Police ‘A’ wins $10,000 at T&T Sport Diary/bmobile Football Tournament
Police FC ‘A’ was crowned champions of the inaugural T&T Sport Diary/bmobile Women’s 7-a-side Football Tournament which kicked off at the Eastern Regional Sporting Complex recently.
The ladies in blue tactically adopted a ‘one-shot, one-goal’ policy and were able to successfully execute their plan en route to a deserving 1-0 victory and the coveted $10,000 jackpot. Eventual runners-up, Zessers, showed grit in the championship match but could not recover following a goalkeeping blunder, which led to Police’s title-winning strike courtesy Karyn ‘Baby’ Forbes.
In their respective semi-final matches, Police ‘A’ emerged 2-0 victors over Pleasantville ‘A’ while Zessers trumped Veterans 3-1.
This event was hosted by digital sport media organisation, T&T Sport Diary, and leading communications solutions provider, bmobile, and was specifically geared towards empowering women through sport. The tournament featured a lengthy list of former, current and upcoming National representatives who capitalised on this opportunity to compete on the local circuit. Altogether, eight teams (Police FC ‘A’ and ‘B’, Pleasantville ‘A’ and ‘B’, Zessers, Veterans, Rugby Ballers and SFX) vied for top honours.
Cheering on the players at the outdoor facility was TSTT’s Manager of Corporate Responsibility and Community Relations, Anjanie Ramesar-Soom, who was proud to be a part of this developmental initiative.
“Sport continues to be an integral pillar of the bmobile Foundation,” she stated. “We will continue to be a part of sustainable initiatives which help in the development of young people. This competition has given young women who do not get the opportunity to partake in bigger tournaments, a chance to play. It also provided them with a platform to showcase their skills and play alongside some of T&T’s top players.”
Forbes, who also captured the tourney’s ‘Most Valuable Player’ award, was excited to have been a part of the meet and welcomed such events which aid in the rejuvenation of women’s football.
“We are eternally grateful for this competition. Women’s football needs a boost and this helps keep us active when tournaments are few and far between. On the basis of equal rights, we hope that bmobile and T&T Sport Diary’s investment helps attract other major corporations to invest in women’s football and women in sport as a whole,” stated Forbes after receiving her MVP trophy.
Following Police’s battling victory over Zessers, captain of the title-winning squad, Anastasia Prescott, credited her teammates for a well-executed combined effort.
“We played as a team today and I believe that’s why we came out on top,” explained Prescott. “We would have worked hard last year playing in the Women’s League and the Eddie Hart League. To come here, and not just win the $10,000, but improve our overall game play was our greatest achievement. Focussing on one game at a time and urging each other on helped our overall game play.”
The former national skipper also acknowledged the intervention of bmobile and other corporate entities sponsors who helped make the tournament a resounding success. Also sharing similar sentiments was T&T Sport Diary founder, Shakira Thompson, who noted, “I am very pleased that we can have additional tournaments that feature women’s football. It’s good for the development of the sport and also allows us a chance to showcase our skills and find future talents.”
Champions – Police FC ‘A’ – Anastasia Prescott (captain), Shanelle Warrick, Rhea Belgrave, Karyn Forbes, Minty Cruickshank, Chelsea Ramnauth, Shakeema Forestine, Demeisha Bailey, Nassoma Ruiz, Markita Joseph
MVP – Karyn Forbes (Police FC ‘A’)
Runners-up – Zessers – Aaliyah Price (captain), Natisha John, Moenessa Meijas, Jennifer Lopez, Raynelle Pascal, Dennecia Prince, Abishai Guy, Jemilia Mathlin , Klil Keshawr