Tuesday, May 27, 2014

HOCKEY: Malaysia given a lesson in friendly

THE Malaysian hockey team received a 8-2 drubbing when World Cup hosts the Netherlands ran riot in a friendly at the Hague on Sunday.

Both the Malaysian goals were scored by Tengku Ahmad Tajuddin, and the team have to brace for another onslaught when they face World No 1 Australia in the World Cup curtain raiser on Saturday.

Malaysia are in Group A, and there will be no easy matches as they also meet World No 5 Belgium (June 2), World No 4 England (June 5), World No 8 India (June 7) and World No 10 Spain (June 9).
Reigning Olympic champions Germany, Netherlands, New Zealand, South Korea, Argentina and South Africa are in Group B.

Australia showed their class when they beat England 2-1 and 3-1 in their two friendlies.
The Malaysian Hockey Confederation (MHC) is looking for at least a 10th place finish, but coach K. Dharmaraj has set his sight on sixth out of the 12 teams in action.

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