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SSTMI Thunderbolts won their third consecutive double in the Milo Junior Hockey League at the National Hockey Stadium by defeating UniKL Young Guns 2-0.

They had won both the league and overall titles in 2012 and 2013 and the Milo Cup triumph completes their grand double having wrapped up the league with an unblemished record in February.

It was a grand performance by Thunderbolts who showed plenty of composure, patience and deadly skills in the penalty corner department to douse the attempt by UniKL to upset them.

And the win is all the more remarkable as SSTMI does not have an artificial pith in Bandar Penawar and travel to Johor Baru, a good 45 minutes drive to conduct training sessions.

“I am so proud of my players determination and grit as they absorbed all that UniKL threw at us in the early part of the match,” said Thunderbolt coach Was Roslan Wan Rahman.

“It is truly a remarkable day for the players as they truly deserve the accolades and are worthy winners as they worked hard all season.”

It was UniKL that showed early promise as they lay siege to the Thunderbolt defence. But their forwards were goal shy as wasted the few opportunities they created.

SSTMI were looking for penalty corners as their way towards goal and they were duly rewarded in the 34 th minute as skipper Muhd Aminuddin Mohd Zain converted their third penalty corner to give them the lead going into halftime.

While Thunderbolt made their penalty corners count, it was the same old story for UniKL who failed to capitalize on the three penalty corners they were awarded in the first half.

Thunderbolts survived playing with 10 men in the opening stages of the second half when Mohd Najib Hassan was sent to the sin bin, as UniKL failed to take advantage on the numerical difference.

And SSTMI punished UniKL yet again through another penalty corner converted by Muhd Najmi Farizal Jazlan in the 57 th minute. 

Meanwhile in the match to determine third, Petaling Jaya City Council edged Olak-PKT 1-0, Nur Amin Zulkipli striking in the third minute.

 

Results:

 

3/4 Placing

 

Petaling Jaya CC 1 Olak-PKT 0

 

Final

 

SSTMI-Thunderbolts 2 UniKL Young Guns 0

 

Roll of Honour

 

Milo Cup

 

Champion: SSTMI Thunderbolts (RM25,000)

Runner Up: UniKL Young Guns (RM15,000)

Third: Petaling Jaya City Council (RM12,000)

Fourth: Olak-PKT (RM10,000)

 

League

 

Champion” SSTMI Thunderbolts (RM15,000)

Runner Up{ UniKL Young Guns (RM10,000)

Third: Petaling Jaya City Council ( RM8,000)

Fourth: Malacca High School (RM7,000)

 

Special Awards

 

Fairplay: SMK Dato Taha Gemencheh (RM4,000)

Man of Match (Final): Mohd Fahmi Azaharuddin – SSTMI Thunderbolts (RM1,500)

Best Goalkeeper: Mohd Ridzwan Azmi - Politeknik KPM (RM1,500)

Top Scorer: Mohd Aminuddin Mohd Zain -  SSTMI Thunderbolt (RM1,500)

 

Most Promising Player: Nor Syafiq Sumantri – UniKL Young Guns (RM1,500 plus the Chau Boon Huat Trophy)

08 Mar 2014

SSTMI Thunderbolts may have been winning titles in the Milo Junior Hockey League consistently since 2010.

 

But that has not quenched their thirst in trying to win the Milo Cup when they line up against UniKL Young Guns at the National Hockey Stadium on Sunday.

 

Thunderbolts won both the league and overall titles in 2012 and 2013 and they are hoping for another double, their hattrick of sorts.

 

The two teams met in the league with Thunderbolts coming out tops with a 4-1 scoreline, three of the goals via penalty corners.

 

“We will be counting on our penalty corners to do the trick once again as we have two very effective penalty corner experts in Aminuddin and Najmi,” said Thunderbolts coach Wan Roslan Wan Rahman.

 

“It has been a team effort so far with the forwards winning the penalty corners and the duo tucking them away.

 

“This takes the pressure off the strikers whose job now centers around winning us the penalty corners. But we can also score field goals.”

 

Their hopes were given a further boost when seven of their players were named into the national juniors training squad on Friday. The seven are Mohd Aminuddin Mohd Zain, Muhd Najmi Farizal Jazlan, Muhd Najib Hassan, Muhd Firdaus Omar, Mohd Sufi Ismat Rohulamin, Azril Misron and Muhd Amirol Aidee Md Arshad.

 

Another three players are also SSTMI products but play for other teams, namely Ahmad Ashraf Alias (UniKL), Mohd Azwar Abd Rahman (UniKL) and Mohd Ridzwan Azmi (Politeknik KPM).

 

For UniKL though, this is a perfect opportunity to ustage the favourites and grab the glory.

 

“WE are well aware of their ability to score through penalty corners and thus have to vigilant in our tackling and not commit fouls that will hand them an advantage,” said UniKL coach Mohd Rodhanizam Mat Radzi.

“They have a psychological advantage having beaten us earlier but other then using that as a motivator for my players, I will not read much into that defeat.

 

“It is the final and a totally different ball game. So really there is everything to play for and if we can contain them in the first half, we have a fair shot of landing the title.”

 

For UniKL skipper Nor Azrul Abdul Rahman, this is the third consecutive final that he will line up for UniKL against Thunderbolts in the MJHL.

 

And he has no intention of being on the losing side.

 

“We have to raise our game to be able to get the better of them and I know my teammates have the ability to do so,” said Azrul who is a product of a school with little hockey history SMK Jalan Peel.

 

“We are determined to win this time around and the two wins in the semis has given us the confidence.”

 

In the match to determine third placing, Olak-PKT will take on Petaling Jaya City Council, a battle between two Selangor teams.

 

Fixtures

 

3-4 th Placing

 

1600H – Petaling Jaya City Council v Olak-PKT

 

Final

 

1800H – SSTMI Thunderbolt v UniKL Young Guns

 

(Matches at National Hockey Stadium 2)

 

 

07 Mar 2014

UnIKL Young Guns and SSTMI Thunderbolt qualified for the final of the Milo Cup after going through the motions in the second leg at the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil.

UniKL defeated Petaling Jaya City Council 2-1 to qualify with a 7-2 aggregate while defending champions SSTMI Thunderbolt recorded an effortless 8-0 win over Olak-PKT for a 14-1 aggregate.

“We are glad to make the final after an indifference performance in the league and knockout stages,” said UniKL coach Mohd Rodhanizam Mat Radzi.

“The key thing now is recovery as playing in this humid conditions, especially tough semis, can affect the physical condition of any player.”

Zizi Azwan Hassan opened scoring in the 8 th minute for UniKL but that was as far as they got in the first half as UniKL squandered many chances that they created.

Nor Azrul Abd Rahman converted a penalty stroke in the 61 st minute to seal the win and place in the final.

But PJCC got a consolation with Zulaniq Adib converting a penalty corner in the 70 th minute.

Zulhamizan Awang Abas scored a hattrick, all within 9 minutes  in the Thunderbolts win with goals in the 33 rd, 36 th and 42 nd minutes.

Danial Asyraf Abd Ghani had given Thunderbolts an early lead in the 11 th minute and Muhammad Ammar Zahan doubled the advantage in the 18 th minute.

Thunderbolts were awarded a penalty stroke in the 31 st minute and was neatly tucked away by skipper Aminuddin Mohd Zain with Ammar adding another goal in the 34 th minute for a 5-0 lead at halftime.

Amirol Aidded Md Arshad scored the last goal in the 58 th minute and Thunderbolts will be favourites to lift the title.

“ We are ready to take on UniKL in the final and are confident we can retain the title,” said SSTMI coach Wan Roslan Wan Rahman.

 

Result:

 

UniKL Young Guns 2 Petaling Jaya CC 1

 

(UniKL win 7-3 on aggregate)

 

SSTMI Thunderbolts 8 Olak-PKT 0

 

(SSTMI Thunderbolt win 14-1 on aggregate)

 

The second leg of the semis for the MILO Cup will see two teams giving it one last push to upset the odds and prevent a pre-destined final that was already the pundits prediction before the Milo Junior League got underway in January.

 

Olak-PKT and Petaling Jaya City Council will be hoping to pull of stunning upsets to deny SSTMI Thunderbolt and UniKL Young Guns of a place in Sunday’s final.

 

Petaling Jaya CC have a fighting chance as they trail UniKL 5-2 from the first leg while Olak have a mountain to climb, as they are 6-1 down.

 

For UniKL manager, Mohd Faiz Isa, the battle is only half won as they still have 70 minutes to maneuver and he knows that in hockey things can change with the blink of an eye.

 

PJCC needs to score an early goal if they harbor any hopes of making a comeback and Faiz said the coaching staff of UniKL were well aware of this.

 

“That is why we need to be vigilant and hit them first as a goal by them early in the match will give them the much needed boost,” contends Faiz.

 

“We cannot allow them to take control of the second leg and at the same time must make chances count.”

 

For Thunderbolt, it will just be another 70 minutes of hockey in the second leg as their minds are already on Sunday’s final.

 

“We have a healthy lead and I cannot see us losing it. Hence what we need to do is go through the motion and look forward to the final on Sunday,” said coach Wan Roslan Wan Rahman.

 

“We need to avoid injuries and picking up cards and hence we will be making changes to the side, both before and during the matches to rest as many players as we can.

 

“I know there is still 70 minutes to go but I do not see us losing it with such a margin.”

 

Olak-PKT has had a dream run thus far and their coach and manager combination of S. Sivabalan and Joseph de Silva should be proud of the exploits of their players.

 

One can expect the Second Division side to come out with their guns blazing but even the staunchest of supporter will know that it is a lost cause.

 

“We made many errors in the first leg hence the big defeat. But we are not going to give them a free ride into the final,” said coach Sivabalan.

 

“It is a learning curve for the players and that is what I expect them to do, learn from their mistakes and improve on them.”

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UniKL Young Guns finally lived up to their billing by demolishing Petaling Jaya City Council in the first leg of the Milo Cup semi finals at the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil.

 

And in the other semi finals, defending champions SSTMI Thunderbolts have virtually a foot in the final as they trashed Olak-PKT 6-1.

 

Results

 

UniKL Young Guns 5 Petaling Jaya CC 2

SSTMI Thunderbolt 6 Olak-PKT 1

 

Fixtures

 

Friday - Semi Finals Second Leg

 

1700H – Olak-PKT v SSTI Thunderbolts – NHS 1

1700H – Petaling Jaya CC v UniKL Young Guns – NHS 2

UniKL Young Guns scrapped through into the semi finals of the Milo Cup by overcoming Politeknik KPM 2-0 in the second leg of the quarterfinals at the National Hockey Stadium.

Also safely through are Petaling Jaya City Council who hammered Bukit Jalil Sports School 4-1 in the return leg for an overall 8-1 aggregate win.

Defending champions SSTMI Thunderbolts went on rampage, hammering MS Pahang Juniors 14-2 in the return leg for a whopping 22-2 aggregate win.

In another quarterfinal match, Olak-PKT defeated Malacca High School 4-2 on aggregate despite going down 1-0 in the return leg and will take on Thunderbolts in the semis.

UniKL played well in patches but will need to raise their game against PJCC whom they will meet in the two leg semis to be played on Wednesday and Friday.

Despite the 5-3 aggregate win, UniKL failed to sparkle, safe for the few minutes in the first half that yielded them the goals.

“It was yet another scrappy display and meeting PJCC has me worried as they are a team of fighters and can make it difficult for us,” said UniKL team manager Mohd Faiz Isa.

“We need to play consistently and make use of the half chances. It will be tough against PJCC and the first leg is vital to determine our progress.”

UniKL took the lead in the 9 th minute through Muhammad Shafirul Aqmal Mohd Saiful to extend the aggregate lead to 4-2 and that put additional pressure on Politeknik KPM. 

Although KPM forced a few penalty corners but were devoid of ideas on how to put the ball into the net.

UniKL too were guilty in the penalty corner department, where they have been terrible since the start of the season, and they wasted four penalty corners before increasing the lead.

Muhammad Rahimi Iskandar Baharom then went on a solo run but failed to get the better of the KPM keeper Ridzwan Azmi, before picking up the rebound and sent an unstoppable reverse stick shot sailing into goal in the 32 nd minute to make it 2-0 on the day and 5-2 overall. 

PJCC had a 4-1 lead from the first leg but they were in no mood to sit back and relax as they went for the jugular from the first whistle.

Muhd Emir Afzan Muhd Amir scored two quick goals in the 16 th and 38 th minutes to give PJCC a 2-0 advantage before Abdul Halim Jalil extended the lead in the 40 th minute.

Nor Ikhwan Nor Rahman made it 4-0 in the 61st minute and PJCC were safely through on a 8-1 aggregate.

 Results

UniKL 2 Politeknik KPM 0

(UniKL win 5-2 on aggregate)

Petaling Jaya CC 4 Bukit Jalil Sports School 0

(Petaling Jaya CC win 8-1 on aggregate)

Malacca High School 2 Olak-PKT 0

(Olak-PKT win 4-3 on aggregate)

SSTMI Thunderbolts 14 MS Pahang Juniors 2

(Thunderbolts win 22-2 on aggregate)

 

Semis Fixtures

Wednesday

1800H - Olak-PKT v SSTMI Thunderbolts

1800H - UniKL Young Guns v Petaling Jaya CC

01 Mar 2014

During the pre season, UniKL Young Guns were touted as the team to beat in the Milo Junior Hockey League.

But things are going horribly wrong for them as not only were they soundly beaten to the Division One League title by defending champions SSTMI Thunderbolts, but they are struggling in the chase for the Milo Cup.

UniKL struggled to defeat second division champions Politeknik KPM 3-2 in the first leg of the knockout competition last Friday.

And at the rate they are performing, they could well end up licking their wounds when the second leg match is completed tomorrow. ( Sunday )

Tactically UniKL are woeful, lacking cohesion, devoid of ideas, over flamboyant and above all think that teams will yield when they step onto the pitch.

The aura of invincibility that UniKL teams of the past used to display is today a myth as the team plays like novices, despite having some of the best juniors in the country.

Also missing is UniKL's 12th man - their supporters group Ultras who provide the moral boost from the stands that drives the team forward.

Politeknik KPM lacked the composure and know how on how to control the pace of the game and paid the price by conceding the winning goal nine minutes from time.

"We struggled for large parts of the game and this probably was due to the fact that the players were too eager to seal the tie," said UniKL Young Guns manager Mohd Faiz Isa.

"Conceding the early goal put further pressure on the team and that compounded matters.

"Only in the final ten minutes did we play hockey we are capable off.

"For the return leg we need to thread with caution and not allow them to score as that will boost their confidence."

Faiz said that he was optimistic UniKL will make the last four and their performance will improve on Sunday.

The other quarterfinal ties are a mere formality.

SSTMI Thunderbolts hold an 8-0 lead over MS Pahang Juniors. And it will be more of a Sunday stroll for them in the return leg.

"We are a young side and considering that making the last eight was a good achievement," said MS Pahang coach Benedict Arrias.

"Let's be honest, Thunderbolts are a class side and we hope that one day our players too will play with the same confidence as our opponents do."

For Bukit Jalil Sports School, they are not prepared to throw in the towel yet although they trail Petaling Jaya City Council 4-1.

"We need to score an early goal to get back into the tie," conceded BJSS coach S.Prakash.

"We made far too many mistakes in defense and could have avoided the heavy defeat had we played with more confidence.

"Still I believe that we can bounce back if we show determination from the first whistle."

Malacca High School also trail Olak-PKT by a 4-1 margin and really have themselves to blame.

They played without purpose in the first leg and it could be attributed to the long layoff.

But Olak are playing with renewed confidence and should make it through to the last four, a creditable achievement for a Division Two side who missed the 2010 edition through financial troubles, the only time they did not play in the MJHL since it's inception in 1995.

Fixtures. Sunday

1600H - UniKL Young Guns v Politeknik KPM - NHS 1

1600H - Petaling Jaya CC v Bukit Jalil Sports School - NHS 2

1800H - Olak-PKT v Malacca High School - NHS 1

1800H - SSTMI Thunderbolts v MS Pahang Juniors - NHS 

28 Feb 2014

UniKL Young Guns were stretched to the limit before carving out a crucial 3-2 win over Politeknik KPM in the first leg quarterfinal match of the Milo Cup at the National Hockey Stadium at Bukit Jalil.

In was another poor performance by the title pretenders whose chief coach Arul Selvaraj being embroiled in a player pinching controversy. (read www.jugjet.blogspot.com).

Putting that aside, UniKL really should kick themselves as they wasted numerous chances that could have sealed a bigger win but left their sticks at home.

KPM took the lead through Ain Rahman in the 7 th minute but UniKL whereon level terms via Muhammad Haikal Zamri in the 32 nd minute. Rohimi Iskandar Baharin put UniKL in the lead in the 44 th minute.

However KPM were on elves terms through Hazmi Azhar in the 48th minute only for UniKL to score the winner in the 61 st minute through Rohimi off a well executed penalty corner.

IN another quarterfinal, PJCC proved too strong for BJSS winning the first leg 4-1.

 

 

28 Feb 2014

UniKL Young Guns were stretched to the limit before carving out a crucial 3-2 win over Politeknik KPM in the first leg quarterfinal match of the Milo Cup at the National Hockey Stadium at Bukit Jalil.

In was another poor performance by the title pretenders whose chief coach Arul Selvaraj being embroiled in a player pinching controversy. (read www.jugjet.blogspot.com).

Putting that aside, UniKL really should kick themselves as they wasted numerous chances that could have sealed a bigger win but left their sticks at home.

KPM took the lead through Ain Rahman in the 7 th minute but UniKL whereon level terms via Muhammad Haikal Zamri in the 32 nd minute. Rohimi Iskandar Baharin put UniKL in the lead in the 44 th minute.

However KPM were on elves terms through Hazmi Azhar in the 48th minute only for UniKL to score the winner in the 61 st minute through Rohimi off a well executed penalty corner.

IN another quarterfinal, PJCC proved too strong for BJSS winning the first leg 4-1.

 

 

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