Gzira Ath­leta fol­low up their Shield suc­cess

Malta Independent - - SPORT - Wil­lie Vas­sallo

Depiro 51 Gzira Ath­leta 65 (13-10, 15-19, 15-19, 8-17)

The Sun­day be­fore, Ath­leta had beaten Depiro to win the Shield for the first time. The start of the women’s league cam­paign paired the same two sides against each other once more with Ath­leta re­peat­ing their vic­tory.

Depiro opened the match with triples by Sam Brin­cat and Maria Bonett with Ath­leta slowly get­ting back in the game. More points from Brin­cat had Depiro ex­tend­ing their ad­van­tage but late hoops from Amelia Sim­mons and Christina Grima had Ath­leta nearer.

In the next ses­sion, Brin­cat nailed an­other triple for Depiro and Bonett added fur­ther points but Ath­leta still kept in touch with more Sim­mons points and a trey. Ath­leta went in front for the first time as they made up an 11-0 run with Leanne Sciber­ras net­ting a triple. More points by Brin­cat and a Tina DeMartino hoop had Depiro a sin­gle point be­hind at the in­ter­val with Ath­leta lead­ing by a 2928 score.

After the break, Ath­leta in­creased their ad­van­tage with an early 7-0 run and an An­toinette Borg triple. Brin­cat sank a third trey for Depiro but Borg quickly net­ted a sec­ond trey for Ath­leta. Bonett also sank a sec­ond triple for Depiro but Ath­leta ex­tended their lead with Sim­mons’ trey.

Depiro cut down on their deficit as Brin­cat net­ted yet an­other triple with the last ses­sion hav­ing Ath­leta 48-43 in front. Gaby Mif­sud took Depiro nearer but Ath­leta struck an­other good patch mak­ing up a 10-0 run with a cou­ple of Ste­fanovic treys deal­ing Depiro a hefty blow.

DeMartino put in a brace of Depiro hoops but Ath­leta were well in com­mand and Christina Borg’s triple sealed the game de­ci­sively in favour of Ath­leta.

Depiro: A. Mif­sud, G. Mif­sud 4, N. Agius, S. Brin­cat 22, M. Bonett 12, C. Camil­leri 2, M. Sci­cluna, M. Mi­callef, H. Acre­man 2, T. DeMartino 6, C. Ciantar 3 Ath­leta: M. Ste­fanovic 12, C. Grima10, S. Pisani, L. Sciber­ras 9, A. Sim­mons 22, D. Said Hol­lier 4, A. Borg 6, S. Vella 2, E. Pace, C. Mif­sud Ref­er­ees: C. Far­ru­gia, I. Mar­janovic

Match post­poned

The game be­tween Star­lites Naxxar and Caffe MOAK Luxol was post­poned due to mourn­ing, from the Luxol end.

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