November saw the start of the Doubles Individual League. Because of the large number of participants this year this league is being played on Wednesdays (at Cottonera Sports Complex starting at 7 pm) and on Saturdays (at Kirkop Sports Complex starting at 1 pm).
4 of the 8 pairs taking part in this division hail from Birkirkara Badminton Club.
Stefan Salomone/Aldo Polidano won their 2 encounters against BBC opposition. First they beat Albert Bezzina/Ivan Salomone 21-9, 21-13; then they defeated Martin Farrugia/Arif Rochman 21-14, 21-16.
The fourth Birkirkara pair in this division – Samuel Cali/Stephen Ferrante – alsao beat their clubmates Martin Farrugia/Arif Rochman 21-19, 21-17. They then defeated Albert Bezzina/Ivan Salomone 21-11, 21-12.
Stefan/Aldo & Samuel/Stephen lead the table with full points together with Paola’s Matthew Abela/Kenneth Vella.
In this division our club is represented by 2 pairs. Unfortunately both pairs started their campaign on a negative note, losing both their matches; which means they have to train really hard.
Marika Micallef/Katerina Vella Ryabkova lost to Edmond Abela/Godwin Grech of Paola 21-15, 21-9; They lost their second match to Paola’s Joanne Grech/Jacqueline Grech Licari 21-12, 21-11.
Klara O’Berg/Fiorella M. Sadowski first lost to Paola’s Charles Cassar/Patrick Cassar 21-12, 21-14; then lost to another Paola pair – Joanne Grech/Jacqueline Grech Licari – 21-14, 21-15.
2 pairs represent Birkirkara in this division, and both won their two opening matches; they are therefore leading the Div. 3 table.
Daniel Abdilla/Yanis Boju beat Shuttles’ pair Adrian Spiteri/Richard Zammit 21-10, 21-12; then they beat another Shuttles pair – Emmanuel Gatt/Norman Spiteri – 21-6, 21-7.
Father-and-son pair – Jesmond and young Matthew Galea won against Paola’s Anna Galea/Sandra Spiteri 21-16, 21-15, and then beat Shuttles pair Adrian Spiteri/Richard Zammit 21-14, 21-11.
The sole Birkirkara representatives in this division – Olga Fedotkina Galea/Daniella Galea – drew their match against Paola’s Maria Angela Gambin/Paula Gambin, a match which turned out to be a very balanced one, 20-22, 21-16.