News for 30 January 2012

All the news for Monday 30 January 2012


GB drew with Netherlands - Argentina beat Germany

Argentina FIH Champions Trophy - Day 2



Argentina FIH Champions Trophy – Day 2 – Great Britain v Netherlands.(Photo: FIH / Frank Uijlenbroek)

The Netherlands gave away a 2-0 lead against Great Britain who fought back thanks to a double-strike of Crista Cullen. Both teams are now on four points in pool A of the Argentina FIH Champions Trophy held in Rosario. Day 2 got underway with China's 2-1 victory over Japan. Argentina lead pool B after beating Germany 4-2 while Korea drew 2-2 with New Zealand after being 0-2 down.

De Jiaojiao scores game winning goal against Japan
Pool A – China 2-1 Japan


De Jiaojiao’s late 2-1 secure China’s first points in the FIH Argentina Champions Trophy held in Rosario while Japan suffered their second defeat in this competition and stay last in pool A.

China have won their last four competitive matches against Japan, winning 1-0 in the 2009 Asia Cup Semifinal, 1-0 in the 2009 East Asian Games and 3-1 in the 2010 Asian Games. In January 2012 China and Japan played a four matches test series where Japan achieved one win, one draw and suffered two defeats.

In Sunday’s first match of the Argentina FIH Champions Trophy China took the lead thanks to their world-class striker Zhao Yudiao (14’) who managed to tip in the ball after China penetrated the circle from the right. The goal was denied first but China asked for a video referral where it got adjusted. Japan were urgent to reclaim pride and equalized by a penalty corner goal. Rika Komazawa (21’) was the one who got the final touch. China failed to score afterwards when the Japanese goalkeeper Sakiyo Asano saved brilliantly by blocking a pass coming from Tang Chunling to Fu Baorong.  The last time Japan were not trailing at half-time in a Champions Trophy encounter was four years ago, also in a match versus China (3-3).

The beginning of the second half saw China creating some opportunities but the Japanese defence did a good job and kept the Olympic silver medallists from scoring. Japanese striker Kaori Jujio failed to score on her 31st birthday when she penetrated the circle from the right but shot wide. China’s game-winning goal came by De Jiaojiao (61’) who managed to net the rebound after Asado has saved Ma Yibo’s penalty corner shot.

For more information on CHN v JPN click here.

Cullen’s double-strike secures draw against Olympic Champions
Pool A – Great Britain 2-2 Netherlands


The Netherlands gave away a 2-0 lead against Great Britain who fought back thanks to a double-strike of Crista Cullen. Both teams are on four points now but Great Britain go leaders in pool A due to the better goal-difference.

The crowd had to wait for 15 years to see Great Britain take on the Netherlands again in Champions Trophy history. The last time these teams met in a Champions Trophy match was in 1997. Netherlands started off with great pressure winning two penalty corners in the fifth minute but Maartje Paumen’s attempts were saved by the British goalie Abi Walker who played her Champions Trophy debut same as Dutch Kitty van Male. However Naomi van As (7’) took the lead two minutes later netting for the first time in Champions Trophy since 2008.

Despite of the heat in the stadium Great Britain kept high pace and put the Dutch defence under pressure. Unlucky for them, that they lost their video referral already in the first half after they asked whether there was a foot in the Dutch circle. However they won their first penalty corner soon after but the Dutch goalkeeper Joyce Sombroek saved Kate Walsh’s attempt. Their second penalty corner led to a penalty stroke. Umpire Wendy Stewart had called before Alex Danson tipped the ball into the goal. Team-captain Walsh took responsibility but her shot went wide. Just before halftime Kim Lammers (32’) doubled the lead for the Dutch was against the run of play as Great Britain had been putting tremendous pressure on the Dutch defence but the goal came from a turn-over deep in Dutch territory.

At the beginning of the second half Great Britain finally put themselves on the score-board when Crista Cullen (40’) converted a penalty corner. After the British goalie Walker kept her team in the game making some brilliant saves against a Dutch penalty corner series. The British won their second penalty stroke in this match after a poor stick-tackle from Willemijn Bos. This time Cullen tried but was denied by Sombroek. Anyhow the British did not give up and fought until they have achieved the equalizer. Cullen (61’) scored an outstanding goal when her penalty corner shot was deflected onto the crossbar, came down and found its way into the net. Converting penalty corners is currently the biggest issue for the Dutch as they have failed to score from six penalty corners in this match and twelve in this tournament so far.

For more information on GBR v NED click here.

Korea win first point against New Zealand
Pool B – NZL 2-2 KOR


New Zealand and Korea have met twice at last year's Champions Trophy with Korea beating the Black Sticks 5-3 in Group C only to lose 2-3 in the bronze medal match, handing New Zealand their first ever Champions Trophy medal. Their last meeting came at the Four Nations Tournament in Cordoba where Korea beat New Zealand 6-4 coming back from being 0-2 down.

In today’s encounter it took New Zealand only nine minutes to take the lead thanks to Cathryn Finlayson (9’). Afterwards they could have extended their lead but failed to score from three successive penalty corners. However Katie Glynn doubled the lead in the 25th minute giving New Zealand a 2-0 lead at halftime.
Korea was the team who took control of the match in the second half while New Zealand struggled to maintain any position. Despite dominating it took Korea up to the 44th minute until Kim Okju scored the 1-2 by converting their 4th penalty corner.

New Zealand had difficulty clearing the ball out of their half and Korea maintained attacking pressure. It was only the good the keeping by New Zealand’s goalkeeper Bianca Russell which kept Korea from adding to their total. Finally with a change of variation at a penalty corner Kim Jong-Eun scored her 4th Champions Trophy career goal. All of these goals came in matches against New Zealand. Korea converted the last penalty corner of the game but their game-winning goal was referred by the video umpire because the umpire felt the ball did not leave the circle. This was confirmed by the video umpire and the game score stood at a 2-2 draw.

For more information on NZL v KOR click here.

Argentina celebrate win over Germany
Pool B – GER 2-4 ARG


Argentina are unbeaten for sixth successive Champions Trophy match against Germany. On Sunday night “Las Leonas” compensated for their performance in the opening match where they drew 2-2 with New Zealand after being down 0-2.

Every time an Argentine player received the ball the crowd cheered. When Sofia Maccari (14’) scored her first Champions Trophy career goal it set the spectators alive and they continued to cheer enthusiastically throughout the match. Towards the end of the first half Argentina pressured Germany early and penetrated their circle many times. Flicker Noel Barrionuevo (29’) doubled the lead when her penalty corner shot defeated the unlucky German goalkeeper Kristina Reynolds. Two minutes Carla Rebecca extended the score to 3-0 giving Argentina the biggest half-time lead in Champions Trophy competition since China led Germany 4-1 at half-time in the 2011 classification match 7-8.

Argentina kept up their pace in the second half making it 4-0 after a penalty corner tip-in from Daniela Sruoga (37'). German proved their mental strength and scored through Lisa Hahn (39’) who converted the rebound of another penalty corner scoring her second goal in her second Champions Trophy match. Hannah Krüger (52') scored her first Champions Trophy goal in her seventh appearance making it 4-2. Argentina failed to extend their lead by missing several penalty corners. Germany really impressed with their determination to try to score more goals but the Argentine defence held firm.

For more information on GER v ARG click here.

Flash quotes on day 2

Zenjiro Yasuda (JPN coach)
“It’s a pity. We are quite sad about the result although it is a big improvement in comparison to yesterday’s match against Great Britain. The Netherlands, our next opponent, are physically fit and mentally hardened, that’s why it is a huge challenge for our team. But it is very important for Japan to play this match”. 

Kate Walsh (GBR captain)
“We are disappointed with how we played in the first half, but we improved in the second half. We pressured Netherlands and we were able to level the score.

Danny Kerry (GBR coach)
“We could have won this match but we failed to convert two penalty strokes.” Regarding the teams improvement in the last year, he said that their main goal are the Olympic Games as it will be a great challenge to play at home. Kerry also made a comment about the temperature: “Those who decided to play at this time with this temperature should play so as to feel what is like.”

Netherlands

Coach Max Caldas and team-captain Maartje Paumen agreed having played a really good first half, but not the second. “We knew they would be a strong opponent”, Paumen said.“ We were one team in the first half and another in the second. We celebrate it was a tie”, said the coach.

Mark Hager (NZL coach)
“We showed two different faces today. Again we had a good first half but we are struggling in the second half in two areas physicality and mental toughness.”

FIH site



Great British comeback as Cullen helps GB to draw with world #1

A Great British comeback took place at the Champions Trophy in Rosario on Sunday as two Crista Cullen goals helped Great Britain fight back from two goals down to draw 2-2 with the world’s number one team, the Netherlands.

Leicester defender Cullen scored both of Great Britain’s goals from second half penalty corners in a match that also saw the 26 year old and captain Kate Walsh fail to convert penalty strokes.  And Great Britain had EuroCanterbury goalkeeper Abi Walker to thank for an inspired performance in goal as the Scottish stopper pulled off a series of excellent saves from second half penalty corners.

Great Britain Head Coach spokes afterwards about his side’s belief being key to getting results.  “The girls need to believe in themselves more,” he said.  “At half time we spoke about belief and for them [the players] to decide if they are good enough.”

Great Britain’s Welsh star Sarah Thomas made her 50th appearance in a GB vest while birthday girl Abi Walker came in for Beth Storry, who sat out the match with Walker’s clubmate Natalie Seymour.

Great Britain had fallen behind to a scrappy goal from the Netherlands’ Naomi Van As in the seventh minute as the Dutchwoman volleyed home after the ball fell to her inside the British circle.  They Brits thought they had equalised though midway through the first half after a good advantage was played at a penalty corner.  However, the whistle had already gone to award Great Britain a penalty stroke, which captain Kate Walsh could only put wide of the goal.

Things got worse for Great Britain three minutes before the break when Kim Lammers doubled the Dutch tally.

After a rallying half time team talk Great Britain returned for the second half and five minutes in Crista Cullen gave them the lifeline they needed as she converted a penalty corner to make it 2-1.

And Cullen had the chance to make it 2-2 from the spot when Great Britain were awarded a second penalty corner in the 56th minute.  Despite putting her effort on target, the Leicester player was thwarted by Joyce Sombroek in the Dutch goal.

At the other end, Scottish goalkeeper Abi Walker made a series of top drawer saves to prevent the Netherlands from extending their lead and her contribution was to prove critical as the match entered its final stage.

With nine minutes remaining, up stepped Cullen to net her second penalty corner of the match to equalise and earn Great Britain a share of the spoils against the world’s number one ranked team.

Afterwards, Head Coach Danny Kerry said, “We’re disappointed with our first half performance.  The girls need to believe in themselves more.  At half time we spoke about belief and for them [the players] to decide if they are good enough.

“I’m disgusted that we’re being asked to play in such high temperatures; it’s dangerous and wrong.”

Despite earning the draw, Captain Kate Walsh added, “We’re disappointed with our performance today.  We turned the ball over too cheaply.  We needed to be stronger.  We created chances and gradually put them under more pressure as the game went on.  It was a more buoyant second half and we can take that forward into the rest of the tournament.”

Great Britain now have a rest day on Monday before the final Pool A fixture against China on Tuesday.   In the other match in the Pool, Olympic silver medal holders China beat Japan 2-1.

GREAT BRITAIN 2 (0)

Crista Cullen 40,61 (PC,PC)                  

NETHERLANDS 2 (2)

Naomi Van As 7 (F)                 
Kim Lammers 32 (F)

GREAT BRITAIN SQUAD v NETHERLANDS

Started


Abi Walker (EuroCanterbury) Goalkeeper
Crista Cullen (Leicester) Defender
Emily Maguire (Reading) Defender
Laura Unsworth (Loughborough Students) Defender
Sally Walton (Bowdon Hightown) Defender
Kate Walsh (Reading) Defender
Ashleigh Ball (Slough) Midfielder
Helen Richardson (Reading) Midfielder
Alex Danson (Reading) Forward
Hannah Macleod (Leicester) Forward
Sarah Thomas (No Club) Forward

Used Substitute

Anne Panter (Leicester) Defender
Chloe Rogers (Leicester) Midfielder
George Twigg (Clifton) Midfielder
Laura Bartlett (Reading) Forward
Nicola White (Slough) Forward

Did Not Play

Beth Storry (Reading) Goalkeeper
Natalie Seymour (EuroCanterbury) Defender

CHAMPIONS TROPHY STANDINGS

Pool A


1. Great Britain (4 pts)
2. Netherlands (4 pts)
3. China (3 pts)
4. Japan (0 pts)

Pool B

1. Argentina (4 pt)
2. Germany (3 pts)
3. New Zealand (2 pt)
4. Korea (1 pt)

Great Britain Hockey media release



Black Sticks draw again in second Champions Trophy match against Korea

In a tense encounter in hot, humid conditions the Black Sticks have again let a two goal lead slip to draw with Korea in their second match of the 2012 Champions Trophy in Rosario, Argentina.

The Black Sticks fuelled by strong performances from Katie Glynn up front and Bianca Russell in goal, went into half time 2 nil up after a very open and attacking first half.

Korea started strong with a couple of early opportunities, however the Black Sticks quickly got into the game with a great team passing move which finished with Glynn drawing the goalkeeper then slipping the ball to Cathryn Finlayson who slapped it into the open goal.

The Black Sticks continued to look dangerous on attack in the first half but were unable to make the most of their opportunities including a series of three penalty corners which were well defended by Korea.

It wasn’t until the 25th minute that Glynn found the back of the net with a great reverse strike which gave the Korean goalkeeper no chance.

Korea continued to pressure the Black Sticks defence with Russell making crucial saves. It wasn’t until the 44th minute when Korea were awarded their fifth penalty corner of the match that they were able to find a way past the Black Sticks defence. A variation saw the ball passed back to the injector who slapped the ball past Russell into the goal.

New Zealand continued to defend strongly but were unable to maintain possession and mount any prolonged attacks. Korea lifted their intensity again in search of the equaliser and were rewarded for their efforts in the 56th minute when they broke into the circle and the shot was unfortunately deflected over the advancing Russell and into the goal.

The Black Sticks rallied but were unable to find a way past the Korean defence.

There was controversy in the final minute of the match when the Koreans looked to have scored the winning goal from their seventh penalty corner with a low drag flick, however the umpires, utilising one of the newer rules in international hockey called on the video umpire to check their decision. The video umpire ruled that the ball had not travelled outside the circle during the penalty corner, therefore the goal was disallowed and the match finished in a draw.

Assistant Coach Greg Nicol, said that while it was positive that they were able to turn their early attacks into goals it was disappointing to give up a two goal lead. He said the Black Sticks were again strong on defence today and praised Russell’s efforts saying that ‘she kept them in the game’.

The Black Sticks have a rest day tomorrow, before their final pool match against Germany on Wednesday 1 February at 9.30am (NZ time).

Hawke’s Bay is the principal partner of the Black Sticks Men and Women.

RESULT:
Fulltime Score: 2-2

Halftime Score: 2-0 (NZ lead)

NZ goal scorers: Cathryn Finlayson, Katie Glynn

Hockey New Zealand Media release



Black Sticks blow two-goal lead

FRED WOODCOCK


The women's Black Sticks have blown a 2-0 lead for the second time in 24 hours at the Champions Trophy but a controversial late call has seen them cling on for another draw.

New Zealand and South Korea drew 2-2 in Rosario, Argentina, this morning (NZT), the Kiwis' second successive draw after they opened with a 2-2 result against world No 2 Argentina yesterday.

They led 2-0 at halftime after two brilliant counter-attacking goals but faded badly in the second half and, in the end, were lucky to escape with a point.

Korea scored what appeared to be a dramatic match-winner from a penalty corner after the buzzer, but captain Seonok Lee's strike was reviewed by the umpires to check the ball had travelled outside the defensive D before Lee had unleashed her ferocious shot.

The video umpire deemed the ball had been stopped on the line, not outside, before being pushed inside the circle, therefore the goal was disallowed and match ended 2-2. The replays were not conclusive either way.

It was a fortunate end for the Kiwis as the Koreans had laid siege to their goal in the second half and were denied by a mixture of the woodwork, plain bad luck, desperate defending and some magnificent goalkeeping from in-form Kiwi stopper Bianca Russell.

Goals to Cathryn Finlayson and Katie Glynn after vigorous counter attacks had given the Kiwis a handy 2-0 halftime lead in sweltering conditions.

Korea were quick out of the blocks and could easily have had a Kim trifecta, with Darae, Jongeun and Jonghee Kim all having good chances to open the scoring.

Jonghee's was easily the worst miss, scuffing a shot wide from about 2m with the New Zealand goal wide open, while Russell was required to make a couple of excellent saves.

That sparked the Kiwis and they opened the scoring in the 10th minute. Charlotte Harrison provided the defence-splitting pass to Glynn, who got the ball away under pressure from the Korean goalkeeper, Soo Ji Jang and found Finlayson, who calmy finished into an open net.

The sixth-ranked New Zealanders started to get the better of the eighth-ranked Koreans, who were coming into the tournament in top form having triumphed in the Four Nations last week.

A mazy run from Gemma Flynn almost brought about a second goal, and the Kiwis again went close to doubling their lead when they had three successive penalty corners desperately snuffed out by the Koreans.

They couldn't be denied in the 25th minute, however, when after another quick counter attack ended with a fierce reverse stick shot from Glynn into the corner of the Korean net.

But the second half was all Korea as they dominated possession, territory and the shot count.

Okju Kim scored their first goal, from a penalty corner deflection, before Jongeun Kim levelled the scores with 15 minutes remaining after her shot took a deflection and looped over Russell into the net.

The Koreans hit the crossbar with two minutes left before Lee's strike, from their eighth penalty corner, was ruled out.

New Zealand face world No 3 Germany in their final pool match on Wednesday, before the quarter-finals, which will feature all eight teams at the tournament.

Result: New Zealand 2 (Cathryn Finlayson, Katie Glynn) South Korea 2 (Okju Kim, Jongeun Kim). Halftime: 2-0.

Stuff



Late umpire call saves Black Sticks from defeat

By Michael Burgess


The Black Sticks have fought out their second successive draw in the Champions Trophy, a tough 2-2 tie in oppressive afternoon heat.

In the most dramatic finish possible, Korea scored what would have been the winning goal off a penalty corner with time up on the clock, only for the goal to be rubbed off by the video umpire.

It caused great consternation among the crowd but was the correct decision as the penalty strike had been made just inside the circle.

With temperatures nudging 40 degrees celcius, New Zealand again failed to capitalise on a 2-0 halftime lead, allowing the Koreans to come back into the match and grabbed a deserved point.

Indeed, Korea could consider themselves unlucky not to win the match; apart from their final chance they had earlier overwhelmed the Black Sticks for long periods of the second half and carved out a succession of gilt edged chances.

Coach Mark Hager had urged his troops to "make good decisions" in the second half but they were mostly unable to retain possession and had few clear cut chances.

In oppressive, sweltering heat New Zealand made a tentative start and Korea could have scored twice in the first six minutes but failed to capitalise on good chances.

The Black Sticks made them pay four minutes later with a well constructed goal. Charlotte Harrison split the Korean up the middle, before releasing Katie Glynn. The midfielder showed good composure to find Catherine Finlayson, who forced the ball home on the second attempt.

It meant New Zealand, together with the Netherlands, are the only teams to score the opening goal in both of their matches so far.

The first half was end to end and the game very spread; not ideal in the conditions, with the temperature over 35 degrees celcius and extreme humidity. The Black Sticks did not help themselves with several needless turnovers in the middle of the park, though you could not fault the effort.

Chances continued to flow with good opportunities to Gemma Flynn, Glynn and Sam Charlton while Korea somehow contrived to waste a golden two on one opportunity.

New Zealand then had three consecutive penalty corner chances but could not find a clean strike. They were clearly disappointed but doubled their lead soon afterwards in the 25th minute.

After an incisive dribble by Charlotte Harrison she found Glynn, who smashed a backhand shot into the corner - her sixth Champions Trophy goal, with the last three coming against the Koreans.

Just before the half Bianca Russell, who had an excellent match in the New Zealand goal, defused successive penalty corners.

The second stanza was a nailbiter. Korea scored from their fifth penalty corner of the match to guarantee a grandstand finish.

At times they were under siege but the defence held strong; at one stage the ball were virtually over the line, before Stacey Michelsen defied the laws of physics to extract the ball from the New Zealand goal.

There was an element of luck in the Korean equaliser - with the ball appearing to loop off an outstretched stick and over the stranded Russell - but it was no more than the Asian side deserved after periods of extended dominance in the second half.

In today's other matches, Great Britain held the fancied Netherlands side to a 2-2 draw while China picked up their first win of the tournament at the expense of the other Asian nation, beating Japan 2-1, though the Japanese had the consolation of scoring their first goal.

New Zealand's next match is against Germany on Wednesday (NZT).

The New Zealand Herald



SA hockey women 1-0 up against Belgium when match is abandoned

JONATHAN COOK in Randburg



Kate Woods (right) congratulates Lauren Penny on her goal during South Africa’s match against Belgium in the Investec Tri-Nations Series at Randburg Hockey Stadium Sunday. Photo: LEE WARREN (GALLO)

The Investec Tri-Nations Series match between Belgium and the Investec South Africa women's hockey team was abandoned with 26 minutes left due to persistent lightning around the Randburg Hockey Stadium Sunday afternoon.

The tournament director waited for over an hour for conditions to improve before making the decision. SA were 1-0 up at the time.

Pietie Coetzee forced a penalty corner in the 14th minute and Kate Wood’s return pass to corner injector Marsha Marescia resulted in Lauren Penny scoring her second goal in her fifth Test.

It was fast-paced from the outset, both sides hitting the ball hard to receivers in a bid to create that split-second that might make the difference.

The competition for possession was fierce, the tight marking giving players precious little time and space in which to make the next pass.

The first real chance came in the 14th minute when Marescia’s pass-right to Nicolene Terblanche culminated in Coetzee winning the PC and Penny scoring the goal (1-0).

Woods was in commanding form in central defence, the Athens and Beijing Olympian decisive in thought and deed.

In the 21st a neat layoff by Penny saw Kathleen Taylor unfortunate not to score. Belgium also came close on two occasions while their opening PC was saved by SA goalkeeper Mariette Rix.

Marescia was everywhere, the double Olympian covering impressive ground in attack and defence, while Terblanche was putting together back-to-back quality performances after her starring role in SA’s 1-0 win over Ireland on Saturday.

Perhaps the umpires might have been stricter on what appeared to be deliberate breakdowns perpetrated by defenders on attackers that negated skilful play and restricted the flow of the match at crucial times.

After four minutes in the second half Coetzee got in a shot and then another five minutes later but with 26 minutes left play was suspended due to lightning.

Belgium meet Ireland at 7 pm Monday while SA are back in action against Ireland on Tuesday at the same time.

SA Hockey Association media release



Mother Nature stops play

NICK GORDON


JOHANNESBURG - A typical late afternoon Highveld thunderstorm resulted in the match between the South African women’s hockey side and Belgium being called-off shortly after the start of the second half with the home side leading 1-0 in the second match of the Investec Triangular Series at Randburg Hockey Stadium yesterday.

In a game played at a fast pace it was the South Africans who managed to get on the scoresheet in a first half that provided end-to-end action as possession changed hands several times. It was the home side – who ground out a 1-0 win over Ireland on Saturday –  who played the more attacking brand of hockey, with the visitors using a counter-attacking strategy, latching onto any passes that failed to find a South African stick.

World record goalscorer Pietie Coetzee set the South Africans up with a golden opportunity with 13 minutes gone as her solo-run earned a short-corner following a strong challenge in the D by the Belgians.

A clever and well-worked corner variation saw Kate Woods’ slip to captain Marsha Marescia on the near post set the ball up to be put in the back of the net but her attempt was straight at Belgian goalkeeper Nadine Khouzam.

Her weak clearance saw Lauren Penny – a newcomer to the South African set-up – slot her second goal in five Tests.

The goal seemed to fire up the South Africans as they went in search of another after the restart.

A well-constructed attack, instigated down the right saw Sulette Damons put a good ball in from the top of the D to Penny in the centre before she set up a waiting

Kathleen Taylor but her effort went just wide of the target.

Belgium had their best chance with 11 minutes left in the half as they won a penalty-corner but South African shot stopper Mariette Rix was equal to the test, putting in a good save to keep out Stephanie de Groof’s attempt as the home side took a 1-0 lead into the break.

The rain announced its arrival nine minutes into the second half and the players were called off the pitch due to lightning.

It looked as if the storm was going to pass but it swung back resulting in the match being called-off with South Africa having mounted several attacks in a short space of time.

Belgium will face Ireland at the same venue tonight while South Africa will next do duty against Ireland tomorrow.

The Citizen



Malaysia go down to Australia

THE national senior hockey team lost 3-1 to Australia in the first friendly match at the Perth Hockey Stadium yesterday.

Malaysia are in Down Under to play friendly matches against the Australian side, and the Netherlands to prepare for the Dublin Olympic Qualifier on March 10-18.

In yesterday's match, Australia took the lead but Malaysia equalised off Izwan Firdaus and the score stood until the breather.

However, Australia scored two more goals in the second half to claim full points.

Malaysia had three penalty corners, while the Australians seven.

The second friendly will be played today.

In the Olympic Qualifier, Malaysia will be playing to claim the solitary Olympic ticket with South Korea, Ireland, Russia, Chile and Ukraine.

New Straits Times



Losing start for hockey boys on Aussie tour

KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian national hockey team’s tour Down Under got off to a losing start as they went down 3-1 to Australia in Perth.

Australia took the lead through Eddie Ockenden before Izwan Firdaus equalised in the first-half.

However, Olympic and world champions Australia stepped up a gear after the break and Tim Bates bagged a brace in the 37th and 57th minutes.

Malaysia, who are preparing for the Olympic qualifier in Dublin from March 10-18, will play four more matches – three against Australia and one against the visiting Holland in Perth.

The Star of Malaysia



Defeat against second stringers

Malaysia, as expected, lost 3-1 to Australia at the Perth Hockey Stadium, the first of their four match series against the hosts in preparation for the Olympic Qualifiers that will be held in Dublin in March.

However it was not the top Australian team that Malaysia lost against as the hosts fielded players from their Australian A side, which as a matter of fact comprises of players that are not amongst the top 28 currently preparing for the London Olympics.

Only four players that are in the squad of 28 players named by Australian coach Ric Charlesworth took the field against Malaysia. They are Eddie Ockenden, Rob Hammond, Matthew Swann and keeper Nathan Burgers.

It was Ockenden that gave Australia the lead before Malaysia equalized through Izwan Firdaus as the two teams were tied 1-1 at halftime.

Two goals by Tim Bates, in the 37th and 57th minutes sealed the win for the Australian A side and the next match is scheduled for tomorrow (Monday).

“Malaysia did relatively well in the match and they can only get better. It was a good performance and I expect them to improve in the coming matches,” commented former Malaysian coach Paul Lissek who is now a consultant with the Australian squad.

“They created many goal scoring chances but failed to make them count. And although they had 3 penalty corners, they failed to make them count.”

While Malaysia are preparing against second rung players from Australia, Ireland who their biggest threats besides South Korea played two matches against Great Britain and came of with draws (1-1 and 2-2) in both clashes over the weekend.

Great Britain opened the scoring in the second minute when Barry Middleton tapped in at the back post from a by-line. Ireland drew level 7 minutes later with a Timothy Cockram drag flick.

Great Britain took the lead again in the 41st minute with a Simon Mantell goal from a penalty corner drag flick. Ireland piled on the pressure and were awarded a number of short corners but failed to take their opportunities and it was not until after the final hooter that they scored their equalising goal once again from a Timothy Cockram drag flick.

Going by statistics, Malaysia has a fairly decent chance of making it to the Olympics for the first time since Sydney 2000. South Korea who won silver in 2000 have played in 5 Olympics while Malaysia has played in 9, their last being in Sydney.

But it is pertinent to note that the last time Malaysia safely negotiated their way past an Olympic Qualifier was in 1999 in Japan and it has been two consecutive failures since then, 2004 in Madrid and 2008 in Japan.

And the script was the same for the World Cup as Malaysia made the 1998 World Cup on merit, making it through from the qualifiers they hosted in 1997.

While they played as hosts in the 2002 edition, Malaysia failed to make it to the 2006 German and 2010 New Delhi World Cups.

Malaysian Hockey blogspot



East Grinstead crowned Maxifuel Super Sixes Finals Champions



East Grinstead have beaten Beeston 8-5 in the 2012 Maxifuel Super Sixes Finals to earn themselves their fourth consecutive title.

The crowd were in full voice as Beeston’s Adam Dixon got things under way in the 2012 final.  Neither team allowed the other to settle early on; Richard Potton had the first save to make but it was a straight forward ask. Davenport had been in fine scoring form in the semi-final and after some skilful work by German Paddy Schmdit, Davenport fired home a powerful shot to give Beeston a welcome lead.

Glenn Kirkham won a penalty corner for East Grinstead in the fifth minute but Ben Hawes was quickly out to snaffle an Ashley Jackson shot. Chances were coming thick and fast as opportunities went begging at both ends, Glenn Kirkham making a last ditch clearance for the defending champions. A cleverly worked opportunity from Jackson saw the ball come back off the upright from a reverse shot.

In the ninth minute David De Prez got on the end of a Barry Middleton deflection to bring things back on level terms. Another stunning finish by De Prez put his side ahead after a lethal pass put of defence from Mike Holland. A third goal for East Grinstead came courtesy of  Daniel Koschyk who dinked his way through the opposition  for a great solo effort. Middleton intercepted a pass on half way to lay off to De Prez, who enjoyed his second of the match.

There was no time for celebration as Beeston were quickly awarded a penalty corner which was put away by Paddy Schmidt – four goals in five minutes. Jackson rifled a penalty corner into the roof of the net to leave the score 5-2 before Tim Davenport was setup by Ben Hawes to keep Bees in contention with four minutes still to play. Scott Ashdown replied within a minute after playing a tidy one-two with De Prez.


Ashley Jackson celebrates

The action continued at half time as James Fair took on a penalty stroke challenge. Young hockey fans got their chance to face the EHB 2011 Player of the Year.

Ashley Jackson had the first EG chance of the half but his shot travelled just wide. Tim Davenport responded well for Beeston, coming even closer as his effort slammed off the post. Iain Lewers made a couple of important interceptions for East Grinstead within seconds of each other while Jackson found the best way to relieve the pressure was to score at the other end. A powerful shot from an impossible angle took Beeston by surprise since he was practically hugging the backline.

Pinner was alert to a reverse effort by Kirkham and again from De Prez who tried his luck when he really had no right. Adam Harper collected a green card for a stick tackle nine minutes in as EG conceded a penalty corner. Schmidt banged the opportunity off the post. A flowing counter attack from EG gave David De Prez his hat-trick and a 8-3 lead for EG. Beeston called a time out with seven minutes remaining and replaced their keeper with James McBlane as a kicking back as they continued to press forward.  East Grinstead got bodies behind the ball to restrain their opponents but some determined play by Jackson on the left flank set-up a penalty corner which the Beeston defence smothered, much to the delight of the crowd.



A close effort by Stephen Woods almost saw his deflection nip in at the far post for Beeston, but soon afterwards Adam Dixon fed Woods on his reverse side giving Beeston the last opportunity.  As the clock ticked down East Grinstead supporters showed their delight as their team closed out an 8-5 victory to retain the Maxifuel Super Sixes Finals title.  And as the presentations were made they had even more to celebrate as Ashley Jackson was named man of the match.

Speaking after the game, EG Coach Richard Organ, said "We made it difficult for Beeston and were in control after a ten minute spell where we were unplayable and clinical. We are aiming to go on and make history by being the first English team to win a medal in the Euro Indoor Hockey League."

East Grinstead Captain Scott Ashdown added, "Fortunately the game went the way we planned. We had a purple patch where we scored four goals that built up excitement in the players and we just rolled with that momentum."

Men's 2012 Super Sixes Final Result.

East Grinstead 8

David De Prez 9,11,29 (F,F,F)
Daniel Koschyk 12,13 (F,F)
Ashley Jackson 15,24 (PC,F)
Scott Ashdown 17 (F)

Beeston 5
Tim Davenport 3,16 (F,F)
Paddy Schmidt 14,40 (PC,F)
Stephen Wood 40 (F)

England Hockey Board Media release



Leicester Ladies crowned Maxifuel Super Sixes Finals Champions



Lauren Turner scored the only goal of the game as Leicester beat last year's finalists Reading 1-0 to be crowned 2012 Maxifuel Super Sixes Finals Champions at London’s Wembley Arena on Sunday.

The Maxifuel Super Sixes women's final was an edgy encounter, with few clear-cut chances for either side. Reading and Leicester had both overcome semi final opponents that had finished above them in the league table to reach the final, and the grit they showed then continued in this tight battle.

Leicester had the best of the early exchanges, Vanessa Hawkins and Katie Long seeing efforts saved by Reading's goalkeeper Sarah Ellis. Long earned Leicester's first penalty corner but she was unable to convert the chance. She soon earned a second corner, and forced another save, with Ellis doing the splits to get a toe to the ball and to tip it round the post.

Shortly after, Sam Quek forced her way through the Leicester defence to take Reading's first shot on goal with just over five minutes gone on the clock. A second foray into the circle earned Reading a penalty corner, but Leicester runner Lucy Brown blocked the shot to deny a goal. Quek then earned Reading a short corner, which again they could not convert, before Kerry Williams put a shot wide for Leicester.

Many of the crowd, still excited from meeting the Great Britain men's team in an autograph session before the match, were given lots to cheer about, as well as the opportunities for a few 'oohs' and 'ahs' as both teams went close shortly before the end of the half but without breaking the deadlock.

The second half started in the same form as the first, as a real end to end affair, and with both teams struggling to maintain possession for any length of time, neither could get a strong grasp on the game.



Both goalkeepers were in fine form, making penalty corner saves following strikes by Quek for Reading and then long for Leicester. With ten minutes to go the game became livelier.  Leicester’s Brown teed up Hawkins, who narrowly missed the goal after flinging herself athletically at the ball, and then Quek had to come to Reading's rescue, clearing the ball off the line following a goalmouth scramble.

The game was starting to turn Leicester's way, Williams put a penalty corner strike just wide as the team in orange exerted more pressure on the Reading defence.

Quek's defensive strength was proved by another goal line save, before Chantal De Bruijn got in on the act, clearing a Beckie Herbert flick. Galvanised by these saves, Quek pushed forward, earning a corner, which Reading could not make anything from.

The breakthrough finally came five minutes from time, rewarding Leicester for their use of the wing.  Katie Long drew her defender before crossing for Lauren Turner to tap in at the far post.



Reading quickly counter-attacked earning another penalty corner but Sarah Thomas was thwarted by Leicester's Great Britain goalkeeper Maddie Hinch, who stormed out of her goal to block the flick.

And that was the last shot on goal as the clock ticked down on this nervy encounter, the midlands team coming out on top of their southern rivals by just the single goal.

Women's 2012 Super Sixes Final Result.

Reading 0

Leicester 1

Lauren Turner

England Hockey Board Media release



Clydesdale cause an upset

SCOTTISH SUBWAY INDOOR NATIONAL LEAGUE AT ROBERT GORDON`S IN ABERDEEN


Second bottom Clydesdale have created the shock of the season by beating league leaders VWS  Dundee Wanderers 6-4, and thrown the title race for the Subway indoor national league into turmoil.

Despite the fact that Amy Rowan and keeper Carmin Dow did not play, and once again Sam Sangster stepped into the breach between the posts, Wanderers took a 3-0 lead through Rachael Osborne, Julie Bryce and Ashley Bunce, but back came the Glasgow side with a hat-trick from Ali Howie and one from Marjory Taylor to give Clydesdale a 4-3 lead at the interval.  In the second half Nikki Lloyd and Howie again for her fourth goal sealed the victory, although Becky Ward pulled one back with a deflection with four minutes to go.

Earlier in the day Grove Menzieshill pulled level with a 2-0 win over Milne Craig Western in the game of the day.  Grove scored in the first half, they were both carbon copy switches to Ali Bell who finished off the penalty corners to put the Dundonians two ahead at the interval.   Western failed to threaten until the closing eight minutes, Catriona Ralph`s high flick at a set piece was saved by Nikki Cochrane, and then the Scottish international keeper had to deal with another three penalty corners, but the Glasgow side found no way through.

Western completed their day with a 1-0 win over Grove A, Kareena Marshall notched a hat-trick while Catriona Ralph scored twice.

Grove had warmed up with a 9-2 victory over Granite City Wanderers.  The Aberdonians made some early running through goals by Chloe Heron and Shiona Brough, but Grove held firm and ran out comfortable winners, Linda Clement scored four, Bell got a hat-trick and the others came from Louise Baxter and Leigh Fawcett.

CALA Edinburgh made up some ground with a 4-0 win over Reid Kerr College Kelburne, Emma Watson scoring twice, then they scored a narrow 3-2 win over Clydesdale, internationalist Amy Brodie getting the winner.  The Edinburgh side then beat Granite City Wanderers 8-2 in their final game.

It looks as if Grove`s second string will finish in bottom spot after they went down 8-4 to relegation rivals Clydesdale, for whom there were doubles from Nikki Lloyd, Ali Howie and veteran Wendy Justice.  They then lost 2-1 to Granite City Wanderers, their scorers were Katie Hibbert and Morven Buss. 

Scottish Hockey Union media release



NBP, Army and Wapda record wins in National Championship

Our Sports Reporter


KARACHI: National Bank of Pakistan (NBP), Army and Wapda were the three triumphant teams on day three of the 59th National Hockey Championship at the Hockey Club of Pakistan (HCP) here on Saturday.

NBP beat PHF Academy 3-0 with Mohammad Tousiq (58th min) scoring on a penalty-corner and Yasir Shabbir’s (66th and 70th mins) field goals.

Army beat Port Qasim Authority (PQA) 4-1. Mohammad Safeer (ninth and 40th mins), Shahid Ali Khan (43rd min) and captain Mohammad Kashif (51st min) scored for Army while PQA’s consolation goal was scored by Manzoor (23rd min).

Finally, Wapda thrashed Pakistan Air Force (PAF) 6-1. The goals for Wapda were scored by Imran Khan (seventh min), Aleem Bilal (15th min), Mohammad Imran (30th min), Waqas Sharif (45th and 48th mins) and captain Rehan Butt (67th min). PAF’s lone goal was scored by Ijaz (50th min).

Sunday’s fixtures: PIA v Navy (9.00am); Army v HBL (11.00am); PAF v SSGC (13.00pm); NBP v PQA (3.00pm).

Dawn



Ateeq, Shabbir slam hat-tricks in NBP and SSGC victories

Staff Report


KARACHI: Full-back Muhammad Ateeq and forward Shabbir Ahmed Khan slammed hat-tricks for their respective teams to steal the limelight on the fourth day of the 59th National Hockey Championship at Hockey Club of Pakistan Stadium here on Sunday. Ateeq performed his feat via penalty corners as defending champions National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) thrashed Port Qasim Authority (PQA) 7-1. NBP were leading 3-0 at half time. Experienced Ateeq converted three penalty corners in 11th, 18th and 54th minutes to perform the first hat-trick of the event. Yasir Shabbir, Muhammad Tauseeq, Ali Shan and Arsalan Qadir scored other four goals for the winners. PQA captain Abdul Haseem Khan, nephew of chief selector Hanif Khan, netted the consolation goal for his team.

Shabbir scored a superb hat-trick as Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC) chalked out their first win beating Pakistan Air Force (PAF) 4-0. Shahbir scored in 9th and 12th minutes of the first session and completed the hat-trick by scoring his third in 61st minute. Olympian Abbas Haider scored the other goal for the winners. Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) also registered their third win overcoming fighting Pakistan Navy 1-0. However PIA was given a testing time by Navy before international Yasir Islam netted the match winning goal in 47th minute. Pakistan Army defeated Habib Bank Limited (HBL) 4-2.

The Daily Times



When the green shirts came, saw and conquered

Hasan Sardar reminisces about the glorious days of Pakistan hockey

By Shazia Hasan



India's goalkeeper Mir Ranjan Negi fails to block Pakistan's Hasan Sardar in the final of the 1982 Asian Games in New Delhi. -File Photo

The inconsistency in team performance, the politics attached to sports these days and the warring Olympians cannot even put a tiny dent on the treasure trove of memories that many of our sporting heroes carry with them. Pakistan’s national sport, hockey, was something that once lifted the nation’s head with pride. There was a time when we had all the honours in field hockey. The Pakistan hockey team has over the years won four World Cups, three Olympic gold medals, an equal number of Champions Trophy titles and Asia Cups along with eight Asian Games gold medals.

Speaking of our days of glory, Olympian Hasan Sardar, the best centre-forward ever produced by the country, remembers 1982, one year when Pakistan featured in as many as three big hockey tournaments — the World Cup in Mumbai, India (December 28, 1981 to January 12, 1982), the first edition of the Asia Cup in Karachi, Pakistan (March 12 to 20, 1982) and the Asian Games in New Delhi, India (November 19 to December 4, 1982). Pakistan came out the champion in all these events.

“I was the top scorer in all three. The first one, the mega Hockey World Cup, saw me scoring 12 goals in all, and still it left something to be desired. We got gold of course, but the groups and draws of the event were such that we, who were placed in Group ‘A’, returned without having faced India, who were in Group ‘B’, in the entire tournament. Pakistan progressed to the semi-final where we beat Holland 4-2 to reach the final where we beat Germany 3-1 to be crowned world champions,” he shares.

“We landed in Karachi after the World Cup to a hearty welcome from our fans as well as the Pakistan Hockey Federation officials at the airport. From there we were taken to the Quaid-i-Azam’s mausoleum in a huge procession with people even running on both sides of our vehicles. I will never forget those times,” remembers Hasan with a glint in his eyes.

The next big event that Pakistan featured in that year was the first Asia Cup at the Hockey Club of Pakistan in Karachi in March.

“That event quenched our thirst to an extent as we beat India 4-0 in the final to lift the cup,” says Hasan Sardar. “Still we wanted to beat them on their own soil,” he adds.

About the atmosphere of the city and especially the Hockey Club of Pakistan during the time, he tells, “Our constant victories and success in hockey at the international level had made the sport so popular that the stadium would always be full during matches. In fact, it would be so jam-packed that there would be as many people outside trying to get in as there were inside.

And unlike today when the entry is free, those people bought tickets, even in black, to watch the matches that were being telecast live on TV anyway.”

About the Asia Cup Hasan says that he scored the most beautiful goal in his entire career during its final. “I dodged five Indian defenders to score that goal,” he beams.

Finally, it was in November that Pakistan played in its last big event of the year — the Asian Games in New Delhi, India.

“Having bagged two gold medals the same year, we were a very confident side, but then so were our hosts India. They also had the advantage of playing on their home turf,” Hasan points out.

“In fact,” he adds, “Rajiv Gandhi, who was the chief organiser of the Asiad in 1982, often dropped in at the Athlete’s Village with wife Sonia Gandhi and friend Amitabh Bachchan. They were all very friendly and extremely nice to us, but they would also always tell us to brace ourselves as they thought that we would eventually succumb to crowd pressure and lose when playing against India. We could see that they were just not prepared for defeat, but then neither were we.”

He continues, “Unfortunately, I injured my hamstring during the tournament. We reached the semi-finals and so did India.

They played in the first semi-final and beating Japan by 7-2 reached the final ahead of us. That was when our coach, Khalid Mahmood, and captain, Samiullah, decided to rest me for the second semi-final against Malaysia as they wanted me to be in better shape for the final against India, if we made it that far.”

Pakistan, too, reached the final after beating Malaysia by 2-0. Perhaps the Indian players weren’t prepared for the kind of strategy used by Pakistan in the final. “Sporting a bandage on my leg and not being 100 per cent fit, I tried to stay behind a little on the field and create opportunities for the rest of our forward line,” Hasan explains.

The Indian fullbacks so used to covering Pakistan’s main centre-forward, Hasan, in order to stop him from scoring goals got a little confused when Hasan instead of breaking their defence gave passes to Manzoor Junior, Hanif Khan and Kaleemullah, all of whom scored.

“I remember that the final was also being watched by Mrs Indira Gandhi, India’s Prime Minister at the time,” Hasan says.

“When the score line was 5-1 in Pakistan’s favour, the prime minister decided not to stay for further humiliation and walked off in a huff!

“Despite slowing down, even I was able to score two goals and we thrashed India by 7-1 in the final,” he laughs.

“We got a hero’s welcome once again, in Lahore where we landed from New Delhi wearing our gold medals. Again we were taken inside the city in the form of a procession, this time to Data Darbar. Later, we toured the entire country to be cheered by huge crowds in Faisalabad and Sialkot, too, besides Lahore and Karachi,” he says.

“The nation wanted to meet its heroes and the love and good wishes showered upon us by our people was great for our morale,” he states.

“It is so sad to see the team, with such a glorious past, struggling now. I know Pakistanis are still interested in the sport. Our stadiums are empty just because they are so disheartened by our current state that they don’t want to get too involved in the game and end up heartbroken in the end,” the yesteryear great concludes with a sigh.

Dawn



Sapura continue winning streak



Sapura enhanced their position at the top of Division Two A when they defeated PHK-MSS Kelantan 6-0 in the MHC-MILO-NSC Junior Hockey League match at the KL Hockey Stadium this evening.

In Division One, SSTMI-Thunderbolts hammered Petaling Jaya Municipal Council 6-1 at the Taman Daya Hockey Stadium in Johor Baru to consolidate their position at the top of the standings.

At the Ministry of Education Stadium, MBI-Anderson defeated Bukit Jalil Sports School Juniors 4-2.

Sapura took the lead in the 20th minute through Mohd Soffian Kamaruddin. And two minutes later Soffian was on the mark again to double the advantage for Sapura.

Muhd Abdul Wafi  Md Zaini made it 3-0 in the 25th minute to give them a commanding 3-0 lead at halftime.

There was no stopping Sapura as they scored at will, with Muhammad Farid Md Zuki converting a penalty stroke in the 43rd minute. Harmesh Singh scored a penalty corner in the 56th minute to make it 5-0 before Mohd Ammar Ady Abdul Rahman made it 6-0 in the 64th minute.

SSTMI took the lead in the 3rd minute through Muhd Sufi Ismat Rohulmin. And in the 15th minute Muhd Shahril Saabah converted a penalty corner to make it 2-0.

At the stroke of halftime, Muhd Shafiq Nordin made it 3-0 also through a penalty corner.

The Johor side kept the pressure and were duly rewarded two minutes upon the second half resumption through another penalty corner goal, this time Amir Zulkarnain finding the mark.

Further goals from Sufi (41st minute) and Shahrushadan Basri (57th minute) gave SSTMI a 6-0 lead before PJCC scored a consolation through Ganeisha Tamil Chelvam in the 62nd minute.

At Pantai , the Ipoh side took the lead in the 12th minute through Muhd Hussaini Mohd Husin who converted a penalty corner. And in the 19th minute Muhd Akmal Mohd Tajuddin found the mark to double the adbvantage for MBI-Anderson.

However BJSS Juniors reduced the deficit in the 21st minute when Muhd Ramdan Arifin scored from a penalty corner. They were on level terms in the 56th minute when K. Divanisharan found the mark.

A late surge by MBI-Anderson gave them all three points as goals from Mohd Ashran Hamsani ( 58th minute) and Muhd Akmal (64th minute) ensured a final score of 4-2 in favour of the visitors.

In Division Two B, Malacca High School defeated SMK Padang Midin 2-1. Goals for MHS were scored by Luqman Nurhakim Saiful (53rd minute) and Muhd Hanif Abdul Razak (61st minute) with Padang Midin scoring the consolation in the 68th minute via Mohd Khairul Anuar Zakaria.

In Johor Baru, MSP-Yayasan Pahang defeated Batu Pahat Municipal Council also with a 2-1 scoreline. And Politeknik KPT trashed MSSSPP USM Juniors 9-0 .

Unofficial MJHL site



Thunderbolts hand MBPJ a thrashing

By Jugjet Singh



Ahmad Farhan Daniel (front) of BJSS Juniors gets away from Muhammad Asyraf Hadi of MBI Anderson in theri match yesterday. Anderson won 4-2. Pic by Syarafiq Abd Samad

OVERALL champions SSTMI Thunderbolts underlined their class when they hammered Petaling Jaya Municipal Council (MBPJ) 6-1 in Division One of the Milo-Junior Hockey League yesterday.

Thunderbolts top the standings after notching their fourth straight win, and are followed closely by UniKL who have played one match less than the leaders.

Yesterday, Thunderbolts goals were scored by Sufi Ismat (third, 41st), Shahril Saabah (15th), Shafiq Nordin (35th), Amir Zulkarnain (37th) and Shahrushadan Basri (57th), while MBPJ got their consolation off G. Tamil Chelvam in the 62nd minute.

In another Division One match, MBI Anderson beat Bukit Jalil Sports School Juniors 4-2.

The Ipoh side took the lead in the 12th minute through Hussaini Husin who converted a penalty corner before Akmal Tajuddin found the mark to double the advantage in the 19th minute.  However BJSS Juniors reduced the deficit in the 21st minute when Ramdan Arifin scored off a penalty corner, and were on level terms in the 56th when K. Divanisharan found the mark.

But a late surge by MBI-Anderson earned them three points with goals from Ashran Hamsani (58th) and Akmal Tajuddin (64th) to ensured a 4-2 win.

In a Division Two Group A match, Sapura also indicated that they are primed to play in the knockout quarter-finals with the big boys when they beat Kelantan HA 6-0.

RESULTS -- Division One: BJSS Juniors 2 MBI Anderson 4, SSTMI Thunderbolts 6 MB Petaling Jaya 1.

Division Two -- Group A: Sapura 6 Kelantan HA-MSSK 0, MSSPP-USM Jr 0 Politeknik KPT 9.

Group B: Malacca HS 2 Padang Midin 1, MB Batu Pahat 1 Yayasan Pahang 2.

New Straits Times



Tunku Mahkota humble ex-champs MBPJ

By AFTAR SINGH



Surrounded: Anderson’s Mohd.Akmal Tajuddin (centre) trying to beat BJJS Juniors’ Mohd Hussaini Abu Bakar and Alif Aiman Kamarulzaman during their MJHL Division One match in Kuala Lumpur yesterday. — S.S.KANESAN / The Star

KUALA LUMPUR: Defending overall champions Tunku Mahkota Ismail Sports School (SSTMI)-Thunderbolt humbled former champions Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) 6-1 to stay at the top of Division One in the Malaysian Junior Hockey League (MJHL) at the Taman Daya Hockey Stadium in Johor Baru.

Thunderbolt have maximum points from four straight wins, scoring 27 goals and conceding just three.

The champions went for the jugular right from the start with goals flowing through Mohd Sufi Ismat Rohulmin (third and 41st minutes), Mohd Shahril Saabah (15th), Muhd Shafiq Nordin (35th), Amir Zulkarnain (37th) and Shahrushadan Basri (57th) before T. Ganeisha scored a consolation for MBPJ in the 62nd minute.

Project 2013 squad player Shahril has now scored eight goals in four matches.

In another match, MBI-Anderson defeated Bukit Jalil Sports School (BJSS) Juniors 4-2 at the Ministry of Education Stadium.

Anderson now have seven points from two wins and a draw while BJSS Juniors have yet to collect a single point.

The Ipoh side got their goals through Mohd Akmal Mohd Tajuddin (19th, 64th), Muhd Hussaini Mohd Husin (12th) and Mohd Ashran Hamsani (58th). Mohd Ramdan Arifin (21st) and K. Divanisharan (56th) replied for BJSS Juniors.

The Star of Malaysia