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SEPoS men, Glamorgan women take Flow titles
BIG South East Port-of-Spain turned back the clock some years as the team outplayed Technocrats in four sets to claim the Flow T&T Volleyball Federation Men’s Premier Division title at the Jean Pierre Complex, Mucurapo on Sunday night.
Featuring the likes of national players, captain Brandon Legall, Akim Bushe and Kameron Donald SEPoS triumphed 25-16, 25-15, 26-28, 25-8 for a first national title in more than ten years.
On Saturday in the semifinals, SEPoS brushed aside Southern United Volleyball Academy (SUVA) 25-16, 25-20, 25-17 in their semifinal while Technocrats, fourth placed finishers in the six-team round-robin league format, came away with a 20-25, 25-23, 17-25, 25-16, 15-13 upset of previously unbeaten Glamorgan, the defending champions.
Glamorgan ended its campaign on a high by beating Southern United 25-22, 25-20, 25-15 in the bronze medal clash.
Glamorgan women makes it four-in-a-row
There was no such problems for Glamorgan women in as they stormed to a fourth straight league title courtesy a 25-17, 25-19, 24-26, 25-21 defeat of West Side Stars. A day earlier in their semifinal they registered a 25-14, 25-22, 25-22 win over Technocrats and West Side Stars had a ,25-19, 25-22, 25-14 win over SEPoS.
SEPos took third spot with a 25-17, 25-20, 25-16 win over Technocrats.
SEPoS fails in protest request
The women’s semifinals were played under a cloud of controversy as SEPoS via its president and former national men’s coach Gideon Dickson had launched a protest against the decision taken by the T&TVF Disciplinary Committee following confirmation of some wrong doing on the path of West Side Stars.
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 Selvon, Brian Charles and Susan Pierre 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.
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 did 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, he neither 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 FIVB 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 semifinal line should in fact be Glamorgan versus West Side Stars and SEPoS against Technocrats.
The matter was sent to the T&T Olympic Committee for arbitration, but with its president Brian Lewis attending the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia, it was left for its General Secretary, Annette Knott to convey the emergency meeting, which did not come off.
However, the matches went ahead as previously scheduled and reached for comment, Dickson said time was against them to have the meeting convened, but his club will live to fight another day.
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