UNIKL young guns lost the Junior Hockey League Milo Cup title to Tengku Mahkota Ismail Sports School (SSTMI) Thunderbolts 1-0 last season.
Back then, SSTMI dominated play, but UniKL were awarded nine penalty corners and wasted all -- and there is cause for worry about penalty corners again this season.
UniKL, who have only played two matches in Division One of the JHL, beat Malacca High School 5-0, but in the processs they failed to score a single goal from the 10 penalty corners awarded in the match.
However, UniKL coach Rodhanizam Radzi is not pressing the panic button yet.
“After two wins, I believe the team is clicking well even though sometimes the players don’t use the opportunities like the many penalty corners won, as well as make mistakes in the semi-circle.
“But I believe that it normal in any team earlyin the season,” said Rodhanizam, a former national player.
On his take on SSTMI Thunderbolts, who are gunning for their fourth straight Milo Cup: “SSTMI have are the team to beat this season, again, no doubt about it.
“However, we are prepared to give them a good fight, but before that, we need to focus on SSTMI Juniors first (Feb 7 match),” said Rodhanizam.
Thunderbolts have nine points from three matches, and will play UniKL on Feb 8, which could be the day of reckoning for JHL Division One title aspirants.
Meanwhile, the Malaysian Hockey Confederation (MHC) Technical Committee yesterday threw out Old La Sallian Association of Klang (OLAK-PKT) protest over poor umpiring and the appointment of officials during their match against 1Mas Perak in Division Two B of the JHL on Saturday.
The MHC Technical Committee decided on the stand because JHL tournament rules stipulate no team can question umpires, or the appointment of officials for matches.
However Olak-PKT, who won the match 2-1, were refunded the RM500 deposit paid for the protest.