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WATERPOLO PLAYERS OF THE YEAR ANNOUNCED

Steven Camilleri, Stephen Micallef and Francesca Paolella claimed the Waterpolo Players of the Year award for their respective division.

Camilleri (Neptunes) and Stephen Micallef (Marsaskala) won the award for the Premier and First Division respectively, while Francesca Paolella of Sliema clinched the Women’s award.

Camilleri’s water polo season 2015 can be described as one of the best of his career, winning all three ‘Player of the Month’ awards during the season. Stevie scored an astounding 61 goals in 17 matches making him the top scorer.

This was not an easy feat considering the class of the foreign players in the league such as triple Olympic gold medalist Peter Biros and World Champion Guillermo Molina.

This is the fifth time that Camilleri has achieved this award and has this year returned to the top flight of Italian Waterpolo signing with A1 side Circolo Canottieri Ortigia.

A never-say-die attitude and a strong presence in the centre, despite not being one of the bigger guys in the water are Stephen Micallef’s characteristics.

Stephen was crucial in Marsaskala’s two victories over rivals Marsaxlokk in just 4 days to win both the First Division Knock Out and League, scoring 4 goals in Marsaskala’s 10-8 win in the Knock Out final.

Francesca Paolella’s high scoring and speed in the pool contributed to Sliema’s victory in the Water Polo Women’s League.

The swimming veteran also captained Sliema to the final of the Women’s Knock Out final losing by an odd goal to Exiles with Paolella scoring 4 of her team’s 9 goals.

The winners were presented with the awards during the ASA’s Annual General Meeting.

Unfortunately Stevie Camilleri could not be present to collect his award due to his commitments in Ortigia.

The award was collected by Matthew Bonello, president of Neptunes Waterpolo Club
 
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