Aug 25, 2016

Make or break for THT and KLHC in quarterfinals

Kuala Lumpur (24 August, 2016):It will be the end of the road for either Terengganu Hockey Team (THT) or Kuala Lumpur Hockey Club (KLHC) in the TNBMHL 2016 Knockout Tournament with the two heavyweights drawn for an early showdown in the quarterfinals for the Tan Sri P. Alagendra Cup.
Terengganu Hockey Team and Kuala Lumpur Hockey Club will be embroiled in another pulsating encounter at the Batu Buruk Hockey Stadium in Kuala Terengganu on August 30 when the draw for the quarterfinals was held today at the Malaysian Hockey Confederation office at the Tun Razak Stadium.

As for THT, it will be an early opportunity to erase the 1-2 defeat inflicted by KLHC in the season opener TNBMHL 2016 Charity Shield match played on August 19 at the same venue. Both teams received byes in the first round.

“We are fated to meet KLHC. That’s the luck of the draw. We lost at home in the Charity Shield match and hopefully we can make amends to get a better result. This is a great opportunity early on,” said THT head coach Sarjit Singh.

KLHC team manager, Ahmad Anuar Sham Kamar, however, believes the early clash with THT would pump up the adrenaline among the players and go for a second straight win against their arch nemesis.

“THT is a very strong Premier League side and playing them on their own turf has never been easy. It is going to be a very challenging and tense match. Although we received a bye in the first round we knew all along that the quarterfinals are going to be tough and here we are faced to play THT,” said Ahmad Anuar after the draw was concluded.

“We hope to carry on our momentum. There is going to be a lot of pressure on both teams to win and expectations are going to be very high,” he added.

Another all-Premier League team’s quarterfinals clash will be between Tenaga Nasional Berhad and Universiti Kuala Lumpur. TNB pulverized Universiti Teknologi MARA 11-0 in the first round on Tuesday while UniKL showed Maybank the exit with a Najmi Farizal Jazlan 11th minute penalty corner goal. 

Sapura Hockey Club has been drawn to meet ATM Airod at the Tun Razak Stadium while Politeknik Malaysia goes into a quarterfinals showdown with Johor-based Tunku Mahkota Ismail Sports School at the Taman Daya Hockey Stadium. SSTMI mesmerised Bukit Jalil Sports School 7-0 in the first round.

Quarterfinals (30 August, 2016):Terengganu Hockey Team v Kuala Lumpur Hockey Club (Stadium Hoki Batu Buruk, Kuala Terengganu, 5.30pm)); Politeknik Malaysia v SSTMI (Stadium Taman Daya, Johor Baru, 6.00pm)); Sapura Hockey Club v ATM Airod (Stadium Tun Razak, 6.00pm); Universiti Kuala Lumpur v Tenaga Nasional Berhad (KLHA Stadium, 6.00pm).

Loyalty and TNB's Kumar go hand-in-hand

LOYALTY nowadays is a very rare commodity and only a few know what it truly means but TNB's loyalty to Malaysian hockey is beyond reproach. 

No price can be put on its support for the game, and by the same token, is hockey goalkeeper S. Kumar’s allegiance to TNB.

It all started 16 years ago when TNB offered Kumar an opportunity to work for them and at the same time to enhance his hockey career.

The offer came at an opportune time. Kumar had just finished competing in the Junior Asian Cup and was unemployed, so the keeper grabbed the opportunity with both hands. This was in September 2000.

Now a veteran on the world stage, Kumar is very much rated as one of the best goalkeepers in the sport and he unashamedly credited TNB for being a huge influence on his long and rewarding career.

“When TNB approached me, I did consult some senior players about the job offer and not one person had anything negative to say about TNB and I was advised to take up the offer," said Kumar, who works with the Technical Support Team.

“Shortly after joining TNB, I could feel the passion that they had for the game and it gradually rubbed off on me. They were very serious about helping the sport to recapture its glory days. Added to this, they also offered benefits such as sports leave, medical benefits, bonus and special allowances for national team players.

“Working and playing for TNB has really helped me take my game to a higher level.”

Kumar also disclosed that after joining TNB, besides his playing career improving by leaps and bounds, his personal life also started to be more stable, especially financially.

And as is always the case, the keeper's loyalty to his recent employers was severely tested on many occasions when other MHL teams came calling with offers of higher paid jobs, better incentives and perks but Kumar stayed faithful to TNB. 

“TNB was the only team to offer me a job when I desperately needed one, and I am not one to forget those who were always there for me during my darkest times. It's no secret that that's the reason why I stayed with TNB so long. I wished to repay the kindness they showed me,” said the former Uttar Pradesh Wizards player.

Besides being a long term supporter of the Malaysian Hockey Confederation (MHC) and the National Hockey League, TNB has also increased its efforts to establish development programmes which help nurture young aspiring hockey players.

"In my opinion, TNB has stepped up its efforts to help produce quality young players through the Thunderbolt Programme and the Junior Hockey League”, added the 36-year-old national goalkeeper who is from Tampin.

Kumar’s love for hockey started at SMK Tunku Besar Tampin, when the school’s hockey coach, the late V. Sivapathasundram appointed him to be the reserve goalkeeper for the school team.

“I was more into football in school but the turning point came when the hockey coach asked me to join the hockey team. I grew to like the sport and decided to take it to another level,” he said.

SMK Tunku Besar Tampin is well known for producing budding hockey talents as many national and state players today hail from there.

Dedicated towards hockey development and realizing the enormous potential coming from this school, TNB will be collaborating with it for the second year running to organize the YTM Tunku Besar Tampin – TNB U14 cup which will kick off from the 16th till the 20th of September 2016. 

Plenty of fresh talent will be showcased on the school’s very own hockey turf during the tournament which is also being held in conjunction with the Malaysia Day celebrations.

Meanwhile, the avid Liverpool supporter has only one piece of advice for the current and future young players and that is to work hard and never give up no matter what the odds.

“There are no shortcuts to success in any sport or anything in life. Youngsters need to know the importance of hard work, discipline and persistence to make it as a professional.

“If it wasn’t for my determination to succeed, perseverance and dedication towards the sport, I would not have achieved what I have today. Being dropped consistently during my first four years as a professional did not put me off, instead it made me more determined and I continued to give my all to get selected for the national squad,” said Kumar with a touch of pride.

The TNB stalwart is back in TNB’s squad after an injury lay-off that saw him miss the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup in April and is looking to carry the team throughout the TNBMHL campaign which kicked off last weekend.

He also stressed on the importance of specific, planned and separate training regime for the younger players which brings about longevity at the highest level of international hockey.

Kumar hopes to keep playing for TNB and the National team for another year or two, if he can stay fit, before calling it a day.

Kumar and TNB are two names which will definitely be etched with pride in Malaysian hockey books and magazines. The stories told will, hopefully, go on to inspire the future hockey stars of Malaysia. 

TNB go on rampage;UniKL shows Maybank exit

Kuala Lumpur (23 August, 2016): Tenaga Nasional Berhad  proved too strong for Division One outfit Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) as they romped to an 11-0 victory in the TNBMHL 2016 Knockout Tournament for the Tan Sri P. Alagendra Cup at the Kuala Lumpur Hockey Stadium today.
Following two Premier League defeats within a week - losing 3-4 to Maybank and 0-1 on Sunday against Universiti Kuala Lumpur (UniKL) - the big margin win over UiTM in the first round was certainly a welcome sign for TNB as far as head coach Muhammad Amin Rahim is concerned.

The win propelled TNB to the August 30 quarterfinals. However, the draw for the quarterfinals will be conducted on Wednesday (24th August).

While TNB triumphed over UiTM, their development side – Thunderbolt – went down 2-3 against Politeknik Malaysia at the Taman Daya Hockey Stadium in Johor Baru. It was a reverse of result as Thunderbolt defeated Politeknik 5-1 in a Division One group match earlier.

Joining TNB and Politeknik Malaysia in the quarterfinals are Sapura Hockey Club, Universiti Kuala Lumpur (UniKL), ATM Airod and Tunku Mahkota Ismail Sports School (SSTMI). Double champions Terengganu Hockey Team (THT) and Kuala Lumpur Hockey Club received byes in today’s first round. 

In the only encounter between two TNBMHL Premier League heavyweights in the knockout tournament, UniKL came away winner, thanks to a Nazmi Farizal Jazlan penalty corner goal in the 11th minute. 

“The good thing in this match is the forwards scored 10 field goals and one from penalty corner. It helps a lot in raising the confidence level after two Premier League defeats,” said Amin. “Though UiTM could not make the breaks there were instances their forwards tried their best.”

“We have to put in more efforts in penalty corners. There were far too many chance but we scored in one. The quarterfinals will be tough as we are bound to face stronger opponents and we have to raise our own game especially in field goals and penalty corners,” he added.

Arif Sabron nailed a hat-trick, Amir Farid Ahmad Fuzi and Nik Mohamad Aiman scored a brace while Muhamad Ramadan Rosli, Muhamad Fariq Saadon, Muhammad Hafizhuddin and Syed Mohaamed Syafiq scored one.

Sapura ended Penang-based NurInsafi’s outing in the knockout tournament with a 4-0 victory and ATM Airod turned the tables on Majlis Bandaraya Ipoh (MBI) 4-3 in penalty shootout after a 3-3 draw in regulation time.

For MBI, the defeat against NurInsafi comes as a big blow to their morale after posting a convincing 4-1 win in the Division One League match recently.

SSTMI pulverised Bukit Jalil Sports School 7-0 at the adjacent Ministry of Education ground in Jalan Pantai. It was SSTMI’s second big win over their rivals in the TNBMHL 2016 after posting a 6-0 victory in a Division One league match at the same venue.

Results –Politeknik Malaysia 3 TNB Thunderbolt 2; Sapura Hockey Club 4 NurInsafi 0; Tenaga Nasional Berhad 11 UiTM 0; MajlisBandaraya Ipoh 3 ATM Airod 3 (ATM win 4-3 in penalty shootout); BJSS 0 SSTMI 7; Universiti Kuala Lumpur 1 Maybank 0.

Aug 23, 2016


KUALA LUMPUR (21 JULAI 2016)–Siapa tidak kenal dengan Adnan Saidin, bekas pemain sepak takraw negara pada zaman 70-an dan 80-an. Namanya bukan sekadar diingati berdasarkan pencapaiandaripada sumbangan pingat dan medal tetapi “libasan mautnya” kekal segar dalam memori peminat sepak takraw hingga ke hari ini. Libasan maut itulah membolehkan Adnan dijulang sebagai “Raja Libas” negara.

Adnan dianugerahkan gelaran Raja Sepak Takraw Asia pada tahun 1986 mengakui dirinyadan sukan sepak takraw tidak akan terpisah hingga ke hujungnya malahan sehingga kini masih aktif melibatkan diri dalam sukan itu bersama negeri kelahiran, Kedah.

Terbaru, Adnan dilantik sebagai pengurus skuad sepak takrawKedah dalam Sukan Malaysia (SUKMA) 2016 yang berlangsung di Sarawak.

Ketika zaman kegemilangannya, dia pernah membawa Malaysia menjulang pingat emas dalam Sukan SEA dari tahun 1979 sehingga 1985. Ini sudah cukup membuktikan kita begitu digeruni pada waktu tersebut dan sudah tentu lagenda ini mahu melihat pentas kejayaan yang pernah dibawa pasukannya ketika zaman kegemilangan diukir semula oleh pemain generasi sekarang dan Sepak takraw League (STL) adalah medannya.

Adnan yang sudah berusia 59 tahun melihat STL adalah satu kejohanan terbaik untuk pemain pada era sekarang. Katanya, “Dulu zaman saya piala yang paling berprestij ialah Piala Emas Khir Johari. Semua pemain yang beraksi  akan lakukan terbaik untuk menunjukkan kebolehan dalam kejohanan itu.Sekarang STL adalah kejohanan yang akan meningkatkan kembali populariti serta martabat sukan sepak takraw”.

Tambah lagenda itu lagi, dia mahu pemain sentiasa komited untuk tampil dengan aksi memberangsangkan. Kata Adnan, “Inilah masanya untuk pemain membuktikan kemampuan sebagai pemain sepak takraw sebenar dalam STL. Kita perlulah tunjukkan yang kita benar-benar mencapai standard pemain yang mampu menggalas cabaran negara”.

“Sebagai bekas pemain, saya rasa bangga dan bersemangat bila adanya kejohanan seperti ini. Tambah-tambah lagi ianya adalah satu medan untuk kita mendapat pengalaman bagi mewakili negara”.

Ketika ditanya andainya masih mampu beraksi dan berpeluang untuk melibas dalam STL, dengan penuh bersemangat “Raja Libas” itu berkata, “Tak payah cakaplah kalau sayamasih muda. Jiwa sebagai pemain memang sentiasa ada untuk saya melakukan libasan”.

Adnan turut menghargai usaha yang dilakukan oleh pihak penganjur dalam mengangkat kembali populariti serta martabat sukan yang penuh bersejarah ini. Katanya, “Sebagai bekas pemain, saya berterima kasih kepada pihak penganjur iaitu Astro dan Asian Sports Ventures (ASV) kerana terus mengembangkan sukan sepak takraw. Ini adalah sesuatu yang sangat bagus untuk negara kita dan akan membantu untuk meningkatkan lagi taraf sepak takraw”.

Bakal berlangsung di Serdang, saingan Sepak takraw League (STL) 2016 akan memasuki edisi ketiga pada tahun ini dengan 8 pasukan akan berentap dalam format baru yang pastinya bakal berlangsung dengan lebih sengit. Pada edisi kedua lalu, AngkatanTentera Malaysia (ATM) muncul juara menewaskan Black Panthers dalam perlawanan akhir.

Politeknik flex muscles but SSTMI and TNB in joint-lead

Kuala Lumpur (21 August, 2016): Politeknik Malaysia returned to winnings ways this week with back-to-back victories in the TNB-Malaysian Hockey League 2016 Division One matches.

After an opening season 1-1 draw with Bukit Jalil Sports School on August 5 followed by a 1-5 drubbing from TNB Thunderbolt, Politeknik Malaysia looked fully recharged en route to a 4-0 victory over Penang-based NurInsafi 4-0 on Saturday at the Taman Daya Hockey Stadium in Johor Baru.

And MajlisBandaraya Ipoh (MBI) became Politeknik’slatest victim on Sunday, going down 1-2 at the same venue. Muhammad Ikmal Hafiz opened accounts for Politeknik Malaysia in the 45th minute but Sabri Mohamed drew level with a penalty corner conversion four minutes later before Mohamed Zaki Ismail nailed the winner for Politeknik35 seconds before the hooter.

Elsewhere, ATM Airod came back from a 1-6 clawing in the hands of Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) on Saturday to defeat BJSS 4-2 and TNB Thunderbolt downed UiTM 2-1 at the Tun Razak Stadium while Tunku Mahkota Ismail Sports School (SSTMI) were held to a 2-2 draw by NurInsafi in Johor Baru.

The Johor-based SSTMI and Thunderbolts share eight-equal points at the top -one clear of UiTM and Politeknik Malaysia (6 points) followed by NurInsafi (4), ATM Airod (3) and BJSS (2). The Air Forces outfit went 2-0 ahead in the first quarter with goals from Said Abdul Rashid (7th) and Szuhairi Kamal (14th) but BJSS equalized within a space of eight minutes through Adam Daniel Ferozs (26th) and Kamerol Harith Daniel (34th) minutes.

ATM, however, sealed victory with brace from Mohd Hafizi Ramli in the 39th and 59th minutes from penalty corners. In women’s league, Tunku Mahkota Ismail Sports School (SSTMI) went unbeaten in three matches following a 3-1 win over ATM Pernama on home turf in Johor Baru.

With this win, SSTMI share nine-equal points with Royal Malaysian Police Warriors at the top of the standings. Fatin Naimah Zaki (2nd), Fatin Syafiqah (18th) and Surizan Awang Noh (38th) scored for SSTMI while Nur Adriana Mohd Nawawi replied for ATM.

Results - Sunday (21 August, 2016): Men’s Division 1 – ATM Airod4 Bukit Jalil Sports School 2; Politeknik Malaysia 2 MajlisBandaraya Ipoh 1; SSTMI 2NurInsafi2; UiTM-KPT 1 Thunderbolt2. Women’s League – SSTMI 3 ATM Pernama1.

KLHC flex muscle in Sapura drubbing

Kuala LUMPUR (21 August, 2016): Kuala Lumpur Hockey Club (KLHC) turned in another convincing performance as they beat Sapura 5-2 in their TNB Malaysian Premier Hockey League match at the Kuala Lumpur Hockey Stadium in Jalan Pantai on Sunday.

In other Premier League matches played, Terengganu Hockey Team (THT) beat Maybank 5-1 while Universiti Kuala Lumpur (UniKL) defeated Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) 1-0 courtesy of a Mohd Ashran Hamsani field goal late in the fourth quarter.

The match of the day started at a fast pace with both teams looking confident following their victories over THT and UniKL respectively in the opening round of matches on Friday.

It didn't take long for the first goal to come, given the open style both teams were playing, as KLHC's Pakistan import Muhd Umar Bhutta finished off a well organised attack in the second minute. KLHC doubled their lead from an Ahmad Kazamirul Nasruddin penalty corner five minutes later.

Sapura pulled one back in the 19th minute when Mohd Izad Hakimi Jamaluddin slammed home the rebound from a penalty corner after a fine initial save from KLHC goalkeeper Roslan Jamaluddin.

KLHC restored their two goal lead almost immediately when South Korean import Hyunwoo Nam inch perfect pass found striker Mohd Symin Mohd Yusof who turned and put the ball pass Sapura keeper MohdHairi Abdul Rahman to make it 3-1.

It was 4-1 three minutes later when Mohd Noor Faeez Ibrahim scored through a confidently placed penalty corner.

Sapura got their second goal in the second half when Mohd Zuhairi Hashim's brilliantly placed his penalty corner into the bottom right corner in the 43rd minute to make it 4-2 only for KLHC to make it 5-2 in the 53rd minute when Mohd Rashid Baharom finished a counter-attack with a well-placed goal to the roof of the net from the right.

KLHC's Meor Muhd Azuan Hasan was taken off with a torn gum that did not stop bleeding after knocking into a Sapura player.

Coach Muhd Harun Al-RahidSamri was happy with the three points but feels his KLHC side still have room for improvement.

"On a scale of 1 to 10 were performing at six. The early goals helped us settle and gave us the confidence we needed.

"But there is still work to be done and with our next match a week from now, I will have some much needed time to work with my team," said Harun who was happy with the performance of goalkeeper Roslan.

Sapura coach Yahya bin Omar believes that the early goals were too much for his team to return from.

"Two early goals in 8 minutes put us in a bad spot. We didn't have time to settle into the match and our defenders were nervous as they were playing a stronger team.

"At 2-1, we tried to draw level, but our defenders were not at their best today and there were times where we were caught ball watching.

“Our man marking could have been tighter but, we have to look at our next match against Maybank and not repeat the same mistakes," said Yahya.

At Batu Buruk Hockey Stadium Maybank stunned THT with a field goal in the 14th minute through Hafifi hafiz Hanafi, but it was all THT from then on. Goals from Tengku Ahmad TajuddinTengku Abdul Jalil (28), Jivan Mohan (41), Jang Jonghyun (47, 52) and Muhamad Amirul Mirza Rozi (56) rounded up the win.