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Power: “We are just focused on putting in another good performance”

Ahead of their match against Brunos Magpies, we caught up with Lynx defender Brad Power to talk about the match, Lynx’s start to the season and more.

Photo (C) Allan Banda

After four games, Lynx find themselves joint-top of the league, with 10 points from their opening four matches – a strong start for Albert Parody’s side: “It has been an excellent start to the season. We have improved in each game as we have continued to play good football, score goals and also concede very few. It’s a positive start and hopefully we can keep this good run of form going.”

The game against Magpies should prove to be a tough test for Lynx, with both sides currently separated by just a single point, so how has preparation for the game gone for Power and his team-mates? “In terms of preparation not too much has changed. Obviously looking at the table it is a big game but for now we are just focused on putting in another good performance which will hopefully result in 3 more points. There has been a high intensity in training with everyone fit and raring to go.”

Lynx have made some solid signings across the last two windows, and now look like a solid top-half team in the league – how does the 26-year-old see the mood within the team? “The additions made in summer have all had a positive impact at training and especially with results on the pitch. Our squad is bigger this year and I feel keeping the main core of the squad from last year has been vital.

Our manager has a problem every week picking 18 players for a matchday squad let alone the first eleven. There is a healthy competition within the squad and confidence is high after out positive start to the season.”

Finally, the defender returned to the international fold and was part of the squad for the recent internationals against Denmark and Switzerland – what was it like being back in the national squad? “On a personal note it was great to be back amongst the national squad. I had to do a lot of work off the pitch due to an injury, it was a long summer but a nice reward at the end of it. Although the results weren’t what we had hoped for I feel there has been significant improvment in terms of performances on the pitch. We matched both teams for long periods in each game and unfortunately some decisions went against us at important times during the game.

That is football at that level and we know that a single mistake can result in a goal due to the quality that the opposition teams possess. Hopefully in the next two upcoming games we can improve on our results.”

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Boro: “We proved to be up to the challenge”

After last night’s dramatic 2-2 draw against Europa, we caught up with St Joseph’s captain Boro to get his thoughts on the game in question, including the last minute penalty given against his side

Photo (C) Vanessa Correa

Saints were 2-0 up going into the 90th minute, and seemed to have the match wrapped up, but after Mikey Yome got a goal back, Europa threw the kitchen sink at Saints – Jamie Robba made a massive save to initially deny an equaliser, before Europa keeper Javi Munoz won a penalty in the dying seconds of the game. We asked Boro his thoughts of the game, and the incident: “Well I think how the game was played, although we had control of the game at all times before a great rival, it is true that being 90th minute winning, but not winning the game – it has a lot of merit and it is normal that in the final minutes a team like Europa presses, no we had to give so much in such a short time.

It is true that I do not understand how at the last minute a penalty can be given in a play that occurs in all corner kicks of all football matches, it is a contact game, but in summary I am happy with the work of the team that proved to be at a great level.

With teams pulling out of the league this season, the schedule is a bit erratic, and both teams from last night’s game now don’t play until October 20th – so how does that extended break affect teams, and how will Saints prepare in that break? “Well, it is important to train hard and try to play friendly matches to keep pace and form, since among the selection stops and I believe that the management and planning of the league has not been the most appropriate .. it is what it is and we have to strive to be our best.

Finally, despite the end result, Saints showed to many that they have every chance of winning the title this season, and Boro also agrees with that: “I think we played a good game and we proved to be up to the challenge of the league, although this is a long road and we will have to work hard to try to be at the top from now until the end of the competition.”

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Jolley: “Tonight will be a tough match”

We caught up with Europa defender Ethan Jolley to get his thoughts on last week’s victory over Magpies, their upcoming game against St Joseph’s tonight and more.

Jolley reflected on Europa’s 6-0 win over Brunos Magpies last Friday, “I feel the team played well and we executed the game plan set by the manager excellently. The team performed at the expected level and we knew we had to step up our game considering the 1-0 win over Europa Point.”

Europa face a tricky game tonight against St Joseph’s, we asked him what to expect against their opponents – “Tonight will be a tough match. We do take every game seriously and play with 100% intensity but we know St Joseph are a good side and there will be times where we shall be in tough situations. Saying this I still expect us to win the game, i am confident we will get the result if we play our own football and manage the game.”

We asked how preparation has gone this week, “This weeks preparation has been the same as every other week. Like I said we take every game seriously and take all training sessions seriously and work on our next game. The team though are training better than ever and I must say the team is as strong as it could be.”

The 22-year old is into his third year at Europa and has become a regular figure within the starting eleven – we asked how he feels his football is going on a personal level, “Over the last season I have been playing more often. I try and improve and so far the feedback am getting is great from the manager, team mates and supporters. I feel happy with myself personally and game time is what I have always wanted. I hope to continue my progress and achieve greater things. With hard work and dedication anything is possible and things can only get better.”

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GIBRALTAR NATIONAL LEAGUE: TEAM OF THE WEEK

Last week’s results

  • Lincoln Red Imps 9-1 College 1975 (Molina x3, Gato x3, Hernandez, J.Chipolina, Colubali; Romero)
  • FC Boca Juniors 1-3 Lynx (Chico; Power, Badr, Valdivia)
  • Brunos Magpies 0-6 Europa (Rosa, Sanchez, Gallardo x2, Walker x2)
  • Europa Point 0-3 Glacis United (Ruiz x2, Muscat og)
  • Mons Calpe 1-1 Lions Gibraltar (Carella; Luisma)
  • GOALKEEPER: Ivan Moreno (Glacis)
  • DEFENDER: Brad Power (Lynx)
  • DEFENDER: Jamie Bosio (Lions)
  • DEFENDER: Miguel Londero (Glacis)
  • MIDFIELDER: Liam Walker (Europa)
  • MIDFIELDER: Jesse Victory (Lynx)
  • MIDFIELDER: Sergio Molina (Lincoln)
  • MIDFIELDER: Alejandro Carrascal Aviles (Europa)
  • MIDFIELDER: Antonio ‘Gato’ Ramon Rincon (Lincoln)
  • STRIKER: Michael Ruiz (Glacis)
  • STRIKER: Lee Casciaro (Lincoln)
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Ullger: “It was a great way to play vs very competitive opposition”

The inaugural Capurro Cup took place earlier this month, and we caught up with Zoca Bastion co-President Karl Ullger, to find out more about the tournament, and his sides aims for the upcoming futsal season

Photo (C) Zoca Bastion

This was the first edition of what is hoped to be an annual pre-season tournament, but how did it come about? “A lot of organisation went into to it, which started with a simple idea over a coffee between Bavaria President, Jamie Bosio & myself. Since June we begun putting things in place and got Zoca Bastion sponsors, Capurro Insurance on board.

The tournament was about much more than just building fitness ahead of the upcoming season – it also had a considerable charitable aspect to it as well: “The whole concept of the tournament with regards to the charitable aim is to annually share the opportunity locally to raise money & awareness on an alternation carousel. This year we chose Gibraltar Alzheimer’s & Dementia Society & raised £520 for the cause. Next year we would select a different charity & so on.

Pre-season tournaments are few and far between in futsal locally, and the demand for more of them is clear to see: “Well we felt that in Gibraltar we don’t have enough of these pre-season tournaments to allow experimentation of tactics, formations and line ups. Especially mimicking the Uefa Futsal rules.

We can proudly claim that the inaugural Capurro Cup followed a good 95% of how the Futsal league is going to be played etc. For Zoca it was a great way to play vs very competitive opposition and begin to access what does and doesn’t work. We have already had teams wanting and requesting to take part next year which shows the success of the tournament.”

Finally, Zoca were promoted to the 1st Division for the upcoming futsal season, so what are the clubs aims in the league? “The GFA recently confirmed that we would be playing in Gibraltar’s Futsal Premier in the next coming season after finishing 3rd last years Div 2. Last year was a very successful season having sat 1st and 2nd for most parts of the season. After losing 4 key players due to injury we did struggle to maintain those top two spots but still clawed to that 3rd spot. Now in the Premier we have reinforced with 6 very strong signings and managed to keep key first team players.

Our aim primarily is to keep that Premier spot & show we deserve to be there. A cup run would always be welcomed. In the Capurro Cup we had a very good tournament unfortunately getting knocked out on the last second of the semi-final due to a deflected o.g. We feel we are ready for this challenge.

It’s been a real experience watching Zoca Bastion (ex Leo Bastion) grow and now find ourselves competing at the top level of Gibraltar Futsal in our 7th year since the club was found & playing in the then 4th & 3rd Divisions.”

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Gilbert wins Juan Chipol Cup for Lions Black

A first half goal from Joelle Gilbert saw Lions Black win the Juan Chipol Cup against their counterparts Lions Orange.

The game, which was moved from the old sports hall to the Tercentenary Sports Hall, saw the two Lions sides face off after making it to the final, and the game was a tight affair, with the first half goal all that separated the two sides.

Gilbert impressed in the early stages of the game, and she was to be the match-winner early on, after she finished off Nadine Rodriguez’ pass, with Kyrelle Revagliatte unable to stop the shot from going in.

Reviaglatte in truth was a key reason for the scores staying at 1-0, with the Lions Orange keeper making a number of good saves to give her side a chance of getting back into the game. However, in the end, it was Lions Black who held on to win the inaugural trophy this season.

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All Lion final for Juan Chipol Cup

It will be an all Lions final this evening as Lions Black take on Lions Orange for the Juan Chipol Cup at 19:30 in the Old Sports Hall.

Lions Black team: Andrya Rowbottom, Joelle Gilbert, Kathy Rocca, Nadine Rodriguez, Paris Chelleram, Zamara Espinosa, Zara Jan Lopez, Zoe Ballantine.

Lions Orange team: Abigail Evans, Alba Martin, Josie Cummings, Kayleigh Ferro, Keshia Doody, Kyrelle Revagliatte, Mollie Karp, Reighann Olivero.

Lions Black went undefeated in Group 2 to progress into the final with Joelle Gilbert scoring in both games while Lions Orange saw themselves come from behind to beat Lincoln FC courtesy of goals from Josie Cummings and Reighann Olivero and won their first game in Group 1, goals from Alba Martin, Keshia Doody, Reighann Olivero and a Kayleigh Ferro brace.

Lions president Alex Grech spoke about how good it was to have the final between both Lions teams, saying it is a: “great achievement, and it shows how serious the club takes the ladies football. Furthermore, with our qualified coaches Jansen Olivero and Chris Ward continuously working and putting the hours for their development.”

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GIBRALTAR NATIONAL LEAGUE: TEAM OF THE WEEK

Last week’s results

  • FC Olympique 0-3 Manchester 62 (w/o)
  • Glacis United 0-5 Mons Calpe (Vinet, Colace, Carboni, Carella x2)
  • St Joseph’s 2-0 FC Boca Juniors (Pecci, Ferrer)
  • College 1975 1-3 Brunos Magpies (Romero; Ford, Duarte pen, Assumpcao)
  • Europa 1-0 Europa Point (Walker)
  • GOALKEEPER: Conor O’Keefe (Europa Point)
  • DEFENDER: Federico Acosta (FC Boca)
  • DEFENDER: Adrian Vera Tovar (Lions)
  • DEFENDER: Ezequiel Rojas (St Joseph’s)
  • DEFENDER: Thomas Hastings (Lions)
  • DEFENDER: Esteban Goicoechea (Mons)
  • MIDFIELDER: Liam Walker (Europa)
  • MIDFIELDER: Tyson Ruiz (Mons)
  • MIDFIELDER: Jaron Vinet (Mons)
  • STRIKER: Oliver Ford (Magpies)
  • STRIKER: Jose Luis Romero (College 1975)
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GFA expel Olympique from National League

The Gibraltar FA have this evening expelled FC Olympique from all GFA competitions following the clubs forfeit of a second consecutive National League match.

The GFA have issued the following statement:

“The GFA confirms that FC Olympique have this evening been expelled from all GFA competitions following the Club’s forfeit of a second consecutive National League match.

The Club had already forfeited the league match versus Europa FC on the 21stAugust. This evening, the Club were scheduled to play Manchester 62 FC, but FC Olympique have again failed to fulfill a fixture on time.

The GFA’s regulations on forfeiture are very clear. Rule 136 of the Association’s Disciplinary Regulations stipulate that if a team abandons and/or forfeits a total of two matches during a season, the team will have its Domestic Licence automatically withdrawn and will consequently be expelled from all GFA competitions. The Association therefore regrettably has no option but to expel FC Olympique from its competitions following successive forfeits on the 21stAugust and the 11thSeptember.

The National League is therefore reduced to a 12-team competition. The structure of the National League will remain otherwise unchanged and as previously advised.”

Tonight’s decision comes as no surprise due to a constant battle over player’s wages and an apparent late submission of players registrations for this season.