Solid Sliema bounce back to extend final

Thursday, September 6, 2012, 12:35

Marsascala retain First Division Championship

BOV Premier Final 3

Neptunes Emirates 8 – Sliema McDonalds 11
(1-2, 2-4, 3-1, 2-4)

Sliema were better prepared for this third encounter, and they seemed to have more adrenalin flowing than their opponents. They pulled a game back, after their two heavy defeats, and the two teams now go into a fourth encounter, at least, next Saturday.

The Blues were ahead throughout the whole match, with Neptunes twice getting to within a goal in the course of the game, but Sliema were adamant in keeping their advantage, and they finished on a top note, also with an extra man in the water, because of Michele Stellini’s definite expulsion, in the last minute of the match.


Sliema's Mark Meli (blue cap) prevents Neptunes' Steve Camilleri (white cap) from taking a shot

Sliema's Mark Meli (blue cap) prevents Neptunes' Steve Camilleri (white cap) from taking a shot

Sliema took a double lead in the opening period, but the champions pulled a goal back. The second period saw the Blues edging away from their adversaries with long range efforts, for a 5-1 lead.

Steve Camilleri, who won the August Player of the Month, finally replied for Neptunes with a brace of goals, but in between Sliema scored again, to obtain a valid 6-3 advantage, midway through the encounter.

Neptunes put Ryan Sciortino in goal, in lieu of Ian Bugeja. Sliema extended their lead, but the champions found some inspiration, and Alex Ciric’s two goals, had them on three goal burst, and the game opened up once more, as Sliema’s advantage went down to single goal, at 7-6. The Blues struck back in the last session, with Ferenc Salamon and Paul Privitera, Sliema’s top two strikers in this match, taking their side away in front again.

Neptunes did reduce their arrears twice, but Sliema always held a double advantage. Their victory was complete in the final minute, with Salamon’s penalty throw, after Stellini’s ejection, which left his side playing out the game with a player less.

The game was replete with stoppages, because of the damage caused to the electronic clock, after last Monday’s storm.

Neptunes: I. Bugeja, N. Lanzon , E. Aquilina, M. Stellini, Z. Mizzi, A. Ciric 3, S. Camilleri 4, J. Camilleri, G. Pace , S. Gravina, R. Sciortino, T. Molnar 1, C. Mercieca

Sliema: I. Gergely, J. Gabarretta , N. Lubrano , P. Privitera 3, M. Meli 1, J. Soler 2, D. Paolella, J. Brownrigg, C. Debono, F. Salamon 4, J. Falzon 1, M. Spiteri Staines , R. Coleiro

Referees: I. Sciriha, A. Severo

BOV Div I. Final 2

Marsascala players celebrating their Division 1 Championship

Marsascala players celebrating their Division 1 Championship

Valletta Sterling 9 – Marsascala More 14
(3-3, 4-2, 1-4, 1-5)

Marsascala held on to the championship title won last year, as they made a clean sweep of the three honours available to this category. They won the second final, thus denying the Citizens from forcing a third match.

Valletta, who recovered Sean Meli from suspension, but still had coach, Anthony Farrugia, unavailable, were on a par with their opponents in the first session, and were also the better side in the next period, as they opened up a 7-5 advantage till the interval.

The game took a turn after the break, as Valletta held off their adversaries at first. Midway through the session the Citizens were awarded a penalty, when they were still in front, but David Zoltan hit the woodwork, and Marsascala seemed a changed outfit. Two goals put the Seasiders ahead, at 9-8, till the end of the period, and they dominated the last session, as they left Valletta in their wake, to finish up comfortable winners, and deserved champions.

They were led, as usual, by a prolific Joseph Kayes, with a double hat trick, and John Licari, voted the August Player in his category, scored a poker of goals. The Citizens had Sean Meli and Timmy Agius with two goals apiece.

After the game Marsascala made merry, as the BOV Manager Marketing, Charles Azzopardi, presented them with commemorative medals, and their captain, Joseph Cremona, received the championship trophy.

Valletta: A. Sammut, S. Meli 2, R. Calleja, An. Galea, T. Agius 2, S. Cachia 1, Al. Galea 1, M. Cordina 1, R. Kovacs 1, D, Zoltan 1, A. Arrigo , E. Arrigo, K. Hyzler

Marsascala: K. Schembri, G. Hedegus 1, M. Pace 1, K. Navarro 1, J. Kayes 6, L. Grixti, J. Licari 4, J. Cremona, S. Micallef , R. Scerri 1, D. Cassar, M. Fenech, B. Muscat

Referees: M. Dalli, M. Sponza


  1. Sallbu says:

    It’s true Stellini messed up big time and if Neptunes win the league he will not be there to lift it.

    But it’s not like Neptunes are dependent on Stellini as much as they are on Molnar, Ciric and Stevie. Jigifieri let’s put everything into perspective. Neptunes have other valid subs.

    This is a PERFECT opportunity for Clint Mercieca to show what’s he’s made of and prove that he is up to the level of a champion. I’m sure that Clint will do well instead of Stellini. Good luck.


    dudu Reply:

    I fully agree with you. Clint has been coming on nicely these last two games and yes, now is the PERFECT opportunity for him to claim a regular place in the champions’ side. He fully deserves it.


    poolboy Reply:

    The point is not how dependent or not Neptunes are on Stellini, or how valid the subs are. The point is that he let down the team very badly at this most important part of the season and he should know better than to act so stupidly. Insomma, as usual, as soon as there’s a bit of pressure, he pees in his pants


    Sallbu Reply:

    Of course he let the team down. No doubt about it.

    But in a matter of a couple of days a league will be decided so it makes no sense to make Stellini the reason why one team wins and another loses. Neptunes have the luxury of having good players who can take his place … no use crying over spilt milk. Clint and Cocci are two experienced players who can come in nicely for this last game (or two)

    Then once the season is over the player should be disciplined etc etc … now is the time to regroup, focus and go out fighting hard again like Neptunes did in the first 2 games.


  2. dudu says:

    Stellini needs to grow up. He acted foolishly


  3. neutral says:

    jekk Neptunes klabb serju ghandhom jaghmlu dixxiplina iebsa ma Stellini. Veru bla sens li ghamel, u issa halla lil shabu bi plejer nieqes ghal loghob li fadal, jista jkun li tellef il-league lil Neptunes, avolja ilbierah m’ghamel xejn tajjeb, ghax anki fil- harba ta’Jordan qassamlu hazin, apparti li ixxuttja barra ma nafx kemm il-ballun.


  4. Spiderman says:

    Stellini x’illostra ghamel????? Dan jaf illi probabbli mhux se jilghab ghal bqija tal final???
    Il-loghba kienet diga mitlufa meta ghamel il brutality. 

    Insomma is-Sliema kienu ahjar ghax laghbu bla pressure filwaqt li nEPTUNES kellhom il pressure biex jaghlqu l-istagun. 

    Avolja nixtieq li Neptunes jirbhu nahseb li din it-telfa se theggeg lis-sliema u jirbhu 3-2.


  5. waterpolo youth says:

    cause of the storm the clock wasnt working well that was monday the game was wednesday a bit laid back! Michele Stellini did a very big mistake in getting the red card as there were just 50s left! WHAT A WASTE!


    red supporter Reply:

    true , what michele did was definately stupid whatever the reason, he wil probably get 1 possibly 2 game suspension and can easily cost neptunes the league,  neptunes comittee must look into it and discipline the player as somtething like that does not compliment waterpolo or himself for that matter. as for the game , sliema on my opinion deserved the win as they fought through out the game for the ball and they made their chances count as for us we missed alot of clear goal chances which cant be made so often….but congrats to sliema for their win 


    waterpolo youth Reply:

    you are right he will now be punished for what he has done but anyways congratz sliema now good luck to the boys in red again to hopfully take their second chance to the trophy!


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