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.
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.
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.
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.
Dragons vs Fuego, 5 pm, St James Barracks;
Wave FC vs Angels, 7 pm, St James Barracks;
Oilers vs Rush, 5 pm, Hasely Crawford Stadium.
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).
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).
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).