Friday, September 24, 2010

Better than sixth

THE Malaysian women's hockey players aim to better their sixth placing in the last Commonwealth Games in Melbourne.
Malaysian Women's Hockey Federation (MWHF) have selected a balanced squad of 16 players, and their secretary S. Shamala hopes the four experience players will carry the squad in New Delhi from Oct 4-14.
"We lost an influential player to injury when Nurul Nadia Mokhtar has yet to fully recover from a knee operation. However, we have four experienced players in the squad, and hope to better our sixth spot in Melbourne," said Shamala.
The four cogs in the team are Catherine Lambor, Sebah Kari, Nurfaraha Hashim and skipper Nadia Rahman.
The youngest is 18-year-old Norazlin Sumantri: "We hope the experience of playing in the Commonwealth Games will make the team stronger for the Asian Games Challenge," said Shamala.
The team went on a Tour of China reecently but the results were not very encouraging eventhough they played against clubsides.
Four years ago, Malaysia lost 3-0 to Scotland in the Fifth-Sixth playoff, and will open their accounts in New Delhi against Canada on Oct 4.
GROUP A: Australia, South Africa, India, Trinidad & Tobago, Scotland; Group B: England, New Zealand, Canada, Malaysia, Wales.
MALAYSIA: Ayuni Yahya, Fazilla Sylvester Silin, Siti Rahmah Othman, Sebah Kari, Noor Hasliza Ali, Rabiatul Adawiyah, Siti Noor Amarina, Juliani Din, Nurfaraha Hashim, Catherine Lambor, Norashikin Halim, Norazlin Sumantri, Nuraini Rashid, Nadia Rahman, Norbaini Hashim, Siti Noor Hafiza.