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Hotsticks succumb in extra-time

November 21st, 2017 | Posted by Editor in Senior Team - (0 Comments)

A final which lived up to its billing. Both teams playing cagily in the first half with tight man-to-man marking denying space for any clear cut chances to be created. In fact it took 29 minutes for the first penalty corner to be awarded and Qormi did not avail themselves of the opportunity. On 30 minutes Hotsticks went into the lead when Christ Agius hit home from the left side of the Dee sending Hotsticks into a one goal lead which they maintained until the break.
Qormi started the second half in earnest, fluffing two penalty corner opportunities. On 46 minutes Juan Sarcia shot high into the net to grab Qormi’s equalizer as a result of a penalty corner action. Frayed nerves and tired limbs with the clock winding down meant that at this point the game was very evenly poised with Qormi exerting more pressure on the Hotsticks’ rearguard who in turn were using their lethal counter attacks down the flanks. On 57 minutes Thomas Degiovanni hit home to send Qormi into a 2–1 lead. On 67 minutes Martin Lust found the net to equalise for Hotsticks. The final whistle blew with the tie deadlocked at 2–2 sending the encounter into extra time.
Kyle Micallef sent Qormi into a 3-2 lead in the second minute of the first period of extra time, a lead which they held throughout the remaining five and a half minutes and all of the second period despite Hotsticks’ efforts to equalize. The final whistle blew with Qormi emerging as winners of the Challenge Cup 2017.

Weekend Results:
Under-17 League
Sliema Hs 3 Young Stars 2 (Gary Bonnici, Christ Agius, Luca Runza)

Sliema Hotsticks reach Challenge Cup final

November 13th, 2017 | Posted by Editor in Club - (0 Comments)

Sporting clashes between these two sides always provide a spectacle with the outcome uncertain up to the very end. Tight marking early on by both sides left little space as man-to-man marking prevailed and the teams used lofted balls to bypass midfield. On 30 minutes Julian Zahra popped up in a central position inside the D to send Hotsticks into a 1 – 0 lead which they held until the half time whistle sounded.
Nobody envisaged the fare provided from then on. On 40 minutes Borg Costanzi netted to level at 1-1. Play ebbed and flowed from end to end as Young Stars counter attacked with Luke Borg Costanzi excelling with his runs down the flank. On 57 minutes Hotsticks grabbed back the initiative when Alessandro Amore shot home from the centre of the D to send his team into a 2 -1 lead. But on 65 minutes Martijn Post shot Young Stars level at 2 – 2 from a penalty corner action. The final whistle blowing sending the game into extra time .
Extra time provided one highlight when just before the end of the first period Amore hit the far post when he delivered a tremendous reverse hit effort from the left side of the D. The second period was less eventful and the game ended in a 2 -2 draw sending the match into a penalty shoot out with Hotsticks’ five penalty takers finding the net, in contrast to Young Stars’ three, giving them victory and securing them a place against Qormi in the Challenge Cup Final on Sunday 19th November.

Weekend Results:
Under-14 League
Sliema Hs 3 White Hart 1 (Kurt Bonnici 2, Clyde Camilleri)
7-a-side League
Sliema Hs 1 Qormi 4 (Christ Agius)

Alessandro Amore

Jonathan Borg

Steve Portelli

Julian Zahra

Shaun Grima

Hotsticks top their group to reach semi-finals

October 30th, 2017 | Posted by Editor in Senior Team - (0 Comments)

Hotsticks dominated the game from start to finish and after not availing themselves of three penalty awards in the first 13 minutes on 15 minutes Jonathan Borg scored hitting high into the net from the left side of the D to send Hotsticks into a 1–0 lead. On 17 minutes Christian Sammut doubled Hotsticks’ lead when he pushed home from close range after receiving an assist from Ryan Dalli. The half time whistle sounded with Hotsticks on top and retaining their 2–0 lead.
The second half continued in the same vein but it was not until the 62nd minute that Borg scored his second and his team’s third. On 66 minutes Hotsticks went 4–0 up through Liam Azzopardi when he struck a delightful reverse hit high into the net from the left edge of the D confirming his team’s passage into the semi finals to be played next weekend.

Sliema Hotsticks stamped their authority on this match through their customary tactic of retaining possession to apply pressure on their opponents’ defence. After not availing themselves of a penalty corner action on ten minutes and Ramon Chircop, White Hart’s custodian denying them by some smart goalkeeping, Hotsticks went ahead on 14 minutes when Jonathan Borg shot home from the top of the D. Hotsticks missed taking advantage of five penalty corner awards between the 17th and 32nd minute but on 33 minutes Silas Plaehn netted a beauty when he lifted a reverse hit high into the net from the top left side of the D. The half time whistle blew with Hotsticks leading 2–0.

In the second half Hotsticks did not relent and retained their hold on the encounter while White Hart shed their defensive shackles and became more adventurous going forward , though they were found wanting when opportunities presented themselves inside their opponents’ D. On 45 minutes Chircop kept his side in the game when he affected a blinding save diving full length to push a ball past the post. With just four minutes to go, Borg grabbed his second goal, a rather soft one when from an acute angle on the right side of the D his shot squeezed over the line after Chircop had partially smothered it. Full time was reached soon after with Hotsticks emerging 3–0 winners.

Valletta Hockey Masters 2018

October 5th, 2017 | Posted by Editor in General - (0 Comments)

In 2018 the Hockey Association Malta celebrates its 50th Anniversary. A historic milestone for such a small Association. The Valletta Hockey Masters Tournament is being organised as part of the celebrations of this event but the plan is to make this a regular celebration of hockey built on fun, friendship and fraternity.

This international tournament for male veterans aged 45+ will be played on an artificial grass surface at the Corradino National Hockey Complex between the 16th and 18th March.