GT Kanaimas topple Paiwomak Warriors to take Heritage Games female football title

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By Avenash Ramzan

avenash@newsroom.gy

Paiwomak Warriors surrendered their title in dramatic fashion on Sunday evening when the Amerindian Heritage Games female football final was contested at the Everest ground, Camp Road.

In front of a massive and vocal crowd, GT Kanaimas stunned the Region Nine side 4-0 in a match that was dominated by national player Jalade Trim.

Trim netted a double (43rd and 71st) to finish with eight goals in four games in the tournament, while Jessica Teasdale (33rd) and Shanic Thornhill (45th) added a goal each.

Warriors created opportunities, but just could not convert in a game that was played at a high intensity throughout.

MVP Jalade Trim collects her prize from Minister of Amerindian Affairs, Pauline Sukhai (Photo: News Room/Avenash Ramzan/October 16, 2022)

Trim, who was duly adjudged Most Valuable Player of the three-day event, told News Room Sport: “It’s an amazing feeling (to win the tournament). I must say thanks to our coach (Lenin Thomas), our fans, my friends and my teammates (for their support).”

The victory for GT Kanaimas means the reign of Paiwomak Warriors, which dates back to 2019 when the Games were last held, came to an end.

Second best! Paiwomak Warriors receive the runner-up prizes from Minister of Amerindian Affairs, Pauline Sukhai (Photo: News Room/Avenash Ramzan/October 16, 2022)
GT Kanaimas coach Lenin Thomas

Coach Thomas was understandably elated to topple the defending champions with such a dominant performance.

“The girls worked for over two months…together as a team we have been training and we have been working hard and that brought the success to us,” Thomas related.

The coach hailed Trim as “amazing”, noting that her excellence in the tournament was key to GT Kanaimas lifting the title.

Coming into the final, Trim had scored two hat-tricks in the preliminary games.

“(This win) has given me more motivation to continue working with the Kanaima girls,” a beaming Thomas said.

“These are students and persons from the interior, who are working and studying in Georgetown. We don’t really get a chance to play with the Regions because we’re out here, hence we put this team together so that we can be a part of the Heritage Games.”

Apart from GT Kanaimas and Paiwomak Warriors, the other female teams in this year’s competition were Guyana Rush Saints, St. Cuthbert’s, Moraikobai, Paramakotai, Orealla/Siparuta, Rivers View, North West Warriors and Waramadong.

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