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 FIVE
- 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.