Perak’s dou­ble mis­sion

New Straits Times - - Sport - BOYS’ — To­day, Group A: GIRLS’ — To­day, Group A:

DATELINE: PERAK’S teams will be on a mis­sion to re­vive the state’s for­tunes in the Na­tional Un­der-16 tour­na­ment start­ing in Kuala Lumpur to­day.

Perak used to be a feeder for the var­i­ous na­tional teams but have fallen be­hind the other states in re­cent times.

The girls’ team will be rep­re­sented by 15 play­ers from the Gu­nung Ra­pat Sports School which has an ar­ti­fi­cial turf, while the bulk of the boys will come from the once fa­mous An­der­son School.

Yes­ter­day, Perak HA flagged off their play­ers with a man­date.

“The Gu­nung Ra­pat Sports School girls will be play­ing in their first na­tional age-group tour­na­ment and we hope they will re­vive the state’s hockey for­tunes. They have an ar­ti­fi­cial pitch at the school, and should have an edge over play­ers from other states.

“As for the boys, we hope some of them will catch the eyes of the na­tional se­lec­tors, as Perak have con­trib­uted many na­tional play­ers be­fore but due to more em­pha­sis on stud­ies, the Perak pool dried up in re­cent times,” said Perak HA sec­re­tary M. Sel­vaku­maran.

The boys’ de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons are Tereng­ganu, while the girls’ win­ners last year were Se­lan­gor.

Perak boys and girls fin­ished eighth and 10th re­spec­tively last year.

Tereng­ganu v Ne­gri (KPM, 3.30pm), Jo­hor v Pe­nang (KLHA, 3.30pm); Group B: Se­lan­gor v Perlis (KPM, 5.30pm), Malacca v Perak (KLHA, 5.30pm); Group C: Sabah v Ke­lan­tan (KPM, 7.30pm), Pa­hang v Kuala Lumpur (KLHA, 7.30pm).

Se­lan­gor v Ke­lan­tan (KPM, 7.30am), Kedah v Sabah (KLHA, 7.30am); Group C: Kuala Lumpur v Perak (KPM, 9.15am), Malacca v Jo­hor (KLHA, 9.15am) — Matches at Jalan Pan­tai, Kuala Lumpur. Jug­jet Singh

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