Valletta San Antonio and Paola Hibs retain Super Cups

Sunday, October 16, 2011, 19:45

Paola Hibs and Valletta San Antonio retained the Super Cup trophies after beating Flyers Depiro and Attard Tenovar in the Women’s and Men’s tournaments respectively.

Paola Hibs 3 – Flyers Depiro 1 (25-22, 22-25, 25-6, 26-24)

In the first match of the day, Paola maintained their hold on the Maltese female game by getting the better of Flyers Depiro in a keenly contested game.

In the first set it was Flyers who took the lead only for Paola to catch up and lead narrowly to close the set 25-22. Flyers maintained their early, albeit narrow lead to close the second with an identical scoreline.

Hibs never allowed Flyers to get into the third set and with consistent all round play they closed the set 25-6 in just under 12 minutes. The game was not over yet as far as Flyers were concerned. They raced to a 13-8 lead and extended this to 19-13 but when the game looked like it was going into a tie-break,

Hibs summoned all their experience to catch up at 21-21 and lead 23-21. It was now up to Flyers to make the last gasp effort to get back into the game and they actually needed just one point to close off the game at 24-23. Hibs however made it clear that they are still the team to beat and after forcing a deuce closed off the set 26-24 to retain the Super Cup for yet another year.

Valletta San Antonio 3 – Attard Tenovar 1 (25-27, 25-22, 25-22, 25-17)

In the Men’s Super Cup Valletta also held onto the cup to make this the third Super Cup in as many years. It was not an easy match for them however and although only in their second season, Attard showed their intentions of challenging the citizens for the honours.

Valletta took a 5-1 lead in the first set but then allowed Attard to get into the game, the latter narrowing the gap to 12-10. Attard pressed forward and forced Valletta to make a number of mistakes and overturn the score to 21-15 in their favour. Valletta inched their way back for a 25-25 scoreline only for Attard to win the set 27-25 with two well taken Omar Tanti spikes.

In the second Attard raced to an 8-2 lead which they then extended to 14-5 and 17-8 leading everyone to believe they had the second set in the bag. A well called time-out however, and a number of good services by Robert Balzan brought Valletta back into the game. With the set score reading 17-18, Valletta never looked back to win the set 25-22.

The two teams played a balanced third set which saw Valletta hold onto a narrow three-point lead until the end to close the set 25-22. Attard did not put up a strong enough fight to get back into the game, and Valletta went on to take the fourth set 25-17 and also retain the cup!

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