The MHL has lost it's shine, it's time that it needs a good coating of brasso."Those were the words uttered by KL Hockey Club stakeholder George Koshy after his team won the treble - Charity Shield, League and TNB Cup, for the second consecutive years last night.
KL Hockey Club emerged champions of the TNB Cup when they defeated Tenaga Nasional Berhad 3-0 at the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil. The match was delayed by 90 minutes due to rain but when it got underway KLHC showed why they were the best club side in the country as it was their third consecutive double, having won the league and cup double since 2010.TNB were a pale shadow of the team that played in the league and their game plan went to tatters as KLHC scored two goals in the opening 12 minutes. As such the match failed to live up to expectations as the heavy pitch and delayed start somewhat affected the mood of both teams.
Johor emerged champions of the Presidents Cup when they defeated Armed Forces 4-2 at the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil. The win was a first for the southerners who pocked RM30,000 for their efforts.
The win was hard earned as Johor had to come from behind and at one stage the match had to be stopped for...minutes due to heavy rain. And the remaining five minutes were not played.
In the match to decide the third placing, Thunderbolt defeat Bukit Jalil Sports School 5-3 to bag RM10,000.
As a coach Muhammad Dharma Abdullah has taken his team to 11 finals in the history of the TNB Malaysian Hockey League. He has led the team to three wins and lost seven finals. Thus he was not overly joyed nor concerned when the opponents of KL Hockey Club in the TNB Cup final, Tenaga Nasional Berhad announced that their start striker Faizal Saari would not start the match tomorrow.
Both Johor HA and Armed Forces harbour hopes of becoming the first team to have their named inscribed on the President Cup, a newly introduced trophy for teams in Division One of the TNB Malaysian Hockey League.
And the team officials were confident that their charges have what it takes to win the final, which will serve as a curtain raiser before the epic clash between heavyweights KL Hockey Club and Tenaga Nasional Berhad.