Monday, May 9, 2011


RESULTS -- Australia 5 Pakistan 1, Great Britain 3 New Zealand 1, India 5 Malaysia 2.


P W D L F A Pts
BRITAIN 4 3 0 1 10 7 9
AUSTRALIA 3 2 1 0 8 3 7
INDIA 4 2 1 1 11 7 7
PAKISTAN 4 2 0 2 11 12 6
KOREA 3 1 1 1 6 7 4
N ZEALAND 3 0 1 2 4 8 1
MALAYSIA 3 0 0 3 4 10 0

MAY 11 -- New Zealand v Malaysia (4pm), Australia v Korea (6pm), Pakistan v India (8pm).
MAY 12 -- Australia v Great Britain (4pm), New Zealand v India (6pm), Korea v Malaysia (8pm).
MAY 14 -- Great Britain v South Korea (4pm), Pakistan v Malaysia (6pm), Australia v New Zealand (8pm).
MAY 15 -- Fifth-Sixth (4pm), Third-Fourth (6pm); Final (8.30pm).

India 5 Malaysia 2

MALAYSIA'S campaign in the Azlan Shah Cup came to a stuttering halt when they were outclassed 5-2 by India in Ipoh last night.
And the fault was a first half pathetic display, which left the national side a mountain to climb after the breather.
Malaysia played in patches and allowed India to score at will in the first half, and looked like they were in for a hiding from the start itself.
It was only eight minutes into the match when Roshan Minz sounded the board from close range, after defender Baljit Singh mis-trapped the ball.
It was the signal that India needed to push forward, and in the 18th minute it was 2-0 when Mandeep Antil caught the entire defense napping.
And the third India goal was a classic flick to the roof of the goalmouth by Rupinder Singh in the 21st minute. It was the fifth goal of the tournamen for the penalty corner replacement for regular Sandeep Singh.
Malaysia injected some hope into their game when Azammi Adabi pulled one back in the 34th minute, only to be back in the rut when Sunil Sowmarpet scored India's fourth with seven seconds remaining to the half-time hooter.
With a heavy burden on their shoulders, Malaysia came out of the dressing room charging like a bull in a China shop, and Shahrun Nabil beat three defenders before pushing in the ball in the 43rd minute for Malaysia's second goal.
But with 12 minutes remaining, penalty corner flicker Radzi Rahim was flashed the yellow card, and Malaysia's chances of a comeback were further diluted.
Gurwinder Singh scored the fifth goal in the 69th minute, and Malaysia's humiliation was comlete.
"We paid the price of giving India too much space in the first 20 minutes of the match, after which it became difficult to chase them.
"Defender Madzli's (Ikmar) absence was sorely felt at the backline (he fractured his cheekbone in the match against Australia) as I juggled players.
"We are here to learn, and build a side for the Olympics Qualifier, and we will learn from this defeat," said Malaysia coach tai Beng Hai.

Australia, Britain make their move

WORLD No 1 Australia shed their rust, and whipped Pakistan 5-1 to start their journey to a possible final slot in the Azlan Shah Cup in Ipoh.
And if the Aussies continue their form, they are likely to meet early leaders Great Britain who beat New Zealand 3-1 to top the standings with three wins.
After a slow start, where they edged Malaysia 2-1 and drew 1-1 with India, the Australians made sure the third match belonged to them with deft goals.
"We started rusty, and are picking up momentum as the new players in the team are getting adjusted to the tournament conditions.
"As I said before, we are trying out many new players and against Pakistan today, we had a team with an average of 40 caps, while Pakistan's average was 108 caps so it is a good result," said Australian coach Ric Charlesworth.
Even with six players missing, the World Cup, Commonwealth Games and Champions Trophy holders have started to show awesome form as they have good depth on the reserve bench.
The Australian goals were scored by Simon Orchard (23rd, 41st), Jason Wilson (35th, 55th) and Christopher Ciriello (51st),
The Pakistan goal were scored by Sohail Abbas (28th).
Australian skipper Orchard said: "I am glad that our new players have started to get a grip in the tournament, and we did play well today, but we can even play much better than this.
"We have three more matches after the rest (today) and we will work for a good Sunday finish," said Orchard.
In the second match, Britain were great in every department as they outclassed the Kiwis with goals from Richard Mantell (14th), Jonathan Clarke (51st), Richard Alexander (55th).
Shay Neal scored the consolation for New Zealand in the 60th minute.

An academy like no other

THE Asian Hockey Federation-Malaysian Hockey Confederation Academy was launched by Sultan Azlan Shah yesterday by presenting certificates to 32 umpires who were the first batch to be trained in Ipoh.
The academy will be based at the current State Sports Council building adjacent to the Sultan Azlan Shah Stadium, and it is the first of its kind in the world, as it caters for the development of hockey in a region.
"It was at the Azlan Shah Cup last year that Tuanku mooted the idea of having an institution where hockey knowledge could be distributed to hockey officials for their improvement and benefit," said AHF secretary general Tan Sri P. Alagendra.
"Today is a proud day for Asian hockey, for under the guidance and inspiration of His Royal Highness, the dream has come true.
"The Academy is now ready, and capable to serve the needs of Asian hockey. And the 32 graduates, from 12 Asian countries, of the first course held here is testimony to that fact."
A committee under the Chairmanship of MHC Vice President cum Perak Hockey President Datuk Rahim Ariff was established and met 12 times over the past year to meet the deadline of having the academy up and running before the 20th edition of the Sultan Azlan shah Cup.
"The academy will assist 32 national associations of Asia to improve the quality and increase the number of hockey officials in asia," said Alagendra.
"It will cater for coaches, technical officials, umpires and management officials. Experts in these important segments of hockey will be brought to the academy to assist Asia in achieving greater heights."
After renovation which will cost RM890,000, the academy will be able to house 100 people at any one time, and have cooking, dining, internet, recreation and laundry facilities.

India hold Australia 1-1

INDIA held World No 1 Australia to a 1-1 draw, but for coach Ric Charlesworth, it was a defeat in the Azlan Shah Cup in Ipoh yesterday.
"We lost, I mean the draw was just like a defeat for us as we had five penalty corners and could not score while they only had one and scored," said Australian coach Ric Charlesworth
India coach Harendra Singh Singh was glad with the draw, but was peeved by the overall poor umpiring in the tournament.
"We drew a crucial game because the umpiring was not up to standard," echoed India captain Arjun Halappa.
"I fail to understand. We have seven strong teams here, with four that have qualified for the Olympics, but still the best umpires were not selected for the tournament.
"This is not good beause team management, players and coaches have worked hard to get ready for this tournament, but as you can see, both Australia and India were punished by poor umpiring today (yesterday)," said Harendra.
India were down by the 14th minute, when Jacob Whetton scored a field goal, but they nailed the equaliser off Rupinder Singh's penalty corner attempt in the 23rd minute. It was his fourth goal in the tournament after a hat-trick against Great Britain.
India play Malaysia today: "It will be a difficult match, but I believe we have a good chance as my team has started playing for the full 70 minutes in the last two games," said Harendra.
Malaysia will play without skipper Madzli Ikmar, who suffered a compound fracture on his cheekbone in the bruising match against Australia.
In another entertaining match, Great Britain beat a fighting Pakistan 3-2 with the goals coming from Robert Moore (eighth), Jonathan Clarke (39th, 63rd).
The Pakistan goals were scored by Sohail Abbas (31st) and Hassem Khan (64th).

TBSS win maiden title

TBSS players celebrate after beating MSSPP-USM 4-1 yesterday at Tun Razak Stadium. — Picture by Osman Adnan

TUNKU Besar Secondary School (TBSS) captured their first Junior Hockey League title by overcoming MSSP-USM 4-1 in the Division Two final at the Tun Razak Stadium yesterday.
TBSS earned RM7,000 for their effort while MSSP-USM received RM5,500. Johor defeated Malacca High School 3-1 to finish third.
Muhd Shair Arif and Muhd Irsyaduddin Abu Yazizi scored in the sixth and 10th minutes, respectively to give the Tampin side an early 2-0 lead.
However, MSSP-USM reduced the deficit through Muhd Rahimi Iskandar Baharom's field attempt in the 13th minute.
In the second half, the Penang side attacked in numbers but in the process, left holes in defence which allowed TBSS ample space upfront.
Muhd Shair scored his second in the 60th minute for TBSS before Muhd Syabariq Shamsuri extended their lead nine minutes later.
TBSS and MSSP-USM, together with six Division One teams, will compete in the knockout stage for the overall title which starts on Friday.
"I am very happy with the result. It is our first major title in the league. We took it easy after taking a 2-0 lead but luckily we managed to hold on to add two more goals in the second half," said TBSS manager M. Vivekananda yesterday.
TBSS will face Bandar Penawar Sports School-Thunderbolts while MSSP-UPM will play Division One champions UniKL in the quarter-finals (overall).
"We will start as underdogs in the quarter-finals. Our boys are scoring a lot of goals through field attempts but lacking in terms of earning penalty corners. We need to work on that," added Vivekananda.
3rd/4th placing: Johor 3 Malaca High School 1