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GFF/Blue Water Shipping Girls U15 Tournament: QC, Waramuri, Bartica, Mackenzie among 7 advancing to Round of 16

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Scenes from last weekend’s U15 Girls’ action

Waramuri Primary, Bartica Secondary, Queen’s College and Mackenzie High have each topped their respective groups in the Guyana Football Federation-Blue Water Shipping Under-15 Girls’ National Secondary School Championship, thereby booking their spots in the Round of 16.
Following two intense weekends on May 4 and 11, the competition has reached a boiling point, with parents, coaches and student athletes eagerly anticipating which teams would next advance to the second round.
Waramuri Primary have emerged as standout performers in Region One (Barima-Waini), dominating their group and creating history as the first school to progress to the Round of 16.
With an unblemished record, they clinched victory in three consecutive matches, defeating Santa Rosa Secondary, Kwebanna Primary and Kamwatta Primary, and accumulating nine points.
They netted a total of eleven times, spearheaded by Allia Henry’s remarkable seven goals, supported by Sada LaCruz with two, and Erica Harris and Norismar Williams each contributing one to the scoreboard.
Trailing closely behind are Santa Rosa Secondary, securing their place in the next round with six points garnered from victories over Kwebanna Primary and Kamwatta Primary, despite suffering a sole defeat against Waramuri Primary. Their goal tally has reached ten, with Veronica Chatta leading the charge with six goals, backed by Letisha Austin’s four valuable contributions.
Queens College dominated Georgetown North within Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica), securing five consecutive wins and an impressive fifteen points. They defeated New Campbellville Secondary, Institute of Academic Excellence, North Georgetown Secondary, Chase’s Academic Foundation, and St. John’s College, and now have a total of seventeen goals to their credit. Rachel Joseph contributed with nine spectacular goals, closely followed by Anika DeFreitas with seven, while Rebekah Joseph added one to the school’s tally.
New Campbellville Secondary also advanced by accumulating eight points from two wins, against St John’s College and Chase’s Academic Foundation; two draws, with Institute of Academic Excellence and North Georgetown Secondary; and one loss, to Queen’s College.
They netted a total of four goals, with two credited to Naomi Wilson, and one each credited to Serina Coy and Nikita James.
Bartica Secondary School earned the top spot in their group in Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) after winning a best-of-three series against their sole opponent, Three Miles Secondary. With a total of nine points secured, Nerismar Williams led the scoring with four goals, while Noriamar Wikkiams and Nicola Joseph each contributed two, and Kelys Williams added one to the tally.
In Region Ten (Upper Demerara-Berbice), Mackenzie High asserted their dominance in their group to conclude with thirteen points. They recorded wins over Christianburg Wismar Secondary, Linden Foundation, and Wisburg Secondary, combined with a draw against New Silvercity Secondary. They also received a walkover from Harmony Secondary.
In total, they scored five goals, with Zareika Caesar contributing three of them.
Also joining the Round of 16 fray is Christianburg Wismar Secondary, who secured eight points by defeating Wisburg Secondary and Harmony Secondary, drawing with Linden Foundation and New Silvercity Secondary, and suffering a loss against Mackenzie High. Their ten-goal collection showcased six strikes from Natalya Huntley, three from Shamika Alphonso, and one from Crystal Moore.
GFF President Wayne Forde has commended the dedication shown by all participating teams, and congratulated the winning squads.
“The last two weekends have produced nothing short of fantastic football. We saw some exciting matches. Just seeing the young ladies out there…enjoying themselves and not being too broken, even though the results may not have gone in their favour, it’s encouraging for me and my team, who are working hard behind the scenes to make sure the tournament is a success,” he disclosed.
“We have a few more weeks of the tournament left, and I think the momentum will build and we can expect to see many more exciting matches,” he predicted.
In a post-match interview following the group trophy win, Queen’s College captain Kenisha Benedict disclosed that students were initially reluctant to join the team due to fear, but a collective decision was eventually made to compete and “do our best.”
“When we won the first couple of rounds, we were…so surprised with ourselves and so happy, and we knew that the next time we came out to play again, we would do our best,” she added.
Tournament Coordinator Lavern Fraser also congratulated the winning teams, and shared that she is looking forward to the forthcoming weeks of competition with optimism.
“Moving forward, I do not foresee any difficulties, because, so far, things have been going well,” she disclosed.
Sixty schools and more than a thousand student athletes are competing in the championship, which marks the start of the FIFA Football For School (F4S) programme’s competitive stage.
F4S, jointly launched by FIFA, the GFF, and the Government of Guyana on May 12, 2022, aims to contribute to the education, development and empowerment of students across Guyana.
On May 18, the spotlight would shift to the student athletes representing the six remaining regions, including contenders from the East Bank, East Coast, and Georgetown South Zones.

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