Turkey and Slovakia beat Maltese in Istanbul

Monday, May 3, 2010, 9:00

In the final two games of the Group A of the European Water polo Championships, Malta lost against Turkey with a 5-12 scoreline and on Sunday succumbed to a strong Slovakian side with a 5-19 scoreline.

Niki Lanzon in action

Malta v Turkey 5-12

Malta National Water polo Team gave a very spirited display against Turkey, which is also the host country of the European Waterpolo Championships, but lost with the score of 5 -12.

The results for each session were: 0 -3, 1 -2, 1- 5, 3-2

Turkey was coming from a win against Slovakia of 6-5 yesterday. This result showed that the Maltese National Water polo team gave a better performance than the previous game against Spain and even managed to win the last session of the game. The host country had 14 man-up situations whilst Malta had only 6 during the game.

The scorers for the Malta side were: 2 goals Nikki Lanzon, 1 goal each John Soler, Clint Debono and Michele Stellini.

Notwithstanding various important absences from the Malta squad, the result confirms the faith of National Coach Sergio Afric in the newcomers of the squad as the result compares well with the result obtained by the Malta squad when the Malta squad lost against Turkey by 10-4 in the European B Championships held in Lugano last July.

Slovakia v Malta: 19-5

The ASA National Water polo team played its last game in Group A of the European Water polo Championships against Slovakia and lost 19-5.

The scores for each session were: 5-1, 5-2, 7-1 and 2-1

The scorers were: 2 goals for Matthew Zammit and 1 goal each for Paul Privitera, John Brownrigg and Nikki Lanzon.

When contacted in Istanbul, Dr Austin Sammut, President of the ASA, stated that “this experience showed again the limitations of our national team when playing against such teams which are all endowed with professional players playing in various water polo leagues in Europe. The players still deserve our praise for doing personal sacrifices to train after work but this tournament again showed that they need to have more exposure to the international scene. It is of utmost importance that experience is gained through continuous participation in international tournaments on a continuous basis. The ASA is prepared to embark on such a project to see more participation in international water polo and would explore every avenue to find the much needed financial support to achieve this objective”

The final game of Group A saw Spain beating the host country Turkey by 13-4 and the final standings of Group A were:

Spain 9 points, Turkey 6 points, Slovakia 3 points and Malta 0 points.

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