Only 15 but Kirandeep is a shoo-in for national hockey team

  • Hockey
  • Sunday, 29 Jul 2018

KIEs Kirandeep Kaur (left) receiving interference from SMK Seksyen 11s Nik Farisya Idayu in the Division Four final. TNB-QNET-Selangor Hockey League 2017 Division Four final, MOE Hockey Stadium, Kuala Lumpur. Oct 1, 2017.

KUALA LUMPUR: Fifteen-year-old Kirandeep Kaur (pic) is in top form in the women’s hockey playing tour in Brisbane and she’s likely to win a place for next month’s Asian Games in Jakarta.

National coach K. Dharmaraj has given her displays the thumbs up.

“I’m impressed with her performance as she has been consistently good in four friendly matches with the Queensland Academy of Sports.

“Her performances in Brisbane are even better than at the World Series in Singapore last month.

“She has the talent and the speed as a forward. She scored the winning goal against Queensland Academy of Sports in the fourth match, which we won 2-1 on Friday,” said Dharmaraj.

He added Kirandeep has shown she has the quality to feature on a big stage like the Asian Games.

“It’s good to see a 15-year-old player giving the older national players competition for a place in the Asian Games team,” said Dharmaraj.

The Form Three student of SMK Bukit Bandaraya in Bangsar was called up for national training in May and a month later, she made her international debut in the World Series in Singapore.

She played in all six matches and scored a goal in the final against Thailand, which Malaysia won 6-0.

Dharmaraj took 20 players for the playing tour in Brisbane and will name the final squad of 18 for the Asian Games next week.

Malaysia played four friendlies with the Queensland Academy of Sports, winning two (3-1 and 2-1) and drawing two (2-2 and 1-1).

For the Asian Games, Malaysia are drawn in Group A with China, Japan, Hong Kong and Taiwan while defending champions South Korea, India, Thailand, Kazakhstan and Indonesia are in Group B.

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