PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian Junior Hockey League (MJHL) resumes this weekend after a month's break for the Sultan Azlan Shah tournament, which ended in Ipoh on Sunday.
And it will be a crucial weekend for two teams in Division Two.
Malacca Municipal Council and Sports School Juniors are tied on 24 points from eight matches. And both the teams have three matches more to play.
Both the teams will face each other on Sunday at the Malacca MC Stadium in Bukit Serendit in a match that is seen to decide the champions.
Malacca MC start as the favourites. They have a scored a whopping 61 goals and conceded only three in eight matches.
Sports School have scored 46 goals and conceded seven.
Malacca MC other two matches are against minnows Kerian on Friday and against unfancied Perak Malays on April 13. Sports School have two other tough matches against Perlis Sport Schools Council on Saturday and Datuk Taha School on April 12.
Datuk Taha School and Perlis SSC are in the third and fourth place with 17 and 15 points respectively. Both the teams still have a fighting chance to finish second and qualify for the quarter-finals.
Malacca MC coach Eugene Lee said that they were confident of wining the Division Two title.
We have been very impressive in the league and are optimistic of beating Sports School to the title, he said.
To motivate our team spirit for the tough match against Sport School, we took the players to Ipoh to watch the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup final on Sunday.
In Division One, four teams are still in the race for the title Tenaga Nasional, Pahang Telekom, Malaysia Sports School and Anderson-XyBase. They are all tied on 13 points from six matches with three matches more to play.
Tenaga, who top the table with better goal difference, have a crucial match against Anderson on Saturday. Their other two matches next week will be against Klang Municipal Council-Old La Sallians Association of Klang (MPK-Olak) and Srii Aroma.
Overall defending champions Pahang Telekom have two tough matches against MPPJ on Saturday and Anderson in Ipoh next week.
Malaysia SC also have two tough matches against MPK-Olak on Friday and against Yayasan Negri Sembilan next week.