ECVA Men rumble in Grenada

LA BORIE, Grenada, November 1, 2018 – Six of the top ECVA Male teams gather in spice Isle Grenada to contest the ECVA championship over the period November 1 to 4. 

Joint defending champs St. Lucia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines are facing challenges from Antigua/Barbuda, St. Kitts/Nevis, British Virgin Islands and host country Grenada.

Coach Terry Verdant from St. Lucia was very confident and upbeat ahead of his opening encounter against St. Kitts/Nevis. “We came here with only one objective and that is to come out on top, we have no back up plan, we came to win, that is”, he stated

Player/coach - Jason Liburd of St. Kitts/Nevis was not as confident. “We are in a rebuilding phase, almost half of the team are rookies in their very first tournament but our experienced core is no easy push over”, he noted.

Coach of BVI, Stephen Payne was equally hesitant to make any predictions. “It has been a while since we last played in this tournament so we don’t know the level of the teams, what we do know is that we are well prepared and we know our strengths. Once we play to our strengths we will create some problems in this competition”, he said.

Carl Williams - coach of Antigua/Barbuda held the view that it was his team’s turn to come out on top. “This is the best preparations that we have had as far back as I can remember. The team is brimming talent and confidence and I think this is our best chance at the no 1 spot”, he stated

Antigua Barbuda has employed the services of  Dan Girleanu a former Olympic Volleyball Medalist from Romania who now coaches at the international level. Hence much is expected of them.

Coach Eardley Martin of St. Vincent and the Grenadines did his homework and reported that they were ready for the challenge. “Last year we shared championships with St. Lucia but this year we are being liquorish  (greedy), we want it all, we want to be the ones moving on to the continental championship after this is over.   The guys have very good comradery off the court but went that whistles goes we mean business”, he reported.

Raphael Brathwaite of the home team choose the opportunity to urge the general public to give some support to the team. “We have a very young team and we could do well with some crowd support. Preparation went well and the guys are energized so we promise a good showing and based on what I know of the competition we will not be any easy walkovers”, he pointed out.

The curtains will open with match 1 of Pool A St. Lucia vs St. Kitts/Nevis and a clash between Grenada and BVI will close out the night.

The overall winner gets an automatic berth to the continental championship in the New Year.