Sabah boys and girls are dominant force
SABAH’S boys and girls made the next round of the National Under-16 hockey competition without losing any match, and they aim to make the finals this year.
The boys won bronze last year by beating Pahang 1-0, while the Sabah girls ended up ninth, but they are in stunning form a year later.
Yesterday, the Sabah girls beat defending champions Selangor 4-0 to top Group A with a match in hand against Kelantan today. The scorers were Inka Shafika Juani (19th), Kersimah Kauran (33rd, 53rd) and Syunita Manap (47th).
Sabah HA secretary Avtar Singh said they will field their reserves against Kelantan.
“The group job is done, as we will remain tops whatever the outcome against Kelantan, so we will try out our reserve players before the knock-out stage.”
Fourteen boys’ and 13 girls’ teams are competing for titles, and they have been divided into three groups in each gender.
The top-two teams in each group will be divided into two groups of three teams each in an open draw and the group champions play in the final, while the runners-up for bronze.
“These boys and girls are products of Sabah 1Mas who were then placed in the Sabah Sports School from Form One onward. Over the years, we have managed to slowly train them and we are looking forward to both our teams playing in the final of this tournament,” said Avtar.
RESULTS — Boys’ Group A: Penang x Terengganu x, Negri x Kedah x; Group B: Perak x Selangor x, Perlis x Sarawak x.
Girls’ Group A: Sabah 4 Selangor 0, Kelantan 4 Sarawak 1; Group B: Pahang 1 Negri 2, Terengganu 1 Penang 11; Group C: Perak 2 Malacca 3, Johor 0 Kuala Lumpur 2.
TODAY – Boys’ Group A: Johor v Kedah (KPM, 5pm), Penang v Negri (KLHA, 5pm); Group B: Perak v Perlis (KLHA, 3pm), Malacca v Sarawak (KPM, 3pm).
Girls’ Group A: Kedah v Sarawak (KPM, 7.30am), Sabah v Kelantan (KLHA< 7.30am); Group B: Penang v Negri (KPM, 9.15am), Terengganu v Pahang (KLHA, 9.15am).
Note: All matches at Jalan Pantai, Kuala Lumpur. Jugjet Singh