published by Malta Independent on Tuesday 28th January 2014
Depiro kept up their winning streak but had to pull out all their stops to withstand Starlites opposition.
After chasing their adversaries for most of the first part of the match Depiro still had Starlites uncomfortably near and it was only a spell in the last quarter which eased their minds as Starlites kept battling till the end. It was Depiro’s third victory over their opponents this season. Starlites paraded their new acquisition Andrea Mifsud on loan from the same Depiro una included young Kim Pirotta but had Natasha Attard missing. Depiros Svetlana Micallef was abroad and there was a first appearance for Emma Grech after quite some time.
Starlites took the first advantage going 9-4 ahead and their lead increased with a Lindsey Pirotta triple.
Depiro began to retaliate and Sam Brincat managed to net a pair of treys to cut down their deficit till the end of the period.
Depiro then forged ahead at the start of the next session but Starlites were soon back in the lead after a strong 12-2 run with Pirotta points and a Justine Busuttil Gaerty trey.
Depiro recovered till the interval after making up a 9-1 run with a Beverlee Zammit triple with Starlites just holding on to a slim 30-29 advantage.
After the break Depiro overturned the score with Antoinette Borg points also a trey. The lead then changed hands a total of six times before the period ended as Renea Phelps led Starlites in the points and Zammit netted two further triples helping her side to snatch a lead at 44-43.
In the last quarter, it was Gaby Mifsud with another trey for Depiro but Starlites were still close until an 8-0 run had Depiro on a double figure advantage. Starlites made a last effort but Depiro stood just out of reach denying their opponents further ground to get near enough.
Starlites: A. Mifsud 2, J. Busuttil Gaerty 3, A. Grixti, S. Tabone 2, P. Montanaro, M. Desira 10, R. Phelps 21, L. Pirotta 15, K. Pirotta, S. Galea, S. Davis, M. Cutajar 1
Depiro: N. Agius, G. Mifsud 5, E. Grech, S. Brincat 14, M. Bonett 4, M. Scicluna 4, M. Mifsud, A. Borg 5, N. Taylor 20, N. Donoghue, T. DeMartino, B. Zammit 9
Referees: S. Micallef, Z. Dobrosavljevic