Nadur wins the Grande Finale of Giochi it’s a knockout 2016

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Nadur wins the Grande Finale of Giochi it's a knockout 2016The Giochi it's a Knockout games came to an end in a marvellous finale on Sunday evening in Marsalforn.

The winners from the villages of Nadur, Xaghra, Xewkija, Sannat, Ghajnsielem and Xlendi, all came together to participate in the grande finale.

The promenade in Marsalforn was turned into an exciting arena with supporters cheering on their teams, together with tourists who joined in to enjoy an exciting evening of fun, games, singers and dancers. The show compared by Mr Joe Louis Xiberras and Ms Sandra Grech. Nadur wins the Grande Finale of Giochi it's a knockout 2016The games opened with entertainment by local singers and dancers, followed with several games on the beach including canoe and paddle boat races with the help of Marsalforn Watersports. Then the water games continued on land on the promenade with games including the duck race, kangaroo race, building the Rubik Square, building an arcade, finding the treasure, the best waiter, fill the bucket and finally the tug of war.

The champions of this year's Giochi it's a Knockout are Nadur which won the event with 30 pts, followed by Xaghra with 26 pts; Ghajnsielem 22 pts; and Xewkija with 15 pts. Nadur wins the Grande Finale of Giochi it's a knockout 2016The Nadur team was made up from youths (ta bla kultura – the winners in their village) and looked well prepared and organised, dominating most of the games.

In the event, games were also organised for the public where they participated in tug of war games and won several prizes.

At the end of the games the Champions Nadur, were presented with a trophy and medals by the Minister for Gozo Dr Anton Refalo, and computer/mobiles battery packs presented by Mr Alvin Grech and Ms Sandra Grech on behalf of Mr Ray Abela manager of TcTc.Nadur wins the Grande Finale of Giochi it's a knockout 2016The other participants were presented with medals and vouchers from Arkadia, Errea, Ta Penellu Restaurant, La Dolce Sosta Restaurant, Bartalo Catering, Gozo Express and Odysea, by Mr Alvin Grech CEO of the Gozo sports Board.

The organisers gave thanks to the Ministry fo Gozo, TcTc, Arkadia, Gozo Sports Board, Eco-Gozo, gozonews.com and all the sponsors.

This is the final classification:Nadur wins the Grande Finale of Giochi it's a knockout 2016Note: 4 pts for 1st place, 3 pts for 2nd, 2 pts for 3rd place and 1 pt for 4th place.

Last game – tug of war, 3 teams were awarded 4 pts each because they all won 2 games each in the round -robin competition between all teams so they ended 1st with similar results of wins and the 4 points were awarded to all teams. The last team took 1 pt for ending last.

Photographs by Alain Salvary

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