Sunday, March 8, 2015

World League: Malaysia 3 Russia 0..

Super show from Malaysian women..

MALAYSIAN women's hockey team continued their super run in the World League Round Two when they beat Russia 3-0 at the Major Dhyan Chand Stadium in New Delhi yesterday.
  The victory, which came at the back of an 8-0 thrashing of Kazakhstan, virtually handed Malaysia the top spot in Group B.
  Their final pool opponents are Singapore who they meet on Thursday, and going by form that match should be a double digit win for coach Nasihin Nubli's girls.
  Yesterday Singapore were beaten 4-0 by Kazakhstan, and a win on Tuesday will give Malaysia the top spot in Group B and their likely cross-over opponents in the quarter-finals will be either Ghana or Thailand.
  At half-time, the game was deadlocked, but a field goal from Hanis Onn in the 37th minute gave Malaysia the boost they were looking for, and three minutes later Juliani Din converted a penalty corner for a comfortable lead.
  And with just two minutes left in the match, seasoned campaigner Fazilla Sylvester Silin, 27, made sure with a field goal and Malaysia sailed away with a 3-0 win.
  "There were some really tense moments as both teams failed to break the deadlock by the end of the second quarter, but a field goal by young and talented Hanis (18-years-old) gave us some breathing space to march forward in numbers and win the match," said Nasihin.
  Russia proved to be strong opponents, but the Malaysian ladies were in their element yesterday.
  "There was determination and players kept motivating each other during the match, and I see this as a big progress in the ladies game. We have a rest day after which we meet Singapore, and we will play for three more points to top Group B for an easier opponent in the quarter-finals," said Nasihin.  

PJCC struggle, others cruise into semis

AS EXPECTED, all four Division One teams advanced into the semi-finals of the MHC-Milo-NSC Junior Hockey League, with league champions SSTMI Thunderbolts the clear favourites to march into the final as well.
  SSTMI Thunderbolts will face their counterparts SSP-MSP Thunderbolts in the last-four, and the final ticket is as good as theirs.
  SSTMI Thunderbolts advanced on a 16-1 aggregate when they whipped 1Mas Perlis in the return leg yesterday.
  In the other quarters, UniKL beat Nur Insafi-Penang HA 5-1 for 8-1 aggregate; SSP-MSP Thunderbolts were held 2-2 by Bukit Jalil SS Juniors but advanced 8-3 on aggregate while Petaling Jaya City Council were held to a 1-1 draw by SMKDBL PHJ, but PJCC advanced on a 4-2 aggregate.
  The only Division One side that had to endure some nervy moments were PJCC , and now they have to prove their worth when they play UniKL Young Guns in the semis on March 11.
  "We faced some difficult moments as it rained and our opponents had the backing of the crowd at their own turf (Batu Pahat). They had nothing to lose so they kept pushing forward and were good in defense as well," said PJCC team manager Zainal Abidin Ismail.
   PJCC took the lead after 25 minutes when Fahrul Razi converted a penalty corner, but Khairul Jainal equalised from open play in the 54th minute and the score stood till the end.
   RESULTS: Quarterfinals second leg-- 1Mas Perlis 1 SSTMI Thunderbolts 6 (Thunderbolts win 16-1 on aggregate).
 BJSS Juniors 2 SSP-MSP Thunderbolts 2 (Thunderbolts win 8-3 on aggregate).
 SMKDBL PHJ 1 Petaling Jaya City Council 1 (PJCC win 4-2 on aggregate).
 Nur Insafi-Penang HA 1 UniKL Young Guns 5 (UniKL win 8-1 on aggregate).
  March 11: Semi-finals first leg: SSTMI Thunderbolts v SSP-MSP Thunderbolts; Petaling Jaya City Council v UniKL Young Guns.

Malaysia v Kazakhstan in FIH pictures..