Saturday, April 29, 2017

Van Huizen: Write your own target...

MALAYSIA, ranked 14th, will open their 26th Azlan Shah Cup campaign in Ipoh Saturday against the lowest ranked team Japan, 16th, but fans can expect an uphill battle all the way.
  It will be a test of World League Round Two champions as Malaysia won gold in Dhaka, Bangladesh, while Japan were champions in Trinidad and Tobago.
  The man to watch will be 28-year-old Kenta Tanaka, who top-scored in Trinidad and Tobago with nine field goals, including the equaliser against Canada in their 2-1 win in the final.
  Japan coach Yamabori Takahiko is confident that his men will emerge as victors, unlike the 7-2 drubbing their received in the Asian Champions Trophy in Kuantan last year.
  "After we lost to Malaysia (7-2) we dropped half the players and rebuilt this side. We did well in the World League, and are ready to win our first match tomorrow (today)," said Yamabori.
  The clarion call did not worry Malaysian coach Stephen van Huizen, but what irked him was the question about Malaysia's target on home soil.
  "I did not hear what the Japan coach said, but to the question about our target here, you can make your own target and write about it," said a visibly peeved van Huizen.
  As an after-thought, van Huizen said: "We finished fourth last year, and would be working to finish higher."
  Malaysian skipper Shukri Mutalib believes they have a 50-50 chance against Japan.
  "We have played them many times before and both sides know each others' game. We need to minimize mistakes and work on their weak areas. I believe we have a 50-50 chance, as Japan are no pushovers," said Shukri.
  Australia, New Zealand, India and Britain will field many newcomers, as they blood youth to prepare for the World League Semi-finals -- which all six teams in Ipoh have qualified for.
  India, hosts of the 2018 World Cup, have six Junior World Cup players on their side while the Kiwis have injected many new players after a string of retirements and injuries hit their side after the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.
  SATURDAY: Britain v India (4pm), New Zealand v Australia (6pm), Malaysia v Japan (8.35pm).
   SUNDAY: India v New Zealand (4pm), Japan v Britain (6pm), Australia v Malaysia (8.35pm).

Monday, April 24, 2017

Second Test: Malaysia 3 New Zealand 3

NATIONAL coach Stephen van Huizen made a few changes to the team, and Malaysia drew 3-3 with New Zealand in the Second Test at the Tun Razak Stadium Sunday.
  In the First Test on Saturday Malaysia, ranked 14th, hammered eighth ranked New Zealand 8-2.
  The Tests double up as selection for the Azlan Shah Cup in Ipoh on April 29-May 6, and van Huizen will name his final squad today.
  In Ipoh, the hosts will be up against Australia, Great Britain, India, Japan and New Zealand.
  Sam Lane scored off a penalty corner in the 19th minute, but Malaysia pulled back in the 22nd minute when Marhan Jalil scored off a penalty corner rebound.
  Fitri Shaari gave Malaysia the lead in the 53rd minute, but a minute later Stephen Jenness scored to make it 2-2, and Nick Ross' solo effort in the 56th made it 3-2.
  However, Faizal Shaari's 60th minute penalty corner attempt saw both teams share the spoils.
  "I rested a few players and tried out the others to give them a chance in the selection process for the Azlan Shah Cup and admittedly, we played below our standard in the first two quarters.
  "However, a win and a draw heading towards Azlan Shah Cup is a good result, and I hope to have another friendly (possibly against Australia) at the newly laid pitch in Ipoh to get used to the conditions -- and we will be ready for the challenge," said Stephen van Huizen.
  New Zealand coach Darren Smith brought a young team and his gradual target is the World Cup and Olympics.
  "It was good for my youngsters to play against world class players in the two Tests. However, this is just the start of our journey heading towards the World Cup (2018) and the Olympics (2020)," said Smith.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

JHL: PJCC shock SSTMI 3-2

   Division One: PJCC Tigers 3 SSTMI Thunderbolts 2, Anderson Thunderbolts 1 Olak-NurInsafi 1 (Anderson win shoot-out 3-2), BJSS Thunderbolts 4 BJSS Juniors 0, Johor Juniors 1 MSP Thunderbolts 0, Politeknik Malaysia 3 UniKL Young Guns 2.
  Division Two: Group B: Anderson PHA 6 MISCF-UFL 1, MCKK 0 Felda Juniors 9; Group C: SSTMI Juniors 10 Johor Baru HA 0, Datuk Taha 1 MBMB Warriors 3, Bentara Luar 0 Young Hurricanes 0 (Hurricanes win shoot-out 1-0).

TEST: Malaysia hammer New Zealand 8-2

MALAYSIA hammered New Zealand 8-2 in the First Test at the Tun Razak Stadium Sunday, leading towards the Azlan Shah Cup in Ipoh next weekend.
  The hosts will be up against Australia, Great Britain, India, Japan and New Zealand in the Azlan Shah Cup on April 29-May 6.
  The Malaysian goals were scored by Nik Aiman Rosemi (third, 42nd, 49th), Razie Rahim (sixth), Ramadan Rosli (29th), Faizal Shaari (29th), Haziq Samsul (37th), Najmi Jazlan (45th), 
  George Muir (seventh) and Dominic Newman (48th) scored for New Zealand.
  The Second Test will be held Monday at 6pm, at the same venue.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Subahan hands over Selangor HA to Ganesh

 Datuk Seri Subahan Kamal (left) and S. Ganesh.
From left: S. Shamala, Gurdip Singh Mann, P. Kuganeson and P. Balamuraly.

AFTER eight years at the helm of Selangor HA, Datuk Seri Subahan Kamal handed over the post to former vice-president S. Ganesh Saturday.
  There was no election, and Datuk S. Sivasundaram also relinquished his deputy president's post which was taken over by S. Shamala, who previously held a veeps post.
  Selangor HA Council: President - S. Ganesh; Deputy President - S. Shamala.
  Vice-presidents:S. Kunaseelan, P. Kuganeson, Gurdip Singh Mann, Nor Aida Hassan, J. Elangovan.
  Council Members: A. Chandra Rajan, Rohayuddin Abdul Rashid, Steven Asecalin, M. Karunakaran, P. Balamuraly.