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Basketball: Gibraltar oh so close to a shock win against Andorra

Gibraltar made a stunning recovery from their opening day humiliation against Moldova in the European Promotion Cup for Men but still lost 68 67 to Andorra on Tuesday.

Thrashed 100-54 on Monday, Gibraltar hit back and led Andorra 21 17 after the opening quarter and maintained that advantage at 38-34 at half-time.

The Andorrans, who have won this event in three of the past four years, outscored them 24-18 in the third quarter to take a two-point lead into the final 10 minutes.

Despite 18 points from Gibraltar's Adam Cassaglia, Andorra claimed victory by the slimmest of margins.

Andorra, who beat Malta 87-73 on Monday, are at the top of Group A alongside Moldova, who also had to come from behind before posting a 78-66 success against winless Malta.

Serghei Meresevschi poured in 27 points for Moldova, who trailed 32-24 after the opening quarter and 49-44 at half-time.

The decisive period for Moldova came after half-time, when they restricted Malta to just eight points while scoring 21 themselves.

Etienne Bezzina had 14 points for Malta.

In other Promotion Cup action, Azerbaijan made it two wins from two in the European Promotion Cup for Men after downing San Marino 86-74 on Tuesday.

Fresh from their 82-62 victory over Wales on Monday, Azerbaijan were quickly out of the blocks against San Marino and were 32-15 ahead after the first quarter.

San Marino, who also lost their opening match 84-76 to Albania, refused to give up though and won the next quarter 27-17 before trimming another point off Azerbaijan's lead in the third quarter.

That left San Marino trailing by six heading into the final quarter, but Azerbaijan had too much left in the tank and eased away late on to take the spoils.

Forward Tahir Bakhshiyev paced the victors with 21 points while Flavio Bottiroli was the star for San Marino, scoring a game-high 28 points and hauling down seven rebounds.

In Tuesday's other game in Group B, Albania also picked up their second win of the competition with a 91-73 triumph over Wales.

Albania dominated from start to finish and won all four quarters against their struggling opponents. Gerti Shima was Albania's leading light with 23 points, eight rebounds and three steals.

However, the best individual performance came from Wales' Stuart Paul Robbins, who poured in a game-high 36 points and hauled down 11 rebounds.

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    Cricket: Gibraltarian cricketer chosen for European Academy squad

    Young cricketers from six countries will come together next month to form the European Academy side, which will play three one-day matches against the England under-17 XI and a two-day game against Warwickshire’s Under-19 side.

    The selectors made up of the ICC’s European Development Manager, Richard Holdsworth, Academy Manager Philip Hudson and Academy Director Richard Cox, has announced a fourteen-man squad, all of whom took part in the recent Academy programme at La Manga Club, Spain.

    The bulk of the squad comes from the three countries which are participating in the ICC’s High Performance Program (Ireland, The Netherlands, and Scotland), but there will also be players from Denmark, France and Gibraltar.

    The Academy team will not be short of international experience: four of the Irish players and two of the Scots took part in the recent Under-19 World Cup tournament in Sri Lanka. All the players have come through the European Cricket Council’s system of age-group tournaments, while several are already playing in top-level senior cricket in their respective countries.

    The full squad is: Zishan Shah (Denmark), Arun Ayyavooraju (France), Mark Bacarese (Gibraltar), Eoghan Delany, James Hall, Richard Keaveney, Fintan McAllister and Gavin McKenna (all Ireland), Steven de Bruin, Graham Davey and Oliver Lodder (all The Netherlands), Scott Dagliesh, Scott Maclennan and Calum Macleod (all Scotland).

    The programme of matches will be:

    24, 25 and 27 June vs England Under-17 (Haslegrave, Loughborough University)

    28-29 June vs Warwickshire Under-19 (Loughborough Carillon CC)

    Click here: To read about Gibraltar's, Ian Farrell and his cricket scholarship

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    Football: Gibraltar's chances look good ahead of tonight's match against Tibet in the Wild Cup held in Germany

    Gibraltar will tonight play against Tibet at 18:00. Tibet were last night beaten, convincingly by St Pauli who Gibraltar managed to hold to a one all draw (pictured). St Pauli's 7-0 win means that Tibet need to beat Gibraltar in order to get through to the next round. The likelyhood of the this happening is virtually nil as Gibraltar, by all accounts, had a greater control over the game against St Pauli than the socreline reflects. Gibraltar on the other hand only need to come away with a 0-0 scoreline in order to progress to the next round.

    A win would be important for Gibraltar, especially if the margin is of 8 goals or more as this would then match Gibraltar up against Greenland, who lost by 1-0 against Northern Cyprus.
    Northern Cyprus could now be considered as the tournament's firm favourites as they have also beaten Zanzibar, another strong team by 3-1.

    Tonights challenge may therefore be quite an easy one in comparison to the opponents Gibraltar might have to face in the semis. That being, either Greenland, the pre-tournament favourites, or Northern Turkey, who have beaten Greenland, a daunting but managable a task for the Gibraltarians.

    We wish the Gibraltar side the best of Gibraltarian luck in tonight's game!!!

    Remember that you can watch the highlights on the German channel DSF.

    Wednesday: 19:15 (highlights)
    Thursday: 19:45 (LIVE semi-final)
    Friday: 18:45 (highlights)
    Saturday: 17:45 (LIVE Final)

    Image: Gibraltar, red and white, against St Pauli.

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    Golf: Golfers play in Morocco for AAGE Hempel Marine Electronics Trophy

    The May bank holiday weekend saw Med Golf enjoy a few days away in Morocco, which also included their latest tournament at Cabo Negro Golf Club, sponsored by Aage Hempel Marine Electronics.

    It was certainly a good weekend for Tom Parry when he not only won the main competition and the team prize with his brother Steve, but also his coveted invitation to compete in the Med Golf Masters at Valderrama in November. He now joins previous winners Louis Calvente, Denny To, Nicky Sanchez, Russ Crawford, Frank Samways, Andy Griffin and Neil Emmerson. In second place was John Hunter, with his son Josh in third place. John had a superb round of 75 that also won him the best gross score trophy. Top lady was Sheila Morris with Frank Samways being the top senior and Mike Walsh the “star quality” player.

    Amongst the other prize- winners, Gary Edwards had the longest drive and the nearest the pin winners were Garth Morris, John Hunter, Tom Parry, John Dale and Ivan Galliano.

    Another Valderrama invitation is on offer at the next competition, which is for the Gala Casino Trophy on the championship course at Montecastillio over the bank holiday weekend commencing 16th June, where again Med Golf have organised a few days break in the luxurious 5-star hotel. Golfers and non-golfers are welcome. To get further details and book your tee times, you should ring Johnathan Goodson on 0034-639741886. He will also be able to give you the full tournament schedule and all the substantial green fee discounts that are now available to Med Golf members. Full details are on the web site

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    Junior Football: last games' results and final standings

    The junior league, season has now come to a close. The success of the competition has been demonstrated in the large number of children taking part in the competitions, on a weeklybasis. This truly demonstartes the enthusiasm with which our younger footballers demonstrate to what is Gibraltar's most popular sport.

    The success of the junior football league can also be attributed to certain members of the GFA, who have worked relentlessly, in organising all aspects related to the leagues.

    Congratulations to the winners of the different age groups as well as to all the players who have taken part, throughout the season.

    Winners of the under 7s were: Newcastle Black
    Winners of the under 9s were: St Joseph's Bell Pharmacy
    Winners of the under 11s were: St Joseph's Redwood
    Winners of the under 13s were: Glacis Utd
    Winners of the under 15s were: Gib Utd Cotton Leisure

    Click here: to see the final league tables for Gibraltar's Junior Leagues

    The following are the most recent results from the junoir football leagues.

    14th May 2006

    Combined Services Under 7s
    2 v 1 Newcastle Red
    Gib Utd Oseco 1 v 2 Rock Cosmos
    Newcastle White 3 v 1 Glacis Utd
    Gib Utd Form-a-co 2 v 0 Lions R&J
    Lions Admiral Security 1 v 5 Newcastle Black
    Man Utd Gib telecom 2 v 4 College Cosmos
    Under 9

    St Josephs S.O.R.T. 4 v 1 Man Utd Netgear
    St Josephs Bell Pharmacy 5 v 1 Combined Services
    Gib Utd Deloitte 2 v 0 Newcastle White
    Group A Under 11

    St Joseph's Wiltrans 1 v 5 Lions Angling Centre
    Gib Utd Pascoe 6 v 9 College Cosmos
    St Joseph's Redwood 2 v 2 Man Utd Garpon
    Group B

    Gib Utd IFC 3 v 1 Gib Utd Hire-U-Shop
    Lions PCA 6 v 2 Newcastle White
    Combined Services 6 v 9 Man Utd Marrache
    Under 13

    Gib Utd Portman
    St Josephs Haymills
    Man Utd MBS 8 v 1 Chelsea Java oil
    Glacis Utd 3 v 0 Glacis Athletic
    Under 15

    Gib Utd PCA 3 v 0 Gib Utd Cotter Leis
    Man Utd Gibtelecom 2 v 2 St Joseph's Cine bank
    Glacis Utd 15 v 0 Chelsea F.C

    Other footballing news:
    Gibraltar will be taking part in the Strait Games, being held in Ceuta, between the 2-4 June. Gibraltar's footballers will be participating in the 7 a side and 5 a side competitions.

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    Basketball: Gibraltar lose to a very strong Moldovan side

    Gibraltar succumbed to a very strong Moldovan team. The scoreline was no real surprise as the Moldovan's are a able to boast a wide selection of players that play abroad. In fact most of their players are either professional or semi professional. The Moldovans are strong favourites to win the competition but should find the Andorrans difficult to manage. Especially since the Andorrans won the competition in 2004.

    Gibraltar's top scorer was A. Guerrero Torres ( pictured) with a total of 16 points. Angel is a Spanish national, from La Linea but is able to represent Gibraltar as he has been playing for a local side for more than three years.

    Gibraltar's next game will be tomorrow, against the Andorrans at 16:00. We are sure they will continue to perform to the highest standards and represent Gibraltar with pride.

    Final scoreline: Gibraltar 54 Moldova 100

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    Football: Gibraltar manage a credible one all draw against "Republik" St Pauli

    Gibraltar manage a credible 1 - 1 draw against "Republik" St Pauli.

    The match, played last night at 18:00.CET, in Hamburg (Germany), was important for the Gibraltarian side as the local team, with its passionate crowd, surely had a home advantage that would put Gibraltar's players under great pressure. Another factor to consider is Gibraltar's relative inexperience in playing on a grass surface. Gibraltar's artificial surface, although very similar to the real thing is still something many Gibraltarian players have to get used too, especially the younger players who may have only played on real grass, on a handful of occasions.

    The score however,is a great result for Gibraltar. The fact they have opened the scoring in the Wild Cup, will give them the encouragement to go for more goals and perhaps even bring home the trophy.

    Gibraltar's next game is against Tibet. The game will be played tomorrow at 18:00 hours. Gibraltar must beat Tibet in order to stand a good chance of getting through to the semifinals.

    Meanwhile in the other group, Northern Cyprus beat Greenland by the narrowest of margins, a 1 - 0 scoreline. This was perhaps one of the most hotly contested matches of the tournament as both teams are considered as likely contenders to win the tournament. Greenland however, now need to score a few goals in their next match and have a bit of luck on their side, in order to get through to the semis.

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    Don't forget that for those of you with the German Channel, DSF, you will be able to watch the highlights at the following times:

    Tonight at 19:15 and then:
    Wednesday: 19:15 (highlights)
    Thursday: 19:45 (LIVE semi-final)
    Friday: 18:45 (highlights)
    Saturday: 17:45 (LIVE Final)

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    Darts: Gibraltar selection return from a very successful Med Cup, in France

    Fantastic games played, however all but one of the men’s team did lose in the 1st game, a close 4-3 which was a true shame as they where cracking matches.
    George Federico was the singles player of the moment and he also missed out losing in the semi-finals (Bronze medal), with a very good total average per dart thrown.

    That afternoon saw a great comeback too in the pair’s event, where Justin Broton and Dylan Duo basically blasted there way through to the final, beating France, Italy and Cyprus. The final game was strongly fought against the Greek players but Gibraltar should be proud of reaching a well deserved stage final and obtaining a silver medal in the pairs event.

    The Ladies did really well this year achieving an overall Bronze Medal. In the Team event they reached the final too, but the French girls were just too strong for them. Credit must still be awarded as they battled some stiff opponents especially the young Italian Ladies who always want to prove how good they are.

    The Gibraltar selection obtained higher averages per dart than most of the other participating countries in all events including the best leg thrown in the whole event. Unfortunately the highest averages of scores do not win games, but it proves that Gibraltar is increasingly becoming a strong contender in any International event (watch this space, it will happen, it’s solely a question of money and time).

    This is what the president of the Mediterranean Cup, Cyprus - Michael Savvides, had to say in the closing ceremony,
    “The Med Cup has grown well and is continuing to create great friendships between Mediterranean Cup countries”.
    The closing dinner gala had a few surprises installed for Justin Broton (pictured) too. The French Vice President, Jean-Claude Miguel, after presenting participating helpers and organisers with gifts (which must be said without them the competition is not possible), also presented Justin with a gift for having helped out during the initial phases of the event where Justin provided software, instructions and other material for the upcoming event in France. Furthermore as if one surprise was not enough, later on in the evening Justin got called up again by Jean-Claude, he made some encouraging comments and then produced a score sheet highlighting the best leg of the Med Cup (between Gibraltar - Justin Broton & France - Laurent Fagnone) and he continued in saying the following
    “This proves the good quality of darts thrown this week and that the competition is growing and spreading to produce good darts from all participating countries making it an excellent event”.
    These where very nice surprises for Justin and he appreciated the gestures made to him by Jean-Claude.

    This year Gibraltar through the kindness of sponsors, WYSE Hire, managed to take an extra player and manager to attend the event. Solely due to this the medal tally speaks for itself. Gibraltar, even on finals day, given the right permutations of who lost against who, would have given the Men’s team the overall Gold. However that was not to be the case but we got pretty close. For this, gratitude has to be overwhelmingly given to Alan Kimberley for his managers and supporting role during the entirety of the event. Thanks Alan from the Team.

    Alan and the selection wish to thank WYSE Hire (Sally Welch) for their sponsorship that enabled Alan to attend the Med Cup this year.

    Click here: to view all the results from the competition.

    Medal Winners
    Dylan Duo, Justin Broton, George Federico, Francis Taylor, Alan Kimberley
    Sue Parody, Erika Ward

    Medal Tally
    Overall Men: 4th Place (Francis Taylor, George Federico, Dylan Duo, Justin Broton).
    Overall Ladies: Silver Medal (Erika Ward, Sue Parody)

    Team Men: Bronze Medal (Francis Taylor, George Federico, Dylan Duo, Justin Broton).
    Team Ladies: Silver Medal (Erika Ward, Sue Parody).

    Team Pairs: Silver Medal (Justin Broton, Dylan Duo).

    Mens Singles: Bronze Medal (George Federico).


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    Cricket: GCC cut through PGCC to take the Wiggins/Benrimoj Shield

    GCC clinched the Wiggins/Benrimoj Shield for the second successive season with a comfortable victory against PGCC at Europa on Sunday. This was the fifth time they lift this trophy thereby making them the most successful Club in the competition. Other winners have been Combined Services and UKCCC who have won it four times each and Grammarians with two successes.
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    All too easy for GCC.

    PGCC occupied the crease first at a cold and very windy Europa Oval and apart from a fine knock of 81 by Prabhu Gautam they had no answer to the wiles of veteran spinners Gary De’Ath and Bob Brooks, and were dismissed for a paltry 143 in 27.3 overs. De’Ath returned figures of 3/14 and Brooks 2/38, whilst young Sebastian Suarez continued to improve with a return of 2/24.

    GCC lost the early wicket of Adrian Hewitt before Kieron Ferrary [64] and Steven Gonzalez [57] saw their side home without further lost with 3.3 overs to spare. GCC thus took nineteen points from the game whilst PGCC went home empty handed.

    Next Week.
    There is one Wiggins/Benrimoj Shield match scheduled for next Saturday when UKCCC take on PGCC at the Europa Oval, starting at 11.00am.

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    Basketball: Gibraltar team heads to to Albania to play in the Promotions Cup

    Gibraltar will today, be playing its first match in the 2006 edition of the FIBA Europe Promotions Cup, a competition which allows the winners the opportunity to be 'promoted' to the upper tiers of European basketball. The competition is being held in Albania and Gibraltar have been drawn in Group A alongside Moldova, Andorra and Malta. Group B consists of the hosts Albania, Azerbaijan, Wales and San Marino.

    In the same competition, 2004, Gibraltar finished in 7th position out of nine, with Andorra winning the tournament. The favourites, this year however, will be the Moldavians, who have a strong squad, with many players based abroad. Adam Cassaglia (pictured) was Gibraltar's best player, in the 2004 competition. He came in 14th place overall, with 64points in four games.

    Gibraltar's selection is as follows:
    Andrew David Barratt
    Edgar Anthony Bocarisa
    Darren Lawrence Borge

    Stephen Britto
    Sam Buxton
    Adam John Cassaglia
    Stuart Felice
    Raul Garcia Fernandez
    Angel Guerrero Torres
    Fabian Joseph Marzan
    Jared Olivero
    Jordan Ramagge
    Robert Randall
    Aaron John Turner

    The Maltese National team has been preparing for this competition, throughout the year, under National Coach Bruno Di Pietrantonio. In the last weeks, as soon as the National league was over, the national team trained daily to ensure that the best possible results are obtained in this competition.

    The following players have been selected to represent Malta:

    CLub: Players' names:
    Luxol: Silvio Cassar, Dirk Schembri, Steve Schembri, Chris Sammut
    Pembroke: Michael Naudi, Etienne Bezzina, Adrian Micallef, Kristin Baldacchino
    Hamrun: Omar Said
    Siggiewi: Peter Shoults, Jean Paul Bonnici

    Malta's national coach said that he’s "very confident that the work done in the last months, will at the end be fruitful for the national team and for Maltese Basketball in general". He confirmed that despite the young average age of th team, there are many players with a lot of international experience.

    There are 6 Moldavian women players and 19 men players, who currently play abroad. As the Moldavian league is fully amateur and Moldavian teams do not play in any of the European cup competitions, the only chance to make some money from playing basketball is to move abroad, where Moldavian players can sign pro contracts. The most common place for Moldavians to go abroad are neighbouring Romania, Ukraine and Belarus. But they also play in many other European countries, with solid pro leagues like France, Germany, Greece and a few others.

    We wish the Gibraltarian team the best of luck in their forthcoming matches.

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    Fishing: Anglers land some great catches in 6th outing

    The Mediterranean Shore Angling Club held its sixth outing of the 2006 season at the Detached Mole on Sunday 21 May. A total of thirty-six anglers took part in the competition on a calm, sunny day of light westerly winds. 353 fish were brought to the scales - the second highest catch of the year so far and the highest at the Detached Mole.

    Once more, Two-Banded Bream were plentiful with 56 successfully landed and presented at the weigh-in representing the highest number caught of this species so far this year. The total number of fish landed this season now stands at 1,866 compared with 962 at the same point in 2005. 11 Common Sea Bream were also caught as well as 34 Atlantic Mackerel, heralding the imminence of the summer months. In addition, Trigger Fish seem to be making a welcome reappearance with 5 large specimens captured on the day.

    The Heaviest Fish award was won by Nicky Celecia with a 1.350 kg Trigger Fish. 2 more Trigger Fish weighing more than 1kg, one landed by Euan Couper and the other by M. Benhakim, were also brought to the scales. Other notable catches were a 1.140 Gilthead Bream by Albert Gonzalez and a Sheepshead Bream which weighed-in at 1.010 and was caught by Paul Milan. Brian Garcia established the heaviest White Bream of the season so far with a specimen fish of 0.890 kg.

    There were three trophies for the heaviest points aggregates of the day. True to form, Arthur Asquez and Lawrence Sisarello took the first two positions. Arthur managed a total points tally of 488 with a catch that included 2 Common Sea Bream, 5 White Bream and 10 Two-Banded Bream among his total of 30 fish. Lawrence also managed 2 Common Sea Bream and 1 Pandora Bream among his total catch of 18 fish that secured him 315 aggregate points. 3rd position went to Terry Deeley with 285 points and a bag that also included 2 Common Sea Bream and 2 White Bream. Congratulations to all three anglers for their excellent catches.

    Medsea Tackle Trading League 2006

    1. A. Asquez - 2,311
    2. L. Sisarello - 2,286
    3. M. Asquez - 1,469
    4. T. Deeley - 1,114
    5. A. Gonzalez - 1,048
    6. R. Chichon - 989
    7. M. Vella - 947
    8. M. Hernandez - 888
    9. J. Asquez - 883
    10. W. Alecio - 817
    11. K. Fortunato - 791
    12. A. Lopez - 774
    13. H. Viñales - 750
    14. C. Asquez - 745
    15. J. Tilbury - 703

    Medsea Tackle Trading, Heaviest Fish of the Season


    Heaviest Fish

    M. Tierney

    Pandora Bream

    1.730 kg


    Heaviest Fish

    L. Sisarello

    Gilthead Bream

    1.520 kg


    Heaviest Fish

    M. Martinez

    Gilthead Bream

    1.430 kg

    Medsea Tackle Trading, Heaviest Fish Species of the Season

    Black Bream. A. Gonzalez - 0.690 kg
    Common Sea Bream. A. Asquez - 1.410 kg
    Conger - -
    Gilthead Bream. L. Sisarello - 1.520 kg
    Grey Mullet. C. Asquez - 1.250 kg
    Pandora Bream. M. Tierney - 1.730 kg
    Saddle Bream. C. Asquez - 0.340 kg
    Scorpion Fish. E. Couper - 0.560 kg
    Sea Bass. R. Galliano - 0.410 kg
    Two-Banded Bream. L. Sisarello - 0.610 kg
    White Bream. B. Garcia - 0.890 kg
    Wrasse. R. Chichon - 0.750 kg


    Fishing: Medsac's fifth outing from the Detached Mole reels in a 1,520kg Gilthead Bream

    30 April
    The Mediterranean Shore Angling Club held its fifth outing of the 2006 season at the Detached Mole on Sunday 30 April with thirty-four members turning up for the event. Weather conditions were generally quite favourable with a light easterly wind and overcast sky being in evidence throughout most of the day. The currents pulled strongly at times, particularly on the flow, but this did not deter the anglers from presenting a total of 321 fish at the weighing-in. Not bad compared with the 134 caught in the equivalent competition last season!

    Two-Banded Bream were present in substantial numbers with 44, which met the minimum size requirements, being brought to the scales. This represents the highest number caught of this species so far this year. The total number of fish landed after the first five outings stands at 1,513 compared with 739 for last year – well over double the number. Congratulations, therefore, to all Club anglers!

    There were three trophies for the heaviest catches of the day. Lawrence Sisarello, who continues in excellent form, secured a double. He won both the 1st and 2nd heaviest fish awards with a Gilthead Bream which weighed-in at 1.520 kg and a Sheepshead Bream of 0.960 kg. The Gilthead Bream now represents the second heaviest fish of the season so far. Well done to Lawrence! The 3rd heaviest fish trophy went to Herbert Viñales with a Common Sea Bream of 0.880 kg. The highest points aggregate was achieved by Lawrence’s direct rival this season – Arthur Asquez. Arthur managed a catch that totalled 346 points which allows both him and Lawrence to continue well ahead of the chasing pack.

    The competition results were as follows:

    1st Heaviest Fish:
    L. Sisarello
    Gilthead Bream
    1.520 kg
    2nd Heaviest Fish:
    L. Sisarello
    Sheepshead Bream
    0.960 kg
    3rd Heaviest Fish:
    H. Viñales
    Common Sea Bream
    0.880 kg
    1st Points Aggregate:
    A. Asquez
    346 points

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    Fishing: New club record set at South Mole, 4th Outing

    9 April
    The Mediterranean Shore Angling Club held its fourth outing of the 2006 season at the South Mole on Sunday 9 April. A total of thirty-four eager anglers turned up for the event on a day when light easterly winds was the order of the day. 391 fish were eventually brought to the scales representing the highest total so far this season with White Bream finally making an appearance in some numbers with 45 successfully landed. This compares with 200 fish captured in the equivalent competition last season so, in general terms, an excellent performance by all anglers in general. The South Mole normally provides better catches of Ballan and Painted Wrasse than the Detached Mole and this outing proved to be no exception with a total of 14 caught.

    The catch of the day went to Michael Tierney who managed to break the existing Club Record for the Pandora Bream with a specimen fish that tipped the scales at 1.730 kg. This not only secured the new record for Michael but also placed his catch as the heaviest fish of the season to date. Other notable catches were a 1.000kg Common Sea Bream by Reggie Chichon and a 0.930 Pandora Bream by Michael Hernandez.

    BothLawrence Sisarello and Arthur Asquez kept up their incredible good form this season with excellent aggregate catches that earned them 520 and 464 points respectively. Lawrence’s catch included no less than 3 Common Sea Bream, a Red Mullet and 5 Two-Banded Bream among his total catch of 32 fish. Arthur’s was almost as impressive with 3 Ballan Wrasse, 1 Painted Wrasse and 7 Two-Banded Bream in his catch of 33 fish. The league championship is turning into a head-to-head between both this anglers as others are, so far, left in their wake.

    There was a tie for the Most Number of Species trophy between Reggie Chichon and Manolo Asquez with 9 each. In such an event, the award is given to the angler with the heaviest fish in his catch - Reggie’s Common Sea Bream thus secured the trophy.

    The competition results were as follows:

    1st Heaviest Fish
    M. Tierney
    Pandora Bream
    1.730 kg
    1st Points Aggregate:
    L. Sisarello
    520 points
    2nd Points Aggregate:
    A. Asquez
    464 points
    Most Number of Species:
    R. Chichon 9

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    Football: GFA prepare for Wild Cup with a convincing victory against Yeading

    Monday's defeat left the GFA trailing in the mini tournament, with second place only possible if they had beaten Yeading last night.

    With the local side having lost 2-0 against San Roque, and Yeading drawing 0-0 against the Spanish side on Tuesday, the GFA had everything to play for.

    It certainly was a tense match, in which one of the visiting team's coaching staff was thrown of the pitch by the referee, and several confrontations ensued throughout the game. Back on the pitch Gibraltar's fast midfield play won the day. A goal in each half, gave the GFA a 2-0 victory. Yeading returning home without scoring a goal throughout the tournament. (Source

    This victory will certainly provide the GFA side with the confidence boost necessary to battle for the prestigious prize, that being the opportunity to win the Wild Cup, in Germany 2006.

    We wish the Gibraltar team the best of Gibraltarian luck as they prepare for their first encounter of the tournament, which will be against Republik St Pauli (German team, not a republic as name suggests) on the 29th May.
    (see previous posts for tv scheduling and other reports)

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    Paralympic silver medalist Mark Brown is on a cycle challenge from Santander to Gibraltar

    The former international marathon and long distance runner, along with a work colleague, aims to cycle the 800 miles from Northern Spain to the Rock of Gibraltar.

    Brown is no stranger to arduous tasks of endurance, having enjoyed a rich running career that has taken in three Paralympics and several World Championships, in the most intense heat. But having done nothing like this before, and having been forced to retire from athletics through injury, he admits this will be his greatest challenge yet:
    "I don't know how well I'll fare, as I've not been able to do anything athletics-wise since I returned from the Everest Marathon in Nepal last November. I was ill while over there, and when I came back I couldn't run without my lower back giving me pain, which is why I've had to retire, but I am able to cycle. This is foremost a new challenge for me and my colleague Mark Wilson, but if we can raise money through the cycle shop, then great. "
    The 43-year-old lost his arm in a road accident in 1992 while serving in the Queen's Lancashire Regiment, and names the silver medal he won in the 2000 Sydney Paralympics marathon as the highlight of his running career. He now works for the Primary Care Trust in the Barrowford area, and would like to make it known that if anyone is interested in sponsoring the pair's efforts, then the money raised will be donated to the Get Kids Going charity that aims to provide specially-built sport wheel chairs for budding disabled athletes.

    Gareth Morris of Burnley Cycle Centre has kindly provided the bicycles that the pair will be taking with them as they undergo their two-week coastal ride from Santander. Mark is hoping that they will be somewhere close to Gibralter come May 24th, as he aims to celebrate his birthday with family and friends who live in Gibraltar

    Mark Brown starts work in Gibraltar on June 12th for the Social Services, at the Giraldi Home

    Mark has represented Gibraltar in a couple of Island Games as well as running the Marathons at the Olympics games, he will be a real asset to Gibraltar Athletics. He has been involved in training young Athletes, in Gibraltar, on his frequent visits.

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    ON THEIR WAY: Cyclist Mark Wilson and former paralympian Mark Brown (right) who are undertaking a 200 mile bike ride through Spain. Also pictured is Gareth Morris (centre) from Burnley Cycle Centre who has supplied the bikes

    Source: Gibraltar Disability Movement and Burnley Today

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    Junior Football: St Jospeh's Saints win under 9 cup.

    Julian Warick became St Jospeh's hero as he saved a decisive penalty against Gib Utd Deloitte, to claim the under 9 cup. This win adds yet another trophy to their success in winning the league.

    Read article in Spanish Below:

    l portero de los ‘saints’ detiene el penalti decisivo de la tanda ante el Gib Utd Deloitte

    Julian Warnick se convirtió en el héroe del St. Joseph’s Bell Pharmacy en su encuentro de final de Copa Under-9. El meta, que acabó llorando, fue el artífice del triunfo al detener el noveno y último penalti de la tanda.

    Con este triunfo, el Bell Pharmacy logra, como sus hermanos mayores del Redwood, el doblete al haber ganado también la Liga.

    El partido fue muy disputado y con alternativas en el juego. A los 18’ marcó Francis Picardo con un disparo lejano. La oportunidad de los del Deloitte llegó en el 27’ pero el penalti lanzado por Jesse Victory se estrelló en el palo.

    En el 40’ llegó el empate de Aiden Schembri en una buena jugada. Al final, decidieron los penalties (ver tabla).


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    Football: Royal Gibraltar Police to host a football tournament at Victoria Stadium

    The Royal Gibraltar Police (RGP) announced today that, together with the IPA, they will be hosting the Torremolinos and Jerez Policia Local to a triangular football tournament at the end of this month.

    The RGP said this is an annual triangular tournament held locally invloving different cities from the Andalucia Area.

    The Tournament will be held at the Victoria Stadium on Tuesday 30th May 2006. Kick-off will be at 18:00hrs and will end at approximately 2100hrs.

    The teams will be invited to the IPA club where a presentation of trophies will be held.

    Senior Officers from all these forces will be accompaning the teams as part of their delegations.


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    Rythmic Gymnastics: Another successful outing for the Gibraltar team, this time in Algeciras

    Excellent Results from the III Torneo Ciudad de Algeciras.

    The Gibraltar, Rhythmic Gymnastics, Association School participated, last Sunday 21st May 2006 at the III Torneo de Gimnasia Ritmica Ciudad de Algeciras at the provincial “B” level standard.

    The competition was held at the Pabellon Municipal Ciudad de Algeciras.The competition attracted six schools/clubs from around the Campo de Gibraltar area. The teams were from Algeciras, La Linea, Tesorillo, Los Barrios and of course Gibraltar.

    The Gibraltar schools entered 18 gymnasts that competed in the
    following “B” level groups and Individual disciplines: Benjamin Free-Exercise, Alevin Free- Exercise, Infantil Ball, Junior Ball and JuvenilHoop.

    The Gibraltar team, under the very capable hands of head Coach Sally Holmes,assistant coaches, Kaisa Bear and Lesley Vaughan, achieved a total of 8podium positions:

    A fantastic (
    Gold Trophy) was won in the Individual Alevin Free- Exercise by Meaghan Chipol.

    Second (Silver Trophy) in the Infantil Ball was won by Najade Sheriff.

    Second (Silver Medal) in the Benjamin Group Free-Exercise, Sian Holmes, Olivia Jones, Shannon Victory, Christina Linares, Alexandra Ballantine.

    Second (Silver Medal) in the Alevin Group Free-Exercise, Zhane Ferro,Sara Mc Mullen, Clare Whanon, Gabriella Lyden , and Eden Andrades.

    Second (Silver Medal) in the Junior Group Ball, Lauren Murien, Naomi Sercombe, Arian Barton, Najade Sheriff, Candice Marsh.

    Third (Bronze Trophy) in the Individual Benjamin Free-Exercise, was won by Sian Holmes.

    Third (Bronze Trophy) in the Individual Infantil Ball won by Georgina Cassar.

    Third (Bronze Trophy) in the Individual Juvenil Hoop won by Naomi

    These results, provides the Association’s gymnasts with the determination to affront next Saturday’s Gibraltar Championships that are to be held at the Tercentenary Sports Hall. With Teams from Northampton, Granada, Malaga, Chiclana, Alhaurin de la Torre, Palmones and La Linea all taking part. The competition starts at 10:30am. Entrance is free; gates will open at 10:00am.

    The Association’s Committee is encouraging the general public that want to see good quality Rhythmic Gymnastics to come along and support the local girls.

    For more information about the event or about joining the Rythmic Gymnastics Association, contact Richard Bear at

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    Football: Countdown continues to Gibraltar's participation in the Wild Cup

    Wild Cup Update!!!

    The wild card team has finally been chosen. The Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus will be the final team to be playing in the group stage. This means that Northern Cyprus will be playing in what could be considered as the group of death, Group B, against the might of Greenland and Zanzibar. The winner of Group B could be considered as the strong favourite to take the trophy home.

    Click here: to find out more about the Northern Cyprus team (emblem pictured)
    Click here: to read about the history of the association.

    Meanwhile, the Gibraltar team, are in Group A and will play against "Repubilik"St Pauli (a local team) and Tibet. The GFA side is supposed to be in great shape for the tournament, according to Gibraltar's manager Albert Buhagiar. Some of the players looking particularly sharp in training have been: Gibraltar's, 26 year old, central midfielder, Juan Luis Duarte; Kevin De Los Santos, and Keiron Macedo. The Gibraltar team's press conference will be held on the 28th of May at 12:00pm, where Gibraltar's team manager, Mattew Reoch will be in attendance.
    Translated From:

    The Wild Cup organisers are impressed with the way Gibraltar manages to fit its 80 clubs onto one pitch. They acknowledge the administrative nightmare that is organising football matches in Gibraltar. Translated from:

    For those of you with access to the German Channel DSF, you will be able to click here: and find out the scheduling times for their tv coverage.

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    Tenpin Bowling: Spain withdrew team due to Gibraltarian participation

    A Spanish team withdrew from a Ten Pin Bowling competition in which Gibraltar was participating. The Opposition have condemned the Spanish Government for continuing to mix sports and politics in an attempt to advance their sovereignty claim over Gibraltar.

    In a statement issued today the Opposition state that the fact that Spain withdrew from a recent international ten pin bowling tournament in Luxembourg because of Gibraltar’s participation shows that Madrid’s policy against Gibraltar has not changed. This is not the first time that Spain has withdrawn from a tournament for this reason.

    It will be recalled that the Consejo Superior de Deportes issued an edict many years ago to all Spanish sporting federations regarding the participation of Gibraltar in sporting events. This has led to the frequent objection by the relevant Spanish sporting body to the membership of Gibraltar of an international sporting association.

    There have also been many instances of the Spanish team withdrawing from a tournament when Gibraltar has managed to join an international body and elected to participate in an event.
    In the past there have been problems created by Spain, for political reasons, with sports like athletics, badminton and hockey, to which Gibraltar belongs as a territory in its own right, independently of the United Kingdom. There are also others.

    The more high profile cases are the continuing inability of Gibraltar to join UEFA, and the International Olympic movement both of these because of pressure from Spain. Indeed, it is well known that the International Olympic Committee has changed its own rules with the effect of excluding Gibraltar.

    The latest news that the Spanish tenpin bowling team withdrew from an international event because of the participation of Gibraltar therefore follows a long line of incidents where Gibraltar’s sportsmen and women have had to put up with unsporting behaviour from Spain. It is very fitting in this respect that one of Gibraltar’s participants was awarded a fair play trophy in Luxembourg.


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    Football: Tibet's political difficulties before their encounter with Gibraltar in the Wild Cup 2006

    Dharamshala May 19 - If France was against the Tibetan football team playing on its soil, Germany had a completely different opinion. The Tibetan national football team were granted visas today to travel to Germany, the venue of the 2006 World Cup soccer tournament, to participate in the Wild Cup, a football tournament for nations which were ignored by the world's football governing body FIFA.

    Just three days before the world focuses its attention on the first game of the 2006 World Cup in Germany a few underdogs of the game will play against each other in Hamburg, in what is dubbed as the Mini World Cup.

    Greenland, Gibraltar, Zanzibar and Tibet along with two German teams are competing for the Wild Cup at Millerntor Stadium of St. Pauli, a soccer club in Hamburg with a long tradition of the game.

    18 Tibetan players with their coach D C Phuntsok Namgyal and manager Kalsang Dhondup will leave Delhi on 25 May to take part in the six team football tournament which begins on 29 May and goes on till 3 June.

    The Tibetan national football team was denied visa to travel to France in September last year. The French Embassy reasoned that many Tibetans have illegally migrated to France.

    Tibetans here believe that what the 1998 world champions of the sport did to the Tibetans was embarrassing and a move taken under pressure from China. This was reversed by this year's host of the most popular sporting event in the world.

    Whether the Tibetan squad wins the tournament or not is not the question now, says many lovers of the game. "This tournament in Hamburg will surely have games after which everyone leaves the field triumphant", says Tenzin, a fan of the Tibetan squad.

    The tournament was organised by the FIFI (Federation of International Football Independents).

    Carat, a German company and production house called Western Star are arranging the tournament which will be broadcast live on sports channel called DSF.

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    Click here: to find out more about Gibraltar's football statistics.
    Click here: to find out why Gibraltar is in neither FIFA or UEFA

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    Squash: Results from Gibraltar's Famous Grouse League Cup

    Over the past two weeks the Gibraltar Squash Association has hosted the FAMOUS GROUSE LEAGUE CUP. Twelve teams entered in total and were drawn into three Groups of four teams each. The first round was played on a round robin basis with all teams playing their respective group rivals. The first three then qualified (together with the best qualified second place to play the semi-finals. See attached schedule for the tournament’s results.

    The Famous Grouse Cup Final and Third/Fourth place match was played on Friday. The order of play was 3rd seeds played first then 1st seeds and finally the second seeds went on (so 1st seed match was important).

    Third Fourth place

    Toyota beat Baker Tilly in the match for third and fourth place, with the following scores (all matches were played to best of 5 games with three seeds playing per team – same format as the League):

    Third seed played first: Jonathan Zammitt (Toyota) beat Ian Collinson (Baker Tilly) 3-0.

    First seeds then went on: Nicholas De Haro (Toyota) beat Steve Shacaluga (Baker Tilly) 3-2.

    Second Seeds then played: Dennis Clinton (Toyota) beat Charles Bottaro (Baker Tilly) 3-0.

    In effect, Toyota won all matches and finished 3rd!


    Aon attack got the better of ISIS:

    As above, Third seed: Stephan Montegriffo (ISIS) lost to Gino De Haro (AON Attack) 3-0

    First seed: Anthony Brindle (ISIS – Gib’s number 1) beat Martin Lawrence (Aon Attack) 3-0.

    All evenly poised for final game, i.e. second seeds which was played by the two best under 17 players…….the score was:

    Carl Gomez (ISIS) lost to Mark Tewkesbury (AON Attack) 3-0……in what turned out to be a very tight three games that all went to Mark.

    On a different note, please note that the Gibtelecom Closed is being played this week and next week with the finals being played next Friday when trophies will also be presented!!

    Results table: Famous Grouse League Cup

    Group 1
    Group 2
    Group 3

    Aon Attack 38 I.S.I.S. 45 Toyota 40

    Bell'is 27 Los Bujos 0 Currency Centre 17

    Mercedes Benz 23 Norwich & Peter 32 Baker Tilly Gibraltar 35

    Automotive Ent 12 Eastgate 17 BMI 0

    Moo 8th May Hrs

    Court 1 19:00 Aon Attack v Bell'is
    15 2
    Court 3 19:00 I.S.I.S. v Los Bujos
    15 0
    Court 4 19:00 Toyota v Currency Centre
    15 2
    Tue 9th May Hrs

    Court 1 19:00 Merc Benz v Automotive Enterprises
    10 6
    Court 3 19:00 Norwich & Peter v Eastgate
    15 2
    Court 4 19:00 Baker Tilly Gib v BMI
    15 0
    Wed 10th May

    Court 1 19:00 I.S.I.S. v Norwich & Peterborough
    15 2
    Court 3 19:00 Toyota v Baker Tilly Gibraltar
    10 5
    Court 4 19:00 Aon Attack v Mercedes Benz
    12 5
    Thur 11th May Hrs

    Court 1 19:00 Eastgate v Los Bujos
    15 0
    Court 3 19:00 BMI v Currency Centre
    0 15
    Court 4 19:00 Bell'is v Automotive Enterprises
    15 0
    Mon 15th May Hrs

    Court 1 19:00 Toyota v BMI
    15 0
    Court 3 19:00 Aon Attack v Automotive Enterprises
    11 6
    Court 4 19:00 I.S.I.S. v Eastgate
    15 0
    Tue 16th May

    Court 1 19:00 Currency Centre v Baker Tilly Gibraltar
    0 15
    Court 3 19:00 Bell'is v Mercedes Benz
    10 8
    Court 4 19:00 Los Bujos v Norwich & Peterborough
    0 15

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