Darts: 2015/16 Season Round-Up and other competitions

Thursday, May 19, 2016, 10:17

Note:This article has been published in both English and Maltese
Nota:Dan l-artiklu ġie miktub bl-Ingliż u bil-Malti

Gavin Muscat

Fix-xahar ta Mejju ġie fi tmiem staġun ieħor pożittiv għal assoċjazzjoni tad-darts Maltija wara disa’ xhur ta kompetizzjonijiet fuq il-kalendarju tat-timijiet u anke dak fuq bażi individwali. Rendikont tal avvenimenti, unuri u suċċessi jissemmew f dan l-artiklu li huwa imqassam f erbgħa sessjonijiet; 1. Kompetizjonijet tal-klabbs, 2. Kompetizjonijet individwali; 3. L-Open ta Malta u esperjenzi barra min xtutna; 4. Il-pjan ta tliet snin tal-assoċjazzjoni.

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Kompetizzjonijiet tal-klabbs

Kalkara St Joseph u Marsa St Michaels klassi għalihom

Fl-ewwel diviżjoni tal-kampjonati nazzjonali, Kalkara St Joseph ġew inkurunati ċhampions għal l-ewwel darba fl-istorja hekk kif għelbu l-isfida iebsa ta Marsa St Michaels. Iż-żewġ timijiet kienu inseparabbli matul l-istaġun kollu b Kalkara jikkonfermaw it-titlu biss żewġ logħbiet mit-tmien tal-kampjonat. Min naħa ta isfel tal-klassifika Hamrun Education Bar A u Birkirkara Juventus Vero Amore ġew relegati għat-tieni diviżjoni.

Għalkemm Marsa St Michaels spiċċaw fit-tieni post kellhom staġun memorabli fejn rebħu iż-żewġ tazzi fuq il-kalendarju lokali. Fit-tazza 4 a-side għelbu lil Floriana Ajax 9-8 fil-finali u ġimgħa wara fit-tazza 5 a-side lic-Ċhampions Kalkara 3-2.

Mit-tieni diviżjoni, Mosta Horseshoe Bar iddominaw fejn spiċċaw b erbgħa u sittin punt min sitta u sittin punt għad- dispożizzjoni u mistennija li fl-istaġun 2016/17 jicalengjaw għar-rebħ tal-kampjonat. Jinaqdu mahom fl-ewwel diviżjoni, Gudja POs Bar B li spiċċaw fit-tieni post ħdax il-punt wara il-liders u ħames punti fuq Zejtun Beland Bullseye fit-tielet post.

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Kompetizzjoni individwali

Staġun memorabli għal-Albert Scerri u Norbert Attard

Apparti il-kampjonati nazzjonali, numru ta kompetizzjonijiet mil kategorija tas-singoli ġew organizzati matul l-istaġun fejn l-erbgħa unuri prinċipali jintrebħu min Albert Scerri u Norbert Attard bi tnejn kull wieħed.

Albert Scerri spiċċa fil-quċċata tal-klassifika tal-plejer tas-sena b 109 punt, segwit min Andy Keen b 101 punt u Godfrey Abela fit-tliet post b 74 punt. Scerri rebaħ ukoll is-Super Cup fejn fil-finali gheleb lil Norbert Attard 2-1.

L-unur ta Ċhampion ta Malta intrebaħ min Norbert Attard għat-tieni darba fil-karriera tijew. Dan kien it-tieni unur għalih fejn aktar kmieni fl-istaġun rebaħ il-kampjonat tad-doppji ma ħuh David Attard.

Scerri u Attard ukoll jikkwalifikaw biex jirrappreżentaw lil-Malta fil-kampjonati Ewropej li ser isiru fl-Olanda f Settembru. Gordon Stanmore u l-veteran Vincent Busutill jikkompletaw it-tim nazzjonali.

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L-Open ta Malta u kompetizzjonijiet Ewropej

Riżultati pożittivi għal-plejers Maltin

L-avveniment prinċipali fuq il-kalendarju tad-darts f pajjiżna huwa l-Open ta Malta fejn fl-Edizzjoni li għaddiet ipproduċiet logħob ta livell għoli, b 348 parteċipanti jikkompetu fuq tliet ijiem. Mil-kategorija tas-singoli tal-irġiel, it-Tork Umit Uygunsozlu jirbaħ it-titlu fejn fil-finali għeleb ic-Ċhampion tad-dinja tas-sena 2001, John Walton 2-1. Ann-Katharin Wigmann tal-Ġermanja ħarġet rebbieħa fil-kategorija tan-nisa b rebħa ta 4-1 fil-finali kontra l-isvediża Kristin Bomander. L-aħjar prestazzjoni lokali mil-kategorija tas-singoli kienet dik ta Norbert Attard fejn ġie eliminat fil-kwarti tal-finali.

Fid-doppji, l-par lokali ta Andy Keen u Gordon Stanmore waslu sal-finali fejn sfaw meluba 4-2 min John Walton u John Van de Weerd. Fis-semi finali Keen u Stanmore għelbu par ieħor lokali, dak ta Godfrey Abela u Mario Camilleri.

F dan l-istaġun, numru ta plejers lokali kompetew fl-Open tal-Italja f Bologna b riżultati pożittivi miżmuma. Il-finali tas-singoli kienet ikkontestata min żewġ plejers Maltin fejn Norbert Attard jegħleb lil Godfrey Abela u mix-xena tad-doppji John Agius/Tony Borg waslu sal-finali fejn ġew megħluba 5-3 min par lokali.

F Jannar, Attard ikkompeta wkoll fl-Open tar-Rumanija u wasal mal-aħħar sittax fejn tilef 4-3 kontra plejer ranked 104 fid-dinja, Alan Bell tar-renju Unit.

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L-assoċjazzjoni u l-pjan ta tliet snin

Żmien pożittiv għal l-isport

Fil-bidu tal-kampjonat 2015/2016, l-assoċjazzjoni fasslet pjan ta tliet snin b numru ta inizjattivi biex l-isport jkompli jkabbar il-profil tijew.

Fi tmiem tal-ewwel staġun il-miri ssettjati intlaħqu kollha fejn l-akbar prijorità kienet li l-isport inkun aktar preżenti fuq il-media lokali. Numru ta artikli fuq gazzetti, portals sportivi u magazines ġew ippublikati, parteċipazzjoni f seba’ features fuq programmi televiżivi u is-sijt il ġdid ta Facebook ġġenera 1,400 membru fi spazju ta tmien xhur. Aparti wkoll kisba mportanti kienet is-servizz ta live streaming, fejn numru ta logħob mil-kampjonat lokali u il-finals night tal-Open ta Malta gew trażmessi.

Żewġ areas oħra li sar ħafna xogħol fuqhom kienu, r-ristrutturar tal-assoċjazzjoni u l-kisba ta sponsor uffiċjali għall-istaġun 2016/17 fejn aktar dettalji ser jitħabbru fil-ġimghat li ġejjin.

Mix-xena lokali l-istaġun li jmiss ser jinkludi għal-ewwel darba fl-istorja kompetizzjoni ġdida għal plejers elite fejn wkoll aktar dettalji jitħabbru fil-ġimghat li ġejjin. L-akbar proġett ser ikun dak tal-introduzzjoni tal-isport tad-darts fl-Iskejjel bi programm b kollaborazzjoni mal-ministeru tal-edukazzjoni “Nitalmu il-matematika bid-darts”.

Mix-xena internazzjonali konfermati dawn l-avvenimenti.

-       Settembru 2016: It-tim nazzjonali jikkompeti fil-kampjonati Ewropew fl-Olanda.

-       Ottubru 2016: Sbatax il-plejers ser jikkompetu fil-kwalifikazzjonijiet tal-kampjonati mondjali tal-PDC ġewwa Spanja.

-       Novembru 2016: Il-plejer local Norbert Attard ser jikkompeti fil-BDO World Masters u fil-kwalifikazzjonijiet tal-kampjonati mondjali tal-BDO ġewwa ir-renju Unit.

F isem l-assoċjazzjoni nixtiequ nirringrazzjaw lil kull min ta kontribut għall-istaġun 2015/2016 u ninvitaw lil kull min huwa interessat jinaqad mal-familja Maltija tad-darts bili jikkuntattjaw lil-public relations officer, Andre Zammit fuq l-email maltadartsassociation@gmail.com jew fuq is-sijt ta Facebook “Malta Darts Association”.

Ritratti tal-istaġun jistgħu jinsabu fl-aħħar ta’dan l-artiklu

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English

The curtain was brought down on another successful season for the Malta Darts Association in the month of May after nine months of exciting competition for clubs, players and everyone involved in the Maltese darting family. A round-up of the season has been broken down into four segments; 1. The domestic club scene, 2. The domestic Individual scene, 3. The Malta Open and Foreign experiences, 4. The 3-year plan for the association.

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Domestic Club Round-Up

Kalkara St Joseph & Marsa St Michaels dominate the scene

In Division one of the National league, Kalkara St Joseph were crowned national champions for the first time ever after seeing of the challenge of Marsa St Michaels. These two teams were inseparable throughout the entire season with Kalkara only claiming the title on the second to last day of the championship. From the lower end of the table Hamrun Education Bar A and Birkirkara Juventus Vero Amore were relegated to Division Two.

Despite finishing runners-up, Marsa St Michaels had a season to remember as they manage to claim both of the cup honours at stake. Firstly, winning the 4 a-side competition against Floriana Ajax which required a deciding leg in a 9-8 victory and a week later took revenge on Kalkara by securing the 5 a-side cup in a 3-2 victory.

In Division two, Mosta Horseshoe Bar dominated the division by claiming 64 points from the 66 available and next season they will be serious contenders for the top honour. Joining them in division one will be Gudja POs Bar B which finished eleven points behind but a comfortable five points ahead of third place Zejtun Beland Bullseye.

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Domestic Individual Round-Up

Season to remember for Albert Scerri & Norbert Attard

Various competitions took place this season with the four honours up for grabs with Albert Scerri and Norbert Attard claiming two each.

Albert Scerri finished on top in the overall player of the year award with 109 ranking points, followed by Andy Keen on 101 points and in third place Godfrey Abela on 74 points. Scerri also claimed the Super Cup defeating Norbert Attard 2-1 in the final.

The Malta Singles champion award was won by Norbert Attard, edging out Albert Scerri and Gordon Stanmore in a required decider between all three as they could not be separated at the end of the regular last 8 group stage. This was the second individual honour for Attard as earlier in the season, together with his brother David Attard won the Malta Doubles Championship.

Albert Scerri and Norbert Attard also qualified to represent Malta at the European Championship in Holland later this year and will be joined by Gordon Stanmore and veteran Vincent Busutill to complete the line-up.

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Malta Open & Foreign Competitions

Positive results for Maltese players

The pinnacle of the Maltese darting calendar is the Malta open and the 2015 edition produced some great excitement as 348 participants took part in the three-day event. In the men`s event, Umit Uygunsozlu of Turkey won the title defeating 2001 World Champion, John Walton 2-1 in the final. Ann-Kathrin Wigmann of Germany claimed the women’s title defeating Swede, Krisitin Bomander 4-1 in the final. Norbert Attard reached the quarter final stage as he was the local player to advance the furthest.

In the doubles competition, local pair of Andy Keen and Gordon Stanmore came very close as they lost in the Final, 4-2 against John Walton and John Van de Weerd. At the semi-final stage the Maltese pair eliminated another local pair, that of Godfrey Abela and Mario Camilleri.

Also this season a number of local players took part in the Italian Open in Bologna with memorable results achieved. Norbert Attard won the title in an all Maltese final against Godfrey Abela. John Agius/Tony Borg came very close in the doubles competition losing 5-3 in the final.

Norbert Attard also reached the last 16 stage in the Romanian Open losing in a deciding leg against 104th BDO World ranked player, Alen Bell of England.

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The Association & 3-year plan

Exciting times ahead for the Sport

At the start of the season a 3-year plan was drafted for the association on how the sport can progress to the next level with key milestones set for each of the three years.

Year one`s targets where achieved with flying colours as one area targeted was the sport`s presence in the media with various articles published on newspapers, online portals and magazines, took part in seven TV features and 1,400 members on the association new FB page in the space of eight months. The cherry on the cake on this front was that for the first time ever numerous competitions, including finals night of the Malta Open where live streamed for the public.

The other two focus areas were the restructuring of the association and its competitions and acquiring a sponsorship partner for the 2016/17 season which will be announced in due time.

The upcoming season is a very exciting one for the Malta darts as on the local scene we have some surprises in store for the November, Malta Open and for the first time ever a new elite competition will be created with local players being able to showcase their talent across the island. The biggest project locally will be the introduction of a school’s program called “Learning mathematics through darts” which is supported by the Ministry of Education.

On the international scene the following has been already confirmed.

-          September 2016: National team will take part in the WDF European Championship taking place in Holland.

-          October 2016: Seventeen local players will take part in the PDC Southern Europe qualifier in Spain.

-          November 2016: Local player Norbert Attard will take part in the BDO World Masters and BDO World Championship qualifier in England.

On behalf of the association we would like to thank everyone who has contributed to a very successful season and invite anyone interested to joining our darting family by getting in touch with our public relations officer, Andre Zammit via email on maltadartsassociation@gmail.com or via the FB group “Malta darts association”.

Photos of the season can be found below

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Gallery

Albert Scerri. Part of the Kalkara SJ team that won the league

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Albert Scerri

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Gordon Stanmore. Part of the Kalkara SJ team that won the league

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Norbert Attard. Part of the Kalkara SJ team that won the league

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Norbert Attard

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Vince Busuttil. Part of the Kalkara SJ team that won the league

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The Kalkara SJ team that won the league

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Kalkara National Champions

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Maltese participants at the Italian Open

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Malta Darts National Team - Attard, Stanmore, Scerri

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