Monday, February 24, 2014

Drubbing Down Under...

THE Malaysian hockey team, preparing for the Azlan Shah Cup, have so far received a three-match drubbing in their playing Tour Down Under in Perth.
    Coach K. Dharmaraj’s side were beaten 5-1, 7-1 and 4-2 by a mixed Australian side who will also be playing in the Azlan Shah Cup on March 13-23 in Ipoh.
    The other teams in the Azlan Shah Cup are China, Canada, South Africa and South Korea.
    While some of the best Australian talent were absent as they went to play in the Hockey India League, the team that thrashed Malaysia are called Hockey Australia High Performance Program team.
    Malaysia are slated to play three more matches before packing their bags and heading home.
    Meanwhile, the Malaysian Hockey Confederation (MHC) competitions committee have decided that all the Milo Cup matches will be played at the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil.
    Competitions Committee chairman M. Gobinathan said: “We have decided to hold all the Milo Cup quarter-finals, semi-finals and final matches at Bukit Jalil and all teams involved have been informed about it.”
    MILO Cup -- Quarter-finals first leg: Feb 28: SSTMI Thunderbolts v MSP Pahang (4pm, Pitch I); Malacca High School v Olak-PKT (4pm, Pitch II); Petaling Jaya Municipal Council v Bukit Jalil Sports School (6pm, Pitch I); UniKL Young Guns v Politeknik-KPM (6pm, Pitch II).
   Quarter-finals first leg: March 2: Bukit Jalil Sports School v Petaling Jaya Municipal Council (4pm, Pitch II); Politeknik-KPM v UniKL Young Guns (4pm, Pitch I); MSP Pahang v SSTMI Thunderbolts (6pm, Pitch II); Olak-PKT v Malacca High School (6pm, Pitch I).
   (Note: All matches at the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil).