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Malta have drawn group D for the VB Sevens to be held at the Western Weekender Stadium at St Marys on Saturday February 12. Malta will meet the Cook Islands before taking on the New Zealand Maori?s selection. MRLA Spokesperson Anthony Micallef is hopeful the Maltese community will turn out in support of the Malta Knights.
?they loved it back at Melita Stadium, and now on a larger scale, we call for their support once again?
?Along with the big names such as the Fijians, Samoans and New Zealanders, it?s a grand opportunity to see the Maltese put it to the islander nations for such a small entry fee? Micallef said.
First match kicks off at 12:20pm with the final set for 8:15pm.
2005 VB Sevens
Western Weekender Stadium Corner of Forrester & Boronia Roads, North St Marys, Australia
12th February 2005
GROUP A St Marys/Penrith Cougars Doonside Sydney Bulls
GROUP B Western Suburbs Magpies Newtown St Marys A
GROUP C New Zealand Residents Fiji A American Samoa
GROUP D Malta Cook Islands New Zealand Maoris
1:20pm MALTA vs COOK ISLANDS 2:40pm MALTA vs NEW ZEALAND MAORI?S
MALTA KNIGHTS Steven AZZOPARDI ?Seven Hills, Parramatta A Grade
Scott BORG ? Wests Magpies Jersey Flegg
Shane MAGRO ?St George Illawarra Dragons Development
Paul HARRIS ?University, Illawarra Cup A Grade
Paul GALEA ?Illawarra Cup A Grade
Steven GALEA ? Parramatta A Grade
Jeremy LATEO ?Burleigh Bears, QLD Cup
Paul MARZELLA ?Burleigh Bears, QLD Cup
Ben MONTAGUE ?Lower Hutt, New Zealand
Brendan RUSSELL- Brothers, Mackay A Grade
Adam DEMANUELE ?Brothers, Penrith A Grade
Matt ZAMMIT ?Blacktown City, Penrith A Grade
Head Coach- Joe GRIMA
Assistant Coach- Tony FARR
Manager- Mark SULTANA
For more information, www.malteserugbyleague.com
In other VB Sevens news, St Marys-Penrith Cougars, Wests Magpies, Fiji A and New Zealand Residents have named their respective teams.
Malta?s Ryan Borg will be on club duties in representing Wests Magpies throughout the VB Sevens while John Lang has named ex first grader David McLean as captain of a Cougars team boasting a host of upcoming first grade talent.
Ex Penrith Panthers premier league star Shaun Ata and former NZ Warrior Odell Manuel have been selected in the NZ Residents team while the NZ Maori's will field Nathan Hohaia, brother to Warriors playmaker Lance Hohaia.
ST MARYS-PENRITH COUGARS (Premier League) Paul AITON
David McLEAN ?
COACH: John LANG
WESTS MAGPIES (Premier League) Aaron BEATH Ryan BORG Michael CROCKETT Isaac DeGOIS ? Liam FULTON Shannon GALLANT Andrew HAMPSON Nick KOUPARITSAS Shannon McDONNELL Benjamin ROBERTS Sika TEAUPU Ben YELAVICH COACH: Steve GEORGALLIS
FIJI BATI A Hamilton HUGHES- Newtown, Premier League
Max BAINAIVALU- Arncliffe Scots
Wes NAIQAMA- Newtown Jets, Premier League
Samu WARA- Balmain, Jersey Flegg
George DANSEY- Windsor, Jim Beam Cup
Joe DELANA ?- Souths, Jersey Flegg
Suli KOROI- Wests, Jersey Flegg
Puna RAUSABLE- St George, Jersey Flegg
Steven DELAIVUNA- Valley United, Manly A Grade
Esala VUTE- Wentworthville, Parramatta A Grade
COACH: Dave SIMPSON
NEW ZEALAND RESIDENTS Shaun ATA- Hibiscus Coast Raiders
Paul ATKINS- Otahuhu Ellerslie
Hohepa CARHILL- Central Falcons
Joshua DAVIS- Wellington
Daniel FLOYD- Hibiscus Coast Raiders
Robinson GODFREY- Mt Albert Lions
Charlie HEREKOTUKUTUKU- Canterbury Bulls
Mark LATU- NZ Defence Force
Odell MANUEL- Hibiscus Coast Raiders
Chris NEWTON- Canterbury Bulls
Tangi ROPATI- Marist Richmond Brothers
Phil SHEAD- Mt Albert Lions Coach: Graham NORTON Manager: Nigel RATTRAY