PENANG Free School (PFS)’s hockey team completed a sensationalhat-trick at the two-day Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris tournament at the varsity’s indoor stadium in Tanjong Malim, Perak.
Crowned champions in the inaugural 2016 challenge, PFS alsosuccessfully defended their crown last year.
And even with this year’s tournament having attracted 40 teams when compared to a mere 20 in 2016, PFS managed to make it three in a row by winning the latest edition.
“To be crowned champions in all the tournaments is an amazing achievement,” said PFS coach Yap Gark Soo after the team returned to Penang recently.
“I dared not imagine three consecutive victories starting with the first success three years ago.
“When we defended our crown last year, we were inspired as another success would mean completing a magnificent hat-trick.
“The number of participants doubled in size this year which made our task harder.
“I’m proud that we managed to win the tournament again,” he added.
Yap praised his players for their grit and determination in beating two sports schools, namely the Perak Sports School (1-0) and the Kuala Lumpur Sports School (3-1) in the quarter-finals and semi- finals respectively.
In the final, PFS edged Johor Science School 2-1.
Besides the title, PFS skipper Muhammad Haikal Asyraf Mustafa was judged the Best Player and Muhammad Danish Danial Abdul Wahab, also from PFS, won the Top Scorer award for his two-goalcontribution in the final.
Another player who stood out was PFS goalkeeper Muhammad Alif Aqil Abu Seman, who stopped the numerous attacks.
“I’m extremely pleased with my team’s overall performance which has helped put PFS on thepedestal of indoor hockey inthe country,” added Yap.
He attributed the feat to the contribution of former Penang State HA president Datuk Ow Soon Kooi.
“Being a former PFS student, Ow donated a hard court in 2016 to the team for training.
“The players spent countless hours training at the court under my assistant Mohd Rizdwan Mat Noor.
“We showed that the impossible can be achieved,” he said.