More success for Maltese table football in Rome

Monday, July 4, 2011, 17:52

Joseph Mifsud receiving the veterans' trophy

Once again Joseph Mifsud

Angelo Borg reaches Ranking Place number one

At the Grand Prix of Rome, held on the last weekend of June, more Maltese table football players managed to obtain successes which are enriching the Malta Table Football Sports Association and ensuring that the level reached by Maltese player is a guarantee for the World Cup 2011.

Mifsud wins the Veterans

Following the success in the English Grand Prix in May and the Major of Bologna some weeks later, Joseph Mifsud continued his stream of success in Rome at the FISTF Grand Prix in the capital of Italy. Points taken from this tournament, ensured that Joseph Mifsud got closer to Erich Hinkelmann on the rankings table and now the distance between the two veterans is only a bit more than 150 points. After being crowned with the Grand Prix title, Joseph Mifsud commented that his determination to do well and his continous training is giving results. He once again took the opportunity to thank his family members. He added that table football is his sport and his love for this sport are still as young as when he was in his early steps. His entusiasm is over the top and he looks forward to the World Cup to be held in Palermo later this month. He eagerly looks forward to the World title.

In this category, another satisfactory result came from Jason Pisani’s end. Pisani, who is also the treasurer of the MTFSA on his third international experience as from January 2011 managed to reach the quarter final by improving his game from one tournament to another. He is now also in the first 70 of the international ranking.

Atlas FTC miss the final 

In the teams category, the Greek side of Atlas FTC with whom both Derek Conti and Mark Gauci are registered reached the semifinal of the Rome Grand Prix. The two Maltese players, offered their service this year to the Greek team and achieved a number of satisfactory results. In Rome, the team could only reach the semifinal and although equalising the game, the goal difference was in favour of Perugia 1973 who eventually won the tournament. Thanks to the Maltese players, the team managed this year to reach the third podium of the Rankings.

Angelo Borg looses the final but reaches ranking number 1.

For Angelo Borg, although the dullness of missing the final match against Battista (Italy) leaves some sour taste, the international rankings of June crown him as the player number one in the Under 19 category. Angelo showed determination and consistency during this season. He managed to reach 8 finals out of 9 international tournaments. In Rome, he missed the final but continued to show improvement and accuracy in his moves. His first reaction to the rankings, was a immediate  thanks to both parents for their sacrifices. He emphasized that if it was not for his father and mother who can help him, it would have been impossibile. His father John commented that this success shows clearly that the youths today can still balance between study, sport and entertainment. His son is clearly an example.

In the Open Category the main result to note is the quarter finals position for Mario Camilleri (Valletta SC). Camilleri showed improvement along these months to deserve a call for the national team to participate in Palermo during the World Cup. Camilleri confirmed that although a number of Italian clubs and particulary a Greek club showed their interests in his service he is to play for Valletta SC next season. “I believe that with the players that Valletta registered now on their books can look forward to be one of the best in Europe next season”, ended up Mario Camilleri.

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