A cracker on the cards

New Straits Times - - Sport -

THE na­tional Un­der-16 hockey tour­na­ment prom­ises to be a siz­zler with 14 boys’ and 13 girls’ teams set to do bat­tle in Kuala Lumpur from to­mor­row.

Only Perlis failed to send a team for the girls with full rep­re­sen­ta­tion from the states for the boys event.

The tour­na­ments will be played at the Kuala Lumpur HA and Ed­u­ca­tion Min­istry pitches in Jalan Pan­tai.

Last year’s tour­na­ment — held in Malacca — was a nine-a-side event but it will be a 11-a-side event this year.

Tereng­ganu will be the de­fend­ing the boys ti­tle while Se­lan­gor were the girls cham­pi­ons in 2016.

Sabah was ini­tially the host of both vents, but a Malaysian Hockey Con­fed­er­a­tion (MHC) in­spec­tion team found their pitch- es and fa­cil­i­ties not up to the mark and the MHC took over the host’s job.

“Both our girls and boys teams have been train­ing for a month now, and hope­fully the per­form much bet­ter than last year,” said KLHA sec­re­tary V. Ra­ja­man­ickam.

While the KL girls beat Malacca 3-0 for bronze, the KL boys fin­ished ninth.

Boys — Group A: Pe­nang, Johor, Tereng­ganu, Ne­gri Sem­bi­lan, Kedah; Group B: Malacca, Perak, Perlis, Se­lan­gor, Sarawak; Group C: Kuala Lumpur, Pa­hang, Sabah, Ke­lan­tan.

Girls – Group A: Se­lan­gor, Kedah, Sabah, Ke­lan­tan, Sarawak; Group B: Pa­hang, Neg r i S e m b i l a n , Te r e n g g a n u , Pe­nang; Group C: Perak, Malacca, Johor, Kuala Lumpur. Jug­jet Singh

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