A positive weekend for Malta in Table Football when last weekend Charlie Aquilina was crowned World Veteran Champion 2018.  The FISTF World Cup was held in Gibraltar.

The individual competitions were held on Saturday, with over 200 athletes from 18 countries.  In the Open category the Maltese players were Derek Conti, Massimo Cremona, Samuel Bartolo and Joseph Borg Bonaci.  They all passed the group stage.  Massimo Cremona beaten in the last 32 when he lost against Samuel Bartolo (3-0).  Derek Conti was beaten by Joseph Borg Bonaci (3-2) in the last 32 as well.  Samuel Bartolo made it to the last sixteen and was stopped by the Italian Saverio Bari (3-2).  Joseph Borg Bonaci obtained the best result in this category when he made it to the quarter final, but unfortunately was beater by the Belgian player Justin Leroy (2-1).  Matteo Ciccarelli won the title in this category.

Charlie Aquilina, Joseph Mifsud, Mario Camilleri, Jason Pisani and John Zammit represented Malta in the Veteran category.  They all passed the group stage.  Jason Pisani and John Zammit made it till last 32.  Jason Pisani played against the Spanish Luis Lopez and until the extra time they were draw, the game was decided by shots and unfortunately Pisani was beaten (4-3).  John Zammit played against John Field from Gibraltar and lost 4-3.  Joseph Mifsud and Mario Camilleri made it till the last 16.  Joseph Mifsud lost against Patrick Dean from Gibraltar (1-0) and Mario Camilleri lost against the Italian Gianfranco Calonico (1-0).  In this category the title came to Malta, when Charlie Aquilina continued to advance to the final.  Charlie Aquilina won the semi-final against the Italian Gianfranco Calonico (3-2).   The final was a very intensive game between the Maltese and the Belgian Pascal Scheen, but Aquilina was the winner with the score 2-1.  This title has a double meaning for Malta as we never won this title in this category.

Jurgen Balzan played in the under 19 category and made it to the quarter final.  He lost the quarter final against the Italian Nicolo Borgo (5-1).  Marco Di Vito was titled Champion in this category.

The team competitions were held on Sunday and Malta participated in both the Open and Veteran categories.  The Open team was formed by Derek Conti (Captain), Samuel Bartolo, Massimo Cremona, Joseph Borg Bonaci and Jurgen Balzan.  The Open team passed the group stage in second position and continued until the quarter final.  The quarter final was played against the Italian team.  Malta was winning in the first half, but Italy managed to draw in the second half and thus extra time had to be given.  Unfortunately, the Golden Goal by Matteo Ciccarelli stopped the Maltese team.  Spain was the winning team in this category.

The Veteran team was formed by Charlie Aqiulina (captain), Jason Pisani, Joseph Mifsud, Mario Camilleri and John Zammit.  Unfortunately, the veteran team did not pass the group stage.  The Italian team won this category.

The Maltese contingent arrived in Malta early today.  While the MTFSA congratulated Charlie Aquilina for bringing the title to Malta and making a name for himself, it also expressed that the association is proud that although it is a small association, it brings great honours to Malta.


Charlie Aquilina Champion tad-dinja

Tmiem il-ġimgħa pożittiv għall-Malta fi Table Football. Deheb għall-Malta meta Charlie Aquilina rebaħ it-titlu ta’ Champion tad-dinja.  It-tazza tad-dinja ġiet organiżżata ġewwa Ġibilta.

Is-Sibt kien hemm il-kompetizzjonijiet individwali, b’aktar minn mitejn atleta minn tmintax-il pajjiż differenti.  Malta ipparteċipat fil-kategorija ‘Open’ bil-plejers Derek Conti, Massimo Cremona, Samuel Bartolo u Joseph Borg Bonaci.  Kollha għaddew il-fażi tal-gruppi. Massimo Cremona wasal sal-aħħar 32 meta nqala mil-Malti Samuel Bartolo bl-iskor ta’ 3-0.  Derek Conti wkoll nqala fl-aħħar 32 kontra il-Malti Joseph Borġ Bonaċi fejn l-iskor kien 3-2.  Samuel Bartolo wasal sal-aħħar sittax u nqala mit-Taljan Saverio Bari bl-iskor ta’ 3-2.  Joseph Borġ Bonaċi kien l-aktar wieħed li avanza f’din il-kategorija meta wasal sal-kwarti tal-finali, imma sfortunatament ġie mwaqqaf mil-Belġjan Justin Leroy fejn tilef bl-iskor ta’ 2-1.  It-Taljan Matteo Ciccarelli kien ir-rebbieħ f’din il-kategorija b’hekk rebaħ it-titlu ta’ Champion tad-dinja.

Charlie Aquilina, Joseph Mifsud, Mario Camilleri, Jason Pisani flimkien ma’ John Żammit kienu qed jirrapreżentaw lil Malta fil-kategorija tal-veterani.  Il-Maltin kollha għaddew il-fażi tal-gruppi.  Jason Pisani u John Żammit waslu sal-aħħar 32. Jason Pisani lgħab kontra l-ispanjol Luis Lopez fejn sal-ħin barrani l-iskor baqa dak ta’ 2-2, b’hekk ingħataw ix-‘shots’ fejn l-ispanjol ħareġ rebbieħ (4-3).  John Żammit lgħab kontra l-plejer minn Ġibilta John Field u tilef bl-iskor ta’ 4-3.  Joseph Mifsud u Mario Camilleri wasslu sal-aħħar sittax.  Joseph Mifsud tilef il-logħba kontra l-plejer minn Ġibilta Patrick Dean (1-0) u Mario Camilleri tilef kontra l-plejer Taljan Gianfranco Calonico (1-0).  Izda f’din il-kategorija ħarġet rebbieħa Malta, meta l-plejer Malti Charlie Aquilina, baqa għaddej sakemm rebaħ l-unur ta’ Champion tad-dinja.  Charlie Aquilina rebaħ is-semifinali kontra t-Taljan Gianfranco Calonico (3-2).  Fil-finali kellu logħba intensiva kontra l-Belġjan Pascal Scheen, imma Aquilina ħareġ rebbieħ bl-iskor ta’ 2-1.  Dan l-unur jfisser ħafna għall-Maltin għax qatt ma ntrebaħ f’din il-kategorija.

Jurgen Balzan kien qed jirrapreżenta lill-Malta fil-kategorija ta’ taħt id-dsatax-il sena.  Jurgen Balzan wasal sal-kwarti tal-finali fejn lgħab kontra t-Taljan Nicolo Borgo u tilef bl-iskor ta’ 5-1.  Iċ- Champion ta’ din il-kategorija ntrebaħ mit-Taljan Marco Di Vito.

Il-Ħadd kien hemm il-kompetizzjonijiet tat-timijiet.  Malta ħadet sehem fil-kategoriji Open u Veteran.  It-tim ta’ l-Open kien iffurmat minn Derek Conti (Kaptan), Samuel Bartolo, Massimo Cremona, Joseph Borġ Bonaċi u Jurgen Balzan.  It-tim Malti għadda l-fażi tal-gruppi fit-tieni post u baqa sejjer sal-kwarti tal-finali.  Fil-kwarti tal-finali kellhom logħba kombatuta kontra tim Taljan, fejn sa tmien l-ewwel taqsima l-Maltin kienu minn fuq izda sa tmien irnexxilhom jġibu id-draw (1-1).  Fil-ħin barrani l-Maltin kienu sfortunati għax wara ftit ħin temmew l-avventura tagħhom bil-Golden Goal ta’ Matteo Ciccarelli.  Spanja rebħu t-titlu f’din il-kategorija.

It-Tim tal-Veterani kien iffurmat minn Charlie Aquilina (kaptan), Jason Pisani, Joseph Mifsud, Mario Camilleri u John Żammit.  Sfortunatament it-tim tal-veterani ma rnexxilhomx jgħaddu mil-fażi tal-gruppi.  It-Taljani rebħu din il-kategorija.

Il-kontinġent Malti wasal lura Malta kmieni dalgħodu.  L-MTFSA filwaqt li ferħet lil Charlie Aquilina għall-unur li ġab lil Malta u għalih personali, saħqet li tħossa kburija li għalkemm bħala assoċjazzjoni mhux kbira, jirnexxila tgħamel isem lill Malta bl-unuri li tikseb.