Month: September 2013

Ten Goal Galore by Qrendi

Qrendi registered their first win of the season in style by defeating Kalkara 10-3. After Qrendi’s initial goal by Matthew Buttigieg, Qrendi recovered in style with goals scored by Gordon Zammit, Maxime Landais  and Antonello Brincat. Kalkara pulled a goal back by Garreth Fenech but Qrendi scored seven goals without reply by Maxime Landais (4 goals), Kevin Vella and Antonello Brincat. Kalkara scored another consolation goal by Clayton Saliba for the final scoreline of 10-3. With this win, Qrendi moved to the four point mark with one win and a draw. On the other hand, Kalkara are still without a point after two matches.

Even Fgura won their first match of the season after a 6-5 triumph against Naxxar. A brace by Jeremy Cutajar, a hat trick by Jeremy Harmer and a goal by Jason Gauci scored the goals that mattered for Fgura. Naxxar replied with goals by Adrian Fenech (3), Paul Falzon and Noel Portelli (own goal). Fgura also have four points after two matches.

Msida halted Zebbug positive run after a 4-2 victory.  A brace by Jonathan Brincat, Dexter Vassallo and Chris Cutajar were enough to give Msida their second win of the season.

 

Fgura Futsal Club: The Stars are still shining!

In our next encounter with the Futsal Clubs participating in the local competitions today we meet Fgura FC who are participating in the FXDD First Division league.

We talked to George Magro, the Head Coach of Fgura FC and briefed us with some interesting  points about this team. They have been competing in the local futsal competitions for the past five years. Originally it was called Charline Stars with the name deriving from the coach’s daughter Charline. In fact Charline Magro is also the team’s kit manager as well as an avid supporter of Fgura FC.

After two years Charline Stars have amalgamated with Fgura FC after the reforms adopted by the FMA. Magro wished to thank Fgura United FC for their immediate interest in this project. He praised this club as they help them a lot in their everyday needs.

The main objectives of Fgura FC are clear: gain more experience as a team and succeed.

Fgura United Futsal squad for this season 2013/2014:

Goalkeepers: Willi Mustafa Moussa, Kevin Camilleri, Carl Saliba.

Players: Tano Magro, Jeremy Cutajar, Godfrey Cutajar, Justin Lauro, Charles Vella, Adrian Vella, Wayne Hamer, Kirston Muscat, Denzel Saliba Hales, Noel Portelli, Jason Cauci, Paul Munro, Daniel Mifsud, Claude Camilleri, Julian Buhagiar.

Head Coach: George Magro.

Team Manager: George Magro

Kit Manager: Charline Magro

Club Official Secretary: Stefan Vella

President: Lawrence Bugeja

 

Birzebbuga St.Peter’s FC – enhancing club status!!!

As the Premier Division is about to start, today we’ll have a look at one of the new promoted teams to the highest local futsal division.
Way back in the beginning of 2011, the idea of amateur futsal teams to be amalgamated with a local club affiliated with MFA was being spread in public. The hard work committee of Birzebbuga St.Peter’s Fc decided to initiate a new project which will enhance the club structure and the reputation of the club in general, as nowadays futsal has become part of life especially with amateur players. Neville Farrugia Cann was handled the task by the committee to coach the team in its opening season. Its objective was to give former club players a chance to learn the game as well to generate an interest with the public of Birzebbuga.
Fortunately till this day the futsal team kept the signature of former senior team players Noel Tabone, Clive Formosa and Matthew Axiaq. Other youth players who came from the ranks of Birzebbuga joined the squad with the likes of Andrea Cutajar, Glen Farrugia and Aaron Dalli. We can say that in our squad we have a combustion of old and youth players, which it will bring determination to succeed.
After participating in the futsal league in the last two seasons, the club managed to clinch the third division championship in 2012 and gaining promotion to first division in 2013 thanks to these players mentioned above and other dedicated players. This summer, the club was preparing to face an uphill task in the first division, however due to the omission of some clubs from the association, a new and a big challenge arose in the premier division. We are going to try our best but this adventure will help us to enhance our futsal knowledge and trying to salvage our status in the highest division of the association.
Birzebbuga Squad for this coming season:
Goalkeepers – Glen Farrugia
Victorio Ciantar
Players – Christian Barbara, Gabriel Farrugia, Randall Schembri, Matthew Axiaq, Andrea Cutajar, Aaron Dalli, Clive Formosa, Roderick Grech, Haitam Saghair, James Galea, Luke Baldacchino, Wayne Vella, Noel Tabone
Team Coach/ Club official – Brady Bugeja
Technical Director – Neville Farrugia Cann
Team Manager – Neil Portelli
Club president – Joseph Mangion
Club secretary – Anthony Azzopardi

We will make history – Gabriel Dobre

After this match this website took some comments from Mario Vella, Balzan Futsal President and their player coach, Gabriel Dobre.

Vella began his comments by praising his team’s efforts for this match. “It wasn’t an easy match as we were playing against a team that has been training hard during the summer for the UEFA Futsal Cup. Therefore they were more physically prepared than us. This was our first official match and we succeeded in winning the first important trophy at stake.

We managed to find two goals at the beginning of the match and this helped us boost our confidence. I am happy with the final outcome of this game.

Finally I would like to congratulate Hibernians for their positive performance during the UEFA Futsal Cup. They really did their best to participate positively  and they succeeded in their objective.

As the Premier Division league starts soon I wish all teams participating a big good luck for another positive campaign” concluded Vella.

After the cup presentation we approached the new Balzan player  coach Gabriel Dobre. The 33 year old Romanian player told us that he was very satisfied with the outcome of the match.

“It was my first experience with this team. I have really found myself well and I would like to thank all the players for their wonderful performance. it wasn’t an easy match for us especially in the last part of the first half where Hibs were pressing for the draw. But as we entered on the  pitch during the  second half we took the initiative and succeeded in finding that third goal that gave us a better advantage. ”

It’s a total satisfaction to win the first important honour of the season and we showed that Balzan FC means business. Our main objective is to win the Premier Division championship. We will eventually compete in Europe and then we will make history!” concluded Dobre.

Balzan Super Cup Winners

In a thrilling Super Cup Final, Balzan succeeded to win the first title of the season against Hibernians by beating them 5-1.  Balzan were dominant from the beginning and managed to score two goals early in the first half by Emil Raducu and Nicola Delre.   Hibernians scored their only goal by captain Xavier Saliba and tried hard to bring all levels equal.  Balzan continued their positive transition and scored another three goals by Jovica Milijic, Glenn Bonello and Marc Areny Albert, which sealed their victory.

The temper was high and you could feel the tension on both players and supporters.  In fact, both teams finished the match with a reduced player when both Levan Kobaidze for Hibernians and Marc Areny Albert for Balzan were sent off after they received the second yellow card.

After the final whistle, there was the Super Cup’s presentation amongst the jubilation of Balzan’s players, staff and supporters present at the Corradino Sports Pavilion.

Gzira United Futsal Club: Anything is Possible

 

We are going to take a look at another successful club participating in the FXDD First Division Futsal: Gzira United.

This team was founded in 2005, when a group of four friends; Richard Guillaumier, Simon Borg, Sonny Borg and Clive Mifsud,  who had enjoyed football since college,  started to discuss the proposal of forming a 5-a side competitive team to participate in the competitions organized by the  Malta Football Association. Immediately after another friend, Alfred Camilleri, who was very interested to help joined the group, and set up the first committee of five who were all eager and enthusiastic to start this new project.


Richard Guillaumier came out with the idea of calling the team ‘Gauchos’ while Simon Borg liked the idea of having ‘Sporting‘ included in the name, so the team’s name was decided upon: ‘ SPORTING GAUCHOS FUTSAL CLUB’.

In the season 2006/7 this new team starting participating in the local futsal tournament. From summer 2012 the Malta futsal league changed structure and due to this Clive Mifsud and Alfred Camilleri managed to agree with Mr Tyrone Demanuele of Gzira United Football Club to amalgamate both teams.

 So The Sporting Gauchos FC motto, ’It is why we play the game, anything is possible, anything can happen and we prove that every match’ still goes on.

One can log on to the team’s website www.sportinggauchosfc.com through which one can get to know more about this team.

SQUAD NAMES

KEEPERS –

1 STEVE TONNA,  12 NEIL CAMILLERI, 21 NICOLAS GUEYDON , 22 BRABDON DEBRINCAT,, 23 KURT BALZAN.

 PLAYERS – 2 FABIAN ELLUL, 3 DOUGLAS MIFSUD, 4 CHRIS BEZZINA, 5 JURGEN MIFSUD, 6 NICKY BORG (VICE CAPTAIN),

7 ALESSIO RESTUCCIA, 8 AURELIO BURGIO, 9 LEO BRINCAT, 10 CHARLO DABATTISTA, 11 JOSEPH MIFSUD (CAPTAIN)

13 ANTONIO P CARUSO, 14 MALCOLM FARRUGIA, 15 KENNETH BONNICI, 16 JAMES CAMILLERI, 17 ROBERT ZAMMIT

 STAFF

CLUB OFFICIAL – CLIVE MIFSUD

HEAD COACH – PAUL CARABOTT DAMATO

KEEPERS COACH – WARREN GALEA

Zebbug and Gzira shine again

Sta Lucia  gained their first win of the season when they narrowly defeated Msida  2-1. For Msida this was their first defeat of the season.

On the other hand Zebbug continued to impress by winning their second consecutive match. They dominated the match and won 5-1 against Mqabba. The latter side has gained only one point after two matches.

In the matches played on Thursday, Gzira surprised title favourites Valletta by winning 4-2 to emulate Zebbug Rangers and getting the maximum points at stake.

Marsascala defeated Sirens 4-2 with the southsiders having their goalkeeper shining with brilliant saves that decided the final result of thematch.

The FXDD First Division continues next Saturday 28 th September 2013  with this  programme:

14.00 – Kalkara vs Qrendi

15.30 – Fgura vs Naxxar

17.00 – Zebbug vs Msida

It’s time for the FMA Super Cup Final

The much awaited FMA Super Cup Final between Hibernians and Balzan soon kicks off.  The protagonists and their fans together with the FMA members are looking forward for this fantastic match.

Hibernians, Champions of last year’s season, are coming back from their positive experience in Finland during the UEFA Futsal Cup.  Hibernians’ squad has been revamped with new players such as the Maltese National Players Brian Baldacchino, Kurt Bartolo and Daniel Brincat coming from Floriana FC.

Balzan, FMA Cup Winners are also looking forward for this FMA Super Cup final to win the cup for the second consecutive year.  Balzan are aiming high like they did in the past years.  Balzan will be under the guidance of Romanian National team player Gabriel Dobre as the team Coach and player as well .  With him his compatriot Emil Raducu, Nicholas Farrugia and Chris Wismayer all coming from Tarxien Futsal, Jovica Milijic and Rennie Tanti from Lija Athletics and Marc Anery Albert who forms part t of the Catalunya National Futsal Team.

We hope to see an interesting match from these two local futsal giants.

Match kicks off at 8pm and we would like to have a high level of attendance at the Corradino Sports Pavillion.


Zebbug Rangers Futsal Club: Unity and Courage

Zebbug Rangers will aim to extend their winning streak  after getting the maximum points in their first outing against Sirens.

Zebbug squad is made up of 18 players full of potential strength and experience. They are led by Steve Shead with their influential captain being Jamie Portelli.

Obviously their main objective remains that of placing themselves in the top positions of the first division. It will not be easy but unity and courage can be the main ingredients for a positive season.

This is Zebbug Rangers’ squad for season 2013/2014

Goalkeepers: Ivan Baldacchino, Waylin Abdilla and Steve Camilleri.

Players: Gorg Borg, Peter Cilia, Jamie Portelli (captain), Bernard Bonnici, Jonathan Xerri, Steve Mifsud, Alan Zammit,

Karsten Cilia, Patrick Bonnici, Matthew Agius, Dillon Bugeja

Head Coach: Steve Shead

Assistant Coach: Alan Zammit

Kit Manager: Jurgen Cauchi

Club Official: Ivan Baldacchino

Gzira get maximum points

Gzira United got the three points that really mattered when they defeated Kalkara with a 4-2 scoreline. It was a really entertaining match which saw Gzira attacking continuously  with Kalkara operating with counter attacks.

Leo Brincat, Charlo Debattista, Alessio Restuccia and Kenneth Bonnici scored for Gzira while Roderick Vella and Matthew Buttigieg reduced the scoreline for Kalkara.

In another entertaining match, Fgura United and Qrendi FC shared the spoils in a 3-3 result.

It was a match full of excitement with six goals scored. Therefore the two teams each gained a point.

These are the matches  to be played tomorrow at the Corradino Sports Complex:

19.45 – Sta Lucia vs Msida

21.15 – Mqabba vs Zebbug