Thursday, July 24, 2014

Australia 4-0 Malaysia Womens Hockey Goal 4 Commonwealth Games Glasgow 2014

Well done girls...

COMMONWEALTH GAMES HOCKEY: Malaysian women's hockey team lost 4-0 to Australia, Num 2, and it was a super achievement as the Aussies had 20 shots at goal...

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Women not worried about Australia cracker...

Malaysian women's hockey team in a light moment with their coach Nasihin Nubli in Glasqow, Scotland.

WOMEN’S hockey coach Nasihin Nubli knows the score when they open accounts against Australia on July 24 in the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
   For it was 8-0 when the two teams last met at the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games.
   “We know it is going to be uphill all the way in our opening match against Australia, no denying that, but my girls are not overly worried as I have told them to be ready for all-weather, and there is no need to be demoralised.
   “My team will just go in and enjoy the game, the there will be no pressure, during or after the match, as we need to focus on the other win-able fixtures,” said Nasihin.
    Their other matches are against Scotland (July 25), England (July 27) and Wales (July 30).
   In Group B are Canada, India, New Zealand, Trinidad and Tobago, and South Africa.
   The women’s best outing was sixth at the 1998 Kuala Lumpur and 2006 Melbourne Games, while in New Delhi four years ago, they finished last in the 10-team competition.
    “Australia have brought their best and our focus will be to try and minimise the damage, and I have been working on our defense.
    “I will be placing my best players in midfield for a fast counter, and hopefully we surprise them a few times for a morale booster ahead of playing the hosts,” said Nasihin.
    They ladies will play a match against Trinidad and Tobago as a warm-up in chilly Scotland ahead for their fiery match against raging favourites Australia.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Dharmaraj: Its scary to fly now...

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We flew back after World Cup in that flight Mh17 from Amtersdam on June 13th. Very sad for this pepole

THE were anxious moments at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) around midnight Thursday, as national hockey players prepared to board their flight to Scotland for the Commonwealth Games.
    That was when they received the tragic news of MH17 being shot down over Ukraine airspace.
    Coach K. Dharmaraj, when contacted was shell shocked.
    “It is really true.. seriously, a MAS plane was shot down?,” reacted Dharmaraj when he received my sms.
   “It is really scary to fly now, I am now worried for my players safety as well as we are heading for that direction in an hours time,” said Dharmaraj.
    Some hockey players posted on FB that it was really eerie as the Malaysian hockey team were on MH17 when they returned from the World Cup at the Hague, Netherlands.
    Goalkeepers coach S. Nadarajan posted a picture of an old  MH17 baggage tag on FaceBook and wrote: “We flew back after World Cup in that flight MH17 from Amsterdam on June 13th. Very sad for these people...”
    The news rattled many players as they started to contact their family members before heading for Scotland.
   Coach Dharmaraj’s men will open their Group B campaign against Canada on July 26 followed by England (July 27), Trinidad and Tobago (July 29) and New Zealand (July 31).
    Defending champions Australia, India, Wales, South Africa and Scotland are in Group A.
   At best, the men will advance to the semi-finals but a medal is out of their reach.
    A total of 10 women’s teams are confirmed, and Malaysia will open their Group A campaign against defending champions Australia on July 24.
    Their other matches are against Scotland (July 25), England (July 27) and Wales (July 30).
   In Group B are Canada, India, New Zealand, Trinidad and Tobago, and South Africa.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Making up the numbers...

HOCKEY: 23 July- 3 August
VENUE:  Glasgow National Hockey Centre

MEN -- 2010 HAUL: Eighth
2014 TARGET: No Target
SQUAD: Baljit Singh, Izwan Firdaus, Firhan Ashaari,  Rashid Baharom, Razie Rahim, Ahmad Kazamirul, Faiz  Helmi, Hafizuddin Othman (GK), Fitri Saari, Ramadhan  Rosli, S. Selvaraju, Kevin Lim, Meor Azuan, Azri Hassan,  Shazril Irwan Nazli, Shahril Saabah.

WOMEN -- 2010 HAUL: 10th
2014 TARGET: No Target
SQUAD:  Nadia Abdul Rahman, Nuraini Rashid, Surizan  Awang Noh, Norbaini Hashim, Fatin Shafika, Nurul Nabihah,  Noor Hasliza Ali, Juliani Din, Robiatul Adawiyah, Raja  Norsharina, Siti Noor Amarina, Siti Shahida, Norazlin  Sumantri, Fazilla Sylvester Silin, Farah Ayuni, Siti Noor  Hafiza.
 

AUSTRALIA have a perfect record, winning the men’s hockey gold since the sport was introduced in the 1998 Kuala Lumpur Commonwealth Games, and the Glasgow title is also theirs for the taking.
    Malaysia, who finished 12th in the recent World Cup, will be  represented by a motley crew of juniors and a handful of seniors who will be out to re-claim their spot in the Asian Games squad.
   Players like Baljit Singh and S. Selvaraju will have to give their best if they want to impress coach K. Dharmaraj in his Asian Games selection.
   Dharmaraj will be resting No 1 goalkeeper S. Kumar and only fielding one goalkeeper in Junior World Cup player Hafizuddin Othman.
  The Games only allow 16 players to be registered, so the choices were limited: “We have selected a big number from the training pool to give them a chance t o show that they are capable of playing in the Asian Games.
   “The Commonwealth Games does not offer ranking points, and all the other teams will also be fielding youth for the future,” said Dharmaraj.
   The men will open their Group B campaign against Canada on July 26 followed by England (July 27), Trinidad and Tobago (July 29) and New Zealand (July 31).
    Defending champions Australia, India, Wales, South Africa and Scotland are in Group A.
   At best, the men will advance to the semi-finals but a medal is out of their reach.
    As for the women, they are more confident after winning the gold medal at the Hockey World League Round One after beating Kazakhstan 5-0.
    Two goals from Hasliza Ali Noor and a goal apiece by Nuraini Rashid, Nadia Rahman and Adawiyah Mohamed saw the Malaysians emerge as unbeaten champions — but the other teams who will be in Scotland are way above coach Nasihin Nubli’s players.
    “We have selected experienced players for the Games, and hope to use it as a platform to improve our status in the Asian Games,” said Nasihin.
    A total of 10 women’s teams are confirmed, and Malaysia will open their Group A campaign against defending champions Australia on July 24.
    Their other matches are against Scotland (July 25), England (July 27) and Wales (July 30).
   In Group B are Canada, India, New Zealand, Trinidad and Tobago, and South Africa.
   The women’s best outing was sixth at the 1998 Kuala Lumpur and 2006 Melbourne Games, while in New Delhi four years ago, they finished last in the 10-team competition.