DIVISION 1 – Leaders Kalkara St Joseph extended their winning streak to 10 matches now as they comfortably defeated Bormla Bocci Club 8-0. Floriana Ajax A kept the pace with the leaders as they beat Gudja POs Bar A 6-2 and with only three points separating the two teams anything can still happen. Mosta Horseshoe Bar cemented third place in the standings with another comfortable win against BBugia Cox Sports Club A and despite trailing the leaders by 8 points they are also not out of the title race.
DIVISION 2 – This is the most competitive division this season with no less than four teams led the division at one stage. At the weekend Bugibba Munchies Pub edged out Floriana Ajax B 5-3 in a top of the table clash. A defeat for Floriana Ajax B meant that they now find themselves in fourth place with Hamrun Education Bar A and Cospicua Rangers winning against BBugia Cox Sports Club B and Mosta Bocci Club respectively. Senglea M. Conquest kept the pace with the front teams with a had fought victory against Gudja POs Bar B and only trail the leaders by 3 points in fourth place. The top four face each other next week with Hamrun Education Bar A taking on Cospicua Rangers and Senglea M. Conquest hosting leaders Bugibba Munchies Pub.
DIVISION 3 – A surprise win for Mqabba St Mary`s at the weekend against unbeaten Bugibba Sun City meant that Mosta Horseshoe Bar B now have some breathing space at the top between them and Sun City in second place. Hamrun Education Bar B defeated St Pauls Diamonds 5-3 which kept their promotion hopes alive and now trial Sun City by five points. Next week these two teams face each other in a do-or-die match for Hamrun.
Results Game-week 10 (13/01/2017)
Bormla Bocci Club v Kalkara St Joseph 0-8; Floriana Ajax A v Gudja POs Bar A 6-2; Mosta Horseshoe Bar A v BBugia Cox Sports Club A 8-0; Zejtun Beland Bullseye v Zejtun Juventutis Domus 8-0.
Gudja POs Bar B v Senglea M. Conquest 3-5; BBugia Cox Sports Club B v Hamrun Education Bar A 1-7; Cospicua Rangers v Mosta Bocci Club 6-2; Bugibba Munchies Pub v Floriana Ajax B 5-3.
Hamrun Education Bar B v St Paul`s Diamonds 5-3; Mqabba St Mary BC v Bugibba Interc. Sun City 5-3; Mgarr The Hatch Sports Bar v Mosta Horseshoe Bar B 0-8.
Standings Game-week 10 (13/01/2017)
1st Kalkara St Joseph – 30 points; 2nd Floriana Ajax A – 27 points; 3rd Mosta Horseshoe Bar A – 22 points; 4th Zejtun Beland Bullseye – 10 points; 5th Gudja POs Bar A – 9 points; 6th Bormla Bocci Club – 8 points; 7th BBugia Cox Sports Club A – 7 points; 8th Zejtun Juventutis Domus – 2 points.
1st Bugibba Munchies Pub – 21 points; 2nd Hamrun Education Bar A – 20 points; 3rd Cospicua Rangers – 19 points; 4th Floriana Ajax B, Senglea M. Conquest – 18 points; 6th Mosta Bocci Club, Gudja POs Bar B – 7 points; 8th BBugia Cox Sports Club B – 3 points.
1st Mosta Horseshoe Bar B – 25 points; 2nd Bugibba Intercontinental Sun City – 20 points; 3rd Hamrun Education Bar B – 15 points; 4th Mqabba St Mary BC– 11 points; 5th St. Venera Red Square – 8 points; 7th Mgarr The Hatch Sports Bar – 4 points; 8th St Pauls Diamonds – 3 points.
Fixtures Game-week 11 (20/01/2017)
Gudja POs Bar A v Zejtun Beland Bullseye; Kalkara St Joseph v Mosta Horseshoe Bar A; BBugia Cox Sports Club A v Floriana Ajax A
Hamrun Education Bar A v Cospicua Rangers; Senglea M. Conquest v Bugibba Munchies Pub; Mosta Bocci Club v Gudja POs Bar B; Floriana Ajax B v BBugia Cox Sports Club B.
St Paul`s Diamonds v Mgarr The Hatch Sports Bar; Bugibba Interc. Sun City v Hamrun Education Bar B; Mosta Horseshoe Bar B v St. Venera Red Square.
MALTA PREMIER LEAGUE OF DARTS – GAMEWEEK ONE
The first edition of the Malta Premier League of Darts got underway last week with game week one taking place at Lija Bocci Club.
Norbert Attard v David Attard 4-3
The first match featured brothers David and Norbert Attard, with the latter coming up on top in a 4-3 victory. N. Attard took the opening two legs with D. Attard levelling up the score taking the 3rd and 4th leg. The next two legs were also shared so the match went into a deciding leg with Norbert coming up on top in a closely balanced out match.
John Agius v John Ciantar 4-3
The second match also went into a deciding leg with John Agius claiming the win over John Ciantar. Ciantar took a two leg lead but a comeback by Agius saw the score reversed in his favour. An 84 checkout on the bull saw Ciantar level up the score again but in the 7th and final leg he missing four darts at the double which Agius took advantage of to claim the win.
Vincent Busutill v Brian Abela 4-0
The best performance of the night came from veteran player Vincent Busutill with a whitewash victory over Brian Abela. Busutill ended the night on an 83.49 three dart average, 100% checkout success and 140 check-out in the third leg.
Albert Scerri v Godfrey Abela 4-3
The last match of the night was another closely contested match between team mates Albert Scerri and Godfrey Abela. Abela started the better of the two and took a two leg lead but some high scoring from Scerri saw the match all square after 4 legs. Abela re-took the lead but Scerri replied straight away so for the third time in the night a match was going to be decided in the last leg. Both players matched each other’s scores but when it came to the winning double Scerri came on top to register the win.
Standings: 1st V.Busutill, A.Scerri, N.Attard, J.Agius – (1-0); 5th G.Abela, D.Attard, B.Abela, J.Ciantar – (0-1).
Statistics: Best 3-dart average – V. Busutill – 83.49; Best leg – N.Attard & G.Abela – 13; 180s – N.Attard, J.Agius, A.Scerri, J.Ciantar – 1; Highest checkout – V.Busutill – 140.
Streaming for this event can be found on the association`s YouTube channel – Malta Premier League of Darts 2016/17. The next event will take place on Wednesday 18th January 2017 at the 120 Bar, Mellieha with the first match scheduled to start at 20:00hrs.
RANKING TOURNAMENT – II
NORBERT ATTARD WINS AT MQABBA LILY BAND CLUB
The second ranking tournament took us to Mqabba with Norbert Attard continuing on his good form and taking the title in the final against Godfrey Abela. John Ciantar and Brian Abela finished in joint 3rd place.
The next ranking tournaments will be on 22nd January 2017 at Tottenham Hotspurs in Valletta.
5 A SIDE CUP COMPETITION – END OF GROUP STAGES & KNOCKOUT DRAWS
The final group matches for the 5 a-side competition took place last week with Senglea M. Conquest, Gudja POs Bar B and Hamrun Education Bar A claiming the last three qualification spots which were still undecided.
The draw for the quarter final matches which featured 5 teams from division one and 3 teams from division two took place and paired up the following matches:
Top Half – Birzebbugia Cox Sports Club v Senglea M. Conquest and Mosta Horseshoe Bar A v Hamrun Education Bar A.
Botom Half – Floriana Ajax A v Gudja POs Bar B and Kalkara St Joseph v Zejtun Beland Bullseye.
The first legs are scheduled to take place on 01/03 with the return leg on 22/03.
4 A SIDE CUP COMPETITION – KNOCKOUT DRAWS
The draws for the 4 a-side cup took place and five preliminaries are required to shape up the round of 16.
Preliminary matches: (1) Kalkara St Joseph A v Zejtun Beland Bullseye B; (2) Floriana Ajax A v Gudja POs Bar A; (3) Mosta Horseshoe Bar A v Floriana Ajax C; (4) St Pauls Diamonds v St. Venera Red Square; (5) Hamrun Education Bar B v Floriana Ajax D.
Round of 16:
Top Half – Winner Prelim. 1 v Mosta Horseshoe Bar B; Mosta Horseshoe Bar C v Zejtun Beland Bullseye A; Winner Prelim. 2 v Gudja POs Bar B; Floriana Ajax B v Mosta Bocci Club.
Bottom Half – Winner Prelim. 3 v Hamrun Education Bar A; Cospicua Rangers v Bugibba Sun City Bar; Winner Prelim. 4 v Senglea M. Conquest; Winner Prelim. 5 v Kalkara St Joseph B.