Sliema Hotsticks Hockey Club

A typical cup tie which was played at a frantic pace throughout with Hotsticks on top territorially for most of the game but being unable to breach Rabat’s rear guard. In fact all four goals were scored in the last fifteen minutes of the game. The first half provided few thrills until the 15th minute when Rabat’s Shawn Falzon cleared off the line to keep Rabat’s goal intact. Midfield play dominated proceedings for quite some time afterwards and it was not until the 32nd minute that Hotsticks were awarded only their second penalty corner and once again the ball was cleared over the bar off a defender’s stick. The half time whistle sounded with the score unopened.

The second half provided much of the same fare with Hotsticks’ attacks becoming more incessant while Rabat defended in depth. On 55 minutes Steve Portelli shot home off a penalty corner action to send Hotsticks 1–0 up. Two minutes later Jonathan Borg scored to double his teams’ lead after yet another penalty award. Hotsticks relaxed and on 65 minutes Shawn Grima netted after receiving a pass from Julian Zahra, who had run down the right flank, to increase Hotsticks’ lead to 3–0. A minute from time Zahra pushed home from close range to score Hotsticks’ fourth goal to secure his team a semi final berth.

Umpires: Edward Hughes & Glen Bonello


Hotsticks end league with a defeat

April 20th, 2016 | Posted by Keith in Senior Team - (0 Comments)

After securing the championship, in their previous encounter, Qormi extended their lead to five points when they beat Hotsticks 3–1. Both teams cautiously probed each other’s defences but midfield play prevailed early on in the encounter. Qormi did not avail themselves of three penalty corners by the 17th minute mark but, on being awarded their first penalty corner on 25 minutes, Hotsticks’ Lukas Plaehn shot home to send his team into a 1–0 lead. Four minutes later Thomas Degiovanni blasted home from the top of the D to level things up for Qormi, the score remaining unchanged until half time.

Qormi went ahead two minutes into the second half when they were awarded a penalty stroke and Juan Sarcia drove home from the spot to send them into a 2–1 lead. Hotsticks dominated the play and pressed Qormi in their half and on 48 minutes Ryan George just missed reducing the arrears for Hotsticks when his cross shot just missed entering the net by inches. Qormi were awarded another penalty stroke in the 54th minute and Sarcia once again hit home from the spot to send Qormi into a commanding 3-1 lead. From then on Hotsticks strove hard to reduce the deficit but Qormi fell back on defence content to administer their 3–1 advantage which they held to the end of the match.

Umpires: James Mizzi & Raymond Micallef



Superior Hotsticks beat Rabat

April 13th, 2016 | Posted by Keith in Senior Team - (0 Comments)

Hotsticks took the lead on 19 minutes when Silas Plaehn netted. After missing three penalty corner opportunities around the 22nd minute mark Hotsticks went further ahead just before half time when Steve Portelli shot home to send them into a 2–0 lead.

The second half was dominated by Hotsticks with Rabat’s defence keeping them at bay being well marshalled by Shawn Falzon until on 57 minutes Ryan Dalli netted Hotsticks’ third goal. Two minutes later Hotsticks were awarded a penalty stroke and Plaehn netted his second making no mistake from the spot sending his team 4–0 up. On 63 minutes Julian Zahra added a fifth and on the stroke of time, Zahra scored his second to give Hotsticks a 6–0 victory.

Umpires: James Mizzi & Raymond Micallef

Under-14 Champions 2015-16

April 12th, 2016 | Posted by Keith in Nursery - (0 Comments)



The LightShop Hs won this year’s title in the Under-14 category. In their final match of the season they defeated their closest contenders, Qormi, by seven goals to one. Luna Jonker, Christ Agius and Bastiaan Rasterhoff scored a brace each, Marnix Rasterhoff scoring the other.

Hotsticks, who dominated throughout, were managed by  coaches Ludolf Rasterhoff and Shaun Grima. They scored a total of 52 goals during  the season.

The players making up the squad are the following: Agius Christ, Attard Kurt, Bonnici Gary, Bonnici Kurt, Camenzuli Matthew, De Marco Mark, De Marco Sean, Jonker Luna, Mifsud Claydon, Newell Alec, Rasterhoff Bastiaan, Rasterhoff Marnix, Runza Luca and Villa Andrea.

Matches between these two teams guarantee intriguing encounters and this was no exception. Young Stars went ahead as early as the first minute when Christian Bonello shot home. They continued exerting pressure on the Hotsticks rear-guard by dominating proceedings in midfield and on 13 minutes Bonello grabbed his second to send Young Stars into a two goal lead. On 22 minutes Hotsticks pulled one back when, on a swift break from midfield, Christian Sammut netted with a strong cross shot from the top left side of the D. The half time whistle sounded with Young Stars retaining their 2–1 lead.

Five minutes into the second half Steve Portelli drove home to level the score at 2–2 as a result of a penalty corner action. Young Stars then exerted considerable pressure coming close to adding to their tally on a number of occasions and not availing themselves of four penalty corner awards around the 50 minute mark. On 58 minutes, the Young Stars custodian kept his goal intact with a reflex save. After Young Stars hit the cross bar on 65 minutes, when the game seemed to be moving towards a draw, with less than a minute remaining, Hotsticks were awarded a penalty corner and Portelli netted to give a 3–2 victory to his team.

Umpires: Luke Busuttil Leaver & Paul Brincat