NEGRI SEMBILAN and Sabah were the biggest winners as the National Under-16 hockey tournament entered the medal rounds.
Both the state's Girls' and Boys' teams moved into the knock-out stage with Sabah boys and girls emerging tops in their respective groups.
Negri girls and boys did just enough to finish second in both their groups, but will now have a chance to play in the final.
Fourteen boys and 13 girls teams are competing in the tournament, and the top-two teams in each of the three groups advance to the knock out stage where a fresh competition is held to decide the champions.
Yesterday, in the final group match, Sabah girls showed their prowess when they hammered Kelantan 5-1 even though they had topped the group before entering the pitch.
The Sabah goals were scord by Inka Shafika Juani (eighth), Nor Asfarina Isahyifiqa (10th), Nur Sabrinah (22nd), Felliana John (25th) and Cyra Cynthia Anis (51st).
Nur Alya Iwana scored for Kelantan in the 38th minute.
RESULTS -- Boys' Group A: Johor 3 Kedah 1, Penang 1 Negri 5; Group B: Perak 3 Perlis 2, Malacca 4 Sarawak 2.
GIRLS' Group A: Kedah 2 Sarawak 2, Sabah 5 Kelantan 1; Group B: Penang 6 Negri 1, Terengganu 0 Pahang 10.
WEDNESDAY -- Boys' Group X: Pahang v Malacca (KPM, 7pm); Group Y: Sabah v Perak (KLHA, 7pm).
Girls' Group X: Kuala Lumpur v Selangor (KPM, 5pm); Group Y: Johor v Sabah (KLHA, 5pm).
GROUPINGS -- Boys' Group X: Malacca, Terengganu, Pahang; Group Y: Perak Negri Sembilan, Sabah.
Girls' Group X: Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Penang; Group Y: Johor, Sabah, Negri Sembilan.
Note: All matches at Jalan Pantai, Kuala Lumpur.