Sliema struggle as Sergei Markoc and Co trounce San Giljan

Thursday, July 8, 2010, 15:14

by Sandro Micallef

Sliema Mc Donalds 11 – Sirens Ritter Sports 10
(2-3), (4-3), (1-4), (3-1)

As the preliminary round of the BOV Waterpolo National Championship is nearing its completion one can already come up with some concrete conclusions. At the end of Sliema’s match against Sirens one could conclude that the Blues must improve their approach to the game if they intend to battle it out with Neptunes for the championship title. On the other hand, Sirens led by the emergent coach Karl Rizzo, have proven to be a hard nut to crack as they only lost by a margin of one goal and were literally inches away from winning a point 13 seconds from time, when their foreigner Vasovic hit the post.

Sliema were well organised and sharp in the first session but silly mistakes and some avoidable fouls gave way to a Sirens comeback with the St. Paul’s Bay side winning the second period and also winning the last one 3-1 with the help of Vasovic who netted half of his side’s ten goals. On the other hand, the Sliema scorers were Paul Privitera 4, Bogdan Rath 3, and a goal each by Meli, Soler, Brownrigg, and Debono. The other scorers for Izzo’s side were Attard and Mercieca with two goals each together with goals by Cutajar, Borg, and Dino Zammit. Sirens’ veteran player Charles Zammit had quite an upsetting afternoon since he did not manage a goal and moreover he was fouled out half way through the last session.

Sliema coach Sergio Afric, although visibly satisfied with these important two points, is aware that his side left much to be desired in this encounter.

Alex Deraffaele and Mario Dalli

Neptunes Emirates 15 San Giljan Firetech 7
(5-2), (3-0), (5-3), (2-2)

Neptunes Emirates registered a comfortable win in the second game that was played yesterday at the National Pool as they trounced their Balluta neighbors 15-7.  The team led by Markoc made sure of securing the maximum points in the first two sessions, when at half time they were already leading 8-2 and extended it to 13-5 by the end of the third.

A spirited Neptunes side led by the excellent water polo skills of Vladimir Vujasinovic had little opposition by San Giljan and it was a poor show by Risso’s team who are still trying to digest the fact that most probably they will play the rest of the games this season without their stalwart Matthew Zammit who has recently tested positive in a doping test whilst on duty with the National team.

Nine of the Neptunes goals were scored by Vladimir Vujasinovic, Tamas Molnar and Steve Camilleri who netted three each.  Michele Stellini and Sean Gravina netted two each while captain Nicky Lanzon and Jordan Camilleri also featured amongst the scorers with a goal each.

The San Giljan goals were netted by Marthon Toth and Heiko Nossec who score three each and one by Christian Gilanze.

Referees: Mario Dalli and Ronnie Spiteri


  1. Len Zammit says:

    I agree with you Mark. Simply brilliant pictures. Very encouraging when one considers that waterpolo is not the darling of some so-called sporting journalists. In fact, I stand to be corrected as I was told this morning that the results of yesterday’s important waterpolo matches were not even mentioned in Orizzont, let alone a report on the matches! If this is so, it’s shameful.


  2. mark said says:

    well stated brillant pics guy !!mark


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