DEFENDING champions Kuala Lumpur Hockey Club (KLHC) are comfortable being the hare in the Malaysia Hockey League (MHL) Premier Division as the First Round Comes to an end Friday.
Leading by one match over early favourites Terengganu Hockey Team, KLHC coach K. Dharmaraj aims to run down his opposition by keeping a clean slate.
KLHC play bottom-placed UniKL today, where three points are almost assured.
"Frankly speaking, we were lucky to beat THT (2-1), and top the charts entering into the second round. Now, all my players need to do is keep winning and place the pressure on the chasing team(s).
"We need to keep the lead until we meet THT again in Round Two at their own back-yard," said Dharmaraj.
After UniKL, KLHC meet Tenaga again in Round Two on Sunday and for the record, the four-time consecutive double champions beat Tenaga 5-3 in Round One.
THT started promisingly with three wins, where their star was Faizal Saari, but after the five Koreans joined them, they lost some steam.
"We will be playing at home (Terengganu) after this and I believe we will not drop any more points and out match against KLHC in Round Two will decide the League champions. So, nothing is lost yet, and there is plenty to look forward to," said THT coach Sarjit Singh.
FRIDAY: UniKL v KLHC (6pm, Pitch I); Tenaga v Maybank (6pm, Pitch II); Sapura v Terengganu HT (8pm, Pitch II).
SUNDAY: Tenaga v KLHC (6pm, Pitch I); Maybank v Sapura (6pm, Pitch II); THT v UniKL (5pm, Terengganu).
P W D L F A Pts
KLHC 4 4 0 0 15 5 12
TERENGGANU 4 3 0 1 14 6 9
TENAGA 4 2 0 2 8 7 6
SAPURA 4 1 1 2 4 8 4
MAYBANK 4 0 2 2 7 11 2
UNIKL 4 0 1 3 2 13 1