QC star keeper and Tournament MVP, Christina Wharton with her winnings at the end of Girls Time
Christina Wharton was the star of the day on Friday when the Barbados Football Association held its first ever Girls Time event. The 7-a-side soccerama, which was hosted on International Women's Day for secondary schools, saw Wharton bringing home the bacon for Queen's College as she saved and kicked her team to victory. With eight teams split into two zones, teams played three preliminary games before heading straight into the playoff round.
After securing a spot in the semifinals by finishing second in Group A, the Queen's College girls advanced to the final by beating the Lodge School 2-0. The road to the playoffs saw QC amassing seven points from two wins and a loss, while Foundation A topped the group with similar stats but a better goal difference. In Group B, the Lodge lead things with three flawless wins for nine points while Graydon Sealy was second with four.
With Foundation A beating Graydon Sealy in their semifinal, the final was set in stone. However, these two teams had met earlier in the day with a 0-0 result giving them both a draw. Seemed to be evenly-matched, the two played to a goalless draw a second time to force the game into penalties. Neither keeper would budge with Wharton keeping a clean sheet and Foundation's Lisa Harding doing the same.
The spot kicks would go through two rounds before Wharton took the final kick. Measuring up her distance and taking a step back she moved to the ball and took a shot that would ricochet off the upright and bobble over the line and into the nets to send the QC team and spectators into a frenzy and end the exciting exchange.
Girls Time Awards
Ryah Dates – Queen's College
Felicity Pollard – Deighton Griffith
Kayghuan Rouse – Lodge School
Kerisha Catlyn – Princess Margaret
Britney Stanford – Graydon Sealy
Chamaine Pinder – Foundation A
Ashantia Hurdle – Foundation B
Best Goalkeeper:Christina Wharton – Queen's College
Most Goals:Keinelle Johnson (6) – Foundation A
Most Valuable Player:Christina Wharton – Queen's College
1st Place: Queen's College, 2nd Place: Foundation A, 3rd Place: Lodge School