Month: October 2013

Double for Balzan- Hamrun grab the first win

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 Detrovic. For the latter team this was the first defeat of the season.

A Closer Look at…..Jamie Portelli

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 think twice at this proposal and I accepted immediately. Today I really don’t regret this decision!

Describe your best moment in futsal so far.

Actually it happened two years ago when Żebbuġ were playing in Section Four of the National Futsal League. I can describe the year 2011 as the best one for our team. We succeeded to climb a step forward to another division and for me it was the highlight of my career in this sport.

Your best goal…..

A goal that I remember most happened recently when Żebbuġ played against Hibernians in the Knock Out Semifinal. We were 3-3 and the Paolites had a corner. Their goalkeeper went out of the semicircle and tried to shoot at our goalpost. I noticed all this immediately and took the ball from my opponent, until I lobbed the ball from the goalkeeper to score an amazing goal. At that particular moment I was overjoyed.

What are your objectives with Żebbuġ for this season?

I think that year after year we are improving our level of play. We can compete with everyone in the First Division league. My main objectives for this season are primarily to be promoted to Premier Division Futsal as well as win the Championship.

Jamie and his friends: a chain that never breaks. 

Exactly.I can consider myself lucky to be part of a futsal team that have been playing together since we were children. When we play we do so not only to win matches but primarily to have fun together as friends. We are one team also outside the pitch as we like to hang out together as a group in various activities that we organize.

The future of Jamie Portelli.

I’m still seeing myself surrounded with this fantastic group in the future. I can’t see myself without my friends that have influenced me so much in my life.Therefore I can predict a future filled with friends and acquaintances.

Two defeats and one win for Malta

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 Team but the matches were cancelled as the latter didn’t turn up and their visit in Malta was called off.

Hibs and Qormi shine again

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 the season to continue challenging in the upper part of the standings. Naxxar gave their utmost in this game and were really unlucky to lose this game.

In the other FXDD First Division matches, Msida grabbed the third win of the season after a 6-3 victory against Marsascala. In an interesting encounter Kalkara won over Fgura 5-4.

Eight-goal spree from Balzan

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

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.


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 matters for Zabbar.

Luqa again scored another goal through Andrew Scerri but Zabbar pressed the acceleration pedal and scored three goals through Rosen Filipov (2 goals) and Christopher Richard to secure the first three points of the season.

Swieqi United: Unity and Respect

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

Karl Fenech Adami

Matt De Giorgio

Andrew Coleiro

Tobias Carlsson

Tuncay Kurtulus

Martin Sammut

Matthew Debono

Darran Aguis

Kurt Loporto

Kris Vella Petroni

Fredrik Johansson

Last minute goal gives Hibs a dramatic win

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 lost their second consecutive match against Qrendi who obtained their fourth point of the season. The match finished 7-4.

Melita: Avoiding Relegation

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).


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

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 on the pitch and as a family in life.

The squad is made up of these players:

Goalkeepers: Gilbert Baldacchino, Bruce Debattista.

Players: Kenneth Zammit, Patrick Barbara (captain), Reno Debono, Gilbert Gauci,  James Tabone,  Mark Spiteri,  Antoine Galea,  Ryan Theuma,  Keith Calleja,  Jonathan Bugeja,  David John,  Andrew Cachia,   Gary Grant, Simon Copperstone,  Etienne Bonnici,  George Chircopand Jeffrey Saliba.