Final day at the EuroHockey Club Challenge IV, Malta

9th June 2019

As the clock wound down on the final day of play in Kordin, Malta, memories of a great event were made and history will note Malta’s first ever hosting of a EuroHockey event and Luxembourg’s first ever participation! However, there were games to win and lose and promotion to be decided in the final games:

Match 13: HC Luxembourg 2 – 0 Seinajoki United

HC Luxembourg bounced back from yesterday’s defeat with a two nil win against the Seinajoki United. The match seemed to be heading to a stalemate, however, Luxembourg managed to break through in the final quarter with two penalty corner goals from Jarmo Kruse and Milan Dans.

Match 14: Floriana Youngstars 2 – 1 HC Kilppari

HC Kilppari opened the scoring through a penalty corner in the third minute courtesy of Sampo Hirvioja. Youngstars quickly piled on the pressure, dominating both possession and chances. They managed to break through in the 24th minute through Luke Borg Costanzi, and again two minutes later through Andrea Curmi.

Match 15: Eagles HC 4 – 0 Epitok HC

The first final of the day saw the Eagles take on Epitok. Each team held their own for twenty-nine minutes before some fine stickwork in the dee earned the Eagles a penalty stroke right before half time, which Thomas Silva duly converted. Epitok threw men forward to chase the game, but Eagles punished the spaces left behind to end the match as 4-0 winners.

Match 16: Qormi Daikin Hockey Club 2 – 2 Kringsja SK (0 – 3 SO)

The second final saw host club Qormi take on Kringsja, in what has become a regular matchup between the two teams. Kringsja held most of the ball, trying to find some space between the Qormi lines, but the men in yellow to held their area well, limiting the chances for the blues.

Qormi went in front in the 24th minute through a penalty corner action, courtesy of Duncan Edwards. Kringsja quickly hit back four minutes later to even the score.

Some fine work saw Qormi earn a penalty stroke in the third quarter, converted by Juan Sarcia, only for Kringsja to hit back again one minute later through tournament top scorer Abhishek Singh. Qormi pushed hard in the final quarter, pressing Kringsja in their half but to no avail.

The game went to a shoot-out to decide the winner, with Kringsja scoring three goals without response to claim the first place.

Special Mentions:

Best Keeper: Shamison Mifsud

Best Player: Julian Lopez

Under 21 Talent: Santeri Määttänen

Top Scorer: Abhishek Singh (7 goals)

Final Ranking:

Team Standing
 Eagles HC (GIB) 1
 Kringsja Sports Klubb (NOR) 1
 Qormi HC (MLT) 3
 Építők HC (HUN) 3
 Floriana Young Stars HC (MLT) 5
 HC Luxembourg (LUX) 5
 Seinäjoki United (FIN) 7
 HC Kilppari (FIN) 7









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