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JaVA promotes volleyball in Jamaican schools

Action at the JaVA/Kingston and St Andrew Phillip Greenland Developmental Volleyball competition
Kingston, Jamaica, November 12, 2014 - The Jamaica Volleyball Association (JaVA) is seeking to use primary school competitions to help stimulate increased participation in volleyball at a secondary school level.

Major Warrenton Dixon, JaVA's School Development Manager, highlighted why work is also ongoing with the country's secondary schools, saying that while fifty-seven primary-level schools participated in volleyball in 2013, less than 20 high schools participated in the competition organised by the Jamaican Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA). "This means that we are not maximizing our investment; the majority of our children are going into high schools that do not play volleyball. We therefore need to assist ISSA and the high schools to improve this situation - especially given the rapid growth rate of the U-13 competition. We are hoping that our direct interface with these high schools will help us to achieve our goal in this regard.”

Four teams confirmed their places in the knockout round of the JaVA/Kingston and St Andrew Phillip Greenland Developmental Volleyball Competition in Tuesday's preliminary round of matches, held at Jamaica College.

In Group A, Clan Carthy Primary confirmed their spot by defeating Franklin Town Primary 17-11 to place second in the group on four points, behind Jesse Ripol Primary on six points. Franklin Town ended on two points. Elletson Rd Primary, who were also scheduled to play in this group did not show up for their matches.

In Group B, Tarrant Primary remained unbeaten, defeating Maxfield Primary 25-9, winning the Group with twelve points. Dallas Primary and Junior High played and won two matches on the day, defeating Alman Hill Primary 20-14 before getting the better of Maxfield 23-10. Dallas ended second in the group on ten points. St Patrick (8), Maxfield (6), and Alman Hill (4) were third, forth and fifth respectively.

The competition continues with action in Group C on Wednesday, November 12 at Mountain View Primary, with the home team hosting Greenwich All Age and St Francis Primary. The group will conclude their preliminary round of matches on Thursday, 13 November at Excelsior High School. Currently, St Francis and Mountain View occupy the top two spots on six and four points respectively.  Half Way Tree Primary and Maverley Primary are joint third on one point each.

The knockout round of the competition will take place at Kingston College on Tuesday, 18 November, starting at 14.00.


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