Yohan Blake, Kendra Harrison, and Ajee Wilson are the latest top-drawer athletes confirmed for the Racers/Adidas set for the National Stadium in Kingston on Saturday, June 8, 2019.

The high press is expected to a feature of Jamaica’s Reggae Girlz play during their campaign at the FIFA Women’s World Cup this summer. However, head coach Hue Menzies believes the team needs to a better job of taking advantage of those situations once they win the ball back in their opponents defensive third.

Jamaica pressed Panama high up the pitch during their 3-1 win at the National Stadium in Kingston on Sunday night. Their forwards – Bunny Shaw, Trudi Carter, and Mireya Gray, and midfielders Marlo Sweatman, Laura Jackson and Olufolasade Adamolekun – closed the spaces down on the Panamanian defenders and forced turnovers during the opening 30 minutes of the fame but failed to capitalize.

A brace from Bunny Shaw and one from Shakira Duncan sealed the Jamaican win over the Panamanians for whom Natalia Mills scored.

However, in the early exchanges, Jamaica missed several clear opportunities to score before Shaw managed to give the home side a 1-nil lead in the 29th minute. It could easily have been three-nil had Trudi Carter, playing in her first match since last October, Shaw, and fullback Dominique Bond-Flasza, not muffed easy chances to score.

“We talked about defending a little higher up the field so we can capitalize on some things. We won a lot of corner kicks, which was good but we still need to capitalize on those opportunities,” he said.

“We should have been up some goals early in the game. We just didn’t capitalize on them.”

Menzies pinpointed other issues that he plans to work on before the team makes their berth in the World Cup against Brazil on June 9.

“Our possession game, playing out the back, our midfield was a little stagnant. Obviously, we don’t have all the players here, but it shows the depth of what we have created,” he said, saying Shakira Duncan’s goal, Jamaica’s third was evidence of how well the team has progressed in recent months.

“Shaki’s goal dictates how good we are, getting forward with numbers. We think we are the best in the world at that. We lured them into possession and then we countered and that’s what we talked about.”

He also talked about the number of turnovers caused by errant passes, another they have identified that they have to work on before they get to France next month.

More than 800 female footballers from 22 schools will be among the expected thousands of patrons at Jamaica’s National Stadium on Sunday cheering on the Reggae Girlz in their final home match before they depart before they begin their FIFA Women’s World Cup campaign in June.

Jamaica will be playing Panama the team they beat 4-2 on penalties last October to qualify for their very first berth in the Women’s World Cup.

Tickets were possible for the girls, who play in the ISSA Schoolgirl Football Competition, by Winsynco through their bottled-water brand WATA, one of the sponsors of the Reggae Girlz.

“The WATA Football Showcase is all about Girl Power! We are celebrating the achievements of our Reggae Girlz and the dedication of our ISSA Schoolgirls football teams to sports,” said Tamara Ward, Wisynco’s Senior Marketing and Public Relations Manager.

“Our hope is to inspire these ladies through a fun and healthy social interaction among their peers that build confidence, team spirit, motivates them to make the right decisions and find balance in their nutrition habits.

“We are thrilled to have made this experience possible for forty-five teams or over eight hundred young girls."

In addition to match tickets, the players will also get a presentation about nutrition by fitness expert Kamila McDonald as well as an inspirational presentation by a member of the Reggae Girlz team.

They will also to take team photos to commemorate the day and get football gear and lunch.

Additionally, WATA ambassador Wayne Marshall will perform for them.

Technical Director of the Cavalier Football Club Rudolph Speid said the Cavalier Football Club established themselves as a powerhouse in the 2018/2019 RSPL season and expects the coming season to be an even better one.

Speid was speaking with Sportsmax.TV following his team’s 1-0 win over Mount Pleasant Football Club in the playoff for third place at the National Stadium on Monday night.

A 41st-minute goal from Alex Marshall was enough for Cavalier to win the match and secure third place. Marshall picked up the ball on the left just outside the 18-yard box beat a defender before firing past goalkeeper Joseph Vargas into the right corner of the goal.

Speid believes there is a lot to build on for next season.

“I think the third-place playoff was really an anti-climax to our season but at the same time we can’t complain too much because I think Cavalier established themselves as one of the powerhouses in the league,” he said.

“We have some regrets we didn’t go all the way but we are going to build on it next season.”

Cavalier sold two players during the season that impacted their season by their absence. One of them was 19-year-old Jamoi Topey who departed for the Bethlehem Steele in the National Soccer League in the United States.

Speid described Topey as three players in one and said his departure hurt the team defensively but they managed to eventually get their act together to reach the playoffs.

For next season, he plans to introduce even more young players into the Cavalier team and their fans can expect more from them in 2019/2020.

Briana Williams, the IAAF World U20 sprint double champion, says she is going for a personal best when she competes in  Saturday's final of the  Girls U20 100m at the Carifta Trials currently on at the National Stadium in Kingston.

 After experiencing Jamaica’s world-famous high school championships, Champs, for the very first time, 2018 CAC 100m silver medallist Khalifa St.Fort said she was blown away by the spectacle of it all.

14-year-old Tina Clayton broke her twin sister Tia’s age group world record and with it won the gold medal in an electrifying Girls Class 3 100m dash at the ISSA Grace Kennedy Boys and Girls Championships at the National Stadium on Friday night.

Immaculate Conception High School closed the gap on the top four teams to a single point after they picked up 15 points in the Class Four High Jump on Friday’s day four of the ISSA GraceKennedy Boys and Girls Championships at the National Stadium in Kingston.

Rivaldo Marshall of Calabar won a valuable nine points for Calabar by winning the 2000m steeplechase, the final event on Thursday, day three of the ISSA Grace Kennedy Boys and Girls Championships at the National Stadium in Kingston.

Ralford Mullings of Kingston College established a new Class Shot put record on his way to winning the gold medal at the ISSA GraceKennedy Boys and Girls Championships at the National Stadium in Kingston on Thursday.

Oblique Seville and Michael Stephens ran impressive times to qualify for the semi-finals of the Class I 100ms on Thursday’s third day at the ISSA Grace Kennedy Boys and Girls Championships at the National Stadium in Kingston.

Kingston College’s Wayne Pinnock created history when he destroyed the Class I Boys long jump record on Wednesday, day two of the ISSA Grace Kennedy Boys and Girls Championships (Champs) at the National Stadium in Kingston.

Jamaica's Reggae Girlz have to hit the ground running in their two upcoming friendlies against Chile on February 28 and March 3 in Jamaica as head coach Hue Menzies will begin selecting his World Cup squad this weekend.

Coach of the red-hot Ackera Nugent, Douglas Williams, says he plans to ‘cool off’ the talented sprint hurdler, who on Saturday broke the U18 world record for the 100m hurdles (76.2) at the Youngster Goldsmith track meet at the National Stadium in Kingston.

Shanieka Ricketts' journey to a possible podium finish at the IAAF World Championships later this year, took a giant step in the right direction on Saturday when she set a world-leading triple jump mark of 14.76m at the Youngster Goldsmith meet at Jamaica’s National Stadium in Kingston.

Griffiths, the 2018 NACAC Champion, was more than a metre better than her high-school rivals – Edwin Allen’s Ackelia Smith (13.42m) and Holmwood Technical’s Samantha Jibbson (12.24m) – but in truth, they were never where her attention was focussed.

Knowing that only an improvement in distance will get her a medal, Ricketts' plan was to execute her technique to perfection. She almost achieved it.

“Everything except the last phase of the jump went according to plan on Saturday. I was very fast on the runway and my hop and step phases were commendable,” she told Sportsmax.tv.

“The step phase has been a problem area for some time now,” she continued:

“We saw improvements last year and we are working to get better results this year. On Saturday, I had the best step phase of my career, which resulted in the best jump of my career.  Therefore, improving the step phase will undoubtedly play a crucial role in helping me get closer to the 15-metre mark.”

That said, Ricketts, who was a silver medallist at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, revealed that she was not really surprised at the personal-best performance.

“To be honest, I was not surprised at the distance because I believe that I am capable of jumping far and I have been having great jump sessions in training,” she said, also explaining that her schedule this season has set to allow her to be her peak in Doha.

“Before the start of the season, Coach (Kerry Lee) Ricketts, Norman Peart and I discussed the track and field calendar. We examined dates of each major championship and events and made the necessary plans for the season. In doing so, I will be at my best for the major championships.”

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