NEGRI Sembilan savoured a narrow one-nil win over Perak in the Malaysian Veterans hockey final.
Balbir Singh was on target in the 15th minute during a goalmouth melee following a penalty corner.
His proved to be the only one of the match, although both teams had several goalscoring chances thereafter.
The only time they met in the preliminary round match, Negri Sembilan edged out Perak 3-2 in Group B, and came out on top of the group.
At this year’s tournament, played from Dec 1 to 4 at the Hijau Kuning sports complex in Alor Setar, the Malaysian Hockey Federation (MHF) president himself was present to participate in a match.
Tengku Mahkota Pahang Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah played for the Mahkota United team against Kedah Selection in a friendly match prior to the final.
Kedah Sports Council chairman Datuk Dr Hamdan Mohd Khalib was also one of the players for the Mahkota United team.
The match ended in a two-all draw.
Satish Kumar and Hashim Yusof scored for Mahkota United while Samuel Lambert notched a brace for Kedah Selection.
This year, a record number of 10 teams participated in the tournament.
In the semi-final, Perak defeated defending champions Kuala Lumpur 3-1 in extra time after both teams were tied at one-all.
In the other semi-final, Negri Sembilan beat Police 1-0 to set up the final.
Tengku Abdullah presented the Tan Sri P. Alagendra challenge trophy and medals to the winners.
Semi-finals: Perak 1 Kuala Lumpur 1 (Perak win 3-1 on penalties); Negri Sembilan 1 Police 0.
Third & fourth placing match: Kuala Lumpur 6 Police 1.
Final: Negri Sembilan 1 Perak 0.