Exiles’ early resistance fades to lose opener

Exiles Jetfreight 6 Sliema 13

Partial scores (3-3) (1-3) (0-2) (2-5)

Earlier tonight, Exiles made their debut in this season’s Premier Waterpolo League when they met Sliema in a match which the latter were always in control throughout the four sessions. Dorian Pisani’s team kept up the pace with their opponents for the first two sessions (4-6) before the first signs of fatigue emerged resulting in the committing of basic mistakes especially in the attack where Slobo Nikic was boxed in by the Blues’ rearguard. In the defence Exiles conceded soft conclusions some of which could have been avoided by putting up a normal block. Exiles defended well when set with keeper Matthew Castillo denying his opponents’ shots with fine saves.There were instances when the team ¬†failed to swim back as our players fell prey to Sliema’s counter attacks.

The match was characterized by flowing swimming with very few exclusions Exiles had six man-ups but only managed to convert the last one when the score was 4-10. Sliema scored two out of the extra-man situations.

At the disposal of duo Dorian Pisani and Matthew Pisani, were Matthew Castillo, Julian Rizzo Naudi, Jake Bajada, Michele Stellini (1 goal), Timmy Sullivan (1 goal), Sean Xerri de Caro, Slobodan Nikic (4 goals), Kurt Griscti, Nicky Paris, Andrea Bianchi, Daniel Borg Millo, Luca Felice and reserve goalkeeper Steve Galea Pace who did not play.

In the next match, Exiles have tricky encounter against Sirens who had the better of Valletta United in their first outing by beating comfortably the Citizens 13-5.

Swim-up at 19.15 hours at the National Swimming Pool Complex.




photo by Adrian Farrugia shows Exiles keeper Matthew Castillo ready to parry as he follows the ball’s path


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