Sunday, June 1, 2008

KL snatch crown

HAPPY LOT: KL players posing with the trophy after beating Singapore 4-1 in the national Under-16 final. – MUSTAFA AHMAD / The Star

KUALA Lumpur were crowned as the new National Under- 16 hockey champions when Syamim Yusof’s hat-trick saw them steamroll Singapore 4-1 in Alor Star yesterday.
And the bronze medal went to Penang, who beat last year’s gold medallists Perak 5-3.
Kuala Lumpur, who were the bronze medallists last year, were in total control as they raced to a 3-1 lead, before soundly beating Singapore.
Syamim scored off two penalty corners in the 23rd and 36th minutes, before scoring a field goal in the 50th minute.
Singapore started a fight-back when Mohamed Azhari scored in the 59th minute, but Ahmad Kafeel doused the fire with KL’s fourth in the 61st minute.
As for Penang, the bronze was won with goals from Amin Shafiq (14th), Rashid Baharom (20th, 44th, 47th), Arif Rahman (55th).
Hanif Saidin (54th), Azrul Fazrin (63rd) and Shazrul Imran (67th) scored for Perak.
RESULTS -- Final: Kuala Lumpur 4 Singapore 1; Third- Fourth: Perak 3 Penang 5; Fifth-Sixth: Kelantan 5 Johor 4; Seventh-Eighth: Terengganu 3 Selangor 0.
ROLL-OF-HONOUR: Man-of-the-Final: N. Balukumaran (Singapore); Best Overall Player: Azri Hassan (Penang); Best Goalkeeper: Hafizuddin Othman (Terengganu); Fair-play: Perak.