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SAINT LUCIA LOOKING FORWARD TO INTERNATIONAL FOOTBALL REPRESENTATION FOR THE FIRST TIME IN TWO YEARS

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SAINT LUCIA’S UNDER 20 WOMEN’S NATIONAL FOOTBALL TEAM IS SET TO TRAVEL TO CURACAO THIS WEEKEND FOR THE 2022 CONCACAF WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFIERS.

THE COMPETITION WILL TAKE PLACE SEPTEMBER 13-17, 2021.

THE QUALIFIERS WILL INCLUDE THE PARTICIPATION OF 13 CONCACAF MEMBER ASSOCIATIONS THAT HAVE BEEN SPLIT INTO FOUR GROUPS, WITH THREE GROUPS CONSISTING OF THREE TEAMS AND ONE GROUP OF FOUR TEAMS.

SAINT LUCIA IS IN GROUP C ALONG WITH ANTIGUA & BARBUDA, AND THE HOST NATION, CURACAO.

WITH NO REGIONAL FOOTBALL IN 2020, SAINT LUCIA’S DECISION TO SIT OUT THE MEN’S WORLD CUP QUALIFIERS, AND THE RECENT HEALTH RELATED WITHDRAWAL OF TWO YOUTH TEAMS, THIS WILL BE THE FIRST TIME SAINT LUCIA WILL BE REPRESENTED INTERNATIONALLY IN TWO YEARS!

HEAD COACH EMMANUEL BELLAS TELLS MBC SPORTS THAT THE YOUNG LADIES ARE RARING TO GO.

AFTER ROUND ROBIN PLAY, THE WINNERS OF EACH GROUP WILL ADVANCE DIRECTLY TO THE KNOCKOUT STAGE OF THE CHAMPIONSHIP.

SAINT LUCIA WILL BE BOLSTERED BY THE ADDITION OF KRYSAN ST LOUIS, WHO IS ON SCHOLARSHIP IN THE UNITED STATES.

COACH BELLAS TOLD US THAT HE HAS NOT SEEN MUCH OF THE OTHER TEAMS IN SAINT LUCIA’S GROUP, BUT HE THINKS HIS TEAM IS AS READY AS THEY CAN BE.

THE GROUP STAGE AND KNOCKOUT STAGE OF THE CHAMPIONSHIP ARE SCHEDULED TO TAKE PLACE IN THE FIRST QUARTER OF 2022.

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Saint Lucia get off to a losing start in Concacaf women’s Under-20 action in Curacao

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The road to the 2022 Concacaf Women’s Under-20 Championship began on Monday with the start of Qualifying in Curacao.

Saint Lucia got off to a rough start, losing big to the host territory to close out  GameDay 1.

The home fans were smiling as Curacao, featuring five professional players, downed Saint Lucia 5-2 to rise to first place in Group C.

All five Curacao goals came in the first half, with Taisha Hansen and Sadeyah Rosa each notching a brace and Queenjelly Alexandre chipping in with a goal as well.

Saint Lucia did close out in strong fashion though, scoring their two goals in the second stanza through Arnicka Louis and Cassandra Shepherd.

Coach Emmanuel Bellas told MBC Sports that although his team started poorly, he was pleased to see the improvement as the game wore on.

Saint Lucia next plays Antigua and  Barbuda on Friday.

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WEST INDIES HEAD COACH PHIL SIMMONS IS CONFIDENT GOING INTO THE WORLD T20

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THE WEST INDIES ARE READY FOR THE WORLD!

AS DEFENDING WORLD CHAMPIONS, WI ARE PREPARING TO MOVE FULL STEAM AHEAD TO BE READY TO CONTEST THE COVETED ICC T20 WORLD CUP TO BE PLAYED IN THE UNITED ARAB EMIRATES AND OMAN FROM OCTOBER 14TH TO NOVEMBER 17TH 2021.

THAT’S ACCORDING TO HEAD COACH PHIL SIMMONS, FOLLOWING THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE WEST INDIES SQUAD ON THURSDAY.

SIMMONS ASSERTS THAT WHEREAS THE BOWLING IS ADEQUATE TO THE TASK AT HAND, BATTING WILL BE THE TEAM’S MAIN STRENGTH AS THEY GUN FOR BACK TO BACK WORLD TITLES IN THIS FORMAT.

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QIANA JOSEPH HITS A CAREER HIGH, BUT BAD NEWS FOR ACKEEM AUGUSTE ON WEST INDIES DUTY

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QIANA JOSEPH HIT A CAREER HIGH 21 RUNS FOR WEST INDIES WOMEN AGAINST SOUTH AFRICA TODAY.

WEST INDIES ONLY MADE 120 ALL OUT, HOWEVER.

SOUTH AFRICA EASILY GOT TO THE TARGET FOR THE LOSS OF JUST ONE WICKET, WITH NEARLY 150 BALLS REMAINING – LAURA WOLVAARDT MADE 71.

JOSEPH NOW HAS 27 RUNS AND TWO WICKETS FROM 4 ONE DAY INTERNATIONALS.

SHE IS JUST 20 YEARS OLD.

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