Zeljko Kovacic – Head Coach

Croatian national, Zeljiko Kovacic

Kovacic is not a new face to our Club, he had played for San Giljan ASC back in 2014 ⭐🇧🇪

He arrives from his coaching experience with Italian Serie A2 side Muri Antichi, where he was also responsible for the club’s youth development. Kovacic also brings with him a wealth of experience in the coaching of young players as he also coached the National Croatian Junior teams.

Silvio Borg – Team Manager

Silvio Borg

Silvio Borg is the Team Manager at San Giljan. Born on the 6th May 1972, Silvio has returned to the club in this role after an absence from waterpolo for ten years. The nephew of Carm Borg and Anglu Tonna (ex San Giljan Champions), Silvio is a Giljaniz who has played a number of years with San Giljan but also played for Neptunes and Exiles in his career. He has won a number of honors with these clubs, but particularly the three leagues with San Giljan in the early 90s. Away from his duty as Team Manager, he enjoys playing tennis and is a supporter of AC Milan. Silvio’s message to the San Giljan supporters is the following, “I never imagined I would re-live the beautiful feeling of being part of a team that is so lucky to have supporters like you. I will never forget the years I played with San Giljan, especially the supporters who gave me the shivers over and over again with all their shouting and singing ‘Hadd ma jista’ ghalina.’ May will live together many more of these days and I hope to do my part in helping San Giljan to many more championships. VSG.”

Edward Bonello

Edward Bonello is a physiotherapist by professions and has been with San Giljan in this role since 2017. Born on the 10th September 1993, Edward follows our senior squad on a regular basis and is also the trainer of our senior players during their gym sessions. Apart from other things, Edward makes an individual programme for each player which also includes the aspect of injury prevention. This ensures that our players are injured the least possible and are able to perform at their best. He also follows and intervenes on any injuries our players might have from time to time. Edward is also currently the physiotherapist of our National Team. Apart from his duties with the team and his main job as a physiotherapist, Edward enjoys keeping fit and attends the gym himself on a regular basis. Edward’s message to the San Giljan supporters, “We thrive off the support you guys give us. Keep it going so we can push harder and harder. VSG”

Andreas Galea

Andreas Galea

Andreas Galea is the son of Anthony Galea (Toni l-iswed) who is an ex San Gilajn champion. Born on the 17th September 1996, Andreas started playing waterpolo at 13 years old with San Giljan. He worked his way up through the junior teams and also played as a shared athlete with Ta Xbiex for one season in which Andreas also won the 1st Division Player of the Year award. Back with San Giljan Andreas became part of our senior squad and has won 2 Leagues, 4 Knock-Outs, 3 Presidents’ Cup, 3 Winter Leagues and 2 Enemed Cup. Andreas is also currently a National Team player. Out of the water Andreas is a swimming coach and his free time he enjoys a football match with friends, spending time with his family and going abroad. Andreas’ message to the San Giljan supporters is the following, “The feeling winning a championship gives you is incredible and I would like to go through this journey of fighting for the league and winning it once again with all of you. Thank you for all the motivation you give us from the stands especially when these are full of our supporters. VSG.”

Ben Plumpton

Ben Plumpton

Ben Plumpton is an exciting and versatile player who is fulfilling the promise as one of the most talented youngsters in the local waterpolo scene. Born on the 16th February 1998, Ben started playing waterpolo at 10 years old at M’Scala before joining San Giljan at the age of 13. He has won 2 Leagues, 4 Knock-Outs, 3 Presidents’ Cup, 3 Winter Leagues and 2 Enemed Cup with San Giljan so far and we all hope he adds many more honours to his belt. Ben is also a National Team player.  Out of the water Ben works as a letting agent and with regards to other sports Ben is a very good footballer. He also is a Liverpool FC supporter. Ben’s message to the San Giljan supporters is the following, “Thank you for all the support you give us especially during important games. It is as if you are our 8th player in the water. VSG.”

Darren Zammit

Darren Zammit

Darren Zammit is a strong player who is more and more establishing himself in the senior squad of San Giljan. Born on the 1st January 1999, Darren has started playing waterpolo at 9 years old with M’Scala before moving to San Giljan at 13 years old. He won honors for San Giljan at junior level and formed part of the senior team that won 2 Leagues, 4 Knock-Outs, 3 Presidents’ Cup, 3 Winter Leagues and 2 Enemed Cup in recent years. Darren is also a National Team player. Out of the water, Darren is studying physiotherapy at University, he loves motocross and is an AC Milan supporter. Darren’s message to the San Giljan supporters is, “I wish to thank all those supporters that come to support us for every match as you are our 8th player when winning or losing. You’re surely the best in Malta. VSG.”

Gareth Vassallo

Gareth Vassallo

Gareth Vassallo is a promising young goalkeeper who was recently integrated within the senior squad. Born on the 2nd August 2003, Gareth has started playing waterpolo at Exiles at 9 years old. He eventually joined San Giljan when he was 13 years old and plays regularly with our youth teams.  Out of the water Gareth’s studying is also sports related. He enjoys playing other sports as well and is also a football supporter of Juventus FC. Gareth’s message to the San Giljan supporters is the following, “To play for San Giljan feels incredible. I can promise the fans I will give everything to the club. VSG.”

Jake Bonavia

Jake Bonavia

Jake Bonavia is a very promising young player who is slowly establishing himself as part of the senior team. Born on the 23rd March 2003, Jake has started playing waterpolo at 8 years old. He still plays with our junior teams, significantly contributing in our young teams winning a number of honors. Jake also forms part of the senior squad and is also a regular member of our National Teams at junior level as well. Out of the water, Jake is studying accounts and economics. He also enjoys going abroad especially to support his favourite football team, Juventus FC. Jake’s message to our San Giljan supporters is the following, “Your support is appreciated when the team is getting positive results and also when the team is going through bad days. VSG.”

Jake Tanti

Jake Tanti

Jake Tanti is the son of well-known ex waterpolo goalkeeper Alex Tanti. He has continued on his father’s footsteps and at his young age he is already one of the best goalkeepers in Malta. Born on the 12th June 1998, Jake started waterpolo at 10 years old with Neptunes. He has played with Ta Xbiex on loan before moving to San Giljan in 2017, winning the Championship as our goalkeeper in his first season at 18 years of age. Jake also won 2 winter leagues, 2 knock outs, 2 Enemed Cup and 2 Presidents Cup. Jake is also part of the National Team Squad. Out of the water, Jake is studying Architecture at University and in his free time he enjoys drawing, music and watching movies. He is also a football supporter of Man United. Jake’s message to the San Giljan supporters is the following, “I wish to take this opportunity to thank all the supporters for making me feel so welcome and part of this family ever since I joined the club and for always being behind the team through the good and bad times. It is truly an amazing feeling to play in front of a packed San Giljan stand. VSG. “

Matthew Zammit – Captain

Matthew Zammit also known as ‘Xellugi’ is the captain of our senior team and without any doubt one of the best talents San Giljan has produced in the history of the club. Born on the 1st October 1987, Matthew started waterpolo at the late age of 15 years old when he was already a very promising basketball player at the time. He eventually chose waterpolo and has played his entire career with San Giljan winning 2 Leagues, 4 Knock-Outs, 3 Presidents’ Cup, 3 Winter Leagues and 2 Enemed Cup. Matthew also had two experiences playing abroad, the latest being this year in A1 with Palermo. He has also represented Malta the national team for many years. Out of the water, Matthew enjoys spending time with his family and relaxing at home watching movies. He is also a football supporter of Juventus FC. Matthew’s message to the supporters is the following, “A team is nothing without its supporters and supporters are nothing without a team. Let’s come together as one, pull the same rope and be successful together. Our supporters are surely our 8th player in the pool and you are a great help for the team. After all we are San Giljan and we all have one aim. Winning! #VSG

Matthias Ortoleva

Matthias ‘Ciccio’ Ortoleva is a young promising player of San Giljan who also plays with the National Team at Youth level. Born on the 27th July 2001, Ciccio started playing with San Giljan at 11 years old. He has won honors at youth level with San Giljan and also played as a shared athlete with Ta Xbiex and B’Bugia. Ciccio has also experienced training and playing abroad to improve as a waterpolo player even more. Out of the water Ciccio works in construction in the family business and is a football supporter for Juventus. Ciccio’s message for the San Giljan supporters is the following, “My ultimate waterpolo dream is to play as long as I can with this beautiful club and win as many trophies as I can for San Giljan and for all you people that support us through good and bad times. VSG.”

Peter Borg

Peter makes a comeback to the Saints in 2022 after having had a very successful stint with San Giljan between 2015 and 2018, during which the team, amongst other honors, won 2 Leagues and 4 Knock Out titles. Peter was also part of the team which set an unbeaten record and voted as Sportsmalta Team of the Year in 2017.

Nikolai Zammit

Daniel Fero

Russel Caruana

Daniel Tully

Nicholas Bugelli

Nico Schiavone