Tough talking in Sliema and Neptunes camps

Tuesday, August 21, 2012, 12:51

by Sandro Micallef

Many pundits this season have placed Sliema and Neptunes as the top favourites to win the Premier League title, with San Giljan also with a chance to take the silverware. Neptunes are coming from two successive league titles, winning the double in 2011, while Sliema are celebrating their centenary since the club’s foundation and therefore are striving to take the most important trophy that the ASA has to offer.

Action between Sliema and Neptunes earlier in the season

Action between Sliema and Neptunes earlier in the season

But both Sliema and Neptunes had below par performances in the final day of the regular season, with the latter struggling to beat Exiles while Sliema failed to rise to the occasion to beat Sirens and take the top spot.

Both these performances by the two heavyweights in the Maltese waterpolo scene gave rise to great unease within both camps. Sources close to both clubs informed us that each team had a team meeting to discuss matters.

Following the Friday game, the Neptunes clan met on Saturday afternoon at a hotel in St Julians to trash out differences that had arisen after the Exiles game, but which had been lingering for a few weeks now. One could notice that calm was not the order of the day in the Neptunes team as a number of players argued in the water a day earlier. Although cordial, the meeting did have some heated debates, but sources close to the Balluta side confirmed that all players are now focused on the final.

On their part, Sliema failed to overcome the Sirens hurdle, and although they were in the driving seat in the latter part of the season, they failed to deliver in their final game against a solid Sirens outfit. Thus while the Blues were already focused on the final against Neptunes or San Giljan, they were shocked to accept the fact that they had to face the latter in a semifinal clash. Players and coaching staff were summed for a meeting at Sliema pitch on Sunday morning, merely 12 hours after the game and a very heated debate ensued. Club officials ensured that the meeting ended on a good note as the Sliema players needed to refocus their sights on the looming semifinal.

As the Italian saying goes, tra due litiganti il terzo gode, and San Giljan stand to gain at this point in the season.

Tomorrow, Wednesday 22nd August the following games will be played:
18:00 Premier Play-off (4/5) Sirens Ritter Sport vs Exiles Ferretti
19:15 Premier Play-off SF1 Sliema McDonalds vs San Giljan Giuseppe’s





2 Comments

  1. Spiderman says:

    I think San Giljan will win game 1 but Sliema will win the other 2. Depends on how well San Giljan coach prepared for marking Salomon, Brownrigg and Gabareta.

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  2. waterpolo fan says:

    is it true that tony psaila i no longer vice ? must be ashamed and doesnt want to show his face at the pool anymore after the scene he made during the neptunes sliema game

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