Saturday, February 13, 2016

Skipper Aliff saves SSTMI Thunderbolts

DOUBLE champions SSTMI Thunderbolts were saved the blushes when their skipper Aliff Syazwan delivered in their 2-0 win against Politeknik Malaysia in Division One of the Junior Hockey League Saturday.
  The captain led by example to score two penalty corner goals in the fifth and 47th minutes to beat Politeknik in an otherwise close contest.
  SSTMI coach Wan Roslan Rahman attributed the low scoring to a gruelling match against BJSS Thunderbolts on Friday, where they only won 6-5.
  "My players looked tired after the 6-5 encounter against BJSS on Friday but luckily, our penalty corners helped us against Politeknik.
  "Now, even though we have a 21 points from seven matches, our next two games against SSP-MSP (Thunderbolts) and UniKL (Young Guns) are crucial as we can only afford to drop one match to retain our League title," said Wan Roslan.
  In another Division one match BJSS Thunderbolts hammered SSTMI Juniors 5-0 to keep their sights on playing in the TNB Cup quarter-finals.
  The BJSS goals were scored by Arif Sabron (22nd, 62nd), Fahmi Zaharman (24th), Hafiizhuddin Zaidi (35th) and  Noor Firdaus Rosdi (70th).
  RESULTS -- Division One: SSTMI Juniors 0 BJSS Thunderbolt 5, Politeknik Malaysia 0 SSTMI Thunderbolts 2.
  Division Two – Group A: MATRI 5 SM Sains Raja Tun Azlan Shah 1, KHA Kedah Juniors 0 MCKK 3.          
  Group B: Anderson Thunderbolt 2 BJSS Juniors 2, MISCF-UFL 3 MSNPK-ILHC 4.
  Group C: SM Sains Johor 1 MSNT-PHT 4; SMK Dato Bentara Luar Juniors 3 Akademi Hoki Pahang 1.
  SUNDAY -- Division One: SSP-MSP-Thunderbolts v SMKDBL Young Guns (Kuantan), Nur Insafi v UniKL Young Guns (Sg Petani), Politeknik v PJCC (Taman Daya, 7pm).
  Division Two: Group A: MSS Kedah v Perlis Young Lions Jnrs (Pdg Serai), MCKK v Penang-USM (K. Kangsar); Group B: MISCF-UFL v STAR (KLHA), MSSWPKL v Felda Juniors (Ministry of Education), Anderson PHA v BJSS Juniors (Azlan Shah); Group C: Datuk Taha v Malacca Young Hurricanes (Seremban II), SM Sains Johor v Pahang Hockey Academy (batu Pahat), Sabah Sports School v Malacca High Hercules (Malacca).
  Note: Matches start at 5pm unless stated.


 DIVISION ONE

                 P  W  D  L  F  A  Pts

SSTMI TNDER'      7 7 0 0 34 9   21
UNIKL YOUNG GUNS  7 4 1 2 16 16  13
SSP-MSP-TNDER'    5 4 0 1 28 7   12
BJSS TNDER'       6 4 0 2 21  11 12
OLAK TIGERS       7 3 0 4 17 24  9
POLITEKNIK        6 2 1 3 9  10  7
SMKDBL YOUNG GUNS 7 2 1 4 13  17 7
PJCC              6 2 0 4 8  13  6
NURINSAFI         6 1 2 3 11  24 5
SSTMI JRS         7 0 1 6 6  32  1

Rahim: A passionate player and oficial


FORMER national hockey defender Abdul Rahim Ahmad passed away yesterday at the age of 59, fondly remembered by the hockey family as a helpful administrator, and a hard-tackling player during his hey-days.
  Rahim was a member of the 1982 Bombay World Cup, and also helped Malaysia win bronze in the 1982 Asian Games in New Delhi.
  The stout defender started off by playing in the 1979 Jakarta Sea Games where Malaysia won gold, and retired with 62 caps. He turned out for Selangor from 1974 to 1992, and has also played for Perak in the Razak Cup.
  Rahim comes from a well-known hockey family, as his brothers Amir Fuad and Mohamed Yazid are also former national players.
  The Klang Municipal Council health officer was also a former vice-president of the Selangor HA, and an active Liaison Officer for many years at the Azlan Shah Cup.
  Rahim's last two assignments were helping to run the media centre at the Sultan of Johor Cup (SOJC), and then the Junior Asia Cup in Kuantan.
  Always passionate about the sport, Rahim once lamented about the lack of tournaments for the women.
  "The men have many tournaments, local and overseas, to play every year but I pity the women who only have the Sea Games to look forward to. Maybe there should be a women's Azlan Shah Cup, and a women's SOJC in the near future to make them better players," said Rahim at the SOJC last year.
  Rahim's wish might just come true as the Malaysian Hockey Confederation (MHC) Competitions Committee have said that they will help any state which wants to host a women's SOJC and Azlan Shah Cup.

Friday, February 12, 2016

UniKL edge PJCC 2-1; SSTMI 6 BJSS 5

UNIKL Young Guns came back from a goal down to edge Petaling Jaya City Council (PJCC) 2-1 in Division One of the Junior Hockey League  Friday.
  It was an important come-back because the three points has placed UniKL in a good position to finish among the top-four and play in the TNB Cup quarter-finals.
  PJCC took the lead off Raihan Romli in the 10th minute, but UniKL's drag flicker Khairulamirin Jalil equalised in the 45th and then claimed the winner in the 47th minute.
  Double champions SSTMI Thunderbolts were given the fight of their lives by BJSS Thunderbolts before winning 6-5 in another Division One match. But Old La Sallians Association of Klang (Olak) Tigers suffered a set-back in their quarter-finals quest when they lost 5-3 to Nur Insafi.
  "This was one of our worst game this season but we still claimed an important victory thanks to our drag flicker Khairulamirin. Khairul is a very good penalty corner flicker but he still does not have the self confidence yet. Once he gets it, he will be among the best in the country," said UniKL coach I. Vickneswaran.
  UniKL play Nur Insafi next, and a win will cement their last eight quest.
  "Nur Insafi, even though languishing at the bottom of the pool, can't be taken lightly. We will have to play better hockey than today to beat them. That match will be like a final for us, as it will decide our destiny. After that we play the toughest match of the season which is against champions elect SSTMI Thunderbolts," said Vickneswaran.
  RESULTS -- Division One: SSTMI Thunderbolts 6 BJSS Thunderbolts 5, PJCC 1 UniKL Young Guns 2, Nurinsafi 5 OLAK Tigers 3, SMKDBL Young Guns 3 SSTMI Juniors 1.
  Division Two: Group A: MSN-PHP Perlis Young Lion Juniors 4 MSS Kedah 0.
  Group B: MSSWPKL 3 STAR 2, Felda Juniors 2 Anderson Thunderbolts 5, MSNPK-ILHC 1 Anderson PHA 5.
  Group C: TBSS Tampin 1 Malacca High School 4, Sabah Sports School x Young Hurricanes x, SMKDBL Juniors 3 MSNT-PHT 1.
  SATURDAY -- Division One: SSTMI Juniors v BJSS Thunderbolt (SSTMI), Politeknik Malaysia v SSTMI Thunderbolts (Taman Daya).
  Division Two – Group A: MATRI v SM Sains Raja Tun Azlan Shah (Kangar), KHA Kedah Juniors v MCKK (Sg Petani).            Group B: Anderson Thunderbolt v BJSS Juniors (Azlan Shah), MISCF-UFL v MSNPK/ILHC (KLHA Stadium).
  Group C: SM Sains Johor v MSNT-PHT (Batu Pahat, 3.0pm); SMK Dato Bentara Luar Juniors v Akademi Hoki Pahang (Batu Pahat), SMK Dato Taha v Young Hurricanes Malacca (Seremban II).
  Note: Matches start at 5pm unless stated.


 DIVISION ONE

                 P  W  D  L  F  A  Pts

SSTMI TNDER'      6 6 0 0 32 9   18
UNIKL YOUNG GUNS  7 4 1 2 16 16  13
SSP-MSP-TNDER'    5 4 0 1 28 7   12
BJSS TNDER'       5 3 0 2 16  11  9
OLAK TIGERS       7 3 0 4 17 24  9
POLITEKNIK        5 2 1 2 9  8   7
SMKDBL YOUNG GUNS 7 2 1 4 13  17 7
PJCC              6 2 0 4 8  13  6
NURINSAFI         6 1 2 3 11  24 5
SSTMI JRS         6 0 1 5 6  27  1

Thursday, February 11, 2016

JHL: Double whammy for Olak Tigers

OLD La Sallians of Klang (Olak) Tigers received a double blow when two players met with an accident, while two others are suspended leading to the Division One match against Nur Insafi Friday.
  Olak are one of the pioneer teams of the Junior Hockey League and were on an upward trend in the last two matches where they beat SMKDBL Young Guns 5-4, Politeknik 3-2 and SSTMI Juniors 2-0 to be placed in the middle of the table on nine points.
  "Two of my players, who hail from Sabah, were on their way to training at the Tun Razak Stadium on Wednesday when their motorbike met with an accident. Dodi Musa fractured his hand, while goalkeeper Adrian Andy received cuts on both hands.
  "They will be out for a few matches, and to compound matters, two of our players are suspended due to cards for the match against Nur Insafi," said Olak team manager Joseph de Silva.
  The suspended players are Mirza Izzuddin and Mahathir Rathuwan.
  Nur Insafi are second from the bottom as they have only two draws after five matces.
  "We are fighting to finish fourth and qualify for the quarter-finals of the TNB Cup and were looking forward to three points tomorrow (today) but will be playing with 15 players instead," said De Silva.
  However, Olak will be playing with extra jest: "The team has been together for the past two months and after some hiccups in the earlier matches they had started to get a good understanding. The players have pledged to give their best and win the match for their injured friends."
  Olak are tied on nine points with BJSS Thunderbolts, who have a better goal average.
  BJSS Thunderbolts will also be involved in a fight of their lives as they meet double champions SSTMI Thunderbolts Friday. SSTMI have yet to drop a point after five matches and look good to seal their fifth consecutive League title.
  But SSTMI will be without their skipper and penalty corner ace Aliff Syazwan today, due to a strained elbow.
  “He is a very influential player in the team and his absence against BJSS will be greatly felt. But I can still count on the forwards who have been playing extremely well in getting the goals. We have scored 26 goals so far and that is a good sign indeed,” said SSTMI manager Adam Izamry.
  FRIDAY -- Division One: SSTMI Thunderbolts v BJSS Thunderbolts (SSTMI), PJCC v UniKL Young Guns (National Stadium Pitch II), Nurinsafi v OLAK Tigers (Sg Petani), SMKDBL Young Guns v SSTMI Juniors (Batu Pahat).
  Division Two: Group A: MSN-PHP Perlis Young Lion Juniors v MSS Kedah (Kangar).
  Group B: MSSWPKL v STAR (Ministry of Education), Felda Juniors v Anderson Thunderbolts (Azlan Shah, Pitch 1); MSNPK-ILHC v Anderson PHA (Azlan Shah, Pitch 2).
  Group C: TBSS Tampin v Malacca High School (Seremban II); Sabah Sports School v Young Hurricanes (malacca, 7.0pm); SMKDBL Juniors v MSNT-PHT (Batu Pahat, 3.0pm).
  Note: Matches start at 5pm unless stated.
 DIVISION ONE

                 P  W  D  L  F  A  Pts

SSTMI TNDER'      5 5 0 0 26 4   15
SSP-MSP-TNDER'    5 4 0 1 28 7   12
UNIKL YOUNG GUNS  6 3 1 2 14 15  10
BJSS TNDER'       4 3 0 1 11  5  9
OLAK TIGERS       6 3 0 3 14 19  9
POLITEKNIK        5 2 1 2 9  8   7
PJCC              5 2 0 3 7  11  6
SMKDBL YOUNG GUNS 6 1 1 4 10  16 4
NURINSAFI         5 0 2 3 6  21  2
SSTMI JRS         5 0 1 4 5  24  1

Monday, February 1, 2016

Yo-Yo UniKL Young Guns...

UNIKL Young Guns were the team to beat last season, but this year, they have hit turbulent waters after just six matches in Division One of the Junior Hockey League.
  From double silver medallists, the Young Guns are heading towards an empty season -- all due to overconfidence.
  UniKL manager Faiz Isa said: "Preparation wise, this team has received the best compared to last season as we started very early, in fact, they have been playing and training together for almost nine months."
  But the results have been akin to a yo-yo.
  They started off by being whitewashed 1-6 by BJSS Thunderbolts, and have since lost 1-0 to Politeknik and drew 2-2 with the weakest Division One side -- SSTMI Juniors.
  Before holding UniKL to a 2-2 draw, SSTMI Juniors were on a four-match losing streak and had let in 22 goals.
  "I still can't come to grips with this draw as we played the bottom of the table team after beating number two SSP-MSP Thunderbolts 3-2 and could not seal three points.
  "Its all due to overconfidence and also I don't see much promise in many players we have now. In previous UniKL teams you could pick out five or six players who were above the rest and they went on to represent the country in the Junior World Cup. But this team, I have yet to see any promising players."
  UniKL, formed in 2009, has developed a string of national players for the men's team, and now will contribute towards the development of women players.
  "UniKL will field a girls team in the WJHL and selections are ongoing right now. We have always been actively developing the men's hockey, and with this move, we hope to help women's hockey grow as well," said Faiz.
  The closing date to register teams for the inaugural WJHL is Feb 5, and about 10 teams are in the midst of scouting for players.
  Meanwhile four Malaysians have been appointed to officiate at the 12th South Asian Games hockey tournament in Guwhati, Assam, on Feb 5 to 14.
  Daljit Singh is the Tournament Director, while Amarjit Singh the Umpires Manager.
  Iskandar Rashdan and K. Illango will be the neutral umpires.

DIVISION ONE

                 P  W  D  L  F  A  Pts

SSTMI TNDER'      5 5 0 0 26 4   15
SSP-MSP-TNDER'    5 4 0 1 28 7   12
UNIKL YOUNG GUNS  6 3 1 2 14 15  10
BJSS TNDER'       4 3 0 1 11  5  9
OLAK TIGERS       6 3 0 3 14 19  9
POLITEKNIK        5 2 1 2 9  8   7
PJCC              5 2 0 3 7  11  6
SMKDBL YOUNG GUNS 6 1 1 4 10  16 4
NURINSAFI         5 0 2 3 6  21  2
SSTMI JRS         5 0 1 4 5  24  1