Team coaches psyched up for ECVA showdown
BEAUSEJOUR, St Lucia, September 6, 2012 - Four of the coaches
involved in the Eastern Caribbean Volleyball Association (ECVA)
Men's Volleyball Finals have expressed optimism going into the
next four days of competition.
Head coaches of St Vincent and the Grenadines, Antigua and
Barbuda, Dominica and host St Lucia, are all in a positive and
Brian Burke, who is the Head Coach of St Vincent and the
Grenadines side thinks his team is better prepared than when
they last appeared in the world championships qualifiers which
were held here in April.
" This time around, we have a stronger, more experienced and
more mature team and we expect to even do better than the last
time we were here ... for most of the guys, it was their first
major tournament ", Burke said.
Meanwhile Antigua and Barbuda's Head Coach Fitzroy Benjamin is
looking forward to the challenge and display a good brand of
Volleyball. He believes that having come out of the World
Championships qualifiers last week in French St Martin will
serve his team in good stead.
"I like the scheduling .... as we can look back and see where we
need to iron out .That tournament made us match fit as the last
time we played any competitive match was in last year in St
Thomas on the Labour Day weekend", Benjamin stated.
Head Coach of Dominica, Jeffery Edmond said that despite lack of
match practice, his team has done sufficient training to give a
good account in the regional final.
“I expect us to do well, in fact very well”, Edmond said with
Host St Lucia's coach Kendall Charlery is confident that his
charges will retain the title, they won in 2010.
"We have a good young bright squad and we are ready to accept
any challenge", an assertive Charlery said. "We have practically
the same team from the last tournament, but we have increased
our training, but we have to be watchful for Dominica and
Antigua and Barbuda."
St Vincent and the Grenadines, St Kitts and Nevis and St Vincent
and the Grenadines are pooled in Group A, with Antigua and
Barbuda, Dominica and French St Martin making up Group B.
The opening fixture pits Dominica against Antigua and Barbuda,
and then St Vincent and the Grenadines engage host St Lucia in
the night capper.