PERAK boys qualified for the semi-finals from Group A of the MHC-Milo-NSC Under-14 Hockey tournament in Kuala Terengganu even though they were held to a 1-1 draw by Penang.
And the Silver State, who finished second in Group A, will meet Group B champions Terengganu in the last four today.
Defending champions Kuala Lumpur also made the cut when they beat Sabah x-x to top Group A, and will play Group B runners-up Malacca in the semi-finals.
“This has been an energy-sapping tournament as my players had little rest between matches and with the semi- finals tomorrow (today) followed by the finals and bronze matches the next day, I am only afraid on how fast my players can recover after holding Penang in a gruelling match,” said Perak team manager Shahri Mohamed Zain.
Perak also made the semi-finals last year, but were knocked out: “I believe we have the players this year to play in the final and better our record,” said Shahri.
Perak’s only other blemish in the tournament so far was a 3-1 defeat to Sabah.
RESULTS: Boys’ Group A -- Perlis 6 Sarawak 1, Perak 1 Penang 1, Kuala Lumpur 3 Sabah 1.
Group B: Malacca 3 Pahang 2, Negri 0 Selangor 2.
Girls’ Group A: Terengganu 0 Kuala Lumpur 4, Malacca 1 Terengganu 0.
Group B: Kelantan 4 Johor 3, Kedah 1 Penang 2, Selangor 0 Negri 4.
TODAY: Boys’ semi-finals: Kuala Lumpur v Malacca; Terengganu v Perak.
Girls’ semi-finals: Kuala Lumpur v Selangor; Malacca v Penang.