UWI goalkeeper Cadijah Mars getting some words of encouragement on the sidelines from coach Christian Renwick during a game last season
The University of the West Indies Women's Football Club will be looking to get an early start on things in their title defence when the 2018 Women's League kicks off tomorrow at the Wildey Turf. With the tournament getting started with a parade of teams at 5:00 PM, the UWI ladies will be going after a third title, having getting their start with a win in 2015.
This year, four other teams will be gunning for the top spot in the tournament which expected to run from September to November. Many-time winners National Sports Council Women's Football Team are expected to give the greatest competition to the defending champions as they led the standings for most of the 2017 season. UWI should also be expecting some friction from Kick Start Genesis, Mavericks Women and Empire Women, who are back after a five-year sabbatical. Sitting this year out will be Ellerton Women, Technique and Eden Stars Unity Stars, who have been running a solid youth women's programme.
The tournament is set to be opened with a feature address from Concacaf Head of Women's Football and former professional player Karina LeBlanc. LeBlanc represented Canada in five Women's World Cups and twice in the Olympics, finishing her last with a Bronze medal in the London 2012 Games. Set with a mandate of strengthening the women's game across the length and breadth of the federation, LeBlanc is also the first first female professional footballer to be named a UNICEF Ambassador.
After the opening ceremony, UWI will be opening their campaign at 8:00 PM against Genesis, while Mavericks and Empire kick things off at 6:00 PM. Admission to the venue is free.