RESULTS: Group A: Thailand 0 Malaysia 3, India 13 Singapore 0.
Group B: Japan 10 Kazakhstan 0, South Korea 17 Sri Lanka 0.
THE National women’s hockey team beat Thailand 3-0 in their opening encounter in the Seventh Asia Cup in Bangkok, Thailand yesterday.
The tournament offers two berths to the World Cup in Argentina next year, while the third-fifth placed teams will play in a qualifier.
And Malaysia are looking at the fifth spot, as realistically, they do not have the depth to challenge Japan and China.
Yesterday, Norfarahana Hashim scored off a penalty cor ner in the seventh minute off a penalty corner attempt. Juliani Din then made it 2-0 with another penalty corner attempt in the 24th minute.
A field goal from Norbaini Hashim in the 53rd minute, gave Malaysia a comfortable win over the hosts.
However, the Malaysian players are expected to face a torrid time when they meet China on Sunday, after a two-day rest.
Group A: China, India, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand.
Group B: Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan, Kazakhstan, South Korea, Sri Lanka
Today: Group B: Taiwan v Hong Kong.
Tomorrow: Group A: China v Singapore, India v Thailand; Group B: South Korea v Hong Kong, Japan v Sri Lanka, Kazakhstan v Taiwan.