A good number of Maltese players took part in the FISTF International Open of Messina, a few days ago. The results obtained by the Maltese players are good and this is a good sign for the future of our sport. Also, most of the player’s that took part will be representing Malta in the next FISTF World Cup in France, this September.
The three players in the Open category qualified from their respective groups, with Massimo Cremona reaching the final. Hansel Mallia reached the quarter finals with good results in the group phase. Unfortunately he was eliminated by Italian player La Torre by three goals to one. Jean Tabone reached the semi-final, only to be beaten by Massimo Cremona by three goals to one. During a very beautifully played final, Massimo Cremona and Panebianco entertained the crowd with a two all draw. During the extra time, nothing changed and so the penalties had to be taken. It was here that Panebianco was a bit more accurate & won by four goals to three.
Two Maltese players took part in the Veteran category and both of them qualified from the group stage with very good results. Unfortunately for the Maltese players, they had to face each other in the quarter finals. It was Mario Camilleri who won the match by two goals to one, against John Zammit. In the semi-final, Mario won against Bruno Goset of Belgium by a single goal and then he met another Belgian player in the final. Pascal Scheen and Mario Camilleri played a very balanced match with both sides defending very well. It had to be a goal, minutes from the end that gave Mario the Veteran title at the International Open of Messina.
The Under 19 player Melvin Barun, had one of his best tournaments so far and after qualifying from the group stage, he won after penalties his semi-final match against Alessandro Natoli by five goals to four. In the final he met Italian Manzella and in a very close match, the Italian took the honours by three goals to two.