Malta Name Squad for Orara Valley

Joe Grima(pictured) has named a 12-man squad to represent Malta at the upcoming Orara Valley Sevens tournament in Coffs Harbour, Australia.

Malta will be led by ex Sharks NRL star Ben Sammut while the NRL Premier League will be represented through Newcastle Knights star Daniel Spiteri and Wests Magpies playmaker Ryan Borg in joining Parramatta Eels Jersey Flegg?s Simon Micallef in a strong lineup.

MRLA Spokesperson Anthony Micallef said Malta is fielding its best possible lineup, albeit no NRL players were released to represent the minnow nation.

?The Galea?s from the Tigers and Panthers, Vella from Parramatta and even Matt Gafa at the Raiders were all high on our selection list but their respective clubs couldn?t release them?I?m nothing less than confident that the team selected will produce 110% when they pull on the red and white?

?Ben Sammut will lead the boys well?add to that the abundance of talent we have from Premier League and Jersey Flegg and Malta?s going to give all the teams a go? Micallef said.

Maltese officials are confident of taking on all the big teams and won?t hold back, not even if they?re drawn to meet the Barbarians team that will be made up of ex NRL stars including Fittler, Girdler and ?Spud? Carroll.

?Bring them on, we?ll put it to them all? Micallef said.

?We?re going up there to do nothing short of winning the tournament?

2005 Orara Valley Sevens

TOFOG Sports Ground, Coffs Harbour-Australia

22nd & 23rd January 2005


Steven Azzopardi ?Seven Hills, Parramatta A Grade

Ryan Borg -Wests Magpies, Premier League

Paul Harris ?University, Illawarra Cup

Paul Galea ?Illawarra Cup

Willie Grech ?Sydney Bulls, Jim Beam Cup

Jeremy Lateo ?Burleigh Bears, QLD Cup

Paul Marzella ?Burleigh Bears, QLD Cup Simon Micallef ?Parramatta Eels, Jersey Flegg

Brendan Russell- Brothers, Mackay DRL

Ben Sammut ? -University, Illawarra Cup-Ex Sharks NRL

Daniel Spiteri ?Newcastle Knights Premier League

Matt Zammit ?Blacktown City

Head Coach- Joe Grima

Assistant Coach- Tony Farr Manager- Mark Sultana Trainers- Peter Cassar & Dallas Weston