Today, in our weekly segment, Phoenix People, we will visit our Handball teams once again and meet Matthew. Matthew is currently injured but remains still one of the best prospects for the future of Handball in Malta. Let’s meet Matthew…
How long have you been involved in handball?
I first started training handball in form 1, 6 years ago. Since that time I have only ever stopped for any long period of time due to injuries.
What is your biggest success and let down in your sports?
My biggest success was being nominated for MHA MVP of 2nd division, in my first year of the league. And winning MVP of my club of the same league.
My biggest personal let down would have to be, that in the peak of my training this year, I suffered a serious injury. Because of this injury I am unable to play Handball till next year.
As a team I think our greatest disappointment was when we lost the final of the under 17 division.
What are the biggest problems facing handball in Malta?
The biggest problem is that not enough importance is given to the sport on a national level. Few children take up the sport so as the current players age, few children will be there to carry on the sport. Also many aspects of the sport aren’t taken seriously or professionally, and so its hard for the sport to make real progress.
What is your current position with Phoenix SC? What are your main responsibilities?
Before my injury I used to play in the pivot position in both 1st and 2nd and division. However due to my injury I cannot play but attend all the matches and do my best to motivate and support the club.
How long have you been a member of Phoenix SC?
I first joined Phoenix SC in the summer of 2013. And have been training committedly for the past year and a half.
What is a memorable moment you associate with your tenure at Phoenix SC?
Probably when we went to Sicily for a training camp and beat Palermo in a hard well played match.
What is a short term goal that you plan to achieve with Phoenix SC this year?
I will focus hard on my recovery and will aim to be able to play again by the start of next year.
Which song you listen to before a game?
Our keeper Clint mifsud (Rocca) shouting defiantly, and the rest of the team joining suite in preparation for the game.
Where do you see yourself vis-a-vis Phoenix SC in the next few years?
I hope to be fully recovered and to be on the starting 7 for the first division.
Someone who inspires you?
Mark Borg, who is one of the founding members of our club, is a great inspiration. He tries to attend as many sessions as possible, and takes each training session as seriously as possible, pushing us to do the same. Also during the game he keeps motivated and helps keep the team together.
Any last comment?
One of the key values I admire and appreciate most about our team is our unity. We have the mentality that we win or lose together, and this is what gives our team strength. I hope this remains our driving force and that whatever happens we remain united as a team.