SSTMI-Thunderbolt players in a file photo. Thunderbolt will wrap up the Division One title on Feb 14, 2014, when they face KLSS-KLHC at the Taman Daya Hockey Stadium in Johor Baru.
KUALA LUMPUR: The Division One title race is over – bar the shouting.
The MHC-Milo-NSC Malaysian Junior Hockey League (MJHL) ends this weekend and interest will turn to the knockout stage qualifiers and the battle for the Division Two title.
SSTMI-Thunderbolt look set to wrap up the Division One title on Friday when they face KLSS-KLHC at the Taman Daya Hockey Stadium in Johor Baru.
They are already through to the knockout stage, along with Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) and Universiti Kuala Lumpur (UniKL) from Division One.
Three teams – Malacca High School, KLSS and Anderson – are in the running for the fourth and final spot from Division One.
Malacca High School are in fourth spot with five points but have completed their fixtures.
KLSS are fifth with four points and two matches to play, while Anderson are sixth with two points and a match in hand.
KLSS are almost certain to lose their next match as they face champions-elect Thunderbolt. Their last match is against SSTMI Juniors on Saturday – and it is this game that will decide their fate.
If they lose, then Anderson, who play on Sunday, will have a chance to pip Malacca High School if they beat UniKL.
The top four teams from Division One and top four from the Division Two second round playoffs will qualify for the knockout stage.
So, there is a lot at stake this weekend.
The fight in the lower division for places in the second-round playoffs is just as intense and intriguing as well.
So far, only Nur Insafi of Penang have confirmed their place in the two-group playoffs. The two top teams from each group will then qualify for the knockout stage.
The three other Division Two teams likely to join Nur Insafi and the four other Division One sides in the quarter-finals are SMK Syed Hassan, Olak-PKT, MSS Pahang Juniors and Politeknik Johor.