KL Hockey Club may have collected the three points in their march towards the TNB Malaysian Hockey League when they defeated Nur Insafi Warriors 7-1 at the USM Stadium in Penang.But the win came at a cost for Australian international Timothy Deavin picked up a green and yellow card, thus ruling him out of the crucial match against Maybank where a win would give KLHC the league title with two matches to spare.
UniKL came within minutes of putting a big dent on the hopes of Maybank to win the TNB Malaysian Hockey League title. But the Tigers are fast earning the tage of escape artists as they managed to find the equaliser.
In the end it was points shared as the two teams played out to a 2-2 draw at the USM Stadium in Penang.
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.