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.
KL Hockey Club lived dangerously before snatching a comeback 3-2 win over Sapura in the TNB Malaysian Hockey League Premier Division at the National Hockey Stadium.
And on the adjacent pitch, Terengganu HT exacted sweet revenge over UniKL following their 3-1 defeat last win to triumph 4-1 in the reverse fixture today.
In the final match of the day, Tenaga Nasional Berhad had to dig deep into their reserves as they edged Nur Insafi Warriors 1-0 to stay in the second spot of the standings.
National coach Paul Revington has been monitoring the TNB Malaysian Hockey League for the past three weeks and has given it the thumbs up from the competitive edge right to the ability of players and teams.And he reckons the keen competition is good for Malaysian hockey as the national players are provided with good matches week in and week out thus keeping them on their toes as the new list of national trainees will only be revealed after the MHL is over.
The TNBMHL has reached its halfway stage and the issue of umpiring is once again being raised by the participating teams. While the teams are being diplomatic in their views on the umpiring standard, the majority however are concerned on the training and knowledge as well as interpretation of rules by the umpires.Thus they hope that the Malaysian Hockey Confederation will stop providing lip service and take drastic measures to ensure the umpires get the right kind of support to officiate in a manner befitting the MHL.