Exiles pounce on disappointing Neptunes to clinch draw

Sunday, March 27, 2011, 21:37

by Sandro Micallef

Exiles' Julian Rizzo Naudi netting one of his four goals

Exiles' Julian Rizzo Naudi netting one of his four goals

Exiles Jet Services showed those present at the National Pool yesterday afternoon why they deserve to be considered as one of the leading local waterpolo teams when they held a more quoted Neptunes Emirates side to a 10-10 draw.

Exiles appeared in better shape, hitting Neptunes with a number of counter attacks, particularly when Neptunes were in control of the match for most of the time, twice leading by 3 goals. The Balluta side have only captain Nicky Lanzon to thank. His 6 goals kept his side afloat, while their opponents squandered no less than 7 man-up situations.

Neptunes’ lack of precision in front of Borg Cole’s goal allowed Exiles’ back into the game, particularly through Julian Rizzo Naudi who got his name 4 times on the score sheet.

In the second game of the afternoon Sliema Mc Donalds were all out to erase the memory of their defeat against Sirens a week before. They defeated Marsascala Solidbase 15-7. Sliema’s coach Sergio Afric fielded his strongest starting lineup and in no time his team was 7-1 up by the end of the first session. Afric introduced his fringe players from the second session onwards, but although the Southsiders kept trying hard to pierce their opponents’ defence, Sliema always had an edge, defending the cushion they built up in the first session until the final whistle.

The last game of the afternoon pitted San Giljan Firetech against the ASA’ Under 17 youngsters which the former won 11-5. San Giljan were always in the driving seat, but the Under-17s gave them a good run for their money with Dino Zammit the main thorn in San Giljan’s side. Andrea Bianchi and Tony Galea shared 6 goals between them to ensure that San Giljan ended up on the winning side.

Sportinmalta.com shall be bringing you photo galleries from the first two games of the weekend later on in the week.

Neptunes Emirates 10 – Exiles Jet Services 10
(4-3, 3-2, 3-3, 0-2)

Neptunes: I. Bugeja, N. Lanzon 6; E. Aquilina, M. Stellini, Z. Mizzi, K. Debattista, J. Camilleri 1, T. Agius, B. Buhagiar, S. Gravina 1, G. Pace, B. Lanzon, M. Pisani 2.

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

Marsascala Solidabase 7 – Sliema Mc Donalds 15
(1-7, 1-2, 3-5, 2-1)

Marsascala: S. Farrugia, C. Spiteri de Barro 3, D. Caruana 1, J. Licari 2, J. Cremona, S. Micallef, K. Galea, K. Navarro, O. Zammit 1, E. Arrigo.

Sliema: R. Coleiro, M. Spiteri Staines 1, N. Lubrano 1, S. Sultana, M. Cordina 1, J. Soler 4, D. Paolella 2, J. Spiteri Staines 2, C. Debono, N. Portelli 1, M. Rizzo 2, M. Agius, D. Abela, D. Borg Millo 1.

ASA U-17 5 – San Giljan Firetech 11
(1-2, 1-4, 3-3, 0-2)

ASA U-17: R. Leullen, M. Paris, K. Galea, A. Mifsud, E. Meli, K. Dowling, M. Fenech, K. Debattista 2, N. Portelli, D. Borg, L. Caruana, D. Zammit 3, M. Grech.

San Giljan: D. Camilleri, J.C. Cutajar, A. Galea 3, K. Galea, M. Borg Spiteri, L. Grixti 1, K. Mock 1, C. Gialanze 1, P. Fava 2, A. Bianchi 3, K. Schembri.

1 Comment

  1. Fred says:

    Sliema played with their youths u19 who are the future for the rest of the 3 sessions… rather than with their ‘fringe’ players!


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