Summer League kick starts tomorrow

Wednesday, June 6, 2012, 13:58
Boris Letica and Nikola Sutic will lead the Saints alongside Bogdan Rath

Boris Letica and Nikola Sutic will lead the Saints alongside Bogdan Rath

by Joshua Cacciattolo

The 2012 BOV National League gets underway tomorrow when winter champions Sliema Mc Donald’s launch their title quest with a direct match against Exiles in the preliminary round.

Group A is made up of Sliema, Exiles, Otters, Ta’ Xbiex and San Giljan. Neptunes, Sirens, Marsascala and Valletta are in Group B.

The top five teams will make up the First Division, to be contested on a double round-robin league, while the other four will form the Second Division which will be now played over three rounds. There will again be bonus points according to the team’s placing with five points for the top, three for the second, two for the third and one for the fourth team in Division One.

Division Two will have a five, three, two, one starting bonus respectively.

As from this season, the ASA has opted for a change in the play-offs format for the top flight after what the association’s president described as “certain suggestions from several quarters for a better tuning of the system”.

The teams outside the top three will face each other in a one-match decider for fourth place and those finishing second and third will be involved in a three-match play-off to earn the right to contest the final against the first-placed team on a best-of-five series.

In the Second Division, the top two teams will figure in a best-of-three series to determine the destination of the league honours this summer.

There will be a new electronic ticketing system in the ‘A’ and ‘B’ turnstiles, with day tickets priced at €5 and season tickets at €50.

Neptunes and Sliema McDonald’s are again regarded as the two leading contenders for the title while the likes of Sirens Ritter Sport, who lost the service of the influential Clint Mercieca who left for Neptunes, and San Giljan, under the guidance of Karl Izzo, will resume their efforts to gatecrash the big guns’ party. The Balluta team welcomes back Matthew Zammit at the end of June after a two year ban.

Having taken Neptunes back to the summit of local waterpolo, Sergei Markoch will again lead the Reds’ quest to retain the title.

Neptunes have a new foreigner this season, as the Serbian Ciric replaced Vladmir Gojkovic . He joins returning Hungarian Tamas Molnar.

With Steve Camilleri, who has just extended his contract with Italy’s Bogliasco, in their ranks, Neptunes can only be confident about their chances of defending their title.

Sliema also go into their summer campaign high on optimism.

The inclusion of new foreigners could provided a massive boost for Sliema after the failure to win the summer league for the second consecutive year. Sliema opted for Hungarian goalkeeper Istvan Gergely and Salmon Ferenc.

San Giljan, who last won the league in 1995, will entertain hopes that this year will be the harbinger of a fruitful season. The Saints signed three foreigners as Nikola Sutic was confirmed ,Boris Letica and former Sliema left hander Bogdan Rath will lead the Saints for a championship challenge. San Giljan also added goalkeeper David Abela last week to provide cover for veteran goalkeeper Dino Camilleri.

Fixtures

Thursday 7-6-2012

4.15 p.m. Sliema vs Exiles
5.30 p.m. Otters vs Ta’ Xbiex
6.45 p.m. M’scala vs Neptunes
8.00 p.m. Sirens vs Valletta





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  1. giljaniz says:

    min fejn tista tixtri season tickets?

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