The ATM-Pernama team celabrate after clinching the inaugural women's National Hockey League title at the National Hockey Stadium on Sunday. They beat UiTM Lions 2-1 in the final. - SHAARI CHEMAT/ The Star
KUALA LUMPUR: Former international S. Baljit Singh was the hero as Sapura bagged a double in Division One of the Malaysia Hockey League (MHL).
Having bagged the league title last month, Sapura clinched the President’s Cup at the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil on Sunday when Baljit fired home the winner off a penalty corner in the 52nd minute to beat Universiti Kuala Lumpur (UniKL) 1-0.
Baljit also picked up two individual awards. He was named the man-of-the-match for the final and also clinched the tournament’s top scorer award with 16 goals.
Sapura took home RM30,000 for winning the Cup while UniKL collected RM20,000.
TNB-Thunderbolt finished third when they outplayed Ipoh City Council 7-3.
Meanwhile, ATM-Pernama won the inaugural women’s National Hockey League when they defeated UiTM Lions 2-1 in the final at the same venue.
ATM were slow starters, conceding a goal after nine minutes through a penalty corner conversion by Nur Amirah Abu Samah. But they stormed back to equalise in the 28th minute when international Nur Amarina Ruhani converted a penalty corner.
Just when the game seemed headed for a penalty shootout, Izzuin Ismail netted a field goal three minutes from time to give ATM the crown.
Both ATM and UiTM had gone through the seven-team league unbeaten. The two teams played to a 0-0 draw earlier in the league.
UiTM had topped the standings with 16 points after five wins and a draw while second-placed ATM had 14 points from four wins and two draws.
ATM won RM15,000 for their efforts while UiTM picked up RM10,000.
SSTMI took home RM5,000 when they defeated MBJB 3-0 in the third placing playoff.