused.

With her new head coach's emphasis on fitness, the goalkeeper will soon learn a thing or two about the elements.

MORACE MEMORIES

After her hiring in December 2016, Italian goal-scoring legend and former Canada women's national team head coach Carolina Morace began to put her imprint on the Women Soca Warriors the following month.

It's hard to top Morace's playing career. She's one of only 15 women's soccer players to score more than 100 goals in international competition. The striker competed for her country, beginning at age 15, for two decades.

Her Players Tribune post from February 2017 is an enlightening look into her mindset - both as a player and a manager. Morace is perhaps best known, though, for being the first women to coach a professional men's team - Viterbese of Italy's Serie C, in 1999 - even though she spent just two matches at the helm before resigning.

For Dougall, July 10 will not be the first time she's met Morace.

"In 2008, when I was playing for the Pickering Soccer Club, Coach Morace attended a soccer camp that I was participating in," Dougall remembers. "She talked to all the girls and led a few drills. I have an autographed picture from her. I am sure she doesn't remember me but I do remember her. I was pretty young but excited to meet one of the best women soccer players in the world. I look forward to meeting her again."

The circumstances are different 10 years later. After a bitter conclusion to her time with the Canadian women's squad, Morace is hopeful T&T can reach its first World Cup in 2019. Armed with a fresh start, she's presently tasked with determining the best players to represent a country with which she's relatively unfamiliar.

The playing style she instills - modeled after Barcelona and Bayern, predicated both on supreme fitness and possession - will test Dougall's ability with her feet, especially her consistency in distributing out of the back.

WHAT'S AHEAD FOR T&T

Trinidad & Tobago have intentionally broadened their talent pool in an attempt to shine at the 2018 Caribbean Cup, the qualifying tournament for the 2018 Women's CONCACAF Championship, formerly known as the Gold Cup.

The top three finishers in the CONCACAF Championship will represent the confederation at the 2019 World Cup in France, while the fourth-place side competes in a play-in game against the No. 3 finisher in CONMEBOL (South America) for a World Cup berth.

The Women Soca Warriors have never qualified for a World Cup despite attempts every four years since 1991, although the Caribbean nation's fourth-place finish at the 2014 Gold Cup - and ensuing heartbreaking 1-0 loss at the tail end of the two-legged playoff against Ecuador (CONMEBOL third-place) - was accompanied by a touching story of generosity.

The Trinidad & Tobago Football Association runs a website with updates on the Women Soca Warriors' preparations for friendlies and tournaments, as well as interviews with players. It's worth keeping an eye on over the next month for updates.

But in the meantime, Morace will call upon uncapped players like Dougall to adjust to an unfamiliar environment and improve the quality of the country's football.

For the UB goalkeeper, the trip is a chance to make her mark on international football while exploring the roots of her family history.
Title: Re: Women Warriors Thread
Post by: Flex on July 16, 2017, 03:41:41 AM
Charlotte women’s team rejoice on Trinidad trip.
By Shaun Fuentes (Guardian).


United States college player Callie McKinney has described a recent trip to T&T with the Charlotte Lady Eagles team as one of the best experiences of her life so far.

Mckinney arrived here in late May with Eagles, a team made of up girls from various universities that come together to grow in their faith with Christ while playing football in a competitive environment to get better at their game.

The Lady Eagles mission is to glorify God and see lives transformed by communicating the message of Jesus Christ through the global environment of soccer. The vision of the Lady Eagles is generating teams that cultivate influential coaches and players who inspire people to flourish in and for Christ wherever they are planted.

“We went on this trip to spread the word of God by using soccer as our platform to reach the youth of Trinidad and anyone else who was around to witness. While doing so we also played games against local teams and then against the Under-20 Trinidad national team and the full senior Trinidad national team,” McKinney wrote.

The Eagles linked up with the Step by Step women’s team and also played two training games against the T&T senior and U-20 women’s team in which they were victorious. They also took part in four coaching clinics.

“Concluding the trip, I can’t wait to see the way God has used each and every one of my teammates and myself to reach various groups of kids we were in contact with. It’s going to be amazing to see the fruits of our impact on the kids. The trip to Trinidad changed my perspective, furthered my growth as a player and with my walk with Christ.”

Title: Re: Women Warriors Thread
Post by: Tallman on July 16, 2017, 12:47:28 PM
So Morace gone now. Well yes!
Title: Re: Women Warriors Thread
Post by: Trini _2022 on July 16, 2017, 03:41:40 PM
wow the program falling part
Title: Re: Women Warriors Thread
Post by: soccerman on July 16, 2017, 07:26:41 PM
http://wired868.com/2017/07/16/ciao-carolina-tt-womens-programme-in-jeopardy-as-italian-walks-after-three-months-without-pay/
Title: Re: Women Warriors Thread
Post by: Flex on July 19, 2017, 01:43:21 AM
Update on Women’s Football Programme.
TTFA Media


Back to the Future

The Trinidad and Tobago Football Association today wishes to confirm that Miss Carolina Morace and Miss Nicola Williams have terminated their contracts with the TTFA.

No further details will be given at this time since we are under advisement from our attorneys in this regard.  The TTFA however wants to go on record and state that every attempt was made (without their cooperation) to resolve whatever issues that may have appeared in the opinion of Miss Morace and Miss Williams that contributed to their departure.

The TTFA remains committed to the its vision and continuation of the Women’s programme with a view of qualification to the FIFA Women’s World Cup in France 2019 along with the qualification of the Women’s Under 17 Team to the CONCACAF Under 17 Women’s Championship in 2018 and subsequently the next FIFA Under 17 Women’s World Cup in Colombia in 2019; and the Under 20 Women’s World Cup for which the Concacaf Final Round will be staged in Trinidad and Tobago in 2018.

To this end, consistent with the contract terms of his engagement with the TTFA (Head of Programmes) the Board of the Association has appointed Mr Jamaal Shabazz to oversee the Women’s programme with immediate effect and he will take charge  of the Senior Women’s programme from tomorrow as well as the Under 20 Women’s programme. Mr Shabazz  will also oversee the Under 17 Women’s programme with the assistance of coaches Joanne Daniel and Desiree Sergeant who were understudies to Miss Morace and Miss Williams.

The TTFA will appoint a full time head coach of the Under 17 Team immediately following the Caribbean First Round of qualifiers to be played in Trinidad in August.

Comments from Jamaal Shabazz

“It unbelievable that at this stage in my life I will be back in the women’s game. Together with the current senior team we gave our lives for this programme. The opportunity is there for us to complete a journey which we started together in 2000. We have a chance to continue to work hard for our country and ensure that this crop finishes their careers on a high note and that women’s football in our country reaches a milestone ”

Things to know about Jamaal Shabazz

From 1994 to 2010 he held various positions as Head of the TTFA’s Women’s Programme and coaches of the different national teams.

Together with Dr Iva Gloudon, Shabazz sent 35 female players on soccer scholarships in the United States, playing a key role in the development of players National Team players such as Tasha St Louis, Maylee Attin Johnson, Kennya Cordner and Ahkeela Mollon through the ranks of T&T National Teams.

Shabazz, age 53, played an integral role in establishing a development programme that produced most of the current Senior Women’s Team players when they were Under 15 players dating back to 2000.

He held the position as Head Coach of the Guyana Senior Men’s Team in three different stints including the 2014 World Cup campaign during which time he guided Guyana to victory over Trinidad and Tobago, eliminating T&T from the qualification race, while taking Guyana to the CONCACAF Semi-Final round.

Title: Re: Women Warriors Thread
Post by: Flex on July 22, 2017, 12:37:28 AM
Isa recommended Shabazz and Fevrier for coaching jobs; technical committee still non-functional.
By Lasana Liburd (Wired868).


Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) general secretary Justin Latapy-George has confirmed that the recent coaching appointments by the local body were made after recommendations from technical director Muhammad Isa and not the technical committee.

Yesterday, the TTFA announced  that Jamaal Shabazz will replace Italian Carolina Morace as the head of the women’s programme and will also serve as head coach of the Women’s National Senior and Under-20 Team and oversee the Under-17 Team—although it subsequently emerged that he could end up with only the Women’s Senior and Under-20 Team jobs.

And, last month, Stuart Charles-Fevrier was appointed as head of the TTFA’s Elite Development Programme with Leonson Lewis and Clyde Leon as assistants.

Fevrier, Lewis and Leon are all current employees at W Connection—which is owned by TTFA president David John-Williams—while Shabazz helped campaign for the current local football president at the last TTFA and Caribbean Football Union (CFU) elections.

The recent hirings have caused consternation within the local football fraternity, with at least two coaches, including former National Under-20 coach Derek King, suggesting that they felt that at present non-Connection coaches were not given a fair chance to hold national portfolios .

King, the current North East Stars head coach, is the last national men’s coach to secure a regional title, having led the Under-20 Team to the 2014 Caribbean Championship crown.

Latapy-George explained that, at least in terms of the aforementioned positions, the recommendations came from the Isa-headed technical department. However, according to the general secretary, the TTFA Board of Directors have agreed on the members to make up a new technical committee and their names are expected to be announced soon.

The current TTFA board of directors comprises David John-Williams (president), Joanne Salazar, Ewing Davis and Allan Warner (vice-presidents), James Toussaint (Central FA), Sherwyn Dyer (Eastern Counties Football Union), Karanjabari Williams (Northern FA), Richard Quan Chan (Southern FA), Anthony Moore (Tobago FA), Joseph Taylor (Trinidad and Tobago Football Referees Association), Sharon O’Brien (Women’s League Football), Wayne Cunningham (Eastern FA) and Sam Phillip (TT Pro League).

Latapy-George declined comment on if and when the TTFA intended to respond to 42 questions from Veteran Footballers Foundation of Trinidad and Tobago (VFOTT) president Selby Browne on the current operations of the football body.

Ironically, the last technical committee collapsed after its recommendation that Fevrier replace Belgian Tom Saintfiet as Soca Warriors head coach was overruled. Instead, the Board opted to give the position to current coach Dennis Lawrence.

Then technical committee chairman Dexter Skeene, vice-chairman Dr Alvin Henderson and member Errol Lovell all resigned before Lawrence was unveiled.

Lawrence subsequently selected Fevrier as his assistant coach and, at present, the former St Lucia international holds three substantial portfolios as National Senior Team assistant coach, W Connection head coach and head of the Elite Youth Development Programme (which, it appears, is to operate as a National Under-13 Team).

Up until this weekend, Shabazz also held two major posts as Trinidad and Tobago National Youth Football Co-ordinator and Morvant Caledonia United head coach.

So far, Shabazz has suggested that he is almost certain to give up his role on the Elite Youth Development Programme although he expects to remain as Morvant Caledonia coach—once he is able to handle the two jobs.

I can provide stability! Shabazz reopens door to Maylee, Mollon and Cordner; but wants to keep Caledonia job

New Trinidad and Tobago Women’s National Senior Team and Under-20 Team head coach Jamaal Shabazz believes he is the right man to steady the ship as the Women Soca Warriors attempt to recover from the abrupt departure of Italian head coach Carolina Morace and her three assistants.

Morace and assistant Nicola Williams handed in their resignations last Friday and Morace, who has a law degree, told Wired868 that the most accurate description of what happened is to say that “the contract [is] terminated for just cause.”

The Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA), which is headed by president David John-Williams, is already bracing for legal action and the value of the part of the football body’s contract with the foreign coaches which is still unpaid is estimated at TT$4.3 million (US$648,000).

But even as the TTFA braces for a fresh lawsuit—and the local body is already dealing with at least a half-dozen cases—the Women Warriors still have a programme to maintain and three World Cup qualifying campaigns to contest at Senior, Under-20 and Under-17 level.

Shabazz, a former Trinidad and Tobago Women’s Senior Team coach as well as head coach for the Trinidad and Tobago and Guyana Men’s National Teams, backs himself to make a success of the current challenge.

“I think the programme right now needs some stability and, given what they have asked of me, I can provide stability,” Shabazz told Wired868. “Most of these girls I know as kids and saw them grow into womanhood. I have great respect for them and I think there is mutual respect.”

Shabazz spent his first day on the job by erasing one of the more controversial aspects of Morace’s tenure—the suspension of former captain Maylee Attin-Johnson and star attacker Kennya “Yaya” Cordner and the self-imposed exile of ex-Europe-based winger Ahkeela Mollon.

Morace said Attin-Johnson and Cordner were both suspended for violating team rules; Shabazz will overturn that decision.

“Today, I am going to meet with Ahkeela Mollon and Maylee Attin-Johnson and talk to Kennya Cordner on Skype to see how we can mend some broken fences,” said Shabazz, who claimed he had previously kept his distance from the issue. “There were players on the Under-20 Team and the Senior Team who are not in the programme right now and I intend to meet with everybody, hear everybody and try to start with a clean slate.”

Ironically, Shabazz took credit for the TTFA’s decision to hire Morace in the first place although he admitted that their relationship soured during her time in Trinidad.

“I was the person that took her resume to David John-Williams—myself and [team manager] Jinelle James—as co-ordinator of programmes for the TTFA at the time,” said Shabazz. “I felt the women’s programme needed a high-profile female with a high level of competency. [But] at some point in time, I fell out of favour with her.

“I have the utmost respect for her and the work she tried to put in in the last six months. […] I have nothing bad to say for her and I tried to keep out of her way because I understood how she wanted to deal with matters.”

Shabazz withdrew from the women’s programme in 2011 and said then the team needed fresh ideas. And he repeatedly insisted that he was not interested in a coaching position under the current football administration.

So what has changed?

The Morvant Caledonia United head coach said his time on the bench in the Pro League this season stirred his competitive juices while the resources provided for the women’s programme under Morace also caught his attention.

“Given the resources that I know were made available to the last technical staff, I am confident we can do this,” said Shabazz. “Because this bunch of girls used to sleep on the ground in the Larry Gomes Stadium when we had double sessions [and] they never got friendly matches and contracts and stipends.

“With all these things in play, I think the onus is now on us to step up to the plate and give it our best possible shot.”

Shabazz said he intends to copy the structure of the coaching set-up under Morace and currently used by men’s coach Dennis Lawrence, which, he suggested, makes better use of assistant coaches than has always been the case at local level.

“We are going to demonstrate, based on the example of Dennis Lawrence and his staff, that men and women can work together for the benefit of the programme,” said Shabazz, “because we see the master come here with an entourage and they operate under leadership and loyalty. I have been a slave for many, many centuries and now I have become a free man, I understand how to make it work; I feel even better than the master.

“When you look at how Ms Morace ran it, […] I feel we can replicate that working together and try to get the results.”

Shabazz admitted that he had a personal relationship with the current TTFA president but dismissed any suggestion of favouritism, insistingd that his CV spoke for itself.

“If a man or woman could look at my track record and think [that my appointment] is a (case of a) job for the boys, then I think that there is nothing I can do or say in my own defence,” said Shabazz. “[…] Yes, I supported John-Williams in the [TTFA] elections and I ask the question: did I commit a sin? Who did Keith Look Loy support in the election? Who did other people support?

“Election is one facet of the football dynamics [and right now] I am concerned with what happens on the field.”

Then Guyana National Senior Team coach Jamaal Shabazz is at his side in full TTFA gear.
At present, Shabazz holds an armful of jobs as, apart from being coach of two national women’s teams, he is also the TTFA Youth Football Co-ordinator and Morvant Caledonia United head coach.

He suggested he was likely to give up the Youth Football Coordinator post but would continue to run the Morvant Caledonia team.

“In terms of Morvant Caledonia, I see no conflict there at all,” Shabazz told Wired868. “It has always been a mentoring with [assistant coach] Abdallah Phillips and that will continue… I did those jobs and more when some of my critics were in charge of the technical aspect of Trinidad and Tobago’s football. But I do not know if it was because Jack Warner was in charge [but] not a dog barked then.”

Shabazz tried to explain how the responsibilities of the Elite Development Programme, which is funded to the tune of TT$8 million by NLCB, are shared between technical director Muhammad Isa, National Senior Team assistant coach and W Connection head coach Stuart Charles-Février and himself.

It means that instead of the TTFA hiring one person to oversee the programme, they have hired several persons who juggle duties between the Elite Youth Programme and other jobs within the football body or at their respective clubs.

Charles-Février and his assistant coaches Leonson Lewis and Clyde Leon are all employees at the W Connection football club, which is owned by John-Williams.

Shabazz insisted that the managerial structure of the Elite programme was a practical one.

“Stuart Charles was selected by the Board to be the head coach,” said Shabazz. “My role was to supervise the programme and make sure the zones were training and so on. I work alongside Isa, who focuses more on grassroots and coach education and supervising the national teams in training.

“The Elite Programme was a specific programme that needed specific attention… [With] the magnitude of the work, I think having more coaches is better rather than less.”

For the immediate future, Shabazz will juggle his time between two national teams and his Pro League outfit. But he is confident about what he can bring to the Women Warriors and is anxious to resume professional relations with the likes of Tasha St Louis, Karyn Forbes, Dernelle Mascall and Attin-Johnson, whom he credited for their exceptional understanding of the game.

“What is needed is someone who can come in and get these girls working again and focusing on football and giving of their best for the country,” said Shabazz, “and I am not just talking about players but staff too. There are three things we need to juggle here: individual needs, needs of the group and the mission and what it requires.

“We need to be able to juggle the three. I feel with the little I know about management and the Senior Women’s team, I am very confident that we can do this.”

Title: Re: Women Warriors Thread
Post by: MEP on July 22, 2017, 12:45:15 AM
how de hell that terrorist who can't coach his way out of a wet paper bag keep getting national team jobs?
Title: Re: Women Warriors Thread
Post by: Sando on July 22, 2017, 09:11:02 AM
Shabaaz milking David John Williams.

A terrorist controlling T&T football.

Only in T&T, in the US, this man would have been serving a lifetime all now.

Imagine somebody shoot up the Prime Minister of a country and walking free like a bird today.

Title: Re: Women Warriors Thread
Post by: Flex on July 23, 2017, 02:29:44 PM
Shade stays confident with Shabazz’s return.
TTFA


National Senior Women’s Team player Mariah Shade is backing newly installed head of Women’s Programme Jamaal Shabazz to keep the Senior Team on track in their quest for qualification for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France.

Shade has been part of the senior team pool that worked with now former senior women’s team head coach Carolina Morace but she will renew acquaintances with Shabazz, the first coach she worked under upon her entry into the national programme as a 13-year-old.

“It was very heartbreaking to say the least after hearing that coach Carolina Morace and assistant coach Nicola Williams was leaving us,” Shade admitted on Sunday. “It was very sudden but all I can say is that I know God is in control and I trust his will for us as a team.

“Jamaal was one who was very instrumental in bringing coach Carolina and her assistant Nicola here so because of this, I have great confidence that his mind and heart is in the right place and he indeed has a great plan for the future of this team,” Shade told TTFA Media.

The 25-year-old  looked back on her early days as a national team player, a period which she says allowed her to develop under Shabazz.

“I know Coach Jamaal very well. I joined the national programme when I was thirteen and was among the few players in my generation like Karyn Forbes and Rhea Belgrave who started playing with the senior team at first before playing with the youth teams. I remember being in several Senior and Under 20 camps in the US, Caribbean and home, and playing in several CFU and CONCACAF Qualifiers under Jamaal as head coach.

“He has always been a very serious yet no nonsense person who appreciates hard work. I was a youth on both teams and so it was a different atmosphere for me because I was learning and growing and developing as a very young player,” she continued.

“Though he has always been around women’s football, this is the first time as an adult that I would be coached by Jamaal and I feel very positive as we move forward in our preparations. My focus has always been giving my best in training so the game becomes easier and I will continue to by God’s Grace,” Shade stated.

The former France-based pro  who now plays for Petrotrin in the TT Women’s League (WOLF) believes that Shabazz will fit right back into the programme because of his past alliance.

“One very positive thing about Jamaal being head coach of the Senior team is the fact that he has known most, if not all of us since we were in our early teens and at some point or another most of us played under him. He knows our ability and has seen our development as players and commitment to the program throughout the years, so he knows what he has to work with.

“I’m expecting that this will make the transition easier and faster so we can get back on track with our preparations for France 2019,” Shade concluded.

The Caribbean phase of the qualifiers is carded to start next year towards the CONCACAF final stage and Shabazz will resume the training sessions within the next few days.

Mariah is set to launch her first book ,Tunnel Vision – A Set Apart Life on August 5th, 2017 at the Trinidad and Tobago Bureau of Standards. The book is based on a young Christian’s survival guide for spiritual success, empowerment and blessing.

Title: Re: Women Warriors Thread
Post by: asylumseeker on July 23, 2017, 05:22:26 PM
What I would like to know is why has Mariah not continued in Europe? What occurred in France? Why not somewhere else on the continent?

Not expecting players to make negative public comments about Shabazz.
Title: Re: Women Warriors Thread
Post by: Flex on July 30, 2017, 01:59:51 AM
Shade launches new book to help youths.
By Shaun Fuentes (Guardian).


National Women’s footballer Mariah Shade will launch a new career away from the field of sport next weekend.

The former France-based player who now lines up for Petrotrin in the Women’s League, has written a book which is geared towards helping young people achieve success in their personal relationship with GOD and to encourage them to stand strong in their faith in a time where many are falling away. “There is still hope because Jesus is alive,” she said.

“I always say, football is one aspect of my life, but it is not my life. I am a young woman after God’s own heart and my love for God is a passion that football can never compete with,” she added.

“The book, titled Tunnel Vision: A Set Apart Life, was born about one year ago, coming out of a place of real concern for young people especially young Christians,” she added.

The official launch takes place on August 5, at 3pm, at the Trinidad and Tobago Bureau of Standards, (Opposite the Center of Excellence, Macoya.) The book will also be available on Amazon, both Paperback and Kindle, on the publisher’s website (Trinity Hills Publishing) and on Barnes and Noble’s Online Store.

Title: Re: Women Warriors Thread
Post by: Flex on March 01, 2018, 09:14:25 AM
Senior Women to play pair of friendlies versus Panama in March.
TTFA Media.


Trinidad and Tobago’s Senior Women’s Team will open their 2018 account with a pair of International Friendlies against Panama’s Senior Women’s Team on March 22nd and 24th.

The opening match will be played at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva from 6:30pm and two days later both teams will meet again at the Mannie Ramjohn Stadium in Marabella from 4:00pm.

This will be the first set of games for the hosts this year as they prepare for upcoming CONCACAF Caribbean Women’s Senior World Cup qualifying action which commences in May for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France. Details on the qualifying campaign will be disclosed in due course.

The team has been in training for well over a year with regular training sessions taking place involving home-based players who are under retainer contracts with the TTFA.

Team manager Jinelle James said the two matches were highly welcomed as the squad, under captain Tasha St Louis, is craving the opportunity to have international match practice.

“The ladies have been in training for practically a year now and the last matches we played were against Venezuela under Carolina Morace. They’re saying finally we have this chance now to take the field for international football. There is a real buzz in the squad about this at the moment,” James told TTFA Media on Wednesday.

“The team has been working hard and getting stronger and this is a great opportunity for us to see where we are at tactically and in terms of fitness. We are going into the upcoming tournament in May as the number one team in the Caribbean from the 2014 Campaign. This definitely points to the fact that we have no intentions of taking any phase of this competition lightly,” James added.

Skipper St Louis is expecting the two games against Panama to be decent exercises for the T&T team.

“I think it’s good that we are getting the opportunity to play these two games and it isn’t just not any ordinary games but against a developing team such as Panama which we’ve not played before. It should be a good test and a good opportunity to see what this other Concacaf opponent has to offer before the qualification begins later this year,” St Louis said.

“I think it’s also good for the coach o see players in the new system that we’ve been practising and new players under him for the first time. It means a lot for the more senior players like me and also the younger ones that started training after the Under 20 Tournament,” she added.

The current squad is in training under head coach Jamaal Shabazz with technical director Anton Corneal also providing his guidance in the preparations.

The Senior Men’s team will also be in action around a similar period as they travel to face Guadeloupe on March 20th followed by another friendly away to Martinique on March 23rd.  Over the past few days, the TTFA also secured two matches in Guadeloupe for the National Men’s Under 20 Team in May.

Ticket information for the two matches in March, T&T versus Panama, will be announced in due course.

Title: Re: Women Warriors Thread
Post by: Flex on March 12, 2018, 01:49:51 AM
Russell not giving up on World Cup dream.
T&T Newsday Reports.


NATIONAL Women’s football team defender Ayanna Russell is among the current pool of players in training under coach Jamaal Shabazz ahead of the start of forthcoming CONCACAF Women’s World Cup qualification in May.

Details on the opening phase are set to be announced shortly by CONCACAF but the local pool has two matches against Panama Women’s team to look forward on March 22 and 24 at the Ato Boldon Stadium and Manny Ramjohn Stadium respectively.

“Everyone is excited to play these two games. We have some of the youngsters integrated into the bunch now so it’s going to be a very exciting and interesting experience for us,” Russell said.

“These games will help a lot. You cannot really mimic an international friendly. Yes you can play against local teams and yes that is playing time and match fitness but being able to play international friendlies is a good preparation with even something such as just hearing the FIFA anthem played before the game. It will be a good evaluation for us,” Russell said.

Russell spoke highly of the TTFA’s efforts to keep the local squad together with the introduction of the monthly retainer contracts.

“Definitely the biggest thing is being able to contract the players and have them full time. In the past it’s been crazy because we usually would come together three weeks or a month before a tournament. Now we have double sessions twice a week and training almost everyday which is definitely helping now with the senior team,” she added.

“We actually have a lot of players from the last squad so we still have the core together. We are missing a few but some of the foreign-based will come for the games in March. For the most part we have a very strong pool and with the young ones coming up it’s matter of getting them up to a good standard so going into the qualification phase we can have at least 25-30 good players in the squad,” Russell stated.

Russell attended University of Alabama, Birmingham in 2008 an Wayland University in 2010 where she was eventually enrolled as an assistant coach. She was part of the squad that narrowly missed out on the 2015 Women’s World Cup with the last match defeat to Ecuador. Russell said that the dream of qualifying for a World Cup is still very strong among the surviving members of that squad who are still in the mix.

“Preparations have been good at the moment. That dream still exists very strongly in me and and among the other girls. It is a still a possibility. We are going to work ten times harder than we did last time and do everything we didn’t do in 2014.

“That experience (2014) is going to have a huge impact. I still can’t get over December 2nd because I knew to myself it was ours then but I know that nothing happens before its time. This time around, not that we didn’t work hard four years ago but now we will take care of everything mentally, physically, socially… everything that we need to do to ensure that we have that cohesion on the field and realise that dream this time, “ Russell added.

The 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup will be the eighth edition of the FIFA Women’s World Cup, the quadrennial international women’s football championship contested by the national teams of the member associations of FIFA between June 7 and July 7 2019.

In March 2015, France won the right to host the event; the first time the country will host the tournament, and the third time Europe will. Matches are planned for eleven cities across France. The current format of the tournament is 24 competing teams, including the host nation. The defending champions are the United States.

Title: Re: Women Warriors Thread
Post by: Tallman on March 12, 2018, 06:46:34 PM
WATCH: Ayana Russell dreams of qualification for the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup in France.

https://www.youtube.com/v/rFLCw4tKZ4g

WATCH: Mariah Shade talks about the Women’s Senior Team’s preparation for a pair of International Friendlies against Panama

https://www.youtube.com/v/7V5qGSJaXPU
Title: Re: Women Warriors Thread
Post by: Tallman on March 12, 2018, 07:06:49 PM
WATCH: 17-year-old Kedie Johnson talks about her desire to become a professional footballer.

https://www.youtube.com/v/msKXFXj5LAE
Title: Re: Women Warriors Thread
Post by: Trini _2022 on March 13, 2018, 09:09:09 PM
Natasha Baptiste of Aston Villa women's team
Title: Re: Women Warriors Thread
Post by: asylumseeker on March 14, 2018, 06:37:03 PM
Congratulations to Amaya Ellis on signing to play at the University of Illinois. (http://fightingillini.com/news/2018/3/6/soccer-signed-amaya-ellis.aspx)
Title: St. Louis to captain Trinidad and Tobago Women in friendlies versus Panama
Post by: Tallman on March 16, 2018, 01:47:49 PM
St. Louis to captain Trinidad and Tobago Women in friendlies versus Panama
TTFA Media


Midfielder Tasha St Louis will captain an 18-player Trinidad and Tobago Senior Women’s Team in international action next week in two friendlies against Panama’s Senior Women’s Team.

Tickets will cost $20 per match and will be available on sale at the venue on matchdays. The first game at the TTFA Home of Football venue in Couva kicks off at 6:30pm on Thursday March 22nd. The same will apply for the second friendly between the two teams at the Manny Ramjohn Stadium in Marabella from 4pm on Saturday March 24th.

These matches will serve as warm ups for the National team as they prepare for CFU Cup action in April and the start of the CONCACAF Caribbean World Cup qualifiers in May towards the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France.

Head Coach Jamaal Shabazz has called an 18-player squad for the two games which includes a few overseas-based players including US-based goalkeeper Nicolette Craig, Shanelle Arjoon of West Texas A&M University, forward Andrea Young of Canadian club Ottawa Fury, US-based defender Jenelle Cunningham and midfielder Naomie Guerra of William Carey University. Tasha St Louis is the team captain

Canadian-based defender Arin King was not considered due to a knee injury while goalkeeper Kimika Forbes has been ruled out until June at least, according to team manager Jinelle James, after sustaining an ankle injury while on duty with her Colombian club Independiente Santa Fe.

One of the current home-based players,Mariah Shade, who has played professionally in France, said the local team is eagerly anticipating the upcoming contests.

“We are very much excited and eagerly awaiting these two games. We have been hard at training and now it’s just an opportunity to implement what we’ve been working on with our new coach Jamaal Shabazz,” Shade told TTFA Media.

“We know that it’s important for us to come out and put on a good show in preparation for our tournament coming up.

“We have a lot of players who were left heartbroken in our last qualifying campaign so we know this is another opportunity for us to come together once again and work hard to achieve this goal of qualifying for a World Cup and therefore it’s very important for us.

“We’ve been putting in a lot of work and we’ve been getting better with a consistent training programme over the past few months. It’s a younger team this time with a few of the experienced players involved still from the previous campaign so it’s a chance for us to mesh and continue building that chemistry in these two games against Panama.

“We will like for the fans to continue their support and come out and back us from early because our intention is to go all the way in the qualifications and we will really appreciate every bit of support we can get,” Shade added.

T&T Squad

Goalkeepers
Nicolette Craig (Essex County College), Tenesha Palmer (St Ann’s Rangers)

Defenders
Patrice Superville (QPCC), Jonelle Cato (Trincity Nationals), Anastasia Prescott (QPCC), Jenelle Cunningham (Real Dimension), Ayana Russell (QPCC), Natisha John (Trincity Nationals)

Midfielders
Tasha St Louis (Real Dimension), Karyn Forbes (Real Dimension), Janine Francois (Real Dimension), Naomie Guerra (William Carey University), Shanelle Arjoon (West Texas A&M), Kedie Johnson (St Augustine), Shenieka Paul (Petrotrin),

Forwards
Mariah Shade (Petrotrin), Natasha St Louis (St Ann’s Rangers), Andrea Young (Ottawa Fury)
Title: Re: Women Warriors Thread
Post by: maxg on March 16, 2018, 03:39:36 PM
Arin King has retired or unlisted or hurt ?
Title: Re: Women Warriors Thread
Post by: asylumseeker on March 16, 2018, 03:43:14 PM
Quote
Canadian-based defender Arin King was not considered due to a knee injury while goalkeeper Kimika Forbes has been ruled out until June at least, according to team manager Jinelle James, after sustaining an ankle injury while on duty with her Colombian club Independiente Santa Fe.

Re: the thin goalkeeper situation, whatever happened to Rebecca Almandoz?
Title: Re: Women Warriors Thread
Post by: Tallman on March 16, 2018, 04:47:20 PM
Quote
Canadian-based defender Arin King was not considered due to a knee injury while goalkeeper Kimika Forbes has been ruled out until June at least, according to team manager Jinelle James, after sustaining an ankle injury while on duty with her Colombian club Independiente Santa Fe.

Re: the thin goalkeeper situation, whatever happened to Rebecca Almandoz?

Lawrence Technological University (http://www.ltuathletics.com/roster/15/5/2830.php)
Title: Re: Women Warriors Thread
Post by: royal on March 16, 2018, 06:10:15 PM
Quote
Canadian-based defender Arin King was not considered due to a knee injury while goalkeeper Kimika Forbes has been ruled out until June at least, according to team manager Jinelle James, after sustaining an ankle injury while on duty with her Colombian club Independiente Santa Fe.

Re: the thin goalkeeper situation, whatever happened to Rebecca Almandoz?

Lawrence Technological University (http://www.ltuathletics.com/roster/15/5/2830.php)

wha happen to de Buffalo keeper?  she blank dem?
Title: Re: Women Warriors Thread
Post by: maxg on March 16, 2018, 11:14:59 PM
Quote
Canadian-based defender Arin King was not considered due to a knee injury while goalkeeper Kimika Forbes has been ruled out until June at least, according to team manager Jinelle James, after sustaining an ankle injury while on duty with her Colombian club Independiente Santa Fe.

Re: the thin goalkeeper situation, whatever yhappened to Rebecca Almandoz?
thanks..missed that paragraph..
The Debesette sisters are also on the West texas team, unavailable ?
Title: Re: Women Warriors Thread
Post by: royal on March 17, 2018, 07:43:57 AM

Does de TTFA know about this girl?

Makela Davidson - 2017 Women's Soccer - Howard University
 
   (http://www.hubison.com/images/2017/8/17//headshot_1_Davidson_Makela.JPG)
#5 Makela Davidson

Position: Forward
Height: 5-7
Class: Junior
Hometown: Hyattsville, MD
Prev School: @player_prevschool@
Title: Re: Women Warriors Thread
Post by: MEP on March 17, 2018, 10:45:25 AM

Does de TTFA know about this girl?

Makela Davidson - 2017 Women's Soccer - Howard University
 
   (http://www.hubison.com/images/2017/8/17//headshot_1_Davidson_Makela.JPG)
#5 Makela Davidson

Position: Forward
Height: 5-7
Class: Junior
Hometown: Hyattsville, MD
Prev School: @player_prevschool@


If you have to ask then probably no
Title: Re: Women Warriors Thread
Post by: Deeks on March 17, 2018, 05:03:23 PM
I think Makela had trials with lower age groups, a couple years ago. They should know about her. I don't know if they remember her. She was injured and has fully recuperated. I really don't know what is the situation with Makela and the TTFA.
Title: Panama Women arrive for friendlies on Tuesday
Post by: Tallman on March 19, 2018, 05:49:23 PM
Panama Women arrive for friendlies on Tuesday
ttfootball.org


Panama’s Senior Women’s Team will arrive in Port of Spain on Tuesday evening ahead of two international warm up matches against Trinidad and Tobago at the Ato Boldon Stadium from 6:30pm on Thursday and at the Manny Ramjohn Stadium on Saturday from 4pm.

Panama are preparing for upcoming France 2019 World Cup qualifying action, just as Trinidad and Tobago and both teams will be entering their first bit of international action for the 2018 calendar. Currently an 18-player squad is in training under head coach Jamaal Shabazz and is captained by veteran Tasha St Louis.

With the two matches on the cards,  TTFA technical director Anton Corneal is optimistic that the T&T team will grab these two friendlies and use it 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 told TTFA Media.

“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 they 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 kickstart their campaign for the World Cup in France next year,” Corneal added.

Team skipper St Louis backed up Corneal’s words, saying, “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 Thursday’s match are priced at $20 and will be available at the venue on game day. The same applies for the second match on Saturday in Marabella.

Meantime, St Louis and her teammates can look forward to some much welcomed additional international football as T&T have been named as one of the hosts for the upcoming Caribbean Football Union Women’s Challenge Series 2018. This is a separate tournament from the Concacaf Caribbean Women’s World Cup qualification which starts in May.

Twenty teams from the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) will be in the hunt for top honors in the CFU Women’s Challenge Series.The competition is scheduled for April and will be played across five venues. T&T will host one group at the TTFA Home of Football, Ato Boldon Stadium. Other groups will be played at Warner Park Sporting Complex in St. Kitts; UWI JFF Captain Horace Burrell Center of Excellence in Jamaica; Stade Sylvia Cator in Haiti and Antigua Recreation Grounds in Antigua.

CFU Interim President Randolph Harris said the Challenge Series addresses a dearth of competitive play for women footballers in the Caribbean and is a welcome addition to the calendar.

“This is both exciting and productive for our Member Associations. The respective women’s national teams have been itching to get off the mark for some time, so we are confident that the competition will redound to the benefit of the teams and football fans across the region,” Harris said.

The groups are 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.

T&T will play Suriname on April 25th, Grenada on April 28th and Guyana on April 30th.

The CFU Women’s Challenge Series will be played over a period from April 18-29, 2018. Medals will be awarded to the group winners and runners-up.
Title: Re: Women Warriors Thread
Post by: Flex on March 20, 2018, 12:41:58 AM
Arjoon eager to get kickin’ against Panama.
By Shakira Thompson (TTFA).


West Texas A&M and national midfielder Shanelle Arjoon has joined the current squad that will face off against Panama in two international friendlies later on this week.

The friendlies will serve as preparations for the ladies who will be hosting a group in  the CFU leg of the FIFA Women’s World Cup, which will be held in France. Arjoon extended to TTFA Media how important it is for the team to get the practice matches.

“I think it would be beneficial to the team in terms of getting the necessary preparation. I don’t think the games would be easy at all so we just have to try to win and give our best effort” said the tricky midfielder. Arjoon is also in high hope for the qualifiers in May as she believes that the team’s hard work and sacrifice will reap great rewards. “I think we’d do really well considering the amount of work we have been putting in from early, we usually start like two weeks before. ” Arjoon continued.

Currently attending West Texas A&M in her junior year, the player praised the intensity of the training program as she told us “The training sessions are very intense and productive and I think we’re doing well as a team and we’re just looking forward to getting better collectively and individually.”

The National Senior Women’s team will be hosting two tournaments and at least three international friendlies within the space of two months and home advantage is critical for the team. “I think it would be critical for the fans to come out and support us as it would add to our motivation and we’ll want to make them all proud”, Arjoon lamented.

T&T will face Panama on Thursday 22nd March at the Ato Boldon Stadium from 6:30 PM while two days later the venue will shift to the Mannie Ramjohn Stadium for game two. Tickets cost just $20 and will be sold on game day.

Title: Re: Women Warriors Thread
Post by: Tallman on March 20, 2018, 06:56:18 AM
WATCH: Promo for Trinidad and Tobago Women vs Panama.

https://www.youtube.com/v/C7bLUjFfLXg
Title: Shabazz sees opportunity for Senior Women to make a statement
Post by: Tallman on March 20, 2018, 05:33:06 PM
Shabazz sees opportunity for Senior Women to make a statement
TTFA Media


National Women’s Senior Team head coach Jamaal Shabazz says that the upcoming period for the current Women footballers is a critical one as skipper Tasha St Louis are beginning to understand the importance of their roles as ambassadors and leaders in society as women.

Shabazz was speaking ahead of a training session at the Ato Boldon Stadium, the TTFA Home of Football on Tuesday as the team prepares for Thursday’s International Friendly against Panama at the Couva venue at 6:30pm.

“I think the senior women’s national team players are seeing more and more how important it is for them to step up individually and collectively. They have seen the appointment of a Woman President, first ever in our country and the whole of domestic violence that pervades the society now, I think sport allows females that opportunity to make a statement on the pitch and by whatever little they can do.

“They are not police officers or lawyers. They are football players and they can perform and excel, it gives them that added credence to make statements that can be very powerful,” Shabazz told TTFA Media.

In relation to Thursday’s first of two friendlies, Shabazz added, “It’s a squad that is one that is rebuilding so these matches will certainly test us and answer a lot of questions as to where we are presently. There is new blood in this team. We brought in five players from the Under 20s and two from the Under 17s.

“I think we are at a stage where we need to widen the pool and friendly matches allows the coaches to give caps to players that are not as experience and to play alongside players who have experience. Tasha St Louis and Karyn Forbes are two of the more experienced players that will be on the pitch but then you have youngsters like Shenelle Arjoon and Naomie Guerra who just came back from scholarship to join the squad and you have even younger players like Aliyah Prince, Kedie Johnson and Natisha John from the Under 20s and Under 17s who are also eager to play in matches like these,”

Arjoon added that she was definitely anticipating a senior team appearance in either of the two games,

“I think it would be beneficial to the team in terms of getting the necessary preparation. I don’t think the games would be easy at all so we just have to try to win and give our best effort” she said.

“I think we’d do really well considering the amount of work we have been putting in from early, we usually start like two weeks before. ” Arjoon continued.

Tickets cost $20 for each match and will be on sale at the venues on both game days.

https://www.youtube.com/v/xP42ywGL6NU
Title: Trinidad and Tobago Women tangle with Panama at Ato Boldon Stadium
Post by: Tallman on March 21, 2018, 06:52:47 PM
Trinidad and Tobago Women tangle with Panama at Ato Boldon Stadium
TTFA Media


Trinidad and Tobago Women’s head coach is hoping for a fairly sizeable crowd at the Ato Boldon Stadium tomorrow evening when this country’s national team take on Panama in the first of two international friendlies at 6:30pm.

For a cost of $20, fans will be able to see the Tasha St Louis skippered team kickstart their 2018 campaign as they continue their preparation towards the start of the CONCACAF Caribbean Women’s World Cup qualifiers for France 2019. Both teams also meet on Saturday at Manny Ramjohn Stadium at 4pm.

According to Shabazz, apart from looking to see how well his team adapts to the physical demands of the match, he wants them to show up with a strong mental attitude in front of their home fans.

“What we are looking for from this game on Thursday is to see the girls put down the boogie of playing at home, the nervousness, as it’s going to be a tough opponent. We’ve got to get them accustomed to playing in front of their home crowd and being able to take that tension and that type of pressure,” Shabazz told TTFA Media.

“We are looking to see how they try to play in the game and implement some of the things we’ve done in training.

“Of course it’s everybody wish and dream for us to qualify for the World Cup.But more importantly these games are also to help us widen our pool and to show how have they adapted tactically and physically to the demand of international football,” Shabazz added.

Janine Francois, one of the surviving members the 2014 squad that narrowly missed out on qualification for the last Women’s World Cup, is excited about the team’s upcoming campaign.

“I’m excited and all the girls are really looking forward to these two games and then the two tournaments coming up. We’ve been working constantly over an extended period and now it’s up to us to show it on the pitch. I think these games will give us a very good test to see where we’re at and hopefully the exercise will turn out to be beneficial for us,” Francois said.

The Panama team trained at around 4pm at the venue prior to T&T’s late evening session at the TTFA Home of Football. Panama’s best showing in regional competition was a quarter-final finish at the 2006 Women’s CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Panama head coach Victor Suarez is also looking forward to the encounter saying “It’s a good opportunity for us to be in Trinidad and Tobago for the match. It’s a good practice for us for our preparations and we are looking forward to two well contested matches.”

https://www.youtube.com/v/Ddqy7mlINW0

https://www.youtube.com/v/EWc6kPW9Hnc
Title: Re: Women Warriors Thread
Post by: Flex on March 22, 2018, 02:11:05 AM
Shabazz concerned over depth in T&T women’s football.
By Joel Bailey (Newsday).


JAMAAL SHABAZZ, coach of the Trinidad and Tobago women’s football team, is concerned over the depth of quality players available for selection, as the squad prepare for the start of their 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup campaign.

The national team will play Panama in a pair of friendly internationals, at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva tomorrow and at the Manny Ramjohn Stadium in Marabella on Saturday.

The women’s team are also scheduled to feature in the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Women’s Challenge Series, from April 18-29, before the World Cup qualifiers kick off in March.

Shabazz, speaking before a training session at the aforementioned Couva venue yesterday, expressed his immediate concern over the future crop of T&T women’s players.

“We’ve got to build, not just a team for the next (qualifiers) but build the programme so we could be able to turn out more players,” said Shabazz. “Right now, the amount of players graduating to the (women’s team) is frightening.”

Asked to elaborate, Shabazz replied, “We’re not seeing the immediate replacements for the Tasha St Louis, Maylee Attin-Johnson, Ahkeela Mollon. We have the elite programme but that’s still four (to) five years down the road. We’ve seen talent but what will bring that talent to the readiness to say, ‘this is a senior national player’.”

However, Shabazz’s immediate focus is ensuring that the women’s team gain adequate preparations ahead of their World Cup Qualifiers.

“It’s just what the doctor ordered before you go into (the Qualifiers), against a Central American opponent,” said the T&T coach. “This is really good for us because Central Americans teams are usually (better than) the Caribbean teams. We’ll look to answer a lot of questions about how our preparations have been going.”

Trinidad and Tobago failed in three attempts to book a spot in the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada.

A few players from that squad will be involved in the Panama matches.

Shabazz admitted, “We have a couple players like Tasha St Louis, Ayanna Russell, Patrice Superville who are coming to the evening of their careers. We’ve tried to re-introduce some of the players like Karyn Forbes (and) Mariah Shade who still have something in them.

“But we’re also using this as an opportunity to integrate some of the U-20s who have shown the ability to step up to the other level,” he continued. “It gives us time to integrate the players and to widen the pool so that, if for some reason the veterans (are) unable to participate, we can call on some of the younger ones.”

Shabazz also stated that plans are afoot to get another pair of friendly matches, against Costa Rica, within the next few weeks.

Shabazz, who was in charge of the national Under-20 women’s team during their ill-fated CONCACAF Championships, which were staged at the Ato Boldon Stadium, hopes that some of those selected on the ‘senior’ team will be able to cope with the pressure of playing at home.

“The friendly matches provide an opportunity for them playing at home and to better deal with the psychological pressure,” said Shabazz. “Playing in front the home crowd provides a different type of pressure for the younger ones. The more we can do it and the more successful the results, we expect their confidence to build.”

Concerning the players who are either born/resident or based in North America, Shabazz said, “We’ve been in contact with every single player who is eligible to play for the national team. We’ve even started to identify new ones.

“The response has been decent,” he added. “We’ve brought in four for these matches and, for the matches to come, we intend to mix it up a bit, and as they become available, invite more and more.”

Referring to the friendly games, as well as the Challenge Series, the ex-national and Guyana men’s team coach said, “It’s a great opportunity to start widening the pool and becoming more competitive.”

Title: Re: Women Warriors Thread
Post by: asylumseeker on March 22, 2018, 04:36:32 PM
No streaming I suppose ...

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Title: Re: Women Warriors Thread
Post by: asylumseeker on March 22, 2018, 05:10:08 PM
We're leading 1-0. About 15 minutes left in the first half.
Title: Re: Women Warriors Thread
Post by: asylumseeker on March 22, 2018, 05:19:13 PM
1-1. Equalising goal by Natalia Mills (PAN) on her birthday.
Title: Re: Women Warriors Thread
Post by: asylumseeker on March 22, 2018, 05:26:50 PM
Panama has taken the lead courtesy Laurie Batista. 2-1.
Title: Re: Women Warriors Thread
Post by: asylumseeker on March 22, 2018, 05:40:21 PM
HALF TIME SCORE: 2-1.

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Title: Re: Women Warriors Thread
Post by: asylumseeker on March 22, 2018, 06:31:02 PM
FULL TIME SCORE: 2-1.

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Title: Re: Women Warriors Thread
Post by: Tallman on March 22, 2018, 06:36:36 PM
FINAL: Trinidad and Tobago Women 1-2 Panama Women. T&T’s goal was scored by Shanelle Arjoon (31’). Goals for Panama by Natalia Mills (36’) and Laurie Batista (41’).

Continuation of a theme set by the U-20s. Take the lead, but can't hold it.

T&T Women fall 2-1 to Panama.
TTFA Media.


Trinidad and Tobago gave up a first half lead to Panama, being turned away 2-1 losers in the first of two friendlies at the Ato Boldon Stadium on Thursday night.

Both teams came together for a much needed warm-up and the stage was set for an interesting encounter with T&T fielding a team inclusive of a few of its experienced players led by captain Tasha St Louis and youngsters such as Shenelle Arjoon and Naomie Guerra.

T&T struck first in fine fashion when Arjoon clinically headed home in the 31st minute, following a proper right-side delivery by former France-based pro Mariah Shade. T&T’s lead which came against the run of play as Panama settled earlier, lasted just over five minutes  as Panama captain Natalia Mills tied t up with comfortable finish

And three minutes before the break, Laurie Batista scored what turned out to be the winning item.

T&T were without the injured duo of goalkeeper Kimika Forbes and Arin King.

Both teams will meet again from 4pm on Saturday at the Manny Ramjohn Stadium in Marabella. Tickets cost $20 and will be on sale at the venue.

Shabazz remarks following T&T Women's 2-1 loss to Panama (https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=218&v=UZG9cfQPUlw)

Results

Trinidad and Tobago 1 (Shanelle Arjoon 31) v Panama 2 (Natalia Mills 37, Laurie Batista 42) at Ato Boldon Stadium.

(Teams - by Wired868)

Trinidad and Tobago (4-2-3-1): 1.Nicolette Craig (GK); 8.Patrice Superville, 2.Ayana Russell (3.Anastasia Prescott 83), 5.Jenelle Cunningham (6.Natasha St Louis 74), 7.Jonelle Cato; 14.Karyn Forbes, 10.Tasha St Louis (captain); 9.Mariah Shade (15.Kedie Johnson 84), 11.Janine Francois (13.Shenieka Paul 83), 12.Shanelle Arjoon; 17.Andrea Young (18.Naomie Guerra 46).

Unused substitutes: 21.Tenesha Palmer (GK), 16.Nathifa Hackshaw.

Coach: Jamaal Shabazz

Panama (4-2-2-2): 1.Yenith Bailey (GK); 16.Katherine Lineth, 4.Hilary Jaen, 5.Yomira Pinzon, 3.Maria Murillo; 2.Laurie Batista (7.Yasil Atencio 84), 14.Aldrith Quintero; 6.Kenia Rangel, 19.Natalia Mills (captain) (11.Maria Guevara 69); 9.Karla Riley (10.Schiandra Gonzales 84), 15.Lineth Cedeno (18.Erika Hernandez 68).

Unused substitutes: 12.Sasha Fabrega (GK), 8.Rebeca Espinoza, 13.Onelys Alvarado, 17.Anuvis Angulo.

Coach: Victor Suarez

Referee: Crystal Sobers

Type: Friendly international

Title: Re: Women Warriors Thread
Post by: Flex on March 24, 2018, 04:46:42 AM
T&T women beaten by Panama 2-1 in friendly.
By Nickolai Madray (Newsday).


Shabazz says lack of fitness,matches caused defeat

Trinidad and Tobago’s senior women lost in their international friendly match against Panama 2-1 as the visitors came-back at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva, on Thursday night.

T&T women started on the attack as they looked for the opener in the early minutes of the game. T&T’s skipper, Tasha St Louis, tried to supply the local team as she whipped in a corner in the 12th minute, however, Jenelle Cunningham’s shot from inside the box skied over the crossbar.

Panama’s Laurie Lopez tried an audacious effort from outside the 18-yard box, in the 22nd minute, but her shot also sailed just over the bar. T&T women had a terrific opportunity in the 25th minute when St Louis picked out Janine Francois in the penalty area. The captain wonderfully found her team-mate, however, despite Francois turning her defender exquisitely, the forward’s trickling shot was cleared off the line by Panama’s last defender.

T&T managed to break the deadlock in the 33rd minute when Shanelle Arjoon got her powerful header past Panama’s custodian, Yenith Bailey De La Cruz. The local attacker made her way into the box and timed her jump to perfection when she made contact with Mariah Shade’s cross.

In the 36th minute, Panama’s captain, Natalia Urrunaga, pulled her team back level when she was played in, behind T&Ts defence and curled her shot past T&T’s goalkeeper, Nicolette Craig. Panama then took the lead just before the half, via Lopez, as the Panamanian’s pried open TT’s defence once again and the attacker got her toe on the ball to poke it past the onrushing Craig.

T&T came out the tunnel as the stronger side, creating two quick chances soon after the resumption. The ball fell kindly for Francois in the 47th minute, however, the striker went for power and mistimed her connection as the chance went flying away. Shade then tried to find the bottom corner of the goal with her shot from outside the penalty area, but the opponent’s custodian got down in time to make the fingertip save in the 49th minute.

Kayrn Forbes also tested Bailey De La Cruz in the 52nd minute with her effort from a long distance free kick. The scores remained the same as chances were limited by both defences where Panama managed to hold on to the 2-1 lead.

Speaking after the match, T&T’s head coach, Jamal Shabazz, expressed that a lack of fitness and international matches were the causes of his team not being able to walk away with a victory.

During the post-match press conference, Shabazz stated, “I saw a bit of rust falling off some of them after being out of international matches. It was a good exercise for us, and after not being on the field since March last year, this was the kind of game that wakes up the team and gets us reactivated.” He continued, “Inexperience in terms of the back four not being cohesive enough was also a factor as the players were not accustomed to the playing with each other.”

Both teams will face each other again this evening in another friendly at the Mannie Ramjohn Stadium in Marabella. Admission to the venue costs TT $20.

Line-ups:

Trinidad and Tobago – Nicolette Craig (GK), Ayana Russell (Anastasia Prescott), Jenelle Cunningham (Natasha St. Louis), Jonelle Cato, Patrice Superville, Mariah Shade (Kedie Johnson), Tasha St. Louis (C), Janine Francois (Shenieka Paul), Shanelle Arjoon, Karyn Forbes, Andrea Young (Naomie Guerra).

Panama – Yenith Bailey De La Cruz (GK), Laurie Lopez (Yasli Rios), Maria Murillo, Hilary Rodriguez, Yomira Rios, Kenia Villareal, Karla Serracin (Anuvis Castillo), Aldrith Humphries, Lineth Valderrama, Kathrine Marcias (Schiandra Jurado), Natalia Urrunaga (C) (Maria Sanchez).

Title: Re: Women Warriors Thread
Post by: Tallman on March 24, 2018, 04:12:37 PM
FINAL: Trinidad and Tobago Women 1-1 Panama Women. T&T’s goal scored by Patrice Superville (56'). Panama’s goal by Yomira Pinzón (83’).
Title: Re: Women Warriors Thread
Post by: Tallman on March 24, 2018, 04:16:29 PM
WATCH: Highlights of Trinidad and Tobago Women’s 2-1 loss to Panama

https://www.youtube.com/v/gOaRpmv6Q_k

https://www.youtube.com/v/o1vBrC2p9zw
Title: Re: Women Warriors Thread
Post by: Socapro on March 24, 2018, 06:04:14 PM
At least they did not lose the 2nd game which shows signs of improvement. Pity they couldn't hold on for the win!
Title: Re: Women Warriors Thread
Post by: Flex on March 25, 2018, 01:50:35 AM
Soca Princesses draw 1-1.
T&T Guardian Reports.


A thunderous shot from overlapping Panama defender Yomira Pinzon in the 87th minute assured her team a share of the points against T&T in the teams second International Friendly clash at the Manny Ramjohn Stadium, Marabella, yesterday.

The host thought it had gotten revenge for Thursday's 2-1 loss when Patrice Superville scored in the 57th minute, but then the stocky defender stepped up from a free-kick and unleashed a powerful shot that struck the underside of the crossbar before going in for the equalizer.

Earlier, the visitors though they had scored when captain Natalia Mills' low shot seem heading to goal, but goalkeeper Tenesha Palmer, who came into the team as a replacement for Nicolette Craig, tipped the ball wide.

After being beaten on Thursday the home team dominated the opening session and had only themselves to blame for the amount of missed chances.

Superville was the architect of an opening goal but after her right side cross fell nicely for captain Tasha St Louis, the veteran player dragged it too wide before her eventual shot went into the side netting.

But for all the T&T dominance it was the Panamanians who got the best chance at goal in the first half. Mills put Anuvis Angulo on a one-on-one with Palmer, and with the goal at her mercy she shot straight to the out stretched arms of the custodian.

After the break T&T got the goal it was hoping for when St Louis skillfully threaded a pass to Superville, who toe-poke the ball past the onrushing Yenith Bailey in the 57th.

But the visitors never gave up and were rewarded in the 87th item to end the two game and their tour with a victory and a draw.

T&T TEAM - Ayana Russell, Jinelle Cato, Patrice Superville, Mariah Shade, Tasha St Louis, Janine François, Shenelle Arjoon. Karyn Forbes, Kedie Johnson, Naomie Guerra, Tenesha Palmer.

RELATED NEWS

T&T Senior Women battle to 1-1 draw with Panama.
TTFA Media.


Trinidad and Tobago’s Senior Women and Panama battled to a 1-1 draw in the second of two friendlies at the Manny Ramjohn Stadium on Saturday.

Patrice Superville gave the hosts a 57th minute lead when she timed her run to perfection to get on the end of Shenieka Paul’s reverse pass and slotted the ball into the back of the net

However, an 82nd minute free-kick by Kenia Villareal was enough to give the visitors an equaliser as the match ended 1-1 with both teams having a strong go in search of a late winner.

T&T  kept the early pressure on the visitors when Kedie Johnson’s eighth minute free-kick from the left flank forced a near-post save from Panama’s goalkeeper, Sasha Bosquez.

Chances kept presenting themselves for the hosts but Naomi Guerra’s shot went well over the cross-bar in the 12th minute while, two minutes later, a scramble for a loose ball in the six-yard box was only snuffed out by Bosquez.

Panama had their first real opportunity in the 19th minute but it was wonderfully intercepted by T&T’s defender, Ayana Russell. Panama had another golden chance in the 32th minute when their captain Natalia Urrunaga played an exquisite through ball for her teammate Rebeca Justavino, to be one on one with TT’s custodian Tenesha Palmer. But Palmer got her hand up in time to stop Justavino’s shot with her outstretched fingertips.

The second half saw the Panamanians piling on the pressure as they made a couple changes and tried to create chances of their own. Substitute, Kenia Villareal, danced her way through the middle of the field and unleashed a shot that was destined for the corner of the net in the 50th. Palmer got her fingertips on the ball and looked as though it would take something special to get the ball past her.

Superville gave the hosts a lead in the 57th minute after she timed her run to perfection and got on the end of Shenieka Paul’s reverse pass and slotted the ball into the back of the net. The goal opened up the game but both defences remained resilient.

Panama were then awarded a free-kick in the 75th where another substitute, Yasli Rios, smashed the ball straight into the wall. Yomira Rios took the responsibility moments later when the visitors were given another free-kick in the 82nd minute. The elder sister made no mistake when she rifled the ball onto the underside of the crossbar and the ball ricocheted past the line, into the back of the net.

T&T next scheduled set of matches are in April in the CFU Challenge Series where they will face Suriname on April 25th, Grenada April 28th and and Guyana on April 30th.

Teams

Trinidad and Tobago: 21.Tenesha Palmer (GK); 7.Jonelle Cato, 2.Ayana Russell, 14.Karyn Forbes (3.Anastasia Prescott), 15.Kedie Johnson(13.Shenieka Paul); 8.Patrice Superville, 18.Naomie Guerra, 11.Janine Francois (6.Natasha St Louis), 12.Shanelle Arjoon (17.Andrea Young); 10.Tasha St Louis (captain), 9.Mariah Shade.

Subs not used: 1.Nicolette Craig (GK), 16.Nathifa Hackshaw.

Head Coach: Jamaal Shabazz

Panama: 12.Sasha Fabrega (GK) (1.Yenith Bailey); 13.Onelys Alvarado (7.Yasil Atencio), 8.Rebeca Espinoza (16.Katherine Castillo), 5.Yomira Pinzon, 3.Maria Murillo (4.Hilary Jaen); 2.Laurie Batista (11.Maria Guevara),14.Aldrith Quintero; 6.Kenia Rangel, 9.Karla Riley (10.Schiandra Gonzales); 19.Natalia Mills (captain), 17.Anuvis Angulo (15.Lineth Cedeno)

Subs not used: 18.Erika Hernandez

Head Coach: Victor Suarez

Referee: Crystal Sobers

Shabazz: Arjoon ready for senior football; St Louis experiment pays dividends in Panama tie.
By Amiel Mohammed (Wired868).


The Trinidad and Tobago Women’s National Senior Team ended their two-match exhibition series against Panama with a 1-1 draw at the Mannie Ramjohn Stadium in Marabella on Saturday, after again conceding a late goal.

The result continued an odd sequence for coach Jamaal Shabazz, whose Under-20 and Senior teams have led in five straight matches without once holding on for a win. Today, though, they did contrive to stave off defeat for the first time in this calendar year.

In this latest encounter, however, many, including Shabazz, will argue that the Women Soca Warriors were a bit unlucky.

“We did well, scored again as usual,” Shabazz told the assembled media, “but that was a brilliant equaliser by them. I don’t think our goalkeeper, even if she had two rods, could have gotten that one.

“I thought in the last game the quality of the passing wasn’t as it was today. We had more ball movement and created some decent chances.”

After Trinidad and Tobago full-back Patrice Superville opened the scoring in the 57th minute off a brilliant reverse pass from captain Tasha St Louis, Panama midfielder Yomira Pinzón managed a spectacular equaliser for the Central American outfit in the 87th minute with a 25-yard free kick that went in off the underside of the bar.

It was a goal worthy of winning any contest and was a sucker punch for starting goalkeeper Teneisha Palmer, who had hardly put a foot wrong during the contest.

One of three changes to the line-up, Palmer, replacing Nicolette Craig in the line-up for Thursday’s first game, conjured two excellent saves to deny the visitors. Midfielder Naomie Guerra and teenaged winger Kedie Johnson were the other changes, replacing Jenelle Cunningham and Andrea Young respectively.

In contrast, Panama, currently unranked by FIFA owing to inactivity over the past 18 months, made six changes to their starting team and gave virtually their entire bench a run-out in the second half.

“It was important for us that some of our youngsters got to play,” said Shabazz. “Finding out how best we can use the players, in different roles, in different positions, I think was a bigger concern (than the result). I need to know these players; these are new players for me.”

As in the first encounter, Shabazz shuffled his players around the pitch and, in some cases, deployed them in completely different positions from in Thursday’s game.

Superville started the game on the right wing with Karyn Forbes pushed to centre-back and young attacker Johnson sent to cut her teeth at left-back.

Captain St Louis was allowed the free role up top, which Shabazz has previously stated may be the best use of the veteran attacker in the future. The tactic paid dividends as it was she who produced the magic that created the opener.

After a first half in which the hosts had been unable to capitalise on their dominance, St Louis picked up the ball in the centre circle and began advancing to the right flank where Mariah Shade remained unmarked. The crowd cried out for her to pass to the advancing Shade but the 34-year-old attacker had other plans.

Leaving at least four Panamanian defenders statuesque, she executed a superb, pin-point reverse pass that scythed through them like a knife through butter to find the overlapping Superville inside the 18-yard box. Superville, who had by then been switched to left-back, put the finishing touch to poke home beyond the onrushing Fabrega in the Panamian goal.

It was a moment of rare class from St Louis on a day when the player who shone brightest was one of the newbies, who confirmed that she belonged on the Senior Team stage.

Picking up where she left off after Thursday’s goal-scoring performance, Shanelle Arjoon was a constant bag of tricks and a persistent thorn in the visitors’ side.

“She is certainly showing that she is ready for senior football,” a pleased Shabazz told the media. “Even in the training sessions, she did the highest in the yoyo test… We are very happy with her graduation into the Senior Team.”

Young Arjoon, MVP in the Women’s Under-17 Caribbean tournament in 2013, was shifted into various positions on the pitch by Shabazz, seeking to ascertain how she would adapt. She did have a few nervous moments but her coach was pleased with her overall output.

“We have got to get her to do things a little different,” he explained. “I think at times she tries to do some magic in positions that she doesn’t need to try and it gets scary at times but, you know, culturally, it’s good… It adds that this young girl from Central/South Trinidad could go on scholarship and come back and thrill the crowd.

“These games give us that opportunity without the pressure of a tournament, the pressure of having to get a result […] to have younger players on the pitch so that the pool could be wider.”

Despite Shabazz’s philosophising, the fact is that his Women Soca Warriors have now gone five matches without a win—just the last two of those results were under Shabazz—in a barren run that started with a 5-0 Olympic qualifying loss to USA on 20 February, 2016.

“Overall, yes, we want the results,” he attempted to console himself and the fans, “but we are at the building phase. When the house is now building and we are focusing on the foundation, the foundation does not look so good. So when you are finished building the house, then we can say this is good, etc.

“After the hardship will come the ease. Keep the focus.”

The Women Warriors’ next taste of action will come in the CFU Challenge Series when they play Suriname (25 April), Grenada (28 April) and Guyana (30 April).

Title: Re: Women Warriors Thread
Post by: Tallman on March 26, 2018, 02:11:20 PM
WATCH: Comments from Head Coach Jamaal Shabazz after Trinidad and Tobago Women’s 1-1 draw with Panama.

https://www.youtube.com/v/Z3dAPk7O3LY

WATCH: Shanelle Arjoon talks about her debut for the Trinidad and Tobago Women’s team in the recently concluded two-match series against Panama.

https://www.youtube.com/v/ityWILeeMRA
Title: Re: Women Warriors Thread
Post by: dcs on March 27, 2018, 08:56:47 AM

Saw the first game.

Liked what I saw from Arjoon...she played all out and aggressive.
Missed a chance to score a 2nd (1st game) when the ball fell to her in the box but rushed the shot I think on her right foot.

St Louis stood out as well.

Keeper looked technically sound though not the tallest. 
Title: Draw determined for Women’s CONCACAF Caribbean World Cup qualifiers
Post by: Tallman on March 27, 2018, 08:06:22 PM
Draw determined for Women’s CONCACAF Caribbean World Cup qualifiers
TTFA Media


The groupings have been determined for the CONCACAF Caribbean Caribbean Women’s Qualifier towards the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France.

The competition kicks off in May with Trinidad and Tobago hosting one of the five qualifying groups. It was determined at the draw at CONCACAF Offices in Miami today that T&T will host Group C which will include the hosts, Dominica, Grenada, St Kitts/Nevis and US Virgin Islands. The group winners will take part in the final round scheduled for July 2018. The top three finishers of the final round will qualify for the 2018 CONCACAF Women’s Championship.

The CONCACAF Final Women’s Championship will take place in the United States from October 4th 17th from which the top three teams will qualify for the World Cup in France, while the fourth-placed team will advance to a play-off against the third-placed team from CONMEBOL. A total of eight teams will play in the tournament.

Trinidad and Tobago’s Women’ head coach Jamaal Shabazz in an immediate reaction to the draw, said that his team will by no means underestimate any of its four opponents in the opening round.

“Where we are now in the women’s game is not where we were in 2014,” Shabazz told TTFA Media.

“Therefore with the utmost respect we treat this draw and the opponents that we must face. It’s good that we played Panama in these two games and it answered some questions for us with regards to the team and its preparations,” he added.

“ Of course we are confident but we will by no means be cocky going forward into this competition, The preparation and approach will reflect that,” Shabazz stated.

T&T will have the CFU Women’s Challenge Series as further preparation in April. One of the groups will be hosted here. Twenty teams from the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) will be in the hunt for top honors in the CFU Women’s Challenge Series. The competition will be played across five venues, namely Warner Park Sporting Complex in St. Kitts; UWI JFF Captain Horace Burrell Center of Excellence in Jamaica; Stade Sylvia Cator in Haiti; Antigua Recreation Grounds in Antigua; and Ato Boldon Stadium in Trinidad.

T&T’s Group includes  Suriname (April 25th), Grenada (April 27th) and Guyana (April 30th).
Title: Re: Women Warriors Thread
Post by: Flex on April 03, 2018, 04:58:39 AM
Shabazz: We’re not where we were in 2014; Women Warriors start W/Cup campaign in May.
Wired868.com.


Trinidad and Tobago Women’s National Senior Team head coach Jamaal Shabazz has again tried to tone down expectations of the Women Soca Warriors as they prepare to kick off their France 2019 World Cup campaign.

The qualifying series begins on 5 May when Trinidad and Tobago host Dominica, Grenada, St Kitts/Nevis and the US Virgin Islands in Group C.

All five group winners advance to the final Caribbean qualifying round scheduled for 18-26 August, with the top three finishers going on to the 2018 CONCACAF Women’s Championship from 4-17 October in the United States.

CONCACAF’s top three women’s teams will qualify automatically for the France tournament while the fourth-placed nation will enter an intercontinental play-off.

The Women Warriors have been together for 13 months, under former coach Carolina Morace and then Shabazz, and, during that period, they have played four international friendlies.

However, Shabazz pointed out that the team does not have the player personnel it once did and is unlikely to top its performances in the 2015 qualifying series under coach Randy Waldrum, when they came within one result of the Canada World Cup.

“Where we are now in the women’s game is not where we were in 2014,” Shabazz told TTFA Media. “Therefore, with the utmost respect, we treat this draw and the opponents that we must face. It’s good that we played Panama in these two games and it answered some questions for us with regards to the team and its preparations.

“Of course, we are confident but we will by no means be cocky going forward into this competition. The preparation and approach will reflect that.”

The National Team will get additional warm-up action next month when they host Suriname (25 April), Grenada (27 April) and Guyana (30 April) in the CFU Challenge Series competition at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Trinidad.

The exhibition tournament should help ensure that the Women Warriors are in good shape when the World Cup qualifying series kicks off the following month.

2018 Concacaf Caribbean Women’s Qualifiers

Round One
[Host nation named first]

(Group A)

Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Anguilla, Aruba;

(Group B)

Haiti, Martinique, Jamaica, Turks and Caicos Islands, Guadeloupe;

(Group C)

Trinidad & Tobago, Dominica, US Virgin Islands, St Kitts and Nevis, Grenada;

(Group D)

Antigua & Barbuda, St Vincent and the Grenadines, St Lucia, Curaçao;

(Group E)

Guyana, Bermuda, Barbados, Suriname.

Title: Re: Women Warriors Thread
Post by: asylumseeker on July 31, 2018, 05:15:12 AM
This article (https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/jul/31/new-zealand-womens-football-coach--toxic-culture) has echoes of the Italian.
Title: Re: Women Warriors Thread
Post by: asylumseeker on August 08, 2018, 06:45:14 PM
Jamaal Shabazz has resigned from his role as Head Coach of the T&T WNT.
Title: Re: Women Warriors Thread
Post by: soccerman on August 08, 2018, 07:59:51 PM
Jamaal Shabazz has resigned from his role as Head Coach of the T&T WNT.
Never a dull moment. The sad thing is who ever comes in next will be set up for failure.
Title: Re: Women Warriors Thread
Post by: Tallman on August 16, 2018, 12:08:22 PM
Anton is de interim coach.
Title: Re: Women Warriors Thread
Post by: madness on August 18, 2018, 06:45:44 AM
Anton is de interim coach.    :banginghead: :banginghead: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl:
Title: Re: Women Warriors Thread
Post by: Flex on August 19, 2018, 04:08:17 AM
Cordner to rejoin T&T women’s football team.
By Joel Bailey (Newsday).


VETERAN WINGER Kennya “Ya Ya” Cordner will rejoin the national women’s football team, ahead of the 2018 CONCACAF Women’s Championship Qualification Caribbean Zone final round, which will take place from August 25 to September 2 in Kingston, Jamaica.

The 29-year-old, who plays for IL Sandviken in Norway, has not represented the T&T team since February 2016, during their failed campaign at the 2016 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship in the United States.

That team was handled by current coach of Police FC Pro League’s outfit Richard Hood.

On her Instagram page, Cordner wrote yesterday, “God is the boss. I’ve made the decision to rejoin the T&T (women’s team) when God speak to you because He gave you a talent to help yourself.

She continued, “Despite what (happened) in the past and all the stuff I’ve been (through) I’m still making that decision to help my country qualify for a World (Cup).

“With the guidance of God always (I) would be back and joining the team in Jamaica God spare life,” Cordner ended.

Last year Italian-born Carolina Morace, during her brief tenure as national team coach, exiled the trio of Cordner, fellow winger Ahkeela Mollon and midfielder/striker Maylee Attin-Johnson from the squad.

For varying reasons, the trio did not play under Jamaal Shabazz, who replaced Morace in July 2017.

Shabazz resigned as T&T coach a fortnight ago, after disappointing results at last month’s Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games in Barranquilla, Colombia.

Cordner has suffered a few injuries within the past year. In a video posted on her Facebook page on July 26, Cordner said, “Being out for 3 months was hard but with God I stayed strong and healed because His timing was the best timing. (I am) healed and ready to continue to allow God to fight her battles. Easy we do things trust God and His process.”

The national team, under interim coach Anton Corneal, is expected to leave for Jamaica on Wednesday.

At the CFU final round, T&T will join Antigua/Barbuda, Bermuda, Cuba and hosts Jamaica in the round-robin competition, with the top three teams progressing to the CONCACAF Women’s Championship in the United States, which will run from October 4-17.

Title: Re: Women Warriors Thread
Post by: Flex on August 21, 2018, 03:30:13 AM
Corneal maintains hope ahead of CONCACAF Caribbean Final Round.
TTFA Media.


Trinidad and Tobago Senior Women’s Team caretaker coach Anton Corneal spoke to the Press on Monday as he looked ahead to the this country’s upcoming campaign at the CONCACAF Caribbean Women’s final round of World Cup qualifying in Kingston Jamaica from August 25th-September 2nd.

T&T faces Cuba on Saturday at the National Stadium and Corneal relayed that his final squad will be disclosed in a couple days as he attempts to find replacements for the injured Mariah Shade and Rhea Belgrave. He added that Kennya Cordner will join the team in time for it’s second game in Kingston.

“Of course it is one of hope. We are going to play in a tournament. We still have a couple experienced players in the team and we have some younger players who will be pushing now to prove themselves. We have to remember that Trinidad and Tobago is still one of the more accomplished teams in the Caribbean and we have to go prove ourselves. It is a tournament where three teams will advance out of five. We are hoping that we can advance first, what position on the table we advance that is up to the tournament. But once we can get through in those three teams it gives us a chance to regroup,” Corneal stated.

Corneal talks about Women's Team preparations ahead of Caribbean Final Round Qualifiers (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0dOjbigA8BQ)

Title: Re: Women Warriors Thread
Post by: Flex on December 12, 2018, 01:54:42 AM
Waldrum can save T&T women’s football.
By Joel Bailey (Newsday).


Aftermath of failed World Cup campaign…

TWO MEMBERS of the TT women football team have thrown their support behind American-born Randy Waldrum, who recently expressed his desire to return as the team coach for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup qualifiers.

The pair, who spoke under condition of anonymity, were scathing in their views of the failed 2019 World Cup campaign, which featured three persons (Jamaal Shabazz, Anton Corneal and Shawn Cooper) holding the positions as team coach during this calendar year.

They also condemned the lack of support from the local governing body TTFA (TT Football Association) in the lead-up to the CONCACAF Women’s Championship in the United States in October.

Defenders Lauryn Hutchinson and Arin King took to social media to call for support for the T&T women programme, as well as assistance for a pre-tournament camp in Richmond, Virginia.

In September, Waldrum sent an email to the TTFA hierarchy in which he wrote, “I love your country and more importantly the players in the programme, so I would certainly entertain the possibility of returning to coach the team again.”

Waldrum noted, “I’m not so concerned about my personal financial compensation. However, I would expect a stipend while working for the team.”

Waldrum, with his son Ben as his assistant, coached the T&T women team to within one win of reaching the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada.

According to one T&T player, “Randy Waldrum and Ben Waldrum speak for themselves. I have nothing but the utmost respect for those men. They entered a foreign territory and culture and took upon themselves and their hearts to do anything for the women of TT.”

The player added, “Randy sacrificed everything for us, showed us a level of professionalism and, if he had the chance to implement his plan, we would not be a national embarrassment. And the (team) from the U-15s up, would have a stable pool.”

Another T&T stand-out noted, “We have barely any talent from our youth in Trinidad, but if Randy came back, the programme would be revived. I want Randy and Ben.

“Foreign-based players who are good would come back, he would cast a wider net and he would develop our youth. Just let Randy do his thing and we will get back to where we should be.

“Randy and Ben have had nothing but positive things to say about the Trini girls they have coached, they have helped girls go pro and play in the States.”

A lack of marketing and a lack of concern from the TTFA have been blamed for the shortage of players getting professional contracts abroad.

“Ask yourself why do national team members not have pro contracts?” one player asked. “No one markets us and no one cares.”

The players were critical of the technical staff during their disastrous CONCACAF Championships stint. T&T were beaten 3-0 by Panama (October 4), 4-1 by Mexico (October 7) and 7-0 to the hosts US (October 10).

“We did not practice at a field with goal (posts) (during) the last two practices when CONCACAF provides fields,” one player revealed. “Didn’t do set pieces until the day before the USA game on a field with no goals.”

The players added they've yet to get any payment – or even encouragement – from the TTFA, which is led by president David John-Williams.

“If you can’t sustain a women’s programme, (you) don’t have one,” one player declared. “We get no stipend, no match fee, no food money. I took a loss playing for the national team.”

The other player commented, “We were not good in CAC Games, we were not good in Jamaica (for the Caribbean Football Union final round), so how were we ever going to be good for the most important tournament we had, for (the) CONCACAF Championships.

“Over the course of April-October the team did not get better, but how did you expect to get better with three different coaches, players struggling to get to practice, and players foreign-based expected to drop everything and go into a mess of a situation in Trinidad.

“But we still sacrificed to go play for the national team because we cared.”

Italian-born Carolina Morace was named as T&T women coach in January 2017, but she resigned in June of that year, owing to unpaid salaries and differences with the TTFA.

One player pointed out, “I never had Carolina as a coach but everyone said she had a plan in place before practice, was out there early to set up, and was professional in every set of the way and players saw improvement.

“Randy Waldrum got the most out of players, had organised structure and professionalism. He always had a plan in place and could get more out of the girls than any coach in Trinidad could because he demanded respect in a professional manner.”

An issue that is prevalent they concurred was the lack of respect for foreign-based players by coaches and the local governing body.

“There has been this thing where foreign-based players get treated weirdly because they think (the players are) spoiled and entitled. No, we just see how things at home are run, and when we come to Trinidad it’s always one thing after another in how bad sessions are run, barely having treatment, paying for everything out of pocket to be on a national team I’m sorry, the women’s programme deserves more.”

Title: Re: Women Warriors Thread
Post by: Flex on December 12, 2018, 02:47:56 AM
Baron: “DJW wanted us to fail, so he could be done with us!” Reviewing T&T Women’s W/Cup campaign.
Wired868.com.


“I want real, lasting, impactful change for women’s football. David John-Williams ran his campaign on the premise of bringing women’s football to the forefront of his candidacy to lead the TTFA. Why is the Women’s National Team used a sacrificial piece to enhance these men and their chauvinistic values?

“There is no need for nice words anymore; this is the truth. There is no more being silent.”

The following is Part One of a review of Trinidad and Tobago’s unsuccessful France 2019 Women’s World Cup qualifying campaign by goalkeeper Saundra Baron:

I waited to give Wired868 this document, because I am entrusting you to give a true and honest story on the state of women’s football. I don’t care about Shawn Cooper, I don’t care about the Kennya “YaYa” Cordner drama, I don’t care about Lauryn Hutchinson’s video. I care about creating change for respect in our women’s football.

I hope you can help me create an open dialogue, so that the next Caribbean team that qualifies for a major women’s international football tournament is Trinidad and Tobago.

There are so many problems that are bigger than what happened in the CONCACAF tournament, and, yes, as embarrassing that campaign was, we must be proactive in creating a positive path forward for Trinidad and Tobago women’s football.

I have highlighted some injustices I have faced personally and opinions on decisions that have affected the growth of the women’s game. I spoke to team manager Jinelle James last week and she said no one has been paid from September or gotten their money from the last Concacaf Championship.

How do you expect to get more players to play for Trinidad when we cannot even depend on getting paid on time?

The last game against the USA was going to be boycotted but we eventually decided to play. Personally I wanted to play.

Being a foreign-based player, I do not have a first hand look at the inner workings of football in the country, and I never get to to see the good that those who care and value football in the country put forth to enhance the game from the grassroots level, secondary schools and beyond.

I can only speak on being a 12-year member of Trinidad and Tobago women’s football setup. I want real, lasting, impactful change for women’s football.

David John-Williams ran his campaign on the premise of bringing women’s football to the forefront of his candidacy to lead the TTFA. Why is the Women’s National Team used a sacrificial piece to enhance these men and their chauvinistic values?

There is no need for nice words anymore; this is the truth. There is no more being silent.

If anyone in the TTFA truly cared about women’s football that 2015 World Cup campaign would have been built upon, and sustained success would have come from women’s football in the country. That starts with the shortcomings of the last president and the one we have now. Nothing but corruption in our country is destroying the beautiful game.

First, I want to the address our pre-tournament training camp in North Carolina. The mood going into camp was always going to be one of uncertainty and under-preparedness; one that the TTFA helped create.

Right after the CAC Games no one had a plan in place, so we were barely prepared and apparently had to beg to even get our players flown into Jamaica [for the 2018 Caribbean Championship]. We barely had a full 11 for our first game [against Cuba]—we had 13 players with two goalkeepers—and that is on the TTFA. Kayla Taylor and YaYa came later to help strengthen the lineup; but we needed more depth and our bench was not going to cut it.

I believe we did not play our best in Jamaica and change needed to be made to our line-up and player pool to truly compete in the CONCACAF championships. But everything that happened after Jamaica was frantic.

We were told we were going to have a camp in the States. So a week goes by and we heard nothing. I asked our manager what was going on and she said she would provide updates but still days would go by and we heard nothing.

As a player in another country preparing for the final round of World Cup qualifying with no updates, what do you expect us to do? Sit there and be happy about being underprepared?

I am way too much of a competitor to sit there and be happy about the TTFA’s bullshit. I personally had four different goalkeeper coaches from local club teams in my hometown of Rochester volunteer their time to help prepare me for the Concacaf tournament. Then I joined the other foreign-based girls in Richmond, Virginia at local teams there, which Lauryn arranged to help us.

I lifted weights on my own and did conditioning work on my own, because the TTFA effectively told the Trinidad and Tobago Women’s National Team: “You do not matter to us. We cannot wait until you all fail so we can be done pretending to give a shit about women’s football.”

I am not the only one who believes that football president David John-Williams was rooting for the women’s team to fail. I have not an ounce of respect for a man who does nothing to enhance his country’s game, which so many sacrifice for.

I am convinced that DJW was ready for the women’s team to just fail so he could be done with us.

I have never properly met the man. He showed up randomly to one practice I was at. There were no introductions, no gathering the team around to show support for us or to share words as we prepared for the summer tournaments we had to compete in.

Not a word from our president? It was disgraceful. He is not a leader.

Many girls on this team quit paying jobs and turned down coaching positions to wear the red, white and black; and we still were treated with absolute disrespect from DJW and the TTFA. As much as it is an absolute honour to play for your national team, you cannot hold national team athletes hostage with inequality and a standard-less environment, that is clearly corrupted on all sides.

Ultimately it got to a point where Jinelle James had no answers or updates to provide for anyone.

It was honestly strange to us that before the CFU Challenge tournament [which was an exhibition series], they were flying in all the all the girls from North America to prepare. Yet for the most important Concacaf Championship tournament, they was no effort to get the team together to train; and foreign-based players were left in the dark as to what was going on while we heard that between five to seven girls were training in Trinidad under a different coach.

There was no damn stability at all.

We are worse off than we were four years ago in not only women’s football but in all football! Trinidad and Tobago should have been the first Caribbean women’s team to qualify for a World Cup; that’s why I came back!

I love football. It saved my life when I felt I had nothing and no one. I love the country I get to represent; it is my country too, no matter where I was born.

I am the daughter of Joffre Baron, a professional geologist from Belmont, and the late, Dr Shirley-Anne Haye-Baron—God bless her soul—a PhD bioinorganic chemist from Port of Spain.

If she was alive today, I know my mother would be standing next to me fighting for women’s equality in the country she loved and that she called home.

The following sentence describes our pre-tournament camp in Raleigh in a nutshell. If Concacaf gives you regulation fields to practice on with nets and goals, why would you choose to have the team walk to a recreation ground near our hotel that didn’t have field lines or goals—because they were chained up—to train on multiple occasions?

It was just one example of the unprofessional approach to our preparation. How do you expect a goalkeeper to train without a goal behind them?

And that’s not to mention the fact that we didn’t go over set pieces once until the day before the USA game—and again we used the recreation field with no goals or lines. I wish I was making this stuff up, but unfortunately I’m not.

Our camp in Raleigh was insanity. It was basically a whole new staff. Our goalkeeper coach had changed, Cooper was in charge and Dernelle Mascall was the assistant. Cooper had changed completely from the person he was at the Caribbean Championship in Jamaica. Two words: power trip.

First off, I understand our usual goalkeeper coach, Ross Russell, has a commitment to the men’s programme; but I wasn’t even notified that he wasn’t coming. He was the only one who I had trained with since April.

They brought in Jason Sheppard, who had never worked with me and had only worked with Kimika for two weeks prior. So why was the women’s team not assigned a goalkeeper coach for the duration of our campaign, who would then be able to train, coach and evaluate us properly?

By the end of the tournament, I had genuine respect for Coach Sheppard; but he had never coached at the national team level and the way it was handled was unfair to everyone. But once again, this is Trinidad and Tobago football; nothing can operate professionally and consistently.

Mascall had not been on staff for any tournament prior to our most important one and all of a sudden she was on the bench. I personally like Mascall a lot; she was my teammate and is on track to be an amazing coach for our country. But that was the wrong timing for such a drastic move to happen and the excuse that she knew the players was not a good enough reason to do that.

We should have never been in a position where we had three different head coaches and in such a short space in time. I don’t believe we put anyone in a position to succeed when things like that happen.

Cooper wasn’t in a position to succeed either—let’s be honest—but that has a lot to do with line-up decisions, the strength of our player pool, and I think grudges. Also the player/coach situation was baffling. What credible national team programme has a player coach?!

That was laughable and unprofessional. Who is going to respect that structure?

The excuse that those decisions were to assist Cooper in identifying talent on the team is totally unacceptable—because favouritism was immediately a factor.

I think if any of our opponents found out we had a player/coach, they would have laughed in our faces. Does our Men’s Senior Team have a player/coach? But we had an active player/coach who played with us and then sat down with the coaches.

How would that ever sit right with the rest of the team?!

Let me set the record straight, I have nothing against Ayana Russell. I respect her always and forever will. She is also a mother and she dedicated years of service to this national team. But the decision to name her as a player/coach created a circus within our team.

Cooper also set a poor tone when he introduced himself to the camp. It was brash and cold. He basically made everything about him and what he went through in Trinidad; and then he tried to flip a story on Randy Waldrum.

No player reached out to Randy Waldrum to get him to coach us. We actually were on board with Cooper coaching us, after having him in Jamaica. If we couldn’t have Anton Corneal, we preferred to have someone who at least was with us; and Cooper was actively involved in sessions in Jamaica and brought a good, uplifting attitude to our games and practices.

Sure when girls found out Randy had applied for the job for the future, we were excited and stoked to have back the man who cared for us dearly and who cared dearly about the development of the game in our country. But Cooper lost the respect of a lot of the team on day one with his selfish speech and digs at Randy.

I was shocked at his rant. I couldn’t believe this was the same man from Jamaica. That whole introductory speech was: “let me puff my chest out and show who is the boss.”

Look I understand he was thrown in a mess of a situation surrounding his status as our coach, and with no camp either to prepare us; but I just wished he came off differently. I don’t know what he went through but he made everything more difficult.

I give him credit in one regard. He said he was a different type of ‘leader’ to Anton—and he was. But that was such an off-putting way to start an already tumultuous campaign.

I don’t want coaches to baby players. I have been a coach for three years and I am hard on my players as well. I am a very intense individual who wants realness and facts; but I have had coaches who captured that without the stance Cooper took.

I will never know and understand how that video Lauryn released might have affected him and our local-based teammates, so I must have empathy towards that.

I can never put myself in their shoes, and releasing that video was debated. The foreign-based girls—Jo Cato was born in Trinidad but now lives in America—were in a group chat just trying to get answers on how to prepare for this important Concacaf Championship. As time went by and we were two weeks away from the tournament and knew nothing about the status of our pre-tournament camp or coach and were pissed off about embarrassing ourselves at the tournament, Lauryn released the video.

I had made the social media posts about ‘Equality, Respect, and Unity’ a couple days before the video went out but we wanted to wait to see if we heard anything about a camp.

In the end, we pulled the trigger and asked for help to get a camp and bring the team to Richmond; and we demanded respect from the TTFA. I created the hashtag #IStandWithTTWSW and sent images to the full team in a group chat, and most players shared them on their social media platforms.

I was so proud of my Trinidad and Tobago teammates for joining that fight because they had been abused for so long by the national team structure. I was so proud that they wanted to fight publicly because, as you know, when you fight publicly in Trinidad you get blackballed.

The girls and women in the country deserve so much better, and it shouldn’t have to come to social media videos for us to get the respect and preparation a national team deserves.

Of course some did not want to share the materials; but, hey, it is not everyone’s cup of tea. I felt I was allowed to be pissed off at the TTFA, pissed off at the board nonsense about who was going to be our coach, pissed off at how the TTFA takes no blame or accountability for destroying the beautiful game in our beautiful country.

Let’s be honest, nothing was going to happen for our women’s team if Lauryn didn’t release the video. We would have been flown into North Carolina with nothing. But then that happened anyway.

We got to our first practice session in taxis, which was so embarrassing. How unprofessional is it that we can’t arrange proper team transportation.

Everything is always so last minute and never done with any respect for the Trinidad and Tobago Women’s National Team.


Editor’s Note: Click HERE for Part Two of our 2019 Women’s World Cup qualifying campaign review with Trinidad and Tobago goalkeeper Saundra Baron, where she discusses the inter-team politics and compares the Women Soca Warriors setup to Jamaica’s “Reggae Girlz.”

Title: Re: Women Warriors Thread
Post by: maxg on December 12, 2018, 01:02:34 PM
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Title: Re: Women Warriors Thread
Post by: soccerman on December 13, 2018, 08:53:40 PM
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My sentiments exactly....
Title: Re: Women Warriors Thread
Post by: Flex on December 14, 2018, 05:50:59 AM
Part two: “We never feel like we can just be free and play!” Revisiting the Women’s W/Cup campaign.
Wired868.com.


For the first time in awhile, I noticed how disjointed we are during our pre-tournament camp in Raleigh. We have cliques, like all teams do; but we have to have the maturity to see past differences for the good of football and country. That was hard to do this time but I believe it was hard to do because of two main reasons.

I believe some players had better relationships with the coaches, who then refused to make tough decisions for the betterment of the team. They played players they liked, not necessarily who could help the team; and that is a reflection of culture in Trinidad and Tobago.

The second reason there was team division is that some of the players were sick and tired of being disrespected by the TTFA. We don’t get paid on time or barely get paid at all, we get treated like a recreation soccer team and not the Women’s National Senior Team.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been to a Trinidad and Tobago Women’s National Team camp, and we have to have ‘players only’ meetings to decide if we are going to boycott the game because we haven’t gotten paid, or if we need to take a stance for equality for women. And many times our different viewpoints on that have divided the team before we even got on to the field, with some players willing to act like everything is fine and dandy.

The fear of getting blackballed meant some girls were afraid to ask for what they truly deserve as national team athletes because they fear a backlash for them or their families; so they let the TTFA run all over them. To me, that is abuse. I also believe some people might be too interconnected with the TTFA structure, so they won’t speak out against injustice because they think they may need to get help later on.

The TTFA makes it so disturbingly hard to ever just focus on football; we never feel like we can just be free and play.

But we do have our great moments as a team, when we dance and sing and laugh together. Those are my favourite moments and I learn so much about Trinidad and Tobago culture from my teammates.

Janine Francois always makes me feel at home. She is like a big sister to me. She takes me out from time to time in Trinidad to help me get to know the country and I will always love her for that.

Tasha St Louis—she calls me ‘Mad Cat’! Lol. I think it’s funny and it doesn’t bother me—has invited me down for Carnival. Nothing to do with football; just to come down and have fun. That’s what I love about my teammates when I’m in Trinidad. And that is how a team should be.

You don’t keep coming back to a place that constantly disrespects you as a player if you don’t love something about it. Maybe I’m crazy but I haven’t given up on a Trinidad and Tobago women’s team qualifying for a World Cup or Olympic Games. We just need to remove bias and corruption and insert a business approach to the game, so we can compete with the rest of the world.

Being born in America with ‘Trini’ parents isn’t the same as being born in Trinidad. Look, I get it. But I bonded well with my teammates and some of the younger players in Trinidad. I made them laugh and I talked to them about getting scholarships in the States and guided them anyway I could.

Aaliyah Prince, Aaliyah Cornwall and Natisha John are examples of players I think should be playing Division One soccer in the States. We do have really good talent. But we have so many distractions that the team cannot concentrate and that’s what makes it so hard.

Girls struggle to find ways to get to practice, have to constantly ask when the next check is coming, and never feel respected as national team players. It wears you down; and then player friction happens because not everyone has the same background, financial stability, or patience to deal with the second class treatment from the TTFA.

I am a jokester and some girls call me crazy or goofy; and I don’t mind that. But when it comes to soccer, I am intense. I also know how to put problems aside for the greater good, which is the product on the field.

I think another problem the Trinidad and Tobago team has is ‘player entitlement’, which is because we do not have a deep enough pool of strong bodied, able players. It should be an absolute dog fight to make the Women’s Senior National Team, not just a case of who is available at the time.

Our final 20 for the Concacaf championship did not represent the best players we have; but that’s what happens when constant dysfunction surrounds the women’s game. Too much bullshit and politics led to the choosing of that side. If the TTFA got its act together, we could have as many as 40 solid players competing to make a squad, which would truly be our best possible team.

Shawn Cooper told us he coaches for the TTFA patch and Trinidad and Tobago, and I know he wasn’t dealt the best cards; but none of us were and I wish he handled things a lot differently.

[Technical director] Anton Corneal is a true professional and has a hell of a soccer mind; but the TTFA has done such a disservice to him and disrespected him so many times that I believe he reached his breaking point. I think, at the Concacaf tournament, his mind was in other places.
I think when Carolina Morace and Randy Waldrum were there, bias went out the window and you knew the best players will always play. That forces other players to raise their level and makes the team more attractive for foreign-based talent.

We have to change the whole culture of football in Trinidad and Tobago; but that cannot happen if we don’t have professionals in place within the TTFA.

The U-15 girls team missed their Concacaf tournament due to visa issues. We had Ayana Russell, Rhea Belgrave and Kayla Taylor arrive at the venue on our first match day with their suitcases because of visa situations too. How embarrassing is that for the TTFA?!

If the team is picked early and correctly with a training camp established in a timely manner, players who need visas have an appropriate window to collect them so we look uniformed as a team. You should hear what the American broadcasters had to say about us. It is a shame how we are set up for failure before we even stepped on the pitch.

People who see what our Women’s National Senior Team go through when a qualification tournament comes around would say: “It’s like your federation pretends they don’t know the World Cup comes around every four years.”

But it is what you do between those four year cycles that makes you competitive, not working magic in the last four months—or begging for a preparatory camp between the Jamaican qualification leg and the final round in North Carolina.

We were poor at the CAC games and if proper planning was in place, we would have gone straight into camp before the Caribbean Championship in Jamaica. Instead, there was a coaching change, foreign-based players leave, and we don’t even get all of our players to Jamaica at the same time. So then we showed poorly in Jamaica as well.

The international game is the highest level of football in the world and it is sad that Trinidad and Tobago do not treat it as such. How can you properly prepare when you have three different coaches in three months, no training camp, you don’t pick all your best players and your team doesn’t train consistently over time?

Film study is another huge part of the development we are missing as a side. We do not properly scout our opponents. Yes, our coaches went to games and saw them play; but why not have someone film all those games and ours and then break it down for us? Film study helps you better understand how to play each team. It is the little things that count.

We did not do that for Panama or Mexico and were grossly underprepared to play them. I put that down to 33% player execution, 33% game planning and 33% failure to prepare for our opponent.

We watched Panama for 15 minutes with our coaches before we played them and we all said: ‘Yes, yes, we know how they play, we should beat them’. And then we lost.

As players, we should have demanded more from our coaches in terms of pre-prepared clips of our opponents and our own team, so we can see what they are doing and also what we are doing wrong. But it is harder to make those demands of your staff when they keep changing.

As a goalkeeper, no coach broke down the goals scored on us and showed us how to improve on our defensive mistakes. This is something that club coaches are doing at youth level! Our national team doesn’t do it, partly because no one cares to do it.

Coaching is a layered position and everyone seems to be doing the bare minimum and expecting amazing results; and that includes players, coaches and staff. I will get told that, in the Caribbean, we don’t have the resources that others do. But how long do we have to beg and plead to get even a fraction of what is needed for true progress?

Other girls and myself on the team follow many Men’s National Senior Team players on our social media and see that they wear sports performance trackers at training, have access to theragun massage guns and a multitude of other recovery tools like stretch and foam roll sessions, and stay in appropriate hotels which the girls never ever seem to have access too.

It’s truly a shame to see how much better they are treated than us. I cannot sit here and let DJW say all these other teams are paying the expenses for the Men’s National Team to play them in friendlies—because some line of communication has to be made to arrange these games.

I wonder how long the Women’s National Senior Team will go without an international friendly. Obviously we did not qualify for the Women’s World Cup; but why not arrange matches for us against teams who qualified?

It’s 2018 and we still lose by seven goals to the USA, five to Mexico and three to Panama. Jamaica got no help from their federation, so why did they succeed and we didn’t?

The Jamaica Women’s National Team will forever be used as an example for our ineptitude as a federation. They now are the first Caribbean women’s team to qualify for a senior World Cup—a feat that should have belonged to Trinidad and Tobago.

Yes, we let 2015 slip away; but it was what happened after that sealed our fate. Like firing Randy Waldrum and Ben Waldrum and not letting them set up their developmental plan from the U-15’s to the  Women’s National Senior Team. For whatever reason, we let ignorance win again and they were never allowed to finish the job they started.

Are they still upset with Randy Waldrum for that tweet? Let it go! The federation put themselves in positions to be called out when they constantly disrespect the women’s program. That team almost made it to a World Cup with nothing.

But this point is about Jamaica and what their coach, Hue Menzies, accomplished and how he did it.

First, look at his resume:

US Soccer National ‘A’ Coaching License
National Youth Coaching License
Thirty-plus years of coaching experience
Executive Director of Central Florida Kraze/Krush (2012 – Present)
Technical Director of Jamaica’s Women’s National Team (2015 – Present)
Brought ECNL to the state of Florida with Central Florida Kraze/Krush in 2011
Concacaf Study group member (2014 – Present)
One of the founders and Directors for the Lonestar Soccer Association in Austin, TX
Director of Coaching for the Warrior Soccer Association in Austin, TX
Fifteen years Olympic Development Coaching experience at the National, State and Regional level
Won several State titles in various age groups, regional and national finalist USYSA
Former Assistant coach at the University of Texas Women’s Soccer
Has placed 400+ players into various colleges
Now look at how a foreign-based coach, who ran most of his operation out of Florida, was able to recruit effectively to this national team and—not without a struggle from his federation—got a Caribbean team to the World Cup.

We had Carolina Morace and Randy Waldrum who have even more impressive resumes but we chose to show them no respect and did not allow them to build on their plans.

Jamaica entrusted Menzies with the time to create a staff, a credible program, and to find, evaluate and select players—whether they were foreign-based or not. And now Jamaica have made history and Trinidad and Tobago are stuck behind.


Editor’s Note: On 13 Thursday, Wired868 will wrap up the Saundra Baron interview with a look at the power dynamics within the squad at the Concacaf tournament and her view of the Lauryn Hutchinson and Kennya “Yaya” Cordner incidents.

Title: Re: Women Warriors Thread
Post by: Flex on December 17, 2018, 05:39:15 AM
“Nobody wants to deal with the TTFA!” Baron concludes series with look at vanishing talent.
By Wired868.com.


“On the first game day of the Concacaf Championship, I didn’t even have a TTFA badge or number on my game jersey. If that doesn’t paint the picture of how disrespected I was as a National Team player, I don’t know what will.

“I will never forget that moment, that I wasn’t even valued enough to have a badge on my jersey. I felt so embarrassed when the referees came into the locker room to do jersey checks.”

The following is the third and final blog by Trinidad and Tobago Women’s National Senior Team goalkeeper Saundra Baron on the issues facing the Women Soca Warriors:

As I stated prior, technical director Anton Corneal, I believe, had reached his breaking point—just before the Concacaf Championship. He was not initially going to attend the Concacaf tournament before our team manager Jinelle James had a conversation with him.

I am glad he went because it is obvious to everyone that he brings a level of respect and knowledge that our team needs. But he had dealt with so much disrespect from the TTFA that his heart couldn’t have been fully with our initiative.

Corneal is the consummate professional; he is articulate with a savvy knowledge of tactics. But he was not our head coach. Shawn Cooper was the head coach and I believe the mutual respect between the two men meant that Corneal would not step on Cooper’s toes—even though it should have been Anton in charge.

But what stuck out in Cooper’s introductory talk with the players was the statement that he handles thing differently from other coaches; and his self-aggrandising rant that slighted our former coach Randy Waldrum. He killed the entire vibe in his first team address and, from that moment on, most players knew our camp was doomed.

Most of the girls didn’t want Jamaal Shabazz as our head coach, then we got Cooper. There is a massive level of responsibility that players must take for their performance on the field; but our potential was never going to be maximised under either coach.

In the three tournaments I played for Jamaal, I found him too passive as the team leader while he always seemed unprepared when it came to practice and game time. We would go days without seeing him. He wouldn’t be at team meals; we would play a game and it would go unanalysed.

In our first round of World Cup qualifiers, we wouldn’t talk about the opposing team until 30 minutes before we left for the match venue. I don’t care if the teams at that stage were weak; that’s not the precedent I want as a national team athlete.

The CAC Games were a complete mess—we got one tie and lost every other game—and you could see the difference in how other coaches interacted and prepared their teams to compete with ours.

Honestly, I think Jamaal saw the writing on the wall and understood he could not enhance this team. I do not put all of that on him though. We had players who were not ready yet and others who overstayed their time in international competition.

We all knew Jamaal was not the solution but players must take accountability too.

In the lead up to the Concacaf tournament, Liana Hinds, Arin King, Lauryn Hutchinson, Jo Cato and myself used our own money to fly to Richmond, VA and train for a week and half. Lauryn planned all of that. She also saw about our meals, training sessions with top coaches in the area, ice baths and treatment in collegiate facilities, and scrimmages with a talented Under-19 ECNL girls team.

Lauryn even let me shadow her on a business meeting with the two companies she operates because she knows I just got my Master’s in business management. She is a role model for all young woman and a better professional than most in the TTFA.

She did not release that video to embarrass the TTFA; she knew that if the whole team got to Richmond, we would have a fighting chance to compete or maybe even qualify.

I don’t care what anyone says; the TTFA and the turmoil around us gave us not even the slightest chance to be competitive. Also, yes, Lauryn was definitely not played because of her video. Don’t tell me different, I don’t have the time to argue.

I think they knew if they dropped her from the side altogether, some players would have quit the Concacaf tournament, including myself. Lauryn Hutchinson is such an amazing person, I am so thankful for her.

I was in the back of the locker rooms preparing for the USA game when Kennya ‘YaYa’ Cordner allegedly refused to play. I was only told about four hours before the game that I would be starting and I was trying to prepare for it. We were already eliminated from the World Cup running, so of course throw in Saundra Baron, the back up, let’s see what she can do—I think that was extremely disrespectful to me.

So when YaYa allegedly refused to play, I did not see what happened and cannot comment on it. Would I have played if I knew beforehand? Yes. But let me say this, I 100 per cent respect YaYa’s decision not to play.

The moment she saw the lineup on the board and knew that—with all the injuries we faced heading into the final match—Lauryn was still on the bench; it would have clicked that for sure she was being victimised for the video.

So YaYa decided to stand in solidarity with a player who was enduring such unfair treatment. YaYa is one of the most decorated Trinidad and Tobago Women’s National Team players of all time. She is a ball of energy and a supreme talent.

Sure she has her stubborn moments but I respect YaYa for sticking up for Lauryn. I wanted her to play and wish she did; and, like I said, I would have played anyway. But I respect her decision.

Let me also say that Jinelle James is one of the few professionals I’ve met within the TTFA and I feel honoured to know her. I would talk to ‘Manage’ for hours on national trips about how much we want to change women’s football. However, the organisation made it impossible for her to do her job efficiently.

She fought to get decent treatment for us but was constantly told it was not going to happen. One time we asked for US$200 match fee to play for Trinidad and Tobago, which is far less than the men’s team would accept. We could not even get that. (In fact, Men’s National Senior Team players get US$300 for friendly matches at present).

I remember ‘Manage’ once looked me in the eyes and said, ‘Saundra, you will realistically take a loss playing for this national team’. I had to make a decision and I chose to stay on the National Team, because I hoped in my heart that someone would stand up for us.

It is a choice to play for your national team and a great honour; but you have to truly love your country and football to play for the Trinidad and Tobago Women’s National Senior Team, due to all the obstacles you have to overcome—particularly as an overseas-born player.

(I am actually curious to hear the perspective from a male overseas-born Soca Warriors player).

If you look at Trinidad and Tobago’s current women teams, you will notice a decline in the numbers of overseas-born players. I attribute this to a few reasons.

We have lost our appeal as a desirable nation for women’s players to represent; and I don’t think we have anyone actively looking to scout and recruit players from North America and Europe, or someone who could market our side to talented overseas-born players.

Look at Arin King, who was born in Canada and is one of Trinidad and Tobago’s most decorated women’s national team players ever. Why can’t we find the next Arin King, who wants to represent our islands?

Carolina Morace and Randy Waldrum were keen on finding new talent because they cared about creating a competitive training environment. Jamaica showed the positives of that.

At the moment, Liana, Lauryn, King and myself are the only four overseas-born players left with a long-standing history within the women’s national team structure—from youth to senior team.

Why are there only four left? Because nobody wants to deal with the TTFA! They don’t want to give their blood, sweat and tears to an organisation that constantly shows it does not respect women’s football.

That is a big reason why even talented players born right in Trinidad and Tobago do not leave their US colleges to play for us either. Check the 21-26 age range and see how depleted our pool looks; and that is the most crucial age for international competition.

The TTFA has simply worn out the patience of so many players.

Imagine we have talented players such as the Debesette twins, Summer Arjoon, Vicky Swift and Anique Walker—bring back Anique!—who don’t even have roles within the current team.

And then we have talented upcoming players like Aaliyah Prince, Kedie Johnson, Cecily Stoute, Natisha John and Shenieka Paul who are being underprepared by the current women’s football set-up within the country.

We constantly undervalue our women. We have youth players going to random Division Two and Three schools and community colleges because they don’t know their true potential.

I know there are Caribbean connections to some US universities that appeal to our girls. But look at Jamaica Women’s National Team star Khadija ‘Bunny’ Shaw and how she benefitted from the exposure and level of training she received with Division One powerhouse, University of Tennessee.

I understand we all have to start somewhere but I think our girls have the talent to go to Division One schools.

Once a tournament is over, it goes right back to no one caring about the women’s football program; and this is a disservice to women’s footballers in the country. Nothing beneficial can come to fruition without proper preparation and that takes years.

What the Women’s National Senior Team did in 2014—coming one game from the World Cup—was nothing short of a miracle and a direct correlation of the talent, passion and commitment of that player pool and the love, sacrifice and coaching prowess of the Waldrums.

It is sad that we failed to capitalise on the success of that team; and now Jamaica surpassed us and Panama surpassed us. That is on the TTFA!

In all my years as a Trinidad and Tobago player, we have never had a true camp in my opinion. A camp should be for two weeks and include strength and conditioning, twice daily sessions and pool sessions. (In fact, I have never done a ‘team lift’ in all my time as a national team player; or a true sports performance session involving weights, speed training and conditioning).

We have some of the best athletes in the world but they are not consistently exposed to athletic performance training for strength and speed. With few exceptions, we are usually the smallest built side on the field and unable to cope with the physical demands of elite football.

Unlike the men’s team, the women can have these camps as often as necessary since most of the girls are not professional players. For the benefit of our college-based players, we can use either of the three holiday periods to hold them too.

There are too many prolonged periods in which the women’s national team programmes go dormant, and I think the same can be said for the men’s national youth sides. Coaches should have camps during these periods to assess their talent pool and for development.

Another thing that annoys me is, as a national team athlete, you shouldn’t have to worry about things like uniforms and equipment.

I think most times we got leftover kit from the men’s side and nothing ever seems to fit. Sometimes I just buy my own Joma shirts, so I could at least feel comfortable during training.

On the first game day of the Concacaf Championship, I didn’t even have a TTFA badge or number on my game jersey. If that doesn’t paint the picture of how disrespected I was as a National Team player, I don’t know what will.

I will never forget that moment, that I wasn’t even valued enough to have a badge on my jersey. I felt so embarrassed when the referees came into the locker room to do jersey checks.

It has gotten so bad that I bought my own Cupping Set, STIM machine, electric massager, and two bags of my own KT Tape because the most I would get on national team duty was a bag of ice. I wish I was lying!

We had one massage therapist for the whole team and she was not given nearly enough equipment or treatment materials to be effective. We are told to conserve tape and bring our own tape if we have any at times. Imagine we play for the national team and have to bring our own tape?!

One of my teammates told me the TTFA burned so many bridges with debts to recovery facilities across the country that none of them would even work with us anymore. So once again the negligence of the TTFA hurts the players.

So when president David John-Williams and the TTFA said how much they spend on women’s football, I can attest that it is a joke. We don’t even have updated training equipment such a rebounders, cones, training dummies, sport trackers, etc.

I won’t even start on how much money the TTFA owes players for baggage fees and even sometimes for their own flights… But, oh, let me be nice; they bought me a pair of gloves at the Concacaf tournament. So thanks, TTFA. (Sarcasm).

It should be a great accomplishment to send a women’s team to the World Cup; but DJW and the TTFA act like having a women’s programme is such a burden.

‘Hey DJW, the Home of Football doesn’t matter if football in the country is not respected, funded properly, and a quality product’!

I think there are people who are willing to donate to the women’s programme but the fear is the TTFA is not trustworthy. We need an account just for women’s football.

There were many people in the US and Trinidad and Tobago who reached out after Lauryn’s social media went viral and asked where they could donate. But their main question was: “How do we ensure our donations will directly help the women?”

The TTFA brought that negative light upon themselves.

I would like to see more done to develop the women’s league in Trinidad and Tobago and to create academies for girls. We should have girls teams who travel to the US to compete in youth tournaments and market their players.

I did not have the privilege to work with Carolina Morace, but I heard nothing but positives about her professionalism, intensity and impeccable sessions. I heard a teammate say, if they let us keep Carolina we would have qualified for this World Cup.

I have already said how much I admired Randy and Ben Waldrum too and their amazing work for us.

I also think Corneal is an excellent coach who exudes confidence in his game plan and knowledge of what he expects from his players. There are not enough Anton Corneals in Trinidad and Tobago on the women’s side of the game; and I hope and pray that dynamic changes.

Coaching matters! We need leaders who players respect and get fired up to play for.

To play on a national team is one of the biggest honours of my lifetime, it opened doors for my career and I am thankful to be from Trinidad and Tobago—overseas-born or not.

But I will not tolerate disrespect for women’s national footballers any longer. Please, I just want a fair shot at making this right for the women athletes. We have so much talent that is not being tapped into.

I hope the right thing is done to enhance the women’s game and I am prepared to stand up and fight for it.

Title: Re: Women Warriors Thread
Post by: asylumseeker on September 24, 2019, 06:53:19 PM
Natasha Baptiste of Aston Villa women's team

She moved to Stoke a month ago yesterday. Has the new coaching staff reached out to her?
Title: Re: Women Warriors Thread
Post by: AZZURRI on September 29, 2019, 09:38:07 PM
No updates?
 lil backstories or inside info on the womens team as the qualifiers take place this week??
Title: Re: Women Warriors Thread
Post by: Bourbon on September 30, 2019, 05:59:59 PM
No updates?
 lil backstories or inside info on the womens team as the qualifiers take place this week??

They won their first game against Aruba 3 nil.  Not a bad result but given that one practice game happened before the tournament.... it can be taken in that context. Next game Wednesday.
Title: Re: Women Warriors Thread
Post by: Flex on November 16, 2019, 02:47:01 AM
'These past years have been heart-wrenching'
By Narissa Fraser (Newsday).


TTWoLF president on women's football:

PRESIDENT of the TT Women’s League Football (TTWoLF) Susan Joseph-Warrick says it is time for a change in the scene of local women's football.

Joseph-Warrick is also a member of United TTFA ­– a group of football stakeholders aiming to unseat TT Football Association (TTFA) president David John-Williams in the association's elections on November 24.

Speaking with Newsday Thursday afternoon, she said the group's talks about moving women's football forward have been "absolutely fantastic." She said fans and players (past and present) can look forward to a brighter future.

"I think it's about time somebody stands up and speaks for the women. We have had too much decline. We went from one game away from a World Cup to where we are now.

"We were the beacon of the Caribbean. People looked up to us. These past years have been really heart-wrenching for me, as a mother of players, as well as being around these girls."

She is the mother of national players Shanelle and Jonelle Warrick Cato and part-owner of the Trincity Nationals Football Club.

She said lack of financial support from the TTFA has hindered the growth of women's football, adding that she is in debt because of this.

On Tuesday, in an interview with Newsday, John-Williams blamed the decline of local women's football on a lack of succession planning. In reference to the 2014 squad that almost qualified for the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup, he said, "That team was a culmination of a team of over 15 years. Where was the succession planning? Where were the youth teams to take over from that team when they reached their peak and had to be extinct?

"The plan for women's football is that we have to start all over."

In response, Joseph-Warrick said, "There was no succession planning. Why?"She said the tools for such planning were not provided.

She also suggested another reason why women's football is in the doldrums.

"I can say adamantly, in the three years that I've been inside the women's league, we received one payment of $50,000 (in 2016) towards prize money – not running the league.

"We were the only running football team-based women, or men – any football whatsoever this year – that ran between April and August. There was no assistance. The league cannot run with just prize money.

"We tried, this year, reaching out to the administration and we set up meetings and they couldn't make or we couldn't make. And I'm still waiting for confirmation of the date."

If United TTFA is elected, she said it will be clear, transparent and people-oriented, and is hoping football will attract crowds as it once did.

"We want to get the anxious people back out there. Let the people start to rally around the teams again.

"My passion for the women's football is not personal, As I tell people, it's to ensure there is something for the young ladies to look forward to in the future."

She is running for second vice-president on a slate led by presidential candidate William Wallace, Secondary Schools Football president.

Title: DeFour removed as T&T Women’s coach
Post by: Tallman on December 18, 2019, 10:32:22 AM
DeFour removed as T&T Women’s coach
By Joel Bailey (T&T Newsday)


STEPHAN DeFour has been removed as T&T women’s football team coach.

DeFour, who took up the post in July, was a controversial appointment as two members of the then T&T Football Association (TTFA) board – Women’s League Football (WOLF) president Susan Joseph-Warrick and T&T Super League boss Keith Look Loy, indicated the decision was not made by the board, under then-president David John-Williams.

The T&T Women’s team failed in their bid to advance past the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Olympic qualifying round in October.

DeFour was informed about the TTFA decision by president William Wallace, on Tuesday.

According to a letter addressed to DeFour, “The TTFA board met on Saturday and a major part of the discussions centred around your current position as coach of the women’s programme. Based on the financial situation that the FA is faced with at this time, we have no choice but to quickly reorganise in many areas. One such area is the technical staff attached to all teams.”

The letter continued, “It is with a bit of a heavy heart that I have to inform you that we can no longer retain you as coach and sincerely thank you for your services rendered so far. We will arrange to discuss matters pertaining to the existing contract and outstanding payments.”

Ironically, Joseph-Warrick was elected as the TTFA second vice-president in November 24, while Look Loy is now the head of the TTFA technical committee.

When contacted on Tuesday, Look Loy said, “His (DeFour) was one of the contracts that was unilaterally given by John-Williams (shortly before the TTFA elections).

They were never tabled before the board. They were never discussed and never approved.

“A whole bunch of contracts that he unilaterally issued, without board approval,” Look Loy added.

Look Loy confirmed the technical committee is “still talking to prospects”, but it is understood that former coach, American Randy Waldrum, has renewed his interest in working with the current crop of T&T women’s players.
Title: Forbes wants solid women’s football structure
Post by: Tallman on December 21, 2019, 10:19:28 AM
Forbes wants solid women’s football structure
By Ryan Bachoo (T&T Guardian)


T&T foot­ball cap­tain Karyn Forbes says it is im­per­a­tive a prop­er struc­ture is built for women’s foot­ball in the coun­try.

The To­bag­on­ian play­er made the com­ment on the Morn­ing Shot on CNC3 yes­ter­day, two days af­ter the T&T Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion (TTFA) sacked head of the women’s pro­gramme Stephan De Four.

Asked to com­ment on the de­ci­sion to fire De Four, Forbes said she re­spect­ed the board’s de­ci­sion but said it is now time to build the women’s game across the na­tion.

“It’s a re­sult-ori­ent­ed sport and a new ad­min­is­tra­tion is on board and they de­serve a fair chance,” she said.

“I think if that’s their ap­proach to­wards it and they feel that’s best, I think you have to take the good with the bad some­times and there are things you don’t have con­trol over.”

While it re­mains un­cer­tain who will be tak­ing over at the helm of the women’s game in T&T, Forbes said the con­stant chop­ping and chang­ing was not help­ing the game grow for women’s play­ers. She al­so said chang­ing the na­ture of con­trac­tu­al agree­ments with coach­es will aid in prepar­ing teams bet­ter.

“I think with a prop­er struc­ture in place it will help. I think now, hav­ing long term con­tracts in place I think it can on­ly help be­cause by hav­ing the long term con­tracts, the coach­es have time in or­der to pre­pare the team so hope­ful­ly that’s the dri­ve that they are hop­ing to go for­ward with. In that way, the teams can get some sort of prepa­ra­tion go­ing for­ward in­to these com­pe­ti­tions rather than a month or two be­fore,” Forbes said.

De­spite all the chal­lenges the women’s game has been go­ing through, Forbes re­mains op­ti­mistic about 2020.

She said, “I think we al­ways have the po­ten­tial, it’s just mak­ing sure that we have a coach in place that able to pre­pare us ahead of time.”
Title: Re: Women Warriors Thread
Post by: Flex on December 22, 2019, 12:46:04 PM
TT Women’s League honour 2019 top performers
TTFA Media.


The Trinidad and Tobago Women’s League Football (TTWoLF) held  its 2019 Awards eremony  on  December at National Racquet Center, Organge Grove Road, Tacarigua honoring the outstanding performers for the recent season.

Several dignataries were in attendance as the local teams and individual achievers were acknowledged for their outstanding efforts.

Deputy Permanent Secretary Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs -Mrs. Denise Arneaud, MP / Deputy Speaker – Mr. Esmond Forde were among those present while CANOC and TT Olympic Committee  President Mr. Brian Lewis delivered the feature addressm

TTFA Vice President Mr. Clynt Taylor and TTFA Board member Mr. Keith Look Loy and councilor Josiah Austin were also among the guests.

Soca Monarch champion Voice and Christian Cowie had the audience in a dancing mood with live performances.

Honour Roll

Winners of 2019:
1st Place- Club Sando F.C.

2nd Place – St. Augustine Football Club

3rd Place- Trincity Nationals

Other winners of the night:
Coach of the year: Mr. Arnold Murphy (Club Sando)

Golden Boot: Ms. Ahkeela Mollon (Club Sando F.C)

Golden Glove: Ms. Keri Myers (Club Sando F.C.)

MVP: Ahkeela Mollon (Club Sando F.C)

Manager of the Year: Mrs. Marie Mouttet (QPCC)

Fair Play Award: Central Women United

TTWoLF President Youth Players Awardees:
Sadiel Antoine (Central Women United)

Moenesa Meijas (Trincity Nationals)

Tishanna Orosco (St. Augustine Football Club)

TT Wolf would like to extend gratitude to the following partners in making the event possible.

Office of Prime Minister Sports and Cultural Fund, Ministry Sports and Youth Affairs (MSYA), Deputy Permanent Secretary MSYA, NLCB, Tunapuna/ Piarco Regional Corporation, MP/ Speaker House Esmond Forde, Bermudez Group Ltd, IMAX, Harold Jo Sports, Members of TTWoLF, Volunteers and the TTFA.

Title: Re: Women Warriors Thread
Post by: Flex on September 17, 2020, 07:02:38 PM
T&T footballer Shade seeking funds for toe surgery
By Joel Bailey (Newsday).


T&T WOMEN’S football team striker Mariah Shade is currently on a fund-raising drive to offset the cost for her toe surgery on her left foot.

The 28-year-old fractured her tailbone in 2018 and underwent surgery a year later. However, she is still encountering pains and complications, and that process require additional medical attention.

To compound matters, she received a tough tackle during a match between TT and hosts Colombia in July 2018, which left her with a critical toe injury (osteochondral defect).

Shade will be having a curry-que on Saturday, at Bennett Village, Santa Flora. However, in keeping with covid19 guidelines, this curry-que (which runs from 11.30 am to 1 pm) will only have curbside pick-ups.

Regarding the fundraiser, Shade said on Thursday, “It’s going really good. I’m getting an overwhelming amount of support. I have to close orders because I reached my target in doing the amount of tickets I wanted to sell.”

She added, “A lot of people who cannot be at the location because it’s in deep South are sending funds to my account and making contributions, even more than the price of the tickets.”

Shade, who has been a member of the national women’s teams, from the Under-17 level, since 2008, declined to comment on the involvement of the TT Football Association (TTFA) towards her recovery. “I’ll be more open (to divulge information) after the surgery,” she said.

The surgery is scheduled for Monday at the West Shore Medical Centre, Westmoorings.

“I was supposed to travel to Miami to do it but it’s just unsafe because of the covid19,” she said.

A devout Christian, Shade is pleased with the response from the public towards her fundraising venture.

“It gives me hope that there is still a lot of kind-hearted people out here. It’s just heart-warming that (people are) leaving from Arima (and) Tunapuna to come to South just to support the curry-que. It’s a good feeling.”

Concerning her physical struggles, Shade said, “I’ve been dealing with two major injuries for the last two years. I’ve been in a pain literally every day. Almost every other night I’ll be rolling in bed in pain because of the tailbone pain, as well as my toe.”

She continued, “I get pain upon walking, pain wearing certain type of footwear, certain types of ‘heels’ is a no-no. The pain has been a lot, emotionally, physically, every way it’s been very challenging.”

How is the support from her national teammates? “A lot of them have been sharing posters I’ve been posting up on social media. A lot of them have been reaching out, a lot of them have been supporting, they have supported the cost of therapy itself.”

Anyone wishing to donate to Shade’s medical expenses can do so at RBC Royal Bank TT, account number 110000000576994.