GAME OF THE WEEK / ROUND-UP
DIVISION ONE – HONOURS EVEN IN THRILLING DRAW
Division One – The much-anticipated top-of-the-table National League match between Kalkara St Joseph and Floriana Ajax A ended all square with both teams producing exceptional play. Norbert Attard gave the visitors the lead winning the opening game but an immediate reply by the reds saw them winning three consecutive games for a 3-1 lead at the midway point. Wins for Kalkara coming through Kirsten Aquilna and Mario Aquilina in the singles and the same pair in the doubles. Floriana reduced the gap with Vincent Busutill winning the 5th game with Kalkara replying immediately through Andy Keen to secure a point. A late rally from the Greens saw them winning the last two games through David Attard in the singles and Vincent Busutill/John Ciantar in the pairs to secure a hard-fought point which keeps both teams leading the way on 44 points with only 3 matches left. In other matches from the division Mosta Horseshoe Bar A defeated BBugia Cox Sports Club 6-2 and from the lower part of the table a 4-4 draw between Gudja POs Bar A and Bormla Bocci Club meant that Zejtun Beland Bullseye move out of the relegation places after an 8-0 walk-over victory over Zejtun Juventutis Domus.
Division Two – Hamrun Education Bar A produced a great performance in defeating leaders Bugibba Munchies Pub 6-2 and now lead the way on 35 points, one ahead of Bugibba. A win for Senglea M. Conquest over Floriana Ajax B kept their promotion hopes alive as they now trail Munchies in second place by three points.
Division Three – Mosta Horseshoe Bar B went into gameweek 17 needing a point to be officially crowned champions and they did it in style by whitewashing bottom side Mgarr The Hatch 8-0. Promotion contenders Bugibba Sun City and Hamrun Education Bar B both win hard fought matches against Mqabba St Mary BC and St Pauls Diamonds respectively.
Results Game-week 17 (24/03/2017)
CHAMPIONSHIP DIV: Kalkara St Joseph v Floriana Ajax A 4-4; BBugia Cox Sports Club A v Mosta Horseshoe Bar A 2-6.
RELEGATION DIV: Gudja POs Bar A v Bormla Bocci Club 4-4; Zejtun Beland Bullseye v Zejtun Juventutis Domus 8-0.
CHAMPIONSHIP DIV: Hamrun Education Bar A v Bugibba Munchies Pub 6-2; Floriana Ajax B v Senglea M. Conquest 2-6.
RELEGATION DIV: Cospicua Rangers v Gudja POs Bar B 5-3; Mosta Bocci Club v BBugia Cox Sports Club B 7-1.
St Paul`s Diamonds v Hamrun Education Bar B 3-5; Bugibba Interc. Sun City v Mqabba St Mary BC 5-3; Mosta Horseshoe Bar B v Mgarr The Hatch Sports Bar 8-0.
Standings Game-week 17 (24/03/2017)
CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION: 1st Kalkara St Joseph, Floriana Ajax A – 44 points; 3rd Mosta Horseshoe Bar A – 34 points; 4th BBugia Cox Sports Club A – 14 points.
RELEGATION DIVISION: 5th Zejtun Beland Bullseye – 20 points; 6th Bormla Bocci Club, Gudja POs Bar A – 18 points; 8th Zejtun Juventutis Domus (relegated) – 2 points.
CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION: 1st Hamrun Education Bar A – 35 points; 2nd Bugibba Munchies Pub – 34 points; 3rd Senglea M. Conquest – 31 points; 4th Floriana Ajax B – 26 points.
RELEGATION DIVISION: 5th Cospicua Rangers – 31 points; 6th Gudja POs Bar B – 16 points; 7th Mosta Bocci Club – 14 points; 8th BBugia Cox Sports Club B (relegated) – 3 points.
1st Mosta Horseshoe Bar B (champions) – 43 points; 2nd Bugibba Intercontinental Sun City – 32 points; 3rd Hamrun Education Bar B – 27 points; 4th St. Venera Red Square – 20 points; 5th Mqabba St. Mary BC – 15 points; 6th St Pauls Diamonds – 7 points; 7th Mgarr The Hatch Sports Bar – 4 points.
Fixtures Game-week 18
Division 1 (21/04/2017)
CHAMPIONSHIP DIV: Mosta Horseshoe Bar A v Floriana Ajax A; BBugia Cox Sports Club A v Kalkara St Joseph.
RELEGATION DIV: Gudja POs Bar A v Zejtun Beland Bullseye.
Division 2 (21/04/2017)
CHAMPIONSHIP DIV: Floriana Ajax B v Bugibba Munchies Pub; Senglea M. Conquest v Hamrun Education Bar A.
RELEGATION DIV: Cospicua Rangers v BBugia Cox Sports Club B; Mosta Bocci Club v Gudja POs Bar B.
Division 3 (30/03/2017)
Mgarr The Hatch Sports Bar v St Paul`s Diamonds; Hamrun Education Bar B v Bugibba Interc. Sun City; St. Venera Red Square v Mosta Horseshoe Bar B.
RANKING TOURNAMENT – VII
NORBERT ATTARD NETS HIS SECOND TITLE
Norbert Attard claims his second title of the season at the Kalkara St Joseph ranking tournament after earlier in the season winning the Mqabba St Mary BC event. En route to the final, Attard swept past A.Scerri, S.Agius and A.Keen 3-0 and G.Stanmore 4-0 in the semi-final. In the final he saw of the challenge of fellow Floriana Ajax team-mate, John Ciantar 5-3. This tournament was played in the honour of Charles Ghiller, one of the all-time best local darts players who left this world late last year.
5 A SIDE CUP COMPETITION – QUARTER FINALS
The return leg from the quarter final stage in the 5 a-side cup competition took place with Mosta Horseshoe Bar, Floriana Ajax A, Kalkara St Joseph and BBugia Cox Sports Club securing a place at the semi-final stage. All the scores from the scheduled matches were as follows:
Results: Senglea M. Conquest v BBugia Cox Sports Club 1-4 (Agg: 4-6); Hamrun Education Bar A v Mosta Horseshoe Bar 2-3 (Agg: 3-7); Gudja POs Bar B v Floriana Ajax A 0-5 (Agg: 0-5); Zejtun Beland Bullseye v Kalkara St Joseph 0-5 (Agg: 1-9).
Semi-Final draws: BBugia Cox Sports Club v Mosta Horseshoe Bar and Floriana Ajax A v Kalkara St Joseph scheduled to be played on 06/04 and 19/04.
4 A SIDE CUP COMPETITION – QUARTER FINALS
The first leg from the quarter final stage in the 4 a-side cup competition took place with Mosta Horseshoe Bar A, Floriana Ajax A and both Kalkara St Joseph teams taking a lead into the return leg scheduled for 28/03.
Results: Kalkara St Joseph A v Mosta Horseshoe Bar C 10-6; Floriana Ajax A v Floriana Ajax B 11-5; Mosta Horseshoe Bar A v Cospicua Rangers 13-3; Senglea M. Conquest v Kalkara St Joseph B 3-13.