Division One – Gameweek 13 produced no upsets as all three title contenders comfortably won which keeps Kalkara St Joseph and Floriana Ajax A top of the league with Mosta Horseshoe Bar A three points behind. In the other match BBugia Cox Sports Club A and Gudja POs Bar A shared the points in a 4-4 draw. Next week features the last round of matches before teams are split into Championship and Relegation division. One place is still up for grabs in the Championship division with no less than four teams still fighting for that spot: Gudja POs Bar A, Zejtun Beland Bullseye both on 13 points followed by BBugia Cox Sports Club A and Bormla Bocci Club two points behind.
Division Two – Bugibba Munchies Pub took full advantage of the remaining four title contenders drawing their matches this week as they defeated Mosta Bocci Club 5-3. Hamrun Education Bar A, Bugibba Munchies Pub and Senglea M. Conquest have all secured their place in the Championship division with the last spot still to be decided next week with Floriana Ajax B holding a two-point advantage over Cospicua Rangers.
Division Three – With leaders Mosta Horseshoe Bar B not in action this week, Bugibba Sun City`s win against Mgarr The Hatch meant that the lead at the top has been reduced to five points. Hamrun Education Bar B kept their hopes of promotion alive with a 5-3 win over St. Venera Red Square. The remaining match from this division saw St Paul`s Diamonds and Mqabba St Mary share the points.
Results Game-week 13 (17/02/2017)
BBugia Cox Sports Club A v Gudja POs Bar A 4-4; Bormla Bocci Club v Floriana Ajax A 0-8; Mosta Horseshoe Bar A v Zejtun Juventutis Domus 8-0; Kalkara St Joseph v Zejtun Beland Bullseye 6-2.
Floriana Ajax B v Hamrun Education Bar A 4-4; Gudja POs Bar B v BBugia Cox Sports Club B 8-0; Bugibba Munchies Pub v Mosta Bocci Club 5-3; Senglea M. Conquest v Cospicua Rangers 4-4.
Hamrun Education Bar B v St. Venera Red Square 5-3; Mgarr The Hatch Sports Bar v Bugibba Interc. Sun City 2-6; St Paul`s Diamonds v Mqabba St Mary BC 4-4.
Standings Game-week 13 (17/02/2017)
1st Kalkara St Joseph – 34 points; 2nd Floriana Ajax A – 34 points; 3rd Mosta Horseshoe Bar A – 31 points; 4th Gudja POs Bar A – 13 points; 5th Zejtun Beland Bullseye – 13 points; 6th BBugia Cox Sports Club A – 11 points; 7th Bormla Bocci Club – 11 points; 8th Zejtun Juventutis Domus – 2 points.
1st Hamrun Education Bar A – 27 points; 2nd Bugibba Munchies Pub – 27 points; 3rd Senglea M. Conquest – 25 points; 4th Floriana Ajax B – 23 points; 5th Cospicua Rangers – 21 points; 6th Gudja POs Bar B – 13 points; 7th Mosta Bocci Club – 7 points; 8th BBugia Cox Sports Club B – 3 points.
1st Mosta Horseshoe Bar B – 31 points; 2nd Bugibba Intercontinental Sun City – 26 points; 3rd Hamrun Education Bar B – 21 points; 4th Mqabba St Mary BC – 12 points; 5th St. Venera Red Square – 11 points; 6th St Pauls Diamonds – 7 points; 7th Mgarr The Hatch Sports Bar – 4 points.
Fixtures Game-week 14 (24/02/2017)
Floriana Ajax A v Mosta Horseshoe Bar A; Gudja POs Bar A v Kalkara St Joseph; Zejtun Juventutis Domus v BBugia Cox Sports Club A; Zejtun Beland Bullseye v Bormla Bocci Club.
BBugia Cox Sports Club B v Bugibba Munchies Pub; Hamrun Education Bar A v Senglea M. Conquest; Mosta Bocci Club v Floriana Ajax B; Cospicua Rangers v Gudja POs Bar B.
Mgarr The Hatch Sports Bar v St. Venera Red Square; Mosta Horseshoe Bar B v Bugibba Interc. Sun City; Mqabba St Mary BC v Hamrun Education Bar B.
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.