Curtains close on the Da Vinci Individual Doubles
The Da Vinci Individual Doubles League has recently come to a close thus declaring the winners of each division.
S. Cali / S. Ferrante won their match against M. Abela / K. Vella to add another 2 points to their tally and surpass H. Thomsen / O. Grech, thus ending their commitments in second place.
At the bottom of the table, the decider for the relegation area between I. Salomone / A. Bezzina and G. Camilleri / C. Spiteri ended in a draw, 21-13 15-21. Thus, both pairs lie in last place with equal points. However, the duo formed by Camilleri / Spiteri achieved performed better in the direct encounter, thus Salomone / Bezzina have been relegated to Division 2.
The Polidano Press Big Match for this week was a battle between veterans and upcoming players. The match also ended in a draw as K. Sciberras / N. Degaetano claimed the first set 21-18 but then lost the second to M. Farrugia / A. Rochman 17-21.
E. Abela / G. Grech won their last match against M. Micallef / K. Vella, 21-12 21-11, to end the competition at the top of the table without suffering a defeat.
With the winners of the division already announced, the focus shifted on who would claim the runner-up position. With 2 wins in their last 2 matches, J. Cassar / J. Grech Licari added 4 points to their total to seal the second place. The current Women’s Doubles national champions were first given a walkover by C. Cassar / P. Cassar. They then defeated Micallef / Vella in two close sets, 21-16 21-19.
D. Abdilla / Y. Boju finished their commitments with full points as they won their last match against N. Spiteri / E. Gatt, 21-15 21-12.
The latter earned a well-deserved in their second match against R. Zammit / A. Zammit. They initially lost the first set in one of the closest games so far this season, 27-29. However, they then claimed the second set 21-19, thus avoiding relegation.
In their other match, the Zammit duo had lost against J. Galea / M. Galea, 14-21 16-21.
With the title already in their hands, M. Abela / S. Cassar won their last match against M. A. Gambin / P. Gambin, 21-14 21-12, to confirm their superiority in the Division and finish the competition with full points.
The Gambin sisters ended the competition with a draw against M. Ellul / M. Vella, 21-14 20-22.
Previously, Ellul / Vella had drawn their other match against D. Galea / O. Fedoktina Galea. They convincingly won the first set 21-12, only to suffer a comeback by their opponents in the second, losing 15-21. These two draws earned Ellul / Vella 2 consolation points enabling them not to finish the competition without a point.