The 2012-2013 Women's St James Hospital League season is fast approaching upon us. The 2012-2013 season will start off this weekend 29 September 2012 with the St James Hospital Preseason Tournament which will be held at University Gym due to the damage at Ta Qali Basketball Complex. The St. James Hospital Preseason Tournament will start with the Women's League Defending Champions Luxol v Alyssa Ashley LBC 0800 29 September 2012 and will wrap up with the Championship game 30 September 2012 @ 1830. The tournament will allow the fans to see the new imports brought in by each club that has been reported except for Phoenix whom will be without their import whom will report 1 November 2012 as well as the clubs newly acquired transferred players. This preseason tournament will allow fans to see what each of their clubs will have to offer for the rest of the season.
Depiro- Has been very busy during the off season bringing in a very talented import Latisha Belcher 6'2" PF/C whom played her college basketball in the United States at East Tennessee University (NCAA 1) where she was named the A-Sun Defensive Player of the Year. Depiro really strengthen their roster by going out an obtaining some transfers from their rivals such Shooting Guard Beverly Zammit whom was with the defending champions Luxol last season as well as Emma Moore whom spent the 2011-2012 Season with Loyola. Depiro from all reports have gained the most in the off season and may end up being the favorites to win the league championship but time will tell.
Luxol- The defending champions can not be over looked as they have went out and signed a very good import as well Mollie Williams 6'2 F University of Washington (NCAA 1) to boaster their roster for the 2012-2013 season along with their talented Maltese players. Williams is a very versatile Forward that can be a force inside as well as step out and shoot the ball from the three. The defending champions will be looking to 3 peat as the Maltese League Champions in 2013.
Loyola- will be looking to make a run back to the Maltese League Championship game after losing in a deciding 5th game in the last moments to the defending champions Luxol. Loyola went out and acquired a sharp shooting guard Brietta Thomas 511 La Tech (NCAA 1). Thomas comes to Loyola with high praise from her former Coach WNBA Legend and Women's Basketball Hall of Famer Teressa Weatherspoon. Loyola added the talented Thomas to their roster after Christina Grima whom signed to play this season in Italy from reports as well as the loss of Abigail Sciberra whom decided to go study abroad.
Phoenix- Has went out and probably made the biggest splash with adding American to their roster for the 2012-2013 season. Phoenix added Brittaney Thomas a 5'9 guard out of University Pittsburgh (NCAA 1) where in her final season Thomas avg 15ppg in the toughest college basketball conference in the United States. Brittaney played this past season in the WBCBL where she led the nation in scoring at over 24ppg. Phoenix also strengthen their roster with adding Alexis Darmanin from Hibs. Phoenix may be the most improved team within the league after finishing at the bottom of the standings last season with the addition of Brittaney Thomas they could contend for a playoff spot.
Hibs- Hibs has not reported to our sources that they have signed an import player for the 2012-2013 season as of yet. Hibs is looking to improve on their semifinals appearance after finishing 4th in the regular season. Hibs had a very successful season in 2011-2012 after winning both the Maltese Cup and BOV Knock-Out Cup. This may be a tough task t repeat if they decide not to bring a import player in even with their talented Maltese players.
Athleta- is looking to make a playoff run after just missing out on the playoffs after finishing in 5th place during the regular season and only one game behind Hibs for the final playoff push. No reports have been reported to Athleta bringing a import in for the upcoming season as of yet to our sources. Athleta may not have reported an addition of an import but sources are telling us they have added transfers Edwina Vella from Deprio, Justine Xuereb from Depiro, and Marie Claire Cilia from Starlites for the the 2012-2013 season
Starlite- is looking to improve on their 6th place finish from the 2011-2012, this may be a struggle they have not reported to our sources any signings of imports nor any transfers at this time such as the other teams have. All the teams above Starlite has improved their rosters and so has Phoenix whom is the only team to finish below Starlite in the 2011-2012 season with the signing of their star import Brittaney Thomas.
Women's basketball in Malta savoured another good dose of success on the international scene a few days ago with the bronze medal won by the Under-18 girls' team to complement the title claimed by their senior peers in the FIBA European Championships for Small Countries a few weeks back in Gibraltar. The U-18 side, coached by Sandro Farrugia and his assistant Winnie Buhagiar, were playing in the European Division C Championship in Tbilisi, Georgia. In the group stage, they opened with an... [read more]
Women's basketball in Malta savoured another good dose of success on the international scene a few days ago with the bronze medal won by the Under-18 girls' team to complement the title claimed by their senior peers in the FIBA European Championships for Small Countries a few weeks back in Gibraltar. The U-18 side, coached by Sandro Farrugia and his assistant Winnie Buhagiar, were playing in the European Division C Championship in Tbilisi, Georgia. In the group stage, they opened with an encouraging 65-32 win over Gibraltar and they followed that up with a hard-earned, but merited, 53-47 victory over Kosovo. The third match was a group-winning decider against Georgia. Farrugia's team fought bravely but at the end they had to bow out to the hosts with a tight 55-51 scoreline against. This meant that Malta had to face strong contenders Armenia in the semi-finals and the hot favourites lived up to pre-tournament expectations with a 59-43 win. Malta qualified for the bronze medal match against Andorra and although falling 22-15 behind in the second quarter, the girls rallied back with a strong third-session display and never looked back to beat their opponents 71-63. In the final, Armenia were in a class of their own as they downed Georgia 66-32. Besides placing third, another notable achievement at the end of the tournament was the selection of two Malta U-18 players - Sophie Abela (160-SF-99) and Hannah Al Tumi (185-C-98) - among the championship's All Star Five. The Malta squad was composed of Kristy Galea, Sophie Abela, Danielle Agius, Kimberley Pirotta, Noelene Vella, Laura Vella, Jasmine Abela, Nicole Hili, Nicole Vella, Hannah Al Tumi, Kirsty Caruana and Lara Caruana Montaldo. Courtesy of: timesofmalta.com
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