Reggae Girlz demonstrate attitude for sustained success

Saturday, May 25, 2019

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At all times, human beings have an obligation to themselves and others to strive to do even better than before.

No matter how good you were, there is always room for improvement.

This newspaper believes that's an attitude that is a prerequisite for sustained success in any endeavour, at any level.

Hence our sense of satisfaction at the words of Reggae Girlz captain Ms Konya Plummer prior to the team's departure earlier this week to Miami, en route to the United Kingdom and then France for the Fifa Women's World Cup in June/July.

The Girlz earned a hard-fought 2-1 win over Florida club side FC Surge in Miami on Thursday before leaving for Britain yesterday, ahead of a friendly against Scotland next Tuesday.

All this is in preparation for the World Cup in which Jamaica will line up against Brazil, Italy, and Australia in group-stage action. They will be hoping to do well enough to earn a place in the knock-out stages.

Should they make it from their group the Reggae Girlz would have eclipsed the performance of the Reggae Boyz men's team, which made it to the Fifa World Cup, also in France, in 1998.

But to get back to Ms Plummer: Noting that in her view, the Reggae Girlz did not play as well as they should have in a 3-1 win over Panama in Kingston last Sunday, the Jamaica captain pledged improvement.

“The performance against Panama wasn't our best, and even though we got the result in the end, which is also important, we still have a few areas to tighten up on; and I think we will do that in Miami and put on a better performance against Scotland,” Ms Plummer told the Jamaica Observer.

The Jamaica captain knows her team will have the fight of their lives to advance from the Group stage in France. But she also knows that with proper preparation, ambition and the Jamaican spirit, the mountain top is achievable.

Like Ms Plummer, this newspaper feels for those players who missed the cut for the 23-member squad to France. We especially feel for those who missed out despite helping Jamaica to qualify last year. Of course, that's the nature of sport and indeed, life. You can only do the best you can.

“The coaches always said they want to create a solid pool of players and they did that — making it a very competitive environment over the past few months because every player knew what was at stake.

“Everyone here is like a family, so I know it was tough for those players who did not make the team to France. But at the end of the day, whatever decisions the coaches make, we, the players, respect it, and as always we will go out there and perform,” Ms Plummer said.

Those who didn't make the cut should hold their heads high. They should know they played their part to the best of their ability and the Jamaican nation will forever hold them in high esteem.

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