Malta Makes History: National Water Polo Team Advances to Semi-Finals of 2023 World Cup Qualification
The Maltese national water polo team has made history by advancing to the semi-final phase of the 2023 World Cup qualification. After a victory against the Ukrainian team, Malta defeated the British team with a final score of 9-7.
The match didn’t start off easy for the Maltese team as they quickly fell behind with the British team taking the lead. However, Jake Muscat’s penalty soon brought the teams to a tie. Another mistake by the Maltese team gave the British team the lead once again, but Ben Plumpton’s goal brought the teams to a tie at the end of the first session.
The second session saw the Maltese team take the lead with two goals from Liam Galea and Sam Gialanze. However, the British team quickly responded with John Pratt’s double, bringing the teams to a tie again at 4-4.
In the third session, the Maltese team rose to the occasion and pulled ahead by three goals with two goals from Jake Muscat and another from Benjamin Cachia. The team maintained their lead until the end of the third session.
The fourth and final session was a hard-fought one, with the British team closing the gap to just one goal with only 25 seconds remaining. But a perfect ball over Sam Gialanze from close range sealed the victory for Malta with a final score of 9-7.
This historic moment for Malta’s national water polo team marks a significant achievement for the country and its athletes. The team’s success in the 2023 World Cup qualification highlights the dedication and skill of Malta’s water polo players and inspires future generations of athletes to strive for excellence.
In the final game of Division B of the 2023 World Cup Qualification, the Maltese National Team suffered a 13-6 defeat against the powerful Romanian team. Despite this loss, the Maltese team finished in third place ahead of the Ukeren and British teams in the final standings of the division.
The Romanian team dominated the game, and the Maltese team struggled to overcome their mistakes throughout the four sessions. Despite this, Malta managed to score six times, with goals from Liam Galea, Jayden Cutajar, Sam Gialanze, Benji Cachia, and two goals from Jeremy Abela. Tudor Fulea was the top scorer for the Romanian team, who won every session and managed to find the net 13 times. The final result was Malta 6 Romania 13.
Coach Milan Cirovic expressed his satisfaction with the performance of the Maltese players despite the loss in the final game. He believes that these qualifications confirm a bright future for Maltese water polo.