Sliema Hotsticks Hockey Club

Sliema Hs lose to Qormi

October 16th, 2011 | Posted by Editor in Senior Team - (0 Comments)


Starting Formation: Farrugia Elton Lee, Imbroll Andrei, Bugeja Michael, Scicluna Keith, Vassallo Elton, Plaehn Lukas, Portelli Steve, Grima Shaun, George Ryan, Cachia Steven, Dalli Ryan.

Substitutes who Played: Borg Emile, Borg Karl, Cacopardo Dario, Plaehn Silas.

Umpires: Reno Cremona and Alain Vella

Scorer: Silas Plaehn

Disciplinary Measures: Yellow Card – Steven Cachia

Qormi emerged winners in this first, nervy encounter of the season, a match which was highly conditioned by an episode ten minutes into the second half. Fielding a very young squad, Hotsticks managed to keep head-to-head for most of the seventy minutes. The final score, however, does not give much credit to the team’s performance and determination. There is a lot this young team has to learn but the future is very promising.

Sliema took the field with confidence. Most of the play was concentrated in midfield and even though the Qormi goalkeeper was never really tested, they manged to keep the yellows away from their Dee. Against the flow of play Qormi took the lead from a well taken counter attack twenty-one minutes into the first half. Hotsticks’ reaction was imminent and a few minutes later they levelled the score through debuting Silas Plaehn. Their joy was short-lived as from yet another counter attack Qormi managed to go ahead once again. The first half ended with Hotsticks trailing Qormi by one goal.

The second half started on the same note. Qormi were strong on possession but Hotsticks were organised and conscious of their means to get something out this match. Things changed completely ten minutes into the second half when, away from the action, Lukas Plaehn was hit by Steve Tanti of Qormi for no reason whatsoever. Players and match officials gathered around the same Tanti and Steven Cachia who had pushed him away. At this point, Qormi defender Ryan Brincat approached Plaehn who was lying on the ground and cowardly kicked him in his face. This incident was missed by all the three officials but not by the Sliema clan. Anger ruled for the remainder of the match and what was until then a decent hockey match, turned into a fiasco. This is when experience makes a difference and in the dying minutes of the match Qormi manage to increase the lead with another two goals.

Sliema Hotsticks play Qormi in Sunday’s season-opener. The 2010-11 league winners start the game as strong favourites, whilst Hotsticks aim to gather more experience and strengthen their side with the introduction of new junior players in their squad. Their objective remains unchanged, and once again this year, the club will continue to rejuvenate the first team.

The first competition saw Hotsticks being drawn in Group A together with White Hart and Qormi. The winner and runner-up of this group will automatically qualify for the semi-finals, whereas the third placed will see it off with the runner-up of Group B.

The Challenge Cup is an opportunity for the coach to prepare the team for the season’s main competition and give his players more playing time. Players are very eager to take the field as the team has now been training for the past two months. May the best team win!

Group A: Sliema Hs, Qormi, White Hart
Group B: Young Stars, Rabat

Sliema vs Hotsticks 3 – 5

October 8th, 2011 | Posted by Editor in Senior Team - (0 Comments)


Starting Formation (Sliema): Attard Thomas, Vassallo Elton, Scicluna Keith, Cole Ludwig, Grima Shaun, Ryan George, Cachia Steven, Dalli Ryan, Vella Juan.

Starting Formation (Hotsticks): Farrugia Elton Lee, Imbroll Andrei, Borg Karl, Plaehn Silas, Portelli Steve, Cacopardo Dario, Agius Daniel, George Naomi, Schembri Stefano.

Umpires: Pierre George and Keith Vella

Scorers Sliema: Vella Juan, Grima Shaun, Cachia Steven
Scorers Hotsticks: Imbroll Ansdrei, Cacopardo Dario, Borg Karl, Portelli Steve, George Naomi

Disciplinary Measures: Nil


Indecent proposal

October 5th, 2011 | Posted by Editor in Hot Topics - (0 Comments)

HAM Council has today voted in favour of changing the Under-16 Section into an Under-17 one with immediate effect. This change is being implemented only days before the start of the junior competitions, when most of the clubs (those who are organised) spent the summer months preparing their team for a totally different league.

This decision was taken following White Hart’s request to field a number of over-aged players in this season’s Under-16 League due to the nursery’s inability to field a team in this category. This meant that White Hart would have been advantaged by this special grant and the Under-16 League would have been played in a spirit of unfair competition.

This creates a dangerous precedent as in the future clubs will be tempted to solve their issues by proposing a change in regulations to fit their needs. Regretfully, this is not the first time HAM has applied a philosophy of convenience when it comes to last-minute decision-making.

Senior players will be facing each other this Saturday, 16:30 at the National Hockey Centre. The club is organising an in-house friendly in preparation for the upcoming season.