Girlz take lessons from community service | 6/11/2019 8:50 pm

REIMS, France — Coming out of ones comfort zone is not always the easiest thing to do, especially as an able-bodied person being asked to occupy a wheelchair for just about an hour. Some would wonder why a person with two functioning legs would want to play wheelchair sports, but for Jamaica's Reggae Girlz it was an opportunity to not only unwind but understand life from a different perspective. The community service exercise, which took place at the Gymnase Henri Barbusse here yesterday More

Germany on course to avoid USA after tight Spain win | 6/12/2019 1:34 pm

Germany brushed off the absence of injured star player Dzsenifer Marozsan to beat Spain 1-0 on Wednesday and take control of Group B in the women's World Cup, virtually assuring themselves of missing the rampant United States in the last 16. Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Sara Daebritz earned the Germans a hard-fought three points by pouncing three minutes before the break ahead of dithering Spain defender Marta Torrejon, who only had to clear the ball after her goalkeeper Sandra Panos did well More

Coaching staff tinkers with formation change | 6/11/2019 8:50 pm

REIMS, France — With the opening loss to Brazil now a thing of the past, Jamaica's Reggae Girlz and coaching staff hit the reset button to pull themselves together for another crucial Fifa Women's World Cup encounter. The team yesterday conducted its first full session since arriving here in this north-eastern city, which is the unofficial capital of the Champagne wine-growing region, following Sunday's 0-3 defeat to the South Americans in Grenoble. During the hour and half session led b More

Fearless Rapinoe leads US on and off the field | 6/10/2019 10:10 pm

Los Angeles, United States (AFP) — Fearless and ferocious, on and off the field, Megan Rapinoe will be one of the cornerstones of the United States dressing room as they chase a record fourth Women's World Cup crown. The 33-year-old attacking midfielder is one of the four co-captains of the American team, forming a brains trust alongside Carli Lloyd, Becky Sauerbrunn and Alex Morgan which has amassed around 750 caps between them. Rapinoe, who will be playing in her third World Cup, is a More

Photo: 'DON'T GIVE UP ON US YET' | 6/10/2019 9:50 pm

Brazil's forward Beatriz (left) vies with Jamaica's defender Chantelle Swaby during the France 2019 Women's World Cup Group C football match at the Alpes Stadium in Grenoble, central-eastern France on Sunday. (Photo: AFP) More

Chaotic travel aside Ultimate Fan Promotion winners savour W'Cup experience | 6/10/2019 10:10 pm

GRENOBLE, France — Marilyn Allen and Jeanette Lewis departed Jamaica for France with one aim and one aim only — to make the most of being a part of Jamaican history at the Fifa Women's World Cup. So even when the two ran into difficulties during their travels, it was not enough to dampen their excitement of seeing Jamaica's history-making women footballers take on Brazil in Grenoble on Sunday. Allen, a real estate consultant, is the winner of the Jamaica Observer Ultimate Fan Promo More

USA claim record 13-0 win over Thailand at Women's World Cup | 6/11/2019 4:01 pm

REIMS, France (AFP) — Champions  the United States began their defence of the women's World Cup trophy in style on Tuesday as Alex Morgan scored five times in a record-setting 13-0 destruction of hapless Thailand in Reims. Ten of their goals came in the second half as the USA set a new record for the biggest winning margin in a women's World Cup match, bettering Germany's 11-0 defeat of Argentina in 2007. More

On day of defence, Canada win but Argentina thwart Japan | 6/10/2019 10:10 pm

Paris, France (AFP) — On a day of defence against attack, Canada found the goal they needed to beat Cameroon but Argentina frustrated Japan and collected a first-ever Women's World Cup point. In Paris, Argentina restricted Japan, finalists in the last two World Cups, to three dangerous chances without creating a clear scoring opportunity of their own as the game ended in the first goalless draw of the competition and only the seventh in the competition's history. The result leaves both More

Despite FIFA ticket boast, most World Cup games not sold out | 6/11/2019 8:05 am

NICE, France (AP) — FIFA's attempt to hype Women's World Cup ticket sales didn't go exactly as planned. The sport's governing body gave the impression that tickets for the tournament in France were hard to come by when it boasted to the public a month ago: "You can still buy tickets for a few matches." But with the opening weekend taking place against the backdrop of many empty seats, FIFA came clean on Tuesday after providing misleading information. FIFA President Gianni Infantino said More

Bonansea brace crowns golden World Cup return for Italy | 6/9/2019 9:10 pm

VALENCIENNES, France (AFP) — Barbara Bonansea ensured Italy a dramatic return to the women's World Cup after a 20-year absence yesterday, with a stoppage time winner that gave her team a last-gasp win over tournament dark horses Australia. Juventus' Bonansea popped up at the back post to head home the winner, having already levelled for the dogged Italians. The Australians, tipped by many to have a big impact in France, had taken a first-half lead through hotshot Sam Kerr. The win puts More

Ten million French tune in for Women's World Cup opener | 6/12/2019 1:06 pm

Some ten million viewers tuned in to see the Women's World Cup opening game on Friday as the 24 nation tournament got off to a colourful start. The tournament is being broadcast by both public and cable television in France with Friday's opener, a 4-0 win for France over South Korea, going out on the TF1 channel. A sell-out crowd of 45,261 filled the Parc des Princes in Paris to watch the start of what is billed as the biggest women's World Cup yet. The France v China women's match broadcast More

PHOTO: Super fan | 6/9/2019 9:30 pm

CEO of the Lasco Chin Foundation, Professor Rosalea Hamilton, was a picture of euphoria ahead of yesterday's start of the FIFA Women's World Cup match between Jamaica and Brazil. Hamilton was among guests at the 'Bramaican Breakfast' hosted by the Embassy of Brazil at the ambassador's residence on Millsborough Crescent, in celebration of the fixture which was Jamaica's debut at the games. Brazil overcame the Reggae Girlz 3-0. The Reggae Girlz are next scheduled to play Italy, on Friday. (Photo: More

England claim victory over Scotland in women's World Cup opener | 6/9/2019 7:20 pm

NICE, France (AFP) — Nikita Parris blasted home a penalty awarded after a Video Assistant Reporter (VAR) review to set England on their way to a 2-1 win over old rivals Scotland in their opening match at the women's World Cup in Nice yesterday. Parris scored from the spot in the 14th minute and Ellen White added another goal for Phil Neville's side five minutes before half-time on Cote d'Azur. A shaken Scotland fought back in the second half, and Claire Emslie reduced the arrears with 11 More

Menzies says loss will serve to lift Girlz going forward | 6/9/2019 7:20 pm

GRENOBLE, France — Despite the rocky start to their historic Fifa Women's World Cup campaign, Reggae Girlz Head Coach Hue Menzies says the experience from the loss against Brazil will serve his team well for the remainder of the tournament. While bemoaning the faulty display by the Reggae Girlz in some parts, Menzies also believed his debutantes also gave a good account of themselves. As the tournament's youngest and lowest ranked squad at number 53, Jamaica's Reggae Girlz faced a tall a More

Fully focused 'Bunny' | 6/8/2019 5:40 pm

GRENOBLE, France — Reggae Girlz H ead C oach Hue Menzies says that Khadija “ Bunny ” Shaw's signing came at an opportune time , as the striker needed to clear her head ahead of their historic bow at the Fifa Women's World Cup here. Menzies pointed out that since inking the two-year deal with French professional club Football Club des Girondinis de Bordeaux, Shaw has been in a more relaxed mood, which is critical to the team's chances of progressing from the first round of More