|Posted by QHN on May 8, 2013 at 11:20 AM|
On Saturday 4th May, Qormi Under 12s took part in the 3rd National festival.
The Under 12s coach, Keith Calleja, for this festival selected a good amount of very young players that should be partecipating in the coming years at this level. The squad was formed from keeper Kyle Aquilina, defending players Jeremy Borg, Nigel Borg, Craig Mifsud and Kyrone Busuttil. As foward players the under 12s had Luke Bajada, Jacob Gauci, Nicole Zammit and debutants Nathan Pace Gasan, Anastasia Chircop, Niandra Xuereb and Jeanette Micallef
For the 1st match Qormi faced a very young Floriana squad and won easily 5-0 (Scorers J.Galea 2, L.Brincat 2, J.Borg). In this match Calleja opted to use the experienced players together with the newcomers, so they begin to get some experience of competitive matches.
In the 2nd match Qormi faced Sliema. Till date Sliema has won the 2 festivals organized, with Qormi standing on runners up spot. However, this time Qormi showed great improvement and with the introduction of Mifsud at the back together with one of the Borg players gave a very stable defense. Up front Galea together with Bajada and Zammit created several chances. In fact it was Bajada that opened the score on an action created by Galea. Few minutes later J.Borg managed to score from a short corner, getting the win on the Sliema team.
In the 3rd match Qormi faced Stelmar team. This team made of relatively new players for hockey gave a good performance. However the Qormi team won 3-0 with goals from Bajada, Galea and Busuttil. In this match Calleja opted again to give some minutes to the debutants.
After thia festival, Qormi Under 12s will face the 4th Festival with the chance of going top of the overall table. However although the prestige of winning honors, at this age it is much more important that we see the improvement on the kids development. Something that surely Calleja should be proud of.