Monthly Archives: October 2013

Double for Balzan- Hamrun grab the first win

31/10/2013 Fixtures

Balzan continued to march forward and gained their second consecutive win after beating Pembroke Athleta 8-2. The former team dominated the match and made their intentions clear from the very start. Clint Cope scored a hat-trick with other goals coming from player/coach Gabriel Dobre, Emil Raducu, Nicola del Re, Glenn Bonello and Jovica Milijic. Christopher Azzopardi and Bryan Deguara scored for Pembroke. With this win Balzan have reached Qormi and Hibernians on top of the table with 6 points after two matches. In the other match played at the Corradino Sports Complex, Hamrun Spartans gained their first three points of the campaign after having the better of Melita with a 10-4 scoreline. Steve Gambin, Martin Guardia Antonio and Cuadros Silva Christian scored a hat-trick each and Gabriel Galea made them ten for the Spartans. Melita reduced the arrears with goals scored by Micheal Martin (2 goals), Bojan Minic and Nikola Read the full article…

A Closer Look at…..Jamie Portelli

30/10/2013 A Closer Look At

Jamie Portelli. Born on the 22nd April 1989. (24 years old) Plays  for Zebbug Rangers Works in an insurance company. He considers his friends as being part of his life.   How did you begin to play futsal? I had been playing 11 a side football since I was six years old. I was dedicated and keen to succeed. I used to attend every single training session with my club. Things changed when I began to attend a university course in 2010 and it was impossible for me to attend regular training with the club due to the many commitments that I had. Therefore I had to choose between football and university. I chose the latter and I tried to focus more on my studies. This happened until two of my best friends, Karsten and James convinced me to be part of a futsal team called Zebbugin FC. I didn’t Read the full article…

Two defeats and one win for Malta

30/10/2013 News

The Maltese Futsal National Team, led by coach Kevin Mifsud was involved in three friendly matches against some local futsal clubs. During these matches they registered two defeats and one victory. In the first match Malta was trounced by Super Cup winners, Balzan 4-0. For the local club the goals were scored by a brace from Clint Cope, Marc Albert Areny and Emil Andrei Raducu. On Sunday, Mifsud’s players suffered their second defeat against Luxol with an 8-3 scoreline. In the third friendly, Malta regained some of the lost pride when they won 9-3 against Hamrun. Jesmond Micallef and Shawn Vella scored two goals each, Xavier Saliba grabbed a hat trick while Chris Cardona and Daniel Brincat scored a goal each.   During this match, Kurt Bartolo had to be taken off the pitch due to a ligament injury. Malta was supposed to play a double encounter against Montenegro National Read the full article…

Hibs and Qormi shine again

20/10/2013 Fixtures

Hibernians registered their second win of the season after defeating Vittoriosa Stars 5-2. The Paolites came from behind and scored five goals that gave them the three vital points. A brace from Melvin Borg and David Bobokhidze and a goal by Xavier Saliba were enough for them to seal the issue. In another match played on Friday, Qormi had the better of San Gwann and won 3-2. For the winners this was the second success of the season while San Gwann suffered their first defeat. On Saturday Valletta returned to winning ways after seeing off Naxxar with a 5-4 scoreline. It was a balanced match played at the Corradino Sports Complex with both sets of players playing a good level of futsal. Naxxar were twice in advantage over the Citizens after Renald Formston was shown the red card. But a great comeback from Valletta gave them the second win of Read the full article…

Eight-goal spree from Balzan

16/10/2013 Fixtures

Balzan demolished Zurrieq in their first outing of the season to grab the first three points at stake in style. They dominated the entire match with a great ball possession and fast attacks. Zurrieq found it hard to penetrate the Balzan defence and they could find the net only once. Balzan’s goals were scored by player coach Gabriel Dobre (3 goals), Jovica Milijic, Marc Albert Areny, a brace by Glenn Bonello and Christian Micallef made it 8-0. It was at the end that Zurrieq scored the consolation goal by Joshua Farrugia. In the other match Birzebbugia and Mosta shared the spoils in a 2-2 draw. For Mosta it was the fourth point that they gained after 2 matches while Birzebbugia earned the first point of the season.

First three points for Zabbar and Melita

15/10/2013 Fixtures

Melita and Zabbar St Patrick gained their first three points of  the season after seeing off their respective opponents Swieqi and Luqa St Andrews respectively. Melita…………4 Swieqi …………1 A brace by Bojan Minic and Kaene Cassar Torregiani were enough for Melita to overcome the derby against Swieqi United. The latter scored their only goal from Martin Sammut. Zabbar SP …………5 Luqa SA…………….3 In the second match, Luqa St Andrews and Zabbar St Patrick entertained all those present at the Corradino Sports Complex with a balanced game that could have gone on either way. Zabbar opened the score after 4 minutes thanks to Omar Toutoungi who scored from a short distance to beat Luqa keeper Karl Micallef. Luqa levelled matters thanks to a penalty by Justin Muscat after Nikolay Filipov handled the ball in the Zabbar semicircle. Preston Ellul put Luqa in front but after a defensive blunder, Nikolay Filipov levelled Read the full article…

Swieqi United: Unity and Respect

14/10/2013 Uncategorized

2012 witnessed the successful participation of Swieqi United Futsal who began life in the Malta Futsal Second Division. Led by Paul Hyzler and Simon Gingell Littlejohn, the Futsal squad produced some great performances and ended up as the club’s most successful section. The team placed in fourth position, and will be competing in the Premier Division in the coming season. Swieqi will once again be under the guidance of Paul Hyzler and Simon Gingell Littlejohn. The team has retained the majority of last season’s players; however it has also been significantly strengthened with a number of new signings. Our primary objectives are to instill team unity and respect, and certainly, battle to avoid relegation.         The team will be composed of: Paul Hyzler (c) Simon Gingell Littlejohn Martin Calleja Ilai Zammit Marmara Peter Curmi Steve Hyzler Steve Diacono Clayton Fenech Steve Montanaro Patrick Briscoe White John Stivala Read the full article…

Last minute goal gives Hibs a dramatic win

13/10/2013 Fixtures

A hat trick scored by the inspirational Xavier Saliba helped Hibernians make their official debut in the FXDD Futsal Premier Division with a victory. They beat Hamrun Spartans with a 7-6 scoreline in a match filled with dramatic moments. In the first period of the match, the Paolites looked set for a comfortable win after leading 6-2 but a comeback from Hamrun made the score 6-6. It was one minute from the end that Hibernians sealed the issue by scoring the seventh goal. In the other First Division matches played on Saturday, Naxxar Lions registered their first win of the season after a 6-1 result against Kalkara. Adrian Fenech scored a hat trick with other goals coming from Paul Falzon, Andrew Catania and Kurt Farrugia. Marsascala won a highly contested match with a 5-4 scoreline against Mqabba to register their second victory of the season. On the other hand, Valletta Read the full article…

Melita: Avoiding Relegation

13/10/2013 Uncategorized

Melita Futsal Club, after being promoted to the premier division, revamped with a squad which will be composed of 18 players  for the coming season: The team will be under the guidance of coach Mark Muscat and assisted by Edwin Gauci (ex Zejtun Futsal player). Players: Michael Martin (C) Dirk Debono Alex Denaro Matthew Bonavia Andrew Sammut Alessi Allister Bajada Daniel Gravino Dre Mifsud John Wirth Nicholas Gouder Nicky Spiteri Bernard Darmanin David Eminyan Karl Lepre Joseph Darmanin Kaene Cassar Degabriele Kevin Cassar Expectation: Avoiding relegation

Sirens FC: Team Spirit

11/10/2013 Uncategorized

Sirens FC, a team made up of former Qormi players, started their adventure back in 2010, when Patrick Barbara and Kenneth Zammit were contacted by the Sirens committee officials to take charge of the team.  Coached by Anthony Cachia, the team placed in the play offs for two consecutive years. Matches in Corradino were tough, due to the fact that training sessions were carried out on an artificial outdoor pitch in contrast with the indoor one. This year’s objective is to place amongst the top five teams, even though there are a number of players who are new to the game of futsal. This team is made up of a group of friends that have been playing football since the days of Qormi Under 14s, under the direction of the same coach, Anthony Cachia, who has been a father figure for us. Football has always brought us together, as friends Read the full article…