NATIONAL LEAGUE – ROUND UP
DIV 1 – KALKARA SJ BACK AS SOLE LEADERS; DIV 2 – HAMRUN EDUCATION BAR A PROMOTED
Division One – Kalkara St Joseph moved a step closer to winning back-to-back national league titles after beating Birzebbugia Cox Sports Club 6-2 and fellow title contenders, Floriana Ajax A could only manage a 4-4 draw against Mosta Horseshoe Bar A. With only two games to go, Kalkara enjoys a 2-point lead over the Greens. From the other end of the table, Zejtun Beland Bullseye won another direct relegation encounter this time against Gudja POs Bar A 5-3 which moves them to safer grounds.
Division Two – After one year absence, Hamrun Education Bar A are back in division one after their win against Senglea M. Conquest 5-3 which also extended their unbeaten run to 12 games. Bugibba Munchies Pub only require one point from their last two matches to secure a historical promotion as they edged out Floriana Ajax B 5-3. Gudja POs Bar B secured an important point in their bid to stay in the division with a 4-4 draw against Mosta Bocci Club and stay two point ahead of their opponents.
Division Three – Hamrun Education Bar B moved up into 2nd place for the first time this season after they swept past Mgarr The Hatch 7-1. With only two games to go the reds are now favourites to join Mosta Horseshoe Bar B in division two next season.
Results Game-week 18/19 (21/04/2017)
Division 1 (GW18)
CHAMPIONSHIP DIV: Mosta Horseshoe Bar A v Floriana Ajax A 4-4; BBugia Cox Sports Club A v Kalkara St Joseph 2-6.
RELEGATION DIV: Gudja POs Bar A v Zejtun Beland Bullseye 3-5; Bormla Bocci Club v Zejtun Juventutis Domus 8-0.
Division 2 (GW18)
CHAMPIONSHIP DIV: Floriana Ajax B v Bugibba Munchies Pub 3-5; Senglea M. Conquest v Hamrun Education Bar A 3-5.
RELEGATION DIV: Cospicua Rangers v BBugia Cox Sports Club B 6-2; Mosta Bocci Club v Gudja POs Bar B 4-4.
Division 3 (GW19)
Hamrun Education Bar B v Mgarr The Hatch Sports Bar 7-1; Mosta Horseshoe Bar B v Mqabba St Mary BC 8-0; St Paul`s Diamonds v St. Venera Red Square 1-7.
Standings Game-week 18/19 (21/04/2017)
Division 1 (GW18)
CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION: 1st Kalkara St Joseph – 47 points; 2nd Floriana Ajax A – 45 points; 3rd Mosta Horseshoe Bar A – 35 points; 4th BBugia Cox Sports Club A – 14 points.
RELEGATION DIVISION: 5th Zejtun Beland Bullseye – 23 points; 6th Bormla Bocci Club – 21 points; 7th Gudja POs Bar A – 18 points; 8th Zejtun Juventutis Domus (relegated) – 2 points.
Division 2 (GW18)
CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION: 1st Hamrun Education Bar A (promoted) – 38 points; 2nd Bugibba Munchies Pub – 37 points; 3rd Senglea M. Conquest – 31 points; 4th Floriana Ajax B – 26 points.
RELEGATION DIVISION: 5th Cospicua Rangers – 34 points; 6th Gudja POs Bar B – 17 points; 7th Mosta Bocci Club – 15 points; 8th BBugia Cox Sports Club B (relegated) – 3 points.
Division 3 (GW19)
1st Mosta Horseshoe Bar B (champions) – 47 points; 2nd Hamrun Education Bar B – 33 points; 3rd Bugibba Intercontinental Sun City – 32 points; 4th St. Venera Red Square – 24 points; 5th Mqabba St. Mary BC – 15 points; 6th St Pauls Diamonds – 10 points; 7th Mgarr The Hatch Sports Bar – 4 points.
Fixtures Game-week 19/20 (28/04/2017)
CHAMPIONSHIP DIV: Kalkara St Joseph v Mosta Horseshoe Bar A; Floriana Ajax A v BBugia Cox Sports Club A.
RELEGATION DIV: Zejtun Beland Bullseye v Bormla Bocci Club.
CHAMPIONSHIP DIV: Senglea M. Conquest v Bugibba Munchies Pub; Hamrun Education Bar A v Floriana Ajax B.
RELEGATION DIV: Cospicua Rangers v Mosta Bocci Club; BBugia Cox Sports Club B v Gudja POs Bar B.
St. Venera Red Square v Hamrun Education Bar B; Bugibba Interc. Sun City v Mgarr The Hatch Sports Bar; Mqabba St Mary BC v St Paul`s Diamonds.
MALTA PREMIER LEAGUE OF DARTS – GAMEWEEK FIVE
N. ATTARD WINS AGAIN; B. ABELA CLAIMING HIS FIRST POINTS
The fifth week from the Malta Premier League of Darts took place at University of Malta`s Common Room with Norbert Attard, Godfrey Abela, John Agius and Brian Abela winning important matches with only two game weeks remaining before Finals night.
John Ciantar v Godfrey Abela 3-4
Two players starting the night on a two win two loss record opened proceedings with Godfrey Abela edging out John Ciantar in a final leg decider. Ciantar took a commanding 2-0 lead early in the match but an immediate reply from Abela saw him levelling out the match with wins in the 3rd and 4th leg. Ciantar re-claimed the lead with a win in the 5th leg but once again Abela levelled up the match with a 14-dart leg to take the match in a deciding leg. In a leg, which saw both players cancelling each other’s scores out was finally checked out by Abela which gave him his third consecutive win in this campaign and a step closer to securing a top four spot which would guarantees a spot in the National team taking part in the Mediterranean Cup next summer.
John Agius v Vincent Busutill 4-3
J.Agius back to winning ways after two straight defeats in a below par match against team mate Vincent Busutill. The first six legs ended all square so for the second time in the night the match would be decided in the seventh and final leg. The final leg ended up being a one-sided affair with Agius comfortably winning the leg to put his campaign back on track and now sits in fourth place on a 3-2 record.
Norbert Attard v Albert Scerri 4-1
Two players sitting in first and second position in the table faced each other in gameweek 5 with Attard continuing his good run of form to win his fifth match and yet to be beaten. Attard came out with all guns blazing as he took a 3-0 lead in no time with high scoring and efficient checkouts. Scerri avoided a whitewash with a win in the 4th leg but Attard picked off where he left a leg earlier to claim a 4-1 which saw him ending the night on a 107.10 first 9-dart and an 86.52 3-dart average. This win also guarantees him a place in the national team this summer.
Brian Abela v David Attard 4-3
B.Abela claimed his first win in this premier league season in style after coming back from a 0-3 deficit to win 4-3. Attard had numerous opportunities to take out the match in 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th leg with Abela seizing the opportunity every single time. This win also meant that Abela`s hopes of making the top four is still possible but no less than two wins in his last matches and a result or two going his way is required.
Standings: 1st N.Attard – (5-0) 2nd A.Scerri – (3-2); 3rd G.Abela – (3-2); 4th J.Agius – (3-2); 5th D.Attard, J.Ciantar – (2-3); 7th V.Busutill – (1-4); 8th B.Abela – (1-4).
Statistics: Best 3-dart average – N.Attard – 86.52; Best leg – N.Attard – 13; 180s – J.Ciantar, J.Agius, N.Attard, G.Abela – 1; Highest checkout – B.Abela – 96.
Streaming for this event can be found on the association`s YouTube channel – Malta Premier League of Darts 2016/17 – Day 5. The next event will take place on Wednesday 29th March 2017 at Red Bar, Kalkara with the first match scheduled to start at 20:00hrs.
RANKING TOURNAMENT – IV
ANDY KEEN WINS AT MOSTA HORSESHOE BAR
The fifth ranking tournament of the season saw Andy Keen claiming his first title this year. In the final he defeated Godfrey Abela with Albert Scerri and Brian Abela finishing in 3rd place. The next ranking tournaments are scheduled for 19th March at Kalkara St Joseph and the 26th March at Zejtun Domus.
Andre Zammit | Public Relations Officer | Malta Darts Association