Sportivi 2015: Team Of The Year

Sunday, February 21, 2016, 17:59

Team of the Year

 

 

 

 

Gymnastics (national women’s A team)

For the first time in the history of local gymnastics, the women’s national team comprising Claire Azzopardi, Suzanne Buttigieg, Sana Grillo, Peppijna Dalli and Kirsty Caruana, won the silver medal at the Games for European Small States in Iceland. In artistic gymnastics, the Maltese team obtained a total of 137.55 points, thus finishing second ahead of Luxembourg.

Snooker (Tony Drago and Brian Cini)

This Malta team finished as finalists in the Teams European Championship in which 24 teams took part. To reach the final, they beat Wales 4-3, England 4-1, and Wales again (in the semifinal) 4-2. However, they lost the final against Ireland 5-3.

Tenpin Bowling (national team)

The bowlers won the gold medal for the team event at the Mediterranean Championships in Greece. It was also a double success as the Malta team also set a new Games record. The team was composed of Sue Abela, Mauro Anastasi, Tiziana Carannante and Mark Spiteri.

Waterpolo (national team A men)

2015 was a successful year for the national team. Advanced to the second round of the qualifications for the European Championship after losing to France (4-21) and Netherlands (11-19) and beating Latvia 36-1. In the second round, Malta beat Poland 13-8 and Switzerland 20-8, but despite losing 3-24 to Germany, Karl Izzo’s boys obtained a historic first ever qualification to the finals of the European Championship.

Waterpolo (national Under 17 team men)

The Under 17 team qualified for the inaugural European Games held in Baku, Azerbaijan, after winning three of its four qualifying group matches. Malta beat Latvia 51-0, Switzerland 20-4 and the UK team 7-6. They lost to Germany 6-22. In the Baku Games, the Maltese boys were beaten 22-4 by Spain, 15-8 by Slovakia and 18-3 by Serbia. Then they lost again to Azerbaijan 8-7 and to Ukraine 13-8.

 





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