Tuesday October 2, 2012
KLHC gunning for Premier Division overall title
By ASHREENA PILLAI
KUALA LUMPUR: Newly-crowned league champions Kuala Lumpur Hockey Club (KLHC) aren’t going to let up until they bag the Malaysia Hockey League (MHL) Premier Division overall title as well.
“Of course we want to make it a clean sweep,” KLHC team manager George Koshy said yesterday.
“We stand a good chance if we can continue with the same form and tenacity we showed in the league,”
KLHC won their seventh consecutive league title on Sunday after yet another impressive season, winning eight of their 10 matches and scoring 50 goals.
And according to George, they can do much better.
“The only thing missing is a clinical finishing,” said George.
“We had a good season, but it wasn’t perfect as we could have been more deadly if we had converted the many chances that we created. It’s something we’ll try to rectify in training.”
Coach K. Dharmaraj’s boys face fourth placed Maybank in the semi-final first-leg on Thursday with the return tie on Sunday.
The match is a repeat of last year’s semi-final, which KLHC won 6-1 and 5-2.
Although KLHC are expected to advance to the final without much ado, George said the competition was much closer this year.
“Maybank are a strong side with Olympians like Shakeel Abbasi and Muhammad Waqas,” said George.
“I expect it to be a close match.”