Saturday, October 20, 2012

Tengku Abdullah warns states to buck-up..

THE MALAYSIAN Hockey Confederation (MHC) held their  AGM in Kuantan yesterday, with their president issuing a  stern warning to state chairmen to buck up.
   MHC president Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah also  said that newly appointed coach Paul Revington should be  given some space to prove his selection.
    “It was a short meeting and the president (Tengku Abdullah) told the state chairmen to buck up and be more  active and innovative.
   “He wanted to see more action and implementations at the  state levels as well as formulate new ideas on how to make  the Malaysia Hockey League as well as the Razak Cup more  interesting,” said MHC secretary Johari Aziz.
   As for Revington, who included many former internationals into his training squad: “The president wants to give  him the benefit of doubt in his selection and asked that the  coach be given some space to implement his programmes.”
      Malaysia will next play in the Champions Challenge I in  Argentina where Revington’s players will be put to test after  failing to qualify for the Olympics.
     It was also decided that the Kuantan would again host the  Razak Cup next year, and Tengku Abdullah reiterated his  stand to stand as a candidate for the International Hockey  Confederation (FIH) Executive Board.
   The FIH board meeting will be held in Kuala Lumpur on  Nov 2-3 and Tengku Abdullah has sent in his nomination to  stand for election.

Malaysian amateur Kelly Tan third...

Malaysian amateur Kelly Tan finished third in the Enjoy Jakarta Ladies Open.
DIMINUTIVE Thai golfer Patcharachuta Kongkapan  showed she has a big future by cruising to a three-shot  victory in the US$200,000 Enjoy Jakarta Ladies Indonesia  Open yesterday.
   And Malaysian amateur Kelly Tan also caused a ripple  when she finished third with a three-round total of two-over  214.
    Kelly had rounds of 71-69-74. Her amateur mate Michelle  Koh was also a proud finisher, alone at No 4, with an even 216  after rounds of 75-68-73.
   Kelly led by one stroke at the start of the third and final  rounds from Patcharachuta and veteran Indian Smriti  Mehra.
   As for the champion, an imperious four-under-par 68 saw  her dominate the final round at Palm Hill Golf Club with no  one able to get close.
    Taiwan’s Hsieh Yu-ling claimed second place after shooting  a 68.
     “My concentration was very good and I was able to stay  calm. I have been playing well recently and it keeps getting  better. I am so happy to win,” said Patcharachuta, who  received a cheque for US$30,000.
     Her previous best finish was fourth place in this year’s  Ladies Thailand Open.
    It is Patcharachuta’s first victory on the Ladies Asian Golf  Tour and the third win of the season by a Thai player.
   Leading final round scores:
  209 Patcharachuta Kongkapan (Thai) 71-70-68.
 212 Hsieh Yu-ling (Tai) 71-73-68.
 214 Kelly Tan (Mas) (a) 71-69-74.
215 Kusuma Meechai (Thai) 73-73-69, Connie Chen (SA)  74-69-72, Dottie Ardina (Phil) (a) 72-72-71.
216 Michelle Koh (Mas) (a) 75-68-73.
217 Walailak Satarak (US) 71-74-72, Numa Gulyanamitta  (Thai) 74-71-72, Smriti Mehra (Ind) 69-72-76.
219 Thidapa Suwannapura (Thai) 71-78-70, Rebecca Hud son (Eng) 76-73-70, Jaruporn Palakawong (Thai) 72-75-72.
220 Stacey Keating (Aus) 76-75-69, Neha Tripathi (Aus)  75-73-72, Sahra Hassan (Wal) 73-74-73, Tiffany Tavee (US)  75-72-73, Anil Johani (Mas) 75-72-73, Titiya Plucksataporn  (Thai) 74-71-75.

Fung Ends Drought For Third Title

NICHOLAS Fung, who has been runner-up in at least six  golf tournaments, fired a 10-under 278 total and then won  the play-off in the RM125,000 PGM Negeri Sembilan Classic  at the Seremban International Golf Club yesterday.
    But to earn this third title on the PGM Tour, and a purse of  RM21,000, Fung had to beat Iylia Jamil in playoff after he also  ended with a 10-under.
   Yesterday, Fung fired a final round of three-under 69, but  Illya caught up with him with a five-under 67.
     “I was quite nervous there, the whole week I have not been  putting well,” said Fung.
    “Anyway I am glad I have got over this winless period adfter  coming in second at least six times.”
   Final Round Leading Scores: 278 Nicholas Fung 72-67-70- 69, Iylia Jamil 73-68-70-67 (Fung wins playoff).
      282 Airil Rizman 70-68-73-71; S. Sivachandhran 66-74- 69-73, Azman Basharuddin 70-73-68-71.
   284 Rashid Ismail 65-71-76-72, Akhmal Tarmizee 71-66- 74-73, S. Murthy 76-69-67-72, M. Ramayah 67-76-69-72
   285 Daniel Ng 72-69-70-74.
   286 M. Sasidaran 75-72-72-67; Wilson Choo 69-74-71-72
   287 Zurie Harun 72-69-74-74; R. Nachimuthu 71-71-73- 72.
   288 Al-Malik Faisal 73-73-71-71.

KL-Pahang heading for another showdown...

Pic: Terengganu's Fitri Saari in action against Penang. Terengganu won 8-2.

HOSTS Pahang are thinking beyond the semi-finals, as they  eye the 50th Edition Razak Cup Division One title itself.
   Today, Pahang will meet Negri Sembilan in the semi-finals,  while Kuala Lumpur square off against Terengganu in the  other semis.
   The form-book favours a Pahang-Kuala Lumpur repeat  final on Monday.
    “We needed a draw against Johor to top Group B and we  achieved our target (1-1). But even before the match, I told  my players that the aim is to reach the finals once again.
    “We narrowly missed out in last years final (lost to Kuala  Lumpur 1-0 sudden death goal) and I have a good feeling that  we will have a better outing this time around.
   “After a day’s break today (yesterday) we will fight till the  end against Negri Sembilan to claim our final ticket,” said a  confident Pahang coach Mohamed Yazid.
  Terengganu manager Mohamed Saberi said: “We will be  gunning for revenge in the semi-finals, as we lost 2-1 to Kuala  Lumpur at the same stage last year.
    “We were leading 1-0 (through a Faizal Saari goal), but  caved in. This time we intend to get the better of them and  qualify for our first Division One final.”
     Kuala Lumpur coach I. Vickneswaran said he will have to  come out with a plan to stop the Saari brothers.
    “Faizal and Fitri have been scoring consistently in al the  matches and with youth on Terengganu’s side, KL can’t  afford to give them too much of space.
   “For sure, it would not be a walk in the park and we will  give due respect to Terengganu, but at the same time, our aim  is to play in the final on Monday,” said Vickneswaran.


                  P W D L F A Pts

K LUMPUR  3 2 0 1 13 7 6
NEGRI         3 1 1 1 5 5 4
PERAK        3 1 1 1 7 10 4
ATM            3 0 2 1 14 12 2

                         P W D L F A Pts

PAHANG            3 2 1 0 10 5 7
TERENGGANU   3 2 0 1 14 7 6
JOHOR               3 1 1 1 5 4 4
PENANG            3 0 0 3 3 15 0

                      P W D L F A Pts
SELANGOR      6 5 1 0 34 7 16
MALACCA       6 4 0 2 33 10 12
SABAH            6 3 1 2 20 20 10
POLICE            6 2 3 1 30 17 8
PERLIS            6 2 1 3 23 24 7
KEDAH            6 2 0 4 12 29 6
KELANTAN      5 0 0 5 7 48 0

RESULTS: Division Two: Malacca 7 Perlis 2, Selangor 8  Kedah 1, Sabah 5 Police 5.
TODAY: Division One -- Semi-finals: Kuala Lumpur v  Terengganu (5pm), Pahang v Negri Sembilan (5pm).