PFS HOCKEY IN THE NEWS - OW SOON KOOI CHALLENGE CUP 2012

by - Saturday, November 02, 2013

THE battle for hockey supremacy in Penang is still far from settled.

Penang Free School and Mutiara Impian Sports School, supposedly the top two, seem to be unable to hold on to their grip.

About to knock the two sides down are rivals Tunas Harapan school SMK Guar Perahu and SMK Datuk Haji Abdul Kadir.

SMK Guar Perahu and SMK Datuk Haji Abdul Kadir were Penang's top teams a few years ago.

Penang Hockey Association secretary V. Jayanandhan said Mutiara Impian Sports School had five players in the Penang team for this year's Pahang Malaysia Games squad while Penang Free School had three.

The Penang team, who are being prepared for the next Malaysia Games in Perlis, returned with a surprise bronze from the Pahang Games.

About 70 per cent of the team are eligible for the 2014 Perlis Games and 30 per cent still eligible for the 2016 Games.

Jayanandhan said both Penang Free and Mutiara Impian provided about 95 per cent of the players for Penang's Under-16 team that finished runners-up to Kuala Lumpur in the recent national Under-16 tournament. Penang lost 2-3 to Kuala Lumpur in the final.

Meanwhile, Mutiara Impian failed to unseat defending champions Free School in the PSHA Boys' Under-18 league final at the Universiti Sains Malaysia Synthetic Turf Hockey Stadium in Minden recently.

The sports school, from the mainland, held the Tunas Cemerlang" school, from the island, to a 3-3 draw at full time and at extra time.

During the penalty flicks, the Penang Free lads converted four to retain the Datuk Ow Soon Kooi Challenge Cup, while the Mutiara Impian boys found the net only twice.

The competition was initiated in 2010 with Mutiara Impian lifting the inaugural title, but Penang Free School won it last year.

In the semifinals, Penang Free School thrashed SMK Jawi 5-0 while Mutiara Impian Sports School trounced SMK Jelutong 4-0.

Meanwhile, Jayanandhan said the Penang boys' Under-18 league was an off-shoot of the Penang Schools Sports Council competition which was conducted in a one-day carnival but which did not provide much competition.

Realising the deteriorating situation, PSHA, after consulting the Penang Schools Sports Council and Universiti Sains Malaysia, initiated the Under-18 league for both the boys' and girls', which is in its third year now. NST

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