Gergely shines in tense Sliema-Neptunes draw

Monday, August 13, 2012, 11:06

BOV Premier League

Istvan Gergely - a wall against the Neptunes attack

Istvan Gergely - a wall against the Neptunes attack

Sliema McDonalds 8 – Neptunes Emirates 8
(2-3, 3-1, 2-2, 1-2)

The tense match ended all square, a result which favoured league leaders, Sliema, who remain at the top of the standings, when both sides will play their last encounter this week.

The game had its share of controversy, especially in the final session, when both sides were signalled to have made attacking fouls, in the last minute of the game. Neptunes had come back from a two goal deficit, to draw level, after Sliema had fluffed an easy chance seconds earlier. In these hectic minutes Sliema lost two players on fouls, Clint Debono and Daniel Paolella, and later on the Neptunes captain, Niki Lanzon was shown the red card, presumably for dissent.

Neptunes had eked out a slight 3-2 advantage in the opening session, but Sliema came right back in the next session, and overturned a two goal deficit, to lead 5-4 at the interval.

Neptunes drew level after the break, but then went two goals behind, before they pulled a goal back, before the end of the period. The deciding factor for most of the match was Sliema’s custodian, Istvan Gergely, with a string of saves, especially when his side were a man down.

In the last session, with the champions still failing their man ups, Sliema went on a double lead, but a late Neptunes rally had them on an even score. It was not enough for them, as Sliema are still above them in the table.

Sliema: I. Gergely, J. Gabarretta 1, N. Lubrano 1, P. Privitera, M. Meli, J. Soler 1, D. Paolella, J. Brownrigg 2, C. Debono, F. Salamon 3, C. Cluett, M. Spiteri Staines, R. Coleiro

Neptunes: I. Bugeja, N. Lanzon, E. Aquilina, M. Stellini 1, Z. Mizzi, A. Ciric 2, S. Camilleri 2, J. Camilleri, G. Pace, S. Gravina, R. Sciortino, T. Molnar 2, C. Mercieca 1

Referees: I. Sciriha, F. Brasiliano

BOV 1 Div. League

Valletta Sterling 8 – Marsascala More 16
(0-1, 3-3, 2-7, 3-5)

Marsascala’s victory ensured their top placing , which gives them automatic entry into the Play Off final. That leaves Valletta to see who will face them in a three match semi final Play Off, when the second tier teams play their last match.

The Citizens had David Zoltan on a fortnight’s suspension, and Michael Cordina also missing. They kept in touch till the interval, when Marsascala were on an odd gaol advantage, at 4-3, but from then on Valletta collapsed, under the constant pressure, especially from Joseph Kayes, who finished up with a seven goal tally. M’scala eased away from their opponents, to finish the game on a comfortable note.

Valletta: A. Sammut, S. Meli 1, R. Calleja, An. Galea 2, T. Agius , S. Cachia 2, A. Galea, JC Farrugia, R. Kovacs 2, A. Arrigo, E. Arrigo, K. Hyzler 1

Marsascala: K. Schembri, G. Hedegus 1, M. Pace 1, B. Muscat, J. Kayes 7, L. Grixti, J. Licari 3, J. Cremona, S. Micallef 1, R. Scerri 2, D. Cassar, M. Fenech, K. Navarro

Referees: P. Giordano, R. Spiteri

 

Premier Division

P W D L F A Pts
Sliema 7 5 1 1 73 55 19
Neptunes 7 4 1 2 96 73 18
San Ġiljan 8 4 1 3 93 91 15
Sirens 7 2 1 4 78 88 8
Exiles 7 0 2 5 62 95 2

Division One

P W D L F A Pts
Marsascala 8 7 0 1 111 76 26
Valletta 8 5 0 3 105 98 17
Otters 8 2 0 6 90 102 9
Ta’ Xbiex 8 2 0 6 87 117 7

Next fixtures
Friday: Division One 18.00 Marsascala vs Otters. Premier Division 19:15 Neptunes vs Exiles.
Saturday: Division One 18.00 Ta’ Xbiex vs Valletta. Premier Division 19:15 Sliema vs Sirens.





38 Comments

  1. Tumas says:

    Blue Blue Blue………Where are you?? Further to your comment posted on August 15 at 10.41am: If you knew what had been going on you wouldn’t have mentioned the financial statements as long as your club’s expenditure is not being funded by the Ministry of Sport!! What next? A kangaroo  for a mascot?

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  2. hmieg totali says:

    Xgharukaza…..
    6 full days after sliema supporters raised hell at piscina seats are still filthy and sticky with beer.  lanqaskieku entrance is free let alone paying eur5 to sit on those shitty seats

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    Samut Reply:

    I quite agree. The paying public has the right to have clean seats at least, never mind the sticky floor. There are  certain bins attached to the railings which are a niusance to those seated in the first row on the right of the stands.

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  3. Samut says:

    @Sliema supporter: Your comment deserve a reply when you start talking sense.

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  4. [...] Sunday’s top of the table waterpolo match between leaders Sliema and champions Neptunes, there were some tense moments on the stands, specifically on the side that hosted the Sliema [...]

  5. Blue says:

    It seems that some solidly imprinted ideas are starting to be shaken by what actually is happening in the pool !!!. Maybe the Super Team that had to take a triumphant march towards the league is not so totally superior as is continually depicted in a section of the media (and I am not refering to this website). It happened last year when the Super Team had to go to the wire in the Playoff games to beat the inferior depicted Sliema side. I can easily see it in a number of comments in this blog, fear is slowly creeping in a couple of minds !! Maybe a chap (who presently cannot be present at the Pool) is trying a couple of new tricks…….he did mention that he would do anything it takes to prevent Sliema from winning this year’s championship. We will just have to wait and see…………………

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    Tumas Reply:

    On the contrary Mr Blue. The Sliema supporters are saying that they have all the money in the world to help them win this year’s championship. Yes,we will just have to wait and see…………………….

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    Blue Reply:

    Believe me mate…..one does not need to be a mathematical guru to simply recognise which club actually spent the most money in recent years. So don’t go there…..maybe you might have to look for a better excuse if things do not go the way you were all thinking…….usually a particular journalist in the written press gives you Neptunes fans, much points on which to find some solace !.

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    Definitely not Blue Reply:

    Mr-or Mrs – Blue, if things don’t go our way we will move on like we have always done, it is Sliema who have to win the league at all costs this year because of their centenary. In fact, talk from Ghar id-dud was that they anted to make a clean sweep of honours this year, but the KO is already out of reach and safely in Neptunes trophy cabinet.

    Tumas Reply:

    That’s it. Sliema boast of having dominated since…. and won most honours the game has offered……So it’s true ‘one does not need to be a mathematical guru to simply recognise which club actually spent the most money’ over the years. If Neptunes used their monies illicitly, they would have ended with the greatest number of honours according to your reasoning.

    I can say that Neptunes do spend their money on their nursery, always trying to impove, producing outstanding swimmers (too many to mention) and waterpolo stars like Stevie Camilleri who are all the envy of our rivals.

    You must know that years ago there was a particular journalist (God Bless him, now deceased) writing  for The Times and was renowned for his ties with Sliema as he had a son playing for them who is now on the coaching staff. This respected gentleman, the best sports journalist around at that time, had the misfortune of being ejected from the Sliema pitch by an official for allegedly criticising Sliema in his reports. So your attitude towards a highly-respected journalist does not surprise anyone. 

    Blue Reply:

    San Tumas……..no one spoke about illicit payments. I do understand that that is one of the explanations you always try to give one another to explain the defeats of your ego boosted Super team…….but I was only talking about the bugdet of both clubs were it is clear (even without looking at both club’s financial statements) that in the last 6 seasons, Neptune’s wage bill has been bigger than Sliema’s !!!.

    Now if you will try to deny that……..you might as well deny that waterpolo is played in water. As we both said in our original posts……………..we will just have to wait and see (about this season’s ending). As for the highly respected journalist……I am sure that he is highly respected at Neptunes pitch. He does seem to be Neptunes’ unnofficial PRO, suffice to say that your club’s website merely copies and pastes his articles.

    Tumas Reply:

    I see that you area big busy body! (like most Blues are, after all, where Neptunes are involved). I can neither confirm nor deny your comments about  the wage bill. That does not interest me. I just enjoy watching my team play. I do like to compare the behaviour of our players to those of other clubs. And also how the ASA disciplinary commissioner acts and wonder why very often certain clubs manage to wriggle out of intricate situations. This baffles me.As for the highly-respected journalist, I gather that even Sliema recognise his reports as it is not the first time that these were quoted in their club album.

    Tumas Reply:

    Thank you Sandro for giving me such good news through your site this morning. Sirens11 Sliema 8. Dak li kienu qed jixtiequ lilna li niffaccjaw il-qilla ta’ San Giljan issa se jigri lilhom!! Veru li ghad fadal hafna imma dan ir-rizultat jaghti spinta lic-Champions li issa wasal iz-zmien jibdew juru x’jafu. Blue: wait and see!

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  6. waterpolo fan says:

    im shocked to see that there is no mention that Stevie Camilleri and Timmy Agius were awarded for being the best players for the month of july of the premiere and first division respectively 

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    waterpolo youth Reply:

    i agree with you 100% well done to both i must say and i hope Stevie will continue to excel to make not only neptunes but also us maltese proud!

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  7. Tumas says:

    The ASA employs the Security personnel to keep order in the pool. Sliema supporter is trying to twist facts.
    Yes Sliema supporters were one family on Sunday, offending Neptunes with degrading songs. Trouble almost always flares up when Sliema are playing and they finish up scott free. Not this time I expect, though.

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  8. waterpolo fan says:

    for all your info security have to right to throw you off the premises if they feel you are not behaving correctly. the pixxina is private property and just because you pay the entrance fee it does not mean that you are free to act how you like. sliema supporters yesterday provoked neptunes players and also neptunes supporters but still felt it wasnt thrilling enough. they then decided to provoke the security guards too who were clearly out numbered.sliema supporter called them one big family i myself prefer to call them a clan of bullies who happened to anger the wrong people with their arrogance and disgusting behaviour. however i believe the asa are to blame too. those responsible at the door should not allow people who are clearly under the influence to enter the pool in the first place

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    sliema supporter Reply:

    pixxina is not a private property as you are saying…and no, the security have no right to throw people out.Don’t Sliema supporters always provoke Neptunes players and supporters? Have you never watched a sliema v neptunes match in the last 10 years? do you want to kill the rivalry of this sport and not see anything?

    Also don’t say that sliema supporters tried to provoke the security guards. The security guards came to provoke us and stop us from enjoying the match just because we were winning. We where also trying to protect to young children from these security bullies.Waterpolo fan, you are a disgrace to waterpolo

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    waterpolo fan Reply:

    i repeat the pool is not state owned and is run by the asa. just like when you go to the cinema and cause trouble the stuard has the right to ask you to leave or out at the club the bouncer can throw you out. throwing beer down from the stands is provoking in my books although i understand its probably considered good nature in yours. the security are there to do exactly that protect the children as you put it. this means that whoever doesnt act appropriately either by using bad language or acts aggressively should be kept away from the stands. the pool is not a replacement for some lido or boatparty 

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    sliema supporter Reply:

    @waterpolo- you are saying the pool is not state owned? are you out of your mind? Have you ever seen a security coming to challenge young and innocent people just enjoying themselves? whats wrong in throwing beer? this was done in celebration and not intentionally. No referee or reporter or anyone else was meant to be hit. As you know this happened when sliema took the lead by 2 goals. We Sliema supporters don’t need the security to protect our children, but we protect them ourselves, the Blue supporters. I would not want one of those cowboys anywhere our children as they are a bad example to follow. One knows that bad language in waterpolo has been used for years and not just now. Anyhow, Sliema are the Kings in Waterpolo and Football with all the leagues and trophies we won. Just a reminder for you. 100years of dominating….we lead others follow

    xejn sew Reply:

    Sliema supporter……..get your facts right, the national pool is owned by the ASA which is an independent body, seperate from the state………so technically it is private property, and legally the ASA can employ whoever it likes to act as security guards, and it can throw out anyone who violates the peace, or who is under the influence etc…

    throwing beer down on the reporters/security/ref is wrong no matter whether it was intentional or otherwise……..even if it slipped out of someone’s hands, how are the security supposed to know whether it was intentional or not? and who cares whether it happened when sliema took a 2 goal lead, or whether it was thrown as a reaction to a decision of the ref? it is totally irrelevant; fact remains that sliema supporters were quite smashed from way before the game (at 6pm for the valletta game they were already totally drunk), and this only aggravated matters

    having said that, the security guards, who are there to keep the peace, and avoid any trouble, actually commenced and aggravated the situation………instead of calmly asking the sliema supporters to quiet down, they went in all guns blazing looking for a fight……..I was on the opposite side and I saw 1 security storming up from the deck, confronting the sliema supporters, and literally throwing punches left right and centre……….it was totally mad

    to be fair both parties were wrong, the sliema supporters for being totally smashed and for throwing beer, and the private security for resorting to violence as opposed to calming things down……….I expect this behaviour from supporters, but not from private security who have the authority and power to stop this stuff from happening, and shoukd not be aggravating it……….I think it’s time JCC calls back the police to deal with the games, seeing as they have the training to deal with such situations, as opposed to private security

    what’s funny is that Sliema only received a 116 euro fine for all the crowd trouble, while m bonello got banned for 8 months for something similar……..it seems when sliema are in the picture, the ASA gives out light punishments, and doesn’t use the same methods of punishment for sliema as it does for teams like neptunes and san giljan etc………..mur ara that crowd troubled occurred on the San Giljan side during one of their games, sliema supporters would be the first to say that “those animals should be kicked out of the league”……….it’s all a matter of two weights and two measures……….pacenzja, it is sliema’s 100th anniversary this year, you can’t expect any less

    on a different note, what the hell is the ASA doing with that pool behind the sunny side stands? the pool itself is already taking countless much needed parking spaces, but closing the whole back car park completely (leaving it open to a few ppl) is a much worse decision………does the ASA know how much confusion and trouble they are creating in the outside car park?  I hope this is changed for the play-offs, otherwise God help us all……..maybe Sandro could pick up on this and write something about it

  9. Tumas says:

    Nistenna li l-ASA tiehu passi drastici kif ghamlet fil-bidu ta’ l-stagun. Nisperaw li ma jkunx hemm xi difiza farsa li tigi immanipulata u fl-ahhar tigi accettata kif gara ricenti. Il-president ta’ l-asa kien prezenti.

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    independent supporter Reply:

    Ghaziz Tumas, 

    on second thoughts i better write in English as the majority of people on this forum seem to be English speaking or at least pretend to be.  I think you seriously need to do a reality check, if you are trying to compare what was done by a certain president with whatever happened last Sunday. I was there in both cases and you can’t even compare. In one case it was a so-called president who in his capacity as club delegated offended and threatened (as reported by the same Neptunes supporters who where next to him) high ranked officials of the ASA which is in complete breach of the ASA statute. In the other case it was abuse of power by so called “Security” who were entrusted with the safe guarding of the people attending the match. Why don’t you go and ask the parents of the young girl injured who instead of seeing their child back home had to be called by police to go to hospital… 

    Whilst I completely deplore the fact that certain sections of the Sliema supporters who were obviously drunk I can’t but even more deplore the over exaggerated use of force by these so called security. The person depicted in the following image http://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20120814/local/Private-guards-replace-police-at-water-polo-matches.432774 was not provoked (and by provoked i don’t mean being showered with beer) yet he left his poolside position and attacked, seriously injuring an innocent young girl. 

    Tumas if you are truly a supporter of the local game and not just a supporter blinded by his will to win at all costs you will agree with me that certain scenes do not benefit the local game. 

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    Tumas Reply:

    My dear Independent supporter
    I think I can muster a reply to your comment in English.  The president you refer to was censured. A very heavy punishment I think.  No one was manhandled! Anyway that’s a thing of the past and lessons HAVE been learnt from this incident. If you are a regular at the national pool, you will understand what I mean.
    Calling yourself an independent supporter I would rather not have cited abuse of power by the security personnel who were being employed to keep order during the match. From what I saw from the opposite end,  that is what they were trying to do. The few drunkards were trying to create disorder well before the match started.
    You mentioned the ‘will to win at all costs’. You must know which team declared this through their supporters since the start of the season……but unfortunately for them, the Knock-Out honour has gone a-begging. This must be one of the reasons for their outrageous vocal behaviour towards their rivals.
    I expect you too, not to be blinded. Both of us agreed that incidents happened to disrupt the duties of ASA-employed personnel. Those responsible should pay. Punto e basta! (IS: a tinge of Italian for good measure).

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  10. Sliema 100 years winning says:

    Supporter so ur telling us only Sliema supporters go drinking before the game?? And anyway it’s legal!!!!

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  11. sliema 100 years says:

    how do you know ”supporter” were you at pitch with them? also the security came to attack the sliema supporters who only protected themselves since there where girls and kids , before speaking you should inform yourself mate 

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    settebello Reply:

    But what happened after the game in the reception of the pool?

    Did the security/bouncers fight between themselves or was it the Sliema supporters who fought with them? (breaking a glass door and leaving blood on the floor in the process)

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    supporter Reply:

    very simple mate………. the wife was there lunching with friends…… satisfied??

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  12. supporter says:

    very simple……. what happened was that sliema supporters were all INTOXICATED.  all one had to do, was visit sliema pitch to observe the heavy drinking that was taking place prior to the game starting from as early as 11am.  no wonder kullhadd kien ” cappetta “, to quote one sliema supporter.   even sliema supporters were disgusted at the behaviour of their ”ultras’.  one female supporter in particular was so drunk she barely made it up the up to the terraces.  

    what about the beer that was flung down on to the reporters??

    what about the supporters who continued attacking security personnel inside reception?

    ara kieku kien supporters ta san giljan jew neptunes, kieku kollha impcapssin fuq il-gazzetti u fb.

    to add insult to injury, the ASA bar continued to sell beer to there louts, notwithstanding the state they were in.  i also blame the asa for actually allowing them on to the premises in the first place.

     ridt tkun ghami biex ma tindunax li certi nies kienu patata

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    sliema supporter Reply:

    The security has no right to act like cowboys and pick on us. If they want to pick on certain people they can go to paceville. On us Sliema supporters, no one can touch us as we are 1 family and stick up for each other.

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    san pawl Reply:

    the security has the right to stop you from saying any such words or any bad gestures ,  you just acted like cowboys cause they weren’t the police,  you should have done what you did with the police and u would have all finished in hand cuffs… and after what ive heard happened during the game outside .. its a DISGRACE that u even acted like you did  you gave a really bad name to waterpolo…….the way you play in the water is a disgrace too ( if u understand what i mean ;) )

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    sliema supporter Reply:

    the security is not there to prevent you from saying such words or bad gestures…get your facts right. That’s the job of the police. I wonder what bad gestures we did when we were winning? Whats wrong in singing and having fun when we are up? There were no bad words. A security official just wanted to be a cowboy and stop and spoil the party which is wrong, and that’s when all the trouble flared up. No one is willing to take bad advice from these security cowboys who are not even licensed or qualified. Also, before you speak, you should witness the events and not say lies and other bull**** from the team you hate. Also, the way we play in the water is a disgrace? what is it you are trying to say?again only speak if you know your facts, otherwise zip it!

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    san pawl Reply:

    haha i wwas there i saw what happened , i am sorry then ;) you want to know my fact……. the referee was really 1 sided and obvious it was the italian 1 whow as really blind in some calls just to give in your favour to make u try win the game, and for the security if u throw stuff they willl stop u i know my facts do u know yours ….  u all speak bull****

    santumanafxiex Reply:

    @sliema supporter
    I agree that the security have NO RIGHT to touch anyone at the pool. Only police can do that.

    BUT can you confirm that NO SLIEMA SUPPORTERS WERE INVOLVED IN A FIGHT OUTSIDE OF THE PIXXINA WITH THE SECURITY/BOUNCERS?
    …will you confirm it?

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    sliema supporter Reply:

    @san pawl…the referee was 1 sided when he gave a record 13man ups to Neptunes? Are you kidding me? the italian referee was the Neptunes 8th player and also gave you a goal which obviously wasnt a goal when the player scored from within the 2metres area. You are talking bull*** and better stop hiding behind a false name and show your face of who you are.Amateurs like you hide and post false info on forums.

    @santumanafxiex-you have to ask the ASA to confirm that no Sliema supporters were involved in a fight outside of the pixxina and not me. They are the ones who can answer that question.

    Samut Reply:

    @Sliema supporter: Quite right. 13 man-ups to Neptunes and should have been more. Looking at past matches it has regularly been like that because Sliema have to resort to dubious tackling to thwart Neptunes. And there should be no talking to the referee during the interval by anybody, let alone by a coach? I would like to know why Lanzon was pulled up while on a break during the last minute of Sunday’s game. Do you have an answer for that?

    sliema supporter Reply:

    @samut- you are trying to kid everyone. The referee was 1 sided all the way through. Lanzon pulled the Sliema player towards the end which was the most obvious foul of all the match. Neptunes are meant to be cruising and favourites to win the league yet you are failing to confirm your tag as the favourites.The coach of Neptunes was all the match talking to the referee. Thats not sportsmanship. In fact, that’s why you had all those decisions your way and thanks for confirming the ref was on your side.

  13. Striker says:

    The game was tense. Obviously ! And it could have gone either way in the end.

    But the ASA needs to revise it’s security policy. There were scuffles on the sliema side where usually nothing of the sort is seen.

    I also heard from three friends of mine that there was broken glass and trails of blood on the floor of the reception area of the national pool.

    What’s going on ASA???

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