DOUBLE champions SSTMI Thunderbolts were saved the blushes when their skipper Aliff Syazwan delivered in their 2-0 win against Politeknik Malaysia in Division One of the Junior Hockey League Saturday.
The captain led by example to score two penalty corner goals in the fifth and 47th minutes to beat Politeknik in an otherwise close contest.
SSTMI coach Wan Roslan Rahman attributed the low scoring to a gruelling match against BJSS Thunderbolts on Friday, where they only won 6-5.
"My players looked tired after the 6-5 encounter against BJSS on Friday but luckily, our penalty corners helped us against Politeknik.
"Now, even though we have a 21 points from seven matches, our next two games against SSP-MSP (Thunderbolts) and UniKL (Young Guns) are crucial as we can only afford to drop one match to retain our League title," said Wan Roslan.
In another Division one match BJSS Thunderbolts hammered SSTMI Juniors 5-0 to keep their sights on playing in the TNB Cup quarter-finals.
The BJSS goals were scored by Arif Sabron (22nd, 62nd), Fahmi Zaharman (24th), Hafiizhuddin Zaidi (35th) and Noor Firdaus Rosdi (70th).
RESULTS -- Division One: SSTMI Juniors 0 BJSS Thunderbolt 5, Politeknik Malaysia 0 SSTMI Thunderbolts 2.
Division Two – Group A: MATRI 5 SM Sains Raja Tun Azlan Shah 1, KHA Kedah Juniors 0 MCKK 3.
Group B: Anderson Thunderbolt 2 BJSS Juniors 2, MISCF-UFL 3 MSNPK-ILHC 4.
Group C: SM Sains Johor 1 MSNT-PHT 4; SMK Dato Bentara Luar Juniors 3 Akademi Hoki Pahang 1.
SUNDAY -- Division One: SSP-MSP-Thunderbolts v SMKDBL Young Guns (Kuantan), Nur Insafi v UniKL Young Guns (Sg Petani), Politeknik v PJCC (Taman Daya, 7pm).
Division Two: Group A: MSS Kedah v Perlis Young Lions Jnrs (Pdg Serai), MCKK v Penang-USM (K. Kangsar); Group B: MISCF-UFL v STAR (KLHA), MSSWPKL v Felda Juniors (Ministry of Education), Anderson PHA v BJSS Juniors (Azlan Shah); Group C: Datuk Taha v Malacca Young Hurricanes (Seremban II), SM Sains Johor v Pahang Hockey Academy (batu Pahat), Sabah Sports School v Malacca High Hercules (Malacca).
Note: Matches start at 5pm unless stated.
P W D L F A Pts
SSTMI TNDER' 7 7 0 0 34 9 21
UNIKL YOUNG GUNS 7 4 1 2 16 16 13
SSP-MSP-TNDER' 5 4 0 1 28 7 12
BJSS TNDER' 6 4 0 2 21 11 12
OLAK TIGERS 7 3 0 4 17 24 9
POLITEKNIK 6 2 1 3 9 10 7
SMKDBL YOUNG GUNS 7 2 1 4 13 17 7
PJCC 6 2 0 4 8 13 6
NURINSAFI 6 1 2 3 11 24 5
SSTMI JRS 7 0 1 6 6 32 1
Saturday, February 13, 2016
FORMER national hockey defender Abdul Rahim Ahmad passed away yesterday at the age of 59, fondly remembered by the hockey family as a helpful administrator, and a hard-tackling player during his hey-days.
Rahim was a member of the 1982 Bombay World Cup, and also helped Malaysia win bronze in the 1982 Asian Games in New Delhi.
The stout defender started off by playing in the 1979 Jakarta Sea Games where Malaysia won gold, and retired with 62 caps. He turned out for Selangor from 1974 to 1992, and has also played for Perak in the Razak Cup.
Rahim comes from a well-known hockey family, as his brothers Amir Fuad and Mohamed Yazid are also former national players.
The Klang Municipal Council health officer was also a former vice-president of the Selangor HA, and an active Liaison Officer for many years at the Azlan Shah Cup.
Rahim's last two assignments were helping to run the media centre at the Sultan of Johor Cup (SOJC), and then the Junior Asia Cup in Kuantan.
Always passionate about the sport, Rahim once lamented about the lack of tournaments for the women.
"The men have many tournaments, local and overseas, to play every year but I pity the women who only have the Sea Games to look forward to. Maybe there should be a women's Azlan Shah Cup, and a women's SOJC in the near future to make them better players," said Rahim at the SOJC last year.
Rahim's wish might just come true as the Malaysian Hockey Confederation (MHC) Competitions Committee have said that they will help any state which wants to host a women's SOJC and Azlan Shah Cup.