Menzies: 'There are a lot of things we fixed at this World Cup' | 6/20/2019 9:00 pm

It is a case of all's well, that ends well for head coach Hue Menzies and his Reggae Girlz team and the aim is now to build on what seems a well-laid platform. Their debut campaign at the Fifa Women's World Cup in France might not have gone the way they had hoped, but still there was much to celebrate and a lot to take away from their journey which was well documented in history. After a few years of inactivity and limited funding, the Reggae Girlz, with the assistance of ambassador Cedella Ma More

Coach thinks a strong local league, greater investments will take Girlz to new heights | 6/20/2019 9:00 pm

If you have been following Jamaica's Reggae Girlz journey through qualification and by extension their historic debut at the Fifa Women's World Cup, you would have noticed that most of the players are overseas-based. In fact, only just about a handful of players who have been a part of the entire qualifying campaign were local-based and that number trickled down for the World Cup. Though she was not officially a part of the 23-player roster for the World Cup, goalkeeper Chris-Ann Chambers was More

Goal-scorer Solaun hopes Girlz's World Cup exploits a game-changer | 6/20/2019 9:00 pm

While relishing the historic feat of being the first Jamaican to score at a Fifa Women's World Cup, Havana Solaun is hoping the achievement will bring more attention to the Reggae Girlz programme. Solaun's historic goal came in the 49th minute of the Reggae Girlz's final Group C game against Australia at Stade Des Alpes in Grenoble on Tuesday. Though the goal came in a losing 4-1 scoreline to the Matildas, it represented the Reggae Girlz's best performance and capped off what could only be de More

White on time | 6/19/2019 8:00 pm

NICE, France (AFP) — Ellen White scored twice as a much-changed England beat former champions Japan 2-0 in Nice on Wednesday to ensure that Phil Neville's side progress to the last 16 of the women's World Cup from first place in Group D. Georgia Stanway released White to slot home in the 14th minute, and the same player then wrapped up the win six minutes from time, taking her tally of goals at the tournament so far to three. For England, the result allowed them to gain a measure of reven More

Australia's Kerr hailed as 'GOAT' after four-goal romp | 6/19/2019 4:40 pm

SYDNEY, Australia (AFP) — Superstar striker Sam Kerr was hailed as a national treasure and the greatest of all time yesterday after becoming the first Australian to score a hat-trick at a World Cup. The 25-year-old banged in four goals as Australia smashed Jamaica 4-1 on Tuesday to reach the last 16. Kerr - the all-time leading scorer in the US National Women's Soccer League - had remarkably not found the net in her previous two World Cup appearance in 2011 and 2015. But she opened her More

'Gutted' Scotland knocked out after Argentina recovery | 6/19/2019 8:00 pm

PARIS, France (AFP) — Florencia Bonsegundo converted a re taken penalty in stoppage time as Argentina came from three goals down to draw 3-3 with Scotland, a result that eliminated the Scots and gave the South Americans a slim hope of advancing in the Women's World Cup. Victory would have put Argentina through, the draw meant that they will need freakish results in the last two groups to go through as one of the best third-place finishers. The final minutes of the game left both sides co More

Marta dedicates World Cup record to 'anyone fighting for equality' | 6/19/2019 4:40 pm

VALENCIENNES, France (AFP) — Marta secured her place among the legends of football on Tuesday after the Brazilian become the World Cup's all-time leading scorer in the 1-0 win against Italy in Valenciennes. “This record doesn't belong to me, it belongs to all of us,” said the 33-year-old after crashing home a penalty with 16 minutes left to score her 17th World Cup goal. “I share it with anyone fighting for more equality.” Brazil set up a knockout stage clash wit More

Record-breaker Marta representing women after firing Brazil into World Cup knockouts | 6/18/2019 7:50 pm

VALENCIENNES, France (AFP) — Marta said she was representing women in football after becoming the leading scorer in the history of the men's and women's World Cups yesterday by firing home the penalty that downed Italy and secured Brazil's place in the last 16 of this year's tournament in France. The 33-year-old, widely considered the best player in the history of the women's game, slammed home from the spot in the 74th minute against Group C winners Italy to secure qualification and take More

End of a fairy tale | 6/18/2019 8:10 pm

Jamaica….1 Solaun (49th)   Australia….4 Kerr (11th, 42nd, 69th, 83rd)   GRENOBLE, France — All 17,402 individuals packed Stade des Alpes here in Grenoble last night collectively held their breaths as a ball left the boots of Reggae Girlz substitute Havana Solaun and slowly made its way towards goal. Soon after the massive section of Jamaicans erupted into frenzy. Jamaica had scored its first-ever goal at a Fifa Women's World Cup. Though the goal came in a losing 4-1 eff More

Photo: JAMAICAN PRIDE | 6/18/2019 7:40 pm

Jamaican players encircle Havana Solaun in celebration after the latter scored Jamaica's only goal at the Fifa Women's World Cup in a 1-4 defeat to Australia in their final Group C match at the Stade des Alpes in Grenoble, central-eastern France, yesterday. (Photo: AFP) More

Proud parents of Jody Brown living World Cup dream with a little help from friends | 6/18/2019 7:40 pm

GRENOBLE, France — To say that Jody Brown's parents, Novelette Hall-Brown and Andrew Brown, are extremely proud would be an understatement. Both could hardly contain their pride seeing their offspring on the Fifa Women's World Cup stage here in a debut campaign with the Reggae Girlz. Only 17 years old, Brown is one of only a few players who have so far represented the country at all four levels — Under-15, Under-17, Under-20 and now the senior level. And she has done so with distin More

Australia lead Reggae Girlz 2-0 at half time | 6/18/2019 2:48 pm

GRENOBLE, France — The writing is all but on the wall for Jamaica's Reggae Girlz in their Fifa Women's World Cup debut campaign as they trail Australia 0-2 at half time in their final Group C game here at Stade des Alpes. Australian captain Sam Kerr netted both goals from free headers in the 11th and 42nd minutes, as the Matildas, who lead the World Cup in services from the channels, continue to exploit that ploy to their advantage. The Jamaicans needing to win by five or more clear goal More

Girlz still up for the challenge, says Cheyna Matthews | 6/17/2019 8:50 pm

GRENOBLE, France — Forward Cheyna Matthews is hoping that her Reggae Girlz team will come out on top when she faces club teammate Chloe Logarzo in the final Fifa Women's World Cup Group C game between Jamaica and Australia today. The teams meet at Stade des Alpes at 9:00 pm (2:00 pm Jamaica time) with top-ranked Australia the favourites to win over the 53rd-ranked Jamaicans, who are on the brink of an early exit in their debut campaign. Despite the quality of the Australian side, Matthe More

Norway join China, Spain in World Cup last 16 | 6/17/2019 8:20 pm

Reims , France (AFP) — Norway went through to the last 16 of the Women's World Cup alongside China and Spain yesterday after beating South Korea 2-1, while France and Germany topped their groups with wins over Nigeria and South Africa. Caroline Graham Hansen gave Norway an early lead from the spot after Cho So-hyun was judged to have grabbed Maria Thorisdottir in the third minute, before winning the decisive second penalty shortly after the break when she was chopped down by Kang Chae-rim More

Adamolekun savours World Cup experience despite big losses | 6/17/2019 7:40 pm

GRENOBLE, France — Olufolasade Adamolekun made it very clear how much playing at the Fifa Women's World Cup means to her, as she soaks up the atmosphere here on the global stage. At 18 years old, Adamolekun's excitement can be excused, as for any player, young or old, the World Cup is the grandest stage to showcase one's talent, especially in a budding career. Playing against top-ranked teams such as Brazil, Australia and Italy in Group C of the Reggae Girlz debut campaign here has defin More