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Paola Hibs Candy overcame the resistance offered by Fleur de Lys, beating them 3-1, to book their place in the championship decider against Flyers Depiro. At the end of a balanced league, it has all boiled down to this one match which will declare this year’s champion. In the Men’s Seniors League, Valletta Mapei were declared champions after Defenders Aloysians’ win against Sliema through a walk-over.
Ladies First Division Championship Playoffs
Paola Hibs Candy – Fleur de Lys 3-1 (25-16, 23-25, 25-10, 25-16)
Although Michael Magro’s Fleur de Lys stepped up their game from their last outings, it was not enough for them to stop Paola Hibs Candy from taking another three important points for their championship challenge. Paola’s coach, David Bonnici, opted to start the first set with the normal line up, and the players answered well, immediately opening an advantage against a Fleur de Lys side which was playing well, but still doing a number of mistakes. After winning the first set rather comfortably, Paola continued strolling on in the second one, going 23-16 up. However, at this point, Fleur de Lys started pushing their opponents more, taking nine points in the process to win this second set 25-23. However, this was short lived, as Paola Hibs Candy completely dominated the next two sets to beat Fleur de Lys 3-1 to put themselves on equal points with Flyers Depiro at the top of the table, with only the match between the two contenders still to be played.
Referees: Tony Sammut, Maria Costa
Ladies First Division Relegation Playoffs
Playvolley Stars – Southend 3-0 (25-19, 25-9, 25-20)
Playvolley Stars were completely superior to Southend in this match, leaving a mere 48 points to their opponents in the process. The latter committed too many mistakes, especially on service reception and attacks, to be able to offer any serious resistance to a Playvolley team which was both technically and tactically superior. The first set was Playvolley Stars opening a small advantage mid way through the set, with Diandra Caruana, Playvolley’s setter, serving her players well, and the latter answering well. Southend did manage to stay close by, but they did not manage to close this gap, with Playvolley winning this set 25-19. Southend completely missed their mark in the second one, committing too many mistakes and giving the go ahead to Playvolley Stars to dominate this set 25-9. However, they played much better in the third one, and with Maria Costa doing her utmost to set albeit a rather bad serve reception, Southend kept close until 19-19. However, at this point, a number of attacking and serving mistakes cost them dearly, with Playvolley Stars taking the necessary points to close this match 3-0 in their favour.
Referees: Nadia Tagliaferro, Roxette Caruana
Mini Volley Girls: Fleur de Lys – Flyers 0-2, Paola – Fleur de Lys 2-0
Standings: Flyers 34, Paola 31, Southend 17, Playvolley 16, Fleur De Lys 11
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