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.

18 Oct 2014

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.

18 Oct 2014

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.

16 Oct 2014

India put themselves in a good position to make the final of the SOJC by defeating Malaysia 4-2.

The win gives India 9 points from four matches and a win over Australia in Saturday will seal their place in the final.

But the win was not easily obtained as Malaysia overcome a 2-0 deficit to draw level only for India to score twice in the final minutes.

The Malaysians have only themselves to blame as they failed to hold on to the ball, often losing possession at crucial areas of the pitch.

"We only have ourselves to blame as yet again we gave away soft goals and really should have got at least a point," said Malaysian coach Arul Selvaraj.

"We have players who lack confidence and we need to get a mental trainer for the team fast."

Malaysia went on the offensive early on and forced a penalty corner in the 12th minute but it came to nought.

And in the very next minute India too wasted a penalty corner of their own.

India then forced three successive penalty corners and of the third Hermanpreet Singh scored India's opening goal in the 25th minute.

And two minutes later Hermanpreet punished Malaysia again with another drag flick into the roof of the net.

Malaysia reduced the deficit in the 37th minute as Sufi Ismat Rohulmin jinxed past two defenders and sent a reverse stick shot into goal to make it India 2 Malaysia 1.

That goal put more life into the Malaysians and in the 42nd minute Azril Misron put the finishing touches to a cross from the right by Norsyafiq Sumantri for the second goal.

Hermanpreet proved his ability in penalty corners as he scored India's third and his hattrick in the 55th minute to give India a 3-2 lead.

India were awarded a penalty stroke in the 65th minute and Varun Kumar put the result beyond doubt by scoring to make it 4-2.

New Zealand registered their first win of the tournament when they defeated Pakistan 3-2.

Both teams only had one point to show prior to this match.

Pakistan had held Australia to a 1-1 draw while New Zealand drew hosts Malaysia, with a similar score line.

This a win would have put the winner in contention for a bronze medal playoff on Sunday.

New Zealand took the lead in the 6th minute as Harry Miskimmnim scored from the top of the semi circle after picking up a rebound.

The Kiwis doubled their advantage in the 19th minute as Nick Woods converted a penalty corner.

Graig Jones got into the scoring act in the 44th minute to make it 3-0 via a penalty corner.

Pakistan staged a fightback as Abu Mahmood converted penalty corners in the 56th and 66th minutes but it was a little too late to salvage a point.

Great Britain maintained their perfect winning record as they edged Malaysia 3-2 at the Taman Daya Hockey Stadium.

The home team put up a fight despite going down 2-0 in the opening few minutes.

"We made silly mistakes and that resulted us being two goals down early in the match.

"It is a question of playing consistently and this takes time to build up."

Great Britain had won their two prior matches, 5-0 against Pakistan and 2-0 against India.

As for the home side they lost 2-1 to Australia and drew 1-1 against New Zealand.

The lack of concentration in defense allowed Benjamin James Brignull to score in the fifth minute.

Malaysia looked rattled and it was no surprise the visitors increased their lead in the 6th minute as David Goodfield scored via a deflection.

Malaysia pulled a goal back in the first minute of the second half through Sufi Ismat Rohulmin.

Malaysia were awarded their first penalty corner in the 49th minute but Harry Gibson in the GB goal pulled of a diving save to deny Shahril Saabah the chance to score.

Shahril broke through in the 58th minute and provided a defense splitting pass to Sufi who was denied by the keeper.

Luke Taylor restored the two goal advantage by converting a penalty corner in the 62nd minute.

But Malaysia reduced the deficit as Shahril scored from a direct penalty corner drag flick three minutes later.

However time ran out for Malaysia to salvage a point.

India bounced back Monday's 2-0 loss to Great Britain with an emphatic 6-0 win over arch rival Pakistans in the Sultan of Johor Cup at the Taman Daya Stadium.

"It's good win but there's still lot of areas to improve," said India coach Harendra Singh.

"I'm happy we didnt lose our emotions. The input given to the players were well excuted by them.

"I have to give credit to my players. They switch from fast play to holding the ball very well. It was a display of maturity."

Things were balanced in the opening 15 minutes but India threatened to score from their fast breaks.

India's persistence in putting their rivals under pressure and quick moves forward paid off in the 21st minute as Imran converted a penalty corner after Pakistan goalkeeper Muhammad Khalid had initially saved the flick but had no answers for the rebound.

India doubled their lead through Parvinder Singh from open play in the 34th minute. He deflected in Gurinder Singh's cross.

Armaan Qureshi continued India's potency in front of goal through another field goal in the 49th minute.

India struck the board again just four minutes later, this time through Harmanpreet Singh from a penalty corner. Varun Kumar converted another penalty corner in the 67th minute.

India were not done though. Armaan bagged his second of the game from a penalty corner to make it 6-0 to India

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