Sirens overcome Sliema to take third position

Monday, August 8, 2011, 13:40

Sirens Ritter Sport 10 – Sliema Mc Donalds 8
(0-3, 4-2, 3-1, 3-2)

Sirens Ritter Sport jumped up to third position in the BOV First Division Waterpolo League when they beat Sliema Mc Donalds 10-8 in their weekend BOV First Division clash at Tal Qroqq. It was  sweet revenge for Sirens after having been thrashed by Sliema in the Winter League final just three months ago to the tune of  12-4 and 13-6.

File photo - David Cutajar

File photo - David Cutajar

Sliema were once again without three key players, including Jerome Gabarretta, John Brownrigg and Paul Privitera, while they had Bogdan Rath back from injury.

The Blues started strongly in the first session with John Soler and Bogdan Rath setting up a 3-0 lead by the end of this session. Sirens’ foreigners started coming light in the second session as the St Paul’s Bay side reduced the deficit to 5-4 as Mercieca, Kiss, Krstonosic and Cutajar found the net for them, while Rath beat Sammut twice.

Sirens took the lead in the third session as Sliema kept faltering, with goals coming from Krstonosic, Mock and Kiss while Rath scored from a penalty to get his fourth goal of the game. Spurred on by their 7-6 advantage, Sirens managed to keep their opponents at bay for the last 8 minutes and also went three goals ahead (10-7) with only 90 seconds left in the game. Sliema managed to reduce the deficit to two goals but their efforts were not enough to earn any points from this game and they slipped down to fourth position in the standings at the end of the first round.

Sirens: J. Sammut, A. Attard, P. Micallef, P. Borg, C. Kiss 4, R. Mock 1, J. Borg, D. Cutajar 1, G. Krstonosic 3, C. Zammit, L. Caruana, D. Zammit, C. Mercieca 1.
Sliema: R. Coleiro, N. Bonello Ghio, N. Lubrano, R. Fodor, M. Meli, J. Soler 3, D. Paolella, C. Debono 1, M. Rizzo, B. Rath 4, J. Spiteri Staines, D. Abela.
Referees: M. Dalli, S. Scappini.

Otters 9 – Marsascala 13
(2-3, 2-3, 2-5, 3-2)

Otters: J. Cremona, G. Attard 2, G. Zammit, Z. Radocz 2, D. Schembri 2, K. Scicluna, M. Balatoni, S. Dimech, G. Xuereb 1, S. Xerri, C. Martin, P. Martin, K. Grima Scott 2.
Marsascala: S. Farrugia, C. Spiteri De Barro, M. Pace 1, Mil. Koralji 2, D. Caruana 1, E. Arrigo, J. Licari 2, J. Cremona 3, S. Farrugia, R. Scerri 2, D. Cassar 1, O. Zammit, Mih. Koralji 1.
Referees: M. Angilleri, P. Giordano.

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