You are here: About Us

History

Year 1964

March

First meeting of the Malta Basketball Association is held at the Civil Services Sports Club, Valletta, under the chairmanship of Benny Pace.

April

First Annual General Meeting of the Association is held at the Malta Union of Teachers Headquarters, Merchants Street, Valletta.

October

The Association affiliates with the Malta Olympic Committee (MOC).

Year 1966

May

Final of the first knockout Competition played at the Polytechnic outdoor-court Msida and won by Mundlos TC.

 

Year 1967

February

Start of the first National Basketball League played in the indoor hall of the Msida Primary School with ten teams participating. Mundlos, coached by Tony Micallef Borg, are the first League Champions.

April

The first edition of the American Ambassador’s Trophy Tournament is held at the Luqa gym.  R.A.F. (Luqa) are the first winners.

August

The Malta Basketball Association affiliates with the International Amateur Basketball Federation (FIBA).

 

Year 1968

January

The first referees course is organised by the mba. Louis Borg and Tony Micallef Borg conducted the course and examined the participants.

June

Anthony Falzon represents the mba for the first time at the FIBA standing conference held in Ischia, Italy.

September

Malta makes its international debut losing to Libya (29-54) in a friendly game at the Luqa gym.

 

1970

September

CO-founder and ex secretary of the mba, Louis Borg is elected mba president. Eddie miller (v/president), Louis Micallef (secretary) and Joe Depasquale Schranz (treasurer) were the other officials which administered and promoted Maltese basketball making it one of the most popular major sports in Malta.

October

Joe Farrugia appointed the first official national coach of the association.

 

1971

March

Start of the first under 16 league.

April

Malta “a” wins the ambassador’s trophy for the first time.

May

The president Louis Borg attends the xvii FIBA standing conference in Europe and the Mediterranean basin held in Dubrovnik, Yugoslavia.

August

Mcast become the first Maltese club side to participate in an international basketball tournament abroad. The polytechnic side participated in an international universities tournament in Holland.

September

Keith k. Mitchell, general secretary of the English amateur basketball association, member of the FIBA technical commission and himself an international referee, conducts a full referee’s course for the mba.

December

The Minibasket project is officially launched at Stella Maris College, Gzira, under the patronship of the hon. Minister of education, miss. Agatha Barbara.

 

1972

June

Val Drury wins first basketball player of the year award.

July

Malta is represented by a group of nine players led by Bro. Owen Abela at the 1st World Minibasket jamboree held in Spain.

August

The first Malta Minibasket festival is organised by the mba with the participation of a group of Italian Minibasket players and referees. Exhibition matches are played in various towns and villages.

November

Tullio Paratore a top Italian coach was sent to Malta by CONI to conduct the first stage of a full basketball coaches course. This was the first instructional phase of a three-year course.

 

1973

February

Eight teams participate in the first ladies national league.

The first basketball matches on an indoor full-size court are played at the large hangar a Ta’ Qali pt at the disposal of the Association by the National Sports Board.

A group of Maltese Minibasket players spend a week in Rome as guests of the Italian Basketball Federation.

 

1974

January

Tullio Paratore conducts the second stage of the three-year Basketball Coaches Course.

May

The MBA celebrate its tenth Anniversary concluded by an International Tournament won by visiting Rome Selection.

 

1975

January

MBA President, Louis Borg, is voted ‘National Official of the year 1994

Carlo Cerioni, fip’s assistant national coach, concludes the third and final stage of the basketball coaches course.

February

MBA national coach, Valentine Drury, attends a two-month course at the CONI sports centre in Rome.

March

Malta plays its first full international match with Libya at Ta’ QALI.

September

Malta’s first tour abroad participating in the September first international tournament in Benghazi, Libya.

November

Former professional player, the American Charles Bennett, conducts a week’s coaching clinic for the MBA.

1976

September

Malta loses to Libya 68 – 53 in a friendly international match played in Tripoli.

June

Appia Catania wins the first international friendship tournament organised by the MBA.

July

The Malta youths participate in an international tournament in Ragusa. Charles Azzopardi (wrangler) is voted the best player of the tournament.

August

The Malta ladies team participates in an international tournament in Tre Castagne near Catania.

September

The Malta under 21 side participates in the Libyan Sports festival in Tripoli.

October

The top Italian international referee, Vittorio Fiorito, conducts a referee’s clinic.

The crock Russian ladies team, Spartak Leningrad plays an exhibition game with a Maltese selection at Ta’ Qali.

The MBA introduces the three-phase system in the national league.

 

1978

October

Opening of the new MBA headquarters at the Silesians’ Oratory in Sliema. Official opening of the new sports hall at De La Salle College in Cottonera.

 

1979

January

Monica Moran (Cadettes Haig) is voted “national Sportswomen of the year 1978.

April

Malta’s national side, coached by valentine Drury, wins three matches in a tour of Tunisia.

July

A training camp by Yugoslav player-coach is held at the Polytechnic.

 

1980

January

MBA general secretary, Mr. Louis Micallef is voted “official of the year 1979” in the National Sport Personalities Contest.

July

Branik Maribor of Yugoslavia wins the 2nd International Friendship Tournament organised by the MBA.

October

Martti Huhtamaki, President of the Finnish Basketball Federation, conducts a clinic for Maltese referees.

 

1981

July

Branik Maribor retains the 3rd International Friendship Tournament.

Minibasket leaders, Michael Aquilina and Martin Rizzo, attend Minibasket National Coaching course in Milan, Italy.

September

Four Maltese referees, Louis Micallef, TONIO BRIGULIO, Louis Naudi and Louis Borg (jnr) officiate as neutral Referees in the IV Pan-Arab Basketball championship in Tunis. Mr. L. Micallef controlled the final between Tunisia and Algeria with a KUWAITI UMPIRE.

 

1982

April

Malta organised a Qualification Tournament of the Xth European Junior Man Championships with the participation of Italy, France, Turkey, Portugal and Malta.

May

Anthony Micallef becomes the first International Basketball referee after successfully attending the FIBA Central Clinic for International Referees held in LAUSANNE, Switzerland.

December

FIP’s Referees Commissioner, Luigi Giordano, conducts a Clinic for local Referees.

 

1983

April

The Austrian club, ABC Merkur Graz, wins Tournament the 4th International friendship.

Malta participates in an international Minibasket festival in Padova, Italy with positive results.

July

A FIBA regional clinic for international referees is held in Malta. Twenty eight candidates from eight European countries, six Maltese, attended the four day clinic successfully organised by the MBA.

 

1984

May

An important conference “basketball in Malta – tomorrow” was organised by the MBA.

MBA president, Mr. Louis Borg is appointed technical commissioner on the recommendation of Mr. Lazarov.

September

Mario Blasone, staff coach of the Italian National teams, conducts a coaching course through the Olympic Solidarity.

November

First international appointment for Maltese FIBA referee, Mr. Anthony Micallef.

 

1985

February

The MBA moves into its new administrative office in Birkirkara.

May

The XXXth session of the FIBA standing conference is held in Malta. Mr. F. Busnel, FIBA president, Mr. M. Koslovski, president of the European zone and Mr. B. Stankovic, secretary general of FIBA presided over the well-organised conference held at the Corinthia Palace Hotel, Attard.

Malta participates in the first edition of the games for small European states held in San Marino winning the first bronze medal for Malta. Mr. John Tabone coached the team. This was the first medal won by Malta in an official international competition.

October

Malta wins the “Angelo Custode” tournament in Sicily.

 

1986

April

New English league champions, Manchester United, pay a two-match visit in Malta.

December

During a friendly international tournament for small countries hosted by the MBA, representatives from Malta, Cyprus, Iceland, Luxembourg and Wales (supported by Ireland, Gibraltar and San Marino) meet to discuss the possibility of requesting FIBA to help Small European countries to organise an official tournament.

 

1987

March

Louis Borg (Malta) and Rene Schiltz (Luxembourg meet MR. Stankovic and Mr. Pitz of FIBA to discuss the Small Nations movement.

The basketball pavilion at Ta’ Qali is leased by government to the MBA.

April

The FIBA executive committee proposes the creation of a promotion cup to be organised for the Small states of Europe. Dr. Radomir Sharper is appointed permanent commissioner.

May

The Malta Basketball Association is entrusted to organise a qualification tournament of the “1987 European Youths Men Championship “ with Greece, Israel, Finland and Malta participating.

Malta coached by Mr. John Tabone retains the bronze medal in the second edition of the small nations games held in Monaco.

September

Claudio Bardini from the Italian Federation conducts a coaching clinic in Malta.

December

A new parquet is inaugurated by the MBA at the Ta’ Qali basketball complex. Dr. Ugo Mifsud Bonnici, then Minister of Education presided over the ceremony.

 

1988

January

Mr. Louis Borg, MBA president, is voted “ official of the year 1987 “ in the national sports personalities contest for the second time.

April

Mr. Radomir Sharper visits Malta to monitor the preparations for the FIBA Promotion Cup.

November

The MBA moves to its new offices at the refurbished Ta’ Qali Basketball Complex.

December

The MBA organises the 1st edition of the FIBA European Basketball Promotion Cup.

 

1989

May

Malta, coached by Mr. John Tabone, places fifth in the 3rd Small nations Games held in Nicosia, Cyprus.

December

Malta participates in the 1st edition of the “ FIBA European Promotion Cup For Women “ held in Luxembourg.

 

1990

January

Jacqueline Schembri (Fiat) wins the “Sportsmanship Act Trophy”

June

An indoor gym and clinic are inaugurated at the Basketball Complex in Ta’ Qali.

August

Mr. Leonard Falzon is appointed FIBA international referee.

 

1991

June

Mr. Lino Vassallo is elected president of the MBA. Mr. Louis Borg is nominated President Emeritus of the MBA and is attached to the Malta Olympic Committee as sports director in preparation for the Small Nations Games to be held in Malta in 1993.

 

1993

May

Malta’s ladies team coached by Mariella Piscopo and Val Drury, win the Bronze Medal in the Small Nations Games held in Malta.

 

1994

June

Joe Farrugia is elected MBA president.

The first FIBA Promotion Cup for Women is held in Malta.

 

1995

May

Leonard Falzon is appointed FIBA Commissioner.

Nicholas Azzopardi is appointed FIBA International Referee.

 

1996

June

Bernard Vassallo is appointed as a FIBA International Referee

September

Italy’s National Coach, Ettore Messina conducts Course for senior coaches.

October

The Malta Falcons play a series of ‘home’ and ‘away’ games against Italian B1 sides. The Falcons, coached b Alfred Mifsud, win seven from eleven matches.

December

Magistrate Antonio Mizzi is elected President of the Malta 2Basketball Association.

 

1997

May

NCAA team of Dayton University visit Malta.

Malta’s MEN, COACHED by Alfred Mifsud and Kevin Decesare, win The Silver Medal In the small National Games held in Iceland. The Maltese Women, coached by Kevin Zammit secure the Bronze Medal. Mr. Leonard Falzon in nominated FIBA national referee’s instructor.

June

MBA participated in the Euro jamboree during the Euro Basket finals.

The first JUNIOR women promotion cup was held in Malta. Malta Placed 6th in tournament.

July

Malta organises the first FIBA junior women promotion cup.

 

1998

May

Visit of NCAA team of Dayton Flyers.

July

Maurizio Mondoni of FIP conducts Minibasket-coaching course.

August

Magistrate Antonio Mizzi is nominated member of the FIBA European commission for legal matters and eligibility (1998-2002).

October

‘Air Malta La Vallette’ under coaches Felix Schembri, Kevin Decesare and Joe Galea participates in the Italian League Serie C1.

 

1999

May

The 49th General Assembly Standing Conference of the delegates of the national federations of Europe is staged at the Westin Dragonara resort, St. Julians.

 

2000

May

Visit of NCAA team of Marshall University.

July

The Cadets team won for the first time ever a bronze medal in the FIBA European Promotion Cup.

Mr Tom Scheeman (FIBA) conducts a coaching course in Malta under auspices of the MBA, MOC, IOC, FIBA.

 

2001

February

The Malta government transferred the property at Ta’ Qali to the MBA for 49 years. The property includes the existing basketball complex and the land around the complex for future development.

June

The president of the MBA Magistrate Antonio Mizzi appointed FIBA President of European appeals board and also member of the FIBA European zone board.

The male senior national team coached by Mr. Joe Galea, participated for the first time in the 33rd European Championship for men. The other participating teams were Austria, Hungary and Rumania.

December

The marketing manager of FIBA Mr. Zoran Radovic had meetings with MBA officials regarding the present and future of basketball in Malta.

 

2003

May

Female national team wins first GOLD medal in the GSSE organised in Malta.

December

Female national team wins the GOLD AWARD at the MOC Sports Awards.

 

2004

January

The Ladies Basketball team win the Team of the year (2003) award organized by the Sportswriters association.

July

Female national team wins BRONZE medal in the FIBA Promotion Cup held in Andorra.

Fisec girls team wins Bronze medal in the games organised in Malta.

December

The Ladies Basketball Team is awarded the MOC Silver award during a gala night organized by the MOC.

 

2005

May

Female national team wins BRONZE medal in the GSSE held in Andorra.

Malta hosted the FIBA Board meeting.

 

2006

March 

Bernard Vassallo officiates the Commonwealth Games Final Game in Melbourne, Australia.

April

Female national team participate in the COMMONWEALTH GAMES held in Melbourne Australia. Playing against New Zealand, Malasia, India and Nigeria.

 

2007

January

Bernard Vassallo is voted ‘Sport Official of the Year 2006’ by the Malta Sportwriters Association during the National Sports Awards event.

July

Female national team Under 18 wins GOLD medal in the FIBA European Championship Division C held in Malta.

 

2008

May

Malta hosted the FIBA General Assembly.

July

Female national team wins GOLD medal in the FIBA European Championship Division C held in Luxembourg.

Fisec boys team wins Silver Medal held in Malta.

December

Female national team wins the GOLD AWARD at the MOC Sports Awards.

  

2009

May

 Female national team wins GOLD medal in the GSSE held in Cyprus.

July

Male national team Under 18 wins GOLD medal in the FIBA European Championship Division C held in Malta.

Female national team Under 18 wins BRONZE medal in the FIBA European Championship Division C held in Malta.

Female national team participated in the MEDITERRANEAN GAMES held in Pescara. Playing against Greece, Serbia, Turkey and Albania.

December

Female national team wins the GOLD AWARD at the MOC Sports Awards. 

 

2010

January

Female national team voted TEAM of the Year (2009) by the Ghaqda Kittieba Sport in the Sports Awards event.

May

Mag. Antonio Mizzi elected once again in the FIBA Board. Frank Camilleri and Ray Mercieca also reappointed in the Small Countries Commission and Finance Commission respectively

June

Female national team wins GOLD medal in the FIBA European Championship Division C held in Armenia.

July 

Male national team wins BRONZE medal in the FIBA European Championship Division C held in Malta.

 

Year 2011

June

A new team was elected to run the MBA , with President Mr. Paul Sultana, Deputy President Dr. Trevor De Giorgio, Secretary General  Mr. Joseph Muscat, Treasurer Mr. Noel Muscat, and Vice Presidents; Ivan Micallef, Anthony Camilleri, David Schembri and Ottavio Terribile.

Bernard Vassallo officiates in the EuroBasket 2011 Women Championships in Poland.

July

Female national Team U/16 wins BRONZE medal in FIBA European Championship Division C held in Andorra

August

Infrastructural and cosmetic works started on the Pavilion

New U/23 League was introduced

September

Mr. Paolo Di Fonzo was appointed as Men Senior National Coach.

October

The Gozo Goodwill Cup was introduced for the first time. This was played at the Gozo Pavilion, Victoria Gozo. This first edition was won by Athleta B.C.

Foreign players re-introduced in all Senior National Leagues.

Adjacent land of circa 11400 sqm was handed over to MBA by KMS.

December

MBA organized an ALL STAR GAME in aid of l-Istrina. Over €3000.00 were donated to MCCF

 

Year 2012

June

Mr. Paolo Di Fonzo and Mr. Santino Coppa conducted a coaching course under auspices of the MBA and KMS.

July

Male national team wins BRONZE medal in the FIBA European Championship Division C held in San Marino.

 

Female national team wins BRONZE medal in the FIBA European Championship Division C held in Macedonia.

September

Ms. Angela Adamoli was appointed as Women Senior National Coach.

Prof. M. Mondoni conducted a coaching course under the auspices of the MBA and KMS.

Pavilion flooded after the 3rd September’s storm. New parquet was laid on top of a newly built elevated roofing structure to prevent future damage due to floods.

The St. James Hospital Pre-Season Tournament (previously known as the Gozo Goodwill Cup) was held at the University Gym Tal Qroqq, this year for both 1st Div Men and 1st Div Women. Siggiewi B.C. won the Men’s section and Luxol B.C. won the Ladies section.

October

Hon. Clyde Puli officially opens the new parquet floor

 

December

MBA organized an Various Games for the second year running in aid of l-Istrina. Over €3000.00 were donated to MCCF

 

 

 

Year 2013

March

Bernard Vassallo officates in the FIBA Europe EuroLeague Final 8 in Ekaterinburg, Russia.

June

Female national team participates in the GSSE Small Countries GAMES held in Luxembourg. Playing against Iceland, Luxembourg and Cyprus

 

July

Elections for the new Administration confirmed President Mr. Paul Sultana, Secretary General Mr. Joseph Muscat, Treasurer Mr. Noel Muscat and Mr. Ottavio Terribile as Director. The other elected members are Mr. Ray Mercieca as Deputy President, Dr. Carlos Bugeja – Director, Ms. Kimberly Borg -Director and Mr. Charles Bonnici – Director.

 

Female National Team U/18 wins SILVER medal in FIBA European Championship Division C held in Andorra.

 

August

Bernard Vassallo officates the bronze medal game in the European Under 18 A Championships in Latvia.

 

September

Works started on site for the new Training Gyms adjacent to Ta Qali Pavilion.

 

December

MBA organized Various Games for the third consecutive year in aid of l-Istrina. Over €3500.00 were donated to MCCF

 

Year 2014

 

 

April

New Training Gyms in total completion. Now MBA can boast to having 3 full PARQUET courts.

 

July

FIBA Europe U16 Men & Women Div C for Small Countries are held here in Ta Qali – Malta

 

A memorable year for Maltese Basketball. Our National Teams have won 5 medals out of 6 in the following Categories.

 

Male National Team U/16 wins Gold medal in FIBA European Championship Division C held in Malta, for the first time.

Female National Team U/16 wins SILVER medal in FIBA European Championship Division C held in Malta.

 

Male National Team Seniors wins SILVER medal in FIBA European Championship Division C held in Gibraltar.

Female National Team Seniors wins BRONZE medal in FIBA European Championship Division C held in Austria.

 

Female National Team U/18 wins SILVER medal in FIBA European Championship Division C held in Andorra.

Male National Team U/18 participated in FIBA European Championship Division C held in Andorra.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Share
 

More in this Section

1964_011964_011964_011964_01
1964_011964_011964_011964_01
1964_011964_011964_011964_011964_131964_131964_131964_13
1964_131964_131964_131964_13
1964_131964_131964_131964_13 1964_251964_251964_251964_25
1964_251964_251964_251964_25
1964_251964_251964_251964_25 1964_371964_371964_371964_37
1964_371964_371964_371964_37
1964_371964_371964_371964_37

Our Sponsors

BOV_LOGO_2013

MSV

stjames

2008_04_berlin_026

Xuereb Installations

 

Contact Us

Address:          Basketball Complex Ta' Qali,
                          Limiti Tar-Rabat ATD 4000

Email:              [email protected]

Tel:                   +356 21430950

Web:                mba.org.mt

Twitter:           @Maltabasketball

Facebook:      Malta Basketball Association

YouTube:       youtube.com/MaltaBasketball

Vimeo:           vimeo.com/mba

 

Clubs Contact

Coming soon