Birkirkara’s Season Under Review

Another badminton season has come to an end, and what a successful one has been for our club!! Birkirkara players won the majority of honours in the competitions organised by Badminton Malta during the season 2012-13 just ended. In particular, our players nearly swept all the major honours.

Team’s League
In the Team’s League, Birkirkara’s first team, retained the title for the fifth year in a row ending the year unbeaten. The team was formed by Stephen Ferrante (captain), Stefan Salomone, Samuel Cali, Fiorella Sadowski, Katerina Vella Ryabkova, and Olga Fedoktina. Birkirkara’s second team exceeded all expectations as they ended their commitments in second place. The team was captained by Aldo Polidano, and included Albert Bezzina, Ivan Salomone, Arif Rochman, Jesmond Galea, Matthew Galea, Klara O’Berg, Marica Micallef, and Maria Borg.

Malta National Championships
In the Malta National Championships, Birkirkara brought home 4 out of 5 competitions: Samuel Cali won the Men’s Singles title for the first time in his career beating clubmate Stephen Ferrante in the Final. These two players won the Men’s Doubles title. Stephen Ferrante, partnered by Fiorella Sadowski, won the Mixed Doubles title. The two titles won by Ferrante were also the first national titles in his career. Fiorella Sadowski retained the Ladies’ Singles title she won last year. In the Ladies’ Doubles Sadowski, partnered by Klara O’ Berg, came runners-up. Another Birkirkara player – Albert Bezzina – won the runner-up position in the Men’s Preliminary Singles competition.

Individual League
Birkirkara players added more titles in the Individual League: Stefan Salomone won the Division 1 Singles title; Ivan Salomone finished runner-up in Division 2; Jesmond Galea won the Division 4 title with Edward Grech in second place; young Matthew Galea won the Division 5 title.

Robert & Stefan Salomone won the Division 1 Doubles title followed by Stephen Ferrante & Samuel Cali in second place.

Samuel Cali and Fiorella Sadowski finished runners-up in the Mixed Doubles Division 1.

Birkirkara junior players Matthew Galea, Luigi Grech, Lisa Formosa, Atlanta Cochrane, Sarah Debono & Clarissa Grech also achieved various successes in junior competitions.

International Tournaments
This season Birkirkara players Stefan Salomone, Samuel Cali, Stephen Ferrante & Fiorella M. Sadowski took part in 4 tournaments abroad to acquire much-needed experience against foreign opposition.

Improvement
This season also saw tremendous improvement made by a number of players. In particular, Fiorella Sadowski, Samuel Cali, and Stephen Ferrante were rewarded for their dedication by achieving various successes throughout the season. Although they didn’t manage to win any major titles, Ivan Salomone and Klara O’Berg have also registered a marked improvement throughout the season. Aldo Polidano is slowly getting back to his top form, whilst Matthew Galea has confirmed himself as a player to watch out for the coming years.

All this was achieved through the hard work of the club’s committee, the dedication of Club coach Martin Farrugia and the untiring efforts of the players.

Anybody interested in playing badminton can contact the club on info@birkirkarabadmintonclub.com or enter club website birkirkarabadmintonclub.com

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