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Published: Saturday March 8, 2014 MYT 5:41:00 PM
Updated: Saturday March 8, 2014 MYT 8:59:52 PM

Record-chasing Thunderbolt look unstoppable

SSTMI-Thunderbolt won the MJHL Division One title last month without losing a match. They are now aiming to do the double by winning the Overall title against UniKL on Sunday. - Filepic

SSTMI-Thunderbolt won the MJHL Division One title last month without losing a match. They are now aiming to do the double by winning the Overall title against UniKL on Sunday. - Filepic

KUALA LUMPUR: SSTMI-Thunderbolt are looking at equalling a unique record set by another sports school – Bukit Jalil – in the MHC-Milo-NSC Malaysian Junior Hockey League (MJHL).

The Bukit Jalil Sports School (BJSS) won three consecutive doubles (league and overall titles) from 2007.

Thunderbolt, who have won two doubles since 2012, can do the same if they can overcome Universiti Kuala Lumpur (UniKL) in the overall final on Sunday.

This will be the fifth time in a row that these two teams are meeting in the final.

UniKL were overall winners in 2010 while Thunderbolt have won it since 2011.

If they win, it will be Thunderbolt’s eighth title in the MJHL – still four behind BJSS, who won 12 titles from 2003 to 2009.

BJSS also hold the record of having won the most number of doubles – five. They achieved the other two doubles in 2004 and 2005.

Thunderbolt team manager Adam Izamry Idrus admitted that they have been eyeing a third double since the 2014 MJHL season began.

“That’s always been our target and now we’re just one match away from it. Based on our form, we can do it,” he said.

“But, then again, UniKL are not a second rate team. They have good players and have improved since the knockout stage started. So, it won’t be an easy final for either team.”

Adam also feels that his boys are motivated to do well in the final as “we have five players who have a chance to achieve a unique record of their own”.

The five, who have been with Thunderbolt since they did the first double in 2012, are Mohd Hanif Azemi, Mohd Najmi Farizal Jazman, Mohd Aminuddin Mohd Zain, Mohd Sufi Ismat Rohulamin and Mohd Aminol Aideed.

On top of that, four of them – Najmi, Aminuddin, Sufi and Aminol – will want to lift the title to celebrate their inclusion in the Project 2016 team.

Thunderbolt also have three other players – Mohd Najib Abu Hassan, Azril Misron and Mohd Firdaus Oman – in the Project team.

Another factor favouring Thunderbolt is their strike rate.

While Thunderbolt have plundered 77 goals since the league began while UniKL have only scored 30.

Thunderbolt also have a top-class poacher in Aminuddin, who is set to be crowned as the tournament’s top scorer with 17 goals, thus far.

But Adam knows it’s what you do on the pitch that matters, not past records.

“We have worked very hard to reach the final, so we are not about to relax in the next 70 minutes,” he said.

“We will go for the jugular right from the start. That has always been our style.”

So, can UniKL stop the Thunderbolt juggernaut?

We’ll know soon.

Tags / Keywords: hockey, Thunderbolt, UniKL, Mohd Hanif Azemi, Mohd Najmi Farizal Jazman, Mohd Aminuddin Mohd Zain, Mohd Sufi Ismat Rohulamin, Mohd Aminol Aideed.

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