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First point for Sabah women

15th January, 2020

By FRANCIS XAVIER

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah women opened their account in the TNB-Malaysia Hockey League by settling for a one-all draw against Mutiara Impian-MSSPP-PSHA in Likas yesterday.

But they can count themselves lucky to walk away with their first-ever point in the national senior hockey competition.

And they must be thanking their goalkeeper Siti Rozailah Syuhada Jilon for saving them from the blushes against a youthful Penang side made up of mostly students of Penang Sports School – SMK Mutiara Impian.

Siti Rozailah, who was part of the national indoor hockey team that the won gold medal in the recent Philippines SEA Games, was in top form as she denied Mutiara Impian-MSSPP-PSHA from taking all the three points.

For Mutiara Impian-MSSPP-PSHA, who suffered a 7-0 defeat at the hands of PDRM Blue Warriors in the opener last week, they must be cursing their luck or rather their poor finishing as they squandered at least five goal-scoring one-on-one chances.

In the game, the TNB-MHL new kids on the block were stunned when Nur Aliah Saiful Bahari scored a field goal for the visiting Penang side as early as in the third minute.

However, with sheer determination, Sabah finally found the breakthrough in the 37th minute.

Nor Asfarina Isahyifiqa Isahhidun made no make mistake from a penalty corner to slam the ball home past Penang goalkeeper Siti Nur Aisyah Hamidi.

Sabah Hockey Association President Dato’ Seri (Dr) Anil Jeet Singh was happy to see the team pick up their first point after losing their opening game to Terengganu Ladies Hockey Team 0-3 at the same venue last week.

“It may not be our best game but it’s good to see them pick up the point. I hope this will help them to try harder in our upcoming games,” said Anil.

He also maintained that Sukma remained their ultimate target and that competing in the ongoing League is just part of their preparations for the country’s biggest multi-sports event that will be happening in Johor, this July.

“The way I see it, our team are still in the making and hopefully, when Sukma comes they will be fully ready,” he said.

Meanwhile, the other two matches saw Hockademy KL edge defending champion Terengganu Ladies HT 2-1, while PKS Uniten blanked PDRM Blue Warriors 2-0.

Both matches were played at the National Hockey Stadium I and II respectively.

For the record, the women’s category of the TNB-MHL comprises six participating teams.

Next, Sabah women will take on Hockademy KL on January 18, before taking on PKS Uniten on January 21 and PDRM Blue Warriors on February 1.

The State squad play all five of their first-round matches at the Kota Kinabalu Sports Complex in Likas.

   
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