Monday, February 22, 2016

Div Two teams getting ready for TNB Cup challenge

THE Malaysian Hockey Confederation (MHC) competitions committee has been super kind to give four Division Two teams a chance to play in the TNB Cup quarter-finals, but they should be ready to face a torrid time.
  This is because the four Division One teams waiting for them are much more organised, and upsets will be hard to come by.
  SSTMI Thunderbolts, even though they dropped a game against UniKL in the last League fixtures, will start as the favourites to nail their fifth consecutive double in the Junior Hockey League.
  The other Division One teams which qualified for the knock-out stage are UniKL Young Guns and SSP-MSP Thunderbolts.
  From Division Two, six teams will begin their quest to play in the two-leg TNB Cup quarter-finals from Wednesday. 
  The six have been divided, via an open draw, into two groups and it will be interesting to watch the likes of Sabah Sports School, Group C champions,  and Perlis Young Lions Juniors, Group A champions, and Group B champions Anderson Thunderbolts play in Round Two of Division One.
  Whatever the outcome, the four Division Two teams should brace for the time of their lives when they play against four of the best from Division One.
  For winning the Division One League title, SSTMI pocketed RM18,000, while second-placed BJSS Thunderbolts received RM13,000. UniKL Young Guns and Pahang Sports School received RM10,000 and RM8,000 for finishing third and fourth respectively.
  WEDNESDAY: Division Two -- Round Two: Group X: Penang MSSP-USM v Anderson Thunderbolts (5pm); Group Y: Perlis Young Lions Juniors v BJSS Juniors (7pm).
  THURSDAY: Group X: Anderson Thunderbolts v Sabah Sports School (5pm); Group Y: TBSS Tampin v BJSS Juniors (7pm).
  FRIDAY: Group X: Sabah Sports School v Penang MSSP-USM (5pm); Group Y: TBSS Tampin v Perlis Young Lions Juniors (7pm).
  NOTEL: All matches at Pitch II of the National Hockey Stadium.