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Thorne: “These events are mainly organised to help charities”

Last weekend, the Gibraltar Veterans crossed over the border to play a charity tournament – Leigh Thorne gave us an insight into what it was all about, “The tournament was arranged by La Balona Vets in order to help by raising funds for the Berlin Circus which collapsed during the high winds about a month ago. We all managed to collect as a team approximately 900 euros.”

The tournament saw Gibraltar come across Real Balompedica Linense, Algeciras & Malaga – Thorne reflected on how it went, “The tournament itself was well organised and we felt very hospitable. We [Gibraltar] lost our opening game to La Balona then drew 2-2 against Algeciras in the 3/4 place – Balona would go on to win the tournament, beating Malaga 4-1.”

Leigh Thorne is currently the Coordinator for the Gibraltar Veterans, we asked how he has found his time in charge – “I took this role nearly 6 years ago in and found it very challenging as there was not much in place other than the support from the Grassroots manager Mr Leslie Asquez who used to take an active role in all areas of Football and requested my assistance to take this forward. I initially introduced 3 annual events of 5 aside – the Poppy Day Match, the John Shephard Memorial Trophy and Cavalcade tournament which are events that had been lost for several years and have continued to do so since then. These events and most are mainly organised to help charities. The remainder of the calendar year is used to organise games with requests from Uk and Spain teams or even travel as on this occasion. The Grassroots and GFA have been very supportive in all events that I have coordinated during the past years but getting players is one of my most challenging. It’s not always easy to select players especially at Vets category as i want everyone to participate and enjoy but there is always some competitiveness, especially at tournaments. The local clubs such as St.Josephs, Lions Gibraltar, Lynx FC , Glacis Utd and Gibraltar Fire Rescue Service have been extremely supportive also when the 5-aside tournaments are organised.”

He also added, “At a personal level, it’s continues to be a very rewarding experience. We connect with the community by helping out as we can , keeping moderately fit and healthy in order to participate and socialising with old friends is always very welcoming by all.”

When asked what’s next for the Gibraltar Veterans, Thorne replied “We are looking at sub categorising the vets as we have different levels of fitness and capabilities to participate. We mainly target the 35 up to 50 age group but are looking at targeting the 45-55 age group and organise some events for them. Our next event will most likely be the annual Grassroots Day and hopefully we can have both age categories participating.”

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Premier Division: Team of the Week

Matchday 17 results

  • Glacis United 0-2 Gibraltar United (Ratto, Negrette)
  • Mons Calpe 1-1 Lynx (Carboni; Valdivia)
  • Europa 1-1 Lincoln Red Imps (Dimas; Kike)
  • Gibraltar Phoenix 1-2 St Joseph’s (Llaves; Paz, Juanfri)
  • Lions Gibraltar 2-1 FC Boca Juniors (Caravaca x2; Isra)

GOALKEEPER: Alejandro Caro (Lynx)

DEFENDER: Fede Villar (Mons Calpe)

DEFENDER: Brad Power (Lynx)

DEFENDER: Abraham Paz (St Joseph’s)

DEFENDER: Bernardo Lopes (Lincoln)

DEFENDER: Christopher Miñano (Phoenix)

MIDFIELDER: Mustapha Yahaya (Europa)

MIDFIELDER: Michael Negrette (Gib Utd)

MIDFIELDER: Rafael Bado (Lions)

STRIKER: Alberto Caravaca (Lions)

STRIKER: Israel Castillo (Boca)

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Gibtelecom Rock Cup: Team of the Week

Gibtelecom Rock Cup Second Round results

  • St Joseph’s 12-0 FC Hound Dogs
  • Mons Calpe 14-0 College 1975
  • Lincoln 1-2 Europa
  • Manchester 62 0-12 Gibraltar United
  • Lynx 1-3 Gibraltar Phoenix
  • Glacis 1 (3) – (4) 1 Lions Gibraltar
  • Europa Point 0-2 FC Olympique
  • FC Boca Juniors 2-5 Brunos Magpies

GOALKEEPER: Francisco Jose Perez Pichardo (Lions)

DEFENDER: Olmo Gonzalez (Europa)

DEFENDER: Ezequiel Rojas (Gib Phoenix)

DEFENDER: Yassin El Melki (Glacis)

MIDFIELDER: Israel Castillo (Boca)

MIDFIELDER: Jaydan Parody (Olympique)

MIDFIELDER: Guido Ratto (Gibraltar United)

MIDFIELDER: Matheus Assumpcao (Magpies)

STRIKER: Jose Luis Reyes (St Joseph’s)

STRIKER: Leo Carboni (Mons Calpe)

STRIKER: Fernando Cuesta (Magpies)

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Gibtelecom Rock Cup Second Round: Predictions

The Gibtelecom Rock Cup second round kicks off tomorrow evening and here are our predictions.

St Joseph’s vs FC Hound Dogs (Wednesday 6th February – 8:30pm)

Saints come into the game on the back of a 8-0 thrashing of Glacis and would be expected to continue that goalscoring form against the side which sit bottom of the Second Division. Raul Procopio’s squad isn’t the biggest so we could see him putting out a strong squad.

Prediction: St Joseph’s win.

Mons Calpe vs College 1975 (Thursday 7th February – 6:15pm)

Just like the St Joseph’s game, this one will probably end up in a quite heavy scoreline. College got beat 5-1 by Manchester 62 in the Cup last weekend, while Mons Calpe will be looking for a confidence booster after their defeat to Gibraltar United. With a bigger squad, Blanco could use certain players from his Intermediate squad for some valuable minutes.

Prediction: Mons Calpe win.

Lincoln Red Imps vs Europa (Thursday 7th February – 8:30pm)

It was raining goals for Lincoln last weekend as they shipped eleven past Boca – Giovanni Rodriguez and Hector Figueroa have impressed since joining in January while ex-Europa forward Kike got himself a hat-trick on his debut. The holders will be hoping to try and get one over their rivals after losing 3-2 earlier on in the season but could see defeat as a blessing with more focus being put into winning the league.

Prediction: Lincoln win.

Manchester 62 vs Gibraltar United (Friday 8th February – 8:30pm)

It has been a difficult few months for Gibraltar United but last week’s win over Mons Calpe could be the turning point needed and they’d hope to continue it against Manchester. The Red Devils invested well in January and it showed in their Cup win against College with ex-Gib Utd striker Robert Montovio getting on the scoresheet but their number one keeper Christian Lopez saw red which will give them a problem going into the game.

Prediction: Gibraltar United win.

Lynx vs Gibraltar Phoenix (Saturday 9th February – 4pm)

This one could be a very interesting tie; two sides doing well at the moment with Phoenix slightly edging it with more goals scored. Lynx have proved to be a tough test to Lincoln and Europa in the last couple of weeks so their opponents should not take them lightly.

Prediction: Phoenix win on penalties.

Glacis United vs Lions (Saturday 9th February – 6:15pm)

Lions will be looking to exact revenge after their 3-1 loss in January, it was quite an even game until conceding an own goal just before half-time which ultimately changed the game. Glacis will be hoping to welcome Alan Parker and Nacho Fernandez back into the squad while Mariano Pereira and Courtney Lewis miss out through suspension.

Prediction: Lions win on penalties.

Europa Point vs FC Olympique (Saturday 9th February – 8:30pm)

Another interesting encounter -, both teams in good form and in with a good chance of progressing. Europa Point will be happy to welcome back their main man Cristian Nunez Chaves from suspension while their opponents come into the game off the back of a whopping 12-3 win over Leo in the 2nd Division Cup.

Prediction: Olympique win on penalties.

FC Boca Juniors vs Brunos Magpies (Sunday 10th February – 4pm)

Magpies did take a heavy hit to their squad in January but with a front three of Assumpcao, Wyatt & Cuesta – it doesn’t really matter what is behind you, they are that good. Yet to be properly tested in the Second Division, Dave Wilson’s men will be looking at the Rock Cup as a idea of where the club is going ahead of next season. It will be another difficult task for Boca and one which we don’t see them winning.

Prediction: Magpies win.

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Premier Division: Team of the Week

Matchday 16 results

  • Gibraltar United 2-1 Mons Calpe (Zapata, Ponce; Carboni)
  • Lions Gibraltar 1-3 Gibraltar Phoenix (Caravaca; Segura, Labrador x2)
  • FC Boca Juniors 0-11 Lincoln Red Imps (Hernandez x3, Kike x3, Figueroa x2, Pons, Lopes, Falu)
  • St Joseph’s 8-0 Glacis United (Boro x4, Cornejo x2, Duarte, Paz)
  • Lynx 1-1 Europa (Badr; Dimas)

GOALKEEPER: Kyle ‘Chino’ Goldwin (Gib Utd)

DEFENDER: Gonzalo Guijaro (Gib Utd)

DEFENDER: Andres Jesus Medina Cueto (Lynx)

DEFENDER: Ezequiel Rojas (Gib Phoenix)

DEFENDER: Ethan Jolley (Europa)

MIDFIELDER: Ernesto Cornejo (St Joseph’s)

MIDFIELDER: Anthony Hernandez (Lincoln)

STRIKER: Juan Manuel Labrador (Gib Phoenix)

STRIKER: Hector Figueroa (Lincoln)

STRIKER: ‘Boro’ Alegre Delgado (St Joseph’s)

STRIKER: Kike Gomez Bernal (Lincoln)

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Tjay De Barr on trial with Rio Ave FC

Europa & Gibraltar international Tjay De Barr has been the last three days on trial with Primeira Liga side Rio Ave F.C.

The 18-year old was invited by the Portuguese club at the beginning of the week and is expected to return to his club’s training session on Thursday with part of the deal being De Barr would play in their next game against Gibraltar United on the 26th January.

One more Portuguese team interested but nothing concentrate and two Segunda División clubs are monitoring the youngster.

It is understood that if any trials was successful, no deal would be completed until the end of this season.

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Premier Division: Team of the Week

Matchday 14 results

  • Gibraltar United 1-5 Lincoln Red Imps (Ratto; Rodriguez x3, Figueroa x2)
  • Lions Gibraltar 0-4 Mons Calpe (Pibe x3, Carboni)
  • Gibraltar Phoenix 6-0 Glacis United (Segura x2, Llaves x3, Labrador)
  • St Joseph’s 0-1 Europa (De Barr)
  • FC Boca Juniors 0-3 Lynx (w/o)

GOALKEEPER: Javi Munoz (Europa)

DEFENDER: Andre Dos Santos (Lincoln)

DEFENDER: Juan Manuel Montesinos (Lincoln)

DEFENDER: Olmo Gonzalez (Europa)

DEFENDER: Miguel Londero (Mons Calpe)

MIDFIELDER: Mustapha Yahaya (Europa)

MIDFIELDER: Raul Segura (Gib Phoenix)

STRIKER: Giovanni Rodriguez (Lincoln)

STRIKER: Juan Pablo ‘Pibe’ Pereira (Mons Calpe)

STRIKER: Juan Manuel Llaves (Gib Phoenix)

STRIKER: Juan Manuel Labrador (Gib Phoenix)

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Ronco: I feel that with every game I gain more confidence

We spoke to Mons Calpe & Gibraltar U21 international Kevagn Ronco about his return from long-term injury, life in Premier and much more.

After picking up a serious injury in 2015-16, Kevagn Ronco has drifted off the raider in Gibraltar with the odd appearance for Lincoln Red Imps in their reserve league. We asked how it feels to be back playing football, “After a whole year out due to my injury, it feels great to be back playing football. My goal being to recover fully and properly from my injury. I now feel rejuvenated and I’m determined to make my return to football a success. Leading a healthy lifestyle, keeping physically active and Football has always been crucial to me since a very young age , I must admit It was a difficult period for myself not being able to play football for a whole year. Nevertheless I tried to maintain a positive attitude as I knew I needed to be at my best mentally as well as physically. I continued overall conditioning, alternating forms of low intensity training such as swimming and light weight training. I’d set new goals within every session.”

Since joining Mons Calpe last summer; Kevagn has cemented his spot in the unfamiliar right-back position, the midfielder by trade, has started twelve games so far this season. Ronco reflected on life in Premier – “It took me a couple of matches to get the hang of the speed of the gameplay but I knew that within each full 90 minutes or so on the pitch I would gain progress, especially when I’d be on the starting 11 every game. Having represented Gibraltar abroad for the U19/U21, I could anticipate that a high level of responsibility and duty would be expected at Premier. ”

Kevagn’s performances have been very impressive and was re-called to the Gibraltar national team. We asked him about his goals for the season, “As a player my goal is to progress onto the Gibraltar Senior Team and be able to represent my country abroad at the highest level. Overall I hope to develop further as a player, I feel that with every game I gain more confidence. I give it my all in every single match and training session as a player for Mons Calpe and always push myself to the limit no matter how tough the challenge may be.”

Mons’ win over Phoenix last Monday leaves them eight points off leaders Europa and with teams around them all in action between themselves – we asked how important their next game is against Lions, “I believe it would be equally important to beat Lions as it would be to win any team we play against. It is crucial for us now to not lose any matches. However our current goal would be to win Lions as this will enable us to push higher up on the league and put pressure on the teams above us.”

Photo: Neil Wilson

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Boro: “Our goal is to win the league”

Following St Joseph’s 3-1 win over Lincoln Red Imps last night – we caught up with their striker ‘Boro’ Alegre Delgado as he reflected on the result, his partnership with Juanfri & goals for the season.

Goals from Ferrer, Soler OG and JP Duarte gave Saints a 3-0 lead at half-time and despite Joseph Chipolina pulling one back for Imps on the hour mark, it was not enough. Boro reflected on the team’s performance, “The game was very competitive from the start and I think we were very well organised and tactically brilliant. It was made very clear to us in the beginning what we had to do and we were able to achieve it which was winning the game and of course starting the year unbeaten.” 

Saints have now won four games on the bounce and haven’t lost since the end of October. We asked how important it is to keep up this motivation heading into their new game against Europa, “It is clear that the team is working well. Our goal is to win the league and to do that you have to win the maximum number of matches and points to get it since this is the most competitive league in recent years. That’s why myself and the team are motivated to face not only the next game but all the following matches until we reach the goal. I am sure that the team will give everything in all the remaining matches of the season.”

Boro leads the goalscoring charts with 11 goals and in second is his team-mate Juanfri on 10. We asked how it feels to play alongside someone like him, “Well, it’s true that I marvelous understanding with Juanfri and I believe that we match each other perfectly. For me it is easier and helps me to be more available during the game for the team – all my teammates are great players also and they improve everyone.”

Can St Joseph’s push on now and win the league? Boro replied, “I think we can be champions. St Joseph’s is a family and that helps you win things. We are on the right track and I am sure that we will achieve the goal.”