PRESS RELEASE – 2015 did see the introduction of the Women’s component to the revived Windward Island Football Association (WIFA) Championship as promised by the Presidents when they met earlier in the year in SVG; and it was indeed a successful and entertaining one.
The Championship held from April 05th to 12th and played at the Victoria Park; saw host nation St. Vincent and the Grenadines emerging as champions.
After the opening ceremony on Tuesday 07th, St. Lucia and Grenada got things started and the game ended in a two (2) all draw with Ellaisa Marquis of St. Lucia scoring a brace and Sherrice Hood and Ariba Collins with one goal each from Grenada.
Game two (2) of day one saw SVG or “Lady Heat” defeating Dominica by one goal to nil. Overseas based player Arima Franklyn, or Kandis as she is known scored the only goal of the night.
On Thursday 09th, Dominica and Grenada played to a one all draw, with goals by Roniesha Frank of Grenada and Alijah Titre of Dominica scoring. In the second encounter of the night, SVG just needed a victory to secure the title but were held to a two all draw by Grenada, leaving everything to play for on the final day between all of the four Windward Islands teams.
Dominica took St. Lucia to the gallows on the final day of games as they thrashed them by five (5) goals to nil. Michlyn Morgan, Muryah Esprit, Kayshanda Alexander, Britney Stoute and Alijah Titre all scored for Dominica.
No matter the outcome in the final game of the Championship, Dominica cupped the second position. Lady Heat sealed the deal against Grenada with a one nil win over neighboring island. The goal was scored by substitute Darie-Ann “Sugars” Duncan in the 75th minute of play after what was described as an entertaining and competitive game as both teams fought hard for victory.
St. Vincent and the Grenadines got most of the awards with Best Goal Keeper being Annesta Richards; Best Defender and MVP of the tournament Akiria Samuel and the Most Disciplined Team. EllaisaMarquis was awarded the Best Midfielder of the Championship and was also joint top scorer with Alijah Titre of Dominica.
The Windward Islands Football Association Women’s Committee chairperson Ms. Yoland London is pleased that the championship fulfilled its objective, and expressed gratitude to her colleagues from the other participating Islands as well as her local colleagues. The tournament was made possible by FLOW.
The tournament moves to Dominica in 2016.