Malta Independent

GREE Sliema Hotsticks clinch KO

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A last-gasp goal scored by Julian Zahra was enough for GREE Sliema Hotsticks to clinch the Hockey Knock-Out competitio­n after beating champions Qormi Daikin 3-2 in the final.

It was a well-contested final between two of the best teams of the islands as regards hockey.

Qormi surged ahead in the first quarter through Matthijs Bartelts but Sliema fought back and restored parity in the third quarter through Silas Plaehn.

The fourth quarter was an electrifyi­ng affair as Matthijs Bartelts was again on the mark for Qormi. Sliema refused to throw in the towel and scored two quickfire goals courtesy of Alex Bolton and Julian Zahra.

After the end of the match, Gordon Mifsud, Hockey Malta Associatio­n president presented the cup to Sliema player Julian Zammit.

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