FISTF International Open and Grand Prix of Malta – Valletta 2018

Wednesday, May 2, 2018, 10:33

On Saturday 28th April 2018 the FISTF International Open & Grand Prix of Malta – Valletta 2018, kicked off with the individual competitions. This international tournament was held at the Mediterranean Conference Centre and the main sponsor was the Malta Tourism Authority. Two rival clubs from Valletta, Valletta Subbuteo Club and Valletta Lions TFC agreed to organise this tournament together on this special year of Valletta 2018. Ten countries took part together with Malta participated being Italy, France, Spain, Germany, Australia, Greece, Scotland, Russia and Tunisia.

In the Open category of the International Open competition there were 26 participants. In the final Samuel Bartolo of Valletta Subbuteo Club won 1-0 against the Belgian player Christope Dheur of Charleroi SC.

In the veteran category there were 15 participants.  Mario Camilleri won the final 2-0 against the Belgian player Vito di Ruggiero of Charleroi.

In the U19 category there was a high level of competition.  The Greek player Dimitris Dimopolous played his final against the Italian player Armando Giuffre from Messina SC.  Armando Giuffre won this category with the score of 1-0.

Late in the afternoon, the Grand Prix team event began.  A team from Greece and another from Italy are participating together with the Maltese teams

On Sunday 29th April 2018, the team competitions continued with the semi-finals. The first semi-final was between Valletta Subbuteo Club and Valletta Lions TFC. In the other semi-final Bormla Subbuteo Club had to play against Messina SC. Valletta Subbuteo Club and Bormla Subbuteo Club ended up in the final.

Derek Conti, Joseph Borg Bonaci, Samuel Bartolo and the Belgian player Pascal Scheen, played for Valletta Subbuteo Club. Charlie Aquilina, Joseph Mifsud, George Ebejer/Mark Gauci and the Greek player Alberto di Maggio played for Bormla Subbuteo Club were. It was a very tough final, and they had to go to the extra time.  Valletta Subbuteo Club won the match by ‘sudden death’ a goal scored by Joseph Borg Bonaci against Joseph Mifsud.

The Grand Prix Individual competitions started right after the team event.

In the Grand Prix Open Category, Samuel Bartolo of Valletta Subbuteo Club played the final against the French Axel Donval. The result of the match even after the extra time was draw so it was decided by ‘shots’. Samuel Bartolo won 4-2, making a double for himself.

In the Veteran Category again we had a Valletta Subbuteo Club player who won the double for himself as he won against the Italian Lucio Canicchio with ‘shots’ 4-3.

The Greek Dimitris Dimopolous won the U19 Category against Jamie Bonnici with the score 2-0

These type of tournaments in Malta are increasing their level each year.  A lot of foreign players look forward to come and participate in Malta.  During this weekend we had some distinctive visitors, Hon Deo Debattista, Hon Ryan Callus , Pierre Fenech the CEO of MCC and others.





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