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  • Malta crush Latvia 36-1

    The Malta waterpolo national team ended their commitments in the European Championship qualifiers with a flourish after overwhelming Latvia 36-1 in Utrecht yesterday. After back-to-back defeats to France (21-4) and the Netherlands (19-11) in the...

  • Third session proves costly

    Netherlands 19Malta 11 (4-2, 3-4, 8-4, 4-1) An improved performance was not enough to prevent a second consecutive defeat as Malta went down 19-11 to the Netherlands in their second match from the first qualification round tournament of the 2016...

  • France too strong for Malta

    France 21Malta 4 (4-0, 7-1, 5-2, 5-1) Malta had a difficult start to their European Championships qualifiers when they were beaten by France 21-4 in Utrecht yesterday. It was a commanding performance from the French who had already one hand on the...

  • Izzo targets vital points in Utrecht

    Izzo targets vital points in Utrecht

    Malta face a tough start to the first qualification tournament of the European Championships when they take on group favourites France in Utrecht tonight. France are no strangers for Malta as the two sides met in the play-off round of the 2014...

  • Izzo names squad for Dutch tournament

    Izzo names squad for Dutch tournament

    National coach Karl Izzo yesterday named his final squad for the first round qualification tournament of the European Championships, to be staged in Utrecht, the Netherlands this weekend. Malta will face France, Latvia and hosts Netherlands in the...

  • Ten clubs make up 2015 line-up

    Ten clubs make up 2015 line-up

    The 21st edition of the ASA Winter League is due to start on Sunday, February 22, with ten clubs making up this year’s line-up. Exiles, Neptunes, San Ġiljan, Sirens, Sliema and Valletta will form the Premier Division while Marsascala, Marsaxlokk,...

  • Hard work should be key factor – Mustur

    Zoran Mustur, the new Neptunes coach who has succeeded Russian long-serving coach, Sergey Markoch, was in Malta over the past weekend to meet the senior team players. The visit was intended to familiarise himself with his new squad and set a...

  • Malta coach Izzo sticks to his guns

    Malta’s preparations for next month’s European Championship qualifiers are being hindered by a dispute between the Aquatic Sports Association (ASA) and Sliema ASC over the players’ training schedule. Malta waterpolo coach Karl Izzo has decided to...

  • Mustur to start engagement as coach of Neptunes

    Mustur to start engagement as coach of Neptunes

    The new Neptunes coach, Zoran Mustur, will be starting his preliminary duties with the Malta champions in mid-January when he is due to make a familiarisation visit and prepare the senior team’s pre-season work-outs. The unexpected departure of...

  • Camilleri goal bonanza

    Neptunes and Malta goal-getter Steve Camilleri, now playing for the Italian Serie A2 team Circolo Cannottieri Sette Scogli, of Syracuse, hit the headlines last weekend when he netted nine goals in his side’s 18-8 home victory over Rari Nantes...

  • San Ġiljan have new coach

    San Ġiljan have new coach

    San Ġiljan ASC have handed the first-team reins to Croatian coach Emil Nikolic for the 2015 season, the club announced yesterday. Nikolic has an excellent CV after winning several honours both in Croatia and at European level. He has coached a...

  • Sliema ASC players in Hungary training camp

    Two young waterpolo players from Sliema ASC are currently in Budapest where they are attending an intensive winter-long training camp. Mark Fenech and Nicholas Bugelli have embarked on this adventure in September when they joined the ranks of OSC...

  • Privitera is the new Sliema coach

    Sliema ASC Frank Salt Real Estate have announced the appointment of Paul Privitera as first team coach. Privitera is a former national team captain and ended his playing career in 2012 while playing for Sliema. He has been part of the first team...

  • Club Valletta’s capitulation

    Club Valletta’s capitulation

    Club Valletta 6Steaua Bucharest 21 (0-5, 1-5, 2-5, 3-6) The Maltese representative team at the European Cup qualifying Round Two were again submerged under an avalanche of goals when going down 21-6 to Steaua Buc-harest in yesterday’s closing...

  • Maltese reduced to sacrificial lambs

    That the experimental Maltese representatives would be no match for Split Mornar, the strongest team in the Euro Championship Group B, was never in doubt. Unluckily for Club Valletta, the situation was made even worse yesterday when an already...

  • Maltese team dismantled by clinical Montpellier

    Montpellier 18Club Valletta 5 (4-4, 4-0, 6-0, 4-1) Montpellier, of France, were in a class of their own when they dismantled Club Valletta who went down to a whopping 13-goal margin of defeat in yesterday’s European Cup Qualification Round 2 match...

  • Maltese perform with credit but resilience tells

    Maltese perform with credit but resilience tells

    A four-goal margin of defeat is by no means considered to be humiliating in waterpolo, moreso when the losing team is shorn of some of its best units. The Maltese, without three or four established units, can easily fit into this frame as they...

  • Izzo’s selection to face strong teams

    Izzo’s selection to face strong teams

    Malta will again be represented in the European Cup under the name of Club Valletta in the forthcoming edition of the annual LEN competition for club sides. Playing in Group B Round 2, the Maltese will be hosting continental teams of top quality...

  • Malta win to clinch honours

    Malta win to clinch honours

    A third-session recovery sparked by man-of-the-match Niki Lanzon and sustained by eight goals in a row, turned it round for Malta against an obdurate Switzerland in the last match yesterday morning. In the end the Maltese won 14-11 after...

  • Malta ease past Livorno to net third win

    An ultra-experimental Malta, with more young units in the water, registered their third win in a row, this time beating Italian Serie B side Livorno as easily as the 14-4 scoreline indicates. At times, however, the locals lacked the sparkle and...

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