JUNIOR Hockey League Divison One defending champions SSTMI Thunderbolts whitewashed Anderson 7-0 to stamp their mark at the Azlan Shah Stadium in Ipoh yesterday.
The champions only blemish last season was a 1-0 defeat to Anderson, and this season, they made sure with a thumping win.
“We went in looking for a win, as last season Anderson were the only team which beat us. However, the margin is very pleasing as we look forward to defending out title,” said Thunderbolts coach Wan Roslan Wan Rahman.
There was never a moment of lapse as Thunderbolts hammered in the goals via Najib Abu Hassan (first minute), Aminuddin Zain (9th, 68th), Syed Syafiq Syed Cholan (47th, 64th), Firdaus Omar (54th) and Zulhamizan Awang Abas (62nd).
“We only have one match this weekend, as we prepare for what I feel would be a tougher match against Petaling Jaya (Municipal Council) next Friday.
“And if we seal the three points against PJCC, it would make our title defence that much easier,” said Wan Roslan.
Meanwhile, the saga of the missing sponsors advertising boards at the Kuala Lumpur HA Stadium continued as none were visible in the two league matches played at the venue yesterday.
The Malaysian Hockey Confederation Competitions Tech nical Committee had decided in their last meeting on Monday to move all matches scheduled at the KLHA stadium to the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil, but that decision too was not enforced.
RESULTS -- Division One: Anderson 0 SSTMI Thunderbolts 7, KLSS Jnrs x Malacca High School x.
Division Two A: MSSp-USM 1 Nur Insafi 3, Bakat MSSK/PHK 2 Matri 0, SMK Syed Hassan 1 1Mas Penang 0.
Division Two B: KLHC Jnrs 1 Felda Temerloh 3, Padang Midin 16 Permatang Jnrs 0, MSSD Larut Matang 1 MSP Pahang Jnrs 1.
Division Two C: SM Sains Johor 2 SMKTB 4, BJSS 5 SMK Datuk Bentara Luar 1.
TODAY -- Division One: Petaling Jaya CC v Malacca High School (7pm, KLHA), Anderson MBI v SSTMI Jnrs (5pm, Azlan Shah Stadium).
Division Two A: PHKS v MSSP-USM (5pm, Alor Star), Bakat MSSk v Star (5pm, Pasir Mas).
Division Two B: OLAK-PKT v Felda Temerloh (5pm, KLHA), 1Mas Perak v MSP pahang Jnrs (5pm, Azlan Shah Sta dium).
Division Two C: Politeknik KPM v SMKTB (5pm, Taman Daya), Datuk Taha v BJSS (5pm, Seremban II), BJSS Jnrs v SMK Datuk Bentara Luar (5pm, KPM Pantai).