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2016 Tony Bajada Memorial

Paola Hibs win Under 14 Tony Bajada Memorial Challenge Cup

Hibs being presented the Tony Bajada Challenge Cup

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All those present during the final of the Under 14 Tony Bajada Memorial Challenge Cup could indeed admire the beauty of the game where the favourites do not always end up winners. After beating all teams taking part in the tournament, including the same Paola Hibs (6-0), Pieta lost 2-1 to a transformed Hibs side in the final. This was the fifteenth edition of the Tony Bajada Memorial, as always organised by the Hamrun Nursery and Hamrun Local Council and held at the Victor Tedesco Stadium.

Overall, throughout the different age categories, 35 teams from 11 different football nurseries participated in this year's edition. It is estimated that more than 300 boys and girls took part in the Memorial, which is considered as a major youth football event for the best nurseries on the island.

As already explained, Pieta' dominated the Under 14 tournament beating all participants without conceding a single goal and were clear favourites to lift the cup. In the final, Paola Hibs unexpectedly went 2-0 up by the start of the second half. Pieta managed to pull one back midway through the second half. However, the boys from Paola played the perfect tactical match to clinch the much coveted trophy. The trophy was presented to the Paola Hibs captain by Hamrun Mayor Mr Chris Sammut, in the presence of Mr Alex Pace, a representative from the Youth FA.

Before the final, an exhibition match was played between two Under 18 teams from the UK - Educoach College (Southend) and Redhouse Farm Seville (Newcastle). Educoach won a tight match on penalties.

The Tony Bajada Memorial was sponsored by Liquigas Malta and Farsons plc.  

The two UK teams - Educoach College and Redhouse Farm Seville

Tony Bajada Memorial - Day by Day, Hour by Hour

30.03.2016 18:00 Paola Hibs Winners of Tony Bajada Memorial Challenge Cup 2016 beating Pieta H. 2-1.

30.03.2016 - 16:00 - 3rd & 4th Place: Valletta vs Hamrun Sp. 2-3, Full Time.

30.03.2016 - 15:00 - FT: Educoach College v RedhouseFarm 2-2. Educoach College won on penalties.

30.03.2016 - 13:55 - HT: Educoach College vs Redhousefarm 1-2

30.03.2016 - 11:00 - HT: Paola H. vs Hamrun Sp. 2-0

30.03.2016 - 10:15 - FT: Pieta H. vs Valletta 3-0

30.03.2016 - 9:30 - HT: Pieta H. vs Valletta 2-0

30.03.2016 - 9:00 - Final day of the Tony Bajada Memorial 2016. In 25 minutes the first semi-final between Pieta H. and Valletta will kick off. The second semi-final between Paola H. and Hamrun Spartans is scheduled at 10:30. The final will be played at 16:00. Prior to the final match (at 13:00), the two Under 18 teams from the UK - Educoach College and Redhouse Farm Seville will be vying for the Under 18 International Cup.

29.03.2016 - 16:35 -  Pieta H.will face Valletta in the first semi-final tomorrow at 9:00 as they finished first and fourth respectively. Soon after Paola H. will face Hamrun Spartans in second semi-final scheduled at 10:30 after placing second and third respectively. The winner of the semis will contest the Tony Bajada Memorial Challenge Cup at 16:15. The teams on the losing end of the semis will play for the third and fourth place at 15:00.

29.03.2016 - 16:00: FT: Valletta vs Xewkija 10-0

29.03.2016 - 15:00 - FT Paola H. vs Hamrun Sp. 1-1

29.03.2016 - 12:45 - FT: Paola H. vs Valletta 2-1

29.03.2016 - 10:15 - FT: Pieta H. vs Hamrun Sp. 4-0

29.03.2016 - 9:30 - HT: Pieta H. vs Hamrun Sp. 3-0

29.03.2016 9:00 -Six matches program today from the Under 14s. Hamrun vs Pieta kicked off at 9:00am.

28.o3.2016 - 16:30 - Paola H. vs Pembroke 6-0

28.03.2016 - 15:00 - Pieta H. vs Xewkija T. 9-0

28.03.2016 - 14:00 - Hamrun win third game 4-1 over Valletta.

28.03.2016 - 12:45 - Paola H. vs Xewkija T. 13-0

28.03.2016 - 12:00pm - Pieta win 4-0 against Valletta.

28.03.2016 - 10:15am - Hamrun Spartans won 4-0 against Pembroke in the first match of the day. Pieta vs Valletta just kicked off.

28.03.2016 - 9:00am:Pembroke vs Hamrun kicks off. Half time score, Hamrun winning 1-0.

27.03.2016 - Tony Bajada Memorial Update:

After the fourth day all festivals within the Tournament came to an end with an exciting Under 12 match between Hamrun and Pieta. During these four days Nurseries from Hamrun, Pieta, Paola Hibs, Marsaxlokk, St. Andrews, Birkirkara, Floriana, Xewkija Tigers, Mosta, Pembroke and Valletta took part in four age groups, 2010, 2008, 2006 and 2004. The event is being well attended by parents.

In the evening yesterday the Under 14 kicked off with three games. In the first game Valletta won against Pembroke 3-0. In the second game Hamrun Spartans won against Xewkija T. 4-1. The third game saw Pieta H. winning easily Paola H. 6-0.

The Tournament will resume tomorrow at 9:00am with Under 14 match Pembroke against Hamrun Spartans.

18.03.2016 - The fixtures of all the categories of the Tony Bajada Memorial are out. You can click here to see the fixtures. 

04.03.2016 - The Under 17 team of Educoach College (UK) have also confirmed their participation in the Tony Bajada Memorial. A triangular tournament will now be played on 30 March 2016 between Hamrun Spartans, Redhousefarm Seville and Educoach College. This is the Edicoach College website: . You can view the Educoach College team photo here.

12.01.2016 - The Under 17 team of Redhousefarm Seville from Newcastle (UK) will be participating in the 2016 edition of the Tony Bajada Memorial by playing in a triangular tournament. This tournament will be played right before the final of the Under 14 Tony Bajada Challenge Cup final which will be played on Wednesday 30 March 2016. A team photo of the Redhousefarm Under 17 team may be seen here.