NATIONAL LEAGUE – ROUND UP
BUGIBBA MUNCHIES EXTEND THEIR LEAD IN DIVISION TWO
Division One – This week featured the first set of matches since the split in the division with title contenders Kalkara St Joseph and Floriana Ajax A continuing were they left off with comfortable wins against BBugia Cox Sports Club 8-0 and Mosta Horseshoe Bar A 6-2 respectively. In the relegation pool the only scheduled match ended all square between Zejtun Beland Bullseye and Gudja POs Bar A which leaves both teams level on fourteen points occupying the second bottom relegation spot.
Division Two – Bugibba Munchies Pub extended their lead at the top to four points after seeing off the challenge of Floriana Ajax B and Hamrun Education Bar A against Senglea M. Conquest ended in a 4-4 draw. This is the first time this season in which the leader of this division enjoys a lead bigger than three points and with only five games to go Bugibba can start dreaming of playing in the highest division next season. From the bottom side of the table a surprise 7-1 away win for Mosta Bocci Club over Gudja POs Bar B opened up the relegation wide open as now only three points separate these two teams.
Division Three – Mosta Horseshoe Bar B extended their unbeaten season to thirteen matches after comfortably defeating St Pauls Diamonds 7-1. A surprise defeat for Bugibba Inter. Sun City against St. Venera Red Square meant that leaders Mosta extended their lead to eleven points and now are almost certain to be crowned champions but also the promotion race is wide open with Hamrun Education Bar B trailing Bugibba by two points with a game in hand.
Results Game-week 15 (03/03/2017)
CHAMPIONSHIP DIV: Floriana Ajax A v Mosta Horseshoe Bar A 6-2; Kalkara St Joseph v BBugia Cox Sports Club A 8-0.
RELEGATION DIV: Zejtun Beland Bullseye v Gudja POs Bar A 4-4.
CHAMPIONSHIP DIV: Bugibba Munchies Pub v Floriana Ajax B 6-2; Hamrun Education Bar A v Senglea M. Conquest 4-4.
RELEGATION DIV: BBugia Cox Sports Club B v Cospicua Rangers 1-7; Gudja POs Bar B v Mosta Bocci Club 1-7.
Mosta Horseshoe Bar B v St Paul`s Diamonds 7-1; Mqabba St Mary BC v Mgarr The Hatch Sports Bar 7-1; Bugibba Interc. Sun City v St. Venera Red Square 2-6.
Standings Game-week 15 (03/03/2017)
CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION: 1st Kalkara St Joseph, Floriana Ajax A – 40 points; 3rd Mosta Horseshoe Bar A – 31 points; 4th BBugia Cox Sports Club A – 14 points.
RELEGATION DIVISION: 5th Bormla Bocci Club – 17 points; 6th Gudja POs Bar A, Zejtun Beland Bullseye – 14 points; 8th Zejtun Juventutis Domus – 2 points.
CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION: 1st Bugibba Munchies Pub – 33 points; 2nd Hamrun Education Bar A – 29 points; 3rd Senglea M. Conquest – 27 points; 4th Floriana Ajax B – 26 points.
RELEGATION DIVISION: 5th Cospicua Rangers – 27 points; 6th Gudja POs Bar B – 13 points; 7th Mosta Bocci Club – 10 points; 8th BBugia Cox Sports Club B – 3 points.
1st Mosta Horseshoe Bar B – 37 points; 2nd Bugibba Intercontinental Sun City – 26 points; 3rd Hamrun Education Bar B – 24 points; 4th St. Venera Red Square – 17 points; 5th Mqabba St. Mary BC – 15 points; 6th St Pauls Diamonds – 7 points; 7th Mgarr The Hatch Sports Bar – 4 points.
Fixtures Game-week 16 (10/03/2017)
CHAMPIONSHIP DIV: Mosta Horseshoe Bar A v Kalkara St Joseph; BBugia Cox Sports Club A v Floriana Ajax A.
RELEGATION DIV: Bormla Bocci Club v Zejtun Beland Bullseye.
CHAMPIONSHIP DIV: Floriana Ajax B v Hamrun Education Bar A; Senglea M. Conquest v Bugibba Munchies Pub.
RELEGATION DIV: Mosta Bocci Club v Cospicua Rangers; Gudja POs Bar B v BBugia Cox Sports Club B.
Division 3 – (Matches to be played on 17/03)
St. Venera Red Square v Mqabba St Mary BC; Hamrun Education Bar B v Mosta Horseshoe Bar B; St Paul`s Diamonds v Bugibba Interc. Sun City.
MALTA PREMIER LEAGUE OF DARTS – GAMEWEEK THREE
The third week from the Malta Premier League of Darts took place at Uncle Matts Kitchen, Marsascala which saw Norbert Attard and Albert Scerri continuing on their winning streak and Godfrey Abela, David Attard claiming their first wins in this competition.
Vincent Busutill v David Attard 1-4
D.Attard claimed his first win of this campaign as he defeated team mate V.Busutill in a match which saw both players not hitting top form. Attard took a 2-0 lead with Busutill replying back with a win in the third leg to reduce the deficit. This setback did not affect Attard as he made sure of victory with wins in the next two legs and now is level with Busutill in fourth place on one win and two defeats.
Albert Scerri v John Ciantar 4-1
A result which might suggest a one sided match but this was far away from what actually happened as both players performed exceptionally well with 3 darts averages of 80.34 for Ciantar and 88.98 for Scerri which is to date the tournament`s highest. The first two legs shared with Ciantar claiming the first on a 126 finish on the bull and Scerri replying on a 121 finish also on the bull in the second. Ciantar missed a couple of darts on the doubles in the next three legs which proved crucial as Scerri claimed all three for a third win as he remains unbeaten in this campaign.
John Agius v Norbert Attard 0-4
Two players with maximum points faced each other in the third match of the night with Attard coming up on top in a 4-0 whitewash win. Once again a result which might suggest a one-sided match but this wasn’t the case as the downfall for Agius was the handful missed darts at the doubles in the opening two legs.
Godfrey Abela v Brian Abela 4-1
Two players in search for their first win closed off the night with G.Abela winning against his team mate in a match which could have gone either way. B.Abela won the first leg and could have won the second, fourth and fifth leg as well but a couple of missed darts at the double proved costly as G.Abela seized the opportunity to claim his first win.
Standings: 1st A.Scerri, N.Attard – (3-0) 2nd J.Agius – (2-1); 4th G.Abela, V.Busutill, D.Attard, J.Ciantar – (1-2); 8th B.Abela – (0-3).
Statistics: Best 3-dart average – A.Scerri – 88.98; Best leg – N.Attard – 14; 180s – D.Attard – 1; Highest checkout – J.Ciantar – 126.
Streaming for this event can be found on the association`s YouTube channel – Malta Premier League of Darts 2016/17 – Day 3. The next event will take place on Wednesday 15th February 2017 at Sun City Bar, Bugibba with the first match scheduled to start at 20:00hrs.
SUPER CUP QUALIFIERS – II & III
The second and third Super Cup qualifiers took place last week with Kalkara St Joseph pair Gordon Stanmore and Chris Cohen qualifying for the second qualifier and Mario Tonna, Twanny Roberts booking their place at the last 32 stage in the third event.
The final qualifier is scheduled for Tuesday 21st February 2017 at Zejtun Domus with play commencing at 19:30.
RANKING TOURNAMENT – IV
ALBERT SCERRI WINS AT MARSA ST MICHAELS
The fourth ranking tournament of the season took place at Marsa St Michaels with Albert Scerri claiming his second consecutive title this year in an epic final match against Norbert Attard which was decided in a final leg 4-3. Godfrey Abela and Kirsten Aquilina finished in joint 3rd place and Joe Borg won the highest finish award.
The next ranking tournaments are scheduled for 5th March 2017 – Mosta Horseshoe Bar; 12th March – Cospicua Rangers; 19th March – Kalkara St Joseph.
Andre Zammit | Public Relations Officer | Malta Darts Association