The first edition of the Independence Cup was held on 21st September 2016 at the University Sports Hall in Tal-Qroqq. Two table tennis academies accepted the Malta Table Tennis Association’s invitation and presented a team each in the Under 11, Under 13, Under 15, Under 18, Under 21 and Seniors categories.
MITTC won three categories (Seniors, Under 21 and Under 15) while HiTT Academy won the other three categories (Under 18, Under 13 and Under 11). HiTT Academy emerged overall winners having won more games.
The Hon. David Agius (MP) and Dr. Alex Perici Calascione presented the trophies to the winners of the various categories and the Independence Shield to HiTT Academy.
The event was a huge success and played with utmost sporting spirit, encouraging the MTTA to insert it in its annual calendar of events.
From left to right: Dr Umberto Borg Cardona (MTTA Secretary General), Dr. Alex Perici Calascione, Hon. David Agius MP, Mr Mark Grech (MTTA President) and Mr Noel Schembri (MTTA Treasurer).
The Malta Table Tennis Association sent two contingents to take part in two events, the COJI games and the European Youth Championships held in Mallorca and Zagreb respectively.
The Maltese Team in Mallorca consisted of two cadets being James Vella Vidal and Nicholas Pace Bonello who were accompanied by one of the National coaches, Johanna Grech. The COJI Games, or Jeux des Isles, are games for small islands and an ideal opportunity for players of the age of fourteen and under to experience international matches against players from countries of similar size.
From left to right: Johanna Grech, James Vella Vidal and Nicholas Pace Bonello
The second contingent in Zagreb consisted of three teams (two Juniors, one Cadet) and were accompanied by the two National coaches, Johanna Grech (Cadets) and Mario Genovese (Juniors).
The Cadet team consisted of Sacha Pace, James Vella Vidal and Conrad Puli while the two Juniors teams consisted of Gabriel Grixti, Jurgen Sammut, Isaac Grixti and Miguel Montebello along with the girls team which consisted of Sascha Genovese and Nicole Cutajar.
The introduction of a girls Junior National team in the EYC was definitely a step in the right direction, as the MTTA starts its long term plan to provide opportunities for female players to take part in international events along with the motivating of local female players to work hard and improve the National level.
From left to right: Johanna Grech, Conrad Puli, James Vella Vidal, Isaac Grixti, Jurgen Sammut, Miguel Montebello, Sacha Pace, Gabriel Grixti, Nicole Cutajar, Sascha Genovese and Mario Genovese
Congratulations to all those who took part in the 64th National Championships this week-end and a special well done to those who won the honours:
Daniel Bajada – Men Singles
Jessica Pace – Ladies Singles
Mario Genovese – Veterans
Daniel Bajada and Edward Baldacchino – Men Doubles (Pictured)
Jessica Pace and Amy Degaetano – Ladies Doubles
Jessica Pace and Sacha Pace – Mixed Doubles
I also thank whoever gave a helping hand in the events’ successful organisation.
Yesterday the last National league matches were played, bringing a close to the league with the promotion and relegation of teams. The MTTA is very proud that this year round the league consisted of a record-breaking 42 teams. We would like to thank all coaches, team captains, players and parents involved for taking part.
The champions of each division are as follows:
Division 1 Champions: Malta University SSC Andro (pictured)
Division 2 Champions: Sharp Shot JTC
Division 3 Champions: MITTC Scriver
Division 4 Champions: Topspin TT Academy Rasant
Congratulations to all of the champions!
From left to right: Daniel Bajada, Edward Baldacchino and Alex Soler
Kindly note that following an Executive Council Meeting held on the 29th March 2016 the MTTA Executive Council Board has revised the role of its Council Members as follows and this after Alex Anastasi’s resignation for personal reasons from the post of “President”:
1. President Mark Grech (Pictured)
2. Vice President / Secretary General Umberto Borg Cardona
3. Assistant Secretary Dennis Borg
4. Treasurer Noel Schembri
5. Elected Voting Member Ossie Balzan
6. Elected Voting Member Andrea Portelli
7. Elected Voting Member Alex Anastasi
8. Co-opted Member (Non-voting right) Victor Grech
Thanks and Kind Regards
Dr. Umberto Borg Cardona
Malta Table Tennis Association
Secretary General / Vice-President
The Maltese team composed of Andrew Gambina, Edward Baldacchino and Daniel Bajada (left to right) along with MTTA President Alex Anastasi took part in the Perfect World Championships held in Malaysia. The team registered three wins out of their six matches. The Maltese team beat Libya 3-1, Morocco 3-0 and Libya a second time without dropping a match. The players also came close to beating Maldives with a 3-1 loss.
The MTTA Committee would like the congratulate the players for their good results and performances.
The MTTA is pleased to announce that LAOLA1 have provided us with the possibility of having a table tennis streaming player on the MTTA website.
Fans of the sport can now stream top quality table tennis action for free. The following table tennis content is provided:
ETTU European Championships and ETTU European Youth Championships
• Special and Highlight Clips (for example Best of the Day, Rallies, etc.)
Table Tennis Champions League Men
• Special Clips (Rallies, etc.) and Backspin (TTCLM Magazine)
The videos are either clean (no commentary) or with an English voice-over. They can be found by clicking the ‘VIDEO’ tab on the homepage or by clicking the following link: http://mtta.net/video/
The MTTA Committee think this is an important step forward in increasing the level of our website while bringing the sport closer to our members.
The Maltese contingent went to compete in Yekaterinburg, Russia for this year’s edition of Table Tennis European Championships. These were held between the 24th September and the 4th October.
The team is composed of Daniel Bajada, Andrew Gambina and Edward Baldacchino (player & coach). MTTA General Secretary Dr. Umberto Borg Cardona was also part of the team and represented Malta in various meetings.
The Maltese team did very well by beating Kosovo 3-2, losing a narrow 3-2 against Cyprus and 3-1 against Scotland and almost defeating Slovakia in the doubles.
The Maltese Special Olympics contingent took part in the Special Olympic Games held in Los Angeles. The Maltese team was composed of Christabel Borg, Warren Schembri and Johanna Grech (coach). Family members also attended including committee member Dennis Borg.
Christabel Borg won the Gold medal in the Singles event after beating Thailand 3-2, Ivory Coast 3-0 and Slovakia 3-0. Warren Schembri also triumphed in the Male Singles Event and won a Gold medal as well. The Maltese duo ended their streak by clenching a Silver medal in the Mixed Doubles event.