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Women’s Premier League starts today

Published:Saturday | August 24, 2019 | 12:24 AMLivingston Scott/Gleaner Writer

Defending champions Waterhouse will start the defence of their JFF Women’s Premier League title against Olympic Gardens this afternoon in the second game of a double header at the Drewsland Stadium at 4 p.m.

Whip Although Waterhouse coach Xavier Gilbert says they are not as strong as last season, and he hopes that they will be good enough to retain the title.

“We play Olympic in our first game and we are definitely looking to start with a win,” he said. “That is the team we played in the semi-final, and they will be looking for some form of revenge, but we will be doing everything to ensure that we come out on top.

“It (repeating) is going to be very tough as we have lost a few players to scholarships, and we have lost players to other clubs, so we will not be as strong as last year, but we have the requisite individuals to get the job done.

“But teams like Arnett Gardens and Cavalier would have got stronger, so we expect a stern test from them. Preparation has not gone as how we would have liked, but they just have to go out and do their best, and we just hope it is good enough to defend the title.”

Twelve teams will compete in this season’s competition, which is supported financially by Lascelles Employees Credit Union and FIFA funds. Two new clubs, Real Mona and Northern Queens, have joined the competition, while UWI will make a return. The league is scheduled to end in November.