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NMIFA Women wait for April Ides
« on: March 02, 2007, 02:45:57 PM »
Just when ladies of the Northern Mariana Islands Football Association were getting excited about returning to the pitch, organizers postponed the start of the upcoming Women's League.

According to league coordinator Brenda Schultz, the regular season slate has been put on hold until April 14 to allow the women training with the CNMI National Team to maintain their focus for their debut in Guam on April 1.

Schultz said that doesn't mean the local ladies will have spare time on their hands as they will just have extra time to train up for the season.

“The women will continue to practice for their season at regular practice times with the exception of the Women’s National Team players as requested by the football association and coach Ziggy (Korytoski),” she said.

The regular season action was slated to get underway this weekend and the change also bumped back the playoffs as well with the semifinals and championships pushed to Memorial Day weekend.

“I am so sorry for the short notice and I am sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused anyone,” said Schultz.

When the season kicks off next month, Schultz said that most of the women will have their first taste at playing by the international regulations as the women's league made the switch to 11-on-11 games with 45 minute halves.

Captain/coach Morgan Rose and co-captain Elisa Long will lead the Saipan Grand Hotel squad with talented players like Linda Anastacio, Cathy Anderson, Samantha “Ba-Ba” Birmingham-Babauta, Rachel Brownstein, Kelley Butcher, Melissa Dickenson, Natalie Hill, Ashley Hofschneider, Rosezonia Jack, Zoe Jewell, Betty Johnson, Khamfong laithong, EJ Lee, Leanna Loan, Anna Manibusan, Rebecca “The Wall” Newman, Leena Ramnani, Sharleen Sablan, and Miyuki Tate.

Captain/coach Becca Rath and co-captain Lindsay Davis will front the powerful Fiesta Resort and Spa squad that boasts the talents of Emma Baron, Susan Book, Mel Borja, Katie Busenkell, Fran Castro, Patty Coleman, Becky Covarrubias, Ericka Frink, Melissa Halaby, Rima Halaby, Noi Horey, Karen Klaver, Roxie Lamar, Chirapan McGuire, Bobbie Petersen, Julie Sarichj, Nikki Shyrack, and Alleny Tenorio.

The F. Matt Smith Law Office turns to captain/coach Emily Gries and co-captain Brenda Schultz, and coach Jesse Sablan to lead the way into the new season as Toom Anvsiri, Mi Yeon Cho, Maryana Gramlich, Maria Janelle Guiao, Irma Halaby, Tomoko Kawakata, Sue Knecht, Qian Liberman, Maria Ornes, Kathy Pagapular, Pratoom Pannok, Vanesa Pritchard, Ami Ridenour, Francine Sablan, Vilma Satur, Joan Taitano, and Mihoko Tuttle prepare for their first match.

The Pacific Islands Club is in the mix as well under the watchful gaze of captain/coach Sarah Helbert and co-captain Divya Sharma. The duo will likely bring teammates Vince Asanuma, Tawny Barcinas, Anna Christopher, Thin Thin Colon, Don Decha, Tree Ditwiset, Lavelle Lea D'Lonsool, Maggie George, Temary Gramlich, Dede Hill, Teresa Kim, Allison Livington, Lorraine Liwiski, Gayle Martin, Angie Mister, Camryn Mosley, Laila Qudsi, Nicolette Seckler, and Desire Topper to the post-season with momentum.

The double-header gets underway on April 14 when the Saipan Grand Hotel faces off against the Fiesta Resort and Spa at 8am followed by the action between the F. Matt Smith Law Office and the Pacific Islands Club at 10am

http://www.saipantribune.com/newsstory.aspx?cat=2&newsID=66215