More pictures: Malta dismisses Poland

Saturday, October 30, 2010, 21:42

by Sandro Micallef

Malta started off its commitments in the LEN European Water Polo Championships 2010-2011 qualifiers with a 7-3 win over Poland. Things did not start off in the best of ways at the National Pool when a technical problem prevented the organisers from playing the national anthems, leaving the fans and players unimpressed.

Poland started off strongly and went a goal up but John Brownrigg was quick to equalise with a well taken shot from the five metre mark to end the first session with one goal apiece. After a pep talk by Sergio Afric the Maltese players were more aggressive in the second session, and Neptunes captain Nicky Lanzon hammered home his first goal of the match with youngster Jordan Camilleri scoring a spectacular goal from close range to make it 3-1. The Poles pulled a goal back to end the second session 3-2 in Malta’s favour with the locals missing two man-up situations.

Following the break, captain John Soler grabbed the goal that made it 4-2 for Malta before the visitors made it a one goal game, ending the third session 4-3 in Malta’s favour. Afric, together with assistant coach Karl Izzo, spurred his men on, and in the fourth session Soler broke free from his defender at half pitch and swam up the left flank to make it 5-2 for Malta with a powerful drive. Sliema’s Mark Meli got his name on the scoresheet with his trademark long range shot and in the end Lanzon grabbed his second goal with a quick shot from a Soler assist.

Maltese keeper Alan Borg Cole distinguished himself in goal, pouncing on a number of loose balls and making some important saves throughout the match. Considering that the season in Malta has finished nearly two months ago, this was a positive outing by the locals who relied on the leadership of Soler and Lanzon to bring this positive result home even though they were not in peak form. One must also mention the members of the South End Core who supported the Maltese throughout the game and livened up the atmosphere at Tal-Qroqq. The ASA should also be congratulated for offering free entrance to all for this game.

Final score: Malta 7 – Poland 3
(1-1, 2-1, 1-1, 3-0)

…We hope you’ll enjoy some shots from today’s game in the gallery below.


  1. Chris E. says:

    Who is the photographer?

    [Sportinmalta] We sent you the contact details to the email address attached with this comment but unfortunately it bounced back.


  2. Malta says:

    Great performance……Niki Lanzon and John Soler true leaders in the team!


  3. mark says:

    i think it’s time waterpolo is given more importance provided the results we get next to football!! attention and participation especially  from younger ones are dwindling fast!


  4. bellomalta says:

    a great game by stellini and soler


  5. alvin says:

    great game in defense especially when we played zone, Poland could have never won this game.

    well done afric


  6. alistair says:

    kemm u sabih il-waterpolo u kemm hu sabih meta jirbah in-nazzjonal


  7. ismael borg says:

    well done for pictures and tks for helping Waterpolo

    [Sportinmalta] thank you for your kind compliments Ismael


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