Mawardi Hamirin (left) scored 10 goals in six matches for his team Olak-PKT in the Malaysian Junior Hockey League.
KUALA LUMPUR: Mawardi Hamirin has proven size does not matter. The Sabahan, who made his debut in the MHC-Milo-NSC Malaysian Junior Hockey League (MJHL), has been on fire.
Weighing 54kg and 164cm tall, Mawardi has netted 10 field goals in six matches to help Old La Sallians Association of Klang (Olak)-PKT emerge as Group B champions.
In fact, he is currently the top scorer in Division Two.
Olak-PKT has scored a whopping 38 goals and conceded only eight in seven matches.
Their only defeat was to MSP Pahang Juniors in Kuantan, where they lost 2-1.
They will face Nur Insafi in the Division Two second round Group X match at the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil on Thursday before meeting the Bukit Jalil Sports School (BJSS) on Friday at the same venue.
Mawardi, who turns 18 on April 26, said that he is more than pleased with his performance in the MJHL.
“My only regret is failing to score against MSP Pahang Juniors,” said Mawardi, who is waiting for his Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) results.
The Keningau-born player is grateful to Olak-PKT for having faith in him.
“Not many players from Sabah have managed to score 10 goals in six matches in the MJHL and I am proud to be one of them.
“I am playing my best hockey and I’m all fired up to give my best against Nur Insafi, who won all their six matches in Group A.
“We just need a win over them to book a place in the knockout stage, but it is easier said than done,” said Mawardi, who also wants to be the first player from Sabah to win the top scorer award in Division Two.
Olak-PKT team manager Joseph De Silva praised Mawardi as the most outstanding player in the team.
“Despite his small physique he is a lethal striker, and we are banking on him to deliver goals against Nur Insafi,” said Joseph.
MSP Pahang, who finished runners-up in Group B, will face Bakat MSSK-PHK of Kelantan in the Group Y match on Thursday in Bukit Jalil.