Over 140 goalkeepers took part in the 1st edition of the Lotto Goalkeeper Battle which was held on Thursday at San Gwann Football Grounds. Goalkeepers in various age groups, including Premier League keepers Manuel Bartolo of Birkirkara, Daniel Balzan of Hibernians and Jean Matthias Vella of Vittoriosa, battled against each other in a classical tournament which was organised by international goalkeeper Mario Muscat and Simon Grech.
The following are the winners in every age group:
Under-9: Winner – Matthias Debono (Valletta)
Runner-up – Reeves Cini (Pieta)
Under-11: Winner – Jake Pisani (San Gwann)
Runner-up – Amara Sylla (Birkirkara)
Under-13: Winner – Luca Caruana (Luxol)
Runner-up – Jacob Chircop (Valletta)
Under-15: Winner – Matthew Schembri (St Lucia)
Runner-up – Slaven Micallef (Naxxar)
Under-17: Winner – Matthew Calleja Cremona (Pembroke)
Runner-up – Justin Tonna (Lija)
Under-19: Winner – Karl Magri (Birkirkara)
Runner-up – Adam Fretwell (Sirens)
The organisers would like to thank all the sponsors – without their support this event would not have been possible, San Gwann FC for their continuous support, helpers for making the day a memorable one, the media for their ongoing promotion and coverage, all clubs/nurseries for their support in this event and last but not least all those who participated including also the hundreds that came to support their favourite goalkeeper.
This event will be part of every year’s sports calendar.