Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Third Test: NZ 4 Malaysia 2

Malaysia lost their Third Test 4-2 to New Zealand in Tauranga Wednesday.
  The national players were beaten 4-2 in the First Test, but won the Second Test 3-2. They will play their final match against the Kiwis Thursday before heading for to Auckland to play two Test matches against South Korea.
   Fitri Saari and Rashid Baharom were on target for Malaysia.
  Malaysian Hockey Confederation technical director Terry Walsh watched the match and said the scoreline did not reflect the game.
  "NZ dominated the first quarter and scored a goal after two minutes. We made many careless errors and were nervy in our disposition. It was a positive decision by the coaches to switch strategies.
  "This allowed Malaysia control in the second half of the match. The players had a better mentality and approach in the last two quarters, which is one of the positives to take away from the match", said Walsh.
  "The goal is to keep developing. We believe this defeat provides many lessons and look forward to the last Test match with great enthusiasm. The matches have been of great quality, which is extremely good for player and team development".