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Luxol, Valletta march on

ROBERT BUSUTTIL
Title challengers Luxol St Andrew’s and Valletta obtained important victories in the Gatorade Futsal League.
Luxol beat Qrendi 22-0 to maintain their perfect start of the campaign.
The St Andrew’s side hit the ground running, scoring comprehensively through Andy Mangion who netted a poker, Mark Zammit’s hat-trick, six braces by Zvezdan Vukovic, Frane Despotovic, Carl Azzopardi, Nicola del Re, Glenn Bonello and Celino Alves while Giancarlo Sammut, Emil Raducu and an own goal added to their impressive tally.

Valletta proved too strong for Msida, winning 11-2.
Raphael Felipe Ortiz de Oliveira produced another masterful performance as he scored four goals, Jovica Milijic grabbed a hat-trick, Denis di Maio hit the target twice while Dylan Musu and an own goal completed the score for the Citizens.
Armando Gjepali and George Frendo scored the consolation goals for the seasiders.

Lija held by Swieqi

Lija failed to collect the three points, earning just a point in a 2-2 draw against a resilient Swieqi side.

This match had all the makings of an intriguing affair although everything was decided for the play-off spots.

With eight points separating Lija and the fifth-placed Swieqi, neither side wanted to leave the Corradino Pavillion empty-handed.

Both teams had a lot of players missing in their squad, most remarkably Lija who couldn’t rely on Endrit Kaca and Ebrahim Massoudi.

Four goals were scored in an entertaining encounter between two teams who had one goal in common – attacking futsal.

It was a fair outcome to a match characterised by an inspiring Fredrik Johansson who pushed forward Swieqi to some lethal counter attacks and Lija who threw away some golden opportunities to win the contest.

Swieqi showed remarkable spirit to hit back twice through a brace from Johansson after two strikes from Nicola del Re and Redeemer Borg turned the game in Lija’s favour.

Swieqi had a great opportunity in the second half as the advancing Boicho Marev ably turned past the Lija custodian but his effort was cleared off the line by a defender.

On the other hand, Lija’s Chavi Montes Burgos failed a shot from the second penalty spot as he fired high to miss a golden opportunity to give his team the three points.

This draw leaves everything unchanged in the table as Lija are guaranteed of the fourth position for the play-offs while Swieqi remain fifth in the standings.

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

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).

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

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.

Vittoriosa Stars: Together

 

Vittoriosa Futsal Club has been competing in the Futsal league for 5 years now. The first 3 years we were known as Paola Stars, while last year in the summer of 2012 we joined Vittoriosa Football Club and started competing under their name in the Futsal League. Like most of the teams in the FMA, we started out as a group of friends wanting to compete in the futsal league, however we always had a long term plan that we wanted to complete. It’s impossible not to mention Efrem Ebejer as one of the catalysts for the success of this club especially at the introductory stage and also our long standing coach Francesco Ronsisvalle who most definitely without him we wouldn’t be competing in the premier division and Vittoriosa Futsal Club wouldn’t be the success story it is today.

This year due to some shortcomings in the FMA, instead of playing in the first division following our promotion from the second division we ended up playing in the premier league, something which obviously took us by storm. This made us work even harder in order to try and form a competitive team and keep also the team spirit intact. The Club is made out of 5 committee members: John Muscat as Council Member, Francesco Ronsisvalle as the coach, Roderick Agius as the assistant coach, Clive Calleja as the events coordinator and Darren Lynch as the PR and Ccommunications Coordinator. We work hard together and obviously we set goals for the club, both from an administration side and also from the technical side. Obviously because of this radical change our 3 year plans changed and we had to adjust to reality.

With regards to the expectations for this year, we want to have fun this year and obviously be in the “safe zone” and avoid relegation. We believe we have what it takes to survive in the premier, both from a technical point of view and also from an administration point of view. We have a mantra we always follow and this is what will keep us going:

Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.

Gabriel Mansueto GK
Mark Cassar GK
Christopher Azzopardi GK
Darren Lynch PLAYER
Kenneth Spiteri PLAYER
Luke Stivala PLAYER
Omar Tanti PLAYER
Andre Azzopardi PLAYER
Steve Ferriggi PLAYER
Carlsten Xuereb PLAYER
Clive Calleja PLAYER
Elliott Navarro PLAYER
Conrad Chetcuti PLAYER
Kurt Azzopardi PLAYER
Melvin Xuereb PLAYER
Sean Vella PLAYER
Jason Mifsud PLAYER
Darton Bugeja PLAYER
Francesco Ronsisvalle COACH / PLAYER
Roderick Agius GK COACH
COMMITTEE
John Muscat PRESIDENT
Francesco Ronsisvalle SECRETARY / TREASURER
Darren Lynch COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR
Clive Calleja EVENTS COORDINATOR
Roderick Agius MEMBER

So up the Reds!

Qormi FC Futsal – There is no “I” in team

Qormi FC Futsal – “There is no “I” in team”

 

Our team was registered for the first time with the Malta Football Association to participate in the Futsal League on the 25th September 2006. The team was named Tal-Werqa SG due to the fact that it was formed with the assistance of Tal-Werqa Band Club St. George Qormi.

 

When the Futsal Malta Association took over in 2012 and the league was restructured, Tal-Werqa Futsal naturally amalgamated with Qormi FC.

 

Since 2006 we always participated in the national futsal league and year after year our aim was to improved the squad and achieve promotion to the Premier Division.

 

Our aim was attained last season as we finished joint leaders with San Gwann in the FXDD Futsal First Division league but got promoted as the second placed team after losing a league decider.

 

Our target this season is to secure Premier Division status as early as possible, at the same time enjoying our game as we always did.  Our philosophy will always remain that we play as a team, we win as a team and we lose as a team.  There is certainly no I in our team.

 

2013 – 2014 Squad

 

Goalkeepers:    
Roderick Mascena Jonathan Sammut Stefan Vella
     
Players:    
Salem Ben Halim Mark Camilleri Jonathan Debono
Carmelo Farrugia Clint Farrugia George  Frendo
Alan Galea Hubert Gatt Bonello Jurgen Grech
Andre Mamo Allen Medati Gordon Mizzi
Steve Shead Malcolm Sultana Fabian Vella
Pierre Vella Sam Vella Gary Zerafa
Lawrence Zerafa    

 

Coach: Pierre Vella

Assistant Coach: Daniel Farrugia

Club President and Council Member: Alan Zammit

Luqa St.Andrew’s: Teamwork & Experience

Born from a dream and officially set up in 2011, Luqa St. Andrew’s Futsal came a long way since the idea was first conceived by a group of friends with pioneer leaders Andrew Scerri and Karl Micallef. During a Mid-Summer night out having the usual beer the leaders came up with the idea of setting up a futsal team to officially brand the group of friends under the name of Scrimmage FC, allowing its members to practice their favourite sport.
Formed as a Club to compete in the national futsal league under the MFA (Malta Football Association), the team had to quickly evolve since the Club had heard through the grapevine of the intended setup under a new Association. Taking a pro-active approach with the view of anticipating the new rules and regulations that now govern the competitions on a national level under the newly set up FMA (Futsal Malta Association) formed in 2012, the Club took over Luqa St. Andrew’s Futsal in its year of inception as Scrimmage FC in 2011, following the resignation of previous members due to a high level of commitment which a club requires. The futsal Club is a branch of the Luqa St. Andrew’s Football Club of which we bare the logo.

The aim of this year is that we build up teamwork and good experience for upcoming seasons.

Player’s and Staff

Goalkeeper’s
Karl Micallef
Clint Mifsud
Mark Salnitro

Players
Andrew Scerri
Isaac Delmar
Justin Muscat
Michael Galea
Keith Mifsud
Andrea Grech
Alan Chetcuti
Stephen Aquilina
Chris Cardona
Preston Ellul
Mark Buhagiar
Shawn Agius
Josef Blundell
Timothy Joe Forace
Adrain Pulis

Staff
Head Coach                    Alex Falzon
Assistant Coach           Karl Magro
Team Manger                Kevin Vella
PRO                                   Christian Abela
Club Official                   Karl Micallef

Luxol: Commitment and Respect

A group of friends got together to play Futsal when they still had a full head of hair and no family commitments. This group played their first debuting match in the Malta Football Association (MFA) – Futsal leagues under the name of Amazon in 1998. The team played for fun and looked at a match with the perspective of a fitness session. A win or a loss was both celebrated either as a success or an opportunity to learn.

 

In 2004 Amazon decided to affiliate itself with a Club and Luxol gladly took this team under its wing. Since a Club like Luxol believed in this team, Amazon felt they had to prove they were worthy of Luxol’s support. Training sessions where beefed up and nowadays the team trains twice or three times weekly and furthermore to improve the level, the team has engaged Mr Florin Anton as a player coach who in the last 5 years has won the 3 leagues, 2 Knock-outs and 1 Super-Cup.

 

As from last season a new association was formed “Futsal Malta Association” (FMA) and is now running the MFA league. This change has lead to the team having to affiliate itself with the new association, such that once again the team changed its name to Luxol – St Andrews FC. Despite the change in name, this team is the only team to have retained its place in the premier division since the start of the Futsal league. Nine of these years were proudly carrying the name as Luxol Amazon.

 

The success of this team is due to the commitment of all its present and past members that have over the years dedicated much personal time towards this goal. An essential element in this team is respect and group play. Though the team might not have always ranked very high within the league the team has always retained its togetherness and love for fair play within the Futsal league.

 

Players

 

                 
Shirt No

1 (GK)

Name

JOSE

Surname

DA SILVA

 
2 KARL SALIBA  
3 ROBERTO PISANI  
5 DEAN GERA  
6 WILLIAM BARBOSA  
7 DAVID SMITH CORDINA  
8 PAUL BUGEJA  
9 ILIJA MILIVOJSA  
10 NOEL BRAY  
18 DARIO ZAMPA  
12 (GK) ADRIAN ATTARD  
13 ALEXANDER FENECH  
14 ESLAM KALIFA  
20 FLORIN ANTON  
22 TAREK IBRAHIM  
23 (GK) BJORN VASSALLO  
24 LIAM CACHIA  
 

Officials

     
Name

FLORIN

JOSE

JOSEPH

Surname

ANTON

DA SILVA

AQUILINA

Function

Head Coach

Team Manager

President

 
     
       

 

Siggiewi: Consistency

Siggiewi Futsal, formerly known as Team Nokia has been competing in local futsal competitions for the past 3 years.

The team was set up by a group of friends who wanted to play football in a structured and competitive league.

This year, with the additions of more players, the objective of the team is to build on last year’s results and obtain more form consistency.

 

The current squad consists of: 

Goalkeepers:

Attard Jake

Hussain Shan Francois

Zammit Chris

 

Players:

Azzopardi Gian Paolo (player coach)

Borg James

Briffa Andrew (captain)

Briffa Benji

Briffa Mark

Caruana Turner Philip

Cauchi Daniel

Dunbavin Pete

Galea Jean Marc

Gauci Glen

Gingell Littlejohn Steve

Kuilboer Max