TERENGGANU Hockey Team's (THT) coach Sarjit Singh believes his charges received a timely wake-up call from Maybank before their big game against defending champions Kuala Lumpur Hockey Club (KLHC) in the Malaysia Hockey League Premier Division today.
THT were 2-3 down at one point, before they turned the tables on Maybank and won 4-3.
"The Maybank wake up call was timely, and I think it is what we needed before playing KLHC. Maybank showed us what can happen if we take our feet off the pedal, and we can't afford anymore lapses, especially against KLHC today as we aim to wrest the title from them by keeping a clean record in the First Round," said Sarjit.
THT were a jaded side, despite fielding five South Koreans for the first time in the MHL, and were saved by bungling Maybank forwards who missed at least three sitters.
"Maybank played very well and I think that they at least deserved one point from the match, and we can't afford the same against KLHC” said THT coach Sarjit Singh.
KLHC are one match behind, as their Sapura encounter on Saturday was washed away by rain and they will play the return during midweek.
Tenaga Nasional, the only all-local outfit in the MHL, will face Sapura today and skipper Madzli Ikmar said: "Although our management asked us to hire local talent, our coaching set-up declined because we believe in helping pur local talent grow.
"It is sad to see some budding talent not playing in the MHL, as their spot has been taken over by foreign imports. We have many youth in this current team, and I believe in three years time, we will be at our very best.. better than teams which rely on imports," said Madzli, a former international.
Tenaga, three points after three matches, will meet undefeated Sapura today.
SUNDAY: Maybank v UniKL (6pm, Pitch I), KLHC v Terengganu HT (6pm, Pitch II), Tenaga v Sapura (8pm, Pitch II).
P W D L F A Pts
TERENGGANU 3 3 0 0 13 4 9
KLHC 2 2 0 0 9 4 6
SAPURA 2 1 1 0 4 3 4
TENAGA 3 1 0 2 7 7 3
MAYBANK 3 0 1 2 6 10 1
UNIKL 3 0 0 3 1 12 0