The Milo Junior Hockey League got to a rather poor start, with issues of the pitch taking away the highlight from the performances on the pitch.
At the KLHA Stadium in Pantai, the A-Boards of the title sponsor MILO were conspicuously missing as the administrators of the stadium, KL Hockey Association told the Organisors, Malaysian Hockey Confederation to seek approval from Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur before putting up the A-Boards.
As this was only communicated an hour before the match, it was not possible for MHC to get the said approval and MHC Competitions Executive Hashim Mohd Yusof said that it will be reported accordingly to the Technical Committee that meets Monday.
"We will play the matches scheduled this weekend without the boards and will try seek approval on Monday. Failing which we will move the matches to the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil," said Hashim.
On the pitch though there was plenty of action with nine matches taking place.
Defending champions SSTMI Thunderbolts got off to a winning start as they defeated their juniors SSTMI 6-1 at the Taman Daya Stadium in Johor Baru.
Thunderbolt opened scoring in the 13 th minute when Mohd Aminuddin Mohd Zain converted a penalty corner.
Muhd Amirol Aideed Md Arshad made it 2-0 in the 23rd minute before Aminuddin scored his second and his team's third in the 31 st minute.
Muhd Sufi Ismat (37 th minute) and Nik Muhammad Aiman Nik Rozemi ( 39 th minute) made it 5-0 in favour of Thinderbolt before SSTMI Juniors pulled one back through Raja Muhammad Izzat Raja Hussin in the 58 th minute.
Azril Misron completed the scoring for Thunderbolts a minute later for a final score of 6-1.
"Overall I am happy with the performance although we could have scored more if not for being hasty when presented with chances," said Thunderbolts coach Wan Mohd Roslan Wan Abdul Rahman.
"Our juniors are a decent side and those who take the lightly will pay the price.
"It is our first game and there are bound to be some areas we need to work on but I am not overly concerned."
At Pantai, Olak-PKT got off to a great start when they trashed KL Sports School Juniors -MSSSWP 6-0.
Despite dominating the match, Olak only opened scoring in the 20 th minute as via Mohd Noor Khairul Azri Adnan,
Mohd Syabariq Shamsuri made it 2-0 in the 32 nd minute before Norhafizi Aris scored Olak's third in the 33 rd minute.
Olak added another three goals in the second half via the efforts of Marwadi Hanimin ( 40 th minute), Noor Khairul ( (45 th minute) and Maxhana Christi ( 52 nd minute).
SSTMI Thunderbolt. 6 SSTMI Juniors 1
MSSSPP - USM 4 1MAS Penang 1
PH Kota Star 0 Bakat MSSSK - PHK 2
Matri Perlis. 1 SMK Syed Hassan Perlis 1
Olak-PKT 6 KLSS Juniors/MSSSWP 0
MS Pahang Juniors. 2 SMK Padang Midin 1
1 MAS Perak 2 MSSSD Larut Matang 2
Tunku Besar Sec Sch Tampin 3 SMK Dato Taha Gemencheh 2
SMK Dato Bentara Luar 6 SM Sains Johor 1
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The latest edition of the MHC-MILO-NSC Junior Hockey League will not only see a record number of entries but -provide the perfect platform for states to fine tune their Sukma teams.
SSTMI-Thunderbolt start as the favourites to land the double yet again in the 30-team competition. There are seven teams in Division One while 23 will play in the three-pool Division Two.
The other teams in Division One are Anderson-Perak SEDC, SSTMI Juniors, UniKL, Malacca High School, Petaling Jaya Municipal Council (MBPJ) and last year’s Division Two winners KLSS-KLHC Juniors.
SSTMI is aware that the race for the league title will be fast and furios as they expect at least three other teams to be in the running. These three are liely to be UniKL, Malacca High and MBPJ.
But Anderson and KLSS-KLHC Juniors cannot be discounted form the fray just yet.
SSTMI coach Wan Mohamed Roslan said that with just six matches to go for the title, no team can make a mistake form the start.
“Every match is going to count and even a draw at the early stage cane be fatal. We have to start with a win and keep going. I believe that there will be more than two teams in the title mix this year. So we will be wary of all the teams. Wem want to win the two title again,” he said.
The race in Division Two will be a little different in that the league champion will not get any extra prize money.
The total prize money (RM 33,000) allocated for the Division Two winners has been structured to be evenly divided among the top three teams.
There are three groups with eight teams in two pools and seven in the other.
Teams like BJSS, Olak, 1Mas penang, 1Mas kelantan and KLHC Juniors are likely to be the front sunners for the title.
This year only four teams from Division One will make the cut to the knockout stage. The other four teams will come from Division Two.
These four Division Two teams will have an added incentive as they were also get to be promoted to Division ONe in 2015 as the MHC are planning a 10-team Division One.
Thus there is likely to be extra excitement in the Division Two matches this year.
Another feature in this year’s league is that the [;ayers who are eligible to play in the 2016 Junior World Cup will get a chance to make the training squad.
The MHC selectors will be out to pick the initial squad and at leats 40 players are liekly to gain selection.
Thus players in bvoth Divisions willhave extra reason to try and shine in their matches to catch the eyes of the selectors led by the caretaker coaches of the project 2016 teams - Lim Chiow Chuan and Tai Beng Hai.
All said and done the MJHL has grown and become an important part of the MHC development programme. The increase in the number of teams is proof of its relevance.
Having being slated to play four out of their six matches at home, Malacca High School are hoping to use the advantage to collect maximum points in the MILO Junior Hockey League that commences on January 10/
MHS will begin their quest in the MJHL with home matches against Anderson-Perak SEDC on January 11 before playing two matches against KL Sports School Juniors ( January 18) and Petaling jaya Municipal Council ( January 18).
This will be followed by home matches against UniKL Young Guns, SSTMI juniors and SSTMI Thunderbolts to complete their league fixtures.
“We must target at least nine points in our four home matches in order to have a chance to make the top four in the standings which will enable us to qualify for the knockout stage,: said MHS coach K. Manogaran.
“There is no room for error and from our away matches we hope to collect some points as well.
“It will be a tough competition and I do believe that Thunderbolts will once again be the team to beat.”
Despite having an artificial pitch at MHS, they have opted to play their matches at the MPMBB Stadium in Bukit Serindit.
“Our pitch lack facilities like changing rooms and a covered are for technical officials and teams,” said Manogaran.
On the team, Manogaran said that they had a team that has been kept together since 2010. And they have a fair distribution of players as well as seven of them are Under 18 tears of age with another seven Under 17. Four players each are Under 16 and Under 15 respectively.
“We are not only talking about exposure but aim to do well in the MJHL as well,” said Manogaran.
“These players have had experience playing in the National Under 21 and other age group tournaments as well and thus will not be overawed.”
MHS has also included three players who are studying in different schools in Malacca.
The three are Mohd aidil Azmi ( from St David), Mohd Zairie Mohd Nizam ( St Francis Institute) and Amir Wafiq Aizari Kamaruddin ( SMK Selandar).
“These three players are talented and join the team for training daily despite studying in other schools,” added Manogaran.
MHS’s best ever finish in the MJHL was as runners-up in Division Two, behind Sapura in the 2012 edition.
And they are optimistic that they have what it takes to make the cut for the quarterfinals this time around as well after they were knocked out at the same stage by UniKL Young Guns last season.
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