Pan American Life Insurance Warrens may have won the 2015 Goddard Enterprises Limited Division One League title but they will need to source a new coach for the 2016 season.
Last night at the Wildey Gymnasium, coach Adrian Harewood told Barbados TODAY that even though it had been a joy working with the ladies of the Warrens team who defeated Carlton in straight sets 25-17, 25-16 and 25-23 to take the 2015 championship in what was a prolonged season, he would still be moving on.
Warrens topped the table on 53 points; Deacons were second with 48; and Barbados Juniors were third with 42. Toners ended on 35 points for fourth spot and Carlton finished fifth on 32.
Harewood said winning the cup was not as great a feeling as he would like but thanked the ladies for an all-round team effort and explained that he felt the need to move on and therefore had handed in his resignation.
“The feeling is not as great as we would like because of the constant breaking of the volleyball season [in 2015], one minute the girls practising because they have to play a game the next two days and when those two days come we hear that the volleyball get call off because we can’t get the Gymnasium to use. So it is really frustrating but I want to thank the ladies. I think they did a tremendous job, they worked really hard and they wanted to win.
“With the ability of the ladies on Warrens team I think they could have done better after 2012 [their last title win] and win a lot more cups. In any sport I find the ladies fight against themselves and not the other team. So that is where we fall down a lot. But as long as we play together without any quarreling there isn’t any team that will beat us,” said the successful coach who has had 11 years of success with Chargers women in the past.
It was a must-win game for Warrens who went into the finals on 48 points and just a point ahead of Deacons on 47. Unfortunately Deacons were unable to reap the same success as the men and surprisingly lost to Toners 20-25, 25-19, 25-19 and 25-19.
In the second game Warrens took the first two sets too easily and many were hoping to see something special from Carlton but that wasn’t the case. Sophie Walcott with the serve and a great set piece by Warrens allowed national player Anthazia Mason to score the first point of the third set via a soft touch. Talia Layne also joined Mason and tricked Carlton’s defence with another drop shot and before you knew it Warrens led 8-4.
At the second technical time out at 16-9 Warrens’ captain Rhe-Ann Niles with some hard attacking spikes on the outside had Carlton’s defence reeling. Credit must be given to Carlton for putting up some fight and cutting the deficit to just one point but it was not enough to stop an experience Warrens side from reaching their coveted goal.