Friday, November 19, 2010

O-man, 12 goals!

By Ajitpal Singh

THE men’s national hockey team turned on a flawless performance to notch their biggest victory in recent times by annihilating minnows Oman 12-2 in a Group A match at the Aoti Stadium yesterday.
With the victory, Malaysia have seven points from three matches but they still need a good result against China, in their final group match tomorrow, to qualify for the semi-finals.
“An overwhelming result as I never expected this huge margin of victory I thought we would score about six goals but to score a dozen is exceptional,’ said national coach Stephen van Huizen at the Aoti Stadium yesterday.
“My players made use almost all of their chances today (yesterday). It is a good sign as their performance is improving from every match.
“But it is not the time to celebrate as we are not in the semi-finals yet. We need a good result against China to ensure a spot.
Azlan Misron was the toast of the Malaysian team by sounding the board three times in the 25th, 55th and 69th minutes while penalty corner specialist Amin Rahim (19th, 60th)and striker Faizal Saari (25th, 61st) each scored a brace.
Other goal scorers were Mohd Marhan Jalil (eight), Tengku Ahmad Tajuddin (15th), Razie Rahim (22nd), Hafifihafiz Hanafi (24th) and Izwan Firdaus Ahmad Tajuddin (45th).
Women’s Hockey: India 13 Thailand 0, Malaysia 4 Kaza khstan 2, China 3 Japan 1.
Men’s Hockey: Group A: Malaysia 12 Oman 2, China 1 South Korea 3.

Malaysian women beat Kazakh 4-2

Asian Games field hockey results on Friday:
Women’s round-robin: India 13 (Chanchan Thokchom 12, Saba Anjum 15, Rani Kumari 20, 42, 66, Subhadra Pradhan 24, 57, Surinder Kaur 28pen, 31, 60, 63, Poonam Rani 34, Joydeep Kaur 65) Thailand 0 H-t: 7-0
Malaysia 4 (Norazlin Sumantri 17, 66, Nadia Rahman 41, Fazilla Silin 56) Kazakhstan 2 (Yuliya Mikheichik 44, Anastassiya Chsherbakova 70) H-t: 1-0
China 3 (Zhao Yudiao 11, 26, Gao Lihua 14) Japan 1 (Ai Murakami 53) H-t: 3-0

Stunning show from Malaysia

MALAYSIA produced a stunning performance to hold the defending champion, Korea, to a 2-2 draw in pool A of the men’s hockey competition at the Asian Games in Guangzhou on Thursday, writes Mr S. Thyagarajan. But the more important point of the schedule was the fabulous performance by Pakistan, which outclassed Japan by a whopping 8-2 margin in Pool B.
A measure of the intensity of the combat can be gleaned from the fact that Korea leveled when only five remained from the hooter. It was a lively and tension packed encounter that saw the spirited Malaysians almost causing a major shock to a squad that is in quest for a hat-trick of gold medals.
True, the Koreans were quick on their feet and packed power in their drives, but the Malaysian defenders headed by Razie Rahim smothered the attacks with palpable equanimity.
The Koreans were to score first in the 10th minute through Hyun Hyesung but Malaysia came back into the match when Azlan Misron tapped in a forward pass for the equalizer. Shortly after the break, it was Malaysia that held the advantage thanks to quick sallies by Noor and Jalil. The combination helped Hafifi Hafiz to strike the lead.
Put under pressure to avoid a reverse, the Koreans summoned all their strengths in search of an equalizer which emerged only five minutes before the close when Seo Jungho netted. There were some tense moments at the Malaysian goal but goal-keeper Kumar Subramaniam stood like a rock in blocking the withering drives from the Korean attackers.
Former champion, Pakistan, which demolished Hong Kong China by a dozen goals in its opening match, had a measure of Japan in Pool B with a 6-1 victory.
Taken aback by an early goal by Kenji Kitazato from a penalty corner sequence, the Pakistanis retaliated in quick time netting a series of three goals in the first half. Fareed Ahmed produced the leveler followed by an immaculate penalty corner hit by Sohail Abbas. And then came a peach of a goal by Muhammad Rizwan who darted in delectably and delivered a devastating a reverse shot to beat the goal-keeper.
After resumption, Sohail Abbas and Waqas Muhammad, Imran Muhammad, Shakeel Abbasi and Zubair Muhammad scored in that order to take the team to a memorable victory.

Oman recovered from a 0-1 deficit to get full points against Singapore in a Pool A encounter. Initially, the initiative was with Singapore, which forged ahead thanks to a brilliant backhander by Enrico Manican. The team managed to hold on to the lead till the break despite the attempts by Omani forwards to build pressure. A penalty corner by Rajib Basim hit the cross piece and bounced away.
Men: Pool A: Oman 2 (Al Hasni Waleed, Al Shibli Samir) beat Singapore 1 (Enrico Marican) HT 0-1.
Malaysia 2 (Azlan Misron, HafifiHafiz) drew with Korea 2 (Hyun Hyesung, Seo Jongho) HT 1-1.
Pool B: Bangladesh 7 (Chayan Mdmamurnur 4, Rashel Mahamud 2,Alam Maksud)) beat Hong Kong 3 (Asghar Ali 2,Arif Ali) HT 3-2.
Pakistan 8 (Fareed Ahmed, Sohail Abbas 2, Muhammad Rizwan, Waqas Muhammad, Imran Muhammad. Shakeel Abbasi, Waseem Ahmed, Zubair Muhammad) beat Japan 2 (Kenji Kitazato, Kazuhiro Tsubouchi ) HT 3-1.
Friday’s matches:
Men: Pool A: Oman v Malaysia China v Korea
Women: India vThailand ; China v Japan; Malaysia v Kazakhstan.