Manipur lad Shanglakpam Nilakanta who has been selected as part of the India Junior Men Team announced for 5th Sultan of Johor Cup to be played in Johor Bahru, Malaysia between October 11 and 18 is preparing well for the challenge.
The PHF has decided that the junior team would stay in Malaysia after playing the 5th Sultan Johor Junior Hockey Tournament in order to prepare for the Junior Asia Cup 2016 which would be held there in November, ‘The News’ learnt on Monday.
Promising midfielder Harjeet Singh will lead the 18-member Indian junior squad in their title defence at the upcoming 5th Sultan of Johor Cup to be played in Johor Bahru, Malaysia from October 11 to 18.
India retained the Sultan of Johor Cup when they defeated Great Britain 2-1 in the final at the Taman Daya Hockey Stadium.
A goal 45 seconds from time gave India the title in a final where Great Britain were the overwhelming favourites.
Great Britain came into the final unbeaten in the preliminary round with a psychological advantage having beaten India 2-0 in their clash.
As for India, they were the defending champions and wanted to be the first team to win the title since the inception of SOJC in 2011.
Malaysia had won the inaugural title with Germany winning in 2012 and India last year.
India took the lead in the 45th minute through a penalty corner goal by Hermanpreet Singh, his seventh goal of the tournament.
Varun Kumar's attempt from a penalty corner in the 53rd flew inches wide and Great Britain gained most from that respite.
For Samuel French converted a penalty corner in the 55th minute and the two teams were level at 1-1.
Controversy erupted in the 62nd minute when Indian custodian Abhnav Pandey was green carded and an outfield player was taken off to bring on substitute keeper Subodh Tirkey was brought on.
And with 45 seconds left on the clock, India were awarded a penalty corner and up stepped Hermanpreet to duly convert and help India regain the title.
Australia defeated New Zealand 6-2 to finish third in the Sultan of Johor Cup at the Taman Daya Stadium.
The Aussies came out all guns blazing and it took them 14 minutes to set the goals flowing.
Simon Benetti scored two field goals in quick succession, first in the 14th minute and the second came the very next minute as they Oceania neighbours looked rattled.
James Benetti made it 3-0 to Australia with a goal from open play in the 26th minute.
Craig Benjamin sealed an impressive half for the Australian with a penalty corner flick in the 28th minute.
The second half was a different story as the Kiwis played a more aggressive games.
Kim Kingstone pulled one back in the 37th minute. New Zealand looked like they could come back in to the match, Sanjay Lala sent a penalty stroke wide in the 41st minute.
The Kiwis got their second goal after Trevor Garrett sent his penalty corner flick into the roof of the net in the 54th minute.
New Zealand took off their goalkeeper for an outfield player to salvage the game but the move fired when they conceded a penalty corner and without their goalkeeper, Andrew Scanlon had little trouble increasing Australia's lead.
Skipper Will Gilmour completed the rout for Australia in the 69th minute.
Hosts Malaysia avoided the wooden spoon when they defeated Pakistan 3-1 at the Taman Daya Hockey Stadium.
"I had nothing to do with the win as the players planned the match themselves," said Malaysian coach Arul Selvaraj.
"The players realized that the team was capable of playing better and they had an hour long meeting to talk things over.
"Overall I am happy with their performance in the tournament and the fifth placing is not a fair reflection of their ability."
Malaysia took the lead in the sixth minute as Norsyafiq Sumantri sent a pin point pass to skipper Haziq Samsul who unleashed a reverse stick hit that sailed into goal.
Pakistan were off colour and hardly threatened the Malaysian defense.
And Malaysia doubled its advantage in the 24th minute as Mohd Najmi Farizal Jazlan converted a penalty corner.
Shahril Saabah got into the scoring act by converting a cleverly worked penalty corner in the 32nd minute to put Malaysia 3-0 ahead.
Pakistan reduced the deficit in the 45th minute as Muhammad Naveed scored from an acute angle.
In the end Malaysia held on to finish fifth.
Great Britain defeated New Zealand to end the Sultan of Johor Cup round robin stage with a 100 percent record.
The Brits play India in the final at the Taman Daya Stadium tomorrow. Both teams were by far the best teams in the tournament and it provides a fitting finale to the competition.
The Brits opened the scoring after 13 minutes after Luke Taylor converted his seventh penalty corner of the tournament.
Jon Bleby's side made the most of their numerical advantage in the 23rd minute as Liam Roy Brignull scored into an unguarded goal.
New Zealand had swapped their goalkeeper for an outfield player after going temporarily going a man down but the move back fired.
Edward Bertie Horler sealed the win in the 55th minute from open play.
Malaysia were doomed to play for the wooden spoon after they were held to a 2-2 draw by Pakistan.
It was a phat hectic performance as the Malaysians were devoid of ideas on how to carve out a win in a match they dominated.
Malaysia needed a win to stay in contention for the bronze medal playoff and at the same time hope for Great Britain to defeat New Zealand in the final match of the day.
In the end Malaysia had only themselves to blame as they failed to capitalize on the 11 penalty corners they had, scoring only from two.
"Please do not blame the players as I take the blame," said Malaysian coach Arul Selvaraj.
"I push the players hard, perhaps too hard at times.
"We need time to become better and I do not have access to the players as they have club commitments."
Pakistan took the lead in the 17th minute through a penalty corner converted by Ali Mubashar who sent a flick into the roof of the net.
Malaysia were awarded four consecutive penalty corners in the 20-22nd minutes but failed to make any count as the push out were a trifle too slow.
It was only off their eight penalty corner that Malaysia finally found the equalizer as Shahril Saabah scored in the 31st minute.
Malaysia were awarded two penalty corners early in the second half but failed to find the mark.
Malaysia took the lead in the 52nd minute as Shahril scored off their tenth penalty corner.
Pakistan were however level in the 56th minute via Mohsin Sabir whose reverse stick hit deflected off a Malaysian stick and sailed into goal.
With 5 minutes remaining the match was stopped due to adverse weather conditions.
After a break of 40 minutes the teams returned to the pitch to complete the match.
But both teams failed to find a goal.
India booked a place in the final of the SOJC when they defeated Australia 6-2.
India, who are the defending champions, will take on Great Britain in Sunday's final.
India needed only a draw to make the final while the Aussies had to win.
But a clinical display of attacking hockey by India in the first half sealed the final berth with relative ease as they raced to a 5-1 lead.
"I am proud of the players as they did not let the pressure of making the final affect their game," said India coach Harendra Singh.
"Though we lost to Britain in the league match, the final is a totally different ball game.
"I believe we have the ability to win the match."
Both teams threw caution in the wind and went into attack from the first whistle.
Australia were awarded a penalty corner in the 4th minute but failed to find the mark.
However India faced no such problems with their first penalty corner in the 5th minute as Hermanpreet Singh sent a pile driver into the low right side of the goal to give India the lead.
In the 9th minute Santa Singh broke through on the right and sent a pin point cross to Parvinder Singh who deflected into goal to put India 2-0 ahead.
Simarenjit Singh broke through the centre to score in the 19th minute to give India a commanding 3-0 lead.
India were on a roll and Pawan Kumar ghosted in behind the defense in the 23rd minute to make it India 4 Australia 0.
In the very next minute the Aussies reduced the deficit through a penalty corner converted by Brendan Hornier.
India were awarded a penalty stroke in the 27th minute and Hermanpreet duly converted to make it 5-1.
And with a four goal lead the result was a foregone conclusion at halftime.
Hermanpreet completed his hat trick by converting a penalty corner in the 44th minute to make it 6-1.
The Aussies managed to score another consolation goal six minutes from time via Brendan.
Great Britain sealed a place in the final of the SOJC when they defeated Australia
And Australia will have to defeat India in the final preliminary round match on Saturday for a place in the final.
India who are on nine points only require a draw while the Aussies need a win to play Sunday's final.
Great Britain opened scoring through Luke Taylor in the 16th minute as he converted a penalty corner.
And two minutes later Luke added to the tally by scoring another to make it 2-0.
Alec Rasmussen reduced the deficit in the 22nd minute only for Luke to complete his hat trick with another goal in the 33rd minute.
At halftime Great Britain led 3-1.
Great Britain added their fourth in the 49th minute via Hamish Imrie.
James Albery made it 5-1 in the 56th minute.