Draws for the Wilkinson Sword National Water Polo Championship were held at the Corinthia San Gorg Hotel in St Julian’s. The second edition of this championship, organised by the Aquatic Sports Association of Malta (ASA), features the participation of nine teams: Sliema McDonald’s, Neptunes Vodafone, Sirens Hard Rock Café, Marsascala Breakers, Marsaxlokk Freeport, Ta’ Xbiex Mermaids Paradise, Otters ASC, Exiles Pender Gardens, and San Giljan Zara.
The Wilkinson Sword National Water Polo Championship 2007 will be played in two stages. A detailed schedule of matches is on the ASA website: www.asaofmalta.org.
During the draws, Mr Robert Ebejer, ASA president, said “Following the hype and keen fan base for the last Wilkinson Sword National Water Polo Championship, we anticipate an exciting and highly competitive league. This year, we also look forward to the participation of our youth and senior national teams in international competitions, which, without doubt, will increase further the standard of this sport in Malta.”
Mr. Ebejer thanked Simon Debono, marketing manager for Wilkinson Sword – official ASA sponsors for three years – for the financial support to promote and further develop water polo in Malta.
Before presenting Paul Privitera with the Water Polo Player of Year 2006 memento, the ASA president officially announced that Mr Privitera has been appointed captain of the national water polo team, a post which had been vacated following Joe Caruana Dingli’s retirement.
Mr Privitera thanked the ASA and acknowledged this appointment as a great honour. “Playing for the national team has always honoured me. I treasure the memorable moments I experienced when I played for the national side. The winning of the Bronze Medal in 2002 was perhaps the most outstanding moment in my sporting life. I hope to have the opportunity to experience that same sensation again in the very near future. Water polo is a team sport that requires a collective team effort. It is now my duty, as team captain, to assist and motivate my team mates, and I intend to do this to the satisfaction of the association, our national coach and the sporting public.”