Exiles, Neptunes and Sirens start off with a win

Wednesday, March 9, 2011, 17:44

by Sandro Micallef

The BOV Winter League started off last weekend with all Division One teams in action except for holders Sliema.

Marsascala Solid Base 6 – Exiles Jet Services 22
(1-6, 2-7, 0-4, 3-5)

A more experienced Exiles Jet Services side had no problems of disposing of Marsascala Solid Base with an emphatic 22-6 victory in the first game of this year’s Winter League. The Southsiders are in a transition phase, bringing in a number of new youngsters under the guidance of Pierre Borg who took on the job after forming part of San Giljan’s coaching staff last year, while Exiles’ team remained relatively unchanged from last year.

Marsascala: S. Farrugia, C. Spiteri De Barro 1, D. Caruana 1, D. Muscat, B. Plumpton 1, J. Licari 1, S. Micallef, S. Galea, K. Navarro 2, O. Zammit, B. Muscat

Exiles: A. Borg Cole, J. Rizzo Naudi 4, K. Rizzo Naudi 4; D. Pace Lupi 2, T. Sullivan 4, M. Calleja, J. Paris 3, K. Grixti 1, A. Zarb Cousin, S. Cini 2, S. Vassallo 1, P. Paris, M. Paris 1

San Ġiljan Firetech 6 – Neptunes Emirates 10
(1-3, 2-3, 2-2, 1-2)

File photo - Jordan Camilleri, scorer of 4 goals last weekend

File photo - Jordan Camilleri, scorer of 4 goals last weekend

The hottest game of the weekend was the Balluta derby between San Ġiljan Firetech and Neptunes Emirates with a number of new faces making their debut for both sides. Edward ‘Cocci’ Aquilina was donning the Neptunes cap for the first time after his move from San Giljan a few months ago, while the Reds also had Ian Bugeja in goal given that Nicky Gouder has retired. San Giljan welcomed back Anthony Galea who partnered up with his son Andreas Galea, while Paul Fava debuted as captain and Karl Izzo was their head coach after a spell with Sirens last season.

Neptunes were always in control of the game thanks to an inspirational Jordan Camilleri who netted four goals and supported by Stellini and Gravina who shared four goals between themselves. Thus, they notched their first victory this season as they now face rivals Sliema this coming weekend. Both teams committed a number of unforced errors in a game that lacked speed and accuracy, but this is to be expected at such an early stage of the waterpolo season.

San Ġiljan: D. Camilleri, J.C. Cutajar, A. Galea, K. Galea 1, M. Borg Spiteri 2, K. Dowling, L. Grixti, A. Bianchi 1, K. Mock, C. Gialanze, P. Fava 2, M. Fenech, K. Schembri

Neptunes: I. Bugeja, N. Lanzon, E. Aquilina 1, M. Stellini 2, Z. Mizzi, K. Debattista, J. Camilleri 4, T. Agius, B. Buhagiar, S. Gravina 2, G. Pace, B. Lanzon, M. Pisani 1

Sirens Ritter Sport 19 – ASA U-17 11
(6-2, 4-4, 5-3, 4-2)

In a bid to give more experience to its youngsters, the ASA has introduced its Under 17 squad in this year’s Winter League, although all games played against this selection will not be valid for points in the final standings. With the result never in doubt, the Under 17s gave a bold performance spearheaded by 7-goal marksman Dino Zammit but their firepower was never enough to overcome their more quoted and experienced opponents. However this is a very good initiative by the ASA to give these youngsters the opportunity to face such stiff opposition, and coupled with the initiative to give better playing conditions at the National Pool to the Under 15s this will help improve the local youth sector.

Sirens: J. Sammut, P. Micallef, P. Borg 3, A. Sammut, R. Mock 5, J. Borg 2, D. Cutajar, C. Zammit 6; S. Scerri, C. Mercieca 3, J. Cremona, I. Spiteri

ASA Under-17: Z. Sciberras, M. Paris 2, K. Galea, B. Lanzon, E. Meli, K. Dowling, M. Fenech, K. Debattista 1, N. Portelli, D. Borg 1, L. Caruana, D. Zammit 7, K. Mock, M. Grech, A. Mifsud

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