Neptunes show no mercy

Saturday, July 24, 2010, 21:04

by Sandro Micallef

BOV National Waterpolo Championship 2010 – Div 1

Neptunes Emirates 17
Sirens Ritter Sports 5

Neptunes' top scorer, Steve Camilleri, netting one of his 5 goals

Neptunes' top scorer, Steve Camilleri, netting one of his 5 goals

Sergei Markoc’s Neptunes proved too strong for the St. Paul’s Bay side, as the Balluta team won with a convincing performance. Neptunes showed their intentions early in the game and they were already leading 4-1 after the first 8 minutes.

Matters worsened for Karl Izzo’s side as one of his foreigners, Tamas Varga, was excluded with substitution in the beginning of the third session leaving his team suffer the first humiliation of the season. Varga was disciplined by Italian Referee Stafano Alfi for allegedly elbowing or committing a similar serious foul on Steve Camilleri when both were away from the ball. It is not being excluded that Varga was red carded also after his continuous protests during the match.

Sirens could not keep up the pace with Vujasinovic, Camilleri and Stellini who all had a perfect game.  Luck was also on Neptunes’ side in the first two sessions when some lose balls from shots that hit the post rebounded to their own players to net in their second try. The Balluta side was also awarded a debatable penalty by Referee Alex Deraffaele half way through the second session when Camilleri forced the Sirens keeper Sammut to a ball under just after the whistle of the 30 second possession was signaled. Coach Karl Izzo was very upset at this decision and his frustration was evident as he argued heavily with both referees. His protests were quickly aborted as Neptunes showed some brilliant stuff ,closing theoretically the game by the end of the second session in which they were leading 9-4.

With Sirens fielding only one foreigner, the game was practically over and so Markoc gave some playing time to his fringe players like youngster Zak Mizzi who also managed to score in the last session.

The only positive aspect for Izzo’s side was that they managed to score four out of their five man-up situations. Neptunes managed to net four out of their six man-up situations.

Line Ups:

Neptunes Emirates

N. Gouder, N. Lanzon, Z.Mizzi (1), M.Stellini (3), D. Camilleri, V.Vujasinovic (2), S.Camilleri (5), J.Camilleri (1), B.Buhagiar, S.Gravina, T.Molnar (4), M.Pisani (1).

Sirens Ritter Sports

J.Sammut, A.Attard (1), C.Mercieca (1), P.Borg, J.Spiteri Staines, R.Mock (1), T.Varga (1), D.Cutajar, J.Borg, C.Zammit, Y.Vasovic (1), D.Zammit, E.Arrigo

Other results this weekend:

Marsascala 11 Ta’ Xbiex 12, Sliema 14 Exiles 11, Marsaxlokk 9 Otters 9


  1. L. Zammit says:

    Hi Karl, Bongu!

    I am sorry that, maybe, I will disappoint you, as I prefer to take your comments with a pinch of salt. This, for your own sake and the position you occupy, because, as you know, I have always respected you.

    Especially in waterpolo, the referee’s decisions too have to be respected.


  2. Frans says:


    ghal gid tieghek u tat-team illi tmexxi nahseb ahjar tara kif se trazzan iz-zewg barranin tas-Sirens ghax kieku jiskurjaw daqs kemm iparlaw, kieku l-ewwel qeghdin!!

    Ilbierah kien hemm indixxiplina fit-team tas-Sirens u deheret nuqqas ta hegga filwaqt illi in-Neptunes hargu bhall li kieku kienet finali.

    Jien li ghadni ma nistax nifhem huwa kif in-Neptunes jilghabu dak il-loghob sabih u imponenti, umbaghad kontra is-Sliema ifallu milli jaghtu prestazzjoni tajba? Biza tal-players? Psikologija zbaljata? xi tkun?


  3. KARL IZZO says:

    Leonard i feel it is right to respond to your comment – i wasn’t debating the ball under but the fact that the shot leading to the penalty was taken after the 30 secs gong was sounded – so please get your facts right – what i was contesting and obviously you even though an ex journalist of a top Maltese newspaper but a daily member of Neptunes pitch and a top Neptunes supporter wouldnt mention is that previous to that Neptunes had 3 clear expulsions which were not awarded when ball was pushed away on the foul whistle thus impeding immediate 5 mtr shot …..both referees during and after game told me that i was right in protesting but didnt feel right to intervene on attacking referee at that moment …so please once again get your facts right and dont be too one sided in your comments- Neptunes are a very strong team and definately do not need referees help to make their victories any easier …they were obviously the stronger team by far  today so that cannot be disputed. Re Tamas Varga attack on Steve Camilleri i condemn any  violent play by my players but this has nothing to do with Tamas being a previous Sliema player as tough play between both players had started from 1st minute of the game – Steve Camilleri is undoubtedly best Maltese player and that is why i instructed our best player to mark him during the game – Tamas is a bi olympic champion and i do not think he had any intention of injuring Stevie as per your comments but this escalated after some tough contact during both players – I am sure Stevie can confirm that Tamas didnt strike him in the incident as was confirmed to me by referee Stefano Alfi himself after the game 


  4. L. Zammit says:

    Sandro, I think there was nothing debatable in the second penalty. The ball was ducked by the goalkeeper when tackled legitimately, ergo rigore!! It is worth mentioning that in 1975 Neptunes were five seconds away from being crowned champions when goalkeeper Xuereb saved a shot. Sliema’s player Michael Gatt went on top of the goalkeeper and pushed him downward forcing the goalkeeper to duck the ball. A penalty was given and Sliema drew the match to take the championship themselves.
    With regard to the Tamas Varga attack on Stevie Camilleri, this is not new. In 2007 Stevie suffered a gash under his right eye in a tackle with the Hungarian when he was playing for Sliema. Some players think that they should resort to above-the-limit tactics to quell the Neptunes prodigy.


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