Olak-PKT player, Marwadi Hanimin (left) dribbles past a few KL Sports School Juniors-MSSSWP players in their Div 2 Group B match which the former won 6-0 on Friday.
KUALA UMPUR: SSTMI Juniors must feel like they’ve been struck by a thunderbolt after being bludgeoned 6-1 by their seniors, and defending champions, SSTMI-Thunderbolt in the opening match of Division One in the MHC-Milo-NSC Malaysia Junior Hockey League (MJHL) at the Taman Daya Stadium in Johor Baru on Friday.
Thunderbolt’s goals were scored by Mohd Aminuddin Mohd Zain (13th, 31st), Mohd Amirol Aideed Md Arshad (23rd), Mohd Sufi Ismat (37th), Nik Mohd Aiman Nik Rozemi (39th) and Azril Misron (59th) while SSTMI Juniors got their lone reply through Raja Mohd Izzat Raja Hussin in the 58th minute.
“I’m happy with our overall performance ... but we could have scored more if only our players had more composure in front of goal,” said Thunderbolt coach Wan Mohd Roslan Wan Abdul Rahman.
“Our juniors are a decent side ... whoever takes the game lightly, will pay the price. This was our first game, so there was bound to be some areas for us to work on ... but I am not overly concerned.”
Over at the KL Hockey Stadium in Jalan Pantai, the Division Two matches got off on a controversial note when the Kuala Lumpur Hockey Association (KLHA) did not allow the A-Boards for the title sponsors to be put up.
The Milo boards were conspicuously missing as KLHA, the administrators of the stadium, told the Malaysian Hockey Confederation (MHC) that they needed to seek approval from KL City Hall before they could allow the A-Boards to be put up.
MHC competitions executive Hashim Mohd Yusof said they would sort out the mess next week.
“We will play the matches scheduled this weekend without the boards and will try to seek (City Hall’s) approval on Monday, failing which we will move the matches to the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil,” he said.
On the pitch though, there was plenty of action – with nine matches taking place.
Olak-PKT enjoyed a great start, thrashing KL Sports School Juniors-MSSSWP 6-0.
It, however, took Olak 20 minutes to the floodgates through Mohd Noor Khairul Azri Adnan. Further goals by Mohd Syabariq Shamsuri (32nd), Norhafizi Aris (33rd), Marwadi Hanimin (40th), Noor Khairul (45th) and Maxhana Christi (52nd) completed the rout.