Sliema Hotsticks Hockey Club

Challenge Cup Winners!

November 23rd, 2015 | Posted by Keith in Senior Team - (0 Comments)

Qormi started this game like a house on fire winning four penalty corners in the first three minutes but not taking advantage of any of them and In the 5th minute they had no takers to follow up a loose ball hit into the D which hit the post and bounced back into play. Hotsticks reacted strongly and on 10 minutes they were only denied by a double save affected by the Qormi custodian. On 21 minutes Qormi’s goalkeeper again denied Hotsticks when he parried a shot diving to his right at full length. Although both sides kept pressing with the tempo of the game already reaching a high level of commitment, it was not until the last minute of the half when Julian Zahra received the ball down the right flank and from a very narrow angle shot a reverse hit into the net to send Hotsticks into a 1–0 lead.

Juan Sarcia hit the post for Qormi in the 38th minute as a result of a penalty corner award and on 48 minutes he hit the cross bar from another penalty corner action. After Hotsticks missed a chance on 51 minutes, Hotsticks custodian Emile Borg, preserved their slender lead when he managed to turn a point blank Qormi effort over the bar in the 65th minute, definitely the save of the match, which ended in a 1–0 victory for Hotsticks to crown them as holders of the Challenge Cup this season.

Umpires: James Mizzi & Raymond Micallef

Both teams started cautiously, but at the first time of asking, on the 11th minute, John Camilleri slotted home to put Hotsticks 1–0 up as a result of a penalty corner action. Within two minutes Rabat drew level when Charlot Antonelli pushed home after a melee inside the D. Hotsticks missed a couple of chances and although they dominated possession, for most of the remainder of the first half, they could not break down a well organised Rabat rear guard the half time whistle blowing with the game on an even keel at 1–1.

A minute into the second half Julian Zahra shot Hotsticks ahead but after both teams did not avail themselves of penalty corner opportunities on 44 minutes Shawn Falzon’s half hit shot found the net from a penalty corner action to equalize for Rabat. From then on play became frantic with tactics blown to the wind and added urgency leading to some tough tackling. Seven penalty corner opportunities were missed, the final whistle blowing to leave the teams locked at 2–2.

Hotsticks took the lead again in the second minute of extra time when Shaun Grima netted meeting a cross from the right flank. Just before the whistle was about to sound at the end of the second period of extra time, Falzon equalized for Rabat from another penalty corner action to send the game into a penalty shootout which Hotsticks won 4–1 to qualify for a place in the final on Sunday.

(Penalties – Silas Plaehn, Jonathan Borg, Keith Scicluna, Lukas Plaehn)

Umpires: Paul Brincat & James Mizzi


Hockey Festival for Charity

October 27th, 2015 | Posted by Keith in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

The Festival will take the shape of a tournament with Hockey Five Rules. The tournament ‘Solidarjeta bl-isports’ is being held on the 28th (afternoon) and 29th (morning).


We encourage everyone to participate!!



Qormi hand Hotsticks wake-up call

October 26th, 2015 | Posted by Keith in Senior Team - (0 Comments)

Qormi went ahead in the 10th minute when Juan Sarcia slotted home as a result of a penalty corner action during the first penetrating move of note into the D. The LightShop Hotsticks reacted but did not put Qormi’s defence under any undue pressure and did not avail themselves of a penalty corner awarded on 30 minutes. Just before half time Jonathan Borg cut through the Qormi defence on a solo run but pushed his shot wide. The score remaining unchanged.

Qormi enjoyed territorial advantage on the change of ends missing a couple of chances with Emile Borg Hotsticks keeper distinguishing himself with two fine saves in a couple of minutes around the 47th minute mark. The tempo of the game then took a different turn and Hotsticks won two penalty corners in the 56th and 58th minute but were unable to capitalize. Qormi strove to hold on to their lead by retaining possession even grabbing their second goal when Thomas De Giovanni crossed after a run down the left flank for Kyle Micallef to flick into the net giving Qormi a 2–0 victory.

Umpires: Edward Hughes & Shawn Mifsud

As early as the second minute The LightShop Hotsticks were awarded a penalty corner and Andrew Camilleri cleared off the dead ball line with the Young Stars keeper beaten. The game was played in a high tempo with play ebbing and flowing from end to end, Hotsticks missing a goal scoring opportunity on 13 minutes. John Camilleri hit the Young Stars’ cross bar in the 19th minute but it was Young stars who drew first blood when Ivan Magro Dingli deflected a pass from outside the D into the net to send his team 1 – 0 up. The lead was short lived as just a minute later Jonathan Borg netted to level at 1 – 1. The half time whistle sounded with the score remaining unchanged.

Young Stars regained the lead in the 39th minute when, as a result of a penalty corner action, Mark Camilleri picked his spot to put his team 2 – 1 ahead. Hotsticks’ keeper Ludwig Cole then kept his side in the contest with a diving save in the 43rd minute. Four minutes later Hotsticks were then awarded a penalty stroke but Jonathan Borg hit the post with his effort. After an exchange of penalty corners around the 50 minute mark, Hotsticks were awarded a second penalty stroke but Lukas Plaehn failed to convert. Within a couple of minutes Borg scored his second goal when he hit a tremendous first time effort meeting a cross from the left flank. In the 67th minute Borg completed his hat trick pushing home after a prolonged penalty corner action to give The LightShop Hotsticks a 3 – 2 victory in a hard fought encounter.

Umpires: Luke Busuttil Leaver & John Williams