|Posted by QHN on May 24, 2014 at 2:15 AM|
On Sunday 18th May, Qormi Hockey Nursery together with the Qormi Local Council organized for the 1st time in Maltese history a festival for the Under 11 and Under 13 categories.
Although Qormi Hockey Nursery is renowned of organizing festivals through the years, this was the 1st ever National level festival for the Under 11s. This year it was the 1st time that the National Junior Committee organized competitions for this young age. Also Qormi Hockey Nursery is focusing in the very young age groups and on the day it showed clearly the dividends.
At the festival 6, under 11 teams took part and this made the festival very interesting. In fact the teams split in 2 groups. In Group A , Qormi A was paired with a team combined from White Hart and Sliema (WHSH) and Floriana YS. In fact Qormi A easily beat WHSH 5-0 and Floriana YS 4-0, winning the group. In Group B, Qormi B, a team formed of players aged between 4 and 9 years, played against Sliema Hs and managed to grab a late point in a 1-1 draw. In the 2nd match Qormi B met the surprise team of the tournament Luxol White Hart and lost 2-0
The competition moved to the Semi finals were Qormi A met Sliema and beat them 5-1, with Qormi suffering the 1st goal in the festival. While White Hart kept on impressing with an easy 4-0 win on Floriana YS. In the Final Qormi showed their superiority again and won the match 4-0. Sliema HS took 3rd place by beating 4th placed Floriana YS, while WHSH and Qormi B both settled for 5th place with the match between them being goalless.
Qormi player Luke Bajada was voted as the Under 11 player of the festival. Again, Luke Bajad together with Niandra Xurereb (Qormi A) finished joint top scorers with 8 goals each.
At the Under 13 category Qormi A and Qormi B were challenged from the Sliema Hs team. Qormi A began by beating Qormi B in the derby match 3-0. However Qormi B surprised everyone by getting a draw against current national category champions, Sliema Hs. In the direct encounter Sliema Hs managed to beat Qormi 2-1. In the 2nd round Qormi A played a more organized fashion and managed to beat Qormi B 5-0. In the direct encounter vs Sliema Hs, Qormi A needed a win to win the festival, while a draw would favor Sliema Hs. After taking an early lead from Bajada, Sliema managed to draw 2 minutes from time. However, in the last dying minutes, Kyrone Busutil managed to give the win to Qormi A team. In the last match Sliema beat Qormi B 2-0
Qormi player Kyrone Busuttil was voted as Under 13 player of the Festival, while Luke Bajada finished again as Under 13 top scorer with 5 goals.