Gzira Athleta follow up their Shield success
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
The game between Starlites Naxxar and Caffe MOAK Luxol was postponed due to mourning, from the Luxol end.