The first half, played under inclement weather conditions, turned out to be a very tight affair with both teams not taking advantage of two penalty corner awards each by the 26th minute. The game was played at a high tempo, however the score was deadlocked at 0 -0 with White Hart missing a goal-scoring chance just before the break, which together with other efforts from Rabat Depiro kept the respective goalkeepers busy, each showing their prowess in keeping their goal intact.
Nobody expected the fireworks which were provided in t¹he second half. Barely a couple of minutes had elapsed when Jonathan Pace shot White Hart ahead pushing home from close range. On 39 minutes White Hart were awarded a penalty stroke and Luke Brincat calmly obliged, pushing the ball home from the Penalty spot. After having absorbed the shock of suddenly going two down, Rabat reacted strongly but did not avail themselves of three penalty corner awards between the 42nd and 48th minutes. A minute later they were awarded a penalty stroke and Charlot Antonelli flicked home from the dreaded spot to reduce the arrears to 2 – 1. White Hart continued to defend stoutly depending on sharp counter attacks but by now Rabat’s tails were up and they started to dominate mid field exchanges. On 62 minutes Shawn Dimech found the net to equalize for Rabat. Two minutes later Dimech notched his second sending his team into a 3 -2 lead. White Hart then threw all caution to the wind creating a couple of goal-scoring chances right up to the end but the final whistle saw Rabat emerging 3 -2 winners of this intriguing encounter.
Young Stars exerted early pressure on the White Hart rear guard but they did not take advantage of three penalty corner awards in the opening twelve minutes. It took until the 21st minute for them to break the deadlock when Edward Hughes pushed home from close range to send his team into a 1 – 0 lead. Although Young Stars dominated proceedings they were unable to break down the White Hart defence, the half time whistle blowing with the score unchanged.
After White Hart did not avail themselves of a couple of penalty corners early in the second half, on 49 minutes Christian Bonello shot Young Stars 2 – 0 ahead. On 55 minutes Nathan Galea rounded the White Hart’s custodian and slotted home his side’s number three. On 60 minutes Elton Cutajar netted Young Stars fourth and on 65 minutes Galea extended his side’s tally scoring his second and Young Stars’ fifth just before the final whistle sounded.
Coach Raymond Micallef had a selection headache before this match as he had several first team players missing. There were 3 new players in the starting line-up with Daniel Micallef and Pierre Bianchi returning to the game after a 5 year absence while new player Dieter Grunwald was making his firts appearance for the club.
Lightshop Hotsticks dominated this game from start to finish using their possession tactics to the full against a depleted White Hart outfit missing several first team players. Jonathan Borg shot Hotsticks into the lead on 5 minutes but it was not until the 21st minute that Alessandro Amore pounced onto a rebound off the goalkeeper’s pads to send his team 2 – 0 up. White Hart were providing a strong defensive display but on 34 minutes Hotsticks were awarded a penalty stroke and Shawn Grima scored Hotsticks’ third from the spot. White Hart hit back when Charlo Sammut’s flick following a short corner trickled over the line on the stroke of half time leaving Hotsticks to lead 3 -1 at the end of the first half.
The second half saw a change of tactics with White Hart pushing a couple of players into midfield while Hotsticks continued to exert constant pressure down the right flank providing teasing crosses for their forwards in the centre of the D. On 41 minutes Julian Zahra grabbed Hotsticks’ fourth goal, with Borg scoring his second and his team’s fifth three minutes later. Amore scored his second on 50 minutes to send Hotsticks 6 – 1 ahead and on 68 minutes Grima shot a screamer into the top of the net sending his team into a 7 -1 victory
White Hart U14s won their 1st round match against Floriana YS by the odd goal in five. Roxane Huet scored 2 goals with the other one scored by Julie Goto. It was a close match as the score suggests but the young Reds deserve great credit for the character shown throughout. The Reds’ next match is on Saturday 7th January 2017 when they face Sliema HS.
On Friday evening White Hart celebrated the hard work and commitment of 3 great servants of the club. Patrick Meli and Tony Azzopardi have retired from the game this year but over the decades they have contributed immensely in the running of the club. Both of them were important players and won many honours for the club. Apart from that both of them were involved in important roles within the club and helped it to progress throughout these years.
On a bittersweet note White Hart also said a big thank you to Hannah Chisolm for her work during the past three years. During this time Hannah has reorganised the junior section of the club and helped with the organising of numerous events. Her contribution will be surely missed as she is due to return to her homeland in the next few days. We’re sure that Hannah will still be an important member of our club even from far away.
White Hart earned a point in the first match of this season’s 7-a-side league. Goals from David Agius and Hannah Chisolm saw the reds start the season on a positive note. It was all the more special for Hannah who has scored a goal in her final match for White Hart before returning to the UK. Everyone at White Hart wishes her all the best for the future and a huge thanks for all the hard work in the running of the club.
This was a do or die encounter, the winner qualifying for the semi final place along with Lightshop Hotsticks, Young Stars and Qormi Poiatti. Both teams started at a gallop with White Hart enjoying territorial advantage against a well-marshalled Rabat defence, the latter operating with fast breakaways down the flanks. By the 12th minute both teams had squandered penalty corner opportunities, play developing into a mid field battle with close marking not allowing the execution of dangerous moves in the final third of the pitch. On 29 minutes White Hart were awarded two penalty corners in succession but did not take advantage and Rabat also just missed going ahead on the stroke of half time, the score remaining deadlocked at 0 – 0.
Tactical changes were evident during the course of the second half, White Hart’s David Agius moving from the heart of the defence into a mid field position to counter Rabat’s direct route to goal by long passes straight into the D. Play became rather frantic and errors increased as both teams strove hard to break the opposition’s defence. On 56 minutes Rabat went into a 1-0 lead when after only the second penalty corner award in their favour Shawn Falzon hit a bullet into the net White Hart who had been on the defensive using counter attacks down the right flank which were proving a danger to the Rabat defence failed to capitalize on a few crosses which went a begging. On 33 minutes they were awarded a penalty corner but their effort crept past the far post, the final whistle blowing with Rabat securing their place in the semi final.
Qormi drew first blood on 11 minutes when Kyle Micallef shot them ahead as a result of a penalty corner action. White Hart reacted with counter attacks down the flanks , although Qormi enjoyed territorial advantage overall. On 26 minutes White Hart equalised when Charlo Sammut pounced on a loose ball during a melee inside the D and pushed home. Both teams then did not take advantage of penalty corners awarded to them and half time was reached with the score unchanged at 1 – 1.
After Qormi had hit the post on 43 minutes it was Micallef who notched his second two minutes later to send Qormi to a 2 -1 lead. The game remained a balanced affair with both teams missing penalty corner opportunities until Qormi scored two goals in the space of two minutes – the first on 56 minutes when Zachary Degiovanni scored to send his team into a 3 -1 lead and the second three minutes later when Juan Sarcia converted a penalty stroke to extend his team’s lead to 4 – 1. This killed the game as a contest and on 65 minutes John Williams pushed home from close range to register a 5 – 1 victory for his side.
Qormi dominated this match from start to finish, easily overcoming a depleted White Hart side. They went ahead on 6 minutes when Juan Sarcia netted as a result of a penalty corner action hitting the ball off the post into the bottom corner. Ayrton Falzon grabbed Qormi’s second on 12 minutes when he scored from an acute angle. After White Hart’s David Agius cleared a certain goal bound effort off the line, Qormi went into a 3- 0 lead on 28 minutes when Keith Bajada lashed onto to a clearance and slotted home. White Hart’s custodian Ramon Chricop denied Qormi going further ahead with a couple of blinding saves, Qormi maintaining the three goal lead at half time.
After a quiet start to the second half, when Qormi seemed content to control the match by retaining possession , on 49 minutes Chircop made four point blank saves in succession to further deny Qormi. Two minutes later Qormi were awarded a penalty stroke and again Chircop denied Sarcia adding to his tally. Sarcia then scored his second and Qormi’s fourth on 54 minutes as a result of a penalty corner action. On 57 minutes Qormi were then awarded another penalty stroke and Sarcia netted to notch his hat trick and send his team 5- 0 up. John Williams netted Qormi’s sixth on 60 minutes and Zachary de Giovanni rounded up the score on the stroke of time to give his side a 7-0 victory.
Laferla White Hart with the help of Luxol organised 3 junior hockey sessions to attract newcomers to the sport. This was done during the European week of sport as part of the #BEACTIVE campaign. All sessions were free of charge and were attended by a good number of young players.