USM Juniors bag Girls Open and Girls Under-18 hockey challenge

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  • Thursday, 20 Dec 2018

Vincey (second from left) posing for a photo with the Mutiara Impian girls who completed a sensational double in the Girls Under-18 and Girls Open championships at the USM artificial turf hockey stadium.

PENANG Sports School, SMK Mutiara Impian, has adopted a new name and now don Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) colours.

Calling themselves USM Juniors, the sports school girls registered a sensational double finish by winning the Girls Open and Girls Under-18 titles at the 45th edition Pesta Hoki USM-Penang International challenge at the USM artificial turf Hockey Stadium in Minden.

With the Girls Under-18 crown already in the bag following their final showdown against Kedah Majlis Sukan Negri (MSN), whom they edged by a solitary goal on the second day of the recent competition, the Mutiara Impian girls confirmed their double honours when they bagged the Girls Open championship as well as by beating all former national players outfit, Kuala Lumpur’s KAHAW Ladies, with the same 1-0 scoreline.

The heroine of the day was Siti Nur Arfah Mohd Nor, who scored the winning goals in both matches.

SMK Mutiara Impian Hockey chief coach Leo Vincey heaped praises on the superb showing of his girls.

“What impressed me most was the ability to show improvement in our campaign in the Pesta Hockey hosted by USM.

“This is the first time we won the Girls Open trophy. We only made a return to this tournament after a four-year absence due to other commitments,” he said after the prize presentation.

The sports school’s Under-15 girls also did well despite only finishing with a runners-up medal.

Donning state colours and calling themselves Penang Juniors, they crashed to Bangsar Girls of Selangor by a single goal in the final.

But Vincey, who is also the state sports council women’s hockey coach, feels that their good performance in the competition augurs well for the state.

“We have already made headway. We were crowned Under-19 champions in the Malaysian Junior League final at Bukit Jalil in May this year,” he added.

The Mutiara Impian girls won five awards in the junior category with Putri Nur Batrisyia Nur Nawawi being named the Most Promising Player in the Girls Under-18 category while Siti Nuraisyah Hamidi emerged the Best Goalkeeper and Siti Nur Akfah Mohd Nor’s 12-goal contribution won her the Top Scorer award.

Nur Aliah Saiful Bahari was the Top Scorer in the Girls Under-15 age group and the Penang Juniors team also won the Milo Fairplay Award.

The Pesta Hoki USM-Penang International has been recognised as the largest field hockey championship by the Malaysia Book of Records four times since its inception in 1973.

More than 300 teams participated in this year’s various categories. RESULTS (All Finals)

Boys Under-12: Nine-10 Kelate bt Cator Cubs (3-1); Under-15: KHT Forizq bt Bukit Bandaraya (1-0); Under-18: Super B4 bt RZ Seven Jr (2-1); Varsity Men: USM A bt UTHM A (1-0).

Girls Under-12: Sri Kandi THT bt KLIA (2-1); Under-15: Bangsar Girls bt Penang Juniors (1-0); Under-18: USM Juniors bt Kedah MSN D’ Lela (1-0).

Open: USM Juniors bt KAHAW Ladies (1-0); Varsity Women: USM Alfa bt Unimap C (2-0).

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