A group of young women mainly from the Linstead and Ewarton areas of St Catherine is hoping for a maiden win tomorrow, August 24, in National Premier League action.
The team, which trains in Ewarton and represents the brand new Northern Queens Football Club, will play for the very first time in a major competition.
Its opponent will be the University of the West Indies, and action will start at 3:30PM at the university’s Mona campus.
Manager of Northern Queens, Clement Dehaney, told The Beacon that the young ladies, who long have been yearning for an opportunity to play competitive football, attend McGrath, Charlemont and Ewarton High Schools.
“The sky is limit and we are aiming to finish in the top four this season. We are a newcomer in the competition, but inspiration and self-confidence will take us there,” he posited.
Dehaney further said: “We are inexperienced, but, at the same time, we have some young girls that want to play and are dying to play and are ready to do their best.”
Members of the Northern Queens coaching staff are Clement ‘Seppie’ Dawes, former national player Garfield Reid, and Norman Hudson.
Meanwhile, Dehaney, who previously managed the now defunct Hope View Football Club, said the all-male squad no longer exists due to a lack of sponsorship.
He is however confident that sponsors especially in the Linstead and Ewarton areas will support Northern Queen because the area does not have many female footballers.
“It is the first time that we are having a female football team from this area, so I’m confident that, when we reach out to the sponsors, they will come on board with us,” Dehaney said.
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