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News for 03 January 2016

All the news for Sunday 3 January 2016

WAPDA, NBP and PIA register wins

KARACHI: Pakistan WAPDA, National Bank of Pakistan and Pakistan International Airlines registered victories against their respective rivals while Pakistan Army and Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC) played a 2-2 drawn game in the 62nd National Hockey Championship at the Hockey Club of Pakistan Stadium here on Saturday. WAPDA defeated Pakistan Television 4-1, NBP humiliated Pakistan Police 16-0 and PIA downed Higher Education Commission 6-2. In the opening match, WAPDA got lead through a field goal by Mohammad Jaffar in the 12th minute which was levelled by a field goal by Karim Khan of PTV in the 25th minute. Veteran Sohail Abbas, captain of WAPDA, converted a penalty corner in the 27th minute. Rana Umiar and Mohammed Usman slammed field goals in the 48th and 59th minutes respectively. Haider Rasool and Abdul Mannan supervised the match.

Army struggled throughout their match against SSGC who got lead in the 5th minute through a field goal by Zeeshan Bukhari. Army’s Mohammed Imran leveled the score in the 34th minute through successful conversion of a penalty corner. SSGC again got lead through Adil Latif’s goal on penalty corner in the 45th minute. Army’s Mohammed Rizwan leveled the score in the 52nd minute on a penalty corner. Hamza and Muneer were the umpires. NBP improved their record of highest win in the National Championship after inflicting a crushing 16-0 defeat upon Police. Tousiq Arshad, Arsalan Qadir and Dilber Hassan completed their hat-tricks. Tousiq converted penalty corners in the 2nd, 29th and 59th minutes. Arsalan slammed field goals in the 7th, 34th and 59th minutes. Dilbar’s three field goals were netted in the 33rd, 52nd and 55th minutes. Bilal Qadir scored field goals in the 6th and 34th minutes. Mohammed Rizwan scored two goals in 38th and 39th minutes. Mohammad Amir, Mohammed Atiq and Azfar Yaqoob also scored a goal each in the 9th, 50th and 51st minutes. Waqas and Atif Malik supervised the match.

PIA, with a high spirit, started their match against HEC and scored three goals in the first quarter. Rana Sohail scored a field goal in the first minute and Ihsanullah’s two goals on penalty corners in the 7th and 13th minutes consolidated PIA’s position. HEC succeeded in reducing the margin through Abid who made no mistake in hitting a penalty stroke in the 28th minute. PIA captain Mohammad Irfan, Awais-ur-Rahman and Waseem Akram netted beautiful field goals in the 39th, 41st and 42nd minutes. Fareed, the captain of HEC, scored a field goal for his team in the 41st minute. Kamran Sharif and Mohammed Asif were the umpires.

Today’s matches:

PQA vs Railways
PAF vs Navy
WAPDA vs Customs

The Daily Times

Junior HL: MHC agree to host 36 teams

By Jugjet Singh

THE MALAYSIAN Hockey Confederation (MHC) competitions committee Saturday decided to accommodate six late entries, turning the Junior Hockey League (JHL) into a record 36-team tournament this season.

Last year there were 30 teams, and the same number registered when entries closed.

But Malacca Young Hurricanes, Anderson PHA, Seratas, MSSWPKL, SM Sains Johor and MISCF-UFL placed their entries anyway -- and the competitions committee chaired by George Koshy did not want to deprive anybody of playing hockey.

"On a positive note, the record entries shows that hockey is a popular sport in the country and many teams are hungry to play in junior tournaments.

"But we need to wait and see if quality balances with quantity," said Koshy.

Ten teams will play in Division One, where SSTMI Thunderbolts have been reigning supreme with four back-to back doubles.

In Division Two, the 26 teams will be divided into South, Central and North Zones

"Nine teams will play in the South Zone, eight in Central and nine in North. This was done to cut down on travelling as well as cost per team.

"The top-two teams in each Zone will then be divided into two groups and the top team in each group will play in the final," said George.

Division Two will see Felda and Malay College Kuala Kangsar play in the North and Central Zones respectively.

The JHL was incepted in 1995 when the late Malaysian Hockey Federation (MHF) secretary S. Satgunam proposed, planned and kick-started a league to develop youth.

"Even if each team only produces one good player, we will have 36 quality players to be trained for the country. Hopefully, teams in Division Two make and impact by playing good hockey and not just make up the numbers," said Koshy.

The tournament starts on Jan 15, and MHC will provide a grant of RM3,000 per-team.

DIVISION ONE: SSTMI Thunderbolts, UniKL Young Guns, Pahang Sports School, Old La Sallians of Klang (Olak-PKT), SSTMI Juniors, Bukit Jalil Sports School, Politeknik Malaysia, Petaling Jaya City Council, Nur Insafi and SMK Datuk Bentara Luar Johor.

DIVISION TWO: North Zone: Perlis Young Lions, Perlis Young Lions Jnrs, Matri Perlis, MSSD Larut Matang, MSS Kedah, MSSP Penang, Kedah HA-MSNK, Seratas, Malay College Kuala Kangsar.

Central Zone: Sek Tuanku Abdul Rahman, Felda Juniors, Anderson Thunderbolts, MSNPK-ILHC, Anderson Perak HA, BJSS Juniors, MSSWPKL, MISCF-UFL.

South Zone: TBSS-Tampin, Malacca High, Young Hurricanes, SMK Datuk Taha, Sabah Sports School, MSNT-Terengganu HT, Pahang Hockey Academy, Datuk Bentara Luar Jnrs, SMS Sains Johor.

Jugjet's World of Field Hockey

Record number of teams will do battle in MJHL

by S. Ramaguru

KUALA LUMPUR: A record 36 teams will compete in the new Malaysia Junior Hockey League (MJHL) season starting on Jan 15.

The Malaysian Hockey Confederation (MHC) competitions committee on Saturday accepted the entry of six teams who had sent in their application forms after the Dec 21 closing date.

“In the interest of the game and also the development of our junior players, we have decided to accept the six late entries,” said competitions committee chairman George Koshy.

“Ten teams will play in Division One. The rest will feature in Division Two with the format of play based on the zonal system,” he added.

The 26 teams in Division Two have been divided into three groups. The north and south zones have nine teams each while eight sides will play in the central zone.

“This season the format will be a one-round league for both divisions. The knockout stage for Division One will start immediately after the league competition. We will decide on Jan 9 (team managers’ meeting) whether the knockout competition will involve four or eight teams,” said George.

George added that there will be a slight increase in prize money for the two-month-long Under-19 league.

“The total for both divisions was RM128,500 last season. This year, we increased the amount to RM144,000. And we will also continue to give each team a RM3,000 grant,” said George.

In another development, the competitions committee are calling for entries for the girls’ MJHL. The closing date is Jan 30 and the league is scheduled to start after the Chinese New Year holidays on Feb 8-9.

Division One: SSTMI-Thunderbolt, Universiti Kuala Lumpur (UniKL), Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ), BJSS-Thunderbolt, SSP-MSP-Thunderbolt, Politeknik Malaysia, Olak PKT Tigers, SSTMI Juniors, Nur Insafi, SMK Dato Bentara Luar.

Division Two

Group A (north zone): MSS Perlis-PHP Young Lion, MSS Perlis-PHP Young Lion Juniors, Matri Perlis, MSSD Larut Matang, MSS Kedah, KHA-MSN Kedah, MSS Penang, SERATAS Taiping, Kuala Kangsar Malay College.

Group B (central): STAR Ipoh, Felda Juniors, Anderson-Thunderbolt, MSN Perak-ILHC, Anderson PHA, BJSS Juniors, MSS Kuala Lumpur, MISCF-UFL.
Group C (south zone): TBSS-Tampin, Malacca High School Hercules, Malacca Young Huricanes, SMK Datuk Taha, MSS Sabah, MSN Terengganu-PHT, Pahang Hockey Academy, SMK Dato Bentara Luar, SM Sains Johor.

The Star of Malaysia

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