In brilliant, rapid fire volleyball
action, Renae Temple, captained University of West Indies Western Jamaica to
the top of the podium, over second placed Cayman Upsetters in a thrilling
tournament final last week, captained by Eleanor Berry, in the women’s play
In the men’s finale, another tense
cliff hanger, Caribbean All Stars, under direction of captain Dellon Brown –
with Jamaicans, Caymanians, Trinidadians, St. Lucians, Barbadadians and
Bahamaians – clawed to gold away, with a sliver of points, to overcome Shervin
Rankin’s, Cayman National, Kayotics (Cayman, US).
Cayman Airways SpikeFest, was a
three day, international indoor volleyball event, featuring club action drawing
players from five Caribbean communities and the US and Canada, distilling into
three female teams and six male team, at the Sir Vassell Johnson Hall, UCCI
Gymnasium beside the Truman Bodden Complex.
Female teams, UWI-Western Campus
(JA), Storms (KY) Upsetters (KY) battled
to the semis on Saturday, with Storms ending in defeat. UWI –Western marched
away with the event trophy.
Men’s teams, Cayman National
Kayotic, Caribbean All-Stars, Venus (Jamaica), UWI-MONA (Jamaica), Arsenal
Falcons (Cayman), UWI-Western Campus (Jamaica) fought through three days with
Caribbean All Stars eclipsing, semi finalist, Cayman National Kayotics.
The men’s Most Valuable Player was
Dellan Brown (Caribbean All-Stars) and the women’s MVP was Cheryl Daley of
Chairing the games was Barry
Miller, chairman of Volleyball Canada Manitoba Officials Association and Azad
Hosein, also of Volleyball Canada, FIVB referees. Miller and Azad conducted
clinics to train referees, linesmen and scorer officials.
Awards were presented by guest of
honour Cline Glidden, the deputy speaker of the Legislative Assembly, Olivia
Scott-Ramirez, of Cayman Airways, SpikeFest gold sponsor and Cayman’s volleyball
association president Noel Williams and association vice-president Kennedy McGowan.
Spikefest is now a calendar
feature, sanctioned by regional volleyball governing body, North, Central
America and Caribbean Volleyball Federation. It is now a registered event on
the volleyball international invitational calendar.
CIVF International Games Director
Fareed Hosein and an army of local members and volunteers ensured it all went
smoothly. Lime gave away six mobile phones during the event. The free admission
event was not just sponsored by Cayman Airways who helped by heavily
discounting flight tickets, but also Cayman National, Calico Jack’s, The
Ministry of Youth and Sports, Acqua Penna, Heineken, Vibe 98.9, Vison Marketing
and Jacques Scott.