Thursday, September 1, 2016

Arul and his men wary of THT den..

DOUBLE champions Terengganu Hockey Team (THT) will be out to make amends when they meet Universiti Kuala Lumpur (UniKL) in the half-way mark of the Premier Division Friday.
  THT have had a bad run in the Malaysia Hockey League as after four matches, they only have four points to show. 
  UniKL also have four points.
  "We need to have a good result going into the return-leg, as my players failed to score off the numerous chances they received in the last four matches.
  "Our sharpness in the League, in penalty corners and field attempts, has been blunt thus far and I believe we will have a better run tomorrow (today)," said THT coach Sarjit Singh.
  UniKL coach Arul Selvaraj likened it as 'going into the lions den'.
  "Playing at Batu Buruk (THT's home) is an intimidating task for any team and its like walking into the lion's den as they are a class above us.
  "We will have to play smart and not open ourselves at the back as they have players who can punish on counter," said Arul.
  UniKL have suffered two successive defeats in the past week, losing 2-1 to Maybank in the League and 2-3 to Tenaga Nasional in the Tan Sri P. Alagendra Cup.
  The semi-finals draw for the Alagendra Cup was held yesterday, and THT will square off against Tenaga while Sapura will play SSTMI.
  "We need to focus on the UniKL match first and then only the Alagendra Cup on Tuesday. However, Tenaga are no pushovers and I expect another tiring time in the Cup against them," said Sarjit.
  In the League THT were held 4-4 by Tenaga.
  Sapura are expected to walk into the Alagendra Cup final as they play a Division One outfit.
  FRIDAY -- Premier Division: Terengganu HT v UniKL (Batu Buruk, 5.30pm), Tenaga Nasional v Sapura HC (KLHA, 6pm), Maybank v Kuala Lumpur HC (Malacca, 8pm).
  ALAGANDRA CUP Semi-finals: Sept 6: Tenaga Nasional v Terengganu HT (KLHA,6pm), SSTMI v Sapura (SSTMI, 6pm).


            P  W  D  L  F  A  Pts

SAPURA      4  3  0  1  9  6  9
KLHC        4  2  2  0  10 6  8
MAYBANK     4  2  0  2  8  11 6
THT         4  1  1  2  10 9  4
UNIKL       4  1  1  2  3  6  4
TENAGA      4  0  2  2  9  11 2