The PAVI Depiro Senior Women’s retained the Pre-Season trophy, coming from behind to beat reigning league champions Luxol, 42-40 in a glimpse of what should be a highly competitive 2014/15 season. Played over two days, the 30 minute games are an opportunity for clubs to showcase their youth players, new signings and of course foreigner for the season. Depiro had the opportunity to introduce the highly acclaimed Siarre Evans, who had her debut along with newly acquired Claire Ciantar (ex-Athleta). Also back on the roster was Andrea Mifsud who was on loan with Starlites earlier this year. Under Interim coach Adrian Mifsud, Depiro opened their tournament commitments in a highly anticipated match vs Luxol, who bolstered their squad by signing ex-Hibernians player, Joselle Cardona, and recalling Beverlie Zammit, who was on loan with Depiro last year. It was Luxol who started on the right foot, taking the advantage with them at the half. But through a strong second half display the girls overturned the score to win 55-53. The win, along with Phoenix being eliminated, gave Depiro an early semi-final berth. There they met Hibs, who also shuffled their team, having recruited local talent Christina Grima and Italian Sylvia Gambino. What looked like a close affair early in the first with Depiro leading 14-12, ended up a 13 point lead by the half. Hibs never recovered and Depiro booked themselves a final berth with a 57-44 win. Depiro were once again pitted against Luxol who looked to avenge first defeat the day before, and it looked as if they were going to stroll through the game as they built a slender 7 point lead at the half, building it to 12pts just after the re-start. But some fine shooting from Evans and Gaby Mifsud, who was introduced from the bench, brought Depiro back into the game. Locked in at 34 a piece, Depiro’s veterans Svetlana Micallef and Captain Sam Brincat tied the game at 40, while Antoinette Borg found the space under the basket to reverse it off the glass, which proved to be the winning basket to the enjoyment of the Depiro support. From here at depirobc.com we wish the girls best of luck for the journey ahead.