Basketball in Malta
In 1964 the Malta Basketball Association held its first ever meeting and general meeting. It was in October of the same year that the Association affiliated with the Malta Olympic Committee (MOC).
In May 1966 the final of the first knockout competition was played at the Polytechnic (now the Junior College) out-door court, Msida and won by Mundlos TC.
February 1967 saw the start of the first National Basket ball League played in the indoor hall of the Msida Primary School with ten teams participating. Mundlos, coached by Tony Micallef Borg, became the first League Champions.
Basketball in Malta has come a long way since then. With the introduction of Basketball for women and the first National Ladies League in February of 1973, basketball has become one of the most popular sports in Malta.
Athleta is the favourite team to win the Men’s Maltese Basketball League of 2012. However, in February of 2012, one of the prominent teams, Depiro, managed to beat Athleta . This gave the leaders, Athleta, their first loss of the season. The Men’s Maltese Basketball League is in its ninth round and the league leaders are Athleta as they won their seventh match this season. The tenth round will see Depiro against Loyola, Bupa against Floriana and Siggiewi against Athleta.
With regards to the women’s teams, here Depiro tops the list in the First Division Women’s Basketball League although Hibs Melita overcame Depiro in the BOV Knockout. Hibs Melita also won the Louis Borg Cup title in January 2012.
Apart from being a league game, basketball is also a fun game. The weather in Malta is ideal for this type of sport as it can be played both indoors and outdoors. It is a good way to socialize while at the same time keeping fit. Basketball is one of the most popular sports in the world and has become so in Malta too.