Federation Focus: Malta

04 December 2012

10 YEARS FIBA EUROPE

The Malta Basketball Association (MBA) was founded in March 1964, with the first meeting being held in capital Valletta under the chairmanship of Benny Pace. Six months later the Association affiliated with the Malta Olympic Committee, and became a FIBA member in 1967.

It was also in 1967 that the first national basketball championship was played, with 10 teams participating and Mundlos being crowned first Maltese basketball champions. A league for U16 juniors was installed in 1971, while the women's national league kicked off in 1973.

Today, MBA organises two men's leagues and one women's league, while there are four youth leagues for both boys and girls: U14, U16, U19 and U23. Various projects like minibasketball were launched in the past to further help increase the popularity of basketball among children.

Malta's men's national team played their first international friendly game in September 1968, losing to Libya, 29-54. The team first participated in an international championship in 1988, playing host to the first ever European Promotion Cup, finishing sixth out of eight teams.

The first international title for Malta came in 2007, as the U18 women's team took full advantage of their home court at the European Championship Division C. The team won all four games to clinch the gold medal.

Malta won three more gold medals in European championships. The U18 men took the first gold at the European Championship Division C in 2009, while the senior women were crowned Division C champions in 2008 and 2010. Rebecca Thoresen was the top scorer for Malta in both tournaments. Last summer she led her side to the bronze medal, earning MVP honours for her performances.

 

Malta are crowned champions at the U18 European Championship Division C in 2007
Malta are crowned champions at the U18 European Championship Division C in 2007, the first title clinched by any Maltese men's national team

 

STATS & FACTS

Year of foundation: 1964
President: Paul Sultana
Secretary General: Joseph Muscat
Homepage: www.mba.org.mt

 

NATIONAL TEAM ACHIEVEMENTS

2004 European Promotion Cup for Women (Andorra): 3rd place
2007 U18 European Championship Women Division C (Malta): 1st place
2008 European Championship Women Division C (Luxembourg): 1st place
2009 U18 European Championship Women Division C: 3rd place
2009 U18 European Championship Men Division C: 1st place
2010 European Championship Men Division C (Malta): 3rd place
2010 European Championship Women Division C (Armenia): 1st place
2011 U16 European Championship Women Division C (Andorra): 3rd place
2012 European Championship Small Countries Men (San Marino): 3rd place
2012 European Championship for Small Countries Women (F.Y.R. of Macedonia): 3rd place


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