KUALA LUMPUR: Former double champions Bukit Jalil Sports School (BJSS) qualified for the Division Two final of the MHC-Milo-NSC Malaysian Junior Hockey League when they whipped Nur Insafi 5-2 in their final group match at the National Hockey Stadium.
BJSS pipped Olak-PKT to the final spot, having scored more goals compared to their rivals. Both BJSS and Olak had three points apiece and a similar plus three-goal difference after a win and a draw. But BJSS had six goals while Olak had five.
BJSS will meet Politeknik Johor in the final on Sunday.
With Saturday’s win, BJSS also regained their place in next year’s Division One. They will also play in the knockout stage, which starts on Friday. The draw for the quarter-finals will be held on Sunday.
BJSS coach S. Prakash said their main aim was to gain promotion after being demoted last year.
“So making the final was a bonus. We will use the final as a stepping stone to the quarter-finals.
“It was a good outing for the players yesterday as they went all out to win the match. Any other result would have affected us badly,” he said.
Mahathir Rathuwan opened the scoring for BJSS while Mohamed Norshahrezan Jusoh and Mohamed Fakhri Ardillah scored a brace each. Nur Insafi replied through Mohamed Fahmi and Nur Mushawir Hrsikesa.
BJSS, however, are expected to face an uphill struggle against Politeknik on Sunday. Both teams met in the group stage earlier last month and the Johor team walked off with a convincing 4-1 win.
But Prakash said: “It is a different ball game in the final and we will try our best. There is no pressure on the players.”
Politeknik ended Saturday’s second round playoffs with a 5-0 mauling of MSP Pahang Juniors. Mohamed Ain Rahman (14th and 24th minutes), Mohamed Kamarul Ariffin (19th) and Mohamed Ashran Hamsani (45th and 57th) were the scorers.
BJSS and Politeknik bagged RM2,000 for being the group champions while Olak and MSP Pahang Juniors received RM1,500 each. The third placed teams – Nur Insafi and Bakat MSSK-PHK – took home RM1,000 each.
There is no prize money on offer in Sunday’s final.