Talented Japan are competing in the Sultan of Johor Cup (SOJC) for the first time since the under-21 competition was introduced in 2011.
Like four other competing nations - Australia, New Zealand, Pakistan and England - Japan too are using the SOJC as a platform to give their players a run before the Junior World Cup in Lucknow, India in December.
First Place: Great Britain
Second Place: India
Third Place: Malaysia
Fair Play Award: Australia
Top Goal Scorer: Luke Taylor – (Great Britain - 10 goals)
Best Goalkeeper: Chris Wyver (Great Britain)
Best Player: Harjeet Singh (India)
Great Britain defeated India 4-3 in sudden death penalty shootout in the final of the SOJC after the match had ended 2-2 in regulation time. The win avenged their defeat at the hands of India in last year’s final and also denied India from winning the title for the third consecutive year.
Malaysia finally settled for a third place finish in the Sultan of Johor Cup at the Taman Daya Hockey stadium in Johor Bahru last night and they deserved it.
Australia avoided the wooden spoon when they thrashed Pakistan 5-0 to take the 5th spot of the Sultan of Johor Cup and the Taman Daya Hockey Stadium.
Tim Howard may not have made a name for himself at the Sultan of Johor tournament, but he is a player that certainly should not be overlooked.
He is a familiar face in any domestic or international hockey tournament held in Malaysia. The first to be at the stadium and the last to leave, Hashim Muhammad Yusuf has work ethics second to none.