Jody Brown: The baby-faced assassin of Young Girlz
WEST BAY, Grand Cayman — She is the darling of the CONCACAF Female Under-15 tournament here in the Cayman Islands.
Despite being only 12 years old, she is a lethal goalscoring machine. Jody Brown has been deemed the baby face assassin from Ocho Rios.
Standing at just five feet and weighing just 85 pounds, Jody's T-shirt can barely fit on her slender shoulders. She may be smalls in frame, but she sure has a big heart, speed to burn and a natural knack for scoring goals.
Having hit four goals in Jamaica's 9-0 hammering of Anguilla, Jody told the Jamaica Observer that she is enjoying every moment of her experience here.
"I feel good. I am excited," said the shy 12-year-old Lime Hall Primary School student, who recently passed her G-Sat exams for Ocho Rios High School.
Brown, who scored the most goals in the Under-15 Parish League, is a big follower of Brazilian star Neymar and forced her way into coach Xavier Gilbert's starting line-up for the crucial game against Costa Rica last night.
"Jody is a very promising player. She is very good in front of goal and just have a knack for finishing and is an important member of the team," Gilbert pointed out.
"That's how good she is... but she is so young that I have to try and mould her so I don't want to pressure her at this tender age because I want her to enjoy the game as much as possible," he added.
Gilbert, the sports co-ordinator of Excelsior High School and coach of Waterhouse women's team, believes Jamaica has unearthed a gem.
"She knows when to take one or two touches and is not a player that goes for power. She always tries to place the ball just wide of the goalkeeper.
"When I saw her in the National Under-15 competition, I noticed that and she managed to score 20 goals and was the leading goalscorer," said Gilbert.
Naturally, comparisons are drawn. Gilbert claims Jody reminds him of a young Venecia Reid, who is now one of Jamaica's top women footballers.
"She is just a real good finisher. Once she gets the ball she will find the back of the net," Gilbert reiterated.