Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Malaysian juniors whip Poland 7-0..

THE Malaysian Junior World Cup trainees whipped Poland Under-23 7-0 a day after landing on Warsaw on their Tour of Europe.
  Coach K. Dharmaraj's boys will next play the Polish senior squad today.
  Next on their iteanary, in preparation for the Junior World Cup in New Delhi in December, is another match against he Polish under-23, and then travel to Belgium for three more matches against their under-21 side.
  After that, it is three more matches against England's under-21 side.
  In the first match, Zulhairi Hashim top-scored with four penalty corner goals in the 12th, 23rd, 32nd and 43rd minutes.
  The other goals were scored by Rashid Baharom (17th), Dangerous Lee (25th) and Nor Aqmal Ghaffar (30th).
   Malaysia had a total of 10 penalty corners, while Poland three.
  Team manager Mirnawan Nawawi said: "We tested two different strategies in both halves, and the 50 per cent penalty corner rate made all the difference.
 "Overall, it was a satisfying match, as barely 24 hours after arriving, we took to the pitch for the match."
  The early casualty was Redzhwan Jaafar who twisted his ankle and will be out for the next two matches in Poland.

Europe warm-up for World Cup

THE National juniors are in Europe today to play nine Test matches in preparation for the Junior World Cup in New Delhi on Dec 6-15.

Team manager Mirnawan Nawawi said: "Two matches will be against Poland Under-23, and one against the Polish senior side.
"Then we will move to Belgium for another three matches with their Under-21 side.
"After that, we travel to England to play another three matches with their Under-21 side."
Belgium are the emerging power in Europe, as their senior side beat Australia in the final of the World League Semi-finals to secure their World Cup berth.
The International Hockey Federation (FIH) has yet to release the groupings for the Junior World Cup, but the 16 who will feature are Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Canada, England, Egypt, France, Germany, India, South Korea, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Pakistan, Russia, Spain and Malaysia.
For the tour, coach K. Dharmaraj will not have the services of five national players - Faiz Helmi, Izad Hakimi, Fitri Saari, Firhan Ashaari and Meor Azuan -- as they are preparing for the Asia Cup in Ipoh.
SQUAD: Hazrul Faiz, Hafizzuddin Othman, Kavin Kartik, Zulhairi Hashim, Nor Aqmal Gaffar, Aminuddin Zain, Azri Hassan, Haziq Samsul, Shazril Irwan, Joel Samuel van Huizen, Syamim Yusof, Rashid Baharom, Shahril Saabah, Azwar Rahman, Dangerous Lee, Faridzul Afiq, Redzhwan Jaafar, Azrul Hasbullah.
Manager: Mirnawan Nawawi; Coach: K. Dharmaraj; Assistant coaches: K. Gobinathan, Nor Azlan Bakar.