Attard succumb to Valletta comeback

Sunday, February 27, 2011, 12:23

Attard Tenovar nearly managed to upset champions Valletta San Antonio, but the latter fought back to maintain sole leadership in the league table to beat their opponents 3-2 (23-25, 26-28, 25-11, 25-16, 15-7).

A few weeks back, Valletta had brushed aside Attard’s challenge in the final of the Fr Tony Parnis National Cup but with Robert Balzan and Anatoly Gatt missing for Valletta and Joseph Casha back for Attard it was a different story in this interesting league game.

Attard built a healthy advantage in the first set and with veterans Patrick Felice Pace and Joseph Casha they administered this advantage and kept a late Valletta comeback at bay to take the first set 25-23.

The second set was a more balanced affair although Kris Kroker’s service was decisive to allow Attard to take a five point advantage, but Valletta fought back only to see their opponents take this set 28-26.

When all was looking bleak, the team from the Capital found the right formula to bounce back, winning the third set easily to the tune of 25-11 and maintaining their momentum in the fourth set through youngsters Dalton Caruana and Paul Tonna to jump to a 14-5 lead. Valletta wrapped this set up in no time as Attard faltered at the service line and lacked the killer instinct in attack, with Valletta winning this set 25-14.

A tense fifth set saw Valletta build a 3-point lead with veterans Cedric Bondin and Karl Meilaq Brunetti distinguishing themselves to lead Valletta to a 15-7 set victory and give them 3 more points in the league standings. With this win, Valletta kept their unbeaten streak intact.

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Fleur De Lys had the better of Mgarr, beating the men in orange 3-0 (25-15, 25-16, 25-16)

Brothers Alistair and Ryan Borg spearheaded Fleur De Lys in this match while Luca Randazzo had a good game in attack for Mgarr who are playing in their first official competitive season.

In the Women’s 1st Division, Klikk Southend unexpectedly beat Fleur de Ly 3-0 (25- 18, 25-17, 25-22)

More was expected from a Fleur De Lys side that fielded a number of experienced players while Southend relied on their organisation in defence and their all-round resilience to ensure that victory went their way.

Lorraine Soler and Elaine Vella played a blinder, while new signings Daniela Muscat and Whitney West together with Mary Chetcuti gave the soutsiders an edge in attack. Although Fleur De Lys had the likes of Analisse Cassar, Thais Gatt and Sarah El Gasi in their ranks the game was never beyond Southend’s control.

Other results

TGIF vs Mellieha Tritones 3-0 (25-19, 25-21, 28-26)

Flyers u13 vs Southend Red 2-0 (25-8,25-5)

Flyers u13 vs Southend Pink 2-0 (25-18, 25-19)

Flyers vs Fleur de Lys 2-0 (25-10, 25-20)

Playvolley vs Southend Red 2-0 (25-12, 25-6)

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