Updated: Paola Hibs in weekend European match

Monday, October 11, 2010, 10:01

by Sandro Micallef

Local female volleyball champions Paola Hibs, will face Azerbaijan club Azerrail Baku in the first leg of the 1st round of the 2011 GM Capital Challenge Cup this weekend.  On Sunday 10th October the Paola girls will be playing at the Corradino Sports Pavillion and the game begins at 6:00pm.

Paola’s participation is a first for local volleyball and Mark Hili’s girls will be facing a very stern test against a Baku side that has gained prestigious results in domestic and European competitions in the last 10 years. Following the home game being played on Sunday, Paola will travel a long way to Azerbaijan to play the away fixture.

This experience will be useful for Paola when they will be challenging the local teams for their 8th successive league title.
All fans of local volleyball are urged to support the Maltese team in their first European endeavour. Entrance is free.

The team that will line-up on Sunday is made up of the following players:
Daniela Bonnici
Tiziana Bonnici
Alison Borg
Elaine Caruana
Roxette Caruana
Martha Curmi
Delicia Farrugia
Carmen Gauci
Josianne Grima
Sherika Seychell
Leanne Spiteri
Gertrude Zarb

Updated 11/10/2010

Maltese Champions Poala Hibs, as expected, succumbed to a stronger Azerrail Baku side in their GM Capital Challenge Cup debut last weekend with a 0-3 scoreline. The set scores were as follows: 7:25, 6:25, 10:25. One must keep in mind that the Azerbaijanis are a professional team and were superior both tactically and physically.

Before the match, club president Carmen Gauci, explained that Paola have ventured into European volleyball competitions following their domination of the local scene for the past 7 seasons, to enable their players to have new challenges. Gauci explained that the CEV does not give any financial assistance to clubs for participating in such competitions and therefore the local champions had to bear the financial burden themselves.

Parliamentary Secretary for Youth and Sport Clyde Puli has promised to assist Paola Hibs in this venture through the Kunsill Malti għall-Isport and also hoped that more local volleyball clubs will take the bold step to compete in Continental volleyball competitions just like Paola did.

Later this week the Hibs contingent will be traveling to Azerbaijan to play the return leg of this 1st Round tie and sportinmalta.com will be bringing you the latest news from this game too.

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  1. joe says:

    Good luck Poala


  2. stephen farrugia says:

    I will not be able to come unfortunately. may you play to the best of your abilities against this very good team. good luck flyers depiro.


  3. joanne says:

    Good Luck Paola Hibs!!!
    Will definitely come to watch such a game!


  4. ex-vol says:

    good luck girls!!


  5. alistair says:

    great girlies sexy too


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