Updated: VIOLENCE AT THE POOL

Sunday, August 29, 2010, 8:15

It was a pity for Maltese sport, in particular for water polo, to witness the deplorable scenes that played out at the National Pool at Tal Qroqq on Saturday evening.

Ranier Scerri's flying kick at Dr. Stefan Camilleri

Neptunes were facing Balluta neighbours San Giljan in their penultimate game of the BOV First Division water polo league. Tension was already very high when, a week ago, Neptunes had won a protest against San Giljan for the latter’s inclusion of ineligible players in the Under 14 league. This led to a showdown at the Neptunes pitch which practically set the stage for what happened during today’s game.

The game itself was a very balanced affair till halfway through the fourth session when Neptunes managed to pull away by three goals and win the encounter 16-13. Both sets of players played aggressive water polo with San Giljan opting for press tactics to stifle Neptunes’ attacks. Their tactics worked until the last few minutes of the game when Neptunes managed two quick successive goals through left-hander Stellini to send the Reds into a final game showdown with Sliema with a two point advantage. San Giljan’s performance today was a far cry from their previous two outings against Neptunes in which they were trounced 15-7 and 17-8.

But chaos erupted between one of Stellini’s goals and another. San Giljan goalkeeper Dean Camilleri, who at the time was on the bench, was expelled and was walking towards the changing room. At this point San Giljan’s Ranier Scerri was seen running towards the Neptunes bench, only to be stopped in his tracks by Camilleri. It seemed that those on the Neptunes bench provoked the two, and Camilleri rushed towards them in anger, only to be stopped behind the goalpost by Neptunes doctor Stefan Camilleri. Scerri raced towards Dr Camilleri and gave him a flying kick in his side while Dean Camilleri tried to restrain him.

In the mean time, the Neptunes’ players were trying to restrain Stevie Camilleri from getting involved in the fight and assistant coach Tony Camilleri was seen trying to prevent Karl Galea and Scerri from making further advances but his efforts were in vain as he fell to the ground, only to manage to calm Galea down a short while later. Dean Camilleri and Stevie Camilleri were close to coming to blows, but somehow this was avoided by the other Neptunes players who kept both players apart.

The police presence on the pool deck at this particular point consisted of just two officers who seemed at a loss on how to deal with the situation.

Ranier Scerri hurls a full plastic bottle

Things started to calm down a bit and Camilleri, Scerri and Galea were going back to the San Giljan side but Scerri then proceeded to hurl two full plastic bottles at the Neptunes supporters. At the same time, San Giljan’s Edward Aquilina was seen trying to calm down Stevie Camilleri, the match’s top scorer (6 goals), who throughout all the match was the target of the San Giljan supporters and players.

Referee Sciriha was also visibly very upset about the whole fiasco, and was very vocal with the two helpless police officers on the pool deck. ASA president Austin Sammut, was once again the target of the San Giljan faithful during the game and after, as some heated arguments broke out in the common area beside the bar, with San Giljan president Daniel Aquilina helping to bring some calm to the situation.

The players then jumped into the pool to play the remaining seconds of the game. After the final whistle, Dean Camilleri and Ranier Scerri, both coaches of the San Giljan Under 14 team, once again went towards the Neptunes bench in defiance, while also threatening Neptunes supporters in the stands. By this time a couple more officers had made it to the pool deck and four mobile squad cars converged on the scene to bring everything to a halt.

While we await the reactions of the clubs and the ASA on today’s events, we will keep you informed if any new details come to light.

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179 Comments

  1. Giorgino says:

    We have to leave football… w waterpolo

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  2. SportInMalta says:

    The sporting public has discussed the subject of violence in local water polo extensively with exposure being given to this on all media and it is time to move one and turn the page.

    Therefore we ask you, our loyal readers, to support us in this initiative to stop the commenting on this subject and bring local water polo to the level it deserves i.e the water polo that you have read about on our portal over the past few months prior to the unfortunate incidents.

    You will be kept updated with all the results, photos and latest news as it happens, so keep this site bookmarked!

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  3. red! says:

    ASA Results r out .. and my ohhhhhhhh my we were proven right coz everyone could see who started it and who continued it .. glad the whole team is playing for neptunes . Its gonna be a grande game and laqwa li san giljan can just watch and learn how d game is played..Daiiiiiiii ragazziiiiiiiiii

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  4. Curious says:

    The ASA decisions are out. Where can we view them?

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  5. polo says:

    LAHWA AQTAWA NAQRA ISSA…HA TKOMPLU TKABRU LAFFARJIET.JIEN GILJANIZ IKTAR MIN KULHADD.JONATHAN AQTAHA NAQRA QISEK IBLAH.HALIJOM JGHIDU LI IRIDU.TKOPMLIEX TKABARA.NHAR IS SIBT LEWWEL WIEHED JIEN SEJJER IL PIXXINA U HA NOQOD IN NAHA TAD DEL BHALQI MAGHLUQ.KULHADD JAF M IN JIEN U MA MIN INZOMM U SERAH RASEK HADD MHU HA IWAQAFNI.GHALAQ HALQEK U GHAMEL FATIK JONATHAN…TIBQAX TITBELLAH U TPATPAT.ISSA JEKK NHAR IS SIBT TMUR IL LOGHBA U IWAQFUK XI SUPPORTER TA NEPTUNES IMBAD GHAMEL LI TRID IMMA ZGUR LI HADD MA IWAQFEK…SERAH RASEK…LANQAS IKELMUK AHSEB WARA GHAX KULHADD BRASU BAXXUTA JIBQA

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  6. san giljan says:

    slimiz ahna ma saqsejna xejn biex noqodu maghkom ma niex bzonnok ahna ta,insejtu sliemiz meta iggieldu f winter league intkom, players kollha jatu,always,kif telqu b xejn galea u dean,mhemm ebda maltemp ta,maltemp imma jekk stevie jehel mi asa hehehee

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    RooneyTwo Reply:

    Anzi offrejtulhom biex iggibu banda ghas-spejjez taghkhom u RRIFJUTAWKHOM. Hekk ikunu n-nies. Hadd ma jridkhom! Hadd ma jridkhom hdejh ghax tqabbduhom il-bard!! Issa oqghodu arawna mit-triq regjonali! Hadd ma jrid jithallat maghkom.

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    san giljan Reply:

    ahna gibu banda ghal sliema u tajtx hmerjiet rooney ,ghalina ma jintersanix min jerbah ta sibt,anqas biss ha nigi naraw loghba ahna,mana bzonn lil hadd ahna roonet ma dix bzoon lilhek biex namlu briju nafu namluh wahidna ta tinkwetax,mur orqod rooney ghax qed tajt hmerjiet ,ta banda ija gidba kbira ta serah rasek,kiku nigi nara loghba mhux sejer naha ta xemx serah rasek jien tinwketax,

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    RooneyTwo Reply:

    San Giljan – Jien mhux Rooney imma Rooney Two. It-tieni iccekkja u ssib li tal-banda veru u t-tielet hdejna m’intix se taraha l-partita fid-dell. Ghax ma nhallukx!! Kif mortli fil-festa. Xrobt jew? Qbizt fil-march u kantajt GHAX AHNA TFAL TA SAN GILJAN, FEJN NERSQU NGHATU GOST GHAX AHNA DEJJEM SPORTS?? Evviva.

  7. slimiz says:

    san giljan saqsew lil sliema jekk nhar is sibt li gejj jistaw joqodu fuq in naha ta sliema (fix xemx).Hu il fatti huma li Sliema ma accetawx dan kollu ghax keshin hu jekk jinqala xihaga nehlu ahna. Igifieri ara kemm ma kellniex xnaqsmu hu marridux ikollna xnaqsmu ma dawn ”in nies”.Is sibt ha tkun loghba mill lisbah hu hadd mu se jfottilna loghba bhal dik .Ghalekk l’ahjar ta san giljan jibqaw id-dar. grazzi

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    neptuniz Reply:

    qas in-naha taghna ma rridihomx jiena……….ghamlulna pjacir u ibqaw id-dar giljanizi, hadt ma jridkom il-pixxina ghax qazzistuna bil-hmerijiet li taghmlu………jekk vera tridu tarawa l-loghba, melita ha jgibuha fuq malta stars channel 614 haha arawa fuq dik……….is-sibt tkun loghba bejn laqwa zewg timijiet f’pajjizna, may the best team win ;)

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    san giljan Reply:

    jekk ridu nigu pixxina ahna,mhux ha nithaltu ma nies bhalkom ta,tafu fejn noqodu jekk ridu nigu sibt ta,mhux ha tikmandawna intkom ta neptunes fejn noqodu ta,ghax intkom pixxina maghna ma tifthux halkom,hawn tamlu arja intkom ta neptunes,kiku ridu nigu naraw loghba hadd ma jikmanda xnaghmlu ta neptunes ,kiku ridt nigi loghba mur fejn ridt jien ta

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    getalife Reply:

    ok johnathan !

  8. san giljan says:

    skont ta neptunes stevie ma ghamel xejn,imma lum tela qorti min jaf ghala tajt haba mossi oxxeni li ghamel jew haba glied,mela kien hemm xeba kesha lum qorti la kien hemm stevie hehe

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    Always with B*&%**&*&** Reply:

    lewwel net 3 li huma telaw il qortu hu flahhar mill lahhar tela il qorti hu telaq b’xejn ..Rainer ghadu jistenna il punishment tieghu .. dak maltemp zgur!!

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