NOTE: Malaysia 6 WAIS 0 in Down Under Tour.
THE Malaysian women's hockey team got off to a rousing start when they whipped Kazakhstan 8-0 in the World League Round Two in New Delhi yesterday.
Malaysia also hammered Kazakhstan 8-0 at the Incheon Asian Games in Busan last year.
The interesting fact against Kazakstan was that eight different players scored the eight goals.
Their next opponents are Russia today, which will be their toughest match in Group B, before they wrap up the fixtures against Singapore on Tuesday which should be a another walk in the park.
The women have never advanced to the World League Semi-finals, but look good to break the jinx in New Delhi as they are seeded second in the tournament.
Siti Ruhani started the goal-count with a seventh minute penalty stroke while Nurul Mansur (10th), Siti Othman (28th), Fatin Sukri (29th), Fazilla Sylvester Silin (33rd) and Norbaini Hashim (37th), Surizan Noh (53rd) and Hanis Onn (59th).
"Everything fell into place against Kazakhstan and the huge margin is a big boost as we head into the toughest clash in our group against Russia tomorrow (today).
"The confidence is there as we aim to play in the final when the dust settles, and if the team play like they did against Kazakhstan, I am confident Russia can be beaten as well," said Malaysian team manager Ernawati Mahmud.
Meanwhile, the second leg of the MHC-Milo-NSC Milo Cup quarter-finals will be played today, with no upsets expected from the Division Two Teams.
In the first leg on Friday, Division One teams SSTMI Thunderbolts, UniKL Young Guns, Petaling Jaya City Council and SSTMi-MSP Thunderbolts scored convincing wins and look set to advance to the semi-finals without much fuss.
TODAY: Quarterfinals second leg-- 1Mas Perlis (0) v SSTMI Thunderbolts (10) (Kangar, 4.45pm); BJSS Juniors (1) v SSP-MSP Thunderbolts (6) (Ministry of Education, 4.45pm); SMKDBL PHJ (1) v Petaling Jaya City Council (3) (Batu Pahat, 4.45pm); Nur Insafi-Penang HA (0) v UniKL Young Guns (3)(Sungai Petani, 4.45pm).
Note: First Leg scores in parenthesis.