SARAH FAVA LIFTS THE 'UNDER 19' TITLE By Harry Garrett

28-11-15
The final of the "Ladies' (Under 19) Badminton Competition" was held on Saturday at Kirkop Sports Complex, where Sarah Fava
won the Championship title in the "Under 19" category after beating Yanika Pollidano in a thrilling finale.

In a brilliant performance Fava won the first set 21-17. With one game down Polidano, having at stake the Championship
title she holds,produce a gritty performance and edge through to win the second game 15-21.

In the third (and final) game Polidano took the first three points, but as Fava seemed to have rcovered from her earlier set back she dominated
the match allowing her opponent to gather a mere 13 points for Fava to cruise through and win the game and match to register 21-13 third game victory.

Sarah won the match 21-17, 15-21, 21-13 to gain a new 'status' in the badminton and claim her first "Under 19" Malta's title
by beating Yanika Polidano, the title holder. To reach the final Sarah had won two tough game matches. The first 21-11, 21-16
against Cheryl Gilford in the quarter-final, and 21-5, 21-17 against Rebecca Spiteri in the semis.

Sarah Fava, the present holder of the "Triple Crown” in scooping the "Under-17" and the "Under 19" titles the finals of the "Singles",
the "Doubles" and the "Mixed" bears witness to the healthy state of women's badminton at this level. At 14 years, Sarah’s strength
and aggressivness on the court and her enterprising stroke-play make this tall youngster with stunning looks the 'find" for any
sponsor-seeking promotion coverage. (Contact: Mr C. Fava, Cell: christopher.fava@um.edu.mt). Sarah hopes that eventually her
name will appear on the ranking list as an established world class badminton player.

Prior to this final three other matches were held. In the “Men’s singles” Matthew Abela register a 22-24, 21-9, 21-11 win over Nigel Degaetano;
in the “Men’s Double” Matthew Abela/Sam Cassar sliced a 21-14, 21-17 win over Nigel Degaetano/Kyle Sciberras; The game of “Mixed Doubles”
saw Matthew Abela/Sarah Fava having virtually an easy 21-10, 21-8 win over Mark Abela/Anne Marie Bezzina and finally in the “Ladies Doubles”
Sarah Fava/Cheryl Gilford defeated Yanika Polidano/Michaella Ellul 21-12, 21-17.

Many thanks and congratulations to the winners, to the losers and to all other participants and volunteers who
gave freely their all in support to the success of this tournament and to all those who acted as umpires to the games.