Saturday, March 12, 2016

MILO U-16: Selangor Boys and Girls off to good starts..

SELANGOR Boys' got of to a super start in the 1MAS-Milo National Under-16 hockey tournament when they hammered Perak 8-3.
  The Selangor Girls' were also impressive as they beat Johor 4-1.
  Kuala Lumpur Boys' suffered a shock 1-0 defeat in the hands of Malacca, while the City Girls' played much better to hammer Kelantan 9-0.
  Alif Salehhin gave Selangor the lead in the second minute itself, but Perak equalised off their skipper Fahmi Khalid in the eight minute and took the lead off Ariff Aiman in the 20th minute while Syazwan Syafiq scored their third goal in the 27th minute.
  But a seven-goal blitz from  Halif Fadzly (22nd, 50th), Zafri Afiq Azlan (26th, 34th, 37th, 38th), Asrullah bin Rohaizat (48th) saw them win comfortably.
  The 9s format is being played 25 minutes each half.
  RESULTS: BOYS' -- Group A: Pahang 2 Sabah 1, Kedah 0 Penang 5; Group B: Terengganu 3 Perlis 1, Malacca 1 Kuala Lumpur 0; Group C: Perak 3 Selangor 8, Johor 5 Kelantan 1.
  GIRLS' -- Group A: Selangor 4 Johor 1, Perlis 0 Malacca 9; Group B: Negri 2 Terengganu 2, Kuala Lumpur 9 Kelantan 0; Group C: Penang 3 Sabah 2, Kedah 2 Perak 0.
  TODAY -- BOYS': Group C: Johor v Negri (MOE, 8,45am), Kelantan v Selangor (8,45am, KLHA).
  GIRLS': Group C: Pahang v Perak (MOE,7.30am), Penang v Kedah (KLHA, 7.30am).
  TOMORROW: BOYS': Group A: Sabah v Kedah (MOE, 3pm), penang v pahang (KLHA, 3pm); Group B: Kuala Lumpur v Terengganu (MOE, 4.25am), Perlis v Malacca (KLHA, 3.15pm); Group C: Negri v Kelantan (MOE, 5.30pm), Perak v Johor (KLHA, 5.30pm).
  GIRLS': Group A: Malacca v Selangor (MOE, 7.30am), Johor v Perlis (KLHA, 7.30am); Group B: Kelantan v Negri (8.45am, MOE), Terengganu v Kuala Lumpur (KLHA, 8.45am); Group C: Kedah v Pahang (MOE, 10am), Perak v Sabah (KLHA, 10am).
  NOTE: All matches at Ministry of Education (MOE) and Kuala Lumpur HA (KLHA) stadiums at Jalan Pantai.

TNB Cup final: BJSS gunning to regain glory

SSTMI Thunderbolts will be gunning for their fifth straight double, while BJSS will be trying to regain their old glory in the TNB Cup final at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil Sunday.
   Both the teams last met in the 2009 Overall title clash, and BJSS were champions after a penalty shoot-out.
  But after that BJSS sank into the abyss, and only resurfaced this season, as SSTMI stole the limelight with convincing wins.
  However, this season SSTMI look a little out of shape, while BJSS has stronger side on paper.
  In the League, the SSTMI-BJSS clash went to the wire as the score was 6-5, and SSTMI stole the win in the 70th minute off a  Luqman Hakim penalty corner.
  BJSS have a hockey 'Messi' in their fold in Hafiizhuddin Zaidi -- who has scored a total of 19 field goals. Every season the top-scorer always scored the majority of the goals off penalty corners, but Hafiizhuddin has been deadly in field attempts.
  BJSS also have Arif Sabron, 13 goals and third on the scoring list, and he has also been amazing as he scored 12 field and one off a penalty corner rebound.
  As for SSTMI, their goal-getter has been Akhimullah Anuar on 10 goals. None were field and one off a penalty corner.
  BJSS team manager K. Rajan said: "I believe my players are ready to lay their hands on the trophy after a long absence as they have showed progress in every match. In the league clash, we were unlucky not to have won the match which we controlled."
  SSTMI coach Wan Roslan Wan Rahman was modest about his chances.
  "We have not been very impressive this season, and did just enough to win the League title and reach the TNB Cup final.
  "But now that we are within touching distance of the trophy, I believe we are good for our fifth conseutive double."
  Which ever team wins, Tenaga Nasional's Thunderbolts programme will emerge as the biggest winner this season, as all four semi-finals were under their Thunderbolts stable.
  SUNDAY: TNB CUP Final: SSTMI v BJSS (8.30pm); Third-Fourth: Anderson v SSP-MSP (5.45pm).
  Note: Both matches at Pitch II of the National Hockey Stadium.

RM2.1 million for Azlan Shah Cup

SULTAN Nazrin Shah yesterday received a total of RM2.1 million in sponsorship for the Azlan Shah Cup which will be held in Ipoh on APril 6-16.
  Among the sponsors were Yayasan Sultan Azlan Shah (RM300,000), ASTRO (RM350,000) and various Perak State agencies (RM650,000).
  In the Silver Jubilee of the tournament, Malaysia will be up against world No 1 Australia, defending champions New Zealand, India, Pakistan, Canada and Japan.
 Four of the teams; Australia, India, Canada and New Zealand, have qualified for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.
  The national team are currently on a 10-test tour of Australia and New Zealand. In New Zealand, they lost two (4-2, 4-1) drew one (0-0) and won one (3-2) against the Kiwis.
  Yesterday, they beat South Korea 2-1, after trailing 0-1.
  Kim Juhun scored for South Korea in the seventh minute, while Shahril Saabah equalised off a 49th minute penalty corner and Ramadhan Rosli nailed the winner off a 55th minute penalty corner.
  National seniors coach Stephen van Huizen said: "It was a solid win, especially as the team came back from 1-0 down at half time.
  "We had problems with the dry surface in the first half as a number of skill errors were observed which included a crucial turnover resulting in a break away goal".
  Malaysia played a well composed game as they restricted the Koreans to just two shots at goal, and two penalty corners. The national team had five penalty corners and two were converted into goals.
  "Like Malaysia, Korea are in the process of rebuilding and they have a young and disciplined team. We are pleased with the result, but there is still a lot more to do," van Huizen said.