Sapura put a huge dent in the hopes of Tenaga Nasioanl Berhad to finish as league runners up when they defeated the Charity Shield winner 3-2 at the USM Stadium in Penang this evening.While Sapura were naturally elated as the win helps them to consolidate their fourth spot, for TNB it meant that whatever mathematical chance they had of catching league leaders KL Hockey Club was now thrown out of the window and even the chances of catching up with Maybank looks highly remote as the Tigers have a match in hand and three points lead.
Just befotre the season began, Mohd Noor Faeez Ibrahim had second thoughts about playing for UniKL in the TNB Malaysian Hockey League as was made an offer too good to refuse by Terengganu HT.But he did not trek east as did many other players and it could well be the best decision this budding player made for the good of his career. For the diminutive Faeez, or Petak as he is nicknamed, is amongst the top scorers in the MHL.
The TNBMHL goes into its penultimate weekend as so far as the league title is concerned and there is really not much to separate the teams at the moment as the matches move up north to Penang.Hence the situation will be clearer, at the top of the table as well as the bottom, for one team will miss out on the knockout stage for the TNB Cup, that has now been rescheduled to May 1 and May 3 due to the general elections on May 5.
Defending champions KL Hockey Club continued their relentless march towards winning the TNBMHL League title by blanking out pre-season title hopefuls Terengganu HT 4-1 at the National Hockey Stadium.The win puts them four points clear at the top from their nearest challengers Maybank as the teams have four more matches to play each before completing the league fixtures.
UnIKL scored a sensational upset when they defeated Sapura 2-1 while Maybank had to depend on a goal twenty seconds from time to snatch all three points in a 4-3 win over Nur Insafi Warriors.The wins were crucial for both teams as UniKL needed the points to boast their chance of a top six finish while for Maybank it was more crucial as it allowed them to stay within striking distance of league leaders KL Hockey Club.