A tricky encounter awaits UniKL Young Guns in their second match of Division One of the Milo Junior Hockey League.
For playing Malacca High School at the MPMBB Stadium in Malacca can be a daunting task for any team.
And UniKL are aware of the pitfalls that await them in Malacca has MHS has the tendency to raise their game and stun any team that are overconfident.
Having only played one game so far, UniKL are yet to find their footing as evident in their 2-0 win over KLSS two weeks ago.
On the other hand MHS has played three matches, drawing against Anderson 1-1 in their opening match before playing to a 2-2 draw against KLSS last Saturday.
MHS however lost 1-3 to Petaling Jaya Municipal Council in their third match.
"We have the past two weeks rectifying areas that were found wanting in our first match," said UniKL coach Mohd Rodhanizam Mohd Radzi.
"We also have worked on our physical conditioning as the next few weeks will see us playing back to back matches.
"MHS will be a tough match and I envisage that and have reminded the players not to take things for granted.
"We cannot even afford a draw as that will leave us trailing the leaders Thunderbolts and that will not be good at such an early stage."
Faiz said that the players were in high spirits and hope that transforms into results on the pitch.
"We have to make chances count and we have been drumming that into players," added Rodhanizam.
Thunderbolts who are on top of the table are expected to face no problem in overcoming second place PJCC in Taman Daya.
The defending champions have been gaining from strength to strength and based on their 7-0 demolition of Anderson last week, it will not only be an impossible task to stop them but getting one point off them will be a bonus.
"PJCC have been playing well and I am wary of the potential threat," said Thunderbolts coach Wan Roslan Wan Rahman.
"They can make things difficult and we need to be on our toes to carve out a win to stay ahead of the chasing pack."
The Division Two will see Olak-PKT and Nur Insafi extend their leads in their respective pools.
1700H - SSTMI Thunderbolts v Petaling Jaya CC - Taman Daya JB
1700H - Malacca HS v UniKL Young Guns - MPMBB Stadium Malacca
1700H - 1MAS Penang v Nur Insafi - USM Stadium Penang
1700H - 1MAS Perak V KLSS Juniors - Azlan Shah Stadium
1700H - MSSD Larut Matang & Selama v Olak-PKT - Kuala Kangsar
1700H- SM Sains Johor v SMK Dato Taha - Batu Pahat
1700H - BJSS Juniors v Politeknik KPM - MOE Stadium Pantai
UNIKL Young Guns will face an early test in Division One of the Junior Hockey League against Malacca High School (MHS) at the Malacca Stadium today.
Having only played one game so far despite the JHL entering its third week, UniKL have yet to find their footing as they struggled to beat KL Sports School 2-0 two weeks ago.
UniKL are wary of the pitfalls that await them in Malacca as MHS have the tendency to raise their game and stun any team that are overconfident.
"We have had a two-week rest where I worked on some of the shortfalls that were spotted against KLSS. I also emphasised on physical conditioning as the next few weeks will see us playing back to back matches," said UniKL coach Rodhanizam Radzi.
Rodhanizam, a former national player, knows that MHS will be hard to crack.
"We cannot even afford a draw as that will leave us trailing leaders Thunderbolts and that will not be good at such an early stage."
MHS have played three matches, drawing against Anderson 1-1 in their opening match before playing to a 2-2 draw against KLSS last Saturday. However, MHS lost 3-1 to Petaling Jaya Municipal Council in their third match.
Defending champions Thunderbolts are at the top of the Division One table, and will play PJCC in Taman Daya today.
Thunderbolts smashed Anderson of Ipoh 7-0 last weekend.
TODAY -- Division One: SSTMI Thunderbolts v Petaling Jaya CC (5pm, Taman Daya); MHS v UniKL Young Guns (5pm, Malacca).
Division 2A: 1MAS Penang v Nur Insafi (5pm, USM Stadium).
Division 2B: 1MAS Perak v KLSS Juniors (5pm, Azlan Shah Stadium); MSSD Larut Matang-Selama v Olak-PKT (5pm, Kuala Kangsar).
Division 2C: SM Sains Johor v SMK Datuk Taha (5pm, Batu Pahat); BJSS Juniors v Politeknik KPM (5pm, Ministry of Education Stadium Pantai).
Universiti Kuala Lumpur (UniKL) will be without experienced striker Mohd Azwah Abdul Rahman, but are still confident of getting a good result against Malacca High School (MHS) in their Division One match at the Bukit Serendit Hockey Stadium in Malacca on Friday.
UniKL will sorely miss Project 2013 squad player Azwah, who still nursing a hamstring injury, when they play only their second match in the MHC-Milo-NSC Malaysia Junior Hockey League.
UniKL coach Mohd Rodhanizam Mat Radzi said that Azwah needed more time to recover.
“He is still not fully fit. We will check on his condition and get the doctor’s advice before fielding him. For now, I feel that he needs more time to rest and heal,” said Rodhanizam.
UniKL are aware of the pitfalls awaiting them in Malacca as the High School are an unpredictable side.
UniKL struggled in their first game against KLSS-KLHC before prevailing 2-0.
MHS have played three matches, drawing two and losing one. They drew 1-1 with Anderson and 2-2 with KLSS before losing 3-1 to Petaling Jaya Municipal Council (MBPJ).
“We’ve had two weeks to improve on our weaknesses. We’ve also worked on our physical conditioning because the next few weeks will see us playing back-to-back matches,” said Rodhanizam.
“We face a tough match in Malacca and I have reminded the players not to take things for granted. We can’t even afford a draw as that’ll leave us trailing leaders SSTMI-Thunderbolt.”
Rodhanizam said that a win would be a good morale booster for the players before their next game against defending champions SSTMI-Thunderbolt.
Meanwhile, leaders Thunderbolt will play their third match against second-placed MBPJ in Johor Baru today boosted by their 7-0 demolition of Anderson last week.
Thunderbolt coach Wan Mohd Roslan, however, said he would not take any team for granted “although we have won both our two matches so far”.
“The PJ team have been playing well ... I’m wary of the threat posed by them. They are also unbeaten so far and will fancy their chances against us,” he said.
Defender Mohd Aminudin Mohd Zain was dropped from the Junior World Cup squad last year after suffering a hamstring injury.
The Tengku Mahkota Ismail Sports School (SSTMI)-Thunderbolt player has since recovered and scoring consistently in the MHC-Milo-NSC Malaysian Junior Hockey League (MJHL).
The Kelantan penalty corner drag flicker has scored four goals thus far – two each in the first two matches against SSTMI Junior (6-0) and Anderson (7-1).
He hopes to continue firing in the goals and help SSTMI-Thunderbolt retain the Division One title for the fourth consecutive time.
Thunderbolt’s next match is against former champions Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) at Taman Daya Hockey Stadium in Johor Baru on Friday.
Aminudin, who will turn 19 on May 23, plans on establishing himself as the number one penalty corner drag flicker in the MJHL.
“I want to score in every match ... to be the top scorer in the league. I aim to give my best and to be called up for the national junior training again.
“I was called up for the Project 2013 training squad last year but was dropped after suffering a hamstring injury,” said Aminudin, who has been playing for SSTMI-Thunderbolt for the last five years in the Under-19 league.
Aminuddin believes they can get the better of MBPJ “although they are a solid team”.
“We started off well in the league ... with two big wins, but it will be tough to score a handsome win against the PJ team. We want to continue playing consistently well and win all our matches. But that’s easier said than done,” said Aminudin.
SSTMI-Thunderbolt and MBPJ have maximum points from two matches but the Johor team lead the standings with a better goal difference.
MBPJ, who won the overall title in 2006, defeated Anderson 2-0 on Jan 12 before beating Malacca High School 3-1 last Sunday.
MBPJ face a tough weekend as they will also come up against SSTMI Juniors on Saturday in Johor Baru.
Petaling Jaya Municipal Council defeated Malacca High School 3-1 to move to second place in Division One of the Milo Junior Hockey League.
And at the Azlan Shah stadium, Anderson were held to a 1-1 draw by SSTMI Juniors.
PJCC took the lead in the 31st minute Zulaniq Adib Abdul Razak. They doubled their lead in the 44th minute through Muhd Nor Ikhwan Nor Rahman.
Zul Pidaus Mizun made it 3-0 for PJCC in the 54th minute before MHS pulled one back via Muhd Asyraf Zuhry Mahat ten minutes from time.
OLD La Sallians Associations of Klang (OLAK-PKT) beat Felda Temerloh 3-1 in Division Two B to keep a clean slate after three matches in the Junior Hockey League.
Playing at the Kuala Lumpur HA Stadium yesterday, the former double champions look good to keep their winning streak when they play their next two matches in Perak, against MSSD Larut Matang on Friday, and 1Mas Perak the next day.
Olak started their JHL campaign by trashing KL Sports School Juniors 6-0, followd by a 10-1 thumping of Permatang Juniors.
“We have a strong attacking side this season, and after three matches, I believe we should not have any problems becoming the Division Two B champions,” said Olak team manager Joseph de Silva.
MBPJ 3Malacca HS 1
Anderson 1SSTMI Juniors 1
Division 2 (A)
PH Kota Star 0 MSSPP-USM Juniors 3
Bakat MSSK 5 Star Ipoh 0
Division 2 (B)
OLAK - PKT 3 FELDA Akademi Hoki Pahang 1
1MAS Perak 1 MSP Pahang Juniors 3
Division 2 (C)
Politeknik KPM 5SMK Tunku Besar 0
BJSS JNRS 6 SMK Dato Bentara 0
KL Sports School came back twice to hold Malacca High School to a 2-2 draw in a Division One match at the Pantai Hockey Stadium.
MHS were held to a 1-1 draw by Anderson in their opening match last week while KLSS lost 0-2 to UniKL young Guns.
Thus both teams were eager to chalk up maximum points to nudge their way up the ladder but that was not meant to be.
MHS opened scoring in the 22nd minute when a reverse stick shot by Muhd Ashraf Zuhry Mahat sailed through a sea of legs into goal.
However KLSS were back on level terms two minutes later via a penalty corner converted by Mohd Khairol Amirin Abdul Jalil.
But MHS were undeterred and regained the lead, also through a penalty corner converted by Muhd Nur Asyraf Ishak in the 27th minute.
KLSS were all over MHS in the opening minutes of the second half but failed to create any decent attempt as they were to individualistic.
It was not till the 57th minute that KLSS found the breakthrough as Muhd Nur Faiz Mahamad Rosli broke through the centre before slotting the ball past MHS keeper Amirul Aiman Azmi to make it 2-2.
KLSS created enough chances to take all three points but squandered them all and had to be contend with a single point.
The saga of the missing sponsors advertising boards at the KLHA Stadium continued in the MILO Junior Hockey as none was visible in the two league matches played at the venue.
The Malaysian Hockey Confederation Competitions Technical Committee had decided in their last meeting on Monday to move all matches scheduled at the stadium to the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil.
But obviously they did not resolve the issue nor move the matches thus casting a serious aspersions on their ability to fulfill sponsor obligations.
There was more controversy at the same venue as KL Sports School Juniors disputed the legality of the second goal scored by Felda Akademi Hoki Pahang, claiming it was scored via a hole in the side netting of the goal post.
KLSS Juniors took the lead in the 13th minute via Nur Najibrullah Ramlee. but Felda drew level in the 28 th minute with Mohd Amirul Hafiz Sulaiman scoring.
Mohd Haziq Fawwaz Ramli scored the disputed goal in the 31 st minute before adding a second in the 40th minute for Felda's first win.
Meanwhile in Division One, defending champions SSTMI Thunderbolts hammered Anderson 7-0 at the Azlan Shah Stadium in Ipoh.
"We went in looking for a win, as last season Anderson were the only team which beat us. However, the margin is very pleasing as we look forward to defending out title,” said Thunderbolts coach Wan Roslan Wan Rahman.
“We only have one match this weekend, as we prepare for what I feel would be a tougher match against Petaling Jaya (Municipal Council) next Friday.
"And if we seal the three points against PJCC, it would make our title defence that much easier,” said Wan Roslan.
Thunderbolts opened scoring in the very first minute via Muhd Najib Abu Hassan and doubled their advantage through Mohd Aminuddin Mond Zain in the 9 th minute.
There was no stopping Thunderbolts once they got into the rhythm as they added another five goals through Syed Mohd Syafiq Syed Cholan (47 and 64) Muhd Firdaus Omar (54), Mohd Zulhamizan Awang Abas ( 62) and Aminuddin scoring his second two minutes from time for a resounding win.
At the Ministry of Education Stadium in Pantai, Bukit Jalil Sports Dchool went on a scoring spree by defeating SMK Dato Bentara Luar 5-1.
Anderson 0SSTMI Thunderbolts 7
KLSS Juniors -Malacca High School - 7pm start
Division 2 (A)
MSSPP-USM Juniors 1Nur Insafi 3
BAKAT MSSK/PHK 2Matri 0
SMK Syed Hassan 1. 1MAS Penang 0
Division 2 (B)
KL Sports School JRS 1 FELDA Akademi Hoki Pahang 3
SMK Pdg Midin 16Permatang Juniors 0
MSSD Larut Matang & Selama 1 MSP Pahang JRS 1
Division 2 (C)
PHDK/SSNJ/SMSJ 2SMK Tunku Besar 4
BJSS 5SMKDBLBP/SUKMA JOHOR/PHJ 1
MBPJ -Malacca HS ( MOE Stadium Pantai )
Anderson -SSTMI Juniors ( Azlan Shah Stadium )
Division 2 (A)
PH Kota Star -MSSPP-USM Juniors ( Alor Star )
Division 2 (B)
OLAK - PKT -FELDA Akademi Hoki Pahang ( Pantai Hockey Stadium )
Division 2 (C)
Politeknik KPM -SMK Tunku Besar ( Taman Daya Johor Baru)
SMK Dato Taha -BJSS ( Seremban 2 Stadium)
The second week of the Milo Junior Hockey League will see the gap between the favorites and pretenders as teams will battle it out to collect points.
The match of the week will no doubt be between Anderson and Thunderbolts at the Azlan shah Stadium in Ipoh.
Anderson were the only team to inflict a defeat on the defending champions last season, courtesy of a 1-0 win.
And that defeat is still fresh in the mind of Thunderbolt coach Wan Mohd Roslan Wan Abdul Rahman.
Thunderbolts have only played one match so far, a6-0 win over their juniors last weekend while Anderson has only one point to show from their two trips out of Ipoh.
Anderson were held to a 1-1 draw by Malacca High School before going down 1-2 against Petaling Jaya Municipal Council,
" Anderson always lift their game against us and I expect it to be the same this time around as well, " said wan Mohd Roslan.
" It will by no means be an easy game as they have settled down having played two matches this we need to be on our toes.
" We have to playa tight marking game as Anderson can hit and hold on to a lead, and this is something we can ill afford.
" In a short league a draw is akin to a defeat and we should not drop points."
At the Pantai Hockey Stadium, Malacca High School are expected to collect full points against KLSS. Juniors who have a win against Permatang Juniors last weekend.
In the Second Division, Nur Insafi are expected to consolidate their position in Group A as they take on MSSPP at the USM Stadium.
The Milo Junior Hockey League has been going on for the last 18 years and one would expect some sort of professionalism in running the event.
But the first week of matches revealed one thing that stood out like a sore thumb, that people do not learn from mistakes but rather familiarity breeds contempt and in the process blunders were aplenty.
It started of with the title sponsors MILO being unable to display their advertising boards at the Pantai Hockey Stadium. A letter was dispatched to City Hall for approval on January 2 but no reply was forthcoming. And that was not helped by the Kuala Lumpur Hockey Association's not co-operating stance.
The electronic scoreboard was in perfect working condition but only used for one match out of the three played at that stadium.
It got worse on Sunday when the sprinklers were switched on while the match between KLSS and Permatang Juniors was in progress.
The Malaysian Hockey confederation should either overcome this issues by this weekend failing which move all matches scheduled there to the National Hockey stadium.
But the mother of all blunders will surely have to be having A.Kannagi, who is a teacher at KLSS to umpire the match between KLSS and Permatang Juniors. In the team list provided by MHC, Kanagi was listed as the Assistant Coach of KLSS.
When asked how such a situation arose, MHC umpires Board Secretary Ravinderpal Singh stated that no one had informed him of Kannagi's employment status.
"The onus is on her to declare her association with the team as we do not keep tabs on such matters. It was unethical on her part as she could have informed us about it when the appointment list was sent out," said Ravinderpal.
But the question was as to how Kannagi is being allowed to umpire and yet be a team official.
"I received a latter removing her name as a coach on Friday," was all MHC Competitions Executive Hashim Mohd Yusof was willing to offer as an explanation.
It is indeed baffling that changes can be made to team list when it was clearly stated that the registration closed on December 28.
That is not the only issues as teams have exploited MHC's stance of close one eye by registering coaches as physio's in their team lists. This mis-representation is a serious offence and should be stopped right away.
The bright spot was allowing women umpires take charge of matches in the Division Two of the MJHL and it was indeed refreshing to see the like of Annie Thomas displaying good match temperament and implementing rules well thus allowing the game to flow smoothly.
Annie who started her umpiring career while studying at USM has a bright future and should be considered for some matches in the top Division having seen her put her male counterparts to the shadows by handling well the Olak-PKT v KLSS match last Friday.
While the off the pitch incidents put a dent in the opening weekend, the lteams have shown that they are eager yo do well on the pitch with Olak and Nur Insafi showing good promise on the opening weekend.
JUARA bertahan, SSTMI Thunderbolts bermula garang apabila membelasah SSTMI Juniors 6-1 pada aksi pembukaan Divisyen Satu Liga Hoki Remaja Kebangsaan di Stadium Taman Daya Stadium, Johor Bahru, semalam.
Jurulatihnya, Wan Mohd Roslan Wan Abdul Rahman puas hati dan percaya anak buahnya mampu menjaringkan lebih daripada enam gol.
"Secara keseluruhan saya berpuas hati. Cuma, pemain terburu-buru dengan peluang terhidang, jika tidak mungkin banyak gol boleh terhasil," katanya.
Gol Thunderbolt dijaringkan Mohd Aminuddin Mohd Zain m-13 dan m-31; Muhd Amirol Aideed Md Arshad m-23; Muhd Sufi Ismat m-37; Nik Muhammad Aiman Nik Rozemi m-39 dan Azril Misron, manakala Raja Muhammad Izzat Raja Hussin menghasilkan jaringan sagu hati lawan.
Sementara itu, di Stadium Hoki Pantai, Bangsar, Olak-PKT tiada masalah menewaskan KL Sports School Juniors-MSSSWP 6-0.