Australia edged Malaysia 2-1 in their opening match at the Taman Daya Hockey Stadium.

The match failed to live up to its billing as both teams were scrappy and were guilty of making basic errors.

And in the end two fatal mistakes by the Malaysian defense cost them the match on a day the Aussies somehow forgot how to score from penalty corners.

With Taman Daya Stadium packed to the brim, the home team were not short of support.

"We played well but lacked the finesse in the final quarter of the pitch," said Malaysian coach Arul Selvaraj.

"That coupled with defensive lapses cost us the match."

And they had a great start when they were awarded a penalty stroke which was duly converted by skipper Hazriq Shamsul in the 4th minute.

But Australia were undeterred and were on level terms four minutes later as Will Gilmour was unchallenged as he waltzed past a static defense to score.

And it was another moment of hesitation by the Malaysian defenders who allowed Joshua Bheterton to score with relative ease.

Malaysia also survived five Australian penalty corners in the first half as the teams trooped off at the breather with Australia leading 2-1.

Malaysia were awarded their first penalty corner in the 44th minute but with ace Shahril Saabah off the pitch, it went to waste.

With Australia contend to hold on to their lead, all they did was to slow the match and frustrate the home team.

Despite the win the Aussies will surely go back to the drawing board as they muffed seven penalty corners in the match.

India held off a late challenge from New Zealand to win 2-1 in their Sultan of Johor Cup opener at the Taman Daya Stadium.

Both teams struggled to settle down in the match and will have to raise their game tomorrow.

India took an early lead through Parvinder Singh's field goal just five minutes into the match.

They doubled their lead after Varun Kumar hit the board from a penalty corner in the 43rd minute. 

The Kiwis struck back ten minutes later as it was Nic Woods turn to score from the penalty corner. New Zealand had another penalty corner after the hooter but could not convert.

"India deserved the credit. They played well and made it very challenging," said New Zealand coach Bryce Collins.

"We will look at the Malaysia match on television and need to prepare well. It's always tough playing Malaysia at home."

New Zealand play Malaysia at 8.05pm tonight.

Great Britain made their debut in the Sultan of Johor Cup in style by hammering Pakistan 5-0 at the Taman Daya Hockey Stadium in Johor Baru.

It was truly a magnificent performance by the Great Britain side who saw their match delayed for an hour after only three minutes played due to a heavy downpour.

" We won with a good margin but I feel we could have played better, " said  Great Britain Jon Bleby.

" We took our foot off the pedal and that is not acceptable as we should have carried on with the same momentum."

Great Britain took the lead in the 11th minute via Luke Taylor who sent a low penalty corner flick past Pakistan keeper Muneeb Urehman.

Hardly had the cheers died down when Luke struck for the second time in the 14th minute.

And in the 25th minute Luke converted a penalty stroke to put GB 3-0 ahead.

Though Pakistan forced three penalty corners late in the first half  but failed to find the mark.

The scoring continued in the second half as Benjamin Boon made it 4-0 in the 41st minute.

David Goodfield then got onto the scoring chart in the 45th minute making it 5-0.

"It is always good to score a hattrick but it's the gold medal we are after here," said Luke who was named the man of the match for his efforts.

"It is a good start and we hope to build from this."

24 Sep 2014

Hockey Australia has today announced the Under 21 men’s squad, the Burras, to compete at the forthcoming Sultan Johor Cup in Malaysia next month. 

Kejohanan antarabangsa remaja paling dinanti-nantikan, Piala Sultan Johor (SOJC) bakal kembali menyajikan saingan hangat dari pelbagai negara.

Berbekalkan reputasi besar, kejohanan yang memasuki edisi keempat sejak kali pertama dianjurkan pada 2011 itu, akan bermula 12 hingga19 Oktober depan dan sehingga hari ini berjaya menarik penajaan sebanyak RM1,710,000.

Perjanjian penajaan itu diserahkan kepada Tengku Mahkota Johor Tengku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim hari ini sambil disaksikan Presiden Konfederasi Hoki Malaysia (KHM) Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah dan Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin pada majlis pelancaran rasmi.

Timbalan Presiden Persatuan Hoki Johor Manjit Majid Abdullah pada majlis itu berkata: "Kejohanan ini bertambah prestijnya dengan peningkatan bilangan pasukan yang ingin mengambil bahagian saban tahun, sehingga kami terpaksa mengehadkan penyertaan kepada enam pasukan saja bagi mengekalkan standard saingan tertinggi."

India akan kembali mempertahankan kejuaraan tahun lalu di samping pasukan baru Great Britain, Australia, Pakistan, New Zealand dan Malaysia.

SOJC menjadi pentas utama buat pasukan bawah 21 tahun dari seluruh dunia mempersiapkan diri sebelum ke Piala Dunia Remaja akan datang.

Untuk negara-negara Asia, SOJC menjadi kejohanan amat penting sebagai persiapan pasukan menjelang Piala  Asia Remaja 2015 yang akan berlangsung di Kuantan, tahun depan selain menjadi medan kelayakan untuk ke Piala Dunia Remaja di India pada 2016.

"Kejohanan ini dianjurkan untuk membantu skuad remaja membentuk sebuah pasukan yang mantap dan menjadi medan persiapann ke ke kejohanan besar seperti Piala Asia dan Piala Dunia kerana setiap perlawanan dalam kejohanan ini memiliki kualiti yang bersemangat menonjolkan bakat dan kemahiran kepada dunia."

Tidak dinafikan manfaat yang dinikmati pasukan remaja kebangsaan menerusi kejohanan ini apabila mereka muncul pasukan keempat terbaik Piala Dunia Remaja di India tahun lalu.

Dengan kebanyakan pasukan menjadikan kelayakan ke Piala Dunia Remaja 2016 sebagai sasaran, edisi keempat SOJC tentunya menjadi medan ujian pertama menilai tahap setiap pasukan.

Penaja:

 
     
  • Kerajaan Negeri Johor : RM 500,000,00
  • Astaka Padu: RM 200,000,00
  • JBB Builder: RM 100,000,00
  • Astro: 50,000,00
  • UniKL: RM 40,000,00
  • DRB Hicom: RM 50,000,00
  • Majlis Sukan Negara: RM 100,000,00
  • Angkatan Tentera Malaysia: RM 10,000,00
  • Genting Berhad: 50,000,00
  • UM Land: 100,000,00
  • Khazanah Nasional Berhad: RM 100,000,00
  • Iskandar Waterfront Sdn Bhd: RM 100,000,00
  • Atlan Holdings Berhad: RM 50,000,00
  • Tenaga Nasional Berhad: RM 100,000,00
  • SAJ Holdings Sdn Bhd: RM 50,000,00
  • BCB Berhad: RM 10,000,00
  • Johor Corporation: RM 100,000,00
26 Aug 2014

Tujuh perlawanan di Belfast, Ireland Utara, 14 hingga 27 September depan bakal menjadi ujian sebenar kemampuan skuad hoki remaja negara yang akan bersaing di Kejohanan Hoki Piala Sultan Johor (SOJC), di Stadium Hoki Taman Daya, Johor Bahru, Oktober depan.

Pengurus pasukan remaja kebangsaan Mirnawan Nawawi berkata, perlawanan ujian itu juga bakal madi medan pemilihan 18 pemain yang akan tersenarai menggalas cabaran negara di kejohanan itu nanti.

"Kami tidak mempunyai masa yang panjang untuk melakukan persiapan sebagai sebuah pasukan kerana jadual kejohanan tempatan yang padat dengan Liga Divisyen 1 serta Piala Razak. Namun pasukan remaja negara dijangka akan ke Belfast, Ireland Utara 14 September ini untuk menghadapi enam atau tujuh perlawanan ujian," katanya.

Tujuh perlawanan ujian yang diatur di Belfast nanti adalah menentang pasukan berstatus kelab yang bersaing dalam saingan Divisyen 1 liga negara terbabit.

Senarai 18 pemain yang bakal menggalas cabaran negara di SOJC pula dijangka diumumkan sebaik mereka tiba di ibu negara pada 27 September.

Begitupun, Mirnawan berkata tiada sasaran khusus diletakkan ke atas skuad kali ini berikutan pasukan hanya dibentuk April lalu.

"Kami tidak mahu letakkan tekanan ke atas pemain kerana kejohanan ini (SOJC) akan menjadi kejohanan pertama buat skuad remaja.

"Apa yang pasti, kami mahukan mereka melakukan yang terbaik setiap kali turun ke gelanggang.

"Sejak kejohanan itu diperkenalkan pada 2011, pasukan remaja kebangsaan muncul juara, namun hanya menduduki ranking keenam pada 2012 sebelum muncul naib juara tahun lalu.

Begitupun, beliau mengharapkan tiga pemain berpengalaman Meor Muhamed Azuan Hasan,19, Muhammad Shahril Saabah, 19, dan Muhd Haziq Samsul, 20, yang berada dalam skuad Piala Dunia tahun lalu mampu membantu pasukan kali ini.

Mirnawan berkata, pemain remaja yang ke Belfast perlu menunjukkan prestasi terbaik untuk tersenarai dalam senarai akhir 18 pemain, manakala bagi Meor Muhamed Azuan dan Muhammad Shahril pula, prestasi di Sukan Asia menjadi penentu.

"Saya pasti dengan kehadiran tiga pemain ini, pasukan ini akan tampil dengan penuh yakin serta diiringi moral yang tinggi.

"Ketika ini, Meor Muhamed Azuan dan Muhammad Shahril akan bersama skuad senior ke Sukan Asia, manakala Muhd Haziq kembali berlatih bersama skuad remaja selepas tidak terpilih ke temasya itu," kata Mirnawan lagi.

Beliau berkata, latihan pusat bagi skuad remaja kebangsaan akan bermula 2 September ini.

The Sultan Of Johor Cup is one of the most sought after tournaments at junior level and it has received international acclaim since its inception in 2011.

 

With it gaining reputation the 4th edition of the tournament, which will run from Oct 12-19, has received RM 1,710,000 in sponsorship to date

 

The sponsorship pledges were handed over today to the Crown Prince of Johor Tunku Ismail Ibni Sultan Ibrahim together in the presence of Malaysian Hockey Confederation President Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah and Johor Menteri Besar Dato Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin at its official launch.

 

Johor Hockey Association Deputy President, Manjit Majid Abdullah said “The status of the tournament has been increasing yearly and many teams are eager to participate in this tournament, but we have limited the entry to only six teams as we want the tournament to be played at the highest possible standard,”

 

India will be back to defend their title, alongside debutants Great Britain, Australia, Pakistan, New Zealand and Malaysia.

 

The SOJC stands as the platform for the under 21 teams around the globe to showcase their talent once a year and most of the teams use the tournament as part of their preparation for the coming Junior World Cup.

 

As for the Asian countries, the SOJC will play an important part in their road towards preparing for the 2015 Junior Asia Cup which will be held in Kuantan next year as it serves as a qualifier for the 2016 Junior World Cup in India.

 

“This tournament was developed to help the junior squad and as part of preparation heading towards a big event such as the Junior Asia Cup and Junior World Cup, as they need to have quality matches to see where they stand and this is the best place for the youngsters to showcase their talent and prove their worth,”.

 

Without a doubt the first three years of tournament proved to be fruitful for the Malaysian junior squad as they went on to finish fourth at last year Junior World Cup in India.

 

With most teams looking forward to the 2016 Junior World Cup, the 4th edition of the SOJC will be their first real test to see where they stand.

 

Sponsors:

     
  • Kerajaan Negeri Johor : RM 500,000,00
  • Astaka Padu: RM 200,000,00
  • JBB Builder: RM 100,000,00
  • Astro: 50,000,00
  • UniKL: RM 40,000,00
  • DRB Hicom: RM 50,000,00
  • Majlis Sukan Negara: RM 100,000,00
  • Angkatan Tentera Malaysia: RM 10,000,00
  • Genting Berhad: 50,000,00
  • UM Land: 100,000,00
  • Khazanah Nasional Berhad: RM 100,000,00
  • Iskandar Waterfront Sdn Bhd: RM 100,000,00
  • Atlan Holdings Berhad: RM 50,000,00
  • Tenaga Nasional Berhad: RM 100,000,00
  • SAJ Holdings Sdn Bhd: RM 50,000,00
  • BCB Berhad: RM 10,000,00
  • Johor Corporation: RM 100,000,00

26 Aug 2014

Seven games in Belfast, Northern Ireland from 14 – 27 September will prove to be the first test for our national junior squad before they go up against the big guns in the 4th edition of the Sultan of Johor Cup in October.

 

National Juniors team manager Mirnawan Nawawi said that the matches in Ireland will be the platform for the players to perform and prove themselves and from there they will narrow the team down to 18 players which will go on to do battle in the SOJC.

 

“We don’t have enough time on out hands to prepare the squad for the SOJC as the boys were busy with the Division One of the Malaysian Hockey League early this year and the recent Razak Cup. As such the seven games that we have arranged in Belfast will be vital for the coaches and players,”

 

The seven matches scheduled in Belfast are against teams that feature in their local national league and the final 18 players who will represent Malaysia at the SOJC will then be named on September 27.

 

However, Mirnawan made it clear that there is no specific target set for the team this time around as the squad was only formed last April.

 

“We do not want to place any pressure on the players for this tournament as it will only be their first tournament together as a team.

 

“The main aim is to go out there and do their best in each and every match and from there we can work our way up,” said Mirnawan.

 

Since the inception of the SOJC in 2011, Malaysia emerged as champions at the inaugural edition, but in 2012 they finished at the bottom of the pack before finishing as runners up last year.

 

Mirnawan expects three of his experienced players Meor Azuan Muhamad Hasan (19), Muhammad Shahril Saabah (19), and Muhammad Haziq Samsul (20) who were in the 2013 Junior World Cup squad to help steer the team to success.

 

"I am sure their presence will play an important role. Currently, Meor and Shahril is with the national squad who are preparing for the Asian Games while Haziq will return to the Junior squad after being axed from the Asian team squad.

 

The junior squad will resume full training in September.

India were worthy champions of the 3rd Sultan of Johor Cup. Below is the roll of honour for the tournament.

29 Sep 2013

India defeated Malaysia 3-0 to win the 3rd Sultan of Johor cup at the Taman Daya Stadium in Johor Baru. India who lost the final were deserving winners on a day Malaysia failed to find the spark that had seen them make the final with relative ease.

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