NATIONAL LEAGUE – ROUND UP
RELEGATION BATTLE INTENSIFIES AFTER ZEJTUN BELAND WIN
Division One – A very exciting season is coming close to an end with only four gameweeks left to play with everything to play for at both sides of the table. At the top Kalkara St Joseph and Floriana Ajax A remain joint top on 43 points after wins over Mosta Horseshoe Bar A and BBugia Cox Sports Club. Zejtun Beland Bullseye produced a very important away win against fellow relegation contenders, Bormla Bocci Club 6-2 as the battle to remain in the division intensifies with three teams all square on 17 points, just one rung above bottom team Zejtun Juventutis Domus which are already condemned to play in division two next season.
Division Two – Hamrun Education Bar A moved one step closer to promotion as they swept past Floriana Ajax B 6-2 with Senglea M. Conquest only managing a 4-4 against leaders Bugibba Munchies Pub. Hamrun now enjoy a four point lead over Senglea and moved within two points of the leaders, Bugibba. From the lower end of the table Gudja POs Bar B cruised past BBugia Cox Sports Club B 7-1 and Mosta Bocci Club against Cospicua Rangers ending all square.
Results Game-week 16 (10/03/2017)
CHAMPIONSHIP DIV: Mosta Horseshoe Bar A v Kalkara St Joseph 3-5; BBugia Cox Sports Club A v Floriana Ajax A 1-7.
RELEGATION DIV: Bormla Bocci Club v Zejtun Beland Bullseye 2-6; Gudja POs Bar A v Zejtun Juventutis Domus 8-0.
CHAMPIONSHIP DIV: Floriana Ajax B v Hamrun Education Bar A 2-6; Bugibba Munchies Pub v Senglea M. Conquest 4-4.
RELEGATION DIV: Mosta Bocci Club v Cospicua Rangers 4-4; Gudja POs Bar B v BBugia Cox Sports Club B 7-1.
Standings Game-week 16 (10/03/2017)
CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION: 1st Kalkara St Joseph, Floriana Ajax A – 43 points; 3rd Mosta Horseshoe Bar A – 31 points; 4th BBugia Cox Sports Club A – 14 points.
RELEGATION DIVISION: 5th Bormla Bocci Club, Gudja POs Bar A, Zejtun Beland Bullseye – 17 points; 8th Zejtun Juventutis Domus – 2 points.
CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION: 1st Bugibba Munchies Pub – 34 points; 2nd Hamrun Education Bar A – 32 points; 3rd Senglea M. Conquest – 28 points; 4th Floriana Ajax B – 26 points.
RELEGATION DIVISION: 5th Cospicua Rangers – 28 points; 6th Gudja POs Bar B – 16 points; 7th Mosta Bocci Club – 11 points; 8th BBugia Cox Sports Club B – 3 points.
Fixtures Game-week 17 (24/03/2017)
CHAMPIONSHIP DIV: Kalkara St Joseph v Floriana Ajax A; BBugia Cox Sports Club A v Mosta Horseshoe Bar A.
RELEGATION DIV: Gudja POs Bar A v Bormla Bocci Club.
CHAMPIONSHIP DIV: Hamrun Education Bar A v Bugibba Munchies Pub; Floriana Ajax B v Senglea M. Conquest.
RELEGATION DIV: Cospicua Rangers v Gudja POs Bar B; Mosta Bocci Club v BBugia Cox Sports Club B.
Division 3 – (Matches to be played on 17/03/2017)
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 FOUR
The fourth week from the Malta Premier League of Darts took place at Sun City Bar, Bugibba which saw Norbert Attard making it four in four and Godfrey Abela, David Attard and John Ciantar claiming their second win in this campaign.
Godfrey Abela v John Agius 4-2
G.Abela continued where he left last week with a second consecutive win, this time against J.Agius. Abela took the lead by winning the first leg but a lapse in form saw him missing numerous doubles and found himself 2-1 down. The fourth leg was crucial with Abela winning the leg in only 13 darts which gave him confidence as he upped his game in the next two legs for a 4-2 victory. On the night G.Abela 3-dart average of 83.01 was the highest of all eight players.
David Attard v Albert Scerri 4-3
This was a must win match for D.Attard to keep his hopes alive of finishing in the top 4 which would guarantee a place in the National team for next summer`s Mediterranean cup in France. Attard started the better of the two and took a 2-0 lead and should have extended his lead even further but 3 darts missed at the double in the 3rd leg saw Scerri taking advantage to reduce the deficit. The next three legs all went with throw with Scerri winning the 4th, 6th leg and Attard winning the 5th leg which meant that the 7th and final leg was required to determine the winner. Attard came out on top which condemned Scerri to his first loss in this competition.
John Ciantar v Brian Abela 4-3
Two players in need of a win faced each other in the 3rd match of the night with J.Ciantar taking the points in a final leg decider. The first two legs were shared with Ciantar taking the first and Abela the second. The third leg saw Ciantar hitting two 180s to take the lead once again. Wins in the 4th and 5th legs saw Abela take the lead for the first time but there was another twist in the match with Ciantar winning the last two legs for a 4-3 victory which put him on a 2W-2L record in sixth place.
Vincent Busutill v Norbert Attard 3-4
The final match of the night saw Floriana Ajax team-mates face each other with Attard looking to maintain his winning streak and Busutill looking to bounce back after two consecutive defeats have left him in the bottom half. After four legs the score was all square with Attard winning the 1st and 4th leg and Busutill winning the 2nd and 3rd leg. Attard won the 5th leg with Busutill replying immediately in winning the 6th leg which saw both players miss a dart for a high checkout of 140, 160. The 7th and final leg would once again determine the winner with Attard coming out on top to make it four wins in four.
Standings: 1st N.Attard – (4-0) 2nd A.Scerri – (3-1); 3rd D.Attard – (2-2); 4th G.Abela – (2-2); 5th J.Agius – (2-2); 6th John Ciantar – (2-2); 7th Vincent Busutill – (1-3); 8th B.Abela – (0-4).
Statistics: Best 3-dart average – G.Abela – 83.01; Best leg – G.Abela – 13; 180s – J.Ciantar – 2; Highest checkout – B.Abela – 100.
Streaming for this event can be found on the association`s YouTube channel – Malta Premier League of Darts 2016/17 – Day 4. The next event will take place on Wednesday 8th March 2017 at Common Room at University of Malta campus with the first match scheduled to start at 20:00hrs.
Andre Zammit | Public Relations Officer | Malta Darts Association