PETALING JAYA: Success in the Champions Schools tournament two months ago has only whetted the appetite of Anderson School. And they are now out to take at least one of two titles in the Malaysia Junior Hockey League (MJHL) starting on Friday.
Anderson were overwhelmingly dominant in the Champions Schools meet in Klang, whipping SMK. Padang Midin of Terengganu 5-1 after winning every single match they played in the tournament. They scored a total of 28 goals and conceded only one in six matches.
Now, team manager Mohamed Azlan Mohamed Ali said is confident they can bag at least one title.
“Last year, we failed to win either of the titles (league and overall) but this year we hope things will change.
“We have a reliable squad, which have been training the whole year for all age-group tournaments at school, district, state and national levels,'' said Mohamed Azlan.
Although they have won the Champions Schools three times in a row, Anderson have failed to do well in the MJHL.
“We start off well in the league by winning matches but, at crucial stages, our players seem to lose their rhythm.
“This year we hope our players will be consistent and won't fail in their bid to secure at least one title. However, we must first qualify for the quarter-finals,'' added Mohamed Azlan.
Anderson's challenge in the MJHL will be spearhead by three players who played for Perak in the National Under-21 tournament last week. They are Baljit Singh, Hafifi Hafiz Hanafi and Fazreen Ehsan Kulub Wahab.
All three were also in the Champions School team and defender Baljit was voted the Most Promising Player of the tournament.
In the national Under-21 tournament, Perak finished fourth behind champions New South Wales Institute of Sports, Kuala Lumpur and Pahang.
In preparation for the MJHL, Anderson played a friendly match against Armed Forces Rangers of Ipoh last week and won 1-0.
They open their campaign against former double champions Old La Sallians Association of Klang (Olak) on Friday at the Pandamaran Stadium in Klang.