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December 19, 2019

The Christmas Table Tennis Tournament 2019

PBC Table Tennis Coaching Centre organized the much anticipated Christmas tournament at St. Aloysius Pavilion on Saturday 14th December.

With a record entry, players were placed into their age categories in the Singles events, for the very first time the Father & Son doubles was introduced. Ten FS entries played in this category, requiring son's age to be Under 15.
The event was full of exciting table tennis, tense moments and surprise results.

In the Under 11 category Matthew Zammit was impressive, he made it to the semi finals without losing a set in the qualification round. Matthew defeated his older brother Michael 3-0 to make way for his first table tennis final appearance.
In the other semi final hot favourite Gianluca Alessandro lived up to his seeding as he showed his quality to win in three tight sets against the ever improving Jacques Camilleri. Score 11-9, 11-7, 11-9.
In the final, Gianluca was a clear favourite as he built a reputation in earlier competitions taking top spot. On the other hand novice player Matthew showed very good play but the experience and determination of Gianluca was too much for him to overcome and lost narrowly 3-0. Score 11-7, 11-9, 12-10.

The Under 13 final was contested by Jeremy Galea and Michael Hall. This was a close enough affair with a good start by Jeremy taking an easy first set. Michael pulled back the deficit to take the second set 11-9. Jeremy went on to win the third but Michael hit back in the fourth set to level the match 2-2. In the fifth and final set Jeremy was the better player and eventually pulled away to claim a 3-2 win.

It was brother versus brother in the Under 15 final, the Ellis twins. Matthew came out strong in the first set and took the lead. Mark is a massive fighter and came back strong in the second set and won 12-10 to level the match 1-1. With tension and nerves high Mark continued where he left off, his play turned more consistent and took the next two set 11-3, 11-8. The bro battle was over, final score Mark 3 Matthew 1.

Ten teams of Father & Son played a knock out and was a delight to watch the family dynamics at play. Carl and Jacques Camilleri were dominant and reached the final without dropping a set. However, in the final, the Camilleris met stronger opposition Stefan and Gianluca Alessandro. The match was tightly contested and it was the composed Camilleris who came out top with the score in the deciding game 15-13.

In the semi finals of the Seniors category, Adrian Bartos and Kyle Zammit defeated Shaun Muscat and Nissim Ohayon respectively. In the final Adrian took a relatively easy win against Kyle the younger player. Kyle showed some good play but the experience of the Romanian opponent was too much to beat. Adrian Bartos wins 3-0.

Finally, congratulations to all the players and in particular the finalists. Thanks to photographer Matthew Borg Cardona for capturing the event. Thank you also to all volunteers who helped out on the day in making the event such a success.

December 20, 2016

Christmas Table Tennis Tournament 2016

The Christmas Table Tennis Tournament organized by PBC Table Tennis Coaching Centre was held on Saturday 17th December 2016.
Thanks to all who showed up at St. Aloysius pavilion for a successful event!

We had a good turnout of table tennis players, welcoming new faces and former players alike.

Once again the event was divided into four categories in order to give all the players the chance of success at their age level. All players of each category played on a round robin format and first four placing determined who advances to the semi finals.

In the Under 11 Christian Cauchi, Malta's ranked number 4, had a comfortable victory over his much younger opponents. Jeremy Galea placed second, a promising up and coming young player. Ben Barbara and Gianluca Alessandro took away bronze, two players who started playing table tennis this year are now beginning to show talent for the game.

In the Under 13 Runner-up Matthew Mifsud was in good form and he put in a solid performance, narrowly losing the final against the more experienced player Luca 11-9, 11-9, 11-8. Luca Flask secured first place without losing a single set throughout all his matches.

The Under 15 semi final, Carl Bondin used all his experience to close out a really good victory over Isaac Bartolo, who many thought stood the chance to progress to the final.
In the other semi final, Karl Cauchi showed battling qualities but was not enough and lost to a determined Kyle Zammit 3-0.
The two young guns Kyle and Carl faced off for the title. Kyle could not handle Carl's fast paced offensive style in the final match. Carl went on to take home gold with a deserved 3-0 win.

Earlier in the rounds, Gabriel Vella showed good form and played a firm display against Carl Bondin. Both players showed fantastic fight and determination in what was a real battle. Gabriel had big chances in the first two sets but lost 14-16 12-14.

An exciting future looms large for this young Gabriel!

In the first semi final of the Senior's category, it was all to play right from the start. Shaun Muscat got in on the act as he stepped up to defeat Daniel Musu 3-1.
In the other semi final, there was an upset brewing, as one of the favourites Andrew Borg Costanzi was knocked out by Daniel Attard. 
In the final Daniel Attard was unstoppable when it came to the crunch match. Despite Shaun's best efforts, he could not quite get to grips with Daniel as he came through in straight sets 11-7, 11-7, 14-12.

Finally, it takes selfless contributions from people to make this event go.
I would like to recognize a few who donate their time and effort; Riccardo Flask and Shaun Muscat, plus the many players who helped with the setup and tear-down.

Of course, saving the best for last, I would like to thank all those who participated. Well done to all the players. 
See you all back again in 2017!

Shaun Muscat

September 15, 2016

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September 06, 2016

Summer's End Table Tennis Tournament 2016

PBC Table Tennis Coaching Centre hosted the End Of Summer Table Tennis Tournament for the third consecutive year on Saturday 3rd September. The Tournament was a resounding success for the organization and the administration. The volunteers played a huge role in the success and the smooth course of the tournament.

Special thanks to players Shaun Muscat for helping in the draws of the tournament, Riccardo Flask for the great photo taking throughout the event. Thank you also to Daniel Bajada, Malta’s National Seniors Champion, for his priceless contribution during the summer coaching sessions and the tournament.

In the Under 13 Category qualifying round, there was a count-back between three players Luca Flask, Matthew Mifsud and Christian Cauchi as they all won the same number of matches. Luca and Christian qualified for the semis knock out phase having won the highest number of games. A fine performance was displayed by newcomer Matthew Mifsud who showed he has potential, he was unfortunate not to make it to the next round.

In the semis, Luca beat last year’s Under 11 champion Calvin Azzopardi and Christian beat Matthias Zahra 3-0 to reach the final. 
Christian defeated Luca in the qualifying round and met again in the final. 
Though this match was a different story, this time Luca was victorious, final result 8-11, 3-11, 15-13, 11-13.

In the Under 15, Samuel Okoh played well and moved easily into the final stage. He kept his rich veins of form throughout all his matches. Carl Bondin advanced from his opening group; he then beat Kyle Zammit in the semis.
Towering above all his opponents, Samuel made short work of the final beating Carl 11-6, 11-7, 11-6.

In the Seniors event, Marco Muscat caused the shock of the day when he defeated one of the favorites Shaun Muscat 3-1 in the quarterfinal. Daniel Attard and Samuel Okoh, last year’s finalists, met in the semifinal, though this time it was Sam’s revenge. 
Marco Muscat entered the Seniors event with little expectations, despite his surprise win in the quarterfinal, lost to mighty Andrew Borg Costanzi in the semi.

In the final Sam set a cracking pace and Andrew was unable to break down his control and counter attacking game. Andrew had chances but Super Sam was yet again in a temperament of his own, simply in fine form!

Finally, it was great to see the fine support of the players received at the event from their families, friends and spectators alike.

‘For me, it was a delight to be working with a great number of players who are so enthusiastic.’

Congratulations to all the finalists! 

Daniel Attard

April 03, 2016

Junior National Championships 2016

After the success of reaching the Under 11 plate event final and taking home silver on two occasions this season, nine year old Christian Cauchi entered the Junior Nationals full of confidence and optimism.

Christian ranked no 6 reached the Plate final once again. His anxiety was also evident but fought back well in every game and registered his first gold in the Under 11 Plate beating Andrew Bezzina 11-8, 11-9, 11-7 in the final. 
Bravo Christian!

It was a double celebration for Christian. Teamed with eight year old Matthew Cassar, they reached the final in the Under 11 Boys Doubles finishing runners-up after losing to their much older and stronger opponents. 
Well done boys!

Christian Cauchi

Christian Cauchi and Matthew Cassar

December 23, 2015

Christmas 2015 Table Tennis Tournament

PBC Table Tennis Coaching Centre organized the much awaited Christmas Tournament on Saturday 19th December at St. Aloysius Pavilion.
Players were placed into groups depending on their age for single matches. The event was full of exciting table tennis, surprise results and played in a fabulous spirit. Due to the numerous games scheduled for the event, all matches were played on a best of three.

In the Seniors category, Robert Livori with his anti-top tactics managed to defeat Andrew Borg Costanzi in two straight sets.

The Under 15 final was contested between two Daniels. Daniel Musu can feel a little unlucky to find himself on the losing side as he played well throughout the competition. But it was Daniel Attard who took a close 2-1 victory.

Jake Pisani, a table tennis novice, showed some marked progress and was the surprise finalist in the Under 13 group. Table tennis is relatively a new passion for teenager Jake, he is indeed a promising player! However Carl Bondin was in top condition, enough to be crowned champion.

A big improvement was shown by a number of players and this augurs well for the upcoming year 2016.

A mega thank you to all that showed up and well done to the finalists!

Jake Pisani and Carl Bondin

December 23, 2015

PBC Table Tennis Acuda team earned second place at the 2014/2015 Division III National Teams League Championships and promoted to Division II.
From left to right; Andrew Borg Costanzi, Edward Borg Costanzi, Gary Azzopardi and Daniel Attard.

December 03, 2015

2nd Under 18 National Ranking Tournament

Daniel Attard progressed to the final of the Plate Event in the U18 category organized by the MTTA on Friday 27th November before losing out to Kyle Galea.

Well done Daniel!


November 29, 2015

2nd Under 11 National Ranking Tournament

Young Christian repeats terrific result in the 2nd Under 11 National Ranking Tournament organized by the MTTA on Friday 27th November.

Christian lost the Plate final despite a brilliant performance. Reaching the final is certainly his second consecutive reward for his dedicated training and the progress he made over recent months.

Well Done Christian!


September 28, 2015

1st Under 11 Ranking Tournament organized by the MTTA 2015-2016

Christian Cauchi put in a standout performance at the 1st Under 11 National Ranking Tournament organized by the Malta Table Tennis Association on Friday 25th September.

In his first ever participation in an Open Competition, 10 year old Christian appeared very calm throughout all his matches and made it to the Plate Final.

In the final held on Monday 28th September, Christian battled bravely against his opponent and after leading 2-1, went down to a close 3-2 result.

Congratulations to Christian and his parents and brother Karl whose support has helped his rapid progress in table tennis.

Well done Christian!

Christian Cauchi


September 11, 2015

Summer's End Table Tennis Tournament 2015

Thanks to all the players, organizers, parents and supporters for coming out last Saturday for the Table Tennis Summer End Tournament. It was a great success!

Thank you for all those who helped with the setup and teardown. Special thanks to Matthew Borg Cardona and Riccardo Flask for their photographic input during the event.

Thank you also to Malta Champion Daniel Bajada for his contribution throughout the summer sessions and tournament.

In the Under 11 Final Calvin Azzopardi was more consistent throughout the sets playing cautious strokes and hitting hard at the right opportunity. Luca played the all-out attack but was not enough and succumbed to a 3-1 defeat.

Sam Okoh defeated league team mate Carl Bondin in the Under 13 Final. Carl showed marked improvement this summer but Sam was in his best ever style and Carl had to content with silver.

The Under 15 category was contested between Sam Okoh and Daniel Attard. Sam pulled off the shocker of the tourney, blasting through talented Daniel, the U15 favourite.

The Seniors event was again contested between Sam and Daniel, however this time it was Daniel’s vengeance. The Final was enjoyable to watch, Daniel was determined and showed his fine all round game, sweeping by now a deflated and tired Sam.

Overall, the more outstanding performances came from Samuel Okoh who qualified for the U13, U15 and Seniors Finals taking home two gold and one silver, a memorable achievement indeed!

Thank you again to everyone that showed up and congratulations to the finalists!

Gary Azzopardi
Sam Okoh

March 01, 2015

Under 11 Ranking Tournament 2014-15

The third in the series of Under 11 Ranking Open Table Tennis Tournament organized by the Malta Table Tennis Association was held at the University pavilion on Friday 27th February.

There was a great turn out from local players some making their tournament debuts. Calvin Azzopardi, a left hander playing his first tournament, made his way through to the semi-final stage by beating three players. He eventually lost the semi-final to James Vella Vidal ranked no.1 in three straight sets.

Well done Calvin!

Calvin Azzopardi


September 08, 2014

Summer's End Table Tennis Tournament 2014

Following this summer successful table tennis coaching program, PBC Table Tennis Coaching Centre organized a Summer’s End Table Tennis Tournament on Saturday 6th September at St. Aloysius pavilion.

With so many new faces this summer, the event was divided into four categories in order to give everyone the chance of success at their age level.

In the Under 11, two new players, Adam Doublet and Luca Flask pulled off a major surprise when they advanced to the semi finals.

Both semi finals were very closely fought out affairs, Adam Doublet beat Isaac Bartolo 3-1 and Calvin Azzopardi fended off the challenge from Luca Flask by winning his match 3-2. The final was a nail bitter and eventually came down to the fifth set with Calvin winning 11-9.

Daniel Attard made easy work of the Under 13 only being pushed by Samuel Okoh in the final. Daniel went on to beat Sam 4-2.

The Under 15 saw our more experienced youths battling it out with Andrew Borg Costanzi taking a well deserved gold beating Mark Muscat in the final 4-0.

In the Senior’s event Marco Muscat had a brilliant day and surpassed expectations reaching the final beating Hungarian Peter Luraszko in the semi.

Noel Debattista and Marco Muscat fought out a 4-3 sensational final with Noel taking home gold, final set score 11-7.

Eight year old Christian Cauchi was voted best improved player.

Congratulations to all players who took part and a special thanks to Daniel Bajada, three times Senior National Champion and ranked 126 in Italy, for his contribution at the summer sessions and tournament. Thanks Dan!

Left, young Christian Cauchi, voted Best Improved

May 31, 2014

PBC Table Tennis Coaching Centre congratulates our player Daniel Musu

Following the recent good performance and results obtained during the National Table Tennis Festival organized by the Kunsill Malti Ghall-Isport, Daniel Musu was selected to represent Stella Maris School at the Inter Schools MSSF Table Tennis Championships.

The Competition was held on Tuesday 27th May and we are very proud to announce Daniel’s success in this competition taking home silver in the Under 15 Category. Well done Daniel!!

Daniel Musu right

December 27, 2013

Daniel Attard triumphs at the 2013 Christmas Table Tennis Tournament

PBC Table Tennis Coaching Centre organized a one day Christmas Tournament for youths on Saturday 21st December at St. Aloysius pavilion.

The tournament saw the most talented and eager table tennis players of our school. The event was relentlessly and intensely competitive.

The qualifying round commenced early afternoon with 4 groups each containing four or five players. To qualify for the Open Singles the players had to win or place second in their respective Group. The rest participated in the Plate event.

In the Singles event, dominant Daniel Attard claimed the title defeating a strong-minded Luke Abela 3-1 in an all-out attacking and entertaining final match. Luke has a sporting ambition and determination to fight for every point but this was just not enough against a firm Daniel.

In the Plate event Tyron Delia was a clear favorite and beat Rudger Xerri 3-0 in the final. Tyron eliminated David Mamo in the semi final, while Rudger eliminated Kieron Cassar.

Calvin Azzopardi, Isaac Bartolo and Kyle Schembri were voted as the most promising youngsters of the tournament.
Bronze medals were awarded to third place Sean Goodlip, Gary Azzopardi, Rudger Xerri and David Mamo.

‘It is good to see the players treating this participation as another experience to polish their table tennis skills. We congratulate the winners and thank all participants for a great table tennis spectacle’.

Well done and Happy Holidays!

Daniel Attard

August 14, 2013


July 12, 2013

Double Bronze for Daniel

PBC Table Tennis Coaching Centre’s player Daniel Musu won bronze at the recent World Sports Festival held in Vienna in the U13 Boys on Friday 5th July, defeating stronger players in the process.

Daniel continued his table tennis fine performance the following day when he teamed up with Ayrton Galea to clinch bronze again in the Under 13 Boys Doubles event.

PBC table tennis Coaching Centre is delighted with Daniel’s tournament success, commented coach Peter Borg Cardona, “his efforts over recent months are a positive example to everyone at the centre".

This was the Stella Maris College’s second venture at the International event following last year’s debut. Well done Dan!

Daniel Musu

June 10, 2013

Fund raising activity

On the 7th of June, St. Margaret College Boys’ Secondary, Cottonera in conjunction with Senglea, Vittoriosa, Cospicua and Kalkara Local Councils organized the “Cottonera and Kalkara Day”.
The event featured live exhibitions, free guided tours with on-sight lectures around the Three Cities including Kalkara and a table tennis fund-raising charity event co-ordinated by PBC table tennis coaching centre.

Head coach Peter Borg Cardona would like to thank all the players and volunteers for their participation in the ten hour table tennis marathon held on this day at St. Margaret College.

“I am aware that the players (and the parents) gave up their time to participate and in doing so they showed a real commitment to support the work we do for charity. The money raised will go towards Puttinu Cares Foundation”.

Special thanks goes to the headmaster Ray Vella and a mega thank you to Kevin Azzopardi for his help and support and his boys from Stella Maris School, Gzira.

Thanks also to those who donated during the fund raising charity event. Last but not least, the MTTA for providing us with the fences.

February 18, 2013

Gordon Cockram from Neots Table Tennis Club Uk writes

Gordon Cockram aged 80, a stranger in a foreign land. But the moment Peter said to me "Can I see your bat, sure you can play" I was no longer a stranger but became a friend to everyone at PBC table tennis coaching centre. This must be one of the best facilities of it's kind on the island and I have nothing but admiration for Peter in what he has established here. Thank you to all the players I have met and played with from the youngest to the oldest. Long will you all be remembered".

Gordon Cockram

July 17, 2012

PBCTT successful Scottish tour

PBC table tennis group are back from Scotland and the players have learnt much from their exposure both in the coaching sessions and competition.

Julian and Simon Sultana, Mark Ebejer, James Zammit, Gabriel Debattista, Gabriel Buhagiar certainly returned with valuable lessons learnt in the sport of international table tennis. The team played an average 5 hours daily of table tennis over 5 days of coaching and competing against counterparts from Ayreshire, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Perth.

Coaching sessions were conducted by Lindsay Muir, Patrick Duffy, Ian Macpherson, Neil Doherthy and former director of coaching for England and Scotland table tennis David Fairholm.

Scotland’s top senior players Sean Doherty, Chris Main and U15 Scotland’s national players Jason Fleming ranked no.2, Jamie Arnott, Greg Robertson were a few of our prominent sparring partners throughout the tour.

Head coach Peter Borg Cardona commented “now is the time to expose our players to different styles and I am satisfied with their performance during our stay. The youngsters have talent and with the right preparation these players will continue to progress”.

June 18, 2012

Thank you

The table tennis tournament held on Saturday 16th June at St. Aloysius pavilion was an unprecedented success, thanks to everyone involved especially the 75 players and volunteers.
Your participation, personal commitment and support was incredibly helpful.

Please accept our heartfelt gratitude for the generous contribution in support of Angela Bajada Foundation.

May God repay you all a hundredfold!

April 17, 2012

PBC table tennis players embark on a summer tour to Scotland

PBC table tennis players are getting ready for the summer tour to Scotland at the end of June. Head coach Peter Borg Cardona and six players will be based in Glasgow visiting Edinburgh, Perth and North Ayrshire to take part in training camps and competition.

Scotland’s senior national team player, Sean Doherty, will be one of our influential training partners during our stay. Sean, currently ranked Scotland’s number 5 beat Holland’s number one seed Ter Luun Casper in the Liebherr 2012 World Team Table Tennis Championships held in Dortmund, Germany between the 25th March and 1st April.

April 16, 2012

ITTF Junior Circuit 2012

Julian Sultana was one of the selected players to represent Malta at the 2012 Malta Junior and Cadet Open – ITTF Junior Circuit held at the Cottonera Complex between the 12th and 15th April. Well done Julian!

Julian Sultana serves

April 10, 2012

Ukranian guest coach at pbc table tennis coaching centre

Uriy Leimanovskiy, an Ukranian professional table tennis coach, visited our centre on several occasions over recent months and our players were fortunate to have this unique opportunity to get tips and strategy from one of Ukraine’s top coaches. “This is another great boost to our already successful program”. Diakuju Uriy!

Uriy Lemanovskiy

January 04, 2012

Table tennis training camp 2011

PBC table tennis coaching centre organized a one day training camp for the fourth consecutive year at St. Aloysius pavilion on Wednesday 28th December.

Physiotherapist Guo Ming opened the program with a short lecture on ‘prevention of injury’. Ming, also a keen table tennis player, highlighted the main causes of injuries through table tennis and how to prevent them, both from his personal experience and from a physiotherapy point of view.

Head coach Peter Borg Cardona assisted by Serbian coach Zlejko Demitrijevic conducted the two hour morning training followed by lunch. The afternoon kicked off with yet another one hour of coaching, basic drills for footwork and technique as well as multi ball training.

As in previous editions, the climax of the day was the competition. In the Singles event, Julian Sultana confirmed once again to be superior and the strongest. The final was fast paced and dominated by Julian. He beat his opponent Gabriel Debattista in three straight sets to secure top place and take home gold.

The competition featured two promising prospects, both aged 11, Carl Bondin and Matthew Galea. Both Matthew and Carl produced several impressive displays in the quarter final against Simon Sultana and Theo Camilleri respectively.

In the Plate event Simon Sultana and Mark Ebejer fought out a 3-2 thriller in the semi final with Simon taking the final game 11-8. Simon then overpowered Theo Camilleri 3-0 in the final.
All participants showed improvement in their training and in the matches held at the end of the camp. This brings the end of another successful year at PBC table tennis coaching centre.

Julian Sultana

Gary Spiteri

Carl Bondin

November 04, 2011

PBC tabletennis players engage in football

PBCTT players engage in a friendly five-a-side football game at the Floriana grounds.

PBCTT and TTN teams

October 09, 2011

PBC tabletennis engage Serbian qualified coach

PBC tabletennis in conjunction with TTN are pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Zeljko Dimitrijevic as coach.

Zeljko is an experienced player and qualified coach from Serbia and his presence will surely help lift the standards of our players.

Zeljko is undoubtedly a massive boost to our group. He will be working in cooperation with head coach Peter Borg Cardona.

A huge WELCOME to our new Serbian table tennis coach.

Zeljko Dimitrijevic

July 10, 2011

59th Junior National Championships

Gabriel Degabriele produced two great victories to reach the final of the National Championships U18 Plate event held on Sunday 03rd July.

Despite his impressive performance, Gabriel could not close the deal and lost 3-2 in an exciting final claiming his first trophy at national level.

Gabriel Buhagiar left

May 07, 2011

5th Under 15 Ranking Competition organized by the MTTA

Seeded third in the competition, James Camilleri had a smooth ride to reach the final of the Under 15 category organized by the Malta Table Tennis Association held on Friday 06th May.

But the final against Andrea Portelli was not to be and eventually lost 3-0, taking home silver.

Andrea Portelli and James Camilleri

May 04, 2011

pbctabletennis engage ETTA qualified coach

pbctabletennis coaching centre are pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Nigel Cryer as coach.

Nigel will be working jointly with head coach Peter Borg Cardona.

Nigel played table tennis in the Northern Manchester League and is an English Table Tennis Association qualified coach focusing mainly on coaching beginners and medium level players.

Nigel joins us with outstanding table tennis experience working in Manchester and brings an exciting coaching ability to our group.

We are delighted to welcome Nigel Cryer as our second coach.

Nigel Cryer

May 04, 2011

Under 18 Open organized by the MTTA on the 2nd May 2011

Topspin wizard James Camilleri has won silver after losing in the final 3-1 with close match results in the U18 Plate event played on Monday evening.

Despite the loss, fifteen year old James should be pleased with his performance, he is indeed improving rapidly.

April 23, 2011

Easter treat

For the second consecutive year, pbctabletennis youth players were presented with a figolla, by far the most popular Easter sweet. Enjoy!

April 15, 2011

James Zammit wins Under 15 Plate Event

James Zammit won the 4th U15 Plate event organized by the Malta Table Tennis Association at the University gym on Monday 11th April.

The final was an all out battle between James and Dylan Zammit. At 2-1 in James favour, James made a good start in the fourth game and kept the lead till the very end to deservedly take home gold, final result James 3 Dylan 1.

Dylan Zammit and James Zammit

February 06, 2011

Daniel Bajada honoured with the Youth athlete of the year

Coach Peter Borg Cardona and all at pbctabletennis coaching centre would like to extend its congratulations to Daniel Bajada on winning the Youth athlete of the year at the SportMalta Awards 2010 held on Saturday 30th January. Bravo!

January 31, 2011

James Camilleri overcomes opposition to claim the Under 15 title

In the 3rd ranking U15 Open Tournament organized by The Malta Table Tennis Association, topspin wizard James Camilleri outclass all opposition to win the title while Julian Sultana also claimed a merited silver.

The Tournament was held on Friday 28th January at the University gym and the competition attracted 30 entries.

In the semi final, James unleashed his relentless heavy topsin, serving with great variation and spin to which his opponent ranked no. 2 Adam Zouari had no answer and sealed a 3-0 victory.

In the other semi final, Julian Sultana beat seed no.1 Andrea Portelli in an exciting 3-2 end result.

In the final, James recent intensive training paid dividends and his topspin was unstoppable. Julian was tactically cautious and played controlled attack to try and see off his opponent, but it was not enough.

It was indeed James great day and eventually took the title 3-1.

Congratulations to James and Julian.

January 08, 2011

Table Tennis Training Camp 2010

A group of promising youngsters thoroughly enjoyed the one day table tennis training camp organized by pbctabletennis coaching centre held on Wednesday 29th December at St. Aloysius Pavilion.

The camp was limited to sixteen players to ensure that each participant will have ample time to receive instructions and individual attention from Coach Peter Borg Cardona teaching the players many useful techniques, game strategies, and practical skills.

Malta champion seventeen year old Daniel Bajada who is currently registered with Bari Tennistavolo ASD Fiaccola and plays in the Italian Serie B1 Lega Nazzionale, joined the camp and helped out in the coaching development of the youngsters. Daniel acted as a valuable training partner and his presence motivated all the players to try even harder throughout the day.

The camp ended with a competition which saw the Sultana brothers triumph.

In the Singles event, Julian Sultana was in high spirit and determined to hold on to his gold which he won in 2009. The semi finals saw Julian play James Zammit but Julian had too much and claimed the game 3-0. In the other semi final, James Camilleri kept his fighting spirit against the up and coming youngster Gabriel Buhagiar to win 3-0 with close scores 11-9, 11-9, 11-9.
In the final Julian was not planning on letting his opponent have a chance, he was consistent and firm, finishing the match 3-0 and took the title for the second consecutive year.

The final of the plate event was contested between Simon Sultana and Reuben Sciberras. Simon took the first game 11-9 but Reuben reversed the next set 7-11, Simon took the lead again winning the third convincingly 11-6. The fourth set was close but Simon clinched the set 11-9 and claim his first ever gold.
Bronze medals were awarded to Gabriel Buhagiar, James Zammit, Gary Azzopardi and Luke Falzon.

Overall the camp was a definite success, WELL DONE to all the players who took part.

Simon Sultana
Julian Sultana left

September 21, 2010

The Mighty Daniel Bajada

Seventeen year old Daniel Bajada had good reasons to celebrate in style this summer. Daniel completed a clean sweep of all five seniors ranking table tennis tournaments and the prestigious Mens National Championships.

Supported and coached from a young age by his father Leslie, Daniel is currently ranked Malta’s number 1 and the youngest player to win the The Mens National Championship. Daniel has been a model of consistency throughout the season, improving every week and showing great determination as well as enjoyment and a sporting attitude.

He repeated his relentless pace in early August winning gold in the sixth edition of the International Table Tennis Festival held in Cervia, Italy hosting no less than 55 players. Daniel’s impressive achievement has led to foreign interest in obtaining his service and was offered various trials in Italy.

Following his consecutive successes there has been no looking back for this ace player and will now join Bari Tennis Tavolo ASD Fiaccola in Serie B1 Lega Nazzionale for the coming season 2010-2011. Daniel is a rising star and shows strong potential in the table tennis world, he sets a positive example for other youths.

Daniel joined pbctabletennis summer coaching sessions at St. Aloysius gym to assist and support in the coaching development of our players. He is an inspiring athlete, from us all at pbctabletennis we wish Daniel GOOD LUCK!


Daniel Bajada left, with some of the players

August 30, 2010

58th National Table Tennis Junior Championships
30th July to 3rd August 2010

James Camilleri and Julian Sultana reached the Juniors Boys Doubles final in the 58th National Championships. They put up more of a fight in all matches and sets but in the final their opponents proved too strong and took home merited silver.

James Camilleri also performed well in the U18 Plate event losing narrowly in the final. Over recent months James has quickly climbed his way to his current level. He has accomplished a lot in what most would say in a short period of time.

April 08, 2010

4th U18 Ranking Tournament 2009-2010

The 4th Under 18 Open organized by the MTTA was held on Monday 5th April. Congratulations to Julian Sultana for claiming silver in the Plate event after an entertaining five set marathon in the final. Julian got the better of his rival in the first two sets but his opponent hit back to take the next two to level the match and eventually the fifth and final set.

For Julian this final is certainly another reward for his dedicated training and the outstanding progress he made throughout the season.

March 31, 2010

Easter treat

pbctabletennis youth players received a pleasant surprise after practice this past weekend when they were presented with a figolla - a typical Maltese delicacy associated with this time of Easter. Happy Easter!



March 30, 2010

ITTF Junior World Circuit

A big Thumbs-Up to two of our young players namely James Camilleri and Julian Sultana who formed part of the national team and performed well in the ITTF Junior World Circuit held in Malta this month.

James Camilleri in action


March 08, 2010

3rd Under 15 Open Competition

James Camilleri claimed his first gold title this season when he won the Under-15 Plate event at the 3rd Open organized by the Malta Table Tennis Association on Monday 1st March.

Topspin wizard James cruised his way to the last round with straight set victories over all his opponents.

James got the better of his league team mate Luca Minuti in an entertaining four setter final. The forehand topspin loop of James once again prevailed, final score 11-6, 11-8, 7-11, 11-6. 

Luca Minuti and James Camilleri

January 10, 2010

Today marks the launch of our brand new table tennis website.

Over recent months we have worked hard and we are now proud to present our new redesigned website.

The slick new design offers a modern and more professional appearance, an improved, easier navigation plus new features. It will continue to bring you the latest news and achievements of our group players and other informative material.

A unique section has been added to the new website dedicated to local table tennis legends, a warranted tribute to Maltese players from yesteryear.

This is a good time for me to acknowledge with heartfelt thanks my volunteer webmaster, my son. Andrew contributed countless hours to this project. He was that catalyst that brought this website to a new level.

I would also like to thank my other son Matthew, for his photographic input during the site’s initial years till today.

Andrew & Matthew, thanks for helping out to make this web great!

December 31, 2009

Table Tennis Training Camp 2009

Following last year’s successful program, pbctabletennis coaching centre organized a second ‘one day’ table tennis training camp on the 22nd December 2009 at St. Aloysius pavilion.

The program opened with a ‘Mental preparation in sport’ workshop conducted by one of Malta’s top sport psychologist Adele Muscat. She gave a one hour inspirational speech to the young players.

The table tennis coaching session under the supervision of coach Peter Borg Cardona started at 10.30 until lunch time with a fifteen minute break. With a range of playing standards, emphasis was made on multi ball training to meet the individual needs of the players. The Newgy robot was also used, a perfect practice partner for learning fast.

The coaching session resumed at 13:30 and a competition took place at the end of the camp.

In the Youths Singles event, Julian Sultana in dynamic form came out the victor after beating 3-1 last year’s champion Mark Ebejer in the semi final and Stefan Agius in a brilliant five set final match.

The plate final was contested between James Camilleri and Reuben Sciberras. The final may have been a one sided affair with James winning in three straight sets. For Reuben, it was a magnificent achievement for one so young, taking home his first ever table tennis silver.

Gabriel Debattista, Mark Ebejer, Daniel Vella and Gabriel Buhagiar were awarded bronze medals.

Ms. Adele Muscat

Daniel Vella

Reuben Sciberras

Julian Sultana and Stefan Agius

December 15, 2009

Lasallian International Table Tennis Championship

Julian Sultana gained valuable experience when he was selected to represent his school Stella Maris College in the first edition of the Lasallian International table tennis tournament held between the 25th and the 29th November.

The tournament featured participants from Lebanon, Poland, Austria and Malta. Twenty six players were selected to represent their respective school.

Stella Maris Gzira team
Isaac McCarthy, Luca Balzan and Julian Sultana

November 26, 2009

Open Day at St. Theresa J.L. School

Players attending pbctabletennis coaching centre participated in the Open Day organized by St. Theresa College, B'Kara on Sunday 22nd November. James Zammit, James Camilleri and Julian Sultana played endlessly for hours. It's great to see these impressive young talents applying themselves on a special occasion and on a Sunday morning. The youngsters entertained visitors with an exhibition practice and friendly matches.

October 18, 2009

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October 13, 2009

Under 15 Open Tournament

The first Under 15 Open for the new season 2009-2010 organized by the Malta Table Tennis Association took place at the usual venue the University Pavilion. The competition attracted 21 entries from all parts of Malta.

Gabriel Debattista obtained a good result in the plate event claiming his first trophy for the season after eventually losing out in a five set final to his opponent.

October 11, 2009

1st Under 13 Open Tournament 2009-2010

James Zammit showed off his future potential after winning silver in the first of a series U13 open event organized by the Malta Table Tennis Association.

James, currently ranked no. 6 in the U13 category, controlled his attacking instinct and only hitting with speed and power with his forehand at the right opportune. He beat Yannick Yankham in the first round and later dispatched of higher ranked players no. 4 Daniel Said and no. 2 Luca Minuti.


The final match was contested in a very friendly atmosphere against the more mature Portelli, eventually being beaten but by no means outclassed.

James played some of his best table tennis to date and should be very pleased with his performance.

Well done James!


Andrea Portelli and James Zammit


July 09, 2009

57th Malta Junior National Championships

The Junior National Table Tennis Championships were held between Friday 3rd and Monday 6th July.

Congratulations to young Julian Sultana for pulling off a major surprise to win the U13 and U18 Plate events.

U13 Plate Final

Despite playing to some extent shaky and perhaps below his average, Julian's passion and determination helped him reach the final with simplicity. In the final, Julian faced Nico Mifsud, a talented young player. Julian claimed victory by keeping his edge in three straight sets. Julian's force was no match for his opponent as he finished off the game 11-4, 17-15, 11-3.



U18 Plate Final

In the Under 18 final, Mark Ebejer started as a clear favorite for the event merely because he is more experienced, physically tougher and older.

Mark relying on his one-of-a-kind powerful forehand whilst Julian psychologically stronger and a wannabe lad.

They know each other's game well and battled it out in the final with Julian deservedly emerging winner for the second time in the Championships.

Players Stefan Agius, James Camilleri, Gabriel Debattista and James Zammit performed well despite losing in the course of the games. They found it hard to get to the top however they put a brave performance and showed great sportsmanship throughout the competitions. Lastly, a good show was registered by Luke Catania in the U21 Plate event taking home a merited silver.

To all our participating players...Well done boys!


U13 Plate finalists Nico Mifusd and Julian Sultana


May 24, 2009

Inter Table Tennis Schools

The Inter Table Tennis Schools competition was organized on Tuesday 12 May 2009.

The tournament featured participants from various schools including St. Joseph Sliema, St. Catherine, San Andrea, St. Aloysius, San Anton, St. Albert and St. Edwards. Four players namely Natasha D’Alessandro, James Zammit, Edward Borg Costanzi and Gabriel Debattista hailing from pbctabletennis coaching centre were selected to represent their respective school.

Gabriel Debattista lost stylishly in the final of the Under 15 Boys against the mighty and currently national senior's team player Daniel Bajada. Natasha D’Alessandro performed well and advanced to reach the U15 Girls final. Gabriel and Natasha took home silver and certainly gained valuable table tennis experience. Prosit!

May 15, 2009

Under 13 Tournament organized by the MTTA

The second Under 13 Boys Competition organized by the MTTA this season kicked off on Friday 15th May 2009.

19 boys aged from 10 upward competed in a knock out event.

In the first group Andrea Portelli made easy work of his group. In the second group, James Camilleri raised a few eyebrows creating shocks on the way to reach the final. He registered a hard fought win over second seed Adam Zaouri in three straight sets to move on to meet Julian Sultana in the semi final.

The contest between James Camilleri and Julian Sultana was a close match. These two players from the same coaching school [pbctabletennis coaching centre] know each other’s game inside out and this continued to push them to greater heights.

A nail-bitter performance going to the fifth and final set.

James maintained his composure throughout, and went on to beat his ‘best mate’ with the final score 11-8.

In the final James found his opponent hard to handle and bowed out gracefully.

It is certainly a huge boost for Julian and James to advance in the U13 class. It is a big step forward for the two young lads.

James Camilleri and Julian Sultana


March 18, 2009

Third league event starts Saturday 28 March

The league starts on Saturday 28 March after a five week break. All matches continue to become more exciting and challenging.

The league runs for 15 weeks and allows each player to play every other player once. As in the previous two leagues, the presentation of prizes will be held on the last day of the league.

Good luck to all participating players.

February 28, 2009

Time to gear up!

Players attending pbctabletennis coaching sessions were celebrating this week after they received their new table tennis t-shirts.

As part of our commitment to further enhance our image, we are pleased to unveil the new kit, the new Donic Young Spirit.

The kit will represent an identity to the group with its new logo proudly displayed on the back of the t-shirts together with its sponsor’s logo on the front. Designed by Donic, the Young Spirit t-shirts is one of the latest brand names on the market perfect for the young players.

Coach Peter Borg Cardona is beaming with pride and commented ‘this step will definitely encourage and influence the youngsters to the road of success, furthermore their enthusiasm and eagerness to learn is terrific.

'We thank Fexco Financial Services (Malta) Limited, representatives of Western Union Money Transfer, who is a strong supporter of our activity for contributing financially to make this initiative possible'.

January 20, 2009

James Camilleri reaches second final

Favoring a fast attacking game based on heavy forehand spin, James Camilleri aged 13 reaches his second final this season, this time in the U18 category Plate event organized by the MTTA on the 9th January. James clinched a spot in the final after defeating Miguel Balzan 4-1 in the semi final.

In the final James battled hard to win points but succumbed to his older and stronger opponent Marcus Portelli losing the match 4-2. However, James certainly gained more experience from it and should make him feel more confident and geared up for his next encounters.

James Camilleri


November 08, 2008

Under 18 Plate event goes to 12 year old star

Twelve year old James Zammit won the Under 18 Plate event on Friday 07 November 2008. He made his way to the final beating older players in the course of action. Using a combination of soft push and aggressive forehand smashes he turned every match score in his favour. In an early round, there was game excitement when he played Jessica Bianco. James won 12-10 in the fifth game after leveling 2-2 in a tense matchup that showcased James overwhelming enthusiasm and determination. He played Kurt Mifsud in the final, by this time James eagerness and confidence had escalated to an extent that he played better than ever before and fought with passion en route to sealing a deserved win.

His opponent had to settle for silver, on this occasion gold belonged to James.

Final score James Zammit vs Kurt Mifsud

11-7, 11-7, 6-11, 11-7 Great performance James!!

James Zammit


January 04, 2009

Table Tennis Training Camp - December 2008

A good number of young table tennis players attended the first ‘one day training camp’ organized by pbc tabletennis coaching centre in collaboration with St. Aloysius coaching centre. The training camp was held at St. Aloysius gym facilities on Monday 22nd December. The program started with a two hour coaching morning session followed by lunch and a full one hour table tennis DVD show. The afternoon session kicked off with another one hour table tennis coaching session. To enhance the program, the Newgy robot was utilized enabling the players to improve their strokes and footwork. This proved very successful.

The highlight of the day was unquestionably the competition.

In the Youths Singles event, Mark Ebejer confirmed to be the strongest. The final was an all out attacking spectacle between James Camilleri and Mark Ebejer. On this day, Mark was determined to succeed and he exceeded all expectations, winning the final in style 3-0.

The Youths Plate event final was hotly contested between Edward Borg Costanzi and Luka Spiteri. In this match Edward raised the level of his game and his unrelenting forehand attacks proved to be too much for the eleven year old Luka. Edward cruised his way to a 3 sets to 1 victory claiming his first title in table tennis.

Bronze medals were awarded to third place Julian Sultana, James Zammit, Ryan Galea and Reuben Sciberras.

The competition was indeed a great success and finished as scheduled thanks to all present.

And to wrap it all up, the players enjoyed a half hour game of indoor football.

A long day filled with sport and fun for all and good experience for the players.

Mark Ebejer

Edward Borg Costanzi

James Zammit

November 08, 2008

James Camilleri wins the Under 15 Plate event 03.11.08

In his first ever participation in an Open Competition organized by the MTTA, James convincingly won the Under 15 Plate event. James was confident with his topspin play and his sound services were particularly effective every time he served. There was little his opponent in the final could do and there was no final game drama; despite Luke’s fighting spirit the contest was over in straight sets. James played in style and it was great performance and achievement for the young master.

Final result James Camilleri beat Luke Minuti 3-0

James Camilleri


October 19, 2008

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October 09, 2008

The Maturing of Daniel Bajada

After spending ten months in Australia, Daniel is back in Malta with a bang. During his time in down-under, Daniel dedicated his free time to his one and only sport at heart, table tennis. Aged 15, tall and unruffled, he joined Coburg Table Tennis Club and competed in the premier leagues in Coburg and the MSAC Pennant. Coburg Club always paid attention to Daniel’s table tennis progress under the guidance of coach Trent Carter, Australia’s player in the 2008 Liebherr Men’s World Cup.

As at 11th September 2008 Daniel is ranked number 4 In Australia’s Under 15 category. He is ranked number 14 in the Under 15 and number 36 in Under 18 category of the Oceania Table Tennis Federation which include countries like New Zealand, Australia, Guam, Papua New Guinea and more.

Within less than a week of his arrival in Malta in mid September, Daniel participated in the 1st Mens Open Table Tennis Tournament and cruised his way to reach his first MENS final beating Malta’s experienced players ranked no. 2 and no. 4 in the process. His feat is considered undoubtedly successful with the promise of better to come.

Daniel has now joined Saturday’s table tennis coaching sessions at St. Aloysius gym and assists in the coaching development and performs a remarkable sparring partner aiding players to improve beyond the basics.

October 01, 2008

Table Tennis Summer 2008 coaching sessions

The summer sessions have come and gone. For the 4th consecutive year, the sessions were successfully held at St. Aloysius gym on Mondays and Wednesdays evenings between the end of July and mid September. Participation was strong and the interest high. Swedish players/coaches Fredrik Svesse, Henrik Holtz and Par Haglund visited the gym on more than one occasion to conduct free table tennis exhibitions and interact with the players. Players Harald Resch and Edwin Cotter from Austria and Australia respectively had earlier visited the gym and praised the player’s discipline and enthusiasm in practice.

Coaching now resumes on Saturdays afternoon, the gym offers great playing conditions with excellent lighting, flooring and approved tournament tables. We provide quality training for all ages and level.

Need to know more…email us on borgcard@maltanet.net

Some of the participants with the Swedish players

Harald Resch (Austria)

Edwin Cotter (Australia)

January 22, 2008

The Times of Malta, Tuesday, 22nd January 2008:

Children with disabilities get new sports academy

A sports academy for children with physical disabilities has been set up by Razzett tal-Hbiberija of Marsascala.

The first training session, in table tennis, took place at the gymnasium of St Aloysius College in Birkirkara under the specialised coaching of Peter Borg Cardona.

The academy, established in cooperation with local sports associations, will offer its members the opportunity to practise three different sports per year. They have the choice of para-equestrian, sailing, tennis, table-tennis, basketball and swimming.

The participants will be professionally trained for 12 consecutive weeks by experienced coaches in each discipline.

The academy's coordinator is Martin Schillig, who said that some of the major barriers to participation in sport for children with disability are a lack of funding, unavailable or unsuitable facilities and difficulties with transport.

But to make up for this, he added, the children's motivation is high and their enthusiasm is encouraging. This was what spurred Razzett to offer the training free of charge in central locations and at wheelchair accessible venues.

The academy is supported by the Malta Table-Tennis Association, the Malta Basketball Association, the Malta Tennis Federation, the Malta Equestrian Federation and the Malta Sailing Federation.

For more information one may contact Razzett tal-Hbiberija on 2163 6526 ext. 20 or e-mail sports.academy@razzett.org.

Photos by Matthew Borg Cardona


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Danone take the Division Four Title

Danone won the Division 4 National Teams League beating St.Aloysius in the playoff. At par after the eighth game, Jean Paul Cascun in imperious form powered his way to win the last decisive match beating Mark Grech 3-2. The Danone team is anxious to produce improved performance in Divison 3 next season.


Danone T.T.C. Team composed of Jean Paul Cascun, Reuben Farrugia, Kenneth Xuereb, James Spiteri and young Matthew Farrugia are currently top of the league in Division 4. After losing only one match in the first round, it looked like the only team posing a threat to Danone to capture the title was Aloysians B.

Fielding their best players in the second round, Danone were determined to turn matters in their favour on competition day against Aloysians B. Played on Friday January 20th, this round was highlighted by an exciting comeback for Danone to earn a merited 5-4 result.

Lady Luck is on Danone’s side and succeeded to reach the top of divison 4 based on the individual games won.

Danone table tennis players Jean Paul Cascun, Reuben Farrugia, Kenneth Xuereb and Matthew Farrugia attend pbc coaching.


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