Between the 2nd and 5th of June, Qormi HC competed in the European Club Challenge 3, in Lipovci, Slovenia. Qormi has took part in this competition as Malta 1, the Maltese National Champions, with Floriana YS competing at a lower category, in Challenge 4, as Malta 2.
Qormi had a contingent of 17 persons (15 players and 2 coaches) that flew on the 31st May to Slovenia. The Qormi team was the youngest i nthe competition, with 8 players Under the age of 21.
Qormi faced in the 1st game the Greeks of Asteras Agion. After a very balanced 1st half, the Greeks managed to get in the lead against the game of play. Qormi tried to react but instead suffered 2 more goals from counter attacks. A consolation goal was created by Tanti and Williams with later scoring and ending the game 1-3.
In the 2nd game Qormi faced the Norwegian side of Kringsja. Although both teams faced each other several times, Kringsja had their strongest side in their encounters. Having in the squad French player Baptiste Rogeau, Dutch player Wefers Betting and Polish international Jacub Lewandowski. It was a well balanced match, however from a short corner action Kringsja managed to score a controversial goal that at the end made the difference.
In thee 3rd match on the 3rd consecutive day, Qormi faced Swede Champions, Nacka LHK. Qormi took a 2 goal lead in the 1st Quarter with goals from Tanti and Williams. Nacka LHK reacted in the 3rd Qiuarter, with Qormi scoring the 3rd gaol and a brace from Williams. However in the 4th Quarter, the Swedes showed all their experience and in the last 7 minutes managed to get a draw and the match finished 3-3.
In the last match of the competition, Qormi faced the Lithanian team of Baltic Champs. Qormi began on the wrong foot and suffered 2 goals in the 1st minutes. However Qormi reacted and Tanti reduced the score in the 2nd Quarter. However Baltic Champs increased the lead to 4-1. It was again Qormi that reduced the lead from Sarcia. However from a Qormi short corner the Lithanian players counter attacked and brought the result to 5-2. In the last minutes, Thomas DeGiovanni reduced the advantage again to a final result of 3-5.
During the Competition Qormi faced opponents of higher level and this experience will surely improve our team for the future competitions.
Qormi Players: S.Mifsud, J.Farrugia, J.Sarcia, J.Cuschieri, C.Gatt, G.Dimech, K.Darmanin, J.Galea, A.Cauchi, K.Grixti, K.Calleja, T.DeGiovanni, D.Ellul, J.Williams, S.Tanti (Capt.), R.Camilleri
Coaches: A.Ghio, R.Camilleri