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A Message from the Club’s President

April 23rd, 2015 | Posted by Keith in General - (0 Comments)

PGI would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all the senior players and coaching staff for the very successful season we just had. Placing second in the league and winning the knock out means that all the hard work and sacrifices you have made are paying off. The level of play both as individuals and as a team improved substantially in this last year, an achievement that you should be proud of. You proved to yourselves that you can play good hockey and you can beat your opponents. There was a hurdle in the way, which was keeping you back, and with determination you overcame it.

It is time to reflect on what you have achieved. This year you managed to gain 18 points out of the total of 24 points. This is a good result. Looking forward, I strongly believe that next season, with some more effort and commitment, you can achieve more. I urge you all to roll up your sleeves and let us aim for and work towards celebrating two titles next season.

I would also like to show my appreciation to the players and coaching staff of the junior section. I know that this year was not easy but you managed to get some good results. Well done.

I also commend the Hockey 5’s players, particularly for the commitment and dedication they showed throughout the season.

Last but not least, my thanks goes to all the supporters for their unwavering loyalty towards our players throughout the season. The support they provide not only encourages the players but help to strengthen our hockey family.

Thank you.

 

Pierre George

President

Sliema Hotsticks Hockey Club

2015 Knock Out Trophy Winners

April 17th, 2015 | Posted by Keith in Senior Team - (1 Comments)

A typical cup tie with each team loathe on falling behind. Qormi exerted early pressure but were unable to take advantage of several chances coming their way. Emile Borg, Hotsticks custodian, saved brilliantly in the 25th minute and half time was reached with the scores unopened.

The second half produced all the fireworks. After Qormi missed taking advantage of two penalty corners, Steve Portelli took the game by the scruff of the neck scoring two goals for Hotsticks in the 46th and 47th minutes, the latter a tremendous drive from the top of the D. Qormi reacted strongly and Juan Sarcia reduced the arrears in the 54th minute as a result of a penalty corner. Portelli then grabbed his hat trick sending Hotsticks 3 – 1 ahead finding the net with a delightful reverse stick hit. John Williams pulled one back for Qormi a minute from time, but Hotsticks held on to win the knock out trophy in an enthralling final which exploded to life in the second half.

 

Umpires: James Mizzi & Luke Busuttil Leaver

Hotsticks’ Title Hopes Fade Away

April 13th, 2015 | Posted by Keith in Senior Team - (0 Comments)

qhc-vs-shsThis match lived up to its billing and provided the best hockey played this season. Pace, passion and total commitment from start to finish was manifested by both formations. Qormi did not take advantage of six penalty corners awarded to them in the first half and could not break down the Hotsticks defences, the latter being content to operate by fast counter attacks down the flanks. In fact half time was reached with no side being able to open the score.

In the first minute of the second half, Alessandro Amore chased a loose ball down the right flank and crossed into a favourable position but Hotsticks were unable to capitalize as Qormi’s goalkeeper smothered their effort on goal. On 38 minutes Ramon Chircop, Qormi’s goalkeeper, brought the house down when he affected a save diving full length to his right preventing a certain goal. Almost immiediately, at the other end, Emile Borg saved Hotsticks from falling behind with a timely intervention. Play flowed from end to end with both teams going for the jugular but the final whistle blew with Hotsticks pressing hard but having to be content with a goalless draw, leaving Qormi with equal points and a game in hand.

Umpires: James Mizzi & Luke Busuttil Leaver

 

Havering’s men ended a memorable East Premier B title-winning campaign unbeaten after a 3 – 1 win over Harleston seconds. The first half ended goalless, but the tempo was stepped up by Havering in the second half and despite never playing to the standard that they have become accustomed to they were rewarded with 3 goals. The first one came from a Gaz Ingram flick that was won by Alex Simpson after a mazy run into the D. The second goal was scored a few minutes later. Glen Noller skipped past a couple of defenders on the byline before passing the ball backwards towards the penalty spot. The pass was met by Alex Defroand who drilled the ball against the backboard – a just reward for a player who has been one of the key elements in the Havering midfield all season. Havering kept on attacking and squandered a couple of clean goalscoring opportunities before Harry Andrews put the scoreline beyond the Magpies’ reach with a backspace hit that caught the home team’s keeper off guard. Led by Man of the Match Jack Barlow in defence, Havering seemed to be cruising towards a clean sheet but unfortunately the home team were awarded a couple of penalty corners in the last minute. Nik Males in goal saved the first one brilliantly but could do nothing on the second attempt. There was hardly time to restart after this and the game ended 3 – 1.

This has been a truly memorable season for Havering Hockey Club. Led by player-coach Paul Johnson and captain Michael Caruana Smith the Men’s first team finished the season promoted to Premier A as champions and undefeated. It was a heroic squad effort. Joseph Shearer-Rust and Nik Males in goal conceded 14 less goals than any other team in the division. The defence was a stronghold throughout with Harry Jenkins, Jack Barlow, Adam Lumbers, Josh Cipa, Alastair Lewis, Michael Caruana Smith and Paul Johnson all providing their input in managing this feat. The midfield proved to be the dynamic engine of the team with Alex Simpson, Paul Dover, Alex Defroand and Marcus Hall all shining. The forward line – formed by Ollie Cipa, Harry Andrews, Gaz Ingram, Stuart Garnell, Glen Noller and Christopher Dunn – managed to notch up 84 goals and allowed the team to play good, fast and fluid hockey by continuous movement that opposing teams found very hard to deal with.

Havering will now look forward to gracing the top flight of East hockey once again.

Havering Prem B Champs March 2015

 

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After Mark Zahra of White Hart had a shot saved off the line in the 8th minute Hotsticks broke into their rhythm and started to dominate proceedings from mid field. Hotsticks went ahead in the 15th minute when Steve Portelli netted as a result of penalty corner action. White Hart played the waiting game in defence and this frustrated Hotsticks’ efforts to the extent that after David Agius had a shot smothered by their defence, they could not add to their tally by half time.

The pattern of the game did not change in the second half and Hotsticks did not take advantage of two penalty corners awarded to them in the first three minutes after the break. White Hart depended on sharp counter attacks and the Hotsticks goalkeeper was instrumental in smothering two of their efforts. White Hart’s defence held out until the 62nd minute when Silas Plaehn netted as a result of a penalty corner action. White Hart threw caution to the wind and attacked with all their elements but were caught out two minutes from time when Portelli, who was unmarked, grabbed his second and Hotsticks’ third goal when he picked his spot to endorse his side’s 3 – 0 victory.

Umpires: Edward Hughes & Shawn Mifsud