Friday, April 15, 2016

Malaysia play New Zealand for bronze...

MALAYSIA will play New Zealand in the Third-Fourth placing match of the Azlan Shah Cup in Ipoh Saturday.
  Yesterday, Malaysia were hammered 6-1 by India, who checked into the final against World No 1 Australia.
  After playing five super matches, Malaysia played like schoolboys in-front of a packed gallery.
  India came out looking for a spot in the final and scored two quick goals inside 10 minutes of play.
  However, India were made to look good by Malaysian defenders Izad Jamaluddin and Razie Rahim, whose poor clearenceas led to the early goals.
  First Razie's soft clearenace was turned into goal by Chandanda Thimmaiah in the third minute, and then Izad gave away the ball to  Harjeet Singh for the second goal in the seventh minute.
  Skipper Razie, playing like a novice, gave away the third penalty corner which also earned him a yellow card for a bad tackle.
  Ramandeep Singh scored in the 25th minute, and India were on their way to playing in the final today against Australia.
  And Danish Mujtaba made it 4-0 in the 27th minute, off a penalty corner rebound. Ramandeep got his brace in the 39th, and Talwinder Singh made it 6-1 in the 58th minute.
  Shahril Saabah scored Malaysia's consolation in the 46th minute.
  Meanwhile he International Hockey Federation (FIH) yesterday made another mockery, and mess of their tournaments, when they, for the umpteenth time plan to change the Olympics and World Cup qualifying format.
  And they also officially killed the Champions Trophy --- as it would not be held after 2018. The Champions Trophy made its debut in 1978, and was the brainchild of Pakistan.
  FIH president Leandro Negro made the announcement in Ipoh yesterday.
  "We will do away with the Champions Trophy after 2018, and also have a new format for the World League. There will no longer be a World League Semifinals and Finals, but after the World League Round One and Round Two, we will hold direct qualifying tournaments for World Cup and Olympics," said Negre in Ipoh.
  World No 1 Australia, who had already qualified for the final, went on to beat Canada 3-0 in their final pool match.
  The Australian goals were scored by Mark Knowles (16th), Blake Govers (33rd) and Flynn Ogilvie (36th).
  In another match, Pakistan beat Japan 4-1 to play against Canada in the fifth-sixth classification.
  The Pakistan goals were scored by Ali Shan (20th), Rizwan Ali (24th), Arslan Qadir (48th, 57th).
  Shota Yamada scored for Japan in the 48th minute.


             P  W  D  L  F  A  Pts
AUSTRALIA    6  6  0  0  21 3  18
INDIA        6  4  0  2  18 11 12
N ZEALAND    6  3  2  1  15 10 11
MALAYSIA     6  2  2  2  12 19 8
PAKISTAN     6  2  0  4  11 17 6
CANADA       6  1  2  3  8  13 5
JAPAN        6  0  0  6  8  20 0

  RESULTS Japan 1 Pakistan 4, Australia 3 Canada 0, Malaysia 1 India 6.
  April 16: Final: Australia v India (8.35pm); Third-Fourth: Malaysia v New Zealand (6.05pm); Fifth-Sixth: Canada v Pakistan (3.40pm).