Monthly Archives: May 2016

Luxol winners of the Knock Out, Hamrun try to end on a positive note

31/05/2016 Fixtures

Definitely it was a positive season for Hamrun Spartans who flourished on top of the league before the playoffs, paved the way towards the final and actually played in the Knock Out final. On the other hand Luxol, eliminated by Champions Valletta in the playoffs, invested every final effort with the high aim of raising the cup. Both teams gave a marvelous performance in a game played again behind closed doors with the entertaining first half ending 2-2. Luxol went early on the lead thanks to Florin Anton who was followed minutes later by Mark Zammit. Two minutes before break time, Hamrun reacted and balanced the score through Madson Gaetano and George Frendo. The second half saw the effort of Luxol’s players to be the winners of this final, reach the peak. In the first minute, Florin Anton received an inviting ball from a corner taken by Celino Alves and Read the full article…

Knock Out Final to be played tomorrow behind closed doors

29/05/2016 News

The Gatorade Knock Out Final between Luxol and Hamrun will be played tomorrow Monday 30th May 2016 at 8:30pm. This final game will also be played behind closed doors as per security risk assessment recommendations. This will be reviewed in the preparation of the next season in another venue.

A Closer Look At … Keith Borg (Coach – Sirens)

29/05/2016 A Closer Look At

Name: Keith Borg Born on the 29th April 1980 in Attard Favourite football player: Peter Schmeichel Favourite futsal player: Ricardinho Favourite Dish: Fish Personal Motto: Believe in yourself and you will succeed   Why did you choose this sport? I chose Futsal after I stopped from playing football due to a serious injury. I always enjoyed playing 5 a side football and when I was 14 years old I had the opportunity to play in Sicily. How long have you been involved in futsal? I have been involved in futsal for 11 years, where 8 of them as a player and the last 3 years in administration. My first team was named Boca Juniors which I founded and lasted for 5 yrs. Then I formed Naxxar Lions Futsal Team with Martin Attard, better known as Meme.   The memorable season in futsal that you remember most   There were many Read the full article…

Hamrun break sweat to sink Lija

27/05/2016 Fixtures

Hamrun Spartans had to sweat for a place in the Gatorade KO final and only managed to secure a 4-2 victory in the dying seconds of the game against a battling Lija side. This match, which was also played behind closed doors, had a high tempo as both teams showed character throughout the whole 40 minutes. Last Wednesday’s play-off final defeat to Valletta placed pressure on Hamrun. Knowing that his side’s only hope of silverware rests with the Gatorade KO, Paul Rapa motivated his troop to clinch a place in the final against Luxol. However, their mission was not an easy one as they were pinned at the back with Lija showing an extraordinary ability to vary their play and open out on the flanks. They had to break sweat to sink a gallant Lija side who were unlucky to hit the post four times in the second half. Hamrun Read the full article…

Mqabba officially withdrawn from the Knock Out Competition

27/05/2016 News

Mqabba FC have officially withdrawn from the competition and will therefore not turn up for tonight’s game. FMA suggested that Luxol turn up at the scheduled time so that match officials may take note. The second match between Hamrun and Lija is being moved earlier to 9pm, by mutual agreement. Match is once again being played behind closed doors, so police and FMA security are instructed to allow only players (including suspended players), club officials on the bench, other club officials, match officials, FMA staff and press members.

Make or break for Spartans, Luxol

27/05/2016 Fixtures

The Gatorade KO competition has reached a decisive phase as four teams will be vying for a place in the final when the semi-finals are played at the Corradino Pavillion tonight. Success in the Gatorade KO competition is Luxol’s and Hamrun’s objective tonight but the latter can’t afford a repeat of their lame showing in the 10-4 league defeat to Valletta two days ago if they are to offer Lija a stern challenge in today’s semifinal. In the first match, Luxol start as clear favourites to advance to the final of the Gatorade KO as they take on Division One side Mqabba (kick-off 20.00 hrs) Frane Despotovic’s men have been inactive for more than a month after their elimination in the play-offs. They hope that this competition will give them further success to add another trophy after winning the Super Cup in the initial part of the season. The St Read the full article…

Valletta crowned champions in a rip-roaring final

26/05/2016 Fixtures

Valleta were crowned champions, as they dominated the third decisive Elite Final against Hamrun Spartans with the final score of 10-4. On the road to this final, Hamrun won the first encounter 13-12 on penalties and Valletta won the second with an end result of 7-6. On the third minute, Valletta’s Dylan Musu opened the score followed by Cristian Cuadros Silva who made it a double. The third goal of the Citizens was scored by Jovica Milijic. On the 11th minute Mohammed Elamari skipped the goalkeeper Brian Baldacchino and netted his first personal game for the might, from an angled position. He made his score a double, less than a minute later. Hamrun Spartans opted for George Frendo to play as a flying keeper but this proved out to be an unsuccessful attempt, as Milijic took the opportunity in scoring in an empty net from half court. Hamrun were awarded Read the full article…

Final to be played behind closed doors

24/05/2016 News

Further the communication received from Police, the Futsal Malta Association has commissioned a reputable Security Management company to evaluate the current circumstances, taking into account the disproportionate level of tension between the clubs, the venue set-up and the level of security services available to the association. A site inspection was carried out and a number of stakeholders were interviewed. From the Risk Assessment received this morning, the FMA is being categorically advised to stage the final behind closed doors, in view of the high risk profile, with the aim of putting public safety. Although the FMA is deeply saddened with this recommendation, because of the lost opportunity to promote the game to a higher level, the association feels that public safety. The FMA is therefore informing the clubs that the championship final will be held on Wednesday 25th May at 8.00pm behind closed doors.

Night to remember for Milijic

21/05/2016 News

Jovica Milijic stole the show at the MFA Awards 2016 yesterday as the Valletta and Malta international secured the prestigious award of the Futsal player of the year. Milijic, a key figure in Valletta’s march to the final of the Gatorade Elite play-offs, was summoned to the stage during last night’s ceremony, organised by the MFA. It was the FMA president Mark Borg who announced the winner as two other contenders, Melvin Borg and Karl Azzopardi were also nominated for this award. Milijic was born on January 20th 1986, he is 30 years old and has been playing futsal for a number of years with various clubs such as Scandals, Balzan, Hamrun and Valletta. He made his international debut with the Maltese national team in 2013 against Georgia and has made several appearances since then scoring also two goals. At club level he also played in the UEFA Futsal Cup. Read the full article…

Elite Final Leg 3 – Postponed

19/05/2016 News

Following the Disciplinary Board Decision regarding what happened at the end of the Elite Final’s second leg between Valletta and Hamrun Spartans, the last and decisive match has been postponed. More details to follow about this decision.