Girlz hit ground running

Observer staff reporter

Monday, May 27, 2019

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GLASGOW, Scotland — Jamaica's Reggae Girlz never let any obstacle, great or small, interfere with whatever mission they set out on, and they once again proved that with a spirited display at a training session yesterday.

The one-hour session, conducted at the University of Strathclyde by Head Coach Hue Menzies and his technical team, saw the players braving wet conditions with temperatures of 11 degrees Celsius accompanied by winds of up to 19 mph.

Still, the Girlz, who arrived here less than 24 hours prior, showed no real signs of weariness, as they breezed through light tactical drills and finishing and even made time for a little prayer at the end.

It was initially expected to be the lone session before tomorrow's friendly against Scotland, but Menzies and his team had a late change of heart.

“We thought everything could go hard today (yesterday) and tomorrow (today) we would have more time to function before the game, but now we add another one because we couldn't get this session to be the hard one,” Menzies told the Jamaica Observer.

As such, another hour-and-half session has been planned for today to precede a walk-through of Hampden Park, where they game will be played.

Menzies pointed to the fact that the team arrived in groups and it impacted the session.

“Obviously, the flight situation kind of changed things, so we want to make sure we get enough work in before the game. So we are going to go over some more functional stuff, which is a whole lot of running, so we are going to try to do that and then we take it from there.

“But their spirits are good; these girls are professionals, so they came out here, put the time in, and took care of their business today (yesterday). We had three come in with us this morning (yesterday), so we took it lightly, but tomorrow (today) we will see how they feel,” Menzies explained.

“But it's just acclimation; we just have to get through it and then get back into the swing of things. These kids are fit, they are used to the travelling, so they will make the adjustments, and I think they will be fine,” he added.

Prior to the training session, Menzies and members of his team had a meeting with Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) President Michael Ricketts from which it is understood that both parties came out pleased.

“That was just to make sure we are all on the same page moving forward as regards to the schedule, and we are just trying to make sure we get enough training times in and less reciprocation of other things,” Menzies shared.

— Sherdon Cowan

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