Saturday, February 7, 2015

PJCC on course for top-two finish

PETALING Jaya City Council (PJCC) came back from a goal down to beat Politeknik Malaysia 3-1 to claim their fourth win in the MHC-MILO-NSC Junior Hockey League yesterday.
  The win places PJCC, who finished third last season, on course for a top two finish, as their only blemish was a 2-2 draw against defending champions Thunderbolts.
  In the other Division One match, KLHC edged SSP-MSP-Thunderbolts 3-2.
  "As expected it was a tough encounter. We went down first and it was a battle then on to turn the match around," said PJCC team manager Zainal Abidin.
  "Fortunately, we managed to find the back of the board three time but they were not easy goals. The commitment from the players is good but there is more than could be done when we play UniKL next month."
   Izzuan Halim scored for Politeknik off a penalty corner in the eighth minute but Husaini Bakar (21st), Fakrul Razi (34th) and Haikal Zamri (69th) sealed the win.
  PJCC play Olak PKT Tigers next Friday and KLHC the following day.
  RESULTS: Division One: Politeknik 1 PJCC 3, KLHC 3 SSP-Thunderbolts 2.
   Division Two: Group A -- KLSS 3 Sek Tunku Abdul Rahman 3, BJSS Jnrs 2 SM Sains 1.
Group B: Ismo PHA 13 1MAS Penang 0, MATRI 5 MSSD Larut Matang 1.
Group C: Tun Hussein On 5 SMSJ Knight 1, 1MAS Malacca 12 1MAS Johor 0.
  SUNDAY -- Division One: OLAK PKT Tigers v SSTMI Thunderbolts (National Stadium II).
   Division Two: Group A -- MSNT-PHT v 1MAS Perak (Kuala Terengganu).
  Group B: 1MAS Perlis v MSSD Larut Matang (Perlis), MSS Kedah v Nurinsafi-Penang HA (Padang Serai).
  Group C: 1MAS TBSS Tampin v SMKDBL (Seremban II).
  Note: All matches at 4.45pm.

MHC start damage control..

RACING against time, the Malaysian Hockey Confederation (MHC) officials finally got off their high horse and started damage control to save the elections which are slated for Feb 13.
    A day after receiving a 'warning letter' from the Sports Commissioner's office, MHC president Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah called for a meeting in a bid to clean up their constitution mess.
   Sports Commissioned Datuk Zaiton Othman had to step in after a heated controvercy on the rights of women in MHC's amended constitution, which was done during an EOGM in Johor Baru in October.
    The SC's sent a media statement and gave two suggestions on how the MHC can wrangle themselves out of this mess and the MHC duly followed the instructions.
   After yesterday's meeting MHC sent a letter to the SC's office : "With reference to the Sc's decision that the EOGM held last October is null and void due to non compliance of the required quorum.
   "Therefore the MHC shall have 1. An EOGM of Feb 13 to discuss the sports commissioner's directive and AGM as well as governing constitution to be used.
   "For the 8th AGM of Feb 13, the additional agenda to be included in addition to the earlier agenda stipulated is nominations for MHC offfice bearers and Elections of MHC office bearers."
   The letter was signed by Tengku Abdulah and a copy sent to the SC's office.
   The action was taken after Zaiton's media statement read: "The Sports Commissioner has made a decision that the Malaysian Hockey Confederation (MHC) Extarordinary General Meeting (EGM) was held in a hap-hazard manner, especially regarding quorum.
    The MHC have two avenues to correct this situation
    1. Continue with their Annual General Meetion (AGM) on the proposed date of Feb 13 by using the old constitution or..
    2. Hold another EGM to discuss amendments with the right quorum.

Austrian Wiesberger is good...

AUSTRIAN Bernd Wiesberger dethroned Englishman Lee Westwood with an amazing nine-under 63 at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club yesterday to claim the sole spot on the leaderboard going into the final round of the Maybank Malaysian Open.
   Wiesberger's 17-under 199 was three better than the defending champion's 14-under 202, after Westwood had a third round of three-under 69.
     Spaniard Alejandro Canizares is alone on second after a four-under 68 saw his total at 15-under 201.
   Tied on third with Westwood is Englishman Paul Waring, who had a seven-under 65.
   However, the star performer of the day was Anirban Lahiri of India, who played flawless golf and claimed 10 birdies for a blistering 62, which is the best score of the Open. He moved up from joint-21st to  stand alone at fifth.   Wiesberger birdied the first five holes and spent the remainder of the round trading blows with Canizares at the top of the leaderboard.
    The Spaniard and defending champion Lee Westwood had been three clear of the field at the halfway stage, and when Canizares pitched in at the 16th for eagle he looked set to grab the upper hand.
    But Wiesberger holed a 25 footer for birdie on the same hole to recapture a share of the lead, and turned that into a closing hat-trick of gains to reach 17 under par as he seeks a third European Tour title and first since 2012.
    "I started really well with five birdies in a row as I caught up with the leaders early which was good and finished off well. It was a great day for me as this is my European Tour record -- I’ve never shot a 63," said Wiesberger.
    When asked what was his secret: "Maybe I shouldn’t tell! I’ve been working on the right things which are important for my game. I’ve improved on my putting a lot. I have changed to a different model and it has been working for me. I also have the belief that I can play good golf now.
    "And when Alejandro caught up with me towards the end and it seems like a match play situation, I had to catch him quickly. I had to get off to a good start and six birdies in seven holes were good to catch the lead."
   And will he be discounting anybody leading into the final?
   "I’m not discounting anybody. There was a 62 out there today (yesterday) and there’s probably going to be another 62 out there as well. I had a fast start today and anybody can do that in the final. If I keep playing like this then I have a good chance to take this (title) home. Tomorrow (today) is another day and anything can happen. I’ll try and rest it up and give myself a chance," said the Austrian.
    Westwood said he had the wrong song in mind yesterday, and could have done worse if not for the closing birdies on the 17th and 18th.
   "I'm  three adrift, but it could have been worse if not for the closing birdies. I had the wrong song in mind, and the bogey on the seventh did not help matters.
   "However, the way I played today (yesterday) it could have been a worse score,  I could’ve easily shot over par, so I’m pleased to have shot 69," said Westwood.

Lahiri's magical birdies...

ANIRBAN Lahiri did an Indian Rope Trick when he fired an amazing 10 birdies in a bogey free round for a super 62 to fly from his overnight joint-21st to lie alone on fifth in the Maybank Malaysian Open yesterday.
   Unnoticed after an opening round of 70 followed by a 72 and barely making the weekend cut, the Indian's heroics has placed him in contention for a top-five finish in the US$3million tournament at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club.
   His 12-under 204 was a result of super confidence, as the last two days he made 11 birdies but dropped nine shots.
    "This (birdy binge) changes the situation in terms of where I stand leding into the final round, but in terms of what I need to do, it’ll be the same thing in the final.
   "I’ve been hitting a lot of fairways which is what you need on this course. I think the hall mark today (yesterday) was that I stayed bogey free because the first two days, I made 11 birdies and dropped nine shots so I went back yesterday (Friday) thinking that I’m just making too many mistakes, probably because I’m trying too hard and I just came out here and just relaxed a little bit and I just enjoyed it."
    And did he think that he would be in this position at the start of the morning?
   "I absolutely did. I knew I was playing well. I knew I had the opportunity to make a move. Start of the day, I would have backed myself to get close to 10-under, not quite so close or past it rather, so I’m quite happy.
    "Last couple of days, I was trying too hard to make birdies, trying to make a move. Like I said, I just let go today (yesterday). When I saw a line, I just hit it on the line and took it on merit whether it went in or missed. I was really relaxed on the course, and didn’t really care much on what was happening on the leaderboard. It was nice to go out there to play with freedom and that’s what I’ll try to do tomorrow (final round).