BorneoPost Online | Borneo , Malaysia, Sarawak Daily News » Hockey Largest English Daily In Borneo Tue, 02 Sep 2014 13:59:03 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 24 teams expected for Kuching Fest hockey Wed, 27 Aug 2014 17:03:55 +0000

KUCHING: This year’s Kuching Festival U-23 hockey tournament, organised by Kuching City South Council (MBKS) will be held at Sarawak Hockey Stadium from Aug 30-31.

“This tournament is the pride of the Kuching Festival and MBKS,” said new organising chairman Abdul Baderi Sahmat.

Abdul Baderi who is also a MBKS councillor, was speaking to reporters at a press conference at the MBKS building on Tuesday.

Also present at the press conference were MBKS deputy mayor Abang Affandi Abang Anuar and Sarawak Hockey Association (SHA) secretary William Lee.

Organisers expect a total of 16 boys team and eight girls team to take part in the two-day tournament. It is six-a-side for the boys and seven-a-side for girls.

MBKS mayor Dato James Chan is expected to officiate the closing ceremony.

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SMK Paku-SMK Muara Tuang showdown in U14 hockey final Thu, 21 Aug 2014 16:56:49 +0000

KUCHING: Following the exit of defending champion SMK DP Kedit Betong in the boys competition of the Sarawak Zone Schools High Performance Sports (SPTS) U14 hockey championship at the State Hockey Stadium yesterday, SMK Paku will take on SMK Muara Tuang in today’s final.

The boys from Bau entered the final after they edged SMK Penrissen 1-0 in the semi-finals.

Third and fourth placing play-off will be played between SMK Penrissen and SMK Luar Bandar Sibu after the latter lost 0-1 to SMK Muara Tuang in the other semi-final.

Meanwhile, the SMK Paku girls also made it to the final after defeating SMK Bako 1-0 in the last four.

Their opponents will be SMK Song who overcame SMK Penrissen 1-0 in the other semi-final.

Eight boys teams and six girls teams are taking part in the championship that ends today.

Other boys teams are SMK Meradong, SMK Sibu Jaya and SMK Luar Bandar Sibu while the rest of the girls teams are SMK Luar Bandar Sibu and SMK Muara Tuang.

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When can we have a hockey pitch? Fri, 27 Jun 2014 19:43:45 +0000

MIRI: Although Miri have helped produced players for the state and national squads, it has yet to have a proper hockey field where the players can train on and tournaments can be hosted.

Miri hockey coach Rudi Naziri, in pointing out the lack of such facility in the Oil Town, said this is very saddening as all hockey tournaments in Miri are played on concrete floor which is dangerous to the players.

“Our players have done well even though they only train on cement floor. Some of them have made it to the national squad.

“I believe it is high time that a proper hockey field be built for our players,” he said, adding that despite of calls for such facility, the city has yet to get one.

Rudi said Miri’s Shelley Bayang had been absorbed into the national senior squad while four others have been selected to represent Sarawak in the recently concluded Sukma XVII in Perlis.

“The latest is our player Linda Liwek who had been ‘borrowed’ to play for the Malaysian senior squad in a friendly game against India in Bukit Jalil.

“There are also others like as Janeter Kadir and Lora King who will be called up to undergo a selection round for the Malaysia junior team after Hari Raya,” he said.

With these achievements, Rudi said Miri deserved to have a proper hockey field, not only for the players to have their training but also to organise hockey tournaments.

“Talent alone is not enough for our players to move further up but there should also be proper facilities to boost their skills,” he said.

Meanwhile, the annual tournament jointly organised by Warrior Hockey Club and SMK St Columba last Sunday saw SMK Chung Hua 1 and Kolej Tun Datu Tuanku Haji Bujang A winning the boys and girls titles respectively.

The second place in the boys category went to Warrior 2 while the only team from outside Miri, SMK Sebauh from Bintulu came in third.

In the girls competition, the runners-up were SMK Baru while SMK St Columba finished third.

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Thumbs up for new artificial hockey pitch Sat, 14 Jun 2014 17:24:46 +0000

Humphreys (centre) having a light moment with Eu and Ryder (right).

KUCHING: The newly installed artificial hockey pitch to be used for the 2016 Malaysia Games (Sukma) is expected to meet International Hockey Federation (FIH) global specifications.

The turf is located behind Stadium Negeri, Petra Jaya here.

The renowned Acousto-Scan Pty Ltd, an accredited FIH Test Institute from Melbourne, Australia, has given its nod of approval.

Its director Grant Humphreys, who conducted a performance

test on the pitch on Friday, was full of praise for the standards achieved.

“The work is very good. I’ve inspected the seams, the joints and they are all very good and within specifications meeting to FIH standard.

“Repairs done on the penalty spot is fantastic, in fact we can’t even see where the repairs had been done.

“This pitch will pass the global wet field (watered hockey field) standard and specification of FIH,” Humphreys told thesundaypost when met during the inspection.

Humphreys, who has some 20 years of experience in the field testing industry, was here to carry out on-site field testing to the new state hockey stadium for FIH compliance and certification on the newly installed TigerTurf Wett Pro surfaces (the synthetic grass brand used for the pitch).

Also present were the pitch chief installer Steven Ryder of TigerTurf New Zealand and Sunny Eu of Speedtrack Construction (Sarawak) Sdn Bhd, the local agent for TigerTurf.

Before FIH could give its accreditation to the new pitch, grass samples and pitch data will be brought for testing at Acousto-Scan lab in Australia.

“Test will include ensuring the right thickness pad, the right materials and grass (carpet) analysing.

“The whole process would take a few days and the result might come out within a week,” said Humphreys who is also the Laboratory manager of Acousto-Scan.

Among the tests carried out were on the pitch’s energy restitution, surface resilience test, ball interaction (ball rebound and ball roll measurement) and play interaction (field grip and friction, slope construction of the pitch, smoothness).

The new turf was completed last Sunday following two months of installation work.

Acousto-Scan is also an accredited Test Institute for various sports governing bodies including the International Tennis Federation (ITF), International Rugby Board (IRB) and Federation Internationale de Football Association (Fifa).

Ryder, a New Zealander who has been involved in artificial pitch work for the past 19 years, also praised the installation work.

“The pitch is marvelous. The installers from Australia have done a really good job. I’m proud of them,” he commented.

The TigerTurf brand is used in stadia worldwide including the New Zealand North Harbour Stadium and Melbourne Stadium. It is also used at the Sarawak Hockey Stadium and SMK Paku hockey pitch.

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Hafifi Hafiz, second national player dropped from World Cup Hockey 2014 Sat, 07 Jun 2014 16:53:40 +0000

KUALA LUMPUR: National hockey striker Hafifi Hafiz Hanafi became the second player to be dropped from the World Cup 2014 in the Netherlands.

National hockey squad coach Muhammad Dhaarma Raj Abdullah said Hafifi Hafiz had to be sidelined due to a shoulder injury sustained when he collided with England goalkeeper in a match with England yesterday, during which Malaysia lost 0-2.

“The doctor who treated Hafifi Hafiz confirmed that the player has to rest for at least eight weeks and I am forced to drop him from the two remaining matches,” he said through the Whatsapp application to reporters today.

German-born national striker, Kevin Lim was the first player to be dropped after suffering a hamstring injury during a warming up match with a Dutch local club team.

Despite that, Muhammad Dhaarma is hopeful the national squad would defeat India in the fourth match in Group A at the GreenFields Stadium tomorrow, having lost in the previous three matches.

Malaysia lost 0-4 to defending champion Australia in the opening match last Saturday, and then 6-2 to world’s fifth ranking team Belgium two days latter, before losing 0-2 to England yesterday. — Bernama

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Kuching sweep three titles in MSSS hockey Sat, 26 Apr 2014 17:19:26 +0000

The victorious Kuching teams celebrate their achievement with Dr Sluhi Lamat (centre) and officials after the prize presentation.

KUCHING: Kuching made a near clean sweep of the titles at stake, winning three out of the four contested at the MSS Sarawak Hockey Championship at the State Hockey Stadium here yesterday.

Their boys U18 team were crowned champions after beating Samarahan 2-0 in their final league match yesterday, thanks to a double from Ferry Filler Freddie.

Kuching topped the league with 10 points from three wins and one draw in four matches while Samarahan collected nine points to finish runners-up.

Third to fifth were Sibu (5 points), Betong (3) and Bintulu.

In the Boys U12 competition, there was a tie for the top three teams as they all collected nine points but it was Kuching  who had the best goal difference to clinch the title.

Sibu and Samarahan were second and third respectively.

Kuching won their third title in the competition when their girls won all their four matches in the Girls U12 league to collect 12 points. Sibu, who collected seven points, finished second while Samarahan came in third with six points.

Samarahan won the Girls U18 title for the fifth straight year when they outclassed Kuching 3-0 in the final yesterday.

Earlier in the play-off match, Mukah beat Bintulu 3-0 to finish third.

Kuching team manager Aris Aras Selutan was very pleased with the splendid performance of his players, saying that they had achieved their target of winning the Boys U18, Boys U12 and Girls U12 titles.

According to him, the majority of the Boys U18 team are still young and they will be the core of the team for next year’s challenge.

“We are happy to have successfully wrested the Boys U12 and Girls U12 titles from Sibu and the Girls U18 team have also done well by finishing second,” he said.

Aris also noted that other teams especially Mukah and Bintulu are fast improving and catching up with Kuching and Samarahan.

He also took the opportunity to thank the Kuching coaches headed by Kangot Awan in the five-day championships.

A total of 64 players including 34 girls were selected to represent Sarawak in the four categories at the MSSM Hockey Championship in Pahang in June or July.

Kuching District Education Officer Dr Sluhi Lamat @ Narawi closed the event and gave away the prizes.

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Samarahan, Kuching in final showdown today Fri, 25 Apr 2014 16:07:17 +0000

KUCHING: Samarahan are looking to register their fifth straight victory in the Girls U18 competition of the Sarawak Schools Sports Council (MSSS) Hockey Championships when they face arch rival Kuching in the final today.

As expected, the tournament favourites Samarahan cruised to an easy 7-0 win over Bintulu in the semi-finals yesterday.

Suhaila Sata started Samarahan’s goal feast when she scored a field goal in the 2nd minute and 17 minutes later, her teammate Shahrulrina Entering etched her name on the score sheet with a goal from a penalty corner.

The score was 2-0 at half-time and Suhaila went on to score three more goals in the 30th minute (field goal), 45th and 48 minutes (penalty corner goals).

The other two goals were scored by Marsiana Sian in the 30th minute (field goal) and Anastasia Runis in the 38th minute via a penalty corner.

Samarahan, comprising mostly of players from SMK Tebakang and the rest from SMK Balai Ringin and SMK Muara Tuang, are coached by Joseph Glundy Galau.

“We are going for the fifth consecutive win in the championships,” he declared after the match.

Pleased with the girls’ performance, Joseph added that they are getting better and better.

“We did not have any centralised training but the girls did play in the Samarahan Inter-District Hockey Championship recently where SMK Tebakang emerged champions,” he said.

He said Samarahan will not be taking Kuching lightly as the final match is always the toughest match to play. Kuching booked their place in today’s final by beating an improved Mukah team 4-1 in the other semi-final.

In the Boys U18 competition, Samarahan boosted their chances of lifting the title when they trounced Betong 7-0 to sit comfortably on the top of the league standings with nine points from three successive wins.

Kuching also posted a big win yesterday, blanking Bintulu 5-0 in another match.

They can also be crowned the champions if they can overcome the challenge of Samarahan in today’s cruncher scheduled at 2pm.

The Boys U12 title will also be decided today when Kuching take on defending champions Sibu in their final league match.

Kuching District Education Officer Dr Sluhi Lamat @ Narawi will close the event and give away the prizes.

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Samarahan storm into Girls U18 semis Thu, 24 Apr 2014 17:10:06 +0000

Kuching’s midfielder Luis Maxzecque (right) intercepted by a Sibu defender during their Boys U18 league match at the State Hockey Stadium in Kuching yesterday. The match ended with a 1-1 draw.

KUCHING: Tournament favourites Samarahan stormed into the semi-finals of the Girls U18 competition of the Sarawak Schools Sports Council (MSSS) Hockey Championships after trouncing Kapit 5-0 at the State Hockey Stadium here yesterday.

The defending champions are unbeaten in Group A after edging Sibu 3-2 in the opener and following up with a 9-1 thumping of Mukah to record three wins and collect nine points, banging in a total of 17 goals and conceding only three.

Samarahan will face Group B runners-up Bintulu in today’s first semi-final after the latter finished with six points from two wins and one defeat.

The other semi-final will see last year’s runners-up Kuching taking on Mukah after they topped Group B with nine points from three wins, beating Bintulu 3-0, Betong 10-1 and Miri 2-0.

Mukah collected four points from a win and a draw to finish second in Group A.

In the Boys U18 contest, defending champions Kuching were held to a 1-1 draw by a spirited Sibu side yesterday, thus hurting their chances of retaining their title.

The title will only be decided when they meet Samarahan on the final day on Saturday.

Samarahan are better placed after recording two straight wins, edging Sibu 3-2 on Tuesday and blanking Bintulu 4-0 on Wednesday.

They have six points in the bag when compared to Kuching’s four.

Meanwhile, Kuching have virtually won the Girls U12 title after registering their third win in the five-team competition by defeating defending champions Sibu 1-0 yesterday.

They beat Samarahan and Mukah by similar margins and they will only be looking to keep their unbeaten record intact when they play Bintulu in their final league match tomorrow.

Kuching are set to clinch a double in the U12 category as their boys are also doing very well in the five-team competition.

They opened their campaign with a 3-0 win over Samarahan on Tuesday and the following day, they ran riot over Bintulu with a 7-0 victory.

Kuching are not expected to face any problem in seeing off the challenge from Mukah today and they will face their toughest test on Saturday when they take on defending champions Sibu.

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Mohd Haziq Asraf leads Kuching’s campaign Wed, 23 Apr 2014 18:16:05 +0000

KUCHING: Mohd Haziq Asraf hit five goals to lead Kuching to a 7-0 romp over Bintulu to record their second straight win in the Boys U12 competition of the MSS Sarawak Hockey Championship at State Hockey Stadium here yesterday.

After thumping Samarahan 3-0 in the opener on Tuesday, Kuching dominated the game against Bintulu with better passing and teamwork.

They opened accounts as early as in the second minute and Haziq scored his first goal via a penalty corner in the 11th minute.

The team captain, who studies at SK St Thomas, converted another penalty corner in the 18th minute and scored three field goals in the 16th minute, 27th and 27 minutes.

With two wins in the bag, Kuching are leading the five-team league competition with six points, scoring 10 goals and conceded none.

If they can beat Sibu in today’s match, they will have a very good chance of winning the title.

Kuching’s final match will be against Mukah tomorrow.

Sibu are now in second spot with three points after blanking Mukah 3-0 on Tuesday.

Other matches saw Samarahan whipping Mukah 9-1 in the Boys U18 and a rampant Kuching cruising to a 10-1 victory over Betong in the Girls U18 Group B contest.

In the final match of the day between Miri and Bintulu in the Girls U18 Group B that was resumed from yesterday because of heavy rain, the score stood at 1-0 in Bintulu’s favour.

Ten more matches are lined up for today and eight matches for tomorrow, including two semi-finals for the Girls U18 competition.

The final for the Girls U18 will be played at 3pm on Saturday and the prize-giving ceremony scheduled at 4pm.

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SMK Penrissen retain Boy’s U18, U15 crowns Sun, 13 Apr 2014 23:02:24 +0000

SMK Penrissen senior assistant (co-curriculum) William Peter Nojey (right), coach Jefri Unggun (third right) and team manager Aras Aris Selutan (left) celebrate with the players after winning the Boy’s U18 and U15 titles at the MSS Kuching hockey championships at SMK Paku Hockey Stadium last Friday.

KUCHING: Kuching hockey powerhouse SMK Penrissen dominated the boys competition of the Sarawak Schools Sports Council Kuching hockey championships when they captured the U18 and U15 titles at SMK Paku Hockey Stadium in Bau last Friday.

In the 11-team Boy’s U18 competition, SMK Penrissen edged SMK Bau 1-0 to retain their crown.

SM Sains Kuching finished third when they beat host SMK Paku 2-1 in a penalty shootout after a 1-1 draw in full time play.

SMK Penrissen successfully defended their Boy’s U15 crown after they beat SMK Matang Hilir 1-0 in the final.

SMK Paku finished third after they beat SMK St Thomas 2-0 in the play-off.

SMK Penrissen could have won a third title at the five-day championships if they had not lost 0-1 to SMK Bau in a penalty shoot-out in the Girl’s U18 final.

The score at full-time was 0-0.

SMK Sains Kuching came in third after they beat SMK Paku also by the same fashion.

The top four positions in the Girl’s U15 title were also decided by penalty shoot-outs, with SMK Bako beating SMK Bau 1-0 (0-0) and SMK Paku beating SMK Santubong 1-0 (0-0).

Five hundred and fifty-eight students from 18 schools took part in the championships aimed at selecting players to represent Kuching in the MSSS Hockey Championships.

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Hockey games to be cut by 10 minutes Fri, 21 Mar 2014 16:06:33 +0000

LAUSANNE: Hockey games will be cut by 10 minutes to four 15 minute quarters in a bid to step up the sport’s fan appeal, the international federation announced.

The new format has already been tried in the Euro Hockey League and in India’s championship and will get its first major international tryout at this year’s Asian Games in South Korea in September.

International Hockey Federation (FIH) leaders said they had looked at basketball, American football and others in their research on ways to add excitement to the sport.

They have also decided to introduce time-outs after goals and penalty corners.

Games will move from two 35 minute halves to four 15 minute quarters.

“With the additional breaks, fans will have the opportunity to enjoy more replays and be more engaged with the event, whether in the stadium or watching from afar,” said FIH president Leandro Negre after the changes were announced late Thursday.

“Coaches and players will see improvement in their performance with the additional opportunities to rehydrate and restrategise,” he added.

An FIH statement said the federation’s excutive board wanted to follow the example of “already-existing formats of several other sports such as basketball, American football and netball”, and go into four quarters.

The FIH said hockey would be “higher intensity, faster paced and more exciting”.

The new rules will be applied to all international events as of Sept 1, which means the Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea will be one of the first to try.

They will also apply to the Champions Trophy late in the year and the Rio Olympics in 2016. — AFP

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Absence, withdrawals plague Sukma team Mon, 10 Feb 2014 00:57:49 +0000

Sivasubramaniam imparting ball control tips to players during a training session at the State Hockey Stadium.

KUCHING: State women’s hockey head coach Sivasubramaniam C has a big headache getting his players, who are mostly students, to train for Sukma XVII in Perlis from May 27 to June 4.

This is because some schools have refused to release their students for the training.

Sukma is only four months away and the problem has thrown Sivasubramaniam’s training programme into disarray.

“I have applied for only four players to be released by the schools and I hope they can give their full cooperation for us to challenge for glory for the state,” he said.

He has also talked to officers from the State Education Department.

“I am also facing the problem of last-minute withdrawals (five players) due to work, studies or getting permission from the parents of the players,” he added.

Most of these players, Sivasubramaniam explained, are key players.

The coach had to scout for replacements and he faces a daunting task to put together a good team.

“We have started training since Feb 1 and only 10 players have turned up and registered themselves for the training,” he disclosed.

The state women’s hockey team will comprise 17 members.

Training sessions are from 6:30am to 9am and from 4pm to 7pm at the State Hockey Stadium along Jalan Padungan.

Sivasubramaniam said he will be bringing the team to Kuala Lumpur for training/exposure from Feb 21-30.

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M’sian women hockey squad set world record in Myanmar Sat, 14 Dec 2013 22:21:43 +0000

FIVE-GOAL: File photo shows Fazillah Sylbester Silin from Mukah, who contributed five goals in the record-breaking win.

YANGON: Malaysia has created a world record in hockey when the national women’s hockey squad thrashed Cambodia 36-0 in a second preliminary SEA Games match in Myanmar here yesterady.

The national squad scored a goal at an average of two minutes, with 18 goals in the first half and another 18 goals in the second half in the 70-minute match.

Earlier the record for the most number of goals scored was held by Argentina when they defeated Peru 26-0 in the South American Women Hockey Championships in Santiago, Chile on March 23, 2003.

On Friday, Thailand equalised the record when they beat Cambodia 26-0.

In the match at the Theinphyu Hockey Stadium, Noor Hasliza Md Ali emerged as the best scorer with six goals in the 14th, 25th, 42nd, 43rd, 62nd and 64th minutes while Nuraini Abdul Rashid netted five goals (4th, 5th, 39th, 56th and 67th minutes).

Fazillah Sylbester Silin also contributed five goals in the 15th, 31st, 35th, 55th and 60th minute while Nobaili Hashim scored four goals in the 16th, 30th, 39th and 65th minute.

Norazlin Sumantri slotted in four goals in the 12th, 21st, 25th and 60th while skipper Nadia Abd Rahman scored two goals in the 5th and 51st, Norhidayah Bokhari (21st and 28th); Rabiatul Adawiyah Mohamed (40th and 55th).

The other five goals came from Norashikin Halim who scored in the 46th minute, Nurul Nabila Mansur in the 23rd minute, Raja Norsharina Raja Shabuddin in the 18th minute, Siti Nuramira Rohani in the 70th minute and Surizan Awang Noh in the 52nd minute. A Cambodian player also scored an own goal to put Malaysia 36 goals up.

National coach Mohd Nasihin Nublin Ibrahim said the mega win was shocking and the best warm-up before facing Singapore, Thailand and Indonesia in the subsequent matches.

“I expected the squad to win but not with such a massive scoreline and the players have to maintain their form for the remaining matches.

Malaysia will next meet Singapore tomorrow, Thailand on Tuesday and Indonesia on Thursday. — Bernama

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Malaysia’s double mission wrecked by Pakistan Sun, 01 Sep 2013 22:47:30 +0000

IPOH: Malaysia failed in their double mission to exact revenge and maintain their best finish in the Asia Cup hockey championship when they went down 1-3 against Pakistan in the third/fourth placing playoff at the Sultan Azlan Shah Hockey Stadium here Sunday.

The first was to avenge their 1-4 defeat to the Asian hockey powerhouse in the group stage and the second to repeat their best ever performance in the prestigious meet, third place, which Malaysia achieved in the 2007 edition in Chennai, India.

Malaysia, coached by Paul Revington, began aggressively in the rain-hit match and in the very first minute came close to scoring but Muhammad Razie Abdul Rahim’s shot bounced off the post.

Malaysia’s first goal only came in the 34th minute through a field effort by prolific stiker Faizal Saari.

However, Malaysia’s joy did not last long as Abdul Haseem Khan replied for Pakistan also through a field goal just a minute later.

In the second half, Muhammad Imran put Pakistan ahead in the 54th minute from a penalty corner before Abdul Haseem sealed victory for the three-time champions in the 56th minute.

Malaysian Hockey Confederation president Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah was clearly disappointed with the outcome.

“They (Malaysian players) did their best by going after the Pakistani goal but were let down by poor finishing,” he told reporters.

He added that a post-mortem would be done on the national squad’s performance towards putting them on the right track for their World Cup campaign in The Hague next year. – BERNAMA

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South Korea retain Asia Hockey Championship title Sun, 01 Sep 2013 22:46:34 +0000

IPOH: South Korea beat India 4-3 in the final of the Ninth Asia Cup held at the Sultan Azlan Shah Hockey Stadium Sunday night to retain the championship title.

With this, South Korea which have qualified for the World Cup Hockey Championship, quashed India’s dream to compete at The Hague, Netherlands next year.South Korea started off aggressively when Jang Jong Hyun opened the scoring in the 28th minute through a penalty corner before You Hyo Sik increased the score via a field goal a minute later.Trailing 0-2, India went on the offensive but failed to score when its attempts were thwarted by the defenders of the squad under Shin Seok-kyo.

In the second half of the match, India who were awarded a penalty corner, scored its first goal through Rupinder Pal Singh in the 48th minute.

India then equalised 2-2 through a field goal by Nikkin Thimmaiah in the 55th minute.

Two minutes later, Nam Hyun Woo scored South Korea’s third goal via a penalty strike.

India equalised again through a field goal by Mandeep Singh in the 65th minute.

India’s euphoria did not last when Kang Moon Kweon scored the winning goal in the 68th minute.

Also present to watch the match were the Regent of Perak Raja Dr Nazrin Shah and Malaysian Hockey Confederation president Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah.

In another deciding match in the evening, the dream of the Malaysian national hockey team to repeat its feat of garnering third place at the 2007 edition in Chennai, India was shattered by Pakistan when the three-time Asia Cup champions beat Malaysia 3-1.

Mathematically, Malaysia, which are the third reserve team, have confirmed a place to the World Cup at The Hague, Netherlands. – BERNAMA

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Call for hockey fields in Miri and Sibu Wed, 28 Aug 2013 23:09:19 +0000

MIRI: The Ministry of Youth and Sports was urged to look into constructing hockey fields in Miri and Sibu in order to provide a good venue for local hockey teams to train and achieve better results in future matches.

Miri hockey coach Rudi Naziri said local hockey players have good potentials but do not have a proper hockey field and other facilities to train.

“We really hope the government can look into this matter as Miri has reached a city status and that should be complemented with basic sport facilities including hockey fields,” the coach said. He added that good facilities are needed to support Sarawak’s plans to excel in all sports including hockey.

“We are still carrying out our trainings on concrete field compared to teams in other division that trains on proper hockey field… in line with that, we hope the authority concern can look into this matter seriously and construct hockey fields for Miri and Sibu so that our players can achieve better results in their training,” Rudy enthused.

Despite having no hockey field to train, Miris’ hockey team had qualified for the semi-final of the recent Kuching Festival Under-23 Seven-A-Side Girl’s and Boys’ Hockey Tournament and finished fourth placing.

Though the team lost in the semi-final, Rudi said all the players played well and had showed great potential throughout the event.

“We believe that the team can do better if proper sport facilities for hockey are available in Miri. We can train better and achieve better results in future tournaments,” he said.

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SMK Penrissen No. 1 A, Sukma A win Kuching Festival U-23 hockey tourney Tue, 27 Aug 2013 00:54:12 +0000

THE CHAMPIONS: Players from SMK Penrissen No. 1 A and Sukma A together with their coaches and team officials after the closing and prize presentation ceremony.

KUCHING: SMK Penrissen No. 1 A emerged victorious in the Kuching Festival Under-23 Boys’ hockey tournament while Sukma A team captured the Under-23 Girls’ title when the event ended at Sarawak Hockey Stadium on Sunday.

SMK Penrissen No. 1 A was the tournament favourite and had defeated Muara Tuang Old Boys (MTOB) A 4-0 during the final.

Christnall Michael Jieng netted a hat-trick while Multinovicmadrid Henry Jimod scored the other goal for the champion team which was represented by its former students.

Christnall also walked away with the top scorer award plus RM50 and a trophy.

The champions received RM400, a trophy and medals while the runners-up received RM200, a trophy and medals.

1MAS B came in third after they edged SMK Meradong 1-0.

In the girls’ final, Shahrulrina Entering scored the solitary goal to hand Sukma A the victory and the grand prize of RM300, a trophy and medals.

Shahrulrina also picked up RM50 and the top scorer award after scoring a total of three goals during the tournament.

1MAS A finished third placing after beating Miri 1-0 in the play-offs.

A total of 19 teams including five girls team from Kuching, Samarahan, Sarikei, Meradong, Sibu, Bintulu and Miri took part in the inaugural tournament organised by Kuching City South Council (MBKS) in conjunction with the Kuching Festival.

The other participating teams were 1MAS A (girls) and 1MAS B, SMK Bako, MTOB B, MTOB C, BLTC A, BLTC B, SMK Bintulu, SMK Asajaya and SMK Penrissen No. 1 B for the boys.

The closing and prize presentation ceremony was attended by MBKS mayor James Chan who expressed hope for more teams to take part in next year’s tournament.

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Tengku Abdullah: Boon Huat was a livewire in national hockey team Thu, 01 Aug 2013 18:03:56 +0000

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian Hockey Confederation (MHC) president Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah described the late Chua Boon Huat as the livewire and the nucleus of the National hockey team.

Boon Huat is the most experienced, most senior and most capped player in the country and known for his dedication, commitment and inspiration to the team.

“We hope his grieving family can accept his demise and the country remembers his contributions and sacrifice. The players in the National squad will certainly continue their preparation for the Asia Cup in memory of Boon Huat,” he told reporters at the University Malaya Medical Centre (UMMC), here, yesterday.

Boon Huat, 33, the livewire of the National men’s hockey team, was killed in an accident along the Lebuhraya Damansara-Puchong (LDP) at about 3am yesterday when his Proton Perdana V6 car collided with a tanker near the Kelana Jaya LRT Station.

The Melaka-born Boon Huat died at the spot due to severe head injuries while his body was later brought to the UMMC for post-mortem.

Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin who also shared Tengku Abdullah’s sentiments said Boon Huat was a shining star in the national hockey scene who has vastly contributed to the sport.

“Today we lost a great hockey player who was a role model on and off the pitch. He was an inspiration to young players and a role model to others. His sacrifices and contributions will be appreciated and remembered forever,” he said.

National Sports Council director-general Datuk Seri Zolkples Embong said the late Boon Huat’s family would receive RM102,000 from the group insurance scheme.

Meanwhile, Olympic Council of Malaysia honorary secretary Datuk Sieh Kok Chi advised national athletes to avoid late nights so as to prevent similar tragedies like what had happened to Chua Boon Huat.

“It is true that we cannot predict accidents but we can avoid similar incidents by not driving during late nights,” he said yesterday.

Kok Chi said in 1988, football icon Datuk R. Arumugam, probably the country’s greatest goalkeeper who was also known as ‘Spiderman’ for his exploits, was also killed in an accident while driving home late night.

“Boon Huat’s death is a great loss to hockey because he had still much to offer to the game. His return to the national squad after a short break had indeed given the sport of hockey a new lease of life,” he said. — Bernama

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National hockey player Chua Boon Huat dies in road accident Thu, 01 Aug 2013 02:17:33 +0000

PETALING JAYA: National hockey player Chua Boon Huat was killed early today in a road accident on the Damansara-Puchong Expressway (LDP) near the Kelana Jaya LRT station, police said.

The Proton Perdana car driven by Chua, 33, is believed to have collided with a tanker lorry watering plants along the LDP in the 2.25 am accident, said a spokesman of the Petaling Jaya Police.

A Fire & Rescue team comprising an officer and five personnel from Damansara rushed to the scene of the accident to remove Chua who was trapped in his car, he said.

Chua was injured in the head and had died on the spot, he added.

“The body was sent to the Universiti Malaya Medical Centre for a post mortem,” he said when contacted by Bernama.

Chua, who was from Bukit Cina, Melaka, had played hockey for the country since 1998 when he was just 17. — BERNAMA

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Coach Revington to start new chapter in Malaysian hockey Wed, 17 Jul 2013 17:15:01 +0000

KUALA LUMPUR: After clearing the air for good and deciding to stay on as the national hockey team coach, Paul Revington is ready for a ‘new chapter’ in Malaysian hockey.

“Few days ago, I woke up a lot happier. The relationships were back to where it was before the Champions Challenge (in December). Any coach coming to a new country cannot do things on his own and I have been reliant on the support of some of the key coaching member’s here.

“The decision for me to stay has been based on knowing that the relationships are back in place. I am not going to elaborate in detail, but I think all of us were at some way or another at fault and at the end of the day everyone needs to put their egos aside, sit at the table and talk it over,” he told reporters at the National Hockey Stadium ini Bukit Jalil, yesterday.

Reports initially stated that Revington had handed in his resignation on June 15 after citing some internal issues with national youth coach, Muhammad Dharma Raj Abdullah and Hockey Development 1MAS director Lim Chiow Chuan.

But after having met up with Malaysia Hockey Confederation (MHC) president Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah, MHC deputy president Datuk Nur Azmi and National Sports Council (NSC) director-general Datuk Zolkples Embong on Tuesday,

Revington finally put aside all the issues in regards to his future as the national team coach.

Revington said his focus now was to prepare a formidable team to win the 2013 Asia Cup, to be held in Ipoh, Perak from Aug 24 to Sept 1, and earn a ticket to the World Cup in 2014, scheduled at The Hague, Holland.

Malaysia are in Group A of the 2013 Asia Cup together with Pakistan, Japan and China, while Group B will see defending champions South Korea, going up against India, Oman and Bangladesh.

The South African said as of now, he would not discuss further on the team’s tactics because the most important thing was to uplift the world ranking.

Malaysia are currently in 13th position.

“We are ranked 13th in the world, so if we keep winning the games in major tournaments, we can go far. I am so proud of our team at the World League Semifinals tournament in Johor Baharu recently (Malaysia finished fifth). The players played very well and it was a superb achievement,” added Revington. — Bernama

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SMK Penrissen’s title with 3-1 win Sun, 23 Jun 2013 20:43:14 +0000

VICTORIOUS: SMK Penrissen No.1 players celebrate their victory with coach Aras @ Aris Selutan Arun (left) after the prize presentation. — Photo by Mohd Rais Sanusi

KUCHING: Schools hockey powerhouse SMK Penrissen No.1 performed up to expectations to lift the inaugural Danawa SHA Junior League (Boys) crown after they beat 1MAS U16 3-1 in the final at the Sarawak Hockey Stadium in Padungan yesterday.

It was 1MAS U16 who drew first blood, with Ferry Filler scoring in the 14th minute through a penalty corner. The half-time score stood at 1-0.

The Penrissen boys found the equaliser in the 39th minute when Rhohan Utok scored from a penalty corner.

Galve Oyester was outstanding as he scored a brace with field goals in the 53rd and 69th minute to hand Penrissen the victory.

In the play-off for third and fourth placing, SMK Bau Combined beat SMK Muara Tuang 1-0 in a penalty shootout after both teams tied 2-2 at full time.

Finishing in fifth and sixth spots were IPGTRAR and 1MAS U14 respectively.

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SMK Penrissen No.1 and 1MAS U16 in final showdown Sun, 16 Jun 2013 23:26:44 +0000

CLOSE CALL: 1MAS U16 goalkeeper Muhd Nurazwan Syafiq Amri makes a save during their final league match against SMK Penrissen No.1 yesterday. They lost 0-4. — Photo by Mohd Rais Sanusi

KUCHING: Schools hockey powerhouse SMK Penrissen No.1 remained unbeaten in the inaugural Danawa SHA Junior League (Boys) when they overwhelmed 1MAS U16 4-0 in their final league match at the Sarawak Hockey Stadium yesterday.

All goals came in the second half through Acro Zhan in the 38th minute via a penalty corner, field goals by Abranden Vylienden in the 45th and 49th minute, and another goal from a penalty corner by Rhohan Utok in the 60th minute.

With the win, the Penrissen boys also stayed on top of the league standings with 15 points from five wins while 1MAS U16 are second with 12 points.

The two teams will face off in the final next Sunday and it would be interesting to see whether 1MAS U16 can avenge their yesterday’s defeat to SMK Penrissen No. 1.

Meanwhile, in third place are SMK Bau Combined, followed by SMK Muara Tuang in fourth place while in fifth and sixth spots are 1MAS U14 and IPGTAR respectively.

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Samarahan, Kuching clinch U18 titles Sun, 12 May 2013 17:29:06 +0000

FIVE-TIME CHAMPIONS: Samarahan players celebrate with coach Joseph Glundy (right) and team official Majin Banter (left) after winning the Girls U18 title for the fifth consecutive year.


KUCHING: Samarahan and Kuching ruled supreme at the Sarawak Schools Sports Council (MSSS) Hockey Championships as they captured the Girls U18 and Boys U18 crowns respectively at the Sarawak Hockey Stadium yesterday.

The Samarahan girls performed to expectations when they beat Kuching 2-0 in the U18 final to record their fifth consecutive victory in the state schools hockey meet.

Miri finished third after edging Kapit 2-1 in the play-off for third/fourth placings.

Kuching, coached by Kangot Awan and his assistant Adwin Sijib, also made a successfull defence of their Boys U18 crown when they blanked Samarahan 5-0 in the final.

Hamidi Hossen scored two goals while Luther Vandros, Galve Oyester @ Sijau and Bech Koffman had one goal each.

Finishing third were Sibu who edged Sarikei 2-1 in the play-off match.

CHAMPIONS AGAIN: Kuching players celebrate their victory with Kangot (left), team manager Aras @ Aris Selutan (fifth right) and Adwin (fifth left) after beating Samarahan 5-0 in the Boys U18 final.

Meanwhile, Sibu swept the Boys U12 and Girls U12 titles after their teams finished top of the league competition.

The boys drew 0-0 with Samarahan on Friday and beat Kuching 1-0 yesterday to collect three points to seal their top spot.

Second were Samarahan who had two points from two draws while Kuching finished third with one point from one draw and two defeats.

In the Girls U12 competition, Sibu won all their matches, thumping Samarahan 5-0 and beating Kuching 2-0 to be crowned champions.

Kuching finished second with one point and Samarahan, who also had one point, settled for third place losing on goals difference to the former.

At the end of the competition, 18 players from each category were selected to represent Sarawak at the Malaysian Schools Sports Council (MSSM) Hockey Championships in Melaka from June 2-9.

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Samarahan, Kuching in final showdown Sat, 11 May 2013 22:35:01 +0000

TOTAL DEFENCE: Samarahan players shutting out the attack from Kuching during the Girls U-12 group match yesterday. The match ended in a goalless draw. — Photos by Mohd Rais Sanusi

KUCHING: Samarahan and Kuching will fight for the titles in the Boys and Girls U-18 finals in the Sarawak Schools Sports Council (MSSS) Hockey Championships at the Sarawak Hockey Stadium today after demolishing their opponents in the semi-finals yesterday.

The Samarahan boys were the first to book their final ticket after they thrashed Sarikei 5-0 in the morning’s semi-final.

They had topped Group A with four points after blanking Betong 11-0 and drawing 1-1 with Kuching while Kuching beat Betong 7-0 in the group match.

Kuching went on to beat Sibu 3-0 in the semi-finals to set up a final showdown with Samarahan.

In the girls competition, Samarahan looks good for the crown after thumping
Kapit 8-1 in the semi-finals yesterday.

The other semi-final saw Kuching beating Miri 2-0.

Miri will now play Kapit in the third/fourth placing play-off while the boys’ third and fourth placing play-off is between Sarikei and Sibu.

Meanwhile, all three teams Kuching, Samarahan and Sibu have an equal chance of winning the Boys U-12 title as they have yet to win a match.

However, Samarahan, who have two points, have played two matches against Kuching and Sibu with both matches ending in a goalless draw.

Should Kuching or Sibu win their encounter today, that team will be crowned the champions.

As for the Girls U-12 section, Sibu are leading the table standings with three points after they beat Samarahan 5-0 and they only need a draw with Kuching today to clinch the title.

Samarahan and Kuching have one point each after their goalless draw played yesterday.

There are seven teams each taking part in the Boys U-18 and Girls U-18 competitions while the Girls U-12 and Boys U-12 competitions saw only three teams each taking part in the competition which commenced on Thursday.

This competition acts as a platform to select state representatives for the Malaysian Schools Sports Council (MSSM) Hockey Championships in Melaka from June 2-9.

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State coach disappointed with inadequate hockey facilities in Miri Sun, 17 Mar 2013 23:50:44 +0000
WELL-DISCIPLINED AND DEDICATED: Sivasubramaniam (in peach shirt) watched as the students show off the skills that they were taught in the clinic.

WELL-DISCIPLINED AND DEDICATED: Sivasubramaniam (in peach shirt) watched as the students show off the skills that they were taught in the clinic.

MIRI: The lack of hockey infrastructure is hampering the further development of young talents in Miri.

In pointing this out, State chief coach for women’s hockey Sivasubramaniam Chellappah felt that inadequate facilities reduced the chance of talented players being discovered earlier and groomed by local coaches.

“I have highlighted this issue during my previous visit here, but it seems like nothing much has changed. The field for them to play is still small and they are doing their training and also tournaments in a small field which is not convenient,” he said when contacted by The Borneo Post yesterday.

Sivasubramaniam who is in Miri for a four-day hockey clinic said the huge turn out from hockey enthusiasts from two schools, namely SMK St Columba and Kolej Tun Datu Tuanku Haji Bujang, was a pleasant surprise.

It was the first time he conducted a coaching session for high school students. About 70 students participated in the clinic.

“When I come back in the near future, I hope to have more coaching classes to more students and schools here.

“The clinic actually received good response from the students, their teachers and also several coaches, but sadly we could not do it at a bigger field that can accommodate more students,” he lamented.

Sivasubramaniam also said that Sarawak could perform better in hockey with better facilities and better training programmes.

He observed that the players were already well-disciplined and dedicated compared to other hockey teams which he used to coach.  “I did teach them some new techniques as well. Surprisingly, they are also fast-learners and able to catch up with the techniques within hours after I showed them,” he added.

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Penrissen maintains iron grip on boys’ titles Sat, 02 Mar 2013 22:17:29 +0000

KUCHING: SMK Penrissen maintained their stranglehold on the Kuching Schools Hockey Championship winning both the U-15 and U-18 boys’ titles at the Sarawak Hockey Stadium.

The U-15 draw saw 12 teams participating. Paku made the semi-finals when they beat SMK Bandar Semariang Baru 2-1 while Lake slipped past SMK Matang Hilir 1-0. The stage for the semi-finals was set when Sains beat SMK St Thomas while the defending champions cruised past SMK Semerah Padi 3-0.

Penrissen rolled into the final when they brushed aside Sains 3-0 while Lake ended Paku’s run with a 1-0 scoreline.

A single Penrissen goal was enough to win them the final as they went on to shut out Lake.

Friday’s finals also saw the defending champions extend their 12-year reign in the senior boys’ competition.

The nine-a-side senior boys’ title was contested by 11 teams.

Sains qualified for the final when they beat Paku and then Bau, both with 1-0 scores.

Penrissen marched into the final when they beat both Bako and Lake 2-0 each.

In the final, Sains was forced to backpedal for most of the 24-minute match as the champs stamped their class.

A penalty corner in the first half saw the ball rebounded off Sains goalkeeper for Penrissen skipper Luther V. Thomson to slamm in the only goal of the match.

In the second half, Penrissen had their chances including a penalty corner, but were unable to convert.

Sains’ coach Mohd. Hazman acknowledged that his side were in a difficult situation.

“They are a very good tactical side,” he said while acknowledging that the defending champion dominated the match.

Nonetheless, he was upbeat about the performance of his team.

“We have improved greatly since last year. I feel our defense is quite good but our offense have to improve,” he added. Hazman has coached the team since 2010.

Penrissen’s coach Kangot Awan was pleased to see his boys continue their proud tradition but was perturbed by one aspect of their play.

“Our players need to improve on the technical side of their play,” he observed.

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Bau sweeps girls U-15, U-18 Kuching Schools Hockey meet Fri, 01 Mar 2013 18:18:45 +0000

KUCHING: SMK Bau girls ruled the roost in this year’s Kuching Secondary Schoold Hockey Championship when they swept both the Under15 and Under 18 titles.

The Bau girls finally knocked arch-nemesis SMK Penrissen off their perch in their Tuesday’s final match held recently at Sarawak Hockey Stadium of Jalan Padungan.

The teams in Group A were defending champion Penrissen, SMK Lake, SMK Matang Hilir and SM Sains.

In Group B were SMK Bau, SMK Paku, SMK Matang Jaya and SMK Santubong.

SMK Penrissen started off brightly in the 9-a-side tourney when they beat Lake 2-0 and stepped it up a notch by hammering both SMK Matang Hilir and SM Sains with identical 4-0 scores.

Last year’s losing finalists SMK Bau made it clear of their intention when they steam-rolled over Paku 6-o in their opener and soon after that dismantled SMK Matang Jaya 6-0 and they cruised to a 4-0 win over SMK Santubong.

The junior girls’ draw saw defending champion SMK Bau topping their three team Group A with a clean record.

Losing finalists Penrissen topped the four team Group B with a 4-0 record and making the junior girls’ semi-finals were MRSM and SMK Lake team.

The final match was a tight affair with both sides unable to break the 1-1 deadlock at the final whistle.

In the ensuing penalty strokes, the defending champs held their nerves to prevail 2-0 while the Lake team beat MRSM to take the bronze medal.

Losing semi-finalists, SMK Santubong consoled themselves with the bronze medal with a 2-1 win over SMK Lake in the battle for third place.

As expected, the final was a nail-biter with the score deadlocked at 1-1 at the end of the 24-minute match. The Bau girls joined their junior teammates in the winners’ circle after they scored on both chances while the defending champs could only score once.

SMk Bau coach Raphael Michael Ruda revealed that he had not put high hopes on his Under15 team while admitting to expecting big things from his senior girls.

“I knew we could win the Under18 title but i did not know how we would do in the Under15 competition. After seeing how we played, i knew that we had a good chance of doing very well in the Under15,” he said.

“I am very happy for the players. They worked hard and they deserve to win the championships,” said the coach whose Under15 team have now held the title since 2011.

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Cement Hockey Championships ends in Miri Sun, 24 Feb 2013 22:47:22 +0000
NO WAY: SM Sains `A’ player (in red) moving in to tackle a St Columba Senior player in the schools girl’s final yesterday.

NO WAY: SM Sains `A’ player (in red) moving in to tackle a St Columba Senior player in the schools girl’s final yesterday.

MIRI: Highly fancied SM St Columba `B’ emerged champion after beating SMK Chung Hua `B’ 1-0 in the final of the Cement Hockey Championship for the schools boy’s category held at SM St Columba here yesterday.

St Columba `A’ took third place after beating SM Sains A 1-0.

In the schools girl’s category, SM Sains `A’ beat St Columba Senior also by 1-0 in the final while St Columba `A’ clinched third placing.

Teams in the open category also seemed to competing in fancy names. Eventually, Warrior Mixed toppled Champion `A’ in the men’s final while Warrior was third after beating Champion `B’ 3-0.

In the women’s final, Warrior became champion after beating St Columba.

Third place went to Kolej Tun Datu Tuanku Haji Bujang.

According to the spokesman for the organisers Ahmad Faisal Mohamed Supian, the tournament was participated by 32 teams including six high schools.

“We did not expect to have such huge support for this tournament from students and members of the public,” he said.

He added that the organisers hoped to organise more such tournaments in the near
future as there is an evident love for the sport among high school students.

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Entries for SMK St Columba hockey tourney Fri, 22 Feb 2013 16:05:56 +0000

MIRI: Entries are still open for the 5-aside Hockey tournament to be held at SMK Saint Columba from Feb 23 to 24.

According to the school’s hockey club advisor, Ahmed Faisal Mohamed Supian the tournament is divided into four categories namely men’s open, women’s open and for school children (boys and girls).

The entry fee for students is only RM30 per team and RM100 per team for the general public.

Completed forms with the entry feea must be submitted to the organisers by today and with the draw to be held later the same day.

The registration form can be obtained from SMK St. Columba or those interested can contact Faisal at 019-5663388 or Rudi at 013-8247571.

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Clean sweep by SMK Bau Sun, 03 Feb 2013 22:25:03 +0000

SMK BAU ALL THE WAY!: SMK Bau girls after winning the PBB Nine-a-side U-18 Invitational hockey competition yesterday.

KUCHING: Jubilant SMK Bau swept both the Boy’s and Girl’s titles of the PBB P194 Petra Jaya Nine-a-side U-18 Invitational hockey competition yesterday.

The two-day competition, a joint effort of Parti Pesaka Bumiputra Bersatu (PBB) and other partner organisations, was played out in a league format.

After winning four matches and drawing one, the SMK Bau boys were quite clearly the best team of the tournament after amassing 16 points.

The girl’s team was also fortunate to have the services of state Sukma player Camellia Edy who helped the team to emerge champion.

SMK Bau school coach Raphael Michael Ruda was overjoyed with his teams.

“I would like to thank all those who are involved with the team not forgetting my assistant Atar Ghiret, the school PKKK Stanley Stewart and our school principal Zakiah Abdul Hamid for their tremendous help and support,” he said.

Raphael added that the key to their success was hard work combined with discipline and love for the game.

He hoped that his teams would have more chances to compete in more hockey tournaments in the future.

“Our success today is no fluke and we are ready to compete at any tournament after this. As long as we continue to work hard, I believe that nothing is impossible,” enthused Raphael.

In the Boy’s category, Impian Zaman 1Mas team was second place with 13 points followed by SM Sains Kuching who finished third with nine points.

SMK Taee had to settle for second place in the Girl’s category after obtaining seven points, three point above SMK Bako who came in third place with four points.

Seven boys’ teams and five girls’ teams from around Kuching and Samarahan division competed in the tournament.

All invited teams were from the schools except for the corporately-sponsored Impian Zaman 1Mas team which competed in the Boy’s category.

All winners of the tournament  took home trophies, medals and cash prizes.

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M’sia face tough hurdle in quest to earn 2014 World Cup ticket Sat, 02 Feb 2013 22:10:25 +0000

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia are expected to face a tough hurdle in its quest to earn a ticket to the 2014 World Cup after being drawn against mighty Pakistan and Japan in Group A of the 2013 Hockey Asia Cup in Ipoh, Perak from Aug 24 to Sept 1.

In the tournament to be played at the Sultan Azlan Shah Hockey Stadium in Ipoh, Malaysia were drawn in Group A with runner-up Pakistan, Japan and Oman. Group B comprise South Korea, India, China and Bangladesh.

Asian Hockey Federation (AHF) Tan Sri P. Alagendra said teams drawn in Group A and B for the 2013 Hockey Asia Cup was based on the International Hockey Federation’s (FIH) ranking.

“The schedule for the matches will be decided by end of next month once we receive confirmation,” he told reporters after the 62nd AHF congress meeting yesterday.

Hong Kong and Taiwan have been placed on standby to replace any teams that decide to pull out from now until the tournament proper. The 2013 Asia Cup champion in Ipoh would represent Asia in the World Cup that will feature 12 teams in The Hague, Holland, from June 2 to 15, 2014.

Malaysia has seen action in the World Cup six times since 1973 and finished in eighth spot when Malaysia hosted the 2002 World Cup in Kuala Lumpur. Malaysia failed to qualify for the 2006 World Cup in Germany and 2010 in India. — Bernama



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16 Sarawak, Sabah athletes for Special Winter Olympic Games Wed, 23 Jan 2013 18:14:52 +0000

SPECIAL OLYMPIANS: Liza (right) and officials with some of the floor hockey athletes.

MIRI: Kuching and Miri athletes will spearhead Malaysia’s challenge in floor hockey at the Special Winter Olympics to be held at Pyeongchang, South Korea from Jan 29 to Feb 5 2013.

The 14 selected athletes from Kuching, Bau and Miri include students from special education classes (PKKI) of SMK Demak Baru, Diplomatik Road.

Chef de mission Liza Chai said this will be Malaysia’s second appearance in the floor hockey competition.

“The first time Malaysia competed in floor hockey was at the Special Olympics World Games in Idaho, USA in 2009 where we won the silver medal.

This time around we will try to do our very best to compete with the other top teams. Our target is of course the gold medal,” said Liza to The Borneo Post yesterday.

Liza, who is also the chairman for the Sunflower Centre Miri, said two athletes from Sabah will also be competing for the first time in snow shoeing.

The team accompanied by six officials and coaches will leave Miri on 25 Jan and be back in Miri on 7 Feb.

More than 2,300 athletes from over 110 nations will be competing in the week-long 2013 Special Olympic Winter Games.

The event will also welcome an array of dignitaries, sports legends, celebrities and corporate leaders to witness the inspiring power of sports to unite people with and without intellectual disabilities.

They include H.E. Joyce Banda, President, Republic of Malawi; Cherie Blair, Chancellor, Asian University for Women; Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi; and actress Zhang Ziyi.

Sports legends like Bart Conner, Toby Dawson, Donna DeVarona and Michelle Kwan are also among the notable names from around the world who are scheduled to attend.

The Special Olympics, held once every four years, is the world’s largest sports organisation for adults and children with intellectual disabilities.

It seeks to change lives by encouraging and empowering people with intellectual disabilities, promoting acceptance for all, and fostering communities of understanding and mutual respect worldwide.

The organisation also provides year-round training and activities to over 4 million athletes in 170 countries including Malaysia.

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State juniors climb to seven in ranking Sat, 05 Jan 2013 22:16:59 +0000

KUCHING: Sarawak’s junior hockey team improved on its ranking at the recent 2nd National Level 1MAS U-12 Camp and Competition held at Stadium Hockey Bukit Serindit Melaka.

The state team secured seventh position, an improvement from its 12th position in 2011.

Sarawak won two matches in the tournament after beating Kelantan and Selangor by 3-1 and 1-0 respectively.

However, the team lost to Penang, Negri Sembilan, Sabah and Pahang.

Team manager and coach Desmond Labung said that the improvement in result was a positive signal for the team’s future.

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Malaysia settle for 3-3 with Pakistan in Asian Champions Trophy Mon, 24 Dec 2012 07:00:26 +0000

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia failed to capitalise on a two-goal advantage and settled for a 3-3 draw against Pakistan in their third Asian Champions Trophy match at the Al Rayyan Hockey Stadium in Doha, Qatar, late Sunday.

Paul Revington’s boys had earlier chalked up two victories after whipping Japan and Oman, both with a 4-1 scores.

Mohd Fitri Saari opened accounts for the Malaysian side in the 20th minute when his shot was deflected into goal by a Pakistani player, according to

A few minutes later, Samir Al Shibi equalised for Pakistan — last year’s runners-up — before national forward Mohd Faisal Saari restored Malaysia’s advantage through his trademark reverse hit in the 43rd minute.

Rashid Mehmood converted a penalty corner to level the score before Muhd Waqas Sharif scored Pakistan’s third goal to put the Champions Trophy’s bronze medallist ahead.

Malaysia’s Mohd Faisal bagged his second goal of the match through a field goal, two minutes before the final whistle, to ensure both teams shared the spoils.

Malaysia will play China today before wrapping up their match against defending champion, India, on Wednesday.

In earlier matches, India whitewashed Oman 11-0 while China defeated Japan 4-2.

Malaysia edged Japan 1-0 to bag the bronze medal in the first edition of the tournament in Ordos, China, last year. — Bernama

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Sarawak rookies stun seeded team at hockey championship Fri, 14 Dec 2012 18:13:09 +0000

GOAL SCORING DRILLS: As part of their training for the 8th Girls under 16 MSN Milo Hockey Championship in Kuala Lumpur, Sarawak’s women team players like Cammelia Endy (left) and Lora King had undergone rigorous goal scoring drills which were aimed to boost their skills at hitting it home.

KUCHING: Unseeded state hockey team registered their second win in ongoing 8th Girls under 16 MSN Milo Hockey Championship in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.

On Thursday’s opener Sarawak Women Hockey Association (SWHA) coach, Sivasubramaniam fielded mostly new faces and they trounced last Sukma champion Terengganu 4-0 with goals scored by Imelda Thomas, Christina Ella Ahon and Vagressia Apany.

And yesterday the same team thrashed last Sukma’s semifinalist Negeri Sembilan 3-0 through a brace from Lora King who scored in both halves while Cammilia Endy added her name to the score-sheet in the dying minutes.

Sivasubramaniam said that after fielding all the 12 new faces in the two matches, he is confident that they will advance into the next stage of the competition.

He added that the goal scoring drilling the players went through during their intensive training camp have produced good result as the team won by a bigger score-line and also did not concede any goals in recent matches.

According to him it showed that the players have improved especially in the goalkeeping led by Mayrin Nayai from Sibu.

Sivasubramaniam added after a lapse of six years, Sarawak is the only unseeded team in the Group A with comprised strong teams of Terengganu, Negeri Sembilan, Perak, Pulau Pinang and Selangor.

“Our girls will play Selangor today and after watching us beating our two opponents they knew it will be very tough match against us but we will take it one match at a time,” he said of Sarawak’s challenge spearheaded by Jessie Kay Frankie, Imelda Thomas, Olivia William, Jesicali Seberi, Cammelia Endy, Lora King, Sara Phillip, Averi Joseph, Wilina Mac Carina, Mozyliana Ezza Radin, Averi Joseph, Wisnika Junin, Leonney Suzye Roland, Vagressia Apany, Averynathanie Llyn and Rose Idda Derik, Mayrin Nayai and Christin Ela Ahon.

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S’wak rookies compete in national junior hockey meet Fri, 07 Dec 2012 20:04:11 +0000

NEW FACES: The new players in SWHA under-16 squad are namely (from left) Mayrin Nayai Maseng, Jessie Kay Frankie, Imelda Thomas, Olivia William, Christin Ela Ahon, Jesicali Seberi, Cammelia Endy, Lora King, Sara Phillip, Averi Joseph, (from right) Wilina Mac Carina, Mozyliana Ezza Radin, Averi Joseph, Wisnika Junin, Leonney Suzye Roland, Vagressia Apany, Averynathanie Llyn and Rose Idda Derik are the core players of the state squad for 2014 and 2016 Sukma.

KUCHING: Sarawak is expected to field 12 new players in its squad for the coming 8th MSN Milo Girls Under-16 Hockey Championship to be held in Kuala Lumpur from Dec 12 to 20.

Sarawak Women Hockey Association (SWHA) head coach, Sivasubramaniam disclosed the new faces will be joined by six seniors who will be leading the way.

“After a lapse of six years of not sending the under-16 girls team to participate in any national
level tournament…this is the first step of a long journey in order for us to achieve the state past hockey success at national level competitions,” he said.

According to him, the annual event will serve good avenue for the junior team to gain exposure and to test their strength and weaknesses when playing as a unit.

Even though Sivasubramaniam had not set any target for the team to achieve in the week-long tournament he expressed optimism for them to perform well especially with the presence of Mayrin Nayai as the new goalkeeper.

Sivasubramaniam said it is heartening to see that SHA is holding more hockey tournaments on regular basis which is aimed to promote and develop the standard of the game locally.

“And I hope our under 16 girls’ team will bring good result
from the competitions as a proof that they are indeed an excellent reserve of talents,” he said.

Those shortlisted for the 18 member state squad are Jessie Kay Frankie, Imelda Thomas, Olivia William, Jesicali Seberi, Cammelia Endy, Lora King, Sara Phillip, Averi Joseph, Wilina Mac Carina, Mozyliana Ezza Radin, Averi Joseph, Wisnika Junin, Leonney Suzye Roland, Vagressia Apany, Averynathanie Llyn and Rose Idda Derik.

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South Korea stop Malaysia from marching into Final of Champions Challenge 1 Mon, 03 Dec 2012 01:16:45 +0000

KUALA LUMPUR: The National hockey squad failed to emulate their earlier success against South Korea after losing 3-6 to the same side in the semi-final of the Men’s Champions Challenge 1 in Quilmes, Argentina, Sunday.

The win was sweet revenge for the Korean side that had lost 2-4 to the national side in their Pool A match.

Korea, the seventh ranked team in the world were simply brilliant, dominating possession in the first half and scored four times without reply to stun the national side and coach Paul Revington, since they had won all their four matches in convincing style.

Hyun Hye Sung opened accounts for the Korean side as early as the eighth minute with a rising penalty corner flick before he claiming his second goal of the match, 19 minutes later with a smart finish following a driving run from the right.

Things went from bad to worse when Malaysia scored an own goal in the 32nd minute before Korean skipper Lee Seung Il drilled home a penalty corner, a minute later to give Korea a huge 4-0 half time lead.–Bernama

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Rookies spearhead S’wak hockey challenge Sat, 24 Nov 2012 22:26:54 +0000

KUCHING: After a lapse of six years, Sarawak is all set to take part in the 8th Girls U-16 MSN Milo Hockey Championship to be held in Kuala Lumpur from Dec 12-20.

CHALLENGERS: State women hockey assistant coaches Nelyana Aling (left) and Pamela Tia (right) with Sarawak shadow squad trainees in jubilant mood during centralised training at Sarawak Hockey Stadium yesterday.

Speaking to thesundaypost yesterday, Sarawak Women Hockey Association (SWHA) head coach Sivasubramaniam revealed that the trip is made possible through the initiative and strong support from the SWHA president Datin Mary Sadiah Zainuddin.

“It is the first step of a long journey in order to achieve the state past hockey success at national level competitions,” he added.

Sivasubramaniam disclosed that most of the 27 girls selected and attending centralised training would be eligible to play in 2014 and 2016 Sukma, and added that they would make the core players of the state squad.

According to the coach, the majority of the regulars are from SMK Tebakang and SMK Bau, while others are raw talents from SMK Sains, SMK St Colomba in Miri and SMK Sibu Jaya.

Sivasubramaniam was especially elated with the new find in Falessca Francis of Belaga, Alice Sakai from Lawas and Mayrin Nayai, a goalkeeper from Sibu Jaya.

“The three new recruits despite the fact that they have not being exposed to any high level training or matches, I discovered that they possessed the tactical and technical talents of a hockey player and if given time to expose them to competitive games, they will become skilful and are the players to watch in next Sukma,” expressed Sivasubramaniam.

“Even though we had not set any target to finish on the top three spots in the tournament, I am optimistic that with Mayrin Nayai as goalkeeper, we would be able perform well. Judging from past experience, our team lost most of our games mainly due to poor goalkeeping,” added Sivasubramaniam.

For the battles ahead, Sivasubramaniam is assisted by a coaching team comprising Nelyana Aling, Pamela Tia, Christina Jaggiu (goalkeeper coach), Beatrice Sawin while former national player Lisa Ludong acts as team manager.

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Tengku Abdullah confident hockey squad can reach semi-finals Sat, 24 Nov 2012 22:21:21 +0000

PETALING JAYA: Malaysian Hockey Confederation president Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah expressed confidence that the national hockey squad can reach at least the semi-finals in the Champions Challenges 1 Trophy in Quilmes, Argentina.

He said the new national hockey coach Paul Revington was capable of guiding the squad as he had been given the Key Performance Indicator (KPI) by the national hockey parent body, prior to this.

“Our target is to be in the four best teams, and the coach himself has given his views (to me) that he was confident about the team.

“I am confident about the target because the players selected are a combination of old and new,” said Tengku Abdullah, who is also Football Association of Malaysia deputy president, after a surprise visit at the national football squad training session, here yesterday.

Malaysia, which was voted into Group A, will meet Poland in the curtain raiser today, Korea
on Sunday and Canada on Tuesday.

Group B was headed by two-time champions and hosts Argentina with Ireland, Japan and South Africa.

For the record, the national hockey squad’s best achievement at the championship was fourth place in 2001 when it was host. — Bernama

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Defending champion Malaysia finish in last spot Sun, 18 Nov 2012 22:45:27 +0000

JOHOR BAHARU: Defending champion Malaysia finished sixth in the Under-21 International Hockey Championship (Johor Sultan Cup) after losing 1-2 to New Zealand in a rain interrupted match at the Taman Daya Hockey Stadium, here yesterday.

The 2013 Project squad lost out to a Kane Russel penalty corner strike during extra time after the match had ended 1-1 during regulation time.

Coach Muhammad Dhaarma Raj said it was evident that the players were mentally tired, especially after watching them miss easy passes or when defending feeble shots at goal.

“They were missing easy shots, short passes and could not defend the penalty corner well. Mental fatigue is not an excuse but need to be given serious attention,” he said after the match.

He added that since he had only four days to work with the team, time factor was another reason why the team could not perform more aggressively.

Malaysia who were dominating 60 percent of the exchanges had five penalty corners in the first half but penalty corner specialist Muhammad Noor Faeez Ibrahim failed to make them count although New Zealand goalkeeper Sam Greaney was a stumbling block.

Play was suspended for 25 minutes due to rain when the match entered the 28th minute of the first half but though Malaysia came back strong in the second half to take the lead through Shazril Irwan Nazli (48th minute), New Zealand managed to equalise in the 58th minute through Jared Panchia.

The Malaysian side, looking jaded during extra time, conceded a penalty corner in the 72nd minute which was clinically converted by Russel to give the Kiwis fifth place. — Bernama

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Malaysia and India evenly matched Sat, 17 Nov 2012 16:34:00 +0000

JOHOR BAHARU: Malaysia and India played to a 3-3 draw in the Sultan of Johor Cup International Under-21 Hockey Championship at the Taman Daya Hockey Stadium here Saturday.

However, the result did not help Malaysia’s position in the table standings with the hosts still at the bottom with just four points.

An due to this, Malaysia now have to settle for the fifth/sixth placing match playoff.

Malaysia’s coach Muhammad Dharma Raj, however, did not see Malaysia’s performance as a failure, saying the other teams had taken the national Under-21 team seriously, being defending champions.

“The tournament also helps us to capitalise on our strengths and improve on our weaknesses ahead of the World Junior Hockey Championship in New Delhi next year,” he told the post-match press conference. –Bernama

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Tenby Team A victorious in Panaga hockey tourney Fri, 09 Nov 2012 17:21:25 +0000

HOCKEY CHAMPIONS: Members from Tenby Team A (back row) and Tenby Team B (front) in jubilant mood as they do the victory pose with their shiny medals won at the recent Panaga Hockey Tournament held in Brunei.

MIRI: Tenby Team A of Tenby International School (TIS), Miri emerged victorious in the recent Panaga hockey tournament held in Brunei after having edged five other contenders.

Sai Rithvik Vijapurapu became the toast of his team after having scored excellent goals to secure Tenby Team A’s victory amidst strong challenge from others.

Tenby Team B won the third place with outstanding goals contributed by Auturo Van Alebeek in the tournament organised by Brunei’s Panaga Hockey Club.

During the event, Tenby’s Year 7 student Yutaro Kosuge received
the ‘Player of the Tournament’ award for his excellent team work and display of high sportsmanship.

According to the school’s Physical Education (PE) specialist teacher, Chloe the recent outing served as a new exciting experience for many of the selected squad members who have been learning hockey in their school lessons.

TIS Miri is the latest addition to the group of Tenby Schools and provides international education for local students as well as expatriate students living in Miri.

The school offers an international student-centred programme for students from Early Years to Secondary (age 3 to 15), with the primary and secondary schools operating on the same campus.

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State juniors vying for national indoor title Sun, 04 Nov 2012 23:03:12 +0000

OUTDOOR SKILLS TRANSFER: Project 2016 players competing in the SHA’s president league in last month practicing the goal scoring circle drill.

KUCHING: Sarawak will be making their debut appearance in the Boys and Girls National U-16 Six-Aside Hockey Tournament to be held at Bukit Jalil starting tomorrow to Nov 10.

According to SWHA’s head coach Sivasubramaniam his charges is made up four girls from SMK Tebakang-Sarah Philips, Vagrasia Apany, Wisnika Jurin and Jossiekay, Lora King, Willina Mac Carina from SMK Mura Tuang and Suhaila (SMK Penrissen),  Sata  ( SMK Bau) and Friendlyson from SMK ST Columba Miri.

The boy’s team coached by Kangot Awan, has SMK Penrissen topping the list with five players, while another three from SMK Luar Bandar Sibu and two from SMK Muara Tuang.

Speaking to The Borneo Post yesterday, Sivasubramaniam said that most of the players are from the Project 2016 and SHA’s hockey development programme, the team set up in preparation for Sukma 2014 and 2016 in Sarawak.

When asked to comment on their preparation for the competition he said his team had been drilling on tactical skills especially for indoor hockey games on the open Astroturf of Sarawak Hockey Stadium.

Sivasubramaniam cautioned that in any indoor sports one of the greatest challenges faced by any sports coach is finding ways to keep practices fresh without sacrificing skill development.

And this can be especially true for field hockey coaches due to the high degree of technical skills needed to play the game successfully in indoor competitions.

“Field hockey athletes can easily become bored or frustrated when they are forced to practice the same drills and adding some competitive fun to drills not only helps your players perfect their skills, it provides a break from the routine and an opportunity to build team camaraderie,” he added.

Both teams left for Kuala Lumpur today.

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Experienced hockey coaches needed here Thu, 18 Oct 2012 17:45:50 +0000

IN NEED OF GOOD COACHES: Youth hockey talents are in need of good and experienced coaches who can groom and train them properly at the initial stages. Young players will need proper guidance in their journey to become world class players.

KUCHING: More hockey coaches with sound knowledge of the game should be recruited by Sarawak in order to groom young talents and mould future champions.

One way of achieving this is to offer high salaries to deserving coaches who play vital role in training and turning the raw talents into world class players.

According to Sarawak Women Hockey Association (SWHA) chief coach, C Sivasubramaniam the best of coaches are more attracted to jobs with senior teams instead of the juniors simply because of the higher salaries and benefits.

He said the absence or the lack of qualified coaches at grass root level will deprive young players at schools and clubs level quality training and the much needed mentoring.

“Therefore in most cases, children are coached in the same way that adults are instructed, without taking into account the natural order or progressive development of the young player through time,” said Sivasubramaniam.

The makeshift or haphazard schemes that most coaches adopt do not resolve the delicate problem of ensuring young players quality coaching as they develop deep interest in playing hockey.

He was commenting on the young potential talents who played for teams competing in this year’s SHA President League and Hockey High Performance Talents Camp Games (SPTS).

“Sadly, in most sports and games the best coaches do not work at the grass roots level because coaching young players rarely reaps them any economic gain,” Sivasubramaniam lamented.

“We must realize that all children will fail frequently, not only in hockey but also in other physical and mental activities, if they are not brought gradually and progressively to the task,” he said on why young players should not be blamed for making mistakes simply because they will learn from such experience.

“When individuals experience frequent failures, they will not only lose interest and self-esteem but may also come to feel incapable of facing situations like that,” he said.

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Penrissen draw on confidence to win Thu, 18 Oct 2012 00:42:10 +0000

BUDDING CHAMPS: Impian Zaman’s Bryan fight for the ball with Muara Tuang’s Shamsul Imran during their President League match at Sarawak Hockey Stadium on Sunday. Muara Tuang won 2-1. Muara Tuang were fifth with a 1-4 record. Zaman Impian, a still green but potential side, finished winless.

KUCHING: Confidence and teamwork were the key to Penrissen winning the Sarawak Hockey Association’s President League.

The champions’ captain Christnall Michael said his team knew they could win the tournament from the outset.

“We had been playing as a team for so long – we were confident we could go all the way,” added Christnall, a SMK Penrissen alumnus.

The skipper is also a Bukit Jalil Sports School’s grad while the rest of the team are current and past players of SMK Penrissen.

Penrissen lifted the cup on Sunday when they drew 3-3 with Warriors.

Both teams finished with an identical record of four wins and one draw but Penrissen had a far superior goal difference.

Although they let in 16 goals (eight each) between them, the champs scored 28 times overall while Warriors could only manage 18 strikes.

The match on Sunday started in a torrential downpour and Christnall admitted the rain had affected his team’s play.

Going into the match tied on points (12-12) but separated by a big goal difference (25-15 against them), Warriors knew only a win would give them the championship.

In the wet conditions, Warriors had the advantage when they quickly built a 2-0 lead with field goals from Taserick and Mohd Isa in the 9th and 19th minutes respectively.

Penrissen finally found their strides in the 29th min when Ronald sounded the board to narrow the deficit.

After the intermission, David equalised for Penrissen with a 45th minute field goal.

Penrissen would go ahead just two minutes later when Felixon converted a penalty corner. Unfortunately for the champs, they could not hold their lead as the pressing Warriors equalised in the 59th minute through Mohd Riduan.

Neither side could break the deadlock thereafter and the game ended in a 3-3 stalemate – with victory going to Penrissen on goal difference.

“We like to play a fast-paced style but the rain made that kind of play difficult,” said Christnall of the effect the rain had on his team.

“Our teamwork and confidence in each other helped us to turn things around,” he said, alluding to the champions’ fightback.

He agreed Penrissen played their best game against BLTC.

The champs on Saturday steamrolled BLTC Hockey Club while Warriors downed a plucky Project 2016.

Penrissen won that match with a lopsided shutout. Rhodan Utok started the rout with a first-half hattrick which included a penalty corner conversion.

The champs would score another five times in the second-half with Rhodan notching another field goal to give Penrissen a thumping 8-0 victory.

Warriors kept pace by defeating the Project youngsters 3-1 but could not make a dent on the goal difference.

The scoreline might have been different had the Project side not fluffed their numerous chances with poor finishing.

The final standing saw Project 2016 finish third with BLTC fourth based on goal diffierence.

Muara Tuang was fifth with a 1-4 record.

Zaman Impian, a still green but potential side, finished winless.

That was to be expected as the team is a development squad made up of players only 12 to 15 years old.

They scored eight goals while letting in 18, a credible achievement considering they were up against much older players.

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Penrissen lift hockey title Tue, 16 Oct 2012 17:51:50 +0000

KUCHING: Penrissen, Kuching hockey’s budding powerhouse staged a comeback in the second half to draw with Warriors 3-3 in the President League’s final fixtures match at Sarawak Hockey Stadium last Sunday.

Even though both team maintained their flawless records after winning their respective fixtures throughout the league, Penrissen emerged champion by virtue of having superior goal different.

In the final match played in heavy rain, Herman Muntong’s brace saw the Warriors leading at the intermission 2-0.

After the breather the two goals’ deficits rejuvenated Penrissen and in the 48th and 57th minute, Donnie Walker Ho and Rhodan Utok banged in a field goal to equalise.

Five minutes later Fedtrus Peri sounded the board again to give Penrissen a 3-2 lead.

Warriors, trailing by a goal, picked themselves up and their perseverance bore fruit again in the 69th minute when Nazri Rudy scored laying on the ground after the Penrissen keeper’s rushing challenge deflected the ball to him and he made no mistake with the wide open goal to equalise.

Made up of past and present players from SMK Penrissen, the league champion is a well-oiled unit as they have been playing continuously as a team since in the MSSM’s inter-schools and state level tournaments.

The Project side managed to steal the third spot from BLTC after the trainees’ teachers drew with Muara Tuang 1-1.

Both have five points from four matches but Project has a better goal difference.

Impian Zaman are still winless and finished last in the table standings but coach cum team’s manager Desmond Labung said that he would not be losing any sleep as his young team is gaining good competitive exposure from the league to prepare for the national level U-12 1Mas championship to held Selangor starting Oct 31 to Nov 4.

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1Mas hockey players go for exposure Tue, 09 Oct 2012 17:58:55 +0000

PROMISING TALENT: Impian Zaman’s forward, Nigel in the tussle for ball fight with IPBL’s defender, Raymond in their recent Sarawak Hockey Association (SHA) President’s Cup league match held at Sarawak Hockey Stadium.

KUCHING: 1Mas hockey development programme trainees are competing in the Sarawak Hockey Association (SHA) President’s Cup hockey league to gain experience and exposure.

Representing Impian Zaman team in the ongoing league, the trainees are aged between 12 to 15 years old.

According to their coach Desmond Labung, the league serves as a good avenue to gain the much needed exposure in the team’s preparation for the coming 1Mas national camp to be hosted by Selangor in December and Sukma 2016 to be held here.

Desmond who is also Impian Zaman team manager was full of praises for the young guns for their show of true grit and determination when playing against the much older players from other teams.

The team lost 3 – 5 to pre-tournament favourite, Warriors before bowing out 2 – 5 to SMK Penrissen and 2 – 4 to IPBL.

“Even though we lost all our games, the tournament is a good platform for training and exposure,” he said of the young players.

He expressed confidence that by exposing them to competitive games will lead to better understanding among themselves.

“And I hope the association will continue to allow my 1Mas players to participate in competitive tournaments as part of their training programme,” he added.

The 1Mas players in Impian Zaman team are namely Bryan, Louis Razzel, Myothemeus, Gibson Conelly, Hanis Fahmi, Mark Maxwell Nigel, Ikmal, Clement and Haziq.

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Penrissen and Warriors still unbeaten Tue, 09 Oct 2012 00:33:31 +0000

YOUNG GUNS: 1Mas hockey development programme players stole the limelight of the ongoing SHA President League with their show of true grit and determination while playing against the more experienced opponents.The players aged between 12 and 15 are representing Impian Zaman in the exciting event being held at Sarawak Hockey Stadium. — Photo by Lester Mekan Baha

KUCHING: Unbeaten Penrissen and Warriors both maintained their unbeaten records in the ongoing President League after winning their respective fixtures over the weekend.

Penrissen, Kuching hockey’s budding powerhouse, thumped a green Project 2016 side 6-2 to top the standings.

The Warriors cruised to an easy win with a hammering of Muara Tuang to also maintain their perfect record.

Both teams are 3-0 with Penrissen topping the table by virtue of a superior goal difference.

In their match against Project 2016, the league leaders opened accounts first with a 16th minute penalty corner conversion by Rhodan Utok.

Eight minutes later, Donnie Walker Ho banged in a field goal and sounded the board again moments later to give Penrissen a 3-0 lead.

Two minutes after the intermission, Baniela Lehim scored with teammate Fedtrus Peri scoring 15mins. later to give Penrissen a massive 5-0 lead.

The Project side managed to prevent a whitewash when their Allaika T. Ruang scored in the 57mins.

Their perseverance bore fruit again in the 59th mins.

Mohd. Nurazizi scored laying on the ground after the Penrissen ‘keeper’s rushing challenge deflected the ball to him and he made no mistake with the wide open goal.

Ronald’s goal in the 66th mins. saw Penrissen winning handily 6-2.

Made up of past and poresent players from SMK Penrissen, the league leaders are a well-oiled unit as they have played together for so long.

Herman Muntong’s brace saw the Warriors to a 4-0 shutout win with the score at the intermission 2-0.

The weekends only other match saw BLTC Hockey Club downing Impian Zaman. BLTC’s Osman had a field goal and penalty corner conversion to see them winning 4-2, after a comeback from a 1-0 deficit at the break.

The Project boys dropped to fourth in the standings after their hammering by Penrissen while BLTC took over the third spot.

Both have four points from three matches but BLTC have a better goal difference.

Muara Tuang and Impian Zaman are still winless.

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SMK Penrissen dominate hockey Sun, 30 Sep 2012 22:51:18 +0000

KUCHING: SMK Penrissen No.1 under-17 hockey team continues to dominate this year’s local competitions and in the ongoing President League, they topped the league table by accumulating six points by beating Impian Zaman 5-2 and SMK Muara Tuang 6-1.

Their juniors Project 2016, the team which players are also from SMK Penrissen No.1, is currently second on the table after they drew with Batu Lintang Teachers Institute (IPBL)and beat SMK Muara Tuang by a solitary goal from star player Galve Oyester through penalty corner.

The Project 2016 team, with players all under-16 is set-up to represent Sarawak in Sukma 2016.

Sarawak hockey team head coach Sivasubramaniam hoped that the players will continue to play as a team in order to form a formidable squad for Sukma 2016 when Sarawak become host.

He added that to form a strong team, strong aerobic fitness is critical, particularly for players in the midfield.

“It is because  strong aerobic ability allows you to run all day and gives you the best opportunity to recover from sprint efforts especially when playing on Astroturf which requires a player to sprint continuously,” Sivasubramaniam told The Borneo Post yesterday.

He also said that to be a good field hockey player, you must be able to keep up with the pace of the game and remain on the field, free of injury and fatigue.

“And it could only be develop if the players continue to train as a team until 2016 and beyond,” Sivasubramaniam informed.

A total of six teams are taking part in the league starting from Sept 24 until Oct 14.

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President’s League makes a comeback Tue, 25 Sep 2012 18:02:32 +0000

KUCHING: After a three year hiatus, the President’s Cup hockey league for 11-a-side finally happening despite schedules had to be rearranged after the late pull-out of teams from Asajaya and Sikh-Indians.

Last weekend saw all six teams in action with three keenly contested matches.

The opening match saw the Project 2016 team, comprising form three and form four students from the 1MAS Program held to a 2-2 draw by the trainee teachers of Batu Lintang Teacher’s Training College (MPBL).

The youngsters lead two-nil through goals from Dais Sharamdan in the 16th minute and Galve Oyster shortly after the interval. MPBL fought back gallantly to restore parity with Otaman Abdul Malik scoring first and the equaliser by Mohamad Naim in the 58th minute. Project 2016 team had to endure a nerve-wrecking 12 minutes to hang on for the precious draw.

In the second match, the experienced Warriors team defeated Impian Zaman 5-3.

Impian Zaman is a team comprising mostly student from the St. Thomas’ primary school. They also had a few seniors playing for the team.

The Warriors had Rudi Naziri, who flew all the way from Miri to play for them. He contributed two goals for his team.

Clement Tsai who plays for Impian Zaman will be plying his trade in Peninsular Malaysia next year as he along with two of his school-mates were offered places in an elite hockey sports school. He scored two goals for his team during the match.

The last match of the day saw favourites Penrissen go up against Muara Tuang. Both teams comprised current and former students respectively.

Muara Tuang was no match for Penrissen as they were thrashed 6-1. With the heroics of Muara Tuang custodian Nur Muazzin and his team’s solitary goal lead in the first half, things look bright for the team.

Muara Tuang’s game plan was foiled when Penrissen scored the equaliser through Fireman David Ritikos after the breather. It was all mayhem for Muara Tuang when Penrissen scored another five goals until the final whistle.

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Hockey umpiring exam on Oct 7 Thu, 13 Sep 2012 17:03:30 +0000

KUCHING: Sarawak Hockey Association (SHA) and Malaysia Hockey Confederation (MHC) will be organising the national level umpiring theory examination at Sarawak Hockey Stadium of Jalan Padungan on Oct 7.

Those interested in taking the exam are requested to contact either Kangot Awan at 013-8212058 or William Lee at 016-8827906 for further details.

The closing date for registration is Sept 19 at 5pm and the entry fee per person is RM30. The briefing on the examination will be held at the stadium’s conference room at this Sunday at 2pm.

Meanwhile, the team managers’ meeting for the SHA President League will be held this Sunday at 3pm for the submission of team lists and payment of entry fees of RM200 per team.

The league will start from Sept 22 onwards on the weekends.

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SIMEN hockey tournament a success Sun, 02 Sep 2012 23:21:42 +0000

THE WINNERS:Winners of the SIMEN Hockey tournament organised by SMK St Columba pose for a group photo with school principal Robinette Tiong Aik Gek (left in blue shirt) after the award presentation ceremony.

MIRI: The SIMEN Hockey tournament organised by SMK St Columba has proven once again that Miri possessed lots of young potential hockey players ready to be groomed and drafted to the state squad.

The two-day tournament which started on Saturday and ends yesterday was a success and received huge support from hockey players and enthusiasts in Miri.

“There were 24 teams competing made up of various schools in Miri, organisations and hockey clubs,” SMK St Columba’s teacher in charge Ahmed Faisal said.

He added that SMK St Columba was the first school in the state to organise the SIMEN hockey tournament.

“SIMEN hockey is still new. Therefore, it is an honour to be able to participate in this development programme,” Ahmed said.

“In fact, we have invited our state hockey coach C. Sivasubraniam to come over to support this tournament. We believe this is a good opportunity for us to let him see our young talented hockey players,” he added.

Sivasubraniam praised the school’s good work as it is very supportive towards the sport and an event to showcase their young talents.   “It is a very good tournament. I can see lots of potential here in Miri,” Sivasubraniam said.

In the tournament, team Champion B emerged the winner in the Men’s category while team The Legend toppled team Warrior to become champion in the Girl’s category.

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State needs more hockey infrastructure Sun, 02 Sep 2012 23:17:50 +0000

WE GOT TALENT: Girl’s team from SMK St Columba (in red shirt) shows off their talent when competing against team The Legend (in blue shirt) at SMK St Columba yesterday.

MIRI: It would be an unfortunate waste of talent and a huge loss to the state if no proper facilities and extensive training are given out to our young hockey players.

This was disclosed by the state head hockey coach C. Sivasubraniam when met by reporters at the closing of the SIMEN hockey tournament organised by SMK St Columba here yesterday.

“We have a lot of young talented hockey players in Miri and Sibu. However, only having talent is not enough. It has to come in a complete set which consists of talent, training and facilities,” he said.

He added that the sport is in dire need of better facilities and bigger fields so that hockey talents in Miri and Sibu are not wasted.

Apart from that, he also urged schools principals and teachers in the state to play their part in promoting hockey.

“The school principal of SMK St Columba is very supportive. That is why there are a lot of potential and talented hockey players here. We have to have more principals like her,” he added.

Sivasubraniam believes that if the sport received enough support from the schools, then it would be easier to organise hockey tournaments in the future.

He added that the tournament organised by SMK St Columba was a good platform to tap new talents to represent the state one day.

“I can see the commitment and dedication in these players as well which are rare”, he said.

Sivasubraniam said he will return to Miri in October to host a hockey clinic which is part of the state hockey development programme.

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Unimas wins Yayasan Sarawak English Debate Championship Thu, 30 Aug 2012 17:42:02 +0000

WE DID IT!: The Yayasan Sarawak English Debate Championship 2012 champions Albert (third right), Teo (third left), and Fitriavioani (second right) posing with their trophies together with Dr Jerip (left), Heskin (right) and Mortadza (second left).

KUCHING: Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) was crowned the champion of the Yayasan Sarawak English Debate Championship 2012 in a thrilling debate finale held at Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak campus (Swinburne Sarawak) here yesterday.

The victorious university was represented by Albert Kamalendra, Teo Ting Ting and Fitriavioani Mohd Khalid who got their message across arguing against ‘Proton should adopt a strategic change by developing cars that run on biofuel’ and defeated Vigneswaran Duraragh, Malcam Prateel Prasad and Nur Hanani Ahmad Shukri of Curtin University of Technology Sarawak (Curtin Sarawak).

On top of that, the sweet victory for the trio, who won a cash prize of RM3,000 along with a trophy, was made even sweeter when Teo was also named the ‘Best Debater in the Grand Final’ bagging herself RM500.

The fourth year mechanical engineering student told The Borneo Post that prior to the competition, the team would practise together once or twice a week.

“As the finals approached, we had intensive training to prepare ourselves,” said Teo, who had previously participated in debating competitions in Sarawak as well as in Peninsular Malaysia.

Meanwhile, an elated Albert expressed his gratification at winning the championship for the first time stating that the combination of hard work and commitment from the team had paid off.

“Obviously, we are very excited to have won the competition and feel very satisfied at the outcome,” he said.

Sharing the same sentiment, Fitriavioani conveyed her gratitude towards the Malaysian Institute for Debate and Public Speaking (MIDP) for their effort in developing debators in the country.

“We would also like to thank Unimas especially the Student Affairs and Alumni Division (HEPA) for their underlying support,” she added.

Meanwhile, Cynthia Sim Shen Duang’s unique method of delivering her speech through rapping and singing on the topic of green technology in the Yayasan Sarawak Public Speaking Competition proved to have won the heart of the judges as the Swinburne Sarawak student emerged as the winner winning herself RM300.

The first and second runners-up places comprising cash prizes of RM200 and RM100 were awarded to Keeshaanan Sundaresan of Curtin Sarawak and Sathisan Moorthy of Swinburne Sarawak.

On hand to present the prizes were Assistant Minister for Public Health Dr Jerip Susil who represented Minister of Special Functions and Yayasan Sarawak and also Swinburne Sarawak Council chairman Tan Sri Datuk Amar Adenan Satem; Swinburne Sarawak pro vice-chancellor and chief executive Prof Ken Heskin and Yayasan Sarawak special administrative officer Mortadza Alop representing Yayasan Sarawak director Abu Bakar Marzuki.

The four-day event, which began last Monday, saw top orators from eight higher learning institutions in Sarawak namely Unimas, Swinburne Sarawak, Curtin Sarawak, Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) Sarawak, Masterskill Global College, Politeknik Kuching Sarawak, Multimedia College Sarawak and SEGI College Sarawak competing in the tournament themed ‘Searching for Drivers of Technology, Development and the Environment’.

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Hockey team need continuous training, says Sukma coach Fri, 17 Aug 2012 17:59:05 +0000

NEED MORE EXPOSURE: (From right) Christina Patra, Ivana Sonia and Verrnity Ricky demonstrate new play system at Sarawak Hockey Stadium in this file photo.


KUCHING: The present Sarawak women hockey team could have performed better if there was continuous training and development programme right after Sukma 2010 in Melaka.

This was disclosed by state head coach, Sivasubraniam who disclosed there was no immediate follow-up to prepare the team for the recently concluded 2012 Sukma.

“I was only given four months to prepare the team for Pahang Sukma and players who reported for centralized training were physically unfit,” he lamented on the crop of selected players who are lacking in the basic skills.

“In order to become a good field hockey player, they must be able to keep up with the pace of the game, remain focus on the field, free of any injury and fatigue, he said on the characteristics of a good hockey player.

To start off with, the coach’s main challenge was to work on their fitness, improve their basic skills and to equip them the various types of game plan, tactics and set pieces.

According to him, Sukma is the national highest level of competition available for local players and it is only natural for them to be mentally and physically fit for challenges on the pitch.

“The players were lacking exposure and it was recommended for them to compete in the domestic league or in tournaments organised by Malaysian Hockey Federation in the Semenanjung,” he said.

“It is important for the players to feel challenged every time they compete against others because this is essential for their development as a good athlete,” the coach said.

Sivasubramaniam expressed hoped for the Sarawak Hockey Association (SHA) to look into the mass exodus of players which he said would normally happen after Sukma.

“If we failed to address the problem, we would be losing good players and may not be able to form a good squad which need to hold on them (players) altogether for at least five to six years,” he said.

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Germany win thriller to defend Olympic hockey gold Sun, 12 Aug 2012 23:19:03 +0000

DETERMINED: Germany’s Jan Philipp Rabente (centre) scores against The Netherlands during the men’s field hockey gold medal match Germany vs the Netherlands at the London 2012 Olympic Games in London. — AFP photo

Germany won the Olympic title for the second successive time when they triumphed 2-1 against the Netherlands, the former champions, in a blood and thunder final on Saturday.

Both goals were scored by Jan Philipp Rabente, who thus denied the Dutch their dream of becoming the first nation to win both hockey golds at the same Games.

It was also frustrating for the Dutch as they had beaten the Germans in their pool match earlier in these Games.

But this is a very resilient German team, which they proved by scoring three late goals to defeat world champions Australia in the semi-finals.

“For the Dutch it was harder to play the final because until then they had never had any difficulty,” said Germany coach Markus Weise.

“We had lost one and drawn one and we had something to think about.”

Dutch manager Paul van Ass said: “I have to say the Germans defended superbly today. We are very skilful, but the Germans won it despite our skills.”

Though the Netherlands had reached the final with a 9-2 hammering of Great Britain, they found far fewer openings this time, especially in the first half.

Players with the skill of Florian Fuchs and Christopher Zeller for Germany, and Billy Bakker and Rogier Hofman threatened to break the defensive walls.

Eventually the three best chances of the half were created by the Dutch,  but Germany scored the only goal.

First Bakker wriggled through and forced a good save from Max Weinhold, and then Bakker was set up by Robbert Klemperman only for his shot to be deflected just past a post by a defender.

When Rod Weusthof was foiled only by a last ditch parry after a penalty corner it seemed that The Netherlands would make a breakthrough.

Instead Germany did, two minutes from half-time.

Timo Wess sent a good through ball to Rabente, who forced his way past three defenders and, as he was falling, somehow
levered the ball past the goalkeeper.

When Christopher Zeller hit a post for German early in the second half, it seemed to sting the Dutch team. — AFP

A period of prolonged pressure eventually brought two penalty corners, the second of which saw Sander de Wijn’s hit find Mink van der Weerden, the tournament’s leading scorer, who smashed it perfectly into a corner.

It was his eighth goal of the tournament, and his seventh from penalty corners, and with a quarter of an hour to go it jerked the match into a last phase of feverish intensity.

As the teams tired, openings began to present themselves more often. But it was Germany who found a little more from their reserves and made the killer thrust.

Rabiente did well to force his way into the penalty circle, only for the Dutch defence to repel the attack.

But when Tobais Hauke launched the ball back into the danger area, two German players plunged for the ball near a post and Rabiente got the golden touch.

There was still time for The Netherlands to rouse themselves for a couple of desperate last efforts, during which a heavy collision caused Germany’s Timo Wess to be led off injured.

But it was not quite enough, and the finish saw the pitch strewn with exhausted, laid flat orange-shirted players, and embracing white-shirted ones.    Australia scored a deserved 3-1 win over Great Britain which earned them the bronze medal.

India lost their sixth game out of six when a 3-2 defeat to South Africa condemned them to 12th and last place in the tournament.

It was the first time that the eight-time champions had gone through an Olympics without winning a match. — AFP

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Hockey competition calling for entries Sun, 12 Aug 2012 22:55:46 +0000

MIRI: SMK St. Columba is set to organise a hockey championship scheduled this coming September 1-2.

The two-day tournament is divided into men and women categories. Entrance fee is RM20 per team for students while RM100 per team is charged for the open category.

Those who are interested to participate could obtain the entry forms from the school. The duly completed form and participation fee must be submitted to the school before August 30.

For further information, members of the public can contact Rudi at 013 – 840 5521 or Ahmed Faisal at 019-5663388.

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Dutch into semis, India routed Tue, 07 Aug 2012 02:53:53 +0000

where’s the ball?: Jan Philipp Rabente (left) of Germany vies for the ball with Sander de Wijn of Netherlands during the men’s field hockey preliminary round match between Netherlands and Germany at the Riverbank Arena in London, during the London Olympic Games. — AFP photo

The Netherlands team joined their women’s counterparts as semi-finalists in the Olympic hockey tournament on Sunday by beating Germany 3-1 in their fourth pool match at the Riverside Arena.

A draw between the great European rivals would have seen both teams through to the last four but Germany will now have to get a point from their fifth and last pool match today.

Germany made a great start against the Dutch.

Christopher Zeller converted a penalty corner inside three minutes but Bob de Voogd popped in a rebound in the 14th minute and the teams turned round level at 1-1.

The second half started as dramatically as the first half with stalwart Teun de Nooijer setting up and scoring in the first minute.

De Nooijer was making his 450th appearance for the Dutch, a world record while his goal was his 218th.

When Mink van der Weerden found a top corner of the German goal with a corner flick in the 41st minute, the Dutch could concentrate on maintaining their two-goal advantage.

The Dutch men who lost to Germany on penalties in the 2008 Beijing semi-finals have qualified for the semi-finals in every Olympics since the 1984 Los Angeles Games.

Germany would have reached the last four if South Korea had failed to beat India.

As it was the Koreans were much superior to the Indians at finishing and won 4-1.

They now have six points and are three points behind second-placed Germany. Korea has yet to play Netherlands.

Nam Hyun-Woo converted two late penalty corners for the Koreans against the eight-time champions.

India’s defeat left them bottom of group B without a point and they are now condemned to the 11/12th place match, a far cry from their halcyon days.

Pakistan stepped back into contention for a semi-final place in group A with a nail-biting 5-4 win over South Africa.

It took Pakistan’s points tally to seven from their four matches.

Australia, the World Cup holders, let a 3-0 lead slip against hosts Great Britain and were held to a 3-3 draw in the top of the table match.

The result means the two have eight points, one more than Pakistan, after each has played four of their five group games.

Australia made a whirlwind start with two goals by Russell Ford in the first 11 minutes.

Mark Knowles, given too much room, increased Australia’s lead six minutes into the second half.

Six minutes later Jonty Clarke’s centre was deflected into goal for the the first of Britain’s goals. — AFP

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Dutch into hockey semis as Britain falter Mon, 06 Aug 2012 00:54:23 +0000

triumphant: The Netherlands’ Lidewij Welten (left) celebrates with teammates in front of South Korea’s Lee Seon Ok after a goal during the women’s field hockey preliminary round match between The Netherlands and South Korea at the Riverbank Arena in London during the London 2012 Olympic Games. — AFP photo

Defending champions the Netherlands moved into the semi-finals of the Olympic women’s hockey tournament on Saturday by defeating South Korea 3-2 for their fourth successive victory.

The Dutch were made to work hard by South Korea before taking their tally to 12 points from four matches to head Pool A.

In the same group, China came back into the chase for semi-finals with a 2-1 victory that stopped Great Britain’s winning spree.

Britain remain in second place with nine points from four games, while China boosted their tally to seven points.

The hosts’ semi-final hopes now hinge on their last game against the Dutch on Monday, while earlier that day China will play the group’s bottom-placed team, Japan.

The situation in Pool B did not become much clearer despite wins for world champions Argentina, Australia and New Zealand.

The day finished with those three teams locked on nine points and Germany who have still to play New Zealand, three points adrift after losing 3-1 to Argentina.

However, Argentina — who play Australia on Monday — have comfortably the best goal difference of the top three.

South Korea’s Cheon Seul Ki converted two penalty corners to trouble the Dutch, who got all their goals in open play.

Cheon opened the scoring by sending a drag-flick into the top corner in the fifth minute, but the Dutch were back on level terms in the 10th minute on Kelly Jonker’s reverse deflection of captain Maartje Paumen’s shot.

Ellen Hogg open field strike four minutes later gave Netherlands the lead and Carlien Dirkse van den Heuvel made it 3-1 one minute after half-time.

Cheon pulled another goal back from a penalty corner in the 64th minute

Max Caldas, coach of the Netherlands, said: “I’m obviously happy to be in the semi-finals, but I want to see more goals.”

Kate Walsh, Britain’s captain, returned to play after surgery to fix a fractured jaw sustained in their opening game of this tournament.

But it was China who seized control of the game through penalty corner conversions by Fu Baorong in the 41st minute and Zhao Yudiao six minutes later.

Crista Cullen pulled a goal back for Britain on a penalty corner one minute from full-time.

“We’re disappointed with our performance,” said Walsh. “We can play better that that.”

As for her injury, Walsh added: “I put my mouth in some silly positions. It was my own fault.

Australia rode on Jade Close’s early field goal to beat South Africa 1-0 in Pool B and set the target in the group with nine points from four matches.

Argentina maintained their recent supremacy over Germany with a 3-1 win in the day’s last game. — AFP

Early goals by Sofia Maccari and captain Luciana Aymar, set the tone for Argentina’s third win out of four games.

German defender Nina Hasselmann did score late on but Rocio Sanchez Moccia immediately replied.

New Zealand’s penalty corner drills saw them through in a 3-2 win over the United States who were level at 2-2 until the last six minutes.

Kiwi captain Kayla Sharland, Gemma Flynn and Clarissa Eshuis scored for the Black Sticks, while Katie O’Donnell and Claire Laubach were on target for the United Staes.

Mark Hager, the New Zealand coach, said: “The US made it bloody hard for us. We could still be playing in the semifinals or for the 7th/8th place.

“It still depends on our next match against Germany on Monday.”

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Friendly rivalry at Under-23 hockey final Sun, 15 Jul 2012 23:37:52 +0000

SKILFUL: Players of SMK Penrissen No 1 Git team (in orange) vies for the ball with team Giam at the final of the Kuching Fest Six-A-Side Boys U-23 yesterday. Team Git won 4-3.

KUCHING: It was a true exhibit of youthful exuberance at the Kuching Fest Six-A-Side Boys U-23 hockey final held yesterday as the SMK Penrissen No1 school teams of Giam and Git fought tooth and nails for the crown.

Played at the Sarawak Hockey Stadium here, both teams hail from the same school and local hockey powerhouse, SMK Penrissen No1, thus the players knew each other well in terms of tactics and strength.

Team Git was victorious over school-mates team Giam 4-3 with the match swung like a pendulum as both teams raced to the lead neck to neck until the final whistle.

“The match was a true testament of good fighting spirit.

It was nice to see such exciting finals today (yesterday) here,” commented tournament co-ordinator Mohd Taufi q Abdullah.

Giam drew first blood just two minutes into the game and Git immediately replied two minutes later.

Git would score again to put them in the driving seat for a while until Giam restored parity at the dying minutes of the first half.

During the second half, Git scored right at the restart to make the scoreline 3-2.

They extended their lead minutes later to make it 4-2.

Team Giam refused to give up and scored in the dying minutes of the game to narrow the score to 4-3.

The match ended two minutes after the goal and Git went home with the grand prize.

“The final game was thrilling indeed. It is always nice to see a high scoring match and the fi nalists today did not let the spectators down,” commented Sarawak Hockey Association secretarygeneral William Lee.

Also present during the final yesterday was Kuching City South Council (MBKS) Mayor James Chan who presented the prizes to the winners and announced that the tournament will be turned into an annual event as part of a permanent fixture of the Kuching Festival.

Chan too pointed out that MBKS plans to invite more teams for next year’s tournament with the possibility hockey teams from outside the state taking part.

He too disclosed that the tournament’s prize money will be raised next year.

Meanwhile, SMK Tebekang B defeated SMK Penrissen No 1, 2-0 at the finals of the Seven-A-Side Girls U-23 hockey tournament also held yesterday.

A total of 30 teams took part in the hockey tournament jointly organised by Sarawak Hockey Association and MBKS.

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Thirty teams in the fray at Kuching Fest hockey tourney Sat, 14 Jul 2012 23:39:50 +0000

KUCHING: The Kuching Festival U-23 Seven-A-Side Girls and Six-A-Side Boys Hockey Tournament kicked-off yesterday with a total of 30 teams from all around the state participating.

Played at the Sarawak Hockey Stadium, the tournament was a joint effort of the Kuching City South Council (MBKS) and the Sarawak Hockey Association. Organised in conjunction with the Kuching festival 2012, MBKS have decided to host the tournament to promote healthy lifestyle and leisure among the public here in Kuching.

“Most of the teams competing here today (yesterday) are school teams. Some of them are schools that participated at the MSSN Sarawak Hockey Championship last February,” informed Mohd Taufiq Abdullah, the tournament co-ordinator.

He pointed out that the main purpose of the tournament was to promote hockey among youngsters here in Sarawak. Hockey, apart from football is a popular sport in the country with Malaysia’s latest international success was the gold medal achievement at the Junior Asia Cup held in Malaysia last May.

Mohd Taufiq too commented that the turnout during this tournament was better than the previous tournament which was organised two years ago. As a matter of fact, he added that the response was overwhelming and the organising committee had to limit the number of participants due to time constraint.

Also present during the meet yesterday was Sarawak Hockey Association secretary-general William Lee. During an interview with The Borneo Post yesterday, Lee too agreed that the tournament is a wonderful way to promote the sport in Sarawak.

“I did notice some uncut gems and one or two good players playing today (yesterday). Nevertheless, I hope all the teams playing today will have a great time,” he added.

Lee indicated that no selections or scouting process will be carried out today. The tournament is all about enjoying playing the game itself.

“It’s a good platform to scout potential players who can represent the state but then again, not this time. For once we would just like to organise an event where everybody can come and enjoy it together,” he said.

When asked on his assessments of the state hockey team’s performance in Sukma XV, Lee declined to comment. He said it would not be fair to asses the team merely on the results alone as he was not in with the team during the tournament.

The qualifying round and the finals of the Kuching Festival U-23 Seven-A-Side Girls and Six-A-Side Boys Hockey Tournament will be held at the Sarawak hockey stadium today.

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Women hockey team ‘feel good’ despite draw Sun, 08 Jul 2012 23:12:34 +0000

IT’S A GOAL!: Christina Uchat (left) scores past the Perak goalkeeper during their opening match in Group A in the women’s hockey competition at SUKPA Complex hockey field yesterday. The match ended with a 1-1 draw. — Photo by Teo Chi Wei

POOR finishing has let the Sarawak women’s hockey team down again as they drew 1-1 with Perak in their opening match in Group A at SUKPA Complex hockey field yesterday.

Sarawak drew first blood in the 31st minute through Christina Uchat while Perak replied with a 53rd minute equaliser through Nurul Shafi zan Amran.

Coach C Sivasubramaniam said he was happy that Sarawak had earned one point from the match and added that Sarawak could have won if not for the lack of good finishing.

“We had six short corners in the first half and three in the second against Perak’s three. You have 90 per cent of scoring in short corners,” he said after the match. “We should have finished off Perak in the first half.

There were two clear-cut opportunities that we missed,” he lamented. He said being able to draw with Perak, who are one of the top teams in the country, was a satisfactory result.

“Compared to teams like Perak or Selangor, we are still far behind but I am pleased that our girls, the majority of whom are very young, are able to give Perak a good challenge.

The build-up to the game by our girls is okay but they need to get more used to the system of play,” said Sivasubramaniam.

Sarawak will next face Melaka today, after which they will take on Selangor on Tuesday, Pulau Pinang on Wednesday and wrap up their preliminary round match against Johor on Thursday. Sarawak was eliminated in the preliminary rounds at Sukma XIII in Melaka in 2010.

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Kuching Festival hockey tourney calling for entries Tue, 03 Jul 2012 18:45:31 +0000

KUCHING: In conjunction with the Kuching Festival 2012, Kuching City South Council (MBKS) and Sarawak Hockey Association will jointly organise an under-23 seven-a-side girl’s and six-a-side boy’s hockey tournament scheduled for July 14-15.

The tournament is open to youths from around Kuching and Samarahan Divisions. Teams from Sarikei, Sibu and MIri are also expected to take part.

All teams can register up to a maximum of nine players for girls and eight players for boys.

Entries will be closed on July 11.

Teams interested to take part are advised to contact William Lee (016-8827906), Kangot Awan (013-8212058) or Sunil Roy (016-8666609).

There will also be a team managers’ meeting at Sarawak Hockey Stadium, Jalan Padungan on July 13. All team managers are required to attend the meeting for the draw and briefing.

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Sarawak hockey squad ready for Sukma quest Tue, 19 Jun 2012 00:51:57 +0000

CONFIDENT: Sarawak women’s hockey team receives words of inspiration from Assistant Minister of Sports Datuk Lee Kim Shin at their training ground yesterday.

KUCHING: The Sarawak women’s hockey team is keen to emulate the success of their predecessors at the Sukma XV games in Kuantan.

The state last won the gold at the games in 2006. They were also champions in 2004 and 1996.

“I told the team that they must have the optimism and confidence that they can do it again in Pahang. I hoped the state will not wait any longer for a gold medal in the Sukma women’s hockey event,” Assistant Minister of Sports Datuk Lee Kim Shin told The Borneo Post yesterday during his visit to the team at Sarawak Hockey Stadium.

Lee advised the players not be intimidated by their opponents and reminded them not to be over-confident too.

“I am satisfied and happy with their preparations, and strongly believed that under the guidance of head coach C. Sivasubramaniam, the team is heading in the right direction,” said Lee.

According to state player Ivana Sonia, she knew that her predecessors are in fact living legends of hockey.

She too aims of being talk about in the same breadth as them.

“We trained hard for this. We want to win the gold medal for the state and I think we can’t accept anything less than that. After all, Sarawak women’s team have won the gold medal three times before,” she added.

The state women’s Sukma hockey team currently spar against the senior women’s and men’s teams at the Sarawak Hockey Stadium every weekend.

After a brief chat with the Sarawak Women’s Hockey Association (SHWA) president Datin Mary Saadiah who was also present during his visit yesterday, Lee was also told that the current 21 players attending training will be trimmed to a final 18.

This includes a player who currently studies at Bandar Penawar Sports school in Johor.

With a few experienced players retained from last Sukma, Lee was told that their presence will add more depth to the team.

Meanwhile, Sivasubramaniam revealed that Sarawak is in group B together with the strong teams of Johor, Penang, Melaka and Perak.

He admitted that Sarawak is in the “group of death” but insists that the other states should fear Sarawak as well.

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Sarawak awarded Fair Play trophy in Raja Norashikin Cup women hockey tourney Thu, 14 Jun 2012 18:06:29 +0000

KUCHING: Sarawak Sukma XV women’s hockey team was awarded the Fair Play trophy for their exemplary display of sportsmanship in the recent Raja Norashikin Cup women hockey tourney held in Seremban, Negri Sembilan.

Despite finishing fourth in Group A, the young and inexperienced State team was no pushovers after ending their challenge with three wins and three defeats.

In the opening match, the nervous State team went down fighting 0-3 to the more experienced Armed Forces followed by a narrow 1-0 defeat to Kedah but stunned the Singapore junior team 1-0 in their third match.

Boosted by their first win in the event, they thumped Selangor Sports School 5-0 and edged a strong Perak side 2-1 before bowing down 0-3 to Melaka.

Sarawak could have improved its position but finished fourth in Group A with nine points after Kedah due to goals scored difference.

State women’s hockey coach Sivasubramaniam C was surprised with the outcome of the team’s first major outing prior to Sukma and expressed satisfaction with the way his charges soaked up the pressure of the prestigious tournament.

According to him, 18 out of the 23 girls he brought to Seremban were newcomers who never played in any high level tournament but they worked well as a unit and scored eight goals despite conceding the same number of goals.

“I am impressed with their high discipline and true fighting spirit…they have worked very hard in giving their opponents a good run for their money,” he said on the state players who could have done better if they were to convert their chances.

“It was a very good experience for them and now they know how it feels like to compete in the country’s highest level tournament,” he added.

“We are not far from other teams in terms of standard…it is just only that the girls are lacking experience and were suffering from fatigue,” Sivasubramaniam said on the recent event which gave good exposure for the state women’s hockey team which has to work harder for Sukma XV in Pahang next month.

He is now looking for potential venues in Kuala Lumpur or Melaka for the state team to train or play friendly matches prior to Sukma which starts on July 7.

“I am quite happy with their performance in this tournament because they have improved a lot within a short spell and we also earned a lot of praises from other teams,” he said.

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New Zealand reach Sultan Azlan Shah final Thu, 31 May 2012 20:01:08 +0000

IPOH: New Zealand on Thursday booked their first ever appearance in the final of the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup with a crushing 4-1 win over hosts Malaysia, while India defeated rivals Pakistan 2-1.

The Kiwis had the game all but sewn up by half-time, racing to a 3-0 lead thanks to goals from Ryan Archibald, Shea McAleese and Nick Wilson.

The Malaysians pulled a goal back through Hafifi Hafiz Hanafi in the 45th minute to give them a glimmer of hope but the match was eventually put beyond their reach with a Shay Neal goal to make it 4-1.

Malaysia’s defeat mean they cannot qualify for the final as they are four points behind second place Argentina who they meet in the final round.

The South Americans will be vying to add to their nine points to secure the right to play New Zealand, who have previously never made it further than third place, in the tournament which is an important warm-up for the London Olympics.

Former champions India defeated Asian Games winners and arch-rivals Pakistan 2-1 but their chances to reach the final have virtually gone with only one more day of preliminary round matches on Saturday.

India’s win over Pakistan was their 50th in 152 meetings and was a morale booster with Pakistan, last year’s runners-up, facing their worst performance ever in the cup as they have fallen to the bottom of the table.

Pakistan team manager Akhtar Rasool said it was not his side’s day.

“India was fortunate to score in the final minute, and it was a momentary lapse in concentration that cost us dearly,” he said.

“We have always maintained that we are here to learn and correct our mistakes ahead of the Olympics… We just have to be patient.”

There was no fancy play by either side in the match played under a steady drizzle. Sandeep Singh gave India the lead when they were awarded a penalty corner in the 31st minute.

Pakistan dominated the start of second half but their finishing was woefully off for the most part until they equalised in the 61st minute when Sohail Abbas sent a low drag flick into the goal.

But just as the match was heading for a draw, Sunil Sowmarpet scored in the 69th minute, giving India a crucial win.

“We deserve the win based on our performance and discipline in defence,” Indian coach Michael Nobbs said. “The timely tackles and tactical discipline helped us through this match.”

Earlier, favourites Britain were held to a 1-1 draw by South Korea.

South Korea opened the scoring through Yoon Sung-Hoon. But a goal by Jonty Clarke in the 50th minute followed.

Britain have eight points, and they play Pakistan Saturday, while South Korea with five points will meet New Zealand ahead of the final Sunday.

India have nine points and have no more fixtures.–AFP

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Malaysia clinch a point against South Korea Fri, 25 May 2012 00:09:09 +0000

IPOH: Malaysia clinched a point against Asian hockey powerhouse South Korea when the two teams played to a 1-1 draw in the prestigious Sultan Azlan Shah Cup tournament at Stadium Azlan Shah here Thursday night.

The Koreans took the lead as early as the seventh minute through Seong Jo Ho who slotted home the ball past Malaysia’s S. Kumar keeper during a goalmouth melee.

Though playing against the much fancied side who are ranked sixth in the world, Tai Beng Hai boys went on the offensive thereafter to find the equaliser but were denied by a stout South Korean defence.

Malaysia earned two penalty corners but failed to convert either, leaving the score to stand 1-0 at half-time.

On resumption, a lightning raid by Malaysia in the 56th minute paid dividends when Faisal Saari’s shot beat South Korea’s keeper, Lee Myung Ho. –Bernama

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Sukma hockey players raise preparations Thu, 24 May 2012 17:34:41 +0000

KUCHING: Sarawak could count on the women hockey team to deliver medal at Sukma XV as the squad has the right element to give other teams a run for their money.

State women hockey coach Sivasubramaniam revealed that the squad is currently in their high tempo training phase and would be taking part in the Raja Norashikin Cup, an international tournament, in Seremban from June 5 to 12, as their final training stage.

“Apart from Singapore and Thailand, 14 teams from throughout the country have confirmed competing in the tournament which is named after the only woman deputy president in Malaysian Hockey Association (MHA) line up,” Sivasubramaniam told The Borneo Post yesterday.

The coach also disclosed that in the final phase of training, the girls are taught new hockey tactical skills; the Low reverse hit, Argentine reverse hit and shielding techniques (blocking).

“The low reverse hit technique is new in the country but has been widely used in European tournaments. We will apply this to further strengthen the defence line while the Argentine reverse, the skill that started in Argentina, will be used by the front lines to sharpen their scoring skills,” Sivasubramaniam explained.

He commented that his players with an average age of 17-years old will be available for another two more Sukma games.

“Not only that the players are talented, they are very disciplined and committed in training.

Every day, they are already at the pitch by 6am, starting by singing the state’s anthem and warming up. When I arrived they are ready for serious training,” he complimented.

In addition, Sivasubramaniam said that Sarawak’s women hockey president Datin Mary Saadiah is a very capable leader who has given her full cooperation and support to develop the team to be among the top hockey teams in the country.

“With her leading the association, Sarawak hockey is heading towards the right direction as she knows what to do to build a formidable team, especially when the state has a lot of ‘uncut diamonds’, potential talents to be trained,” enthused Sivasubramaniam who has six years experience coaching the state women hockey team.

He revealed that as the team enters the final phase of intensive training, three of his main players- Kafelina Eve, Shelly Bayang and Linda Liwek, had to be rested due to injuries.

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SMK Penrissen No. 1 take lead in U19 league Fri, 18 May 2012 17:54:57 +0000

KUCHING: SMK Penrissen No. 1 is leading the pack in the inaugural Under 19 Indoor Hockey League with three of its teams currently occupying the top five spots in the overall league table standings.

Highly fancied SMK Penrissen No.1’s A team is comfortably leading the league with 26 points collected from 11 games played where it won eight matches, drawing twice and lost only one of its matches played at the Sarawak Hockey Stadium of Jalan Padungan.

The inaugural title will be theirs to take if they can beat SMK Muara Tuang C, SMK Muara Tuang B and SMK Muara Tuang A in the remaining league matches to be played before the tourney ends tomorrow.

After two weeks of competition, SMK Penrissen No.1 A players have impressively scored in 49 goals and conceded only seven.

Trailing close from behind is SMK Meradong who did not see any action last weekend and are now in second place with 23 points collected from seven wins, two draws and one defeat after ten matches.

The Sarikei school’s remaining matches will be against SMK Lake A, SMK Muara Tuang C and SMK Lake B to be played today and against SMK Paku tomorrow.

Third on the table standings are SMK Penrissen No. 1 B who have 22 points from seven wins, one draw and two defeats after ten matches.

They are trailed closely by SMK Muara Tuang C who can make up some ground with 20 points from only eight matches and SMK Penrissen No. 1 C are fourth on 19 points after playing ten matches.

In sixth to 13th positions are SM Sains A (Delta), SMK Lake B, SMK Muara Tuang B, SMK Asajaya A, SMK Muara Tuang A, SMK Lake A, SMK Paku and SM Sains B (Gamma).

SMK Asajaya B and SM Sains C (Alpha) are the bottom two teams as both have yet to collect any points, losing all their matches.

A total of 112 matches are being played in this league which is based on round-robin league format, with some matches had to be brought forward to this weekend because of inclement of weather in the previous two weekends.

Prize presentation is expected to be held at around 3pm tomorrow.

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Focus on winning, minister tells hockey team Sat, 12 May 2012 23:37:58 +0000

KUALA LUMPUR: Stick focused to the game until the last whistle to ensure a win.

This is Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek’s ‘battle-cry’ to the national youth hockey players who take on Pakistan in the final of the Asian Youth Hockey Championship today at the Bukit Serindit Hockey Stadium in Melaka.

The Youth and Sports Minister said a victory would be a big boost to national hockey.

Ahmad Shabery said talented youth players could be absorbed into the senior squad.

Semi-finalists in the tournament also booked their places to the final round of the World Youth Cup Championship in New Delhi, India, next year.

Ahmad Shabery said talented youth players could be absorbed into the senior squad. — Bernama

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SMK Meradong gain early lead in U19 Indoor Hockey Fri, 11 May 2012 00:20:31 +0000

KUCHING: SMK Meradong have shown strong intentions of winning the 1st Under 19 Indoor Hockey League by taking a 10-point lead in the competition that commenced on May 5.

The school from Sarikei have played ten games and won seven, drew two and lost one to accumulate 23 points in the 15-team league that is played over weekends and end on May 20.

SMK Meradong flew off to an impressive start by thumping SM Sains C (Alpha) 11-0 in the opener and held 1-1 by SM Sains A (Delta) in the second match.

They beat SMK Muara Tuang A 3-0, SMK Muara Tuang B 3-0, SM Sains B (Gamma) 2-0, beat Asajaya A 2-0, blanked Asajaya B 6-0, edged SMK Penrissen No.1 B 3-2 and drew 1-1 with SMK Penrissen No.1 A. Their only defeat thus far is 1-2 to SMK Penrissen No.1 C last Sunday.

SMK Meradong have played more games as they are the only team outside Kuching and Samarahan taking part in this tournament.

Second in the table standings are SMK Penrissen No. 1 B who have 13 points from six matches played while SMK Penrissen No. 1 A are third with 11 points after six matches.

In fourth place are SM Sains A who have 11 points after playing four matches and a point behind them are SMK Muara Tuang C who have only played four matches.

Sixth to 13th teams are SMK Penrissen No. 1 C, SMK Asajaya A, SMK Muara Tuang B, SMK Muara Tuang A, SMK Paku, SM Sains B, SMK Asajaya B and SM Sains C.

Two other teams SMK Lake A and SMK Lake B will start their campaigns against SMK Muara Tuang A and SMK Asajaya A this Saturday.

The two matches are also the first and second matches to be played tomorrow in the competition that also involve SMK Asajaya B, SMK Muara Tuang B and C, and SMK Paku.

On Sunday, SMK Lake A and B, SM Sains A, B and C as well as SMK Penrissen No.1 A, B and C will be locked in the battle to secure more points.

A total of 112 matches will be played in this competition based on round-robin league format.

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Federation happy with hockey team’s performance despite failure to book Olympic ticket Mon, 26 Mar 2012 10:56:34 +0000

KUANTAN: The national hockey team may have failed to book a ticket to the 2012 London Olympics but the Malaysian Hockey Confederation (MHC) are satisfied with the improvement in performance of the players.

MHC president Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah said he was especially happy with the performance of some young players who played in the Olympic Qualifier in Dublin, Ireland recently.

The team under coach Tai Beng Hai improved its world ranking from 16 to 13 after finishing third in the qualifier.

“The young players played as well as the seniors in the team and that is a positive element during the campaign. Though a little sad to have missed the boat to London, I am happy with their performance,” he said after attending a Pahang Islamic Religious and Malay Customs Council (MUIP) function at Istana

Abdul Aziz here today.

On March 17, Malaysia drew 1-1 with Ireland in the Olympic Qualifier and missed an opportunity to join South Korea as the two teams to qualify for the Olympics.

Tengku Abdullah also denied claims that Ireland has emerged as a new force in world hockey.

“Whatever said, the main objective is to see Malaysian hockey move forward and I will hold a discussion with officials to find the right formula for success,” he said.

Tengku Abdullah, though non-committal, did not rule out the possibility of engaging a foreign coach to boost the status of Malaysian hockey.

“We will study all possibilities. We must also study the structure and quality of the local leagues and coaches as well as increase development programmes to ensure a large pool of players. As the President, I will do everything within my means for the betterment of Malaysian hockey,” he said. – Bernama

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Malaysia lose 2-3 to South Korea Sat, 17 Mar 2012 00:26:52 +0000

KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian hockey team lost 2-3 to South Korea in the Olympic qualifying rounds in Dublin, Ireland early yesterday morning. With the defeat, Malaysia will now face a difficult task to make it to the final.

South Korea began the attack as early as the fifth minute with a field goal scored by You Hyo Sik.

You again broke through the Malaysian defence in the 43rd minute to make it 2-0 with another field goal.

However, Malaysia retaliated in the second half when Hafifihafiz Hanafi reduced the margin in the 55th minute through a penalty corner while Tengku Ahmad Tajudin Tengku Abd Jalil levelled the score in the 59th minute.

Jang Jong Hyun emerged as the South Korean hero when he converted a penalty corner in the 67th minute for the winning goal.

The victory gave South Korea an edge with 12 points to occupy the second spot in the group while hosts Ireland topped the chart with 20 points after beating Chile 3-0. — Bernama

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Malaysia lose 2-3 to South Korea Fri, 16 Mar 2012 16:25:13 +0000

KUALA LUMPUR:The Malaysian hockey team lost 2-3 to South Korea in the Olympic qualifying rounds in Dublin, Ireland early this morning.

With the defeat, Malaysia will now face a difficult task to make it to the final.

South Korea began the attack as early as the fifth minute with a field goal scored by You Hyo Sik.

You again broke through the Malaysian defence in the 43rd minute to make it 2-0 with another field goal.

However, Malaysia retaliated in the second half when Hafifihafiz Hanafi reduced the margin in the 55th minute through a penalty corner while Tengku Ahmad Tajudin Tengku Abd Jalil levelled the score in the 59th minute. –Bernama

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Malaysia whip Ukraine 5-1 for third consecutive win Wed, 14 Mar 2012 16:44:31 +0000

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia scored its third consecutive victory in the Olympic Qualifier in Dublin, Ireland by beating minnows Ukraine 5-1 Tuesday.

The win was Malaysia’s third high scoring game after having beaten Chile 5-1 and Russia 6-2 in the first two matches respectively.

Tengku Ahmad Tajudin Tengku Abdul Jalil started the ball rolling with a field goal in the 23rd minute while Hafifihafiz Hanafi added another field goal in the 32nd minute to take a healthy lead before break.

When the second half resumed, Muhammad Razie Abdul Rahim struck a swift penalty corner in the 48th minute for Malaysia’s third goal before Ukraine pulled a goal back in the 57th minute through Viacheslav Paziuk’s penalty corner strike.

Coach Tai Beng Hai’s boys rounded off the mach with two quick goals in the 60th and 69th minutes through Muhammad Amin Rahim (penalty corner) and Mohamad Sukri Abdul Mutalib’s penalty stroke respectively. –Bernama

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Malaysia rout Russia 6-2 for second straight victory in Dublin Sun, 11 Mar 2012 15:48:53 +0000

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia recovered from an early scare to continue their winning ways in the 2012 Olympic Qualifier in Dublin, Ireland by whipping Russia 6-2, for their second consecutive emphatic win today.
Malaysia who beat Chile 5-1 yesterday, suffered an early setback when Russia took a surprise 2-0 lead as early as the 12th minute through Aleksander Platonov (10th min) and Pavel Golubev two minutes later.

Coach Tai Beng Hai’s boys however, regrouped to narrow the deficit in the 28th minute through Mohd Amin Rahim’s penalty corner strike.

Mohd Amin went on to accomplish his hat-trick with goals in the 37th and 54th minute to ensure all three points. –Bernama

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Malaysia kick off Olympic qualifier in style by beating Chile 5-1 Sat, 10 Mar 2012 16:02:01 +0000

KUALA LUMPUR:  Malaysia kicked off their 2012 London Olympic Qualifier in Dublin, Ireland in superb style by beating Chile 5-1.

Mohd Razie Rahim gave the Malaysian side a flying start by converting a penalty corner in the 18th minute but two minutes later Chile were level on terms with a well taken penalty corner by Jan Richter.

Faisal Saari however, restored the lead in the 22nd minute to give coach Tai Beng Hai some breathing space before the second half.

The second half though saw Malaysia transform itself into attacking mode and Hafifihafiz Hanafi quickly underlined the team’s dominance with a 49th minute strike before Mohd Razie sounded the board yet again in the 51st minute while Mohd Amin Rahim sealed the victory in the 61st minute.

Malaysia take on Russia tomorrow (8.30pm) local time. –Bernama

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Sibu in needs of proper hockey field Sat, 10 Mar 2012 00:15:42 +0000

TOTAL COACHING: Yeo Kah Ing (second right)gives instruction to the players on techniques of executing penalty corners during training session at Sarawak Hockey Stadium, yesterday.

KUCHING: The lack of suitable hockey-field in Sibu may hinder further development of the sport as the majority of the state’s junior hockey players are from Sibu.

“Hockey was introduced in Sibu as early as the 1960s and many of the state’s great players are from there. How I wish we could have a beautiful Astroturf field like the one in Kuching. Here, the only suitable field for hockey matches since in the 1970s is the SK Abang Ali hockey field, which unfortunately is getting smaller due to the extension of the school’s building,” lament Dzulkaini Mohamad Tajudin to The Borneo Post during training session of the MSSM Boys U12 here yesterday.

ASPIRING STARS: Jason Jelian (left) and Boys U12 captain Dezlian Wilfred (right) in a commanding role at the training session yesterday.

JUNIOR CHALLENGE: The U12 squad with their coaches Dzulkaini (fourth left) and Samat Alem (fourth right) pose for photocall at Sarawak Hockey Stadium, yesterday.—Photos by Lester Mekan

Dzulkaini, who is also a committee member of the Sarawak hockey development programme for Sibu division disclosed that he currently trained his hockey players at the SK SEDC multi-purpose field which are also used by sports enthusiasts to play football and softball.

“Despite of all the setbacks in term of the availability of suitable facilities for hockey training, the majority of the U12 state players (eight boys and nine girls) are from Sibu. I think it is because the locals have the passion for the game and I was told that hockey tournaments was first introduced in Sibu as early as the 1960s by the staff of the prison department,” informed Dzulkani.

“I am confident that my boys especially those trainees of the 1Malaysia Hockey Development Programme, will perform well and will give the other teams a run for their money,” replied Dzulkani when asked to comment on the Boys U12 chances in the MSSM Inter-state hockey championship in Selangor from March 12-17.

He is glad that a number of players in the squad had impressed him by showing maturity in their play.

“The players like Jason Jelian and Dezlian Wilfred Bayang play with ‘hockey vision’, and they know where to position themselves on the pitch to counter and neutralise their opponent’s attacks. Both are 10-years old and have been in the team since primary one,” described Dzulkaini who has seven years of coaching experience for Sibu division and the state U12 team.

“During the last MSSM meet in Kedah, the boys managed to come in third and this year I hope to improve on our standing and I think we can achieve that as most of them are from last year’s squad,” Dzulkaini commented.

Meanwhile, the head coach for the Girls U12 Yeo Kah Ing also hoped that her girls would be able to improve their ranking from last year’s fourth placing.

“I am banking on my first eleven from last year’s squad for the Selangor tournament, I think we stand a good chance to improve on our standing,” enthused Yeo.

The state hockey teams is led by Awang Adrus Ramlee and will leave for Selangor today with the coaching staff comprising Adwin Sijib, Fankie Robert, Jutim Joem, Samat Alem and Siti Mariam Mat Seden for the U18 and U12 teams respectively.

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Total hockey to fine tune Sukma squad Mon, 27 Feb 2012 23:45:09 +0000

POWER OF THREE: Sarawak Women Hockey (SWH) coaches, Nelyana Aling (right), Sivasubramaniam (second right) and Christina Jaggui (third right) have their workout with the Sukma players at Sarawak Hockey Stadium yesterday. — Photo by Lester Mekan

KUCHING: The playing positions for Sarawak women’s Sukma hockey team will only be named in two months time.

Head coach Sivasubramaniam Chellappah disclosed that the positioning of players in the state team would be done through the game of Total Hockey System.

“Total Hockey training is specifically designed to improve all hockey skills at all levels.

In the system or approach, the players are experimented to play at all positions be it as defenders, midfielders or strikers but of course only the goalkeeper will stick to her position,” he revealed.

“The approach works with individual players and teams to improve and gain confidence with their quickness, stick handling, shooting and overall hockey vision,” he explained.

The coach added that after each training session or game he would roughly able to determine a player for a particular position in the team.

“I will evaluate each player after every training session, especially after assigning them to play in all positions. Then we (with assistant coaches) will sit down to name the players and their ideal positions on the field,” he told The Borneo Post after training session at Sarawak Hockey Stadium yesterday.

When asked to comment on the progress of the players,he replied that the players have shown high discipline and commitment during training sessions.

“I am very happy with the girls’ performance despite not having the most ideal training conditions and players like Jossie Kay,Christina Ela (both 15 years old) and Ruziana, show impressive individual skills,” Sivasubramaniam commended.

Sivasubramaniam is assisted by Chriastina Jaggui and Nelyana Aling in the daily training sessions.

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