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Meet the WPL players: Sport Ministry reveals squad rosters

The Sport Ministry has revealed the rosters for five of the six participating Women’s Premier League (WPL) clubs as the inaugural women’s tournament prepares for kick off on Thursday June 18 at the Police Barracks in St James.

Photo: United States forward Abby Wambach (right) appeals unsuccessfully for a free kick after a challenge from Trinidad and Tobago defender Arin King. (Courtesy CONCACAF)
Photo: United States forward Abby Wambach (right) appeals unsuccessfully for a free kick after a challenge from Trinidad and Tobago defender Arin King.
(Courtesy CONCACAF)

The Dragons, led by first draft pick and Trinidad and Tobago’s 2014 Player of the Year Arin King, will open the competition from 5 pm against Tasha St Louis’ Fuego. And, at 7 pm, Kennya “YaYa” Cordner’s Wave FC will face Maylee Attin-Johnson’s Angels at the same venue.

The team lists provided to the media suggest that most squads will have been 14 to 16 players. It is uncertain whether teams will bulk up over the season.

Thirty-three of the 76 WPL players who will earn salaries in the State-funded competition are foreigners, which is roughly 43 percent of the talent on show exclusive of the Oilers players. In contrast, just three of the 12 coaches are non-nationals.

Most of the foreign talent has come from South America and the Dragons, for instance, have six South American players in their ranks including four Brazilians.

Photo: WPL goalkeeper Emily Cota from the US Virgin Islands pulls off a save in a scrimmage against the Women Soca Warriors. (Copyright Allan V Crane/SPORTT)
Photo: WPL goalkeeper Emily Cota from the US Virgin Islands pulls off a save in a scrimmage against the Women Soca Warriors.
(Copyright Allan V Crane/SPORTT)

Fans will have to wait a full week before round one comes to an end as Rush, spearheaded by gifted Trinidad and Tobago winger Ahkeela Mollon, are scheduled to tackle Oilers on June 24.

WPL director Kairon Serrette explained the gap between the fixtures was necessary as the National Under-20 Team will be away on competitive duty between June 17 and 22.

The Oilers outfit comprises of national youth players as well as players attending university or hoping to do so. Their roster has not been revealed as yet.

The WPL is yet to reveal its season’s fixtures. All matches are free to patrons.

Today, the Ministry of Sport listed its sponsors for the women’s competition as Shanghai Construction Group, Caribbean Airlines, The Chancellor Hotel, Bankers Insurance Ltd, Blue Waters, Digicel and Petrotrin. But no dollar value was attached to their deals and it is uncertain how many of those companies—if any—have absorbed the costs associated with any of the franchises.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago National Women's Team star Kennya Cordner (left) keeps the ball from a Women's Premier League (WPL) defender during a scrimmage match. (Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago National Women’s Team star Kennya Cordner (left) keeps the ball from a Women’s Premier League (WPL) defender during a scrimmage match.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)

Petrotrin is said to have adopted Oilers. But then that is the only team which will not have a wage bill for its players, so as not to flout NCAA rules.

The WPL has also not revealed the salary range for players and coaches, whether franchises will have home grounds or the preferred locations for its matches.

Serrette promised to respond to Wired868’s enquiries as soon as possible.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago striker Mariah Shade (right) challenges Jamaican player Jodi-Ann McGregor during a scrimmage. (Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago striker Mariah Shade (right) challenges Jamaican player Jodi-Ann McGregor during a scrimmage.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)

WPL fixtures

(June 18)

Dragons vs Fuego, 5 pm, St James Barracks;

Wave FC vs Angels, 7 pm, St James Barracks;

(June 24)

Oilers vs Rush, 5 pm, Hasely Crawford Stadium.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago women's players (from left) Rhea Belgrave, Maylee Attin-Johnson, Kimika Forbes, Arin King and Karyn Forbes pose during the team's pre-2014 Caribbean Cup camp in Houston. (Courtesy TTFA Media)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago women’s players (from left) Rhea Belgrave, Maylee Attin-Johnson, Kimika Forbes, Arin King and Karyn Forbes pose during the team’s pre-2014 Caribbean Cup camp in Houston.
(Courtesy TTFA Media)

(WPL Teams)

Dragons: Arin King, Lauryn Hutchinson, Kadeema Jordan, Shanicar Diamond, Dernelle Mascall, Ashley Mark, Stavey Paul, Alania Burgin (all Trinidad and Tobago), Thais Amorina, Rafaela Silva, Marissol Moreira, Quezia Brunatti Proenca (all Brazil), Maleike Pacheco (Venezuela), Annabella Arevaloz (Paraguay), Jessica Adams (US Virgin Islands), Isabella Hayes (UK).

Head coach: Karla Aleman (Costa Rica); Assistant coach: Joanne Daniel (UK).

 

Fuego: Tasha St Louis, Patrice Superville, Diamond Henderson, Anastacia Prescott, Jamila Mathlin, Denisha Thomas, Bernelle Shears, Nickisha James, Jo Marie Lewis, Shanelle Warrick (all Trinidad and Tobago), Christina Murray, Tanesia Vassell (both Jamaica), Saucedo, Leticia Bussato, Camila Demezio (all Brazil), Ermelindo Izquierda (Paraguay), Zaudita Kaza-Amalak (US Virgin Islands).
Head coach: Richard Hood (T&T); Assistant coach: Joel Warrick (T&T).

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago players Lauryn Hutchinson (right), Rhea Belgrave (centre) and Kennya Cordner celebrate against Costa Rica during the CONCACAF Championships. (Courtesy CONCACAF)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago players Lauryn Hutchinson (right), Rhea Belgrave (centre) and Kennya Cordner celebrate against Costa Rica during the CONCACAF Championships.
(Courtesy CONCACAF)

Angels: Maylee Attin-Johnson, Ayanna Russell, Anique Walker, Tkeyah Phillip, Temar Watson (all Trinidad and Tobago), Tynetta McKoy (St Kitts and Nevis), Beth Seasman, Jodie Redgrave (both United Kingdom), Bruno Da Silva, Hilda Izquierda (both Brazil), Rafaela De Vargas (Colombia), Jaclyn Poucel (USA), Alyssa Budhoo (Canada), Kandace Franklin (St Vincent and the Grenadines), Peta-Gaye Soman, Jodi-Ann McGregor (both Jamaica).
Head coach: Anthony Creece (T&T), Assistant coach: Janelle Noel (T&T).

 

Rush: Ahkeela Mollon, Rhea Belgrave, Janine Francois, Mariah Shade, Annalis Cummings, Sharice Arthur, Afeisha Mohammed, Tamika Isaac, Janelle McGee, Adeka Spence (all Trinidad and Tobago), Bruna Marchiowatti, Priscilla Selau, Joyce Mattos (all Brazil), Emily Marie Cota (US Virgin Islands),
Head coach: Marlon Charles (T&T), Assistant coach: Ademir Braz De Oliveira (Brazil).

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago National Senior Women's Team star Ahkeela Mollon (right) tries to get past Ecuador player Ingrid Rodriguez during the 2014 FIFA Women's World Cup Play Off first leg. (Copyright Rodrigo Buendia/AFP 2015)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago National Senior Women’s Team star Ahkeela Mollon (right) tries to get past Ecuador player Ingrid Rodriguez during the 2014 FIFA Women’s World Cup Play Off first leg.
(Copyright Rodrigo Buendia/AFP 2015)

Wave FC: Kennya Cordner, Kimika Forbes, Verlea Duprey, Jenelle Cunningham, Samantha Kissoon, Tisha Lee Spicer, Patrice Vincent, Charissa Delzin, Teneisha Cobham (all Trinidad and Tobago), Shakira Duncan (Jamaica), Shanice Stephenson (Barbados), Josean Azevedo, Camilla Germano (both Brazil), Emarie Holland (USA), Laura Becerra (Colombia),
Head coach: Derek Arneaud (T&T), Assistant coach: Allistair Ramdoo (T&T).

About Lasana Liburd

Lasana Liburd
Lasana Liburd is the CEO and Editor at Wired868.com and a journalist with over 20 years experience at several Trinidad and Tobago and international publications including Play the Game, World Soccer, UK Guardian and the Trinidad Express.

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68 comments

  1. Roneil K Walcott is not a matter of come around for me is about putting things in place for the future of the women game!! You will not believe how much chopping and changing took place because of things said on this wired page!! Now the thing have started all on board because as uncle say we love our women on and off the field!! lol

  2. Like you all came around? lol

  3. Well next season I will be getting my own franchise yes because ah tired of the men’ s football tabanka and I might be lucky like the sports minister and have a passion for both the football and our sweet women. Them really good yes. hahahaha

  4. Agreed Kurtwyn Baird!! Not bad! Not sure is value for money but a very decent start should only get better! So lets support and see where it goes!

  5. D Boss all that matter is people get to see some women football and Mr Gordon Pierre say it was a good game in such a short period of time,so much better to expect given some time!

  6. yes uncle but the vibes was good!! at the end of the day women football won although the set of foreigners was not neccessary

  7. So I guess that everyone had to stand up and watch the game ent Gordon Pierre. Them really good yes.

  8. well folks not too bad an opener!!

  9. Kenneth Ransome they cudda just use Mandela Park the same yes and fix it up with the tents and the removable seating, the toilets/ showers eh, but they are to cheap to spend some dollars in order to do so Them really good yes.

  10. uncle i want to see yes because with all them tent close to the field i want to see the lighting for camera work for tv we will c i heading there now

  11. I wonder why neither CIC grounds nor the oval, nor Hasely Crawford was chosen? Or is Sancho not on good terms with somebody? Ha boy…

  12. I was told that they are planning to put down a turf field there and the police sports administration building where the tennis courts are so I told my informer that this was 30 yrs long overdue , when I was in the service eh, I also told them that a higher fence should have also been built so that he balls wouldn’t have been going the the road all the time steeuppss, These folks down there really have a third world mentality yes and it seems that nothing will be changing anytime time soon and all they are doing is putting up lights on the fields all over the place eh, and not fixing the most important hing the fields with proper seating areas, etc, etc, Them really good yes. Gordon Pierre

  13. uncle earl behave!! but u are quite right remember our goodly minister himself protested bathing by the stand pipe so lets see what facillated the ladies get!!

  14. And I guess after when the game is finished the players have to use the stand pipe that is located near the gate to bathe ent. Them really good yes.