Joseph Mifsud triumph in major international tournamentWednesday, February 15, 2012, 9:44
During the first weekend of March, several Maltese players participated to one of the biggest events on the circuit, the Major of Mons, Belgium.
One Maltese team participated and other Maltese players playing for foreign clubs were involved in different categories.
The Valletta SC team managed to reach the semi final loosing to SC Charleroi from Belgium. Atlas TFC from Greece won the team event captained from Maltese Mark Gauci who had the better off the Belgian side in the final.
In the open category, several Maltese players took part with Derek Conti and Massimo Cremona reached the highest rank reaching the quarter finals but loosing to Portugese Sergio Laurerio and to Greek Nicos Beis respectively.
This left high hopes in the veteran and the U/19 category where Joe Mifsud in the veteran category and Angelo Borg in the U/19, both are top world ranked players.
In the U/19 category, Borg was only few seconds away from his second Major victory in Belgium, but the Italian fought back and after equalizing few seconds from time, he then scored the winner in the extra time. The Maltese player dominated most of the match but a miscalculated mistake 40 seconds from time, left him to jus finish second place which also consolidates his No1 ranking in the U/19 category.
In the Veteran category, Mifsud did not disappoint the expectancies. A tally of 48 players participated with the Maltese top ranked in group one, won his group to qualify for quarter finals. After a bore first match draw against dutch Ron Corsten, Mifsud won all his group encounters. At the knock out stage he won over Italian fighter Manganello 2-1 to boost yet another semi against Austrian’s Bambersky. The match looked to be heading to extra time until Mifsud snapped the winner few minutes from time with a euro goal!
In the final, Mifsud faced Italian experienced player Marco Lamberti and the Maltese was in full determination. He rarely missed any of his flicks to finally win yet another Major 3-1 and confirmed his top moment making 12 International events in a row.