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SEPoS protests T&TVF Disciplinary decision

Friday, April 6, 2018
Women semi-finals in jeopardy
VOLLEYBAL TALK: Diana Espinoza, left, Sean Morrison, the T&T head coach, Mushtaque Mohammed president of Cazova, Deon Hutchinson of the T&T Volleyball Federation Jamie Hutchinson and Ryan Stewart, the T&T men’s team captain, interact after the press conference at the Cascadia Hotel, St Ann’s, in January 2017. PICTURE ANISTO ALVES

BIG South East Port-of-Spain, via its president and former national men’s coach Gideon Dickson has launched a protest against the decision taken by the T&T Volleyball Federation Disciplinary Committee following confirmation of some wrong doing on the path of West Side Stars in the T&TVF Women’s Premier Division League. The 2018 season is set to conclude this weekend at the Jean Pierre Complex, Mucurapo with semi-final matches tomorrow, followed by the finals and third place play-offs a day later.

In the women’s competition Glamorgan ended with a perfect 6-0 record and tallied 28 points, eight ahead of West Side Stars (4-2) followed by BIG SEPoS (2-4) with 11 points and winless Technocrats (0-6).

In the semi-finals on Saturday April 7, Glamorgan is due to face Technocrats from 12 noon, while Stars battle Technocrats at 2pm.

However, last month, in a letter to the Nicole Selvon-led T&TVF Executive, Dickson requested a resolution with regards to the use of illegal players by West Side Stars women’s team and in response the Stars’ president, Jamie Hutchinson, the T&TVF Control Committee which includes Brian Charles, Susan Pierre and Selvon stated that after consideration of all the evidence, it was unanimously determined that West Side Stars Volleyball Club has breached Section 5 of the Constitution of the T&TVF.

The ruling stated that during the 2017/2018 Flow Premier League it was discovered that there were five illegal players registered on West Side Stars, namely Kalisha Barrow, Alyssa Hutchinson, Kiune Fletcher, Stacy Fletcher and Akilah Sealey.

It added: These said players were previously registered with West Side Dream Team Volleyball Club and Three of the said five players did in fact play in the Premier League namely, Kalisha Barrow, Kiune Fletcher and Stacy Fletcher.

By e-mail dated March 7, 2018, Jamie Hutchinson, President of West Side Stars, was informed inter-alia of the nature of the alleged breach with a suggestion to convene a meeting as soon as possible.

Proceedings: By letter dated March 13, 2018 the Committee wrote to Hutchinson advising the date, time and place for West Side Stars to answer the allegations and despite the Disciplinary Committee’s best efforts, the aforementioned meeting of the March 15, did not materialise until the March 17, 2018 at 12:30pm.

After having given the management of West Side Stars the opportunity to be heard and having reviewed the evidence presented, more particularly the fact that West Side Stars has not denied the charges as alleged but gave a defence of mistake in registering the five players under the wrong club, the committee has found West Side Stars guilty of the charges.

The Disciplinary Committee gave consideration to the fact that the names of the players were overlooked at the Technical Meeting.

In conclusion, the Disciplinary Committee also gave consideration to the fact that the the five players will not be allowed to continue to play in the 2017/2018 Premier League and the points earned by West Side Stars in the three games prior to the discovery of the charge will not be deducted from the team.

However, in reply, Dickson said, neither he or his club was satisfied with the outcome of the meeting as West Side Stars were allowed to keep their points and position on the four-team table.

Dickson noted that according to FIV rules for the use of illegal players, the team in question should be deducted all its points for the matches the players were involved, which meant that West Side Stars should end with a 0-6 record and bottom of the table.

He added, “This would mean that the semi-final line should in fact be Glamorgan versus West Side Stars and SEPoS against Technocrats.

And with the matches, set for tomorrow, it is left to be seen what decision will be made by the T&TVF, if any at all.



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