Gwinn fires Germany past China in tight tussle | 6/8/2019 4:50 pm

RENNES, France (AFP) — Teenage midfielder Giulia Gwinn scored the only goal yesterday as Germany opened their World Cup campaign with a hard-fought 1-0 victory over China in Group B. On a day for German youth, Gwinn, who is just 19, scored, and Lena Oberdorf came on at half-time to become her country's youngest World Cup player at 17 years and 171 days. The Germans complained after the game that the Chinese had aimed for their ankles. “They were often late in the tackles and kept More

Mixed emotions as Grey gets last-minute bite at World Cup cherry | 6/8/2019 4:50 pm

GRENOBLE, France — It is often said that one man's disappointment is another's joy. But for young forward Mireya Grey, daughter of former Montego Bay Cricket Club and Wadadah player Heron “Sheriff” Grey, being called into the Reggae Girlz squad at the expense of Kayla McCoy brings mixed emotions. The 20-year-old Grey was earmarked as replacement for McCoy, who suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee during the Reggae Girlz's final warm-up friendly contest More

Girlz trail Brazil 0-1 at half time | 6/9/2019 9:34 am

GRENOBLE, France — Jamaica's Reggae Girlz are trailing 0-1 in their historic Fifa Women's World Cup Group C opening game against Brazil here at Stade des Alpes. The Jamaicans who started slowly conceded in the 15th minute when Cristiane expertly headed past Sydney Schneider. After the goal the Reggae Girlz settled into their game and gave the Brazilian defence a few scares while Schneider continued to command her box well at the other end, including an impressive save to deny Andressa fr More

Jamaica, Bob Marley, football: A family love affair | 6/8/2019 5:40 pm

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AFP) — In Jamaica, the spirit of Bob Marley is inescapable. It permeates the Caribbean island nation, even its football pitches — a sign of the reggae legend's passion for the sport. After Marley's death, his children picked up the torch — and the country's women's team who have qualified for their first-ever World Cup this summer in France, and who owe a lot to the musician's daughter, Cedella. “Two things he loved were music and soccer,” says More

Cristiane's hat trick give Brazil 3-0 win over Jamaica | 6/9/2019 10:44 am

GRENOBLE, France (AP) — Cristiane scored all three goals and Brazil spoiled Jamaica's first-ever Women's World Cup match with a 3-0 victory on Sunday. The veteran forward's goal in the 64th minute for the hat trick came on a free kick that curled just under the crossbar. She also scored in the 15th and 50th minutes for the Brazilians, who were playing without star Marta. The six-time women's world player of the year was ruled out of the match because of a left thigh injury. The loss coul More

Strike hard! | 6/8/2019 6:20 pm

GRENOBLE, France — After an incredible journey that saw them defying the odds to achieve what many thought was impossible, Jamaica's Reggae Girlz are now set to live in the moment of playing on the biggest stage of all. Their male counterparts graced this stage in this same European country some 21 years ago, but today the Reggae Girlz take centre stage when they make their historic bow in the Fifa Women's World Cup. The Reggae versus Samba clash with Brazil at Stade des Alpes in Grenobl More

FOR INSPIRATION! | 6/7/2019 9:30 pm

GRENOBLE, France — Whether they are at home or abroad, the love and warmth of Jamaicans always shine through like the noonday sun. So when members of the Reggae Girlz team were informed that they would be a part of Fifa's community service here in the south-eastern city, situated at the foot of mountains between the Drac and Isere rivers, they thought it was a no-brainer. One could sense the excitement in the tone and body language of the five players — Captain Konya Plummer, Chin More

Bon appétit! | 6/7/2019 9:30 pm

GRENOBLE, France — You could literally hear members of the Reggae Girlz team and coaching staff breathe a collective sigh of relief when chef Manley Edwards walked into the team's hotel base here yesterday. Since arriving here in France last week Friday, the team has been struggling to adjust to the food provided at the various hotels, so much so that the players at times refused to turn up for breakfast, lunch or dinner. That did not sit well with the coaching staff knowing that the pla More

Gwinn fires Germany past China in tight tussle | 6/8/2019 11:42 am

Defensive midfielder Giulia Gwinn scored the only goal on Saturday as Germany opened their World Cup campaign with a 1-0 victory over China in Group B.On a sunny but breezy early summer's day perfect for football, in front of a noisy crowd of 15,283 in Rennes, Germany, twice winners of this competition, dominated possession and territory.Yet, in a game of slick passing mixed with robust challenges, their goal twice survived narrow escapes.  Germany, traditionally one of international football's More

Hermoso penalties help Spain avoid South Africa upset | 6/8/2019 1:16 pm

Jenni Hermoso converted a pair of second-half penalties as Spain recovered from a goal down to beat Women's World Cup newcomers South Africa 3-1 in their opening game Saturday.Thembi Kgatlana put South Africa ahead on 25 minutes with a curling strike from the edge of the box, but Atletico Madrid forward Hermoso twice scored from the spot as Spain fought back.Nothando Vilakazi was sent off for a raised boot as she conceded the second penalty, awarded after a VAR review, with Lucia Garcia sealing More

Coca-Cola announces the winner of trip for two to Fifa Women's World Cup | 6/7/2019 9:30 pm

Coca-Cola, the official beverage sponsor of the Reggae Girlz, announced the winner of their KICK IT TO FRANCE giveaway of a trip for two to France, to watch the team at the 2019 Fifa Women's World Cup. The brand offered customers from around the island the chance to win this unique opportunity to support the Jamaica Women's National Football Team at one of the most important sporting events in the world. “As partners with the Reggae Girlz, and also as fans, we thought it only fitting th More

Hosts France enjoy winning start as women's World Cup kicks off | 6/7/2019 9:30 pm

Paris, France (AFP) — Hosts France lay down a marker in the opening game of the women's World Cup as towering defender Wendie Renard scored twice in a convincing 4-0 win over South Korea to kick off the tournament in style, in Paris yesterday. A sold-out crowd of 45,261 filled Parc des Princes to watch the start of what is billed as the biggest women's World Cup yet, but there was no sign of the pressure getting to the French. Les Bleues are among the favourites to win the trophy on hom More

Women's World Cup: Norway too strong for Nigeria | 6/8/2019 4:43 pm

REIMS, France (AFP) — Former champions Norway kicked off their Women's World Cup campaign with a routine 3-0 victory over Nigeria, despite the absence of Ballon d'Or winner Ada Hegerberg. Guro Reiten's deflected shot gave the 1995 winners the lead on 17 minutes in Reims before a powerful strike from Lisa-Marie Utland doubled their advantage. Osinachi Ohale turned a cross into her own net before half-time as Norway cruised to an opening win in Group A, leaving them level on three points w More

Girlz hit the field for mandatory Fifa 'meet the community' session | 6/6/2019 8:10 pm

GRENOBLE, France — Despite the cold and wet weather, Jamaica's Reggae Girlz were back on the pitch early yesterday morning to continue preparations as their historic Fifa Women's World Cup opener draws closer. Though the special session dubbed 'meet the community' was mandated by Fifa and the Local Organising Committee (LOC) before each team's opening match, there was no shortage of intensity from the team in going through their paces. The community sessions take place at venues near eac More

Jamaica's underdog 'Reggae Girlz' ready to take on World Cup | 6/7/2019 7:05 am

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AFP) — They don't have tons of money, sponsors or flashy practice facilities but they didn't let that stop them: Jamaica's 'Reggae Girlz', the women's national football team that did not even exist a few years ago, are heading to France to do battle for the World Cup. With the help of the daughter of late reggae legend Bob Marley, the team — the first from the Caribbean to make it to the finals — are ready to compete for the sport's Holy Grail. Before headi More