Gabaretta and Borg Cole living the ‘international dream’

Friday, July 1, 2011, 13:30

by Sandro Micallef

Waterpolo is a fascinating game and luckily enough Malta has been producing local up-coming talents to keep this sport as popular as ever on our island.

Two of the emerging talents that have hit the headlines in the local scene are Alan Borg Cole and Jerome Gabaretta, two players that have also made it to the top tier in local Waterpolo not only by playing regularly with their domestic Clubs but today they are living a dream by representing their country with the National team on a regular basis.

Jerome Gabaretta still 21 years, started playing Basketball with Pembroke Athleta but eventually opted for Waterpolo and made his debut with Sliema under his coach at the National Team Sergio Afric. “It was Sergio who gave me the opportunity to test myself with the main team at Sliema, I clearly remember my first game it was against San Giljan when we had Benedek as our foreigner” commented Gabaretta.

Jerome Gabaretta

When asked about his vision of this sport he said “This is an amazing sport, one needs to work hard like in every sport but our sport is special. One needs to balance between swimming, ball training and also gym which is fundamental”.

Gabaretta who is currently still studying Optometry in the UK, credits Afric and Peter Decesare for being the persons who believed in his abilities. “I made it to the National team thanks to these two persons who believed in me since my early days at the Sliema pitch. I played in the Under 15’s, 17’s and 19’s under the guidance of Decesare and I really owe a lot to this gentleman who always pushed me to reach new goals” added Gabaretta.

The Sliema player who eventually wore the Malta cap for the first time in Lugano in the European B Championships, shifted his thoughts on tonight’s game and said “We do hope to finish on a good note, I really want to win this game as well” Asked if there might be some sort of over confidence due to the fact that Malta has already qualified for the next round Gabaretta who played for Roderham in England in Division 1 admitted that it might be the case that a dose of overconfidence might me circulating within the team. But assured everyone that once the players will be in the water it will be business as usual as everyone will be focused to win the three points.

With reference to his positional play with the Malta team the robust player said “At Sliema I play in the same position, that of centre and alternate with Brownrigg, here in the National team it is practically the same I alternate with San Giljan’s Karl Galea who is a very good centre forward too”

Jerome Gabaretta will unfortunately have to miss half the National Championship due to his studies in the UK where he is planning to return next month, but promised all the Sliema supporters that he will make his utmost to come and play crucial games should he be asked to do so by his Club. caught up also with Malta’s goalkeeper Alan Borg Cole. The 20 year old who has always played Waterpolo for Exiles recounts that his debut with the senior team was in a Division 2 game when Nicky Imbroll had decided to quit the game.

Alan Borg Cole

Borg Cole distinguished himself last Tuesday during the Malta vs Turkey game with 5 to 6 fundamental saves, which were crucial for Malta to keep the Turks at bay. Borg Cole admitted that it was one of his best games ever. “This is like a dream for me, it is an honor to represent my country at this level” said Borg Cole.

When asked how does it feel to be still 20 years and being assigned the red cap to defend Malta’s goal posts succeeding the likes of Sandro Cosby, Joe Caruana Dingli, Adrian Cachia and Josie Cachia, Borg Cole had a quick and short reply “I really hope to keep doing a good job and I hope to be as good as them in the international scenario”.

The Exiles’ keeper, who has played also handball and football earlier on, always between the goalposts, has just put pen to paper and extended his stay with his Club thus scrapping persisting rumors that he was to move to one of the big Clubs as from next season.

“I would like to thank our President Andrew Paris for this contract, this is a sign of confidence in me, even from our coach at the Club, Joe Caruana Dingle. The latter is always there to help me to improve my technical capabilities” commented the player with a satisfactory tone.

The Malta goalkeeper who just commenced studying Business Management at MCAST said that his short stint off from his studies after his A level examinations last year was beneficial for his waterpolo career. In fact Borg Cole spent no less than six months in France training professionally with SN Strasbourg. “I could not play in the French League due to some regulation restrictions but I tell you it was a magnificent experience and I just thank God for it. I had people telling me not to go but it was the right decision that paved way to the current form I am in at the moment” stated Borg Cole.

Finally is his personal preview about tonight’s match the Exiles keeper was very assertive is his comments “If we play as organized as we played against the Turks at Tal-Qroqq I am almost certain that we will be on the winning end. We have trained both our offensive attacks and also our defensive set ups so I look forward for another international cap and wish to win again” ended the courteous keeper.

1 Comment

  1. Waterpolo fan says:

    And what about Jordan Camilleri? Being the youngest of the team at just 18 years old.


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