SSTMI-Thunderbolt (in red) playing MSSPP-USM during their Malaysian Junior Hockey League match last January. Thunderbolt face Anderson on Saturday at the Azlan Shah Stadium in Ipoh.
KUALA LUMPUR: Double champions SSTMI-Thunderbolt will be out to avenge their shock 1-0 defeat to Anderson in Ipoh in the MHC-Milo-NSC Junior Hockey League (MJHL) last year.
The sports school from Johor face Anderson at the Azlan Shah Stadium in Ipoh on Saturday.
SSTMI coach Wan Roslan Wan Abdul Rahman said they have learned from the bitter experience last season.
“I have warned my players that they must stay on their toes throughout the match against Anderson, who have won the Champions Schools title a number of times,” said the teacher cum coach.
“We have great respect for Anderson as they were the only team to beat us last season.
“They are always a tough team to beat at home ... so the challenge will be on us to get the better of them in Ipoh,” said Wan Roslan, who has been coaching the sports school since 2002.
Wan Roslan said they will rely on penalty corner drag flicker Mohd Aminuddin Mohd Zain to deliver the goals against Anderson.
“Aminuddin, who is a former national junior trainee, scored two goals against our junior team, which we won (6-1). I hope he will make full use of the penalty corners to win the match against Anderson,” said Wan Roslan.
Anderson have a challenging weekend in store as they also face SSTMI Juniors on Sunday.