Sliema ASC Stalwart Reaches 1,000 Goals (1997-2016)

Friday, July 15, 2016, 16:27

Note:This article has been published in both English and Maltese
Nota:Dan l-artiklu ġie miktub bl-Ingliż u bil-Malti

Gavin Muscat

Sliema Aquatic Sports Club proudly announce that their captain, John Soler, has reached the 1,000-goal mark in the top flight for the club during this week’s water polo game versus San Giljan.

A product of the club’s Academy, John was first elected to the senior squad in 1995 and played his first game the same year against Ta’ Xbiex. John’s first goal with the senior squad came in 1997 against Sirens. John never looked back from then on. He was Sliema’s top scorer for 14 years.

John has won all major honours including Malta’s Top Division League 8 times, Knock-Out Competition (8), Winter League (7) and President’s Cup (7), apart from winning the Quadruple Crown in 1998 and Treble (3). In his remarkable career John was voted Water Polo Player of the Year 3 times and played for the National Team from 1998-2013.

Pure dedication, commitment and true Sliema character have all been the basis of his success. Sliema ASC and all its supporters would like to thank John for this outstanding achievement and augur that he continues with this tally of goals to bring in more successes to the most decorated club in Malta.

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Malti

John Soler jilħaq l-elf goal ma’ Sliema

Sliema Aquatic Sports Club bi pjacir ħabru li l-captain tal-klabb, John Soler din il-gimgħa skorja l-elf gowl tiegħu ma’ l-ewwel skwadra fil-logħba kontra San Giljan.

John huwa prodott tan-Nursery ta’ Sliema ASC. Kien fl-1995 li John lagħb għall-ewwel darba mat-tim tal-kbar kontra Ta’ Xbiex. L-ewwel gowl tiegħu wasal fl-1997 kontra Sirens. Minn dak in-nhar John qatt ma hares lura. Huwa kien l-aqwa scorer tal-klabb għal 14 il-sena.

John rebaħ l-unuri kollha li joffri l-waterpolo Malti, fejn fosthom rebaħ il-kampjonat tas-Sajf 8 darbiet, in-Knock Out (8), Kampjonat tax-Xitwa (7) u t-Tazza tal-President (7). Rebaħ il-Quadruple fl-1998 u t-tripletta fi tlett okkazzjonjiet. Tul il-karriera tiegħu, John kien ivvutat bhala Plejer tas-Sena tlett darbiet filwaqt li rraprezzenta lil Malta mill-1998 sa l-2013.

L-ingredienti ewlenin għal dan is-success huma l-inpenn u l-qalb Slimiza. Il-klabb tas-Sliema kif ukoll il-patitarji tal-klabb jixtiequ jirringrazzjaw lil John għal dan l-unur filwaqt li jawguraw li jibqa isib ix-xibka u jirbaħ aktar unuri ma’ l-aktar klabb li għamel success f’Malta.





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