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Video Snippets Super Cup Final Women 2015

Malta Sports Journalists Super Cup Women
Watch snippets from the Super Cup Women Final played on Sunday 4th October. Video taken from '3pointer' aired on TVM2.

Video Snippets Super Cup Final Men 2015


Malta Sports Journalists Super Cup Final 2015

Watch snippets from the Super Cup Men Final played on Sunday 4th October. Video taken from '3pointer' aired on TVM2.

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Super Cup winners decided

12074742_10153679226004111_2885977186079840815_nMalta Sports Journalists Super Cup Men 

Gzira Athleta     55     Falken Cynergi Virtus     63

(19-9, 14-16, 13-19, 9-19) 

Fresh from their Independence Cup victory over Floriana, the champions made it two in a row. They did this despite the fact that just two days ago they were informed that they couldn't make use of their foreigners, due to a technicality in their registration. Both sides made changes in their line ups, from their previous competition games. Virtus had no foreigners, but played David Camilleri for the first time, since since transfer from Floriana, as he recovered from injury, and Miguel Falzon was also roped in.  Athleta were a completely changed outfit. Back in the fold were Michael Naudi and Omar Said, and Roderick Vella returned from abroad. Ivan Buldakov was back from injury, but Billy Zammit was still unavailable.

The game could be described as David Bugeja's match, as he kept his side, Virtus,  in the hunt, when Athleta threatened to run away with the match, in the first session and part of the second period. When the champions got close again Athleta became worried, with fast opponents facing them, and they had to give way against eager adversaries, who upset their style of play, and obtained their second success of the season.

Athleta began well enough, as Vella put in a brace of triples, for an early lead. Bugeja's insistence, and his opening trey, had Virtus back, but Athleta ended the session with a 7-0 run, mainly from Adrian Micallef, and a double figure advantage. In the next session three more hoops had Athleta on a solid lead, but then came the champions' triples, two from Bugeja and another by Shawn Pace. Athleta still held a good advantage, but Robert Bonnici sank a further Virtus trey. Free throws enabled Athleta to stretch their lead, to a 33-25 score, at the interval.

After the break Virtus began in earnest. An 8-2 run had them within a hoop of their opponents. Athleta struck back, with a 7-2 run of their ownbut Virtus had renewed courage, and a good finish to the period had them again just a hoop away, on a 44-46 score. The last quarter was Athleta's downfall. A 10-2 Virtus run, with with triples by Bugeja and Camilleri, pushed them in front, for the first time. Athleta tried to hit back, but the champions' were still going in, as Camilleri nailed two more, with another by Pace. Virtus were home and dry, as Athleta converted three free throws till the end of the encounter.

2015-10-05_08-15-41It was Virtus' first ever success in the Super Cup, in their first ever final of this competition, ending an impressive six successive victories from Athleta.

Bugeja ended with 30 points and Camilleri made 13 points for Virtus. Athleta had Naudi with 18 points and Micallef netted 13 more.

After the match the Sports Journalists' vice president, Mario Bonnici, presented the winning trophy to the Virtus skipper, Peter Shoults, as he collected his side's second honour in a fortnight. 

Athleta:  M. Naudi 18, R. Vella 8, J. Wait , M. Montague 8, L. Stefanovic, I. Buldakov , O. Said 3, A. Micallef 13, S. Vincic , N. Lubrano 5, M. Gauci Montaldo

Virtus: S. Pace 6, D. Bugeja 30, R. Bonnici7 , D. Camilleri 13, S. Bonnici , M. Falzon, A. Felice Pace 2, A. Schembri , F. Bartolo 2, P. Shoults 3, T. Grech

Referees: B. Vassallo, G. Barbara, A. Carbonaro


Malta Sports Journalists Super Cup Women 

Gzira Athleta     53     Caffe Moak Luxol     69

(11-17, 11-22, 10-15, 21-15) 

Luxol had already won this honour for the last four seasons, and they added on a fifth one, with their victory over Athleta. This made it seven successes for the Violets, in the Super Cup. They had just one change, from their last match, the lost Independence Cup final, against Hibernians. Mandi Mercieca was abroad, with her place taken by Nicole Agius.This time they made no mistake, as they went ahead from the start, and never lost their advantage throughout the match. Athleta included Stephanie Pisani vice Julia Schembri and Maria Debono.

The champions started with a couple of hoops, as Athleta answered with a Leanne Sciberras triple. Sarah pace promptly netted a trey for Luxol, as they extended their lead. Athleta were back, on level terms, with Denise Said Hollier points, but a late 8-2 run had the Violets with a better advantage, as Paula Ellul struck for Luxol. In the second session Athleta drew nearer again, with antoinette Borg points. Luxol made a 7-0 run, with a Steffi DeMartino trey, with Athleta reducing their deficit for a while. Again, late points for the champions, in an 11-2 run, put them in a comfortable position. At the interval the champions were enjoying a solid 39-22 advantage.

After the break DeMartino helped her side to a better lead yet, . Athleta stopped their opponents for a while, with a 7-2 run, with Joselle Borg Cardona closing down the period with a brace of free throws, for a heavy 54-32 Luxol advantage. The last quarter had Pace sinking a second triple for Luxol, in an opening 9-4 run. Said Hollier also netetd a trey for Athleta, her side's efforts were for a lost cause, even though they hit back well in the last stages of the match, netting a 10-0 run, before Beverlee zammit came up with a triple and hoop for the champions. Sharon Vella made the alst two hoops for Athleta. 

DeMartino finished with 18 points and Pace netted 16 points for Luxol. Said Hollier made 14 points, with Borg on 13 points, for Athleta.

2015-10-05_08-15-29At the end of the match the Sports Journalists' vice president, mario Bonnici, presented the Luxol player, Sarah Pace, with the winning trophy.

Athleta:  K. Busuttil 10, S. Pisani ,  L. Sciberras 7, D. Said Hollier 14, A. Borg 13, R. Sciberras , S. Vella 7, E. Pace , C. Mifsud 2

Luxol: S. Pace 16, B. Zammit 10, N. Agius , J. Borg Cardona 6, C. Sollami, S. DeMartino 18, K. Portelli , S. Abela 7, P. Ellul 10, G. Costa 2, M. Darmanin, L. Serge

Referees: G. Barbara, E. Mangani, J. Mangani

(taken from the game report printed on the Malta Independent by Willie Vassallo / photos from the Times of Malta and Facebook


The official start of the local season – 26th Super Cup Men Final in history

2015-10-01_12-39-23The local senior competitions get off to an official start this Sunday with the Malta Sport Journalists Super Cup up for grabs in both the men and women categories.

In the men’s competition, the new season will set off featuring the teams that closed the old season when new local champions Falken Cynergi Virtus face Gzira Athleta, last season’s KO winners, in the 26th Super Cup Men final in history with the game scheduled for a tip-off at 4.30pm on Sunday 4th October.

Gzira Athleta is the team with the most Super Cup successes with twelve victories including winning all the cup finals since 2009, six in total.

Coach Joe Galea, who will be returning on the team bench after missing the pre-season Independence Cup tournament through suspension, said “As the most succesful team in the past 15 years, we are aiming to again add the Super Cup to our list of honours. The club’s amalgamation with Gzira should give the squad an added motivation to win the first trophy under our new name of Gzira Athleta.”

Athleta, who have engaged American import Markus Montague, were not in full strength in the pre-season tournament two weeks ago, but coach Galea said, “Gzira Athleta are set to field the best team possible for this final including the return of Michael Naudi and Roderick Vella.”

On the other hand, Falken Cynergi, fresh from their first league championship win, will be aiming to be the fifth club in history to win the Super Cup (other winners include Luxol (7 times and first ever winners in 1991), Depiro (5) and Hamrun Liberty (1)).

Coaches_Joe_Galea_Athleta_Paul_Ferrante_VirtusTeam coach Paul Ferrante stated that he looks forward to a positive performance from his team, who have engaged American import Chris Santo, because playing Athleta in a final has always given his players the right amount of motivation, “last year we played three finals against Athleta, namely the Shield, Knock-out and the Play-off League Finals. Apart from the usual pre-match expectations, which every final brings with it, the fact that Athleta have a number of experienced players in their roster will definitely help our team stay in focus throughout our preparation. Our opponents have players who have been on top in the local scene for a number of years, players who deserve our respect and these will definitely be a tough opposition to beat next Sunday in the Malta Sport Journalists Super Cup Final.”

The Malta Sport Journalists Super Cup Women Final will be played at 2.45pm also on Sunday 4th October when champions Caffe Moak Luxol face Athleta in the 25th Super Cup Women Final in history.

Luxol, who were the first ever winners of the Women Super Cup in 1992, have raised the same cup in the last four years and will try to win the cup for the 7th time in their history and thus surpass Depiro who are also on six successes. Hibernians remain the all-time best in this competition with nine victories.

The champions, now led on the sidelines by Charles Bonnici, beat Athleta 48-26 in a 30 minute game during the pre-season Independence Cup tournament yet it may be a different ball game in the first official game of the season.

Last year’s KO winners Athleta, led by coach Ruth Spiteri, will be featuring in their first Super Cup final since 1998. The club has two Super Cup wins in 1995 and 1998 and this will be the first time that Luxol and Athleta meet in a Super Cup Women Final.

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