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Bajans off to qualifiers

BEA DOTTIN, [email protected]

Bajans off to qualifiers

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The talented former St Leonard’s duo of all-rounder Kyle Brown and Klode Thompson has been drafted into the Barbados team that leaves today for the Volleyball World Championship qualifier in the Cayman Islands.
CARIFTA high jumper Thompson has been enjoying a tremendous debut season as a Division One centre player and he, along with Browne, captain Jamaal Nedd, libero Sheldon Roach and reserve setter Ronald Rice are all from knockout champions Sandy Crest Medical Centre Deacons.
Another Deacons player, Daran Gill, recently became employed and he opted to withdraw from the squad, leaving the number at 11.
Injury had prevented Browne from taking part in the recent CVC Championships where Barbados placed third. The United States-based Raphael Anthony and Torand Cheltenham, who represented Barbados at the CVC in St Croix, have returned to studies in North America.
Barbados will compete against Aruba, Suriname and host Cayman in a compressed tournament which will see the Bajans playing tomorrow morning and evening before taking on Cayman on Sunday.
The top two teams will advance to next year’s second round involving Central American teams which Barbados are expected to host.
SQUAD: Jamaal Nedd (captain), Alain London (vice-captain), Fabian Cox, Kyle Brown, Klode Thompson, Ronald Rice, Sheldon Roach, Jabarry Goodridge, Akeem Payne, Leshon Alexander, Shawn Simpson. Officials: Ludger Niles (coach), Shon Hurdle (assistant coach), Roxanne Forte (manager). (KB)