Deacons, Chargers keep on winning
Flow Sentry?Brokers Deacons women and Chargers men sustained their winning knockout form in the opening week of the Goddard Enterprises Limited Division One volleyball league.
Deacons maintained their pace thanks to greater consistency from Julia Lewis and Fabia Greaves as Dionne Licorish and De-Ann Smith carried the knockout queens to a maximum 15 points from three matches. While wins over Club United and RBC Carlton were expected, the straight sets whipping of Freekz Customz Chargers signalled Deacons’ bid for double crown honours.
Losing knockout finalists, Brydens Rockets, hold the same record as Deacons with easy victories over Carlton, Toners and Club United. The play of professional duo Anicia Wood and Shari Matthews and their support cast, could be tested when the Rockets meet the more fancied teams.
Defending queens Warrens Jaguars have met and defeated the Toners and Club and welcoming back Jeneice Clarke from national netball duties will add to the fight of Rhe-Ann Niles and Anthazia Yearwood as the queens gear for battles among the top four.
Although the Chargers have 15 points, they have scored straight sets wins over the three weak sides but failed to take a set from Deacons. With only Avara Browne showing consistency, Chargers will likely struggle when they meet Warrens and the Rockets.
The struggle between Toners (six points), Club (two) and Carlton (two) suggests that the trio will end in the lower tier at the end of the season unless something miraculous happens.
Chargers men had to surprisingly battle for five sets to stop a revived Progressive with Akeem Payne, Renier Grace and Fabian Cox getting great assistance from 6ft 5in Chioke Holder. Greater setting choices from young Kemar Hinds will give Progressive a brighter future which could be next season.
Progressive and Coverley Medical Centre Deacons have the lead with 2/1 records and 12 points each after Progrsssive shocked Deacons in five sets in their encounter. Chargers have a maximum 10 points from two wins while the Juniors are also on 10 points after beating Foundation and Cawmere but bowing to Progressive.
Unfortunately, while Foundation can point to many of their products turning out for other teams, Cawmere suffered the indignity of their former setter Ramon Blades going against the tide to head to Foundation. With the fire of Shawn Simpson, Cawmere can threaten the top four as well as step on Foundation to keep them in the cellar.
Today’s action pits Club against The Toners and Warrens versus the Rockets with the results impacted on the top tier and lowly teams. Deacons men are favoured to defeat the Juniors and Cawmere should do the same to Cawmere with the first serves at 6:30 p.m.