Published: Thursday December 19, 2013 MYT 9:14:00 PM
Updated: Thursday December 19, 2013 MYT 9:15:33 PM

Full steam ahead for men's, women's hockey teams

Malaysia's captain Nadia Abdul Rahman (right) challenged by two Indonesian players in their SEA Games hockey match. Malaysia won 10-0. – Bernama Photo

Malaysia's captain Nadia Abdul Rahman (right) challenged by two Indonesian players in their SEA Games hockey match. Malaysia won 10-0. – Bernama Photo

NAYPYITAW: The Malaysian men and women’s hockey teams both notched double figure victories in their respective last round robin matches at the Thein Phyu Hockey Stadium in Yangon.

Both the national sides had already secured qualification to the finals earlier, but did not take the foot off the pedal as the men blitzed hosts Myanmar 11-0 while the women thrashed Indonesia 10-0 on Thursday.

Mohd Amin Rahim was the toast of the men’s team, scoring five times from penalty corners in the 33rd, 35th, 40th, 46th and 51st minutes.

Tengku Abdul Jalil Tajuddin (8th, 25th and 53rd) helped himself to a hat-trick, while Muhd Adabi Azzumi (4th), Dangerous Lee (17th) and Amirfardi Fuzi (44th) also got on the score sheet to maintain Malaysia’s domination in the competition.

Coach Tai Beng Hai’s team will now take on Singapore in Saturday’s final.

Singapore secured second place in the standings and a final date with Malaysia after demolishing Thailand 7-1.

“Although we beat Singapore 6-0 in the group match earlier, we cannot take them lightly in the final,” said the Beng Hai.

“The gold medal is ours to lose, but I expect Singapore to give us a tougher challenge by adopting a different tactical approach for the final. Singapore have also done serious preparations before coming to Myanmar by training in Australia for three months.”

The Malaysian women also showed no mercy to Indonesia to make it five wins out of five, with Norbaili Hashim (5th and 23rd) and Nuraini Abdul Rashid (62nd and 64th) both netting a brace.

The other goals were scored by Norhidayah Ahmad Bokhari (12th), Noor Hasliza Ali (19th), Norashikin Halim (29th), Nadia Abdul Rahman (41st), Nurul Nabila Mansur (57th) and Rabiatul Mohamed (66th).

The national women’s side have scored a whopping 66 goals in their five round robin matches, and will be looking for another big scoreline against Thailand in Friday’s final.

Malaysia had beaten the Thais 6-0 in the preliminaries.

“Even after securing our spot in the final, it was important that the players did not ease up against Indonesia today. I wanted them to maintain the same intensity and hunger against all opponents, and expect the same against Thailand tomorrow,” said women’s coach Mohd Nasihin Nubli Ibrahim.

“At the same time, I told the players to avoid injuries because we only have 24 hours to recover before the final.”

Thailand booked their place in the final with a 4-2 win over Singapore in their final preliminary match on Thursday. The Singaporeans, who came into the match two points ahead of their opponents, had only needed a draw to secure second spot but found the Thais too hot to handle.

Both the Malaysian men and women are the defending hockey champions. The sport was last contested at the SEA Games in Thailand six years ago.

Tags / Keywords: hockey, SEA Games, Malaysia, Myanmar, Yangon, Indonesia, final


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