The recent Open and Grand Prix of Malta were held in Valletta with 30 players from four nations taking part. On Saturday the Open final was a local derby between Derek Conti and Hansel Mallia. Conti took the honors after winning the game 4-1. Melvin Barun (U19), Riccardo Natoli (U15 and U12) and Belgium’s Pascal Scheen (veterans) were the other winners of the day. On Sunday, things become more serious with italians stars Daniele Bertelli and Massimiliano Nastasi taking part but in the end, it was another Maltese final with Mark Gauci defeating Massimo Cremona to claim the trophy. Melvin Barun (U19) and Riccardo Natoli (U15 and U12) won their categories again while in the veterans, Italy’s Patrizio Lazzaretti defeated Pascal Scheen in the final. There was also a team event and Valletta Subbuteo Club defeated Bormla Subbuteo Club in the final.
Last week-end the FISTF Open of Valletta took place with a good field of 24 Maltese players. Mark Gauci (Perugia) won the Open category. he defeated Hansel Mallia (Fiamme Azzurre) in the final. Jean Tabon and Massimo Cremona lost in the semis. Cremona won the veterans after his win in the final against Adrian Bonnici. The other individual winners were Melvin Barun (U19) and Nicolais Bugeja (U15). In the team event, only 4 teams were competing. Valletta SC finished on top of the group with Bormla as runner-up, Valletta Lions was third and Attard finished in fourth position.
Full results here: Open – La Vallette
This week-end there was subbuteo action in Malta where the club of Bormla organized a FISTF Satellite. In the end, the final game was an affait between players representing foreign clubs. Massimo Cremona (Reggio Emilia) defeated Jean Carl Tabone (Stembert) to win the trophy. Josef Camilleri and Mario Camilleri were the losing semi-finalists.
The Satellite of Bormla was the very first tournament of the season and only 12 players were competing in Malta last sunday. George Ebejer won the Open final against Jason Pisani. Charles Aquilina and Josef Camilleri lost the semis.
Full results: Satellite – Bormla
On April 25 and 26, the island of Malta was hosting two international events. On Saturday, Spain’s Juan Noguera (picture)won the International Open, defeating Mark Gauci in the final. Andrew Abela (U19), Jurgen Balzan (U15) and Thomas Ebejer (U12) won the youth sections while the veterans final was between two Maltese players with Jason Pisani defeating Charles Aquilina.
On Sunday, Samuel Bartolo beat Hansel Mallia in the final (see picture) of the individual grand prix. Andrew Abela (U19), Andrew Deguara (U15) and Thomas Ebejer (U12) won their respective categories while Massimo Cremona won the veterans section. The Reggio Emilia player beat Italy’s Lucio Cannichio in the final. Valletta Subbuteo Club took the honors by winning the team event.
As every third week-end of the month, there was no important FISTF tournament this week-end. All over Europe, there were several competitions for teams and here is a very brief summary of the national competitions.
AUSTRIA: TSC Royal 78 (Stefan Sandner, Alexander Haas, Heinz Eder and Murat Tünger) has become Austrian Cup winner. They beat TFC Wiener Neustadt in the semi and TFC Mattersburg in the final, a big performance.
ITALY: CCT Black & Blue Pisa (article picture) won the national Cup in San Benedetto (final against Fiamme Azzurre). The team of Perugia (picture) won the U19 tournament.
MALTA: the national championship for teams took place this week-end. The winners are Valletta Subbuteo Club (picture) while the Valletta Lions are runner-ups.
SPAIN: Congratulations to the team of Tiburones (picture) for winning the national title. During the week-end, invidual titles have also been awarded to David Gonzalez (Open), Ferran Coll (Veterans), Antonio J. Casín (U19), Antonio García Fernandez (U15), Kristian Sylagiev (U12).
BELGIUM: the third (of 4) day of the national league was played in Rochefort. After 12 games, SC Charleroi is still the leader of the league with 29 points while Rochefort TS have 28. Verviers-Herve (22), SC Stembert (20) and Brussels SC (20) are still competing to qualify for European cups. SC Eugies “B” is the leader of Division 2.
Last week-end the city of Valletta hosted the first Maltese tournament of the season. The International Open had 24 players taking part including Italy’s Massimiliano Nastasi. In the Open category. Samuel Bartolo defeated Mark Gauci in the final. Angelo Borg and Derek Conti lost in the semis. Andrew Abela won the U19 tournament, finishing on top of a group of 5 while Jurgen Balzan was the best U15. Seven teams competed in the team event, including four squads of the Valletta Lions. The A-team of Valletta Lions beat Valletta Subbuteo Club in the final (3-1) to claim the title.