Monday, February 20, 2017

Last minute champs...

KUALA Lumpur Hockey Club (KLHC) scored a last minute penalty corner to beat Terengganu Hockey Team (THT) 3-2 and claim the Malaysia Hockey League (MHL) Premier Division League title yesterday.
  THT only needed a draw to win their fourth consecutive League title, and were 2-2 until a penalty corner was awarded to KLHC with five seconds on the clock.
  National No 1 drag flicker Razie Rahim made the attempt, which was deflected into goal by Anton Poul Fritz in the 60th minute to lay their hands on the RM100,000 prize money.
  THT, who lost their first match in the League yesterday, received RM60,000.
  The other KLHC goals were scord by Dedy Aryadi (seventh) and Nabil Fiqri (43rd).
  THT's goals were scored by Jang Jong Hyun (ninth) and Tengku Ahmad Tajuddin (51st).
  Universiti Kuala Lumpur (UniKL) finished third in the Premier Division when they edged Tenaga Nasional 1-0.
  Tenaga only had themselves to blame as they squandered eight penalty corners with two in the final three minutes of the match despite having former national penalty corner flicker Amin Rahim as their coach.
  UniKL pocketed RM40,000 for third, as they played a good tactical and disciplined game to outwit the more experienced Tenaga side.
  Najmi Farizal Jazlan was the hero for UniKL as he converted the winner off a penalty corner attempt in the 12th minute.
  "It is a good win and one that I hope will boost the confidence of the players as we head for the semis," said UniKL coach Arul Selvaraj.
  "Credit must go to the players for their determination and our our defenders too played a key role"
  UniKL were without defender Baljit Singh who had a sore hamstring and was rested for the semi-finals.
  Also left out was Pakistani defender Aleem Bilal who was down with fever and flu.
  RESULTS: Tenaga Nasional 0 UniKL 1, Kuala Lumpur HC 3 Terengganu HT 2, SSTMI 2 TNB Thunderbolts 1, Maybank 3 UiTM-KPT 1.
  WEDNESDAY: Semi-finals First Leg: KLHC v Tenaga (Tun Razak, 6pm), THT v UniKL (Tun Razak, 8pm).
  FRIDAY: Semi-finals Second Leg: UniKL v THT (Tun Razak, 6pm), Tenaga v KLHC (Tun Razak, 8pm).


             P  W  D L  F  A  Pts
KLHC         14 11 3 0  61 21 36
T'GGANU HT   14 10 3 1  73 14 33
UNIKL        14 8  2 4  36 19 26
TENAGA       14 7  4 3  45 20 25
MAYBANK      14 6  1 7  32 39 19
THUNDERBOLTS 14 4  1 9  24 44 13
SSTMI        14 1  2 11  9 69 5
UITM-KPT     14 0  2 12 16 70 2

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Classic Sunday Showdown...

LION .. KLHC's Harvinder Singh in action against a UniKL player recently...

MILLION-RINGGIT teams Kuala Lumpur Hockey Club (KLHC) and Terengganu Hockey Team (THT) will battle for the Malaysia Hockey League Premier Division title Sunday, with little to separate them.
  Both teams ended day tied on 33 points after 13 matches, and No 14 will decide who is the unlucky one.
  THT have a 21-goal cushion over KLHC and can afford a draw, while the Charity Shield holders need a clear win.
  KLHC won the Charity Shield when they beat THT 6-5 on shoot-out after both teams played to a 2-2 draw in the MHL curtain raiser.
  But the return leg encounter Suday is expected to have a clear winner in 60 minutes.
  The battle for third will be between Tenaga Nasional and Universiti Kuala Lumpur (UniKL) who incidentally will also play their last game against each other Sunday.
  Tenaga only need a draw, while UniKL must win to grab the third spot.
  “My players know how crucial Sunday’s game is going to be against THT in our chase for the title. We are almost there and knowing that THT have a 21-goal advantage over us so the only way to the title is to win three points,” said KLHC coach Harun Alrashid Samri.
  And the good news for THT is that one of their top-scorers Faizal Shaari will be back in action after a hamstring injury.
  Faizal scored eight goals before getting injured: "We will be registering Faizal and also Shakeer Butt for the last match as they have recovered from their injuries," said THT coach Sarjit Singh.
  In the first leg encounter, Faizal and Jang Jong Hyun scored for THT. Jang, from South Korea, is the Premier Division top-scorer with 22 goals while another THT player Tengku Ahmad Tajuddin is second on 11 goals.
  Last season, Jang also top-scored with 16 goals, while Tengku Ahmad Tajuddin was second on nine goals.
  "Like in the Charity Shield, I again expect a close game tomorrow (today) but we will be playing to keep our League title, and extend the streak to four consecutive years, so we have our strategy ready," said Sarjit.
  THT were League champions in 2014, 2015 and 2016 while before that, KLHC were eight-time consecutive winners.
  As Ernst and Young, they won three titles from 2006, 2007 and 2008 -- and after changing their name to KLHC they won five more times before THT took over in 2014.
    TODAY: Tenaga Nasional v UniKL (KLHA, 6pm), Kuala Lumpur HC v Terengganu HT (KLHA, 8pm), SSTMI v TNB Thunderbolts (SSTMI, 5pm), Maybank v UiTM-KPT (Malacca, 6pm).


             P  W  D L  F  A  Pts
T'GGANU HT   13 10 3 0  71 11 33
KLHC         13 10 3 0  58 19 33
TENAGA       13 7  4 2  45 19 25
UNIKL        13 7  2 4  35 19 23
MAYBANK      13 5  1 7  29 38 16
THUNDERBOLTS 13 4  1 8  23 42 13
UITM-KPT     13 0  2 11 15 67 2
SSTMI        13 0  2 11  7 68 2

Celebration time...

PICTURES (by MHC) during and after the Ninth Malaysian Hockey Confederation (MHC) Executive Board meeting yesterday.
  The MHC feted their men, women and a group or orphans to lunch and contribution.


Help for women to break new ground...

FINALLY: MHC made special medals for the women who won silver in the WL RD2 in Kuala Lumpur...MHC pic

THE Malaysian Hockey Confederation (MHC) held their Ninth Executive Board meeting yesterday and reiterated that they will do everything possible for the women to qualify for their first World Cup.
  Also the MHC are optimistic that the men will not only play in the World League Round Two final in Dhaka, but also defend their title won in the WL Round Two in Singapore.
  The MHC also feted a group of orphans at a hotel in Kuala Lumpur and gave them pocket money as well.
  Both the men's and women's national players were present at the lunch, where the women were also presented with World League Round Two medals.
  (Note: The International Hockey Federation (FIH) only handed out the challenge trophy to Ireland, while no individual medals were given to the winner and Malaysia).
  "We have plans leading to the Women's World League Semifinals where the players will head for Europe to play more than a dozen friendlies. This will help them to try and qualify for their first World Cup," said MHC president Datuk Seri Subahan Kamal.
  As for the Sea Games, where four gold medals are on offer in hockey, Subahan is also confident that a clean sweep will be made even though the indoor teams are not in serious training yet.
  Two field and two indoor gold medals will be offered in the August Sea Games.
  "Since the men are involved in the MHL and also do not have a venue to train for indoor, they will start preparations at a later date. however, the women have been training for indoor in Klang. We are confident that all four gold medals will be delivered by our players," said Subahan.
  Kuala Lumpur Hockey Club player Kevin Lim and former national coach Paul Lissek have been roped in to help in the indoor campaign -- as both have experience on its specifications while they were in Germany.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Deciding weekend for KLHC and THT...

Pic: National defender Baljit Singh playing for UniKL. 

THE top-two teams in the Premier Division of the Malaysia Hockey League (MHL) face a deciding weekend to claim the League title which is expected to go to the wire.
  Charity Shield holders Kuala Lumpur Hockey Club (KLHC) and double champions Terengganu Hockey Team (THT) are tied on 30 points after 12 matches, and THT only lead the standings on goals -- all 20 of them.
  Friday, THT must beat Maybank while KLHA are in the same boat against Universiti Kuala Lumpur (UniKL) -- for a final face-off on Sunday for the title.
  Both teams can't afford any slip-ups as Maybank and UniKL have had a yo-yo season by losing to weaker sides, but holding or beating better teams.
  "I am preparing the team for the Maybank match tomorrow (Friday) and even though they are fifth (with five wins and one draw from 12 matches) they have shown their abilities by beating UniKL (4-1 on Wednesday).
  "We can't afford to lose any points, if we want to defend our title on Sunday against KLHA," said THT coach Sarjit Singh.
  Maybank were hammered 7-3 by schoolboys TNB Thunderbolts, but they also have a 2-2 draw against Tenaga Nasional and the win against UniKL to indicate that teams can't take them lightly.
  KLHC must also win against another erratic team UniKL to challenge for the title.
  "As I said before, I believe the title will be won at the last day of the League and its heading towards that provided we keep our heads over water against UniKL tomorrow (Friday)," said KLHC team manager Ahmad Anuar Sham.
  Meanwhile, Oman and Egypt will train in Malaysia for the World League Round Two in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on March 4-12 -- Reports S.S. Dhaliwal.
  They are expected to arrive by Feb 19, and train in Malaysia until March 1 before heading for Dhaka.
  Malaysia, Fiji, Oman and Bangladesh are in Group A while China, Egypt, Fiji and Sri Lanka are in Group B. The finalists will play in the World League Semifinals which is a Qualifier for the 2018 World Cup in India.
  FRIDAY: Terengganu HT v Maybank (Malacca, 5pm), UniKL v Kuala Lumpur HC (KLHA, 6pm), Tenaga v SSTMI (KLHA, 8pm), TNB Thunderbolts v SSTMI (SSTMI, 5pm).
  SUNDAY: Tenaga Nasional v UniKL (KLHA, 6pm), Kuala Lumpur HC v Terengganu HT (KLHA, 8pm), SSTMI v TNB Thunderbolts (SSTMI, 5pm), Maybank v UiTM-KPT (Malacca, 6pm).


             P  W D L  F  A  Pts
T'GGANU HT   12 9 3 0  66 9  30
KLHC         12 9 3 0  55 18 30
UNIKL        12 7 2 3  34 16 23
TENAGA       12 6 4 2  35 19 22
MAYBANK      12 5 1 6  27 33 16
THUNDERBOLTS 12 3 1 8  20 42 10
UITM-KPT     12 0 2 10 15 64 2
SSTMI        12 0 2 10  7 58 2