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Goalkeeping Point of View

October 16th, 2014 | Posted by Keith in General - (0 Comments)

 

Have you ever wanted to know what it feels like to stare down at shooters – to get a first person view just like a goalie? Check out this video which gives you a first person perspective on the speed of a hockey game.

 

 

 

National Team Coach

October 14th, 2014 | Posted by Keith in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

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Seniors’ Coach, Pieter Bregman, is the newly appointed National Team Coach. The Committee and all Sliema Hotsticks members would like to wish Coach Bregman the very best for this new venture.

Season 14-15 starts off with a bang!

October 13th, 2014 | Posted by Keith in Senior Team - (0 Comments)

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After the season got underway last week, it was now time for the remaining clubs to get into action for the 2nd competition of the season before the start of the National League.

Hotsticks came into the game as favourites after having improved greatly towards the end of last season. Rabat on the other hand had struggled in the preseason and so the game was poised for an interesting affair. After early exchanges in midfield, Hotsticks spurned an early chance when Julian Zahra lifted the ball over the bar from close range. A penalty corner in the tenth minute was not availed of by Hotsticks and although they exerted further pressure they were not able to break down the Rabat defence for whom Shawn Falzon was a rock throughout the game. From the 15th minute onwards Rabat crept back into the game and by the 30th minute they were awarded five penalty corners which they did not convert. Hotsticks countered with fact breakaways down the flanks and were denied by Falzon when in the 31st minute he cleared off the line following a penalty corner action. A minute before half time Falzon was in action at the other end when from a penalty corner action he hit the post with the Hotsticks goalkeeper well beaten. The half time whistle sounded with the score unopened.

The second half provided us with more thrills. After winning a penalty corner two minutes into the second half, which was not converted, Hotsticks were awarded a penalty stroke in the 46th minute but Shaun Grima pulled the ball well wide of the post from the spot. Rabat countered and hit the side netting in the 51st minute. The game then flowed from end to end and in the 55th minute Rabat’s custodian denied Hotsticks going into the lead. It was Rabat’s turn to go close in the 64th minute when they were denied by the Hotsticks custodian spreading full length to smother an effort from close range. A minute later Ryan George shot Hotsticks into the lead when he lashed onto a rebound from a melee in front of goal – a lead which they hung on to until the final whistle to register a 1 – 0 victory.

The 2014/15 EHL season starts today!

October 10th, 2014 | Posted by Keith in General - (0 Comments)

EHL 2014/15 – Round 1, Pau Negre Stadium, Barcelona, 10th-12th October 2014ehl-front-323x182

The Euro Hockey League’s 2014/15 season tips off today in the stunning Pau Negre stadium in Barcelona, Spain with 12 teams battling for four tickets to the KO16 over the course of the weekend.

Under the new format of the competition, just one side will advance from each group in Round One, meaning every game counts in the world’s premier club competition, all of which will be streamed live via www.ehlhockey.tv.

With world-renowned players like Ashley Jackson, Robbert Kemperman, Tanguy Cosyns, Christoper Zeller, Manu Brunet, Marc Salles and Carlos Nevado all lining out, it promises to be yet another enthralling instalation of the EHL.

Hockey 5’s – The New Game in Malta

October 9th, 2014 | Posted by Keith in General - (0 Comments)

The upcoming hockey season will see the introduction of the Hockey 5’s in Malta.5

As the name suggests, Hockey 5’s is a hockey variant which features five players on each team (which must include a goalkeeper). This explosive short format for field hockey played on a half-regulation size hockey pitch, is seen as a possible way for the future development and growth of the sport worldwide.

The objective of Hockey 5’s is to allow flexibility so that it can be played on any surface, on different sized pitches and to have or not to have side restraining boards. Flexibility in the rules makes the game playable in diverse localities and under varying conditions and makes it available to more people. The matches are exciting to watch. Fast, furious and demanding on the players’ fitness even on the slightly smaller than regulation pitch size used for the game.

 

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