Valletta succumb to superior AttardMonday, October 22, 2012, 12:28
For the past 3 years the game between Attard Tenovar and Valletta San Antonio has always brought with it high expectations, seeing that both sides boast some of the most experienced players in the league. This year’s first encouter between the two sides was certainly nothing less than expected with two hours of tightly fought rallies, in which Attard Tenovar prevailed.
The first set highlighted Valletta’s tradition of playing a fast game and the team captained by Jonathan Chetcuti showed that they wanted to keep their winning tradition in the National League. The set ended with a net 25-14 in favor of the Citizens, with Attard having little say in the matter.
In the second set however Attard took to the court with a completely renewed mentality. With both sides playing high level volleyball, Attard’s teamwork proved to be vital and despite the technical difference between the two teams, it was Attard who came out on top after a tightly fought set with the score of 25-21. The story line was very similar in the third set with Attard fighting their way through Valletta’s organised block with Darren Bugeja and Omar Tanti who hammered down Ian Wright’s pin-point passing. The set ended with the scoreline of 25-22 in Attard’s favor.
It was now that Valletta had to prove their mettle. With a do-or-die attitude, the Citizens took to the court knowing that this was their last chance to get back in the game. Valletta relied heavily on youngsters Dalton Caruana and Paul Tonna to close most rallies. However this was not to be as Attard’s defense, marshalled by libero Joe Casha, was tight on Attard’s back-court. Fine displays by Jeremy Dalli in service reception and by Patrick Felice Pace and Kris Croker on service were the turning point to what seemed to be a never ending set. At this point Valletta seemed to have thrown in the towel, while Attard kept pressing hard until they closed the fourth set to wrap up the game with the scoreline of 3-1.
Following what we have seen in previous games, this games strengthens the thought of many, that this year the men’s Super League will be a tightly fought one till the very end.