The Malta Independent 22 August 2019, Thursday

Waterpolo, BOV Summer League: Neptunes cruise past Exiles; Birzebbuga beat Ta' Xbiex

Stewart Said Tuesday, 2 July 2019, 21:53 Last update: about 3 months ago
Photo: Domenic Aquilina
Photo: Domenic Aquilina

EXILES ELIA CATERERS......... 10

NEPTUNES LEO VEGAS........ 15

(2-5), (3-4), (3-3), (2-3)

Neptunes Leo Vegas showed their worth as they defeated Exiles Elia Caterers 15-10. They deserved the win and didn't look in danger of losing the game. Jordan Camilleri finished the best scorer of the game with four goals after Darko Brguljan and Stevie Camilleri scored three goals each.

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Neptunes had a 3-1 advantage after the first three minutes, a clear indication that they were determined to have a positive start. Kurt Griscti pulled one back but Stevie and Jordan Camilleri scored to put his team 5-2 ahead at the end of the first session.

Jovan Popovic's side got the break they needed in the middle of the session, scoring four goals from a brace by Darko Brguljan and a goal each by Stevie Camilleri and Petar Muslim. Exiles didn't give up that easily and scored twice in the last minute and a half to reduce the gap to 9-5.

A similiar situation happened in the third session. Neptunes stretched their lead to 11-5 but in the last two minutes of the session, Exiles scored three consecutive goals to enter back into the game.

But their hopes faded as youngster Jake Muscat scored right at the end of the session while Jordan Camilleri scored in the first action of the last session. Exiles reduced the gap to four goals twice but then again Neptunes responded immediately to keep their comfortable advantage till the end.

Exiles: M. Castillo, M. Stellini (1), A. Magri, M. Jelaca (2), T. Sullivan, S. Xerri de Caro (1), M. Fenech, K. Griscti (1), M. Vukicevic (2), A. Cousin (1), N. Paris (1), P. Paris (1), M. Martin, S. Apap, C. Von Brockdorf

Neptunes: A. Borg Cole, N. Lanzon, K. Erdogan, G. Pace, P. Muslim (2), D. Brguljan (3), S. Camilleri (3), J. Camilleri (4), J. Abela, N. Zammit (1), J. Muscat (1), M. Azzopardi (1), B. Busuttil, S. Busuttil, J. Farrugia

Referees: Alex De Raffaele, Gianluca Centineo

 

TA' XBIEX AMIGOS.............. 12

BIRŻEBBUĠA FREEPORT...... 15

(3-2), (2-3), (2-5), (5-5)

Birżebbuġa Freeport got what they wanted but it wasn't an easy ride. Despite the final result, Birżebbuġa deserved the three points as they took control of the game in the second part while Ta' Xbiex didn't recover after finding themselves three goals behind. Birżebbuġa had Croatian Antun Goreta making his debut after Balint Lorincz had to leave for personal reasons.

The first two sessions was characterised by both teams going back and forth. Niall Saliba put Ta' Xbiex in front but Antonio Petkovic and Antun Goreta scored for Birżebbuġa until David Fenech and Nenad Kacar put Ta' Xbiex ahead at the end of the first session. Birżebbuġa scored twice in the second session but Ta' Xbiex recovered immediately until Goreta equalised.

Birżebbuġa scored three goals on the trot in just one and a half minute to go 8-5 in front and even were 10-6 in advantage until Keith Tanti reduced the margin. Birżebbuġa kept controlling the game in the last session but Ta' Xbiex managed to reduce the gap to two goals after three consecutive goals, until Simon Vassallo scored late in the session.

Ta' Xbiex: Z. Sciberras, R. Greco, M. Demarco, N. Schiavone (1), M. Carani, G. Blundell, D. Fenech (1), N. Saliba (3), N. Kacar (6), G. Sammut, K. Tanti (1), N. Gitto, A. Theuma

Birżebbuġa: A. Bugeja, M. Borg, N. Cassar, D. Pace Lupi, C. Mifsud, A. Petkovic (4), S. Vassallo (1), D. Cutajar (3), J. Bajada (1), M. Cutajar (1), A. Goreta (4), M. Ortoleva (1), D. Spiteri, C. Farrugia, R. Spiteri

Referees: Peter Balzan, Giuseppe Fusco

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