DOUBLE champions SSTMI Thunderbolts can't afford another bungle in Division One of the MHC-Milo-NSC Junior Hockey League when they face UniKL Young Guns at the Taman Daya Stadium in Johor Baru Friday.
For, their 2-2 draw against Petaling Jaya City Council (PJCC), has placed them on a precarious position to defend their League title.
Formerly known as Bandar Penawar Sports School, Thunderbolts top the standings by a point over UniKL, however, the University side have played one match less.
Thunderbolts Coach Wan Roslan Wan Rahman knows only a win will put them in the running for their fourth straight title.
"Jugding from past meetings with UniKL which decided which way the title went, I believe this match will be no different, so we must claim full points to keep the title," said Wan Roslan.
It's not going to be easy for the champions, as they will be missing a few players to injury: "If we lose, we will have to rely on other teams to shave off points from UniKL, and that is not a position my team would want to be after Friday's match."
Meanwhile, the International Hockey Federation (FIH) have approve the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup fixtures which will be held on Apr 5-12 in Ipoh.
The other five teams are Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, India and Canada.
JHL Fixtures -- FRIDAY: Division One: Thunderbolts v UniKL Young Guns (Taman Daya), Olak PKT Tigers v PJCC (National Stadium II), BJSS v SSP/MSP/Thunderbolt (Ministry of Education).
Division Two: Sek Tunku Abdul Rahman v 1MAS Pahang (Azlan Shah), KLSS v MSNT-PHT (Kuala Lumpur HA), 1MAS Penang v SM Agama Matri (Sungai Petani), SMK Tun Hussein Onn v 1MAS TBBS Tampin (Batu Pahat), SMK Datuk Taha v SMKDBL (Seremban II).
Note: All matches at 4.45pm.