KUALA Lumpur Hockey Club (KLHC) will be out to defend their TNB Cup, while Terengganu Hockey Team (THT) wants to lay their hands on a new trophy in what is expected to be an explosive Malaysia Hockey League final today.
THT has already robbed KLHC of their League title, but coach K. Dharmaraj is not willing to lose the second trophy.
"It will not be easy for us to defend the TNB Cup against a team teeming with speedy forwards, but we won't make it easy for them too as we aim to defend out title at all cost," said KLHC coach K. Dharmaraj.
THT coach Sarjit Singh, in his usual laid-back manner, said his team are ready to be crowned double champions.
"When we selected the local players and went hunting for Koreans, we had the double in mind and after winning the League, I believe my players are capable of winning the TNB Cup as well," said Sarjit.
KLHC had to sweat buckets in the semi-finals as Tenaga held them to 1-1 and 2-2 draws, before bowing out 3-1 on penalties.
THT were beaten 3-2 by Maybank, before romping home 8-1 with style.
There will also be another contest on the field as national No 1 penalty corner flicker Razie Rahim of KLHC tries to score as well as stop current top top scorer Faizal Saari tried to increase his 14 goal tally.
Razie, with 12 goals, also has the daunting task of trying to stop THT's Korean terror Jang Jong-Hyun from increasing his nine-goal tally during penalty corners.
But the lanky lad has played in seven finals for KLHC, and is not worried with the heavy task on his shoulders.
"My team-mates will depend on me to score off penalty corners as well as defend penalty corners but it does not worry me much, as I am a team player and personal glory like top-scorer do not matter to me.
"All that matters is that I combine well with my mates to delieve the TNB Cup to our club," said Razie.
Jang, South Korea's No 1 penalty corner flicker, has not been consistent but can be deadly: "We have been playing well this season, and I believe we have enough good players to give KLHC a very good fight in the final."
For the record, KLHC beat THT 2-1 in Round One, but THT thrashed Dharmaraj's side 5-1 in Round Two.
TODAY: TNB CUP Final: KLHC v TNT (5pm, Pitch II); Third-Fourth: Maybank v Tenaga (3pm, Pitch II).