Table Football: Maltese participants impress in World Cup

Friday, September 23, 2016, 11:33

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

Gavin Muscat

Last weekend the Malta Table Football Sports Association (MTFSA) participated in the World Cup organised by the Federation of International Sports Table Football (FISTF) which was held in Mons, Frameries in Belgium

On Friday the FISTF organised the Annual General Meeting to which Malta was represented on the Board by Joe Zammit Pavia, occupying the position of Vice President/General Secretary and also attended for this meeting the Maltese board members, John Zammit (General Secretary) & Jason Pisani (Finance Director). The Annual General meeting was followed by the presentation of all the nations and afterwards by the World Cup draws.

On Saturday there were the individual categories events.  Malta was represented by Charlie Aquilina, Massimo Cremona, Jason Pisani and John Zammit in the Veteran Category, Derek Conti, Angelo Borg and Andrew Abela in the Open Category, Neil Mark Bonnici in the Under 19 Category, Jurgen Balzan in the Under 15 Category and Joseph Agius in the Under 12 Category

In the Veteran Category Massimo Cremona won the Silver medal after losing in the final against the Italian Gianfranco Calonico whilst in the Open Category Derek Conti won the bronze medal after losing in the semi- final against the Italian Luca Colangelo.  In the Under 15 Jurgen Balzan had made it to the quarter final after losing against the Italian Leonardo Giudice.

The Other Maltese players, Jason Pisani and Charles Aquilina, John Zammit (Veterans category) and Angelo Borg (Open category) were eliminated in the Last 32 sessions.  The Under 19 player Neil Mark Bonnici and the under 12 player Joseph Aguis were eliminated in the Group stage.

On Sunday there were the Teams categories events.  Malta participated in the Veterans and in the Under 19 Categories.  The Veteran Team was composed from Charles Aquilina (Captain), Massimo Cremona, Jason Pisani, John Zammit, Joe Zammit Pavia and Angelo Borg whilst the Under 19 Team was composed from Jurgen Balzan, Neil Mark Bonnici and Joseph Agius.

The Veteran team was very unlucky where although the team remained unbeaten with 3 draws against Gibraltar, Greece and Champions Italy did not managed to qualify.  In the game against Italy (World Champions) the Maltese were all the time leading but suffered the equalising goal in the last 10 seconds of the game which eliminated them from the group.

In the Under-19 category the Maltese were handicapped since the team had only 3 players instead of the usual 4 players which could play in this category.

The MTFSA would like to thank all the players who represented Malta in the World Cup for their commitment and achievements.

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Malti

Matul il-weekend li għadda it-tim Nazzjonali Malti tal Malta Table Football Sport Association irraprezenta lill- Malta fit-Tazza tad-Dinja ta dan l-isport. Din il kompetizzjoni inżammet f` Frameries fil-Belġju taħt l-awspiċi tal-Federation of International Sports Table Football (FISTF).

Nhar il-Ġimgħa l-FISTF organizzat il-Laqgħa Ġenerali Annwali li Malta kienet rappreżentata fuq il-Bord min ‘Joe Zammit Pavia, li jokkupaw il-pożizzjoni ta’ Viċi President / Segretarju Ġenerali u wkoll attendew għal din il-laqgħa l-membri tal-bord Maltin, John Zammit (Segretarju Generali) u Jason Pisani (Direttur Finanzjarju). Il-laqgħa Ġenerali Annwali kienet segwita mill-preżentazzjoni tal-nazzjonijiet kollha u wara telgħu poloz tat-Tazza tad-Dinja ta dan l- isport.

Nhar is-Sibt kien hemm l-avvenimenti tal -kategoriji individwali. Malta kienet rappreżentata minn Charlie Aquilina, Massimo Cremona, Jason Pisani u John Zammit kategorija tal-veterani, Derek Conti, Angelo Borg u Andrew Abela Kategorija tal – Open, Neil Mark Bonnici fil kategorija ta Taħt 19 il- sena, Jurgen Balzan fil kategorija ta Taħt 15 il- sena u Joseph Agius fil kategorija ta Taħt 12 il- sena.

Fil- Kategorija tal – Veterani Massimo Cremona rebah il-midalja tal-fidda wara li tilef fil-finali kontra it – Taljanl Gianfranco Calonico  waqt  fil-Kategorija Open, Derek Conti rebaħ il-midalja tal-bronż wara li tilef fil-semi- finali kontra il- Taljan Luca Colangelo.  Fil- kategorija ta` taħt il 15 il –sena Jurgen Balzan gi eliminat fill-kwarti tal – finali wara li tilef kontra it- taljan-Leonardo Giudice .

Il-plejers Maltin oħra, Jason Pisani u Charles Aquilina, John Zammit (fil kategorija tal Veterani) u Angelo Borg (fil kategorija tal Open) kienu eliminati ma fl-aħħar 32. Il-plejer ta` taħt 19 il sena Neil Mark Bonnici u plejer ta` taht  12 il sena Joseph Aguis ġew eliminati fl-istadju tal gruppi.

Nhar il-Ħadd kien hemm il kategoriji  tat -timijiet. Malta pparteċipaw fil kategoriji tal Veterani u fl kategorija ta taht 19 il sena. It-Tim tal -Veteran kienet kompost minn Charles Aquilina (Kaptan), Massimo Cremona, Jason Pisani, John Zammit, Joe Zammit Pavia u Angelo Borg filwaqt li l-tim ta’ taħt 19 il sena kien magħmul minn  Jurgen Balzan, Neil Mark Bonnici u Joseph Agius.

It-tim veteran kien ferm sfortunat fejn għalkemm it-tim baqa ma tilef logħba izda  kiseb 3 drawjiet kontra Ġibiltà, il-Greċja u Champions Italja ma rnexxielu jikkwalifikaw mill grupp. Ta minn issemmi li fil-logħba kontra l-Italja (Champions tad-Dinja) il Maltin kienu l-ħin kollu min fuq iżda ġarrbu il goal tad-draw fl-aħħar 10 sekondi tal-logħba u eliminati mill-grupp.

Fil-kategorija Taħt 19 il sena il-Maltin kienu mxekkla minħabba t-tim kellu biss 3 players minflok il-soltu 4 players. It tim ta` taht 19 il sena lagħab kontra l-ingriterra u l-Italja.

Il-MTFSA tixtieq tirringrazzja l-players kollha li irrappreżentaw lill Malta fit-Tazza tad-Dinja kemm għall-impenn li urew kif ukoll għall l-kisbiet li jagħbu għal pajjizna.

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Gallery

World Cup 2016 Group





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