In the first round of the Men’s Champions League the biggest surprise was the result Vardar Skopje managed to obtain against a more quoted Barcellona side. Skopje managed a 29-29 result against those who are the clear favourites to lift the trophy. This result should not obstruct the path of Barcellona but will definitely help them focus no opponent will let them have an unchallenged game. The result of the Barcellona game is not the only surprising result there was. PSG also had a tough game against Dinamo Minsk on French soil. The 34-31 result did not game after a plain sailing game but the French team had to sweat hard for it. All the results but one from this first outing was more than five goals. Last year’s winners HSV Hamburg, brushed aside Spanish side Naturhouse La Rioja with a nine goal margin. The German side was in control all the time and although it will be hard to maintain the trophy at the club, the start was an indication they will surely give it their best shot to lift the trophy for the second year running.
On another note, last Saturday saw the start of the Malta Handball Association season. If the day shows you how it will be from the morning, then we will surely have a great handball season. La Salle won both games. In the ladies’ game there was a strong start from La Salle but Aloysians managed to catch up after a shaky start. By the end of the first half La Salle were leading by two goals. Although Aloysians worked hard to go in front, La Salle were good to keep them at bay and finished the game with a 20-16 score. In the men game, our boys offered a great opposition to a La Salle side which was more quoted for the win. No one believed Luxol could offer such an opposition with Spanish player Carlos missing but after leading for most of the game, Luxol’s 3 goal margin loss seems a bit harsh. Luxol put a great show but some technical faults and tactical inexperience proved too much a price to pay. Well done goes to La Salle who were good through the game and took the opportunity when it came to take control of the game.
Well done also go to both sets of supporters, especially to the Luxol supporters who were an inspiration to our men to put on a good show. It was also a deserved farewell to Daniel Tanti who will continue to play the game in Denmark where he will continue to further his talents. Luxol HC wishes Daniel all the best.