News

LAURENS WINS THE LATVIAN JUNIOR OPEN

 
Laurens Schulze Doering, a junior member at Royal Malta Golf Club, has just won the Latvian Junior Open which was played over three rounds of 18 holes each at the Ozo Golf Club in Riga. At 13 years of age, this makes Laurens the youngest RMGC boy winner in international tournaments.

Eighty-nine players entered this tournament, the majority of which hailed either from the host club or from nearby Estonia. The players were segmented in seven different age categories and then split again according to gender.

Laurens’ even younger sister, Filippa, was also a winner in this tournament. Filippa won her division (under 12 girls) by 26 shots from second placed secured by a girl member of the host Club. Filippa’s win on international soil makes her the youngest girl even though her tournament meant 27 holes of stroke play.

Two even younger siblings, from the RMGC Junior Academy, participated in this Latvian Junior Open. Cherilyn and Thomas Christmas who at under ten years of age were experiencing their first major tournament. In this category, the children had to play two rounds of nine holes each. Both played to a +36 resulting in a joint sixth position for Cherilyn and a ninth position for Thomas.

But back to Laurens’ feat. With a first round of two birdies, ten pars, five bogeys and one double bogey for an overall +5 for the course, the boy led the leader board with five shots at the end of round one. With an even better +3 achieved through five birdies, five pars and eight bogeys, Laurens extended his lead to ten shots at the end of the second day’s play – a comfortable margin with only one round to play in [...]

By |August 18th, 2017|News|Comments Off on LAURENS WINS THE LATVIAN JUNIOR OPEN|

Weightlifting news

 

Affiliated clubs with the Malta weightlifting association participated in the ZKC Senior international tournament during the Malta Club Competition. 706 athletes (380 men and 326 women) from 17 different countries participated in the event. The athletes included ones from big nations like USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Cameroon

Malta’s leading female weightlifter Yazmin Zammit Stevens brought in the best result for Malta, placing 4th out of 71 athletes in the 69kg category with a total of 176kilo. This result is of high importance for her as next week she will be competing in the Univesiade games in Chinese Taipei.

Another very positive result came from Elisia Scicluna who placed 10th in the 90kg category with a total of 148kg. Other good results came from Pamela Borg, Lara Azzopardi, Daniela Xuereb, Sara Shawky, Rebecca Scerri, Tenishia Thornton and Rebecca Fitz.

The best results in the men group came from Kieran Mifsud in the 105kg placing 14th in the senior category and 1st in the juniors with the total of 275kg. Other good results came from Josef Pisani , Rylee Borg and Ryan Degiorgio.

Il-klabbs affiljati ma ‘l-assoċjazzjoni tal-weightlifting ta’ Malta pparteċipaw fit-turnew internazzjonali ZKC għal kbar waqt il-kompetizzjoni tal-klabbs Maltin. 706 atleti (380 irġiel u 326 nisa) minn 17-il pajjiż differenti pparteċipaw fl-avveniment. L-atleti kienu jinkludu dawk minn nazzjonijiet kbar bħall-Istati Uniti, il-Kanada, l-Awstralja, in-New Zealand, l-Afrika t’Isfel u l-Kamerun

Il-weightlifter femminili Yazmin Zammit Stevens ġabet l-aqwa riżultat għal Malta, hija irnexila tikseb il-raba post minn 71 atleti fil-kategorija ta’ 69kilo b`total ta 176kilo. Dan ir-riżultat huwa ta ‘importanza kbira għaliha peress li l-ġimgħa d-dieħla hi se tkun qed tikkompeti fil-logħob tal-Univesiade fit-Taipei.

Riżultat ieħor pożittiv ħafna ġie minn Elisia Scicluna li poġġija l-għaxar post fil-kategorija ta ’90kilo [...]

By |August 18th, 2017|News|Comments Off on Weightlifting news|

Team Fina win National Bowling League

FINA have been crowned as the new MAPFRE MSV Life National League champions. The league was characterised by an entertaining fight between the reigning champions Okmalta.com and Team Fina. Their friendly rivalry has now become the highlight of the league producing performances of international standard. The top players from these 2 teams claim 8 of the top 10 individual player rankings in Malta.

The league remained undecided till the end with okmalta.com remaining mathematically in contention till the end. However, Fina never let it slip out of their hands and the new champions were determined to return back to their old winning days. Team Fina are the most decorated team in the anals of Maltese bowling, having now won 23 of the last 40 titles.  Their player Matthew Magro became the youngest player to win a championship title at age 15.

Team Ramis edged to third place being chased all the way by the improving Turu’s Knights. Ramis were an inconsistent side, at times edging ahead but failing to capitalise on their surges.

Paul Baldacchino scored the highest game of the season whilst Ranking Camilleri notched the best series.  Sue Abela and Justin Caruana Scicluna set the highest individual averages throughout the league.

MIA won the second Division league and automatic promotion to 1st Division together with runners up JDS. Team ATLAS won the Third division title and will return to Division 2 where they are a familiar name. Team Scotsman Pub secured second place.

The match XS vs Supreme ended in a 6-2 win in favour of the former but nothing changed as XS retained 7th place, whereas Supreme stayed in 8th, both with just enough points to avoid relegation. Daniel Ricciari’s 594 and Benny Hili’s 543 were [...]

By |August 10th, 2017|News|Comments Off on Team Fina win National Bowling League|

MALTA RETAINS BRONZE AT THE ETSC 2017

TEAM MALTA composed of Nicholas Beck, Andrew Borg, Ruud Critien and JJ Micallef Verelst managed to defend and retain the bronze position in the third edition of the European Team Shield Championship organised by the European Golf Association and hosted by the Bulgarian Golf Federation at the Pravets Golf Club between the 2nd and 6th August 2017.

The format of the championship was a stroke play qualifier on the first day; followed by three match play knockout rounds. In the match play rounds the teams were required to play two singles and one foursomes match with the condition that play continues until the knockout winner is determined. Two wins out of three identified the team that would proceed to the next round and the eventual winner and final placing of the teams. All the championship was played off scratch.

Twelve other countries fielded a men’s team for this third edition of the ETSC. These were Armenia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Greece, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Macedonia, Turkey and Ukraine.

In the stroke play qualifier only four players out of fifty-two managed to play to par or better… two from Turkey and two from Lithuania. These players together with their other colleagues eventually featured through to the final day. Our own Nicholas teed off Malta’s experience at 7:40 and returned a +9 eventually placing him right in the middle of the stroke play leader board. His colleagues came in an hour interval behind each other. First Ruud with a +4 (tied 14th overall), then JJ with a +3 (tied 10th) and Andy with a +1 (tied 5th) for a team aggregate of +8 placing Malta third overall behind Turkey with a -1 and Lithuania with a +1.

The other countries [...]

By |August 10th, 2017|News|Comments Off on MALTA RETAINS BRONZE AT THE ETSC 2017|

Tenpin Bowling National Leagues

Only divisions 1 & 2 have resumed during July as Division 3 will restart in September.  Unfortunately both divisions have also been hogged with postponements and in fact there are still 3 matches to be played for division 1, and 2 for the 2nd division.

Standings Div 1:  Fina (22), Turu’s Knights (20), okmalta.com (18), Royal Shock (18), XS (16), Yobetit.com (12), MIA (10), Ramis (10), Brutal Legendz (6), Supreme (4)

Matches still to be played are:  okmalta.com vs Royal Shock, Brutal Legendz vs Yobetit.com and Ramis vs Fina.

Standings Div 2:  Strike Me Jabaal (28), Supersonic (24), Bank of Valletta (20), Vintage (20), BOV (12), Blitzkrieg (12), Mean Machine (10), J Grima & Co (8), 4-Play (6), Atlas Insurance (4)

The 2 missing matches are:  Blitzkrieg vs Mean Machine and Atlas Insurance vs Mean Machine.

We now have 4 weeks’ break and leagues will resume on the following dates:

Div 3 – 28th August

Div 2 – 30th August

Div 1 – 31st August

The Doubles Cisk Lager League is now during the 7th week.  Standings as follows:

Ballbarians (42), Ozone (40), Double Impact (38), My Bet (32), Bell Caffe (30), Pin Pals (29), Ramis Valletta (24), AES Pro Shop (24), Bjorn Car Hire (24), J Grima & Co (21), Maniacs (18), Here 2 Beer (14)

Highest average for this league is a massive 222.10 by Mauro Anasatasi and a 201 by Sara Xuereb.

Composite Average

Now that more than half the year is over, Justin Caruana Scicluna leads the composite average (209.02), Mauro Anastasi is in 2nd place with a 206.5, followed by Rankin Camilleri (204.54).   In the ladies’ division Sue Abela leads with a 202.78, followed by Tiziana Carannante (196.23) and Cynthia Duca (188.70).

Top Youth bowlers (U19) are:  Matthew Magro (186.27), Kurt Attard (182.27) [...]

By |August 2nd, 2017|News|Comments Off on Tenpin Bowling National Leagues|

EUROPEAN TEAM SHIELD CHAMPIONSHIP

MALTA GOLF ASSOCIATION
Team Malta composed of Nicholas Beck, Andy Borg, Ruud Critien and JJ Micallef are on their way to the Pravets Golf Club, just outside Sofia in Bulgaria, to participate in the third edition of this tournament organised by the European Golf Association.

In one way or another, all the four players have experienced the Pravets Golf Course – the venue of the first edition of the ETSC that was held in 2015 and where Malta achieved fifth place. The players’ intentions this year are clear and pre-determined. They return to Bulgaria to defend and better their bronze position achieved in last year’s tournament that was held in Hungary.

In their way stand twelve other emerging golf countries: Armenia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Greece, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Macedonia, Turkey and Ukraine.

After a practice round on Tuesday, the tournament starts off on Wednesday with an individual stroke play qualifier. The aggregate of three best scores out of four will determine the team’s position for the next rounds. The next three days sees the teams battling each other in match play knockout format which will determine the overall winner.

Malta’s participation in this tournament is through the kind sponsorship of SportMalta as well as Nike Golf (playing kit) and Bortex Fine Tailoring (official uniform).

From left to right:

Ruud Critien, Andy Borg, William Beck (Malta Golf Association President), JJ Micallef, Nicholas Beck.

 

By |July 31st, 2017|News|Comments Off on EUROPEAN TEAM SHIELD CHAMPIONSHIP|

Message of Condolence

 
Message of Condolence
The Maltese Olympic Committee would like to express is sorrow at the passing of Aquatic sport correspondent Alex Vella passed away on Tuesday.

Vella, had garnered many years of experience covering major waterpolo and swimming events as well as a football correspondent for local Premier League matches.

The Maltese Olympic Committee offers its condolences to the Vella family at such a difficult time.

By |July 27th, 2017|News|Comments Off on Message of Condolence|
  • Permalink Gallery

    Maltese female weightlifters for two week training camp in Slovenia

Maltese female weightlifters for two week training camp in Slovenia

Three of Malta’s top female weightlifters will be heading to Slovenia next week for a two week training camp with Slovenia’s national team coach, Damjan Canzek. Along with President of the Malta Weightlifting Association, Jesmond Caruana, athletes Yazmin Zammit Stevens, Elisia Scicluna and Shelby Mangion Vassallo are all currently preparing for international competitions in the near future, with the World University Games coming up first this August.

Zammit Stevens will be representing the University of Malta on the World Stage in Taipei at what will be her biggest competition yet. She is set to compete in the 63kg category on the 22nd of August against some of the World’s top athletes. Despite it being a very tough competition, she is aiming for big results in hopes of qualifying for next years Commonwealth Games in Australia. The training camp in Slovenia was especially planned prior to the World University Games to ensure Yazmin is in top shape for the competition.

The training camp will be a first for the youngest of the three athletes, 14 year old Shelby Mangion Vassallo, who will be preparing for the European Youth Championships that are to be held in Kosovo. The championships are of special importance as it is a qualification event for the Youth Olympic Games.

Elisia Scicluna, who has recently come back to competition after a minor operation in her knee, will also be benefitting from the training camp as part of her preparation towards the Mediterranean Cup to be held in Slovenia later on this year. Despite being fresh out of her recovering phase from injury, Scicluna has shown great determination and consistency in her lifts, lifting a solid total in her last national competition.

The athletes will be accompanied [...]

By |July 27th, 2017|News|Comments Off on Maltese female weightlifters for two week training camp in Slovenia|
  • Permalink Gallery

    A spectacular Bahamian send-off as Commonwealth Youth Games reach Caribbean crescendo

A spectacular Bahamian send-off as Commonwealth Youth Games reach Caribbean crescendo

23 July 2017

Some of the finest young athletes from across the globe tonight (23 July) brought the flag down on six unforgettable days of great sporting achievements and new Commonwealth friendships forged on the small island state of The Bahamas as the Commonwealth Youth Games came to an emotional end. Over 1000 young people mostly aged 14-18 from 63 nations and territories participated in an energetic Junkanoo carnival spectacular which formally ended what Commonwealth Games Federation President Louise Martin CBE has already billed “a turning point in the island’s incredible sporting history”

Commenting on the success of the VIth Commonwealth Games, CGF President Louise Martin CBE said: “The Bahamas have provided a spectacular sporting stage and cultural platform for the Commonwealth’s finest young athletes to shine. All Bahamians have welcomed our athletes, teams and officials with open hearts and open arms. In return, they can forever credit the Bahamas for helping nurture them as athletes and global sporting citizens. We cannot thank the Bahamas enough for all they have achieved and delivered in record time. The Commonwealth Youth Games are an unparalleled opportunity for nations to promote an inclusive and positive youth and sports development agenda. Through this shared focus on youth, I passionately believe that we have shaped the future together – developing and empowering the sporting stars and leaders of tomorrow.”

Over six days, 1010 athletes have competed for gold and glory across nine sports against a warm and welcoming sporting backdrop. A total of 96 Gold Medals were awarded across Aquatics, Athletics, Beach Soccer, Beach Volleyball, Boxing, Cycling (Road), Judo, Rugby Sevens and Tennis. Over half of the participating countries will take home medals (35 of 63 nations) with host nation Bahamas, [...]

By |July 26th, 2017|News|Comments Off on A spectacular Bahamian send-off as Commonwealth Youth Games reach Caribbean crescendo|
  • Permalink Gallery

    Bahamas make sporting history in the Commonwealth Youth Games

Bahamas make sporting history in the Commonwealth Youth Games

21 July 2017

With the first three days of competition concluded, the Bahamas 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games, which close this Sunday 23 July, reach their half-way point. All nine sports are underway, across two sporting complexes, including the Youth Games’ first ever presentations of Beach Soccer, Beach Volleyball, Judo and Women’s Boxing. Over 1,000 athletes are competing from 63 countries, many experiencing their first taste of international multi-sport competition. Medals have so far been awarded in Athletics, Aquatics, Cycling (Road) and Judo, with England, New Zealand and Scotland leading the medal tally.

Trinidad and Tobago have won their first ever Commonwealth Youth Games gold medal, thanks to Adell Colthrust’s 100m Men’s Final win, as have Bermuda, with Matthew Oliviera winning the Time Trial on the beautiful and baking-hot roads of New Providence. (Australia’s Madeleine Fasnacht won gold for the Women’s event).

Commonwealth Games Federation Chief Executive David Grevemberg CBE, said: “After a high-energy Opening Ceremony of Bahamian beats and Caribbean carnival, attention has turned to the field of play. It’s a spectacular sporting showcase of the Commonwealth’s aspiring and inspiring young athletes. “The Bahamas are on an impressive trajectory of sports hosting, which now includes the Commonwealth Youth Games with its 1300 athletes and officials from 63 countries across 9 sports. Every Bahamian should be rightly proud of all the work they have done to stage this significant event – and we’re all looking forward to an action and final-packed programme as we head into the closing weekend. The athletes are giving their all with thrilling performances that engage and inspire Bahamas’ local crowds and visiting friends and families”.

17-year old judoka Thomas Lish from England was awarded the first gold of the Games on 18 July [...]

By |July 24th, 2017|News|Comments Off on Bahamas make sporting history in the Commonwealth Youth Games|