Sliema Hotsticks Hockey Club

A number of players from Sliema Hotsticks Hockey Club have been selected to form part of the Hockey Association of Malta’s National Team preliminary squad.

On behalf of the club, we wish them all the success to form part of the final squad which will be competing in the EuroHockey Championship IV, Vilnius, Men, 2015.



2015 FIH Rule Changes – Outdoor Hockey

January 19th, 2015 | Posted by Keith in General - (0 Comments)

untitledThe Executive Board of the European Hockey Federation agreed that the recent Rules of Hockey published by the FIH would come into effect in European competitions (clubs and nations) as of 1st January 2015.

The two Rule changes are as follows:

• The ability to take attacking free hits, awarded within 5 meters of the edge of the circle, from the point of the offence. The change states that the ball still has to travel at least 5 meters before it can be played into the circle, or alternatively has to be touched by another player of either team, other than the player taking the free hit.

• The second change concerns the re-start, after the ball has unintentionally been played over the back-line by a defender or deflected by a goalkeeper or player with goalkeeping privileges, and no goal is scored. Play will now be re-started with the ball on the 23 meters line and in line with where it crossed the back-line. Taking the re-start from the 23 meters line will open up the play and give more passing options.

Other rule changes to help improve player safety have also been made, including the rules governing the wearing of facemasks to defend penalty corners which have been amended to increase player safety. A wider range of masks, including metal grill masks, will now be allowed to be used.

The latest Rules of Hockey will incorporate the following Tournament Regulations:

1. Green Card – two minute suspension
The two minute green card will now provide an additional management aid to umpires at all levels.

2. Stick above the shoulder
The skill adds another dimension to the sport and provides excitement for fans and players alike.

3. Maximum length of Stick
The length of stick, as measured from the top of the stick to the bottom of the head, shall not be more than 105cm.

4. Breaking of a Penalty Corner
The breaking at penalty corners Regulation has effected a significant reduction in the number of breaks at Tournaments, by both attackers and defenders.

For a full set of Rules – Rules of Hockey


Hockey 5s Tournament

January 12th, 2015 | Posted by Keith in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Goalkeeper’s view of the Hockey 5s Tournament


December 23rd, 2014 | Posted by Keith in General - (0 Comments)

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Winter Champions – Unbeaten!!

December 22nd, 2014 | Posted by Keith in Senior Team - (0 Comments)

This clash between the two teams at the top of the table lived up to its billing. Fast feisty hockey was served with both teams locking horns in midfield until the 20th minute when Qormi did not avail themselves of a penalty corner opportunity. Hotsticks were dominating territorially but it was Qormi’s Jonathan Borg who went close in the 27th minute. Two minutes later Justin Bonello finished off a slick move to shoot Qormi into a 1 – 0 lead. They failed to go further ahead in the 33rd minute from a penalty corner action when a shot was deflected onto the post.

The second half saw Hotsticks increasing their efforts but not taking advantage of two penalty corners on 38 minutes, Andrei Imbroll coming close on one occasion. Play became frantic with the teams choosing the straight path to goal overlooking midfield but in the 50th minute Steve Portelli netted for Hotsticks to level the score as a result of a penalty corner. Hotsticks maintained a period of sustained pressure and in the 62nd minute Ramon Chircop dived to his right to push away a goal bound shot from a penalty corner. The final whistle sounded with honours even leaving Hotsticks on top of the pile

Umpires:  James Mizzi & Robert Aquilina