Women’s national league: Depiro are now sole leaders as Hibs polish off Starlites

Published 8th March 2011

Luxol 50

McDonalds Depiro 64

(2-17)(13-12)(20-12)(15-23)

Depiro are the team to beat nowadays. They made it four wins out of four against Luxol and displayed their authority for most of the match.

Luxol came back after the break and were very near but another Depiro spurt in the final session wrapped things up and they now lord it over the other teams. A slight but expensive hiccup is now behind them as they face the rest of the season with confidence.

Both sides presented their best formations for the game with Greta Zarb returning to the Depiro outfit.

Depiro’s stifling defence was very much in evidence in the opening period. Luxol replied to Antoinette Borg’s opening points but that was their only contribution as Depiro held sway for the rest of the session as they made up a solid 14-0 run with Sarah Pace points which included a triple.

In the second period the Violets began their way back and they put in a good 10-2 run starting and ending with Beverlee Zammit triples. Depiro settled down and proceeded to put together a 10-2 run of their own where Kaila Agius nailed a trey. Zammit netted more points for Luxol but at the interval Depiro were still holding a comfortable 29-15 advantage.

After the break the Violets came storming out through Bev Zammit with a personal 8-0 run and two more triples. Depiro reacted with treys of their own from Zarb and Edwina Vella but in between Zammit netted another triple.

Luxol went to within a point but Borg extended Depiro’s lead once more. After three sessions Depiro were 41-35 in front.

The last session was a let down for the Violets as their efforts were continually thwarted and Depiro broke completely clear. A solid 14-2 run with triples by Borg and Pace left Luxol stranded at 61-40.

Zammit still made another trey but the die had already been cast and Depiro could keep control till the end despite Luxol’s late flurry which had Zammit yet again and Steffi De Martino also netting a triple.

Luxol: 1 E. Moore, 2 M. Sciortino, L. Serge, B. Naudi, 15 S. De Martino, P. Ellul, D. Muscat, E. Grech, 32 B. Zammit

Depiro: 16 S. Pace, 5 G. Zarb, J. Xuereb, A. MIfsud, M. Bonett, 5 F. Bianco, J. Busuttil Gaerty, 19 A. Borg, C. Sammut, 5 E. Vella, S. Micallef, 14 K. Agius

Referees: JP Sammut, C. Terribile

Standings

McDonalds Depiro lead on 23 points followed by Luxol and Hibs Medsea on 22 points. Alyssa Ashley Loyola are on 18, Athleta 16, St Andrews 15, Starlites Sports Experience 14 and Guzelpinar Mtarfa 11.

All teams have played 12 matches with the exception of Athleta and Mtarfa, who have played 11 games.

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