Spectators of the Grand Bahama Women’s Champion’s League witnessed its first close contest of the year during Kick-Off Sunday this past week.
The season got underway following the opening ceremony and the teams’ Champion’s League style traditional walk out of players, along with officials. The youth players of the Grassroots League escorted the officials and players.
Excitement took over the pitch when the defending champion Borussia Dortmund (sponsored by Sanitation Services) took on Barcelona FC (sponsored by Subway) in the opening game.
It was a closely played tilt on the pitch, but the defending champions found a way to edge Barcelona 3-2. Dortmund was powered by two goals from Abigail Victor and one goal by Abigail Simms. Carlie McBrayer scored both goals for Barcelona.
In the second game of the day, a come from behind effort by Chelsea (sponsored by PharmaChem) saved them a loss to Real Madrid (sponsored by Paradox) late into the game. Both teams finished tied, 1-1. Real Madrid held firm to a 1-0 lead. That was until Chelsea’s Shannon Albury scored the tying goal in the eighty-third minute of regulation.
The league is all about spreading the wealth of talent throughout the league. Champion’s League Coordinator Mary Woodside-Knowles explained the process to ensure that happens.
“Two weeks prior to the opening, the League had a draft day at the YMCA and players, family and fans congregated to hear the announcement of the team the new players would play on,” she said, “New players were welcomed by coach and veteran players and given the jersey of the team they would play on in the Champion’s league. The purpose of the draft is to have balanced teams to ensure competitive games.”
Games will continue this Sunday, April 2, at the Rugby Football Club. Dortmund will face Real Madrid at 2:30 p.m, followed by Chelsea and Real Madrid’s tilt at 4:15 p.m.
Published Friday, March 31, 2017