Third league title in a row for Valletta San Antonio

Friday, April 15, 2011, 10:39

by Sandro Micallef

Valletta San Antonio wrapped up their season in style when they beat Aloysians Defenders 3-0 (25-21, 25-17, 25-23) and were crowned Men’s volleyball champions for the third time in a row. This was another historic season for Valletta because they won all honours in the Men’s sector.

Both teams were after a win as Aloysians needed the points to force a decider and in fact they started strongest by taking a 8-3 advantage as Valletta were not at their best, committing a lot of service errors. Following the timeout Valletta piled on the pressure and with their higher block and greater consistency in attack they brought down the deficit to make the score 12-12. Perfect parity was maintained until Aloysians opened a 2 point advantage to make it 21-19, but Valletta captain enabled his team to turn the tables with six consecutive services to take the first set 25-21.

Valletta maintained the pressure on their opponents in the second set and never let go, enabling them to cruise to a 21-14 advantage with both their setters, Josef Pirotta and Owen Spiteri, being used to maintain three attackers up front. With Valletta’s Robert Balzan getting most of his team’s points in attack and Dalton Caruana blocking effectively Valletta closed off the set 25-17 even though Aloysian’s Aaron Stivala fought valiantly in defence. Valletta libero Vince Pace also proved effective as he led his team in reception and defence.

Aloysians put up a greater fight in the third set that would have opened up their chances to save the game and in fact they improved their blocking while defending even more balls, while Valletta had Karl Meilaq Brunetti replacing Bondin. This set was a balanced affair until the score read 23-23 when a spike in the net by Aloysians’ Moreno de Fuentes put the first championship point on Valletta’s plate. Paul Tonna sent Valletta celebrating with strong cross court attack.

Other games in the Men’s First Division category saw Attard Tenovar beat Fleur de Lys 3-0 (25-21, 25-17, 25-23) and Iklin 3-0 (25-12, 25-12, 28-26) ending in third position for this season.

In the Women’s first division Flyers Depiro disposed of Klikk Southend 3-0 (25-12, 25-12, 25-20) but Southend bounced back a day later to beat Playvolley Toyota 3-0 (25-13, 25-18, 26-24), puling off one of the biggest upsets this season. Play Volley had prevailed in previous encounters.

Southend won the first two sets with relative ease with Playvolley putting up a fight in the third set. The southenders, marshaled by captain Maria Costa, managed to win this too to give the three points to Southend and a fourth place standing in the Women’s First Division.





6 Comments

  1. Southender says:

    I think Ms. Bonavia Camilleri is right in saying that the article is not 100% correct. The score for the Depiro vs Southend game was 25-12, 25-20 and 25-20. Thanks for pointing it out Ms. Bonavia Camilleri! ;)

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  2. First of all we would like to once again thank Sandro and his team for the weekly coverage. It is always good to have our sports promoted.
    As a note for the game Toyota PlayVolley vs Southend we would like to add that although every team does its best to try and win, the challenge in sports is that you don’t always manage to. It is not a nice feeling to lose a game, but in this occasion Southend played better and deserved the win.
    We would also like to take the opportunity to wish all the volleyball community a Happy Easter!

    Diandra Caruana
    secretary PlayVolley School

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  3. Malcolm Sammut says:

    Well done Keith!

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  4. Antoinette Bonavia Camilleri says:

    Dear Mr Micallef, I suggest you start attending volleyball matches at kottonera. The above report is not 100% correct especially the last two paragraphs.

    [Sportinmalta] Dear Ms Bonavia Camilleri thank you for your comment and for visiting sportinmalta.com – the only website where you can find all the latest news about your favourite local sport, volleyball. With regards to the report, you might wish to send us your correct version. We would be very happy to publish it.

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    Kris Croker Reply:

    Ms Bonavia Camilleri, I agree with Sandro…kindly enlighten us on YOUR correct version of what happened in KLIKK Southend’s games this weekend. I am most definitely very looking forward to learning your point of view!!

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    Volleygirl Reply:

    The reality is that Valletta were by far the best team in the men’s league … remember they did not lose a game this season. Southend showed that they are an improving side and managed to win against the more quoted Playvolley. Nothing was untrue in this report.

    Mrs Antoinette Bonavia Camilleri are you a new Playvolley player?

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