Sliema Hotsticks Hockey Club

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.

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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.


April 3rd, 2017 | Posted by Keith in Senior Team - (1 Comments)

With an eye on tying up the league championship Hotsticks were in no mood to let up in today’s encounter against Rabat. By the 16th minute they had already taken a 3 – 0 lead through Jonathan Borg on 10 minutes – Silas Plaehn grabbing the second on 14 minutes and Shaun Grima slotting home a penalty stroke two minutes later. On 19 minutes Steve Portelli scored Hotsticks’ fourth taking full advantage of a penalty corner action, the score remaining unchanged until the change of ends.

Hotsticks continued to dominate proceedings in the second half and on 43 minutes Christian Sammut scored his team’s number five . On 52 minutes Ryan Dalli netted his side’s sixth goal. Julian Zahra then completed Hotsticks’ scoring spree netting the seventh and eighth goals within two minutes on the 65th minute mark. The final whistle blew, crowning The Lightshop Hotsticks champions, breaking Qormi’s ten-year strangle hold on the title.

Umpires: John Williams & Shawn Mifsud

A typical cup tie which was played at a frantic pace throughout with Hotsticks on top territorially for most of the game but being unable to breach Rabat’s rear guard. In fact all four goals were scored in the last fifteen minutes of the game. The first half provided few thrills until the 15th minute when Rabat’s Shawn Falzon cleared off the line to keep Rabat’s goal intact. Midfield play dominated proceedings for quite some time afterwards and it was not until the 32nd minute that Hotsticks were awarded only their second penalty corner and once again the ball was cleared over the bar off a defender’s stick. The half time whistle sounded with the score unopened.

The second half provided much of the same fare with Hotsticks’ attacks becoming more incessant while Rabat defended in depth. On 55 minutes Steve Portelli shot home off a penalty corner action to send Hotsticks 1–0 up. Two minutes later Jonathan Borg scored to double his teams’ lead after yet another penalty award. Hotsticks relaxed and on 65 minutes Shawn Grima netted after receiving a pass from Julian Zahra, who had run down the right flank, to increase Hotsticks’ lead to 3–0. A minute from time Zahra pushed home from close range to score Hotsticks’ fourth goal to secure his team a semi final berth.

Umpires: Edward Hughes & Glen Bonello