Waterpolo: Malta clinches 15th place in historic win

Strong team effort and a formidable performance by goalkeeper Nicky Grixti secured Malta’s win

Steve Camilleri 4; Mark Meli 1; Matthew Zammit 1; Jerome Gabarretta 1; John Brownrigg 1; Aurelien Cousin 2

It was a strong team effort, a string of goals and a formidable performance by goalkeeper Nicky Grixti that led to the Maltese waterpolo national team securing their first-ever victory at a European Championship.

Malta defeated Turkey 14-13 in a penalty shoot-out in a play-off that placed the island at the 15th place.

The win against Turkey, described by politicians Chris Agius and David Agius as “historic”, avoided Malta finding themselves at the bottom spot.

This is the first time that Malta is taking part in the European Championship, held in Belgrade.

Congratulating the national team, parliamentary secretary for sports Chris Agius said the historic win confirmed that the investment in sports entities is producing results.

PN MP David Agius congratulated coach Karl Izzo for the team’s success and said the Nationalist Party will keep on working to ensure sports investment.