Zarb and Borg manage first ever win

Tuesday, September 7, 2010, 14:19

by Sandro Micallef

Maltese beach volley duo, Gertrude Zarb and Alison Borg, made local beach volleyball history when they won the first beach volleyball game in an official competition during the CEV European Continental Beach Volleyball Cup that was held at Golden Bay last Saturday and Sunday. In a grueling encounter that lasted for a whole hour, they beat the Danish team made up of Line Trans Hansen and Anita Ohm with a close 2-1 scoreline (21-16, 19-21, 15-13).

Women’s competition

On the first day of the competition Zarb/Borg and the other Maltese team made up of Maria Demicoli and Lindsey Cordina succumbed to a superior Swiss side to loose all their three matches with the following scores:

Graessli-Goricanec v Zarb-Borg — 2-0 (21-12, 21-12)

Kuhn-Zumkehr v Demicoli-Cordina — 2-0 (21-7, 21-5)

Graessli-Goricanec v Demicoli-Cordina — 2-0 (21-4, 21-7)

On the second and final day of the competition the Maltese girls played Denmark and the results were much better for the Maltese, including a previous win for Zarb/Borg, as the scores below demonstrate:

Olsen-Olesen v Demicoli-Cordina  — 2-0 (21-19, 21-14)

Trans-Ohm v Zarb-Borg  — 1-2 (16-21, 21-19, 13-15)

Olsen-Olesen v Zarb-Borg  — 2-0 (21-13, 21-8)

Trans-Ohm  v Demicoli-Cordina  — 2-0 (21-15, 21-14)

All the participants in the CEV European Continental Beach Volleyball Cup at Golden Bay - Photo copyright FIVB

All the participants in the CEV European Continental Beach Volleyball Cup at Golden Bay - Photo copyright FIVB

Men’s competition

The divide between the local male teams and the visitors was much more visible than that in the female category, as the scores below demonstrate. On the first day of the competition, top local beach volleyball players Paul Vella and Robert Balzan, together with Alex Spiteri and Gordon Cachia, faced off against Switzerland, with the latter having professional world class players in their fold thus leaving little space for the Maltese players. The Swiss won all three games, dropping only 30 points in the process. The scores were as follows:

Heyer-Heuscher v Balzan-Vella — 2-0 (21-5, 21-6)

Laciga M.-Bellaguarda v Cachia-Spiteri — 2-0 (21-2, 21-6)

Heyer-Heuscher v Cachia-Spiteri — 2-0 (21-5, 21-6)

On the second and final day of this tournament, the two Maltese male teams played their counterparts from Great Britain, with the latter seeking qualification for the Olympic Games in 2012 to be held on home soil. The Brits were physically stronger than the local players and took home all three games with the following scores:

Miedzybrodzki-Lord v Balzan-Vella — 2-0 (21-5, 21-11)

Gooding-Gregory v Balzan-Vella — 2-0 (21-15, 21-11)

Miedzybrodzki-Lord v Cachia-Spiteri — 2-0 (21-4, 21-11)

- Women’s competition image gallery
- Men’s competition image gallery

Related story: World Championships silver medalist in Golden Bay


  1. Martin Farrugia says:

    Although this tournament is a milestone for our country, I had a look at the related story and noticed the poor state of local beach volley.

    Is it possible that there are only 14 people in Malta and Gozo who are capable of playing competive beach volleyball on our beaches??

    And what’s even more worrying is that the grassroots are completely being sidelined.


  2. Sandbug says:

    Well done for the win

    Perhaps one might wish to investigate the hopeless organisation of this tournament? On the women’s courts there were no ball boys and on Friday morning there wasn’t anything set up yet…24 hours before the tournament had to start!!

    …oh and the atmosphere was really pumping …not even a PA system like one usually sees at other beach volleyball tournament.

    How pathetic and amateur.


    sandbugger Reply:

    looks like someone has sour grapes!


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