By: Dave Lindo
Photography By: Milton Raynor
The JFF and Sherwin Williams on Thursday, May 8th, 2008, staged the 2006-2007 Sherwin Williams sponsored Women's Football Competitions Awards Ceremony at the Jamaica Football Federation's Office in Kingston, Jamaica.
Persons in attendance included National Technical Director, Rene Simoes, JFF President, Captain Horace Burrell, 3rd Vice President, Mr. Raymond Anderson, Chairman of the Competition Committee, Mr. Michael Ricketts, Managing Director of Sherwin Williams, Mr. Ian Forbes and Mrs. Elaine Walker Brown, longstanding Chairman for the Women's Committee of the JFF.
The big winners of the evening were Harbour View, who won the Sherwin Williams Colourscape Knockout Competition, Reno FC, winners of the A League, and Waterhouse, FC winners of the Sherwin Williams National Women's Premier League.
Captain Burrell in giving the welcome and opening remarks said that as long as he is at the helm of the JFF, he along with the JFF board will be giving the National Women's Football programmes their full support. He encouraged to strive for the highest standards that others can emulate.
Brazilian coach, Luciano Gama, was named as the new head coach of the National Women's Football teams. The upcoming assignments for the women's football includes the Under 20 team participating in an CONCACAF Tournament in Mexico in June. July the Under 17 will be journeying to Mexico and the Under 15 team will be going to Trinidad in August.
Coach Vin Blaine, former National Senior Women's coach and coach of Harbour view Women's team, was named as the new manager of the National Senior Reggae Boyz team. Long serving football administrator, Howard 'Juicy' Bell was promoted to General Manager of all national football teams.
In the Knock Out competition, winners Harbour View received the Fair Play award and their player Nico Bell got the MVP award. Vin Blaine received the Coach Of The Year award and Kerise Heywood also from the 'stars of the east' Harbour View was named as the Top Goal Keeper.
The A league saw first time entrants Reno having a dream run in the competition. They finished the season unbeaten winning 10 games drawing 2 and were promoted to the Premier League for next year.
Their coach, Junior Francis, received the Coach Of The Year Award. The Top Goal Scorer was Taneika Gordon of Reno with 12 goals and Best Goal Keeper was won by Tameka Barrett also of Reno. Kerry Ann Smallwood of St. Catherine Upliftment walked away with the MVP Award. Arnett Gardens for their effort got the Fair Play Awards.
The Premier League had Portmore Striker's Venicia Reid, as the Top Goal Scorer with 14 goals. Harbour View's Ferris Haywood won the Top Gold Keeper award and Alicia 'One Lef' James of Barbican FC received the MVP award. The Fair Play award was won by Harbour View.