Malaysia go down to Germany in warm-up

Wednesday, 04 December 2013 12:24

MALAYSIA lost 2-0 to Junior World Cup defending champions Germany in a friendly match leading up to the Junior World Cup at the Dyan Chand Stadium in New Delhi yesterday.

The match was played in good weather, but the temperament of the team let them down in penalty corners and defence.

"It was a good warm-up but the players must now understand that they need to keep it simple and forget the fancy stuff when in the semi-circle.

"We had three penalty corners in the match, but poor coordination among the battery, saw it go to waste," lamented team manager Mirnawan Nawawi.

Malaysia open accounts against New Zealand on Friday, and can't afford to make the same mistakes like they did against Germany.

"The weather is good, and not as cold as December used to be in New Delhi and that is a good sign as we play our opening match on Friday at 4pm India time."

Malaysia are in Group D and the other teams they must beat to make the quarter-finals are South Africa and England.

Meanwhile, a record 32 teams registered for the Junior Hockey League, the largest number since its inception in 1995. Last year, there were 26.

Perlis have entered two teams, Negri Sembilan two, Kuala Lumpur four, Malacca one, Perak four, Kedah one, Selangor four, Penang three, Pahang two, Terengganu one, Kelantan one and six from Johor.

The teams: Tunku Besar Tampin, Datuk Taha Gemencheh, Bukit Jalil Sports School, UniKL Youngsters, KLHC Juniors, KL Sports School Juniors, Malacca High School, Sekolah Tuanku Abdul Rahman Ipoh, Anderson Juniors, Anderson, Larut Matang & Selama, Persatuan Hoki Kota Star, Olak-PKT, Petaling Jaya MC, MSN Selangor, Permatang Juniors, Nur Insafi, 1Mas Penang, MSSSPP-USM, SSTMI Juniors, SSTMI Thunderbolts, SMK Dato Bentara Luar Batu Pahat, SM Sains Johor, SMK Dato Penggawa Barat Pontian, Politeknik Johor baru, SMK Syed Hassan Perlis, Matri Perlis, SMK Padang Midin, Felda-Akademi Hoki Pahang, MSP Junior Pahang, Bakat MSSSK/PHK.

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