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A Quadruple And A Double: Neptunes And Marsaskala Close Off Water Polo Summer League With Decisive Victories Last Night

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Neptunes made a strong case for being one of the best water polo clubs in Maltese history after winning their second consecutive premier league title, beating arch-rivals Sliema 2-0 in the best-of-three playoff final last night.

The Reds made quick work of the series, finishing the second game with a comfortable 14-10 win over their Sliema counterparts.

Not only does this victory mark Neptunes’ 26th title in history, but it also is the first time a team has captured the quadruple crown, having won the Winter League, President’s CUP, KO and now Premier League.

Despite Sliema’s early lead in the first quarter (up 4-2), Neptunes quickly rallied and proved to us why the are champions by taking the last three quarters, 1-4, 3-5, 2-3.

The premier league final was also the final match for Neptunes club captain, Niki Lanzon, who decided last night to step away from the sport.

Neptunes weren’t the only water polo team to celebrate a monumental victory last night after Marsaskala beat Valletta to become the 1st Division League Champions.

Marsaskala went into the matchup as the bookies’ underdogs but surprised their tougher opponents with a 2-0 win in the series.

The southsiders won their first match with confidence beating Valletta 13-8.

The second matchup wasn’t as easy, with Valletta proving why they were considered as favourites, as both teams went 13-13 resulting in a penalty shootout that saw Marsakala come out on top, 17-16.

Marsaskala’s victory last night means the team finishes the season with a double,  having already won the KO.

 

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