Cyprus Tournament for local volleyball referee

International Volleyball referee Mr. Frankie Tanti will be in Nicosia, Cyprus, this coming weekend as one of the group of referees appointed by the European Volleyball Confederation (CEV) for the Men’s U/20 European Championships (Small Countries Division). Six teams will be taking part in this competition, these being Cyprus, Faroe Islands, Luxembourg, Northern Ireland, San Marino and Scotland. The qualification matches for this tournament will be played on Friday, whilst the semi-finals between the top teams in each group will be played on Saturday. Sunday will be dedicated to the final matches to determine the final classification.

Mr. Tanti will be making part of a group of six referees appointed to officiate the matches from this tournament.

Frankie Tanti Photo Reffing 3

Photo Credit: MarK Soler MSfotography.net

 

Balzan Flyers Crosscraft beat Fleur de Lys Twistees to go on Top

The match of the weekend saw Balzan Flyers Crosscraft overcome Fleur de Lys Twistees in a very balanced match to gain two points that saw them overtake Paola at the top of the Ladies’ Super League, with the clash between Balzan and Paola this coming weekend becoming all the more interesting. In the Men’s League, Valletta Mapei overcame Fleur de Lys Twistees to obtain their eighth win of the season and consolidate their top spot before the start of the playoffs.

Balzan Flyers started the match playing their best volleyball, flying off to a 20-14 score midway through the first set. However, Fleur de Lys Twistees managed to make a comeback by improving their reception and defence; however they could not stop Balzan taking the first set 25-23. Balzan Flyers continued playing well in the second set, with Zane Maly obtaining important points for her team and give them another advantage in the second set. But Fleur de Lys had other thoughts for this set, and with Belinda Milton and Catherine Attard combining well with their setters, they overturned this set in their favour.

The third set could have gone either side, but FDL nudged forward at the end to turn their match in their favour, with youngster Mikaela Galea getting some important points for her team. Fleur de Lys continued playing well, with Thais Gatt showing super defending skills, but Balzan Flyers’ attackers were managing to combine better with Dorianne Caruana Bonnici’s sets, with the latter equalising the match by winning the fourth set 25-19. The deciding set started as a balanced affair until 8-8, but once Balzan took a two point advantage, Fleur de Lys could not manage to stop them taking the fifth set and the match 3-2 after 2 hours and 15 minutes of play.

The other match from the Ladies’ Super League saw Balzan Flyers 2 obtain a very important win against Mellieha, with the latter taking the first set 25-20, before succumbing to Balzan’s better organisation in the next three sets.

In the Men’s League, Valletta Mapei obtained another win, the eighth one of the season, which sees them lead the standings with maximum points. The first set was quite a see-saw affair, until Valletta obtained two points at the very end to take it 25-23. Valletta’s Robert Balzan was instrumental at the beginning of the second one, giving his team a 5-0 advantage. However, his team’s service reception was quite erratic, with Fleur de Lys first turning the score 16-12 in their favour, and then close it at 25- 23. The third set started out quite balanced, with FDL Twistees going 8-7 up at the first technical time out. However, Ron Stivala’s service run caused havoc in their service reception, with Valletta turning the score in their favour. Valletta kept playing well in the fourth one, deservedly winning this set, although Fleur de Lys’ Marek Gala kept his team alive until the very end.

Sliema Wanderers kept their hopes alive in the Ladies’ 1st Division by beating Swieqi Phoenix 3-0. Linda Margetiakova and Kim Grech’s services gave Sliema valuable points, with Phoenix, who had some of their players playing in different roles, taking long to start playing in the first two sets. Darina Ilieva helped Phoenix stay in touch in the third set, however Sliema kept playing well to take this set 25-19 and the match 3-0.

Photo FDL vs FLYPhoto Credits: Mark Soler – msphotography.net

Inter-Schools Tournament 07-03-16

The Malta Volleyball Association together with the Sports Promotion Unit within Sport Malta have organized an Inter Schools Volleyball Tournament on 07-03-16. The students were all Boys from Form 3 & 4 from Pembroke, Hamrun, Verdala, Stella Maris, St. Venera & Naxxar Boys secondary Schools. In Total there were 24 teams playing 3 vs 3 Volleyball

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Top teams achieve important wins

The teams leading the standings in the various Seniors’ competitions organised by the Malta Volleyball Association have all maintained their rhythm, although not all manged to obtain straightforward wins against their opponents.

In the Men’s League, both Valletta Mapei and Fleur de Lys Twistees lost a set in their 3-1 wins against Aloysians and Mgarr respectively.  The Citizens started their match against the Birkirkara side on a high note, taking the first set 25-13, and went 2-0 up by taking the next one 25-22.  However, Aloysians managed to crawl back into the game by taking the third one; however this was not enough to stop Valletta from obtaining their seventh win this season.

From their part, Fleur de Lys found the going tough against Mgarr, with the latter managing to keep close in most sets.  However, Mgarr committed too many mistakes, especially when serving, with Fleur de Lys, for whom Darren Bugeja had a good match, obtaining their fourth win of the season.

Paola and Balzan Flyers Crosscraft kept marching on in the Ladies’ Super League, however although the latter found the going quite easy, Paola had to work hard to obtain three important points against a very determined Balzan Flyers 2 side.  It all seemed plain sailing for Paola after the first set (25-6), however Balzan 2 came back strongly in the other sets, and ably led by setter Mariella Zahra, they took the third one and stretched Paola in the other ones.

Balzan Flyers Crosscraft stayed glued to Paola at the top of the standings beating Mellieha Tritones 3-0 in a rather straightforward match, with the latter obtaining some good points through their strong services, but then finding it difficult to stop Balzan Flyers’ attackers at the net.

In the Ladies’ 1st Division, both Playvolley General Membrane and Sliema Wanderers continued to amass points at the top of the standings, although third placed Swieqi Phoenix, who were not in action this weekend, could still push them hard.  Playvolley beat a spirited Birkirkara side 3-0, whilst Sliema were made to work harder by an improved Mgarr side, winning 3-1 in the end.

Weekend Results:

Ladies Super League:

Balzan Flyers Crosscraft 2 – Paola Volley                                 1-3 (6-25, 21-25, 25-22, 19-25)

Balzan Flyers Crosscraft – Mellieha Tritones                         3-0 (25-21, 25-16, 25-16)

Ladies 1st Division

Birkirkara VC – Playvolley General Membrane                     0-3 (20-25, 26-28, 16-25)

Sliema Wanderers VC – Mgarr VC                                             3-1 (25-18, 24-26, 25-14, 25-22)

Men’s Super League:

Mgarr VC – Fleur de Lys Twistees                                             1-3 (21-25, 17-25, 27-25, 23-25)

Aloysians VC – Valletta Mapei                                                    1-3 (13-25, 22-25, 25-21, 22-25)

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Birkirkara vs Playvolley General Membrane

Photos credited to Mr. Mark Soler- msfotography.net

Malta Volleyball Association appoints Technical Director

Embargoed 29th February 2016

The appointment of Edvaldo has to be seen as one of the cornerstones of our plan, that of building the foundations for the future of the game. – Jesmond Saliba President

 The Malta Volleyball Association has appointed Edvaldo Carvalho da Silva as its Technical Director. Carvalho da Silva has been entrusted with the MVA’s principal project, that of popularising the game of volleyball amongst the younger generations, and building the foundations for the future of the game. The Technical Director will also be the head coach of the national indoor and beach volley selections, and act as technical advisor to the Association and affiliated clubs.

Brazilian national Carvalho da Silva’s career in volleyball spans more than 25 years, and includes stints as technical director, coach and talent scout at volleyball clubs in Brazil between 1987 and 2005, where he also led teams in winning national and regional titles, both at youth and senior levels. During the past nine years, Carvalho da Silva had the role of technical director and subsequently head coach at Club Voleibol Caravaca in Spain.

A highlight of Carvalho da Silva’s term at this club were his pioneering endeavours to raise the profile of volleyball in Caravaca de la Cruz, where he worked with educational institutions to draw children to the sport, and subsequently to establish nursery teams in all the youth and junior categories, both for males and females. As a result of Carvalho da Silva’s work, the club has now started drawing on home-grown players for its senior teams, with a number of these also making the grade in regional and national selections. His achievements in Spain include winning the LIGA FEV and the A2 Superliga, and

participating in the top A1 Superliga for two successive seasons. Under Carvalho da Silva’s direction, Caravaca were also runners-up in the Spanish national Juniors Superliga for three successive seasons.

Commenting on Carvalho da Silva’s appointment, MVA President Jesmond Saliba explained that “The appointment of Edvaldo has to be seen as one of the cornerstones of our plan and mandate to build the foundations for the future of the game. Edvaldo will play a pivotal role in ensuring that volleyball will find its rightful place as a sport of choice for the younger generations. Today’s appointment coincides with the pan-European #One Day More For Volleyball, organised by the CEV, intended to promote the sport around the continent to create further engagement in the game. This appointment is in itself another step towards achieving those objectives, which we deem as being a priority for the sport. These include divulging the benefits of volleyball as a sport which can improve the health and lifestyle of Maltese children; to make volleyball a preferred choice for Maltese boys and girls who want to take up a competitive sport; and finally, to improve the technical level of volleyball – both indoor and beach – in Malta”.

Saliba added that “since this administration took over at the helm of MVA last June, we have managed to raise the profile of volleyball in Malta, we have brought back the Men’s League, and generated renewed enthusiasm for the game. The engagement of a Technical Director is yet another step towards our objective of seeing the growth of both indoor and beach volleyball in Malta, as well as positive results on the international scene”.

For more information about the Malta Volleyball Association and local volleyball competitions  visit www.maltavolleyball.org.

EdvaldoTechnical Director – Mr. Edvaldo Carvalho da Silva

Paola, Playvolley General Membrane maintain top spots

Paola maintained the top spot in the Ladies’ Super League after winning the direct encounter with possible contenders Fleur de Lys Twistees in straightforward sets, whilst Playvolley General Membrane did the same in the First Division after beating Swieqi Phoenix 3-0 to open a six point lead over the same Swieqi.

The match between Paola and Fleur de Lys Twistees was, as expected, a very close match, however both teams started the first set committing a number of mistakes especially in service reception. Fleur de Lys managed to take a lead midway through this set though some good services by Belinda Milton and Maria Costa, going 24-19 up at the end of the set. At this point however, Paola’s players switched on, and with youngster Sarah Spiteri obtaining some valuable points from the outside, they managed to turn the set around and win 27-25. Fleur de Lys found it hard to recover from this setback, and although they tried to stretch their opponents as much as possible, Paola still managed to obtain three important points to keep them on top.

Balzan Flyers Crosscraft, on the other hand, started their commitments in the Super League winning the derby against their second team, with the latter finding it very difficult to go through Balzan’s organised block and defence.

In the Ladies’ First Division, Playvolley General Membrane and Sliema Wanderers continued to obtain valuable points in their fight at the top of the standings, both managing to win in straightforward sets. Playvolley overcame Swieqi Phoenix’s young players after having to battle it out in the first set, whilst Sliema had to play at their very best to manage to overcome a tough Birkirkara side in the second set.

Valletta Mapei continued with their winning streak in the Men’s League, this being their sixth win in a row, beating Aloysians 3-1 in another balanced match. The latter could not find the same rhythm they had against Fleur de Lys the week before, although they did manage to win the third set and play it all out in the fourth one. However, Valletta were too strong for them this time round, and with Aloysians losing their setter through injury, the Citizens kept their cool to win this match and open an eight point lead at the top of the standings.

From their part, Fleur de Lys Twistees returned to winning ways, beating an improved Mgarr side 3-0 in the first of the two matches on schedule. After losing the first two sets, Mgarr played considerably better in the third one, with setter Alessandro Bertoldo combining well with outside hitter Hussain Alghareeb, the latter obtaining a number of points for his team. However, Fleur de Lys Twistees still managed to turn this set in their favour, with Latvian Edijs Grins proving valuable in both blocking and attacking.

Weekend Results:

Ladies Super League:

Paola Volley – Fleur de Lys Twistees 3-0 (27-25, 25-22, 25-22)

Balzan Flyers Crosscraft – Balzan Flyers Crosscraft 2 3-0 (25-12, 25-10, 25-16)

Ladies 1st Division

Playvolley General Membrane – Swieqi Phoenix 3-0 (25-22, 25-11, 25-14)

Birkirkara VC – Sliema Wanderers VC 0-3 (14-25, 24-26, 16-26)

Men’s Super League:

Mgarr VC – Fleur de Lys Twistees 0-3 (15-25, 19-25, 27-29)

Aloysians VC – Valletta Mapei 1-3 (22-25, 14-25, 25-23, 21-25)

IMG_6262Photo by Mr. Julian Calleja

Tanti appointed for quarter final match in Paris

Volleyball International referee Mr. Frankie Tanti will be going to Paris next week after being appointed by the European Volleyball Confederation (CEV) as second referee for the quarter-final match between French team SF Paris Saint Cloud and Russian outfit Zarechie Odintsovo. This will be the return match from the Ladies’ CEV Challenge Cup quarter-finals round. The first referee for this match will be Mr. Vestbo Geir from Norway.

In the first leg played two weeks ago in Moscow, the Russian team managed to win 3-2 in a very tight match, turning the result in their favour after Paris Saint Cloud had taken a 2-1 lead after winning the second and third sets. Odintsovo won the eventual fifth set 15-11, with their captain Irina Voronkova scoring an impressive 44 points to lead her team to victory.

In their local competitions, Zarechie Odintsovo is currently in sixth place in the Russian Women’s Super League, with 18 points after 12 matches, having won six of these matches. On the other hand, SF Paris Saint Cloud is in fourth place in the French Women’s Ligue A, just five points away from the top spot after 15 matches.

Frankie Tanti Photo Reffing 2

Photo Credits: Mark Soler MSfotography.net

Aloysians Stun Fleur de Lys Twistees

The results from the Men’s League over the last weekend have turned the tables around and put Aloysians VC as possible contenders for the final title.  What seemed to be a two horse race between Valletta Mapei and Fleur de Lys Twistees has now been extended to a fight between three teams, with Aloysians confirming the improvement shown in the last weeks with a hard fought 3-2 win over Fleur de Lys.

Aloysians immediately showed their intentions by winning the first set 28-26, with FDL equalling in another hard fought set winning 25-23.  The latter however could not find their rhythm, losing badly the third set 25-10, however they managed to survive the fourth one winning it 25-21, extending the match to a final fifth set.  Fleur de Lys Twistees started the tie-break on a high note, moving up 5-1, however following a time out by their coach, Melissa Cheviron, Aloysians started gathering point after point until they closed the set 15-9 and the match 3-2.

Valletta Mapei, on their side, obtained their fifth win of the season, beating Mgarr VC in three straight sets, although they had to fight it out in the second set with Mgarr playing some good volleyball.

Valletta have now opened a seven point lead at the top of the standings after five matches, and seem poised to take top spot before the playoff stage.  Valletta’s next clash against Aloysians should be a good test for the latter to measure the development they have done in the last weeks.

In the Ladies’ category, Paola moved to the top spot of the Ladies’ Super League following their win against Mellieha Tritones this weekend.  Paola took a comfortable 2-0 lead, winning the first two sets with an identical score, 25-17.  Mellieha played better in the third set, managing to take this set 25-23, after leading for the whole set.  However Paola closed the match in the fourth set, winning it 25-16, to take three important points.

In the First Division, Playvolley General Membrane beat Mgarr VC 3-0 in a rather straightforward match, opening up a three point lead at the top of the standings.  Set results for this match were 25-15, 25-17 and 25-20 for Playvolley.

 

IMG_5841Photo taken by Mr. Julian Calleja

Balzan Flyers win Volleyball’s Super Cup

In a tight encounter between Malta’s top women’s teams, Balzan Flyers beat Fleur De Lys Twistees by three sets to nil to clinch the MVA Super Cup (25-23; 25-23; 25-21). The match, one of the major fixtures of the season, was preceded by a show of solidarity by the local volleyball community as all participating players and coaches wore t-shirts in support of Breast Cancer Awareness month in the warm-up phase of the match.

Commenting on the final, Malta Volleyball Association President Jesmond Saliba said that the Super Cup was a flagship event for the sport in Malta, and that he was “very encouraged by the excitement this event generated in the local volleyball community, as well as the level of attendance by supporters of the two teams and volleyball lovers in general”. He also highlighted the fact that through its support of Breast Cancer Awareness month, the local volleyball community was showing all those who were courageously fighting their own personal battles against cancer, “that they were not alone”.

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