KUALA LUMPUR: Bandar Penawar Sports School won the Division Two league title in the MHF-Milo-NSC Junior Hockey League – and they were not even playing.
Nearest rivals Penang Free School-USM, the only teams who had a mathematical chance of catching them, fell out of the race when they lost 1-4 to Clifford School at the new Manjung Municipal Council Hockey Stadium.
Bandar Penawar now have an unassailable lead. They play Penang Free School-USM today and finish their league campaign against Mutiara Impian, both in Penang.
Their coach Yahya Atan said there will be no pressure in the final two matches and they would try out their reserves ahead of the quarter-finals.
PFS had been expected to win the match against Clifford and seal at least second place yesterday but they now have a fight on their hands.
MSS Perlis and Tunku Besar of Tampin can now pip them unless they keep winning.
Penang Free School coach Yap Gark Soo said they had blown their chances with the defeat.
“Their early three goals unsettled our players and they lost concentration,” he said.
Meanwhile the MHF technical committee has confirmed that the result of the abandoned match between Bandar Penawar and PISC-Nur Insafi will remain at 3-0 in favour of the sports school.
The committee, which met on Thursday, had decided that there was no reason to annul the result although only 63 minutes had been played.
Bandar Penawar, however, were found guilty of failing to take adequate measures to prevent a player's father from entering the pitch.
Bandar Penawar were fined RM300.