Pre­sen­ta­tion of Na­tional League Awards

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

The pre­sen­ta­tion of the Scotts Su­per­mar­ket Squash Na­tional League Awards was held last week­end.

Last year’s squash league sea­son started in Septem­ber with 50 play­ers tak­ing part in 8 di­vi­sions. Six rounds were held and by the fi­nal round in Au­gust, as more squash play­ers joined the league, the num­ber of di­vi­sions had grown to 13.

Through­out the sea­son points are awarded to play­ers who play their matches and main­tain their po­si­tion in a di­vi­sion, and more points to play­ers who man­age to get pro­moted to a higher di­vi­sion and to those who top the first di­vi­sion. In this way, recog­ni­tion is given not only to the top play­ers in the league but also to play­ers who are in lower di­vi­sions, play­ing through­out the sea­son, and im­prov­ing their level.

The over­all win­ner last sea­son was Se­bastien Gior­dano who ac­cu­mu­lated the most points. Runner-up was Paul Borg and, with equal num­ber of points in third place, were An­thony Fenech, Brian Borg and Greg Gera. In 4th place it was An­drew At­tard, Gio­sue’ Pian­camore, Ki­jan Sultana and Mau­rice Sal­iba.

Mario Said, manag­ing direc­tor of Scotts Ltd, who pre­sented the awards, was en­cour­aged by the grow­ing num­ber of play­ers tak­ing part in the league:

“Scotts Su­per­mar­ket is proud to spon­sor the na­tional squash league. Squash is grow­ing in pop­u­lar­ity. There are more peo­ple tak­ing up squash to keep fit and it is also en­cour­ag­ing to see many more ju­niors prac­tis­ing the sport. In fact, one of the win­ners of the awards to­day, Ki­jan Sultana, is only 12 years old, and he is cur­rently ranked 7th in the Un­der 13 Boys Euro­pean rank­ings.”

Robert Sultana, who manages the na­tional league, thanked Scotts Su­per­mar­ket for sup­port­ing the na­tional league and for spon­sor­ing the Malta In­ter­na­tional Squash Open.

The new league sea­son has just started and the num­ber of par­tic­i­pants tak­ing part has now reached over 100 play­ers for the first time. The league con­sists of play­ers of all lev­els (from rel­a­tive begin­ners in the lower di­vi­sion to more ad­vanced play­ers in the top di­vi­sions), all ages, in­clud­ing ju­niors, and both men and women take part.

There are no fixed dates and times when league matches are played. Play­ers need to con­tact the other play­ers in their di­vi­sion to ar­range a mu­tu­ally con­ve­nient date and venue to play their matches by the end of the round. Each round is al­lo­cated 6-8 weeks.

The league is a great way to find other squash play­ers who are same level to play with. Play­ers who are in­ter­ested in join­ing the league, or who need more in­for­ma­tion, can send an email to league@mal­tasquash.com

Mau­rice Sal­iba, Brian Borg, An­drew At­tard, Ki­jan Sultana, Liz Said (Pres­i­dent, Malta Squash), Mario Said (Manag­ing Direc­tor, Scotts Ltd), Se­bastien Gior­dano, Paul Borg, An­thony Fenech, Gio­sue' Pian­ci­amore.

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