AUSTRALIA FINISH THIRD

 Oh well, the weekend wasn't too kind for Malaysian sports. We were creamed by China in badminton and today, Australia showed us why they are world champions in hockey. Admittedly throughout the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup the Malaysian team, ranked 14 in the world showed admirable performance. A big up to the boys for they're performance throughout the competition. Better luck next time! here's wishing our boys future successes yeah! The official report on the match is below:


Australia defeated Malaysia 5-3 to finish third in the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup tournament in Ipoh.
Australia were awarded a penalty corner as early as the 2nd minute but Malaysian keeper S. Kumar was at his normal best, palming away the attempt by Ian Burcher.
Malaysia’s first look at goal came in the 8th minute as Azlan Misron burst through the right and his reverse hit was padded to safety by George Bazeley.
In the 10th minute, Mohd Madzli Ikmar made a suicidal pass across the semi circle and it was picked up by Trent Milton but he sent his shot wide with all the time in the world.
Australia were then awarded two consecutive penalty corners, in the 11th and 13th minutes, but the heavy ground conditions affected the push outs and the chance was squandered.
But Malaysia struck in the very next minute as Faisal Saari broke through and relayed a pass to Hafifi hafiz Hanafi who sent in a reverse stick shot into the top net to put Malaysia 1-0 ahead.
Kumar pulled off a double save off Australia’s fourth penalty corner, first from the drag flick by Christopher Ciriello and when the rebound fell to Trent Milton, Kumar was there to save his team yet again.
The relentless pressure applied by the Aussies resulted in them netting the equalizer a minute before halftime via Matthew Swann.
In the 43rd minute, after laying siege to the Malaysian semi circle for almost two minutes, Australia went ahead via Russel Ford whose reverse stick hit gave Kumar no chance whatsoever.
Mohd Amin Rahim made full use of Malaysia’s first penalty corner in the 48th minute to make it 2-2 but Kieren Govers restored the Aussie advantage scoring a well worked penalty corner in the 50th minute.
Ciriello’s penalty corner conversion in the 54th minute gave Australia a 4-2 advantage. In the 56th minute Matt Ghodes was sent to the sin bin for a foul on Izwan Firdaus that resulted in Malaysia’s second penalty corner but this time Amin could not get it right.
Grant Schubert scored Australia’s fifth in the 65th minute and Malaysia were a beaten side though Tengku Ahmad scored in the dying seconds to make the final score 5-3.