T. Ganeisha (left) in a file photo. He has scored four goals in five matches at Sukma.
KANGAR: Penalty corner drag flicker T. Ganeisha is the bright spark of the Negri Sembilan hockey team.
He was only 18 when he scored eight goals to help Negri win the 2011 Razak Cup Division Two title in Malacca.
He not only helped Negri gain promotion to Division One, but was also awarded the top goalscorer award for the tournament.
Now 21, the defender is leading Negri in Sukma and he wants to help his home state lift their first ever men’s Sukma hockey title.
Ganeisha has been in very good form in Sukma as he has marshalled the defence and netted four goals in five matches.
Negri had a bad start as they were beaten 4-1 by Penang in their opening Group B match last Friday.
But they stormed back to win four consecutive matches to stay on track for a place in the semi-finals.
They outplayed Sarawak (8-0), Selangor (5-3), Federal Territories (3-2) and Kelantan (2-1).
Negri now have 12 points and just need a draw against Malacca on Saturday to seal a place in the semi-finals.
Based on their performance in Negri’s first match, nobody thought they would bounce back to win four matches in a row.
“Nothing is impossible to achieve. We just need to have faith in ourselves,” said Ganeisha.
“We won because of the dedication and the fighting spirit shown by my team-mates,” he said.
“Although we only need a draw against Malacca to get into the semis, we will go all out to beat them.
“My mission in Sukma is to defend well and score a goal in every match. I believe we have a good chance of ending our Sukma title drought,” said Ganeisha, who was in the 2013 project squad but failed to earn a place in last year’s Junior World Cup in New Delhi.