Saturday 15 June, 2019

Grange tells Reggae Girlz to 'strike hard' in France

Sport Minister Olivia Grange (3rd right), receives from Reggae Girlz captain Konya Plummer a football signed by members of the team. The Reggae Girlz departed Jamaica on Monday, May 20, 2019 to begin final preparation for the FIFA Women's World Cup in France. Sharing the moment are JFF President, Michael Ricketts (right) and from Caribbean Airlines: Zachary Harding, Director; Alicia Cabrera, Senior Marketing Manager; and Trudy Chin, General Manager.

Sport Minister Olivia Grange (3rd right), receives from Reggae Girlz captain Konya Plummer a football signed by members of the team. The Reggae Girlz departed Jamaica on Monday, May 20, 2019 to begin final preparation for the FIFA Women's World Cup in France. Sharing the moment are JFF President, Michael Ricketts (right) and from Caribbean Airlines: Zachary Harding, Director; Alicia Cabrera, Senior Marketing Manager; and Trudy Chin, General Manager.

The Minister of Sport, Olivia Grange, has told the Reggae Girlz to “strike hard” when they make their debut appearance at the FIFA Women’s World Cup in France in June.

The Reggae Girlz, who created history when they became the first women’s team from the Caribbean to qualify for football’s showpiece event, departed the island on Monday for a brief camp in Florida as they continue their preparations ahead of the June 7 tournament.

They were seen off by Grange at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston. The Minister told the squad during the send-off reception that an entire nation was behind them. She said the entire Jamaica was proud of their accomplishments to date. 

“As Minister, I must tell you that I couldn’t be prouder.  But I just want to remind you to strike hard,” Grange said.

Minister Grange said she was encouraged by the performance of the team in the friendly international against Panama at the National Stadium on Sunday, which Jamaica won 3-1.  

“You really looked good and you made us feel good,” said  Grange while urging the players to remain focused and to continue training hard.

“Each of you has the kind of grit and determination to make things happen.  That is why you are part of this squad to the FIFA Women’s World Cup.  This is the chance of a lifetime and so you have to resolve to make the best of it.  Always work hard.  Never give up.  Fight until the end.”

The Reggae Girlz captain Konya Plummer presented Minister Grange with a football signed by members of the team.

Monday’s send-off was organised by Caribbean Airlines, the travel sponsor of the Reggae Girlz.  Minister Grange thanked the company for its support and repeated her call for other corporate entities to get behind the national women’s team.

Jamaica is in Group C of the Women’s World Cup with Brazil, Australia, and Italy.

The Reggae Girlz will begin their World Cup campaign on June 9 against 2007  Women's World Cup runners-up Brazil at the Stade des Alpes in Grenoble.

The Reggae Girlz will return to action on June 14 at the Stade Auguste-Delaune in Reims where they will square off against Italy.  

The Jamaicans will then round out their group stage action four days later on June 18 against Australia once again at the Stade des Alpes in Grenoble.

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