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Hotsticks’ Title Hopes Fade Away

February 9th, 2016 | Posted by Keith in Senior Team - (0 Comments)

A match which lived up to its billing. On seven minutes Luke Borg Costanzi shot Young Stars into the lead finding the net from the top of the D. Continuing to exert pressure down their opponent’s left flank, Young Stars created several chances through teasing crosses across goal. On 20 minutes Chris Attard of Young Stars hit the bottom of the post from a penalty corner action and on 27 minutes Mark Camilleri shot them into a 2–0 lead following another penalty corner award – a lead which they held until the half time whistle sounded.

The majority of thrills were reserved for the second part of the match and on 47 minutes Lukas Plaehn pushed home to reduce the deficit to 2-1 and bring Hotsticks back into the game, however in the 52nd minute Camilleri grabbed his second goal from yet another penalty corner action to send Young Stars 3-1 up. Hardly had two minutes elapsed when Jonathan Micallef picked his spot shooting low into the net to send Young Stars into a 4–1 lead. Hotsticks reduced the arrears to 4–2 when on 61 minutes Shaun Grima pushed home from the centre of the D. Hotsticks then continued to apply pressure even hitting the base of the post on 65 minutes but Young Stars ran out winners at the end of this entertaining encounter.

 

Umpires: Paul Brincat & Glen Bonello

 

As early as the second minute Julian Zahra shot The LightShop Hotsticks into the lead after a flowing move which started in midfield. White Hart reacted immediately and forced three penalty corners by the seventh minute, missing a goal scoring chance in between. Hotsticks then dominated proceedings in midfield but White Hart were always dangerous on the break and kept testing Hotsticks’ rear guard with counter attacks. The half time whistle sounded with Hotsticks holding on to their one goal lead.

White Hart spurned three penalty corners early in the second half and the game then developed into a hard fought encounter with no quarter asked or given. Defences were very alert and on top of their game with midfield play the dominating tactical feature. Both teams missed a couple of chances on and around the 60th minute, the game drawing to a finish with The LightShop Hotsticks playing out time and maintaining their one nil lead.

Umpires: Shawn Mifsud & Glen Bonello

December 24th, 2015 | Posted by Keith in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

xmas logoChristmas & New Year Greetings to all our members.

 

Christmas Greetings to all our members, family and friends.  We hope you have a very happy and safe Christmas.

 

We wish you all health, happiness, fun and even more good hockey in 2016!

Hotsticks’ fine run comes to a halt

December 14th, 2015 | Posted by Keith in Senior Team - (0 Comments)

Both teams started this game at a gallop, intent on scoring early to gain psychological advantage. Hotsticks did not avail themselves of two penalty corner awards in the first ten minutes being denied by James Mizzi the Young Stars keeper. On twelve minutes Emile Borg prevented Mark Camilleri shooting Young Stars ahead and three minutes later he kept his team’s goal intact, affecting a blinding save. The game developed into a skilful affair with Hotsticks dominating possession and exerting considerable pressure while Young Stars always looked dangerous on the counter attack. On 25 minutes Young Stars forged ahead when Camilleri hit home as a result of a penalty corner action. Hotsticks reacted strongly but did not convert their pressure into goals not being able to exploit several inviting crosses which they created down the flanks. Young Stars held on to their 1–0 lead at half time.

The second half continued in the same vein and on their third penalty corner award, between the 42nd and 46th minute, Steve Portelli netted to level the score at 1–1. Ludolf Rasterhoff then missed a chance to shoot Hotsticks ahead in the 50th minute. Young Stars failed to score from a series of three penalty corners on 55 mintues again being denied by Borg’s prowess in the Hotsticks goal. Now played at a frantic pace with nerves becoming jangled, Hotsticks strove to seal yet another victory this season but Young Stars played out time, the final whistle blowing with the game ending in 1–1 draw.

Umpires: Luke Busuttil Leaver & John Williams

MOC SPORTS AWARDS 2015

December 9th, 2015 | Posted by Keith in General - (0 Comments)

MOC-awards-2015-logo-SPECIAL-AWARDThe Maltese Olympic Committee (MOC) honoured the country’s top sports performers for 2015 during an awards night at the Corinthia Palace Hotel on December 7. On the night, the Maltese Hockey National Men’s Team was awarded one of the MOC Sports Awards 2015 for Outstanding Sporting Achievements for its performance in Lithuania – the SPECIAL AWARD.

The National Team achieved some great results during the teams visit to Lithuania for the European Challenge IV, which saw them reach the 64th position out of 81 from nowhere in the world hockey rankings. National Team coach Pieter Bregman and captain Mark Camilleri were present and accepted the trophy.

Well done to all those involved with the Maltese Hockey National Team!

 

Year World Rank Total Points
December 2003 56/69 28
September 2004 58/68 28
December 2005 54/69 33
December 2006 54/69 33
December 2007 73/75 10
September 2008 72/75 35
March 2015 Not Ranked
November 2015 64/81 65