Blue Water U-15 Girls’ Round-of-16 games set for this weekend

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The Guyana Football Federation (GFF) President Wayne Forde has confirmed that all preparations are in place for the kick-off of the Round-of-16 of the Blue Water Shipping Under-15 Girls’ National Secondary Championship today (June 22).

Student athletes, coaches and match officials have dedicated the past two weeks to preparing for the eagerly anticipated second round of Guyana’s largest girls’ tournament, scheduled for June 22 and 23 at the GFF’s National Training Centre in Providence, East Bank Demerara.

“We are fully prepared to kick off the Round-of-16 this Saturday. The GFF organising team, alongside participating schools, has diligently finalised arrangements to ensure a successful continuation of this thrilling tournament,” shared President Forde.

In addition to conducting FIFA For Schools (F4S) module workshops with a focus on child safeguarding for educators, the GFF has also distributed personalised kits adorned with the tournament shield and featuring the Blue Water and GFF logos to enthusiastic players this week.

The excitement intensified as St Ignatius Secondary, champions of the Region Nine leg in the preliminary round, arrived in Georgetown on June 20, where they were warmly welcomed by President Forde.

Saturday’s schedule promises 12 competitive matches, with the first kick-off set for 10:00h.

The opening matches will feature Tucville Secondary against Ann’s Grove Secondary, and New Campbellville Secondary facing off against President’s College.

Schools representing the nine regions of Guyana have been grouped as follows:

Group A includes Waramuri Primary Top, Christianburg Wismar Secondary, Charity Secondary, and Bush Lot Secondary; Group B consists of Santa Rosa Secondary, New Amsterdam Secondary, Ann’s Grove Secondary and Tucville Secondary.

Meanwhile, Group C features Queen’s College, Woodley Park Secondary, Westminster Secondary, and St Ignatius Secondary, while Group D comprises New Campbellville Secondary, Mackenzie High, Bartica Secondary and President’s College.

The Ministry of Education-endorsed tournament, featuring over a thousand student athletes, commenced nationwide on May 4, marking the beginning of the competitive phase of the F4S programme.

Region Eight is absent this year, but preparations are underway for their inclusion in the next edition of the tournament.

The GFF’s top official added:

“We are eager to witness the top teams competing against each other. We have already identified several players with significant potential to join the junior national team training programme for upcoming matches. This aspect is integral to the national competition.”

Schools are competing to become the first GFF-Blue Water Shipping Under-15 Girls’ National Secondary Champions.

Football fans are anxious to see which teams will advance to the Round of 8.

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