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Hockey: UniKL grab first title

Posted: 24 Apr 2011 05:33 PM PDT

2011/04/25
Jugjet Singh
jugjet@nst.com.my


The UniKL players celebrate winning the MHF-NSC Milo
Division One title after a 1-1 draw with Bandar
Penawar Sports School at Kuala Lumpur Hockey
Stadium yesterday. — Picture by Osman Adnan

The UniKL players celebrate winning the MHF-NSC Milo Division One title after a 1-1 draw with Bandar Penawar Sports School at Kuala Lumpur Hockey Stadium yesterday. — Picture by Osman Adnan

UNIKL lifted their maiden MHF-NSC-Milo Division One title when they held Bandar Penawar Sports School (BPSS) 1-1 at Kuala Lumpur Hockey Stadium yesterday.

UniKL were crowned champions on a four-goal difference after both the teams were tied on 25 points after completing their League fixtures.

UniKL pocketed RM10,000 while BPSS had to settle for RM5,000 for finishing second in Division One.


The title match was entertaining with high-quality hockey played by both teams, but it was BPSS who settled down early while UniKL were shaky in the opening minutes.

And BPSS took the lead off their first penalty corner itself in the 21st minute when Shahril Saabah's low push beat goalkeeper Shahrul Azaddin.

However, UniKL came back into the picture by winning six penalty corners and scoring their equaliser in the sixth attempt.


Nor Aqmal Gaffar finally made it count in the 31st minute, and even though BPSS earned three consecutive penalty corners in the 35th minute, the score stood at 1-1 at half-time.

The second half was also an entertaining affair, but both teams failed to break the deadlock, even though UniKL were presented with many opportunities to score.

"It was a good show from my players and now that we have the League title, we will plan for a double this season," said UniKL coach S.Velappan.


BPSS won the League title last season, also on goal difference over UniKL, but then lost the Overall title to UniKL.

"We had the first half sealed, but could not convert many sitters in the second half and paid the price for it.

"However, I am not disappointed with the players, and now we will plan to deny UniKL the Overall title," said BPSS coach Wan Roslan.

In a Division Two Group A match, Matri failed to show up for their match against BPSS-WHPC, and now they could find their entire fixtures made null-and-void.

Even Malaysian Hockey Federation officials were in the dark as to why Matri did not show up at the Taman Daya Stadium in Johor Baru.

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Badminton: World ranking won't assure them a ticket

Posted: 24 Apr 2011 05:28 PM PDT

2011/04/25
K.M. Boopathy
boopathy@nst.com.my


Wong Choong Hann is the only independent player who may get the nod for the World Championships.

Wong Choong Hann is the only independent player who may get the nod for the World Championships.

WORLD ranking will not be the main selection criteria for the World Championships as the BA of Malaysia (BAM) is likely to blood players or pairs with an eye on the future in London on Aug 8-13.

This means veteran Wong Choong Hann, 34, is the only independent player who may get the nod to join World No 1 Lee Chong Wei in the men's singles as the level of the other national shuttlers is way lower.

The men's doubles may see a surprise as Gan Teik Chai-Tan Bin Shen, ranked World No 16, may be omitted and the second slot behind Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong may go to a pair who are not even ranked in the top 80.


BAM secretary Ng Chin Chai said the association has the prerogative to name two players or pairs in the top 150 in each event and those with potential will be given the chance.

New combination Goh Wei Shem-Lim Khim Wah, ranked World No 142, are one of the pairs who may earn a surprise slot if they put up a decent performance in the Malaysia Open grand prix gold on May 3-8.

"BAM is looking at having at least two entries in each event and we may not just look at the world ranking. Should there be a player or pair with better potential, they will be considered," said Chin Chai.


"The men's doubles is an example where we have several experienced pairs to fill the second slot behind Kien Keat-Boon Heong. However, Wei Shem-Khim Wah have shown promise and they will be given due consideration for the second slot.

"It will be the same for the women's singles, doubles and mixed doubles where we can name a young but talented player or a combination who will gain a lot by playing in the World Championships early in their careers.

"Choong Hann may be an exception as he has maintained a distance with the national shuttlers but the coaching and training committee will have the final say."


Wei Shem-Khim Wah will break into the top 100 following their good performance in the Asian Championships in Chengdu, China and they can help their cause by beating Indonesian No 2 Muhammad Ahsan-Bona Septano in the first round of the Malaysia Open in Alor Star.

The other pairs eligible are Fairuzizuan Tazari-Ong Soon Hock, Zakry Latif-Hoon Thien How and Mak Hee Chun-Tan Wee Kiong but they have been struggling , and their combinations could be reshuffled by the end of the year.

In the women's singles, Lydia Cheah and Tee Jing Yi are likely to earn the two spots while Wong Pei Tty-Chin Eei Hui are assured of a berth in the women's doubles.

The second spot could be a tussle among Ng Hui Lin-Ng Hui Ern, Vivian Hoo-Lim Yin Loo and Marylen Ng Paou Leng-Woon Khe Wei.

Chan Peng Soon-Lim Khim Wah are assured of a place in the mixed doubles with Ong Jian Guo-Song Sook Chin looking good to clinch the second slot.

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