By Franklin Wilson
Head Coach of the Guyana Football Federation (GFF) Women’s National team, Mark Rodrigues recently held a successful Senior Women’s Team Camp in Toronto, Canada where a total of 16 players in attended.
Speaking with Kaieteur Sport, Rodrigues said that it was a good mix of original senior team players and Under-20 national team players with a few quality new players.
Rodrigues, who was at the helm of the Women’s Programme when Guyana made it to the CONCACAF Women’s Gold Cup in Cancun Mexico in 2010 stated that it was evident that all the players attending understood the game very well; noting that GFF Technical Director, Claude Bolton who also attended the Camp and himself were extremely pleased to see how the players have matured in their development since 2010 (senior) and 2012 (U20’s).
“The camp proved to be very competitive culminating with a solid performance in the game on Sunday against the Durham FC League 1 team who are undefeated in league play so far this year and had no goals scored against them in six games to date until the Lady Jags changed that.”
The Durham team had taken the lead after 20 minutes of play. But Rodrigues made a tactical change when he moved Senior Lady Jag Alison Heydorn from the right back position to center forward in the second half.
The move paid off as her work ethic won her the ball close to goal where she set up another senior Lady Jag Ashlee Savona for the equalizing goal. The game ended 1-1 and went to penalty kicks.
All five National team players scored with Heydorn netting the game winner. There were three players that attended from the USA, two from Maryland and one from Detroit.
“Four of our high level players from the USA, Denmark and Iceland were not invited as their professional team commitments prevented them from doing so and it was also not necessary to have them there anyway. They will however be in Guyana for the mid July camp,” Rodrigues informed.
He further stated that he was extremely gratified that they were able to conduct such an effective camp while being very fiscally responsible. Approx 20-22 players from Canada, USA, Iceland, Denmark and England will now be invited to attend the main camp in Guyana July 18-26 where final selections will be made for the first round of qualifying in St. Kitts & Nevis from August 21-25, 2015.
Efforts are currently underway by the GFF to host Puerto Rico for a wrap up game on Saturday August 25 at the Guyana National Stadium, Providence.
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