TERENGGANU Hockey Team (THT) defended their Malaysia Hockey League Premier Division League title for the third consecutive year when they beat Tenaga Nasional 3-1 at the Batu Buruk Stadium Sunday.
It was an unexpected title, as coach Sarjit Singh and his men were not in contention as the title charge was led by Sapura until the eighth match.
Yesterday, Fitri Shaari (5th), Tengku Ahmad Tajuddin (18th), Ismail Abu (32nd) delivered for THT while Ramadhan Rosli scored for Tenaga in the 33rd minute.
THT received RM100,000 while second placed Sapura won RM60,000 and third placed Kuala Lumpur Hockey Club (KLHC) RM40,000.
THT and Sapura will be seeded while KLHC and Maybank will draw lots today to decide who they play in the TNB Cup semi-finals which will he held on Wednesday.
"We were not in contention after the first round matches but made a late charge in the second round to defend our League title. As I said before its easier to win a title that to defend it, and my players have won three consecutive League titles and I am very proud of them," said Sarjit.
After Tenaga beat Kuala Lumpur Hockey Club (KLHC) 2-1 on Friday to put THT in contention for the title, Sarjit and his men played by the book yesterday.
"There was no fancy play or trying too hard as we kept our composure and won the match. Now, we are looking forward to win our TNB Cup for the third consecutive year as well," said Sarjit.
RESULTS -- Premier Division: Terengganu HT 3 Tenaga Nasional 1, Kuala Lumpur HC 4 UniKL 1, Sapura HC 2 Maybank 1.
Quarter-finals Second Leg:
Nur Insafi 0 TNB Thunderbolts 5.
(TNB Thunderbolts won on 8-1 aggregate)
ATM Airod 2 SSTMI 1
(SSTMI win on 6-4 aggregate)
Ipoh City Council 3 v Uitm-KPT 2
(Aggregate 4-4, Uitm-KPT win shoot our 3-2)
BJSS 1 Politeknik 5
(Politeknik won on 8-3 aggregate)
P W D L F A Pts
THT 10 7 1 2 29 16 22
SAPURA 10 7 0 3 17 16 21
KLHC 10 6 2 2 30 14 20
MAYBANK 10 3 1 6 18 32 10
UNIKL 10 2 1 7 9 17 7
TENAGA 10 1 3 6 17 25 6