Malta to take part in EuroHockey Championship

Monday, July 20, 2015, 17:06

Gavin Muscat

Malta’s hockey National team is in Vilnius, Lithuania to play in the Eurohockey Nations Championship IV.

The National Team, under the guidance of national coach Pieter Bregman, himself an ex-Dutch international, has been training together for the last 6 months in preparation for this tournament. It has been 10 years since the Malta team has taken part in an International event of this calibre.

Only 2 players are still part of the team since the Nations Championships had been held in Malta in 2005, namely captain Mark Camilleri and goalie Ramon Chircop. The squad however, is mainly made up of young players who have been training and playing on the current artificial grass surface at the National hockey centre in Kordin since their time in the nurseries. In the past, the national team used to train on the old dusty and shale pitches which meant that the players needed to travel, to experience playing on artificial grass.

Coach Bregman believes that this young squad has a lot of potential and although this is the first time they are participating in an international event and may be lacking experience, he is confident that they will give a good account of themselves.

Malta’s squad is made up of the following players (including staff):

Goalkeepers

Emile Borg (Sliema Hotsticks)

Ramon Chircop (Qormi HC)

 Defenders

Ryan Dalli (Sliema Hotsticks)

Keith Scicluna (Sliema Hotsticks)
Steve Portelli (Sliema Hotsticks)
Gareth Dimech (Qormi HC)
Juan Sarcia (Qormi HC)
Mark Camilleri (Floriana Young Stars)

Midfielders

Lukas Plaehn (Sliema Hotsticks)
Joseph Cuschieri (Qormi HC)
Zack Degiovanni (Qormi HC)
Tom Degiovanni (Qormi HC)
Keith Calleja (Qormi HC)
Luke Borg Costanzi (Floriana Young Stars)

Forwards

Shaun Grima (Sliema Hotsticks)
Jonathan Borg (Qormi HC)
John Williams (Qormi HC)
Justin Bonello (Qormi HC)
Steve Tanti (Qormi HC)

Staff:

Head Coach – Pieter Bregman

Assistant Coach/Physical Trainer – Ramon Zammit

Goalkeeping Coach – Luke Mallia

Team Managers – Manuel Imbroll/Shawn Falzon

Physiotherapists – Luke Busuttil Leaver/Karl Rizzo Naudi

7 other countries will be taking part in the Eurohockey Nations Championship: Lithuania, Denmark, Cyprus, Finland, Norway, Slovakia and Hungary

The tournament starts on Sunday 19th July and Malta’s first match will be played at 4pm against hosts Lithuania who will be among the favourites for the tournament.

The entire match can be viewed here: (Malta vs Lithuania)

http://www.delfi.lt/video/sporto-tv/rungtynes/lietuva-vs-malta-europos-vyru-zoles-riedulio-cempionatas.d?id=68468488

The full match schedule of the tournament is available on:

http://www.eurohockey.org/competitions/eurohockey-championship-iv-vilnius-men-2015/

The Maltese Hockey Team





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