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September 21, 2020 in Newsroom

Naquib flies the flag for Malaysia

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September 19, 2020 in Newsroom

SUKMA XX Johor 2020 set for April 2021

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September 3, 2020 in Newsroom

FEARLESS: Rise of Johor Southern Tigers set for release

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August 8, 2020 in Newsroom

Mior Euphoric over Memorable Open Track Day in Sepang

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July 21, 2020 in Newsroom

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July 12, 2020 in Newsroom

Menteri Besar gives SUKMA XX Johor 2020 facilities thumbs up

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July 6, 2020 in Newsroom

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Pemain Paling Bernilai adidas Tango League Sedia Wakili Pasukan Kebangsaan
KUALA LUMPUR (14 Ogos 2017): Hazizi Mansor yang berjaya merangkul anugerah Pemain Paling Bernilai/ Most Valuable Player (MVP) dalam kejohanan adidas Tango League Sabtu lalu mengakui sudah bersedia untuk mewakili pasukan kebangsaan andai diberikan peluang satu hari nanti.


Dalam kejohanan bola sepak jalanan yang berlangsung di KLCC itu, pemain yang beraksi untuk TOT United berjaya membantu pasukannya mempertahankan kejuaraan adidas Tango League selepas menang 2-0 mengatasi pasukan Sinchan FC di perlawanan akhir.


Hazizi berkata, “Saya memang mahu mewakili pasukan futsal Malaysia. Lagipun saya juga terpilih ke Brazil untuk bermain dalam Neymar Junior 5 sebelum ini. Jadi saya ingin mengutip sebanyak pengalaman yang mungkin semasa bermain di luar negara. Melalui pengalaman bermain dalam Liga Futsal Kebangsaan (LFK) dan umur saya yang sudah menjangkau 24 tahun, saya sudah bersedia bermain untuk Malaysia.


“Saya sekarang pun tengah terlibat dengan persediaan untuk LFK seterusnya bersama pasukan KL City, jadi satu bonus dapat bermain dalam adidas Tango League kerana memberi pendedahan futsal yang baik. Lagipun rakan-rakan saya dalam TOT United juga adalah pemain LFK, jadi bagi saya ianya satu pengalaman yang berguna kepada semua pemain,” katanya selepas tamat perlawanan.


Hazizi yang dinobatkan sebagai MVP kejohanan adidas Tango League bakal menerima tajaan produk sukan daripada jenama terkemuka itu untuk tempoh setahun.


Dalam pada itu, Pengurus Komunikasi dan Pemasaran Sukan adidas Malaysia, Tan Zhi Vern berkata pihaknya akan terus komited dalam membantu bola sepak di tanah air khususnya kepada pemain-pemain muda yang memiliki kualiti dalam sukan ini.


Zhi Vern berkata, “adidas akan terus memberikan sokongan terhadap bola sepak di negara ini khususnya kepada pemain-pemain muda yang sedang meningkat naik. Malahan dalam Sukan SEA KL2017 nanti, terdapat lapan orang pemain tajaan adidas yang berada dalam skuad bola sepak kebangsaan.


“Memang harapan kita untuk memastikan masa depan mereka dalam bola sepak lebih baik melalui tajaan kita. Malahan, pasukan Program Pembangunan Bola Sepak Negara (PPBN) juga turut ditaja oleh adidas,” tambah Zhi Vern.


Dia turut gembira dengan aksi yang dipamerkan oleh pasukan dalam kejohanan adidas Tango League dan mahu terus meningkatkan lagi kualiti liga anjuran adidas.

  
“Saya berasa gembira kerana pasukan yang bertanding untuk edisi kali ini sangat berkualiti seperti TOT United yang mengekalkan kejuaraan kali kedua berturut-turut. Selain itu, kita juga dapat mencungkil seorang lagi pemain MVP yang baru dengan aksi yang menarik dipamerkan oleh pemain tersebut.


“Kita mungkin akan tukar padang permainan kepada turf dalam edisi seterusnya. Jadi akan memberi keselesaan yang lebih baik untuk pemain beraksi sama ada menggunakan kasut boot atau turf,” katanya ketika ditemuramah kelmarin.


TOT United yang berjaya menjadi juara adidas Tango League membawa pulang wang tunai RM5,000 sementara naib juara iaitu Sinchan FC pula menerima RM3,000. Selain itu, semua pemain daripada lapan pasukan yang beraksi dalam liga ini juga turut mendapat pengalaman menggunakan produk adidas seperti kasut futsal dan pakaian sukan daripada adidas secara percuma.


Keputusan Penuh:


Pusingan pertama:

Chap Chicken FC 0-6 TOT United FC

Imperium 0-3 Hideout FC

One United 0-2 UITM Boys

Sinchan FC 1-0 Puchong Fuerza


Separuh Akhir:

TOT United 2-0 Hideout FC

UITM Boys 3-5 Sinchan FC


Akhir:

TOT United 2-0 Sinchan FC

Author: CHRISTOPHER RAJ
Posted: August 14, 2017, 8:00 am
Get Set For a Battle Of Raw Power
KUALA LUMPUR (8 August, 2017): Sweat, tears, hard work and perseverance will be shed when participants battle for honours in the second edition of  ‘Street Kings’ scheduled to be played in Kuala Lumpur on August 12.


After showcasing raw talent and battling on all fronts in the first leg in March, sportswear giants’ adidas are hoping that the next conquerors of Tango League will display better techniques, more passion and overall strength which will stand them apart from the competition.


The best street footballers between the ages of 16 and 25 from around the country will once again display their unique street football skills, array of abilities and plenty of gusto in this edition at the outdoor setting of Open Space, Lot D1 KLCC where the street lights and the busy KL city atmosphere will provide a fantastic backdrop and give the tournament a truly urban feel.


With a bigger court this time for players to parade their skills, eight teams (2 groups of 4) will battle it out in a five-a-side cage football style competition.


On top of earning bragging rights, the champions of the adidas Tango League will also walk away with a cash prize of RM5,000 while the runners-up will receive RM3,000 for their effort.

Like the previous edition, the Man of The Match (MOTM) and Most Valuable Player (MVP) will be decided by adidas Malaysian pro-footballers Khairul Helmi (Kedah), Hazwan Bakri (Johor Darul Takzim) and Penang's 2016 Puskas Award winner Faiz Subri, alongside two adidas lifestyle creators Roen Cian Nagapan and Raf Yaakob who will also be present on the day.


The player with the highest number of MOTM and MVP points for the tournament will be crowned the Tango League MVP and will be awarded an adidas boot deal just like TOT United’s Mohd Shahril Anuar, who secured a year-long deal from the first edition. 


As added attractions to keep the players, officials and supporters entertained, there will be a host of on-site activities like Play Station 4 FIFA 2017 challenge, Tango Pro mini drill activities, Tango Pro Photo booth and freestyle performances by Kaki Style Crew. 


This edition of the Tango League coincides with the launch of adidas’ Ocean Storm NEMEZIZ colourway featuring a dark blue and turquoise trim alongside the trademark adidas three stripes in yellow. Worn by the likes of FC Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, Liverpool's Roberto Firmino and Julian Draxler of Paris Saint Germain, the unique versatility of the boot is made possible with the revolutionary 'Agilitybandage' and 'Torsiontapes' technology which keeps the foot locked down for a perfect fit while the new 'Agilityknit 2.0' interlocking yarn provides a soft direct touch and a lightweight, adaptable feel.
Author: CHRISTOPHER RAJ
Posted: August 8, 2017, 7:20 am
adidas Football Reveals Ocean Storm X17 Collection
Ocean Storm X17 a striking yellow and black colourway

 Key features include PURECUT SOCK SYSTEM, NON STOP GRIP (NSG) and

a SPRINTFRAME outsole


KUALA LUMPUR (2 August, 2017) – adidas Football has today unveiled the Ocean Storm X17 boot which will be worn on-pitch by some of adidas’ biggest names, including Gareth Bale, Gabriel Jesus and Luis Suárez.


The Ocean Storm X17 features:
      · Striking two-tone yellow and black colourway
      · NON STOP GRIP (NSG) finish, giving players unrivalled
levels of control
· PURECUT SOCK SYSTEM, which sees laces hidden under 
an upper layer
· SPRINTFRAME outsole to create stability during 
high-speed changes of direction
 
The Ocean Storm X17 will be available in the following models:
       · Stadium: details as outlined above

    · Cage: details as per stadium boot, but with gum finish used on the outsole


The Ocean Storm X17 collection is available from tomorrow on adidas.com and adidas retail stores.


For further information please visit adidas.com/football or follow @adidasfootball on Instagram or twitter to join the conversation.
Author: CHRISTOPHER RAJ
Posted: August 2, 2017, 9:27 am
TEAM MAZE EDGE TEAM ROSSI 13-12 IN THRILLING TEAM FIXTURE 10
Elizabeta Samara chalks up first T2APAC win to leave Singapore’s Feng Tianwei still seeking her first victory


JOHOR BAHRU, 29 Jun 2017 – Coming off the high of a record 21-8 victory over Round 1 winners Team Persson, Team Maze found the going tougher against a resilient Team Rossi who were unlucky to be edged 13-12 in Team Fixture 10 at the T2 Asia Pacific Table Tennis League (T2APAC).


Matches at the T2Cavern at Pinewood Iskandar Malaysia Studios continue to serve up plenty of surprises but none as big as the fact world number six Feng Tianwei continues to be winless after five outings, losing her latest match 3-1 to Elizabeta Samara and handing the Romanian her maiden match victory.


The unpredictable nature of this team event was clearly illustrated by how both teams traded wins, with the match score tied after four matches, and Team Maze overturning a one-game deficit with victory in the very last tie.


Match 1: Chen Chien-An (TPE) vs Dimitrij Ovtcharov (GER)

Chen’s three-match winning streak came to a stop at the hands of Ovtcharov who controlled the early going and shot to a 2-0 lead after winning the first two games 11-8, 11-8. The German also got to game point first in the third game only to see Chen fighting back to close out an 11-10 win. Chen continued to struggle against Ovtcharov’s variations, and was behind 3-7 when time ran out as his opponent closed out a deserved 3-1 victory. Said Ovtcharov: “I really wanted to go ahead for my team and try to get the lead, and we’re really very determined to get our first victory done. We have a great team spirit and I’m glad I could take three points today for my team.”  

Match 2: Hina Hayata (JPN) vs Georgina Pota (HUN)

Pota would be wondering how to finish on the wrong end of a 3-1 scoreline after getting to 10-8 in the first game before losing 10-11. The Hungarian fought back to win the second game 11-5 only to hand the advantage back to Hayata by losing the third game 5-11. An uplifted Hayata was never really threatened in game four as she took a 10-4 lead before time ran out with the score at 10-6, confirming a 3-1 win for the Japanese teenager.  Said 17-year-old Hayata: “From Round 1 till now, I’m getting used to the atmosphere and the scoring system, so I think I’m improving.”

Match 3: Alexandr Shibaev (RUS) vs Paul Drinkhall (ENG)

Interesting match-up between two players who enjoyed handsome wins the previous day, with Drinkhall’s 4-0 result Chuang was a real eye-opener. However, the Englishman was unable to repeat his form from the previous day, though not for the lack of trying. Having dropped the first game 11-6, Drinkhall matched strides with Shibaev in the second game only to be edged 11-10. Drinkhall quickly seized a 7-3 in the third game, and was 8-4 ahead when his Russian opponent fought back. At 9-9, it was Shibaev who found the winning surge to close out the game 11-9 to lead 3-0. With the clock running down, it was a game of poker with Drinkhall working a 3-1 lead into an eventual 6-4 win as time expired, and a consolation point secured.


Match 4: Feng Tianwei (SGP) vs Elizabeta Samara (ROM)

Both players entered this match seeking their first T2APAC win and the fact it was Samara who broke her duck would surprise many a fan, especially as she had lost her previous four matches. But the Romanian showed she was not going to be cowed by her opponent’s superior world ranking – Feng is world number six, while Samara is 24th – as she matched the Singaporean point for point before powering through to win game one 11-9. Samara again took the lead in game two and reached game point at 10-8 before Feng fought back to level at 10-10. Serving for the sudden death point, Samara hit a forehand winner to go 2-0 up. Feng seized a 9-5 lead in the third game and worked out an 11-8 win to close the deficit. But with the clock winding down in the fourth game, mistakes crept in for Feng as Samara worked out a winning 8-6 lead to take the match 3-1. Said Samara: “Finally my time is here and arrived, so I’m happy with my winning. I’m playing better so I hope to win my next match as well.”

Match 5: Timo Boll (GER) vs Wang Chuqin (CHN)

Wang shrugged off his tentativeness to produce a grand performance to beat a player more than twice his age, speedily taking the first game 11-8. But the 17-year-old showed his youthfulness in squandering a 10-5 lead in the second game, only to win a remarkable sudden death point with a wonderful soft-touch reflex touch after Boll’s return had hit the net on its way back to Wang’s side of the table. A fired-up Boll wasn’t going to upstaged three games in a row, as he took the third 11-5. But Wang shrugged that off to win the fourth 11-6, although his inexperience with the Kill Zone showed as he lost that shortened game 5-0 to hand Boll a consolation.

Said Wang: “I wasn’t quite familiar with the competition format and also playing in this venue when I lost my opening match yesterday but I was able to produce more of my usual game today. It also helped that my team-mates were supporting me and giving me ideas on how to overcome my opponent.”


Match 6: Yang Haeun (KOR) vs Cheng I-Ching (TPE)

It was a match that Cheng could have easily won, especially after her 11-6 win in the opening game. Leading the second game, Cheng was unable to stave off a Yang comeback with the Korean edging the second game 11-9. From 6-6 in the third game, it was Yang again who closed out the stronger as she powered through 11-8. Cheng still had her chances in the fourth game as she came from 4-1 behind to narrow the score to 4-3, but Yang wasn’t in a charitable mood with the clock ticking down as she surged again for a 6-3 win and a crucial 3-1 match result.


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Team Captain’s quotes:


Michael Maze: “My players didn’t play at the top-top level as I know they are capable of but they were fighting very hard. We have good team spirit. We were behind, and today was a bit of a struggle but we came through with a close win. The day off tomorrow is nice as the players can rest and freshen up for Saturday.”



T2APAC

Round 2

Match Day 2

Team Fixture 10: Team Maze vs Team Rossi

Author: CHRISTOPHER RAJ
Posted: July 29, 2017, 6:14 am
adidas Football Launches New Ocean Storm Colourway For NEMEZIZ
 Ocean Storm NEMEZIZ 17+ 360 AGILITY a striking two-tone navy blue & turquoise colourway

 NEMEZIZ design feature inspired by the process of taping for increased stability and agility

 Ocean Storm NEMEZIZ 17+ 360 AGILITY to be worn by Leo Messi, Roberto Firmino & Julian Draxler 


KUALA LUMPUR (28 July, 2017) – adidas Football has today dropped its latest colourway for NEMEZIZ 17+ 360 AGILITY – the brand’s latest boot innovation. Designed to enhance the performance of the game’s most agile players, NEMEZIZ is inspired by the idea of ‘taping’; a process used commonly in sport to deliver security, support and adaptability.

These unique features are apparent through the boot’s AGILITYBANDAGE, featuring revolutionary TORSIONTAPES technology to keep the foot locked down and deliver ultimate fit. A dual-lock collar secures the ankle in place to enable explosive change of direction.  


The TORSIONFRAME outsole features an ultra-lightweight construction and TORSIONRIBS to provide dynamic push off support; a key feature for agile movement. The new AGILITYKNIT 2.0 interlocking yarn structure provides a soft direct touch and a lightweight, adaptable feel.


The striking new two-tone colourway features dark blue and turquoise trim alongside the classic adidas three stripes in yellow.


To ensure players can experience the same level of agility in any setting, Ocean Storm NEMEZIZ is also available in both Cage and Street adaptations. With the same colourway as the on-pitch boot, both the cage and street shoes feature the same TORSIONTAPES and AGILITYKNIT 2.0, giving the most agile players the same tools to support their agility in the cage and on the street.



The Ocean Storm NEMEZIZ collection is available from today on adidas.com and adidas retail stores.



For further information please visit adidas.com/football or follow @adidasfootball on Instagram or twitter to join the conversation.





Author: CHRISTOPHER RAJ
Posted: July 28, 2017, 9:03 am
STL 2017 Set For More High-Flying Action
Kuala Lumpur (25 July 2017):  Pegged as Malaysia’s TOP sepaktakraw League, STL houses the nations TOP players as they duke it out yearly for the bragging right of being the nation’s best!


When the league started, the main goal was to provide a platform for Malaysian sepaktakraw players to showcase their skills and talents that can help pave the path for future sepaktakraw players to build a career out of the sport. STL has just gotten a huge boost with the introduction of the Champions Cup; a double knock – out international invitational where STL’s champions will compete against some of Southeast Asia’s (SEA) best of the best clubs.


Youth and Sports Minister, YB Brigadier General Khairy Jamaluddin acknowledged STL as a competent way of discovering players with exceptional talents that could help to enhance both the league and the quality of the sport.


"STL is an excellent platform to gauge any hidden gifts amongst the players, enabling them to be discovered, which will then lead to an opportunity of developing their careers and perhaps earning them a place in the national team later on. This will surely benefit the league and further hike the value of sepaktakraw. After all, we can see for ourselves that the players featuring in STL are the ones representing the country in the KL SEA Games 2017,” said Khairy.


Not forgetting the extensive amount of effort Astro and Asia Sports Ventures (ASV) had invested and still investing in STL, the value of sepaktakraw in the country enjoyed a well-deserved boost. Its popularity has flourished out of sight and also played a vital part in helping the national team advance in the world rankings. Malaysia are now second behind world champions Thailand.


The Vice-President of Sports Business Content Group Astro, Lee Choong Khay said he is encouraged to see the positive response for STL since its launch.


"After 3 seasons, we are pleased to see the revival of sepaktakraw among Malaysians. Viewership of STL has been growing yearly, hitting a new record of 5.6 million viewers in the 2016 season versus with 4.8 million viewers a year earlier. Compared with the 2015 season, the number of viewers has increased by 17%,” said Choong Khay.



With the league rebranding in 2016, the league saw a renewed interest within the younger Malaysians as its digital reach recorded a 200% increase as the Facebook page has grown to a remarkable 105,000 followers, whereas the number of followers on its Instagram profile escalated to over 18,000 with thousands of international content shares engaging millions worldwide.


In addition of catching all STL action on Astro Arena Channel 801 & 802HD, Astro Supersport and Astro Go, fans will now be able to also tune in to NJOI Now, which is Malaysia’s first subscription-free satellite TV service for extensive STL 2017 coverage. With both Astro and NJOI Now, it offers a total reach of 21 million Malaysians on all screens which we hope to drive viewership of STL even higher this season.

STL 2016 which lasted for 10 weeks became the longest running sepaktakraw tournament the nation has ever witnessed. On certain weekends, the viewership amounted to approximately 900,000 viewers per day. In view of STL’s continuous improvement every year, 10 client brands decided to place their trust in the league and offer their support in building the sport. Among the leading sponsors of STL 2017 are Thai sports equipment company, Football Thai Factory Sporting Goods (FBT).

 

Given the impressive performances by all teams in STL 2016 when a new format was introduced, fans can be sure that STL 2017 will have more thrilling action in store as the competition is expected to be even keener this time round with the use of the same state-based inter “regu” format.


Dato’ Seri Haji Ahmad Ismail, President of Persatuan Sepaktakraw Malaysia (PSM), expressed his hopes for the upcoming league.


"Personally, I have high hopes for the upcoming STL season because judging from last year’s edition, it was very well played and the end result was an unpredictable surprise for everyone. Hence, I shall keep an open mind and look forward to being awed by the teams this time round,” said Dato’ Seri Haji Ahmad Ismail.


Returning to STL 2017 are last season’s champions Penang Black Panthers, joined by teams from Johor, Kelantan, Kuala Lumpur, Terengganu, ATM Guardians as well as two newcomers, Perak Bisons and Selangor Pistons. STL Division 1 on the other hand, will comprise of 12 teams among which includes PDRM Defenders, Kedah Eagles, Melaka Titans and Perlis Vipers who will all be gunning to be champions. All 14 Malaysian states will be represented by the teams competing in STL 2017. 


Serdang Jaya Municipal Council Stadium will continue to host this year’s STL starting on Sept 29 with the STL Champions Cup grand final to be played on Dec 23.  Fans can catch the ongoing sepaktakraw action every Friday from 8 to 11pm and 4 to 7pm on Saturday and Sunday for a period of 12 weeks by tuning in to Astro Arena Channel 801 & 802HD, Astro Supersport, Astro Go and NJOI TV. For further information on STL 2017, log on to http://stl.my/ or STL Facebook page and Instagram.  

Author: CHRISTOPHER RAJ
Posted: July 25, 2017, 9:47 am
They Came, They Saw, They Conquered
Kuala Lumpur (17 July, 2017): The second half of the Viper Challenge series in Malaysia, widely acknowledged as Asia’s biggest obstacle course running event, continued its momentum over a demanding Genting Highlands from where it left off two months ago in Medini, Johor.




Dubbed the Great Eastern Genting King of the Mountain, 10,000 participants took up the challenge for the third year as they battled the hilly terrain, winding roads and some new obstacles. The cool climate at The Ranch in Awana, Genting Highlands was a welcome change for all participants after the energy sapping heat of the previous stops. 


A heavy drizzle on Saturday morning did not dampen the mood of the participants with the elite participants making their way through the adrenaline-pumping obstacles in the first wave starting at 7.00am. Participants were flagged off at 30-minute intervals until the last wave at 1.40pm.

The Great Eastern Genting King of the Mountain, the first of the mid-level Viper Challenge event, was graced with the presence of Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Great Eastern Life Assurance (Malaysia) Bhd, YBhg Dato’ Koh Yaw Hui who flagged off about 300 staffs and agents of Great Eastern that participated in the 8.30am wave.

Participants received their medals and finisher t-shirt once they had completed the challenge which covered a distance of 10km and the 15 obstacles. As an added attraction the Great Eastern’s LIVE GREAT booth offered free photo printouts and chances to win Starbucks gift cards at the 'LIVE GREAT Fitness Challenge'.


The Great Eastern Viper Challenge 2017 Series is presented by Great Eastern Life as part of their 'LIVE GREAT Programme', the first integrated health and wellness programme by an insurance company in the region. It comprises five components including wellness tools, health tips, mobile applications, workshops and events. Added to this, customers can use the LIVE GREAT Card to enjoy exclusive health and wellness privileges at partner establishments throughout the region.


Due to the exceptionally high demand, the Viper jet package offered an impressive deal for participants to travel from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur before making their way up to Genting Highlands. The package for two included flight tickets to and from Singapore, entry tickets to the Great Eastern Genting King of the Mountain and two nights stay at the First World Hotel, Genting.


“This is our third time here in Genting and the demand has been ever increasing as Viper Challenge provides an unforgettable experience. It also serves as an escape route for those caught up in a fast-paced lifestyle and assures participants a unique experience,” said Simran Latif, Head of Operations of Viper Challenge.

Malaysia Major Events, a division of Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB), and an agency under the Ministry of Tourism and Culture, Malaysia (MoTAC), has pledged its continuous support of the Viper Challenge. Since the first edition in 2013, more events have been introduced yearly with the brand currently boasting well over 120,000 enthusiasts who have competed in events on the local front and internationally.



Mohammad Hanif, an advertising & multimedia designer who is currently working in Genting Highlands, was thrilled with his exceptional experience after crossing the finish line to earn his medal and finisher t-shirt.

“I am extremely proud of myself for having completed this obstacle course running event as it was my first time. There were times during the event when I thought of quitting, but thankfully my group of friends helped me all the way to the finish line. Despite taking 90 minutes to complete all the obstacles, this was a great experience and will be a pleasant memory when I look back someday,” said the ecstatic Kelantan-born Hanif.


Alyssa Francis, a 21-year-old student with University Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR), spoke very highly of how the Viper Challenge has helped overcome barriers.


“This Viper Challenge event has really pushed me to limits which I never thought I could reach, physically and mentally. I experienced muscle cramp on my right leg and due to my fear of heights, was terrified as we were going higher up the mountain. Thankfully, I made it to the finish line," said a visibly relieved Alyssa, who is currently pursuing a degree in psychology.



Viper Challenge’s multiple formats which cater to the masses and an elite few, require participants to complete any three of the five events - Singapore, Penang and Johor (entry-level), Genting Highlands, Shah Alam (mid-level) and the final event, the Great Eastern Viper Challenge.

The next Great Eastern Viper Challenge event will be held at the majestic Shah Alam Stadium on September 9, 2017 where the participants will aim to complete their Series Finisher Medal with the grand finale taking place at Cyberjaya in December. Tickets are available and can be purchased online at www.viperchallenge.com
Author: CHRISTOPHER RAJ
Posted: July 18, 2017, 3:29 am
TEAM PERSSON BOUNCE BACK FROM T2APAC'S RECORD LOSS TO BEAT TEAM JJ 17-12 IN TEAM FIXTURE 9
Wang Manyu narrowly edges Chinese team-mate Sun Yingsha in high-quality match between two rising stars of table-tennis


JOHOR BAHRU, 13 Jul 2017 – Team Persson bounced back from the record 21-8 thrashing by Team Maze in Team Fixture 8 by securing a well-earned 17-12 win over Team JJ, as Round 2 of the T2 Asia Pacific Table Tennis League (T2APAC) continued in Johor Bahru.


Fans at the purpose-built T2Cavern at Pinewood Iskandar Malaysia Studios, as well as those following live on TV and YouTube were treated to a high quality match filled with intriguing match-ups, kicking off with a fiery all-European women’s tie between Matilda Ekholm and Bernadette Szocs.


Newly-crowned Australian Open champion Vladimir Samsonov showed his vast experience in his match against Swede Mattias Karlsson, while Korean Joo Saehyuk also dug deep in his encounter with 14-year-old Tomokazu Harimoto.


But it was the match between rising Chinese stars Sun Yingsha and Wang Manyu that left the audience purring with delight.


 
Match 1: Matilda Ekholm (SWE) vs Bernadette Szocs (ROM)

For a second straight day, an all-European tie opened the early session, and Ekholm was tasked yet again to lead the Team JJ challenge. But if the Swede was expecting a second straight win, she soon found out Szocs is a tough nut to crack. Despite reaching game point first in a tight opening set, it was Szocs who won 11-10. Ekholm did well in the second game to come from 6-10 behind to level at 10-10, and still lost the deciding point to be 2-0 behind. No wonder a frustrated Ekholm couldn’t help showing her emotions on several occasions. Szocs completely dominated the third game to win 11-2 but couldn’t bridge the gap as Ekholm took the consolation fourth game 9-7. Said Szocs: “I’m really happy because I beat a top player and gained three points for my team. I’m also very happy because I played really well.”

Match 2: Chuang Chih-Yuan (TPE) vs Jun Mizutani (JPN)

A highly entertaining encounter with Chuang making amends for his 4-0 loss to Drinkhall the previous day by securing a 3-2 win over Mizutani. Getting off to a good start, Chuang took the first game 11-8, then got the better of the latter stages of the next two games, winning 11-9, 11-9 for a 3-0 lead. Mizutani fought back hard to avert the whitewash and won the fourth 11-7 before taking the Kill Zone game 5-3 to narrow the margin of defeat. Said Chuang: “My form yesterday wasn’t great, so I just focused on doing things right, rather than think too much about how to beat Jun. I’ll just focus on improving my game.”

Match 3: Jeon Jihee (KOR) vs Suthasini Sawettabut (THA)

Jeon’s attempt to break through for her first T2APAC victory will have to wait another day as she went down 4-1 to Suthasini, with the Thai star proving she could improve further with consistency. Against the higher-ranked Jeon, Suthasini got off to the better start, taking the opening game 11-7. Jeon tried her hardest but could not find her rhythm, as Suthasini didn’t let off, winning the next three games 11-9, 11-7 and 11-3. The Kill Zone game gave Jeon the opportunity for damage limitation, which she won 5-3 to avert a 5-0 whitewash. Said Suthasini: “Having lost four points yesterday, I was determined to regain that for my team. I put in a lot of practice, even at the venue before the match, and make sure I kept my energy levels high.”
 
Match 4: Vladimir Samsonov (BLR) vs Mattias Karlsson (SWE)

Samsonov showed his experience in making the right adjustments after losing the opening game 11-4. Varying his lengths and going after Karlsson’s weaker forehand, the Belarussian veteran came back strongly to take the next four games 11-4, 11-9, 11-5, and 10-2, giving his younger Swedish opponent little opportunity to get back in. Karlsson left to question his game as he suffered a second straight 4-1 thumping. Said Samsonov, who was pleased to have his wife and two kids watching him play: “The last time I played against Mattias, I lost. I know I’m in good shape at the moment but it was still tough after losing the first set. I got good advice from my captain, and played more to his forehand, while he was having problems controlling the pimples.”

Match 5: Sun Yingsha (CHN) vs Wang Manyu (CHN)

An intriguing match between two of China’s brightest young stars who could go on to dominate the women’s game in the next two decades. It was the steady, understated style of Wang that won out in the end although this tight affair could have gone either direction. The dynamic Sun took the first game easily, 11-4, then saw Wang come back to take the second game 11-7. Sun came back from 0-4 and 7-10 behind in the third game, winning the tying 10-10 point with an audacious backhand slap return off Wang’s serve, then winning a classy rally for an 11-10 victory. Wang seized an early lead in the fourth game and this time did not let up as she closed it out 11-6. Game five was equally tight with Sun managing to eke out a 6-4 lead and winning 6-5 as time expired. “Playing a team-mate is always hard, so I just focused my own game and making sure I do things right,” said Wang, who admitted to watching hand gestures and listening out to key words when getting advice from captain Jorg Persson.


Match 6: Tomokazu Harimoto (JPN) vs Joo Saehyuk (KOR)

Harimoto belied the 23-year difference with his older Korean opponent by taking the first game handily 11-6. The Japanese teen then led 8-6 in the second game before Joo used his superior experience to get back into the match, and exert his superiority as the match wore on. After winning the second game 11-9, Joo pulled away to take the third game 11-7. Game four looked like going Harimoto’s way after he went 8-5 ahead after calling a time-out, but his mistakes and Joo’s clever variations saw the game ending 11-8 in the Korean’s favour. With time running out, Joo closed out the fifth game 9-6 for a 4-1 overall win. Said captain Persson: “Joo’s experience paid out in this match as he was able to capitalise on Harimoto’s inability to cope with returns that were lower across the net.”

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Team Captains’ quotes:


Jiang Jialiang: “Our women’s players simply can’t get a win streak going despite trying their best. But what a great match between the two Chinese girls, the kind of high tempo that is simply thrilling. We’ve now won and lost a match each in Round 2, so let’s see what happens on the final day.”


Jorgen Persson, whose team lost 21-8 to Team Maze in Team Fixture 8:

“We said today is a new day with new possibilities, and I’m very proud of how the team bounced back.”


Quote of the day:

“She said to me she lost to Sun 4-0 at the Japan Open and felt before the game she had no chance. But I told her this 24-minute match is new for both players so she should go and play her heart’s out.” – Team Persson captain Jorgen Persson on his advice to Wang Manyu




T2APAC

Round 2

Match Day 2

Team Fixture 9: Team JJ vs Team Persson

Author: CHRISTOPHER RAJ
Posted: July 12, 2017, 5:11 am
TEAM MAZE THRASH TEAM PERSSON 21-8 IN MATCH FIXTURE 8
Fightback from debutant Wang Manyu leaves Singapore star Feng Tianwei still seeking her first T2APAC match win


JOHOR BAHRU, 12 July 2017 – If Team Persson had beaten Team Maze 14-12 in the opening round of the T2 Asia Pacific Table Tennis League (T2APAC) two weeks ago, it was the Michael Maze-led side that returned the favour in Round 2.


At the purpose-built T2Cavern at Pinewood Iskandar Malaysia Studios, Michael Maze was all smiles as he watched his players win five of the six matches for an overall score of 21-8, the first time a team has won more than 20 games while restricting the opposition to under 10 games.


Singapore star Feng Tianwei gave notice of more to come as the world number six could count herself unlucky not to carve out her first win of this made-for-TV league, even as Chinese debutant Wang Manyu proved an able replacement for her compatriot Ding Ning on Team Persson.


Match 1: Joo Saehyuk (KOR) vs Chen Chien-An (TPE)

Chen continued from where he left off in Round 1 by getting straight into his stride, giving Joo little chance in the first two games as he won 11-4, 11-5. Korean Joo finally found his way in game three when he came from 6-10 behind to force a final point at 10-10, with the match decided by an exciting crowd-pleasing counter-punching rally won by Chen. The Taiwanese also took the fourth game 11-6 before dropping game 5 6-3 as the clock expired. Said Chen: “I think I was very patient in my play, especially when I was ahead. I’m very satisfied with my performance today.”

Match 2: Bernadette Szocs (ROM) vs Hina Hayata (JPN)

Szocs got off to a flyer, winning the opening game 11-8, then surrendered the next game meekly 1-11. The fiery Romanian fought back hard in the third and were unlucky to drop it 9-11 with nicks off edges leaving her frustrated. Credit to the 22-year-old, she came back strongly to beat Hayata 11-9 in the fourth, having at one point been 5-8 behind. The Kill Zone game was always going to be a lottery, and Hayata finished stronger to win 5-3 and take home the US$1,000 match bonus. Said Hayata: “During the Kill Zone, Szocs changed the way she served, so I told myself so just return it without over-thinking the process, and that worked in my favour.”
 
Match 3: Jun Mizutani (JPN) vs Aleksandr Shibaev (RUS)

Shibaev gave little regard to Mizutani’s superior ranking with an authoritative 4-1 win over the world number seven, winning the first two games easily 11-7, 11-4, before the Japanese pulled one back by winning the third 11-10. Shibaev was forced into a racquet change after hitting the table on the final point of the third game, and after a slow start to the fourth, the Russian came storming through to win 11-6. Despite trailing 4-3 in the Kill Zone game, Shibaev again dug deep to pull off a win in the special game unique to T2APAC. Said Shibaev: “This is the first time I’ve won a Kill Zone game, so today is a very good day for me. I wasn’t nervous at all in the final game but most importantly, I managed to add four games to my team’s total, so that’s most important for me.”

Match 4: Wang Manyu (CHN) vs Feng Tianwei (SGP)

T2APAC debutant Wang belied her world number 33 ranking to pull off a deserved 3-2 win over Singapore’s world number six Feng. Taking over from her Chinese compatriot, the superstar Ding Ning, Wang showed little nerves in taking the first game 11-8. Feng fought back brilliantly in taking in the next two games 11-7, 11-9, showing the skills fans have come to expect of her. But 18-year-old Wang made adjustments in her game to win the fourth game 11-7, and force a Kill Zone game, which she won 5-3 after going 4-1 in front. Feng, meanwhile, is left searching for her first match win after four outings. Said Wang: “The crucial factor in this victory is patience, and just concentrating on every point whether in front or behind. I was prepared to win or lose but more importantly, it was learning from the experience of playing one of the world’s top-ranked players.”

Match 5: Mattias Karlsson (SWE) vs Timo Boll (GER)

Karlsson and Boll served up a compelling battle between two Europeans, one who is an up-and-coming player while the other a wily old veteran. And it was the experience of Boll that prevailed as the German showed his superiority in taking the opening two games 11-7, 11-6 before yielding the third game 11-10 to Karlsson. Boll was not in charitable mood as he took the fourth game 11-5 and was 4-2 up in the Kill Zone game before winning that as well 5-4.

Said Boll: “Yeah, I think I played a good game. I played quite good tactics, thanks to my coach, and I’m very pleased with the results.”


Match 6: Suthasini Sawettabut (THA) vs Yang Haeun (KOR)

Thai ace Suthasini started her T2APAC campaign two weeks ago with a 3-1 victory over Elizabeta Samara but has not found her winning touch since. And that trend continued against Yang as the Korean just about managed to stay a neck or a nose ahead of her opponent, winning 11-8, 11-9, 11-9, and as the final game 8-7 on a sudden-death point after the clock ran down.


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Team Captain’s quote:


Michael Maze: “I had some good players in my team and they performed very well today. We had a little bit of luck at times but everybody was just playing fantastic. But just because we won today doesn’t mean we will win tomorrow, so we have to prepare ourselves for the next match.”


Quote of the day:

“I think everyone’s afraid of Mattias’ crushing forehand, he’s a tall strong guy, but also his backhand is very dangerous.” – Timo Boll of Team Maze after winning his match 4-1 against Mattias Karlsson of Team Persson.



T2APAC

Round 2

Match Day 1

Team Fixture 8: Team Persson vs Team Maze

Author: CHRISTOPHER RAJ
Posted: July 12, 2017, 4:51 am
TEAM JJ ENJOYS COMFORTABLE 16-12 WIN OVER TEAM ROSSI FIXTURE 7
Englishman Drinkhall’s standout performance the consolation for Rosskopf’s team


JOHOR BAHRU, 12 July 2017 – Jiang Jialiang’s right call at the opening coin-toss kicked off Round 2 of the T2 Asia Pacific Table Tennis League (T2APAC) as his Team JJ would go on to record a comfortable 16-12 win over Jorg Rosskopf’s Team Rossi.


Both teams would feature teenage debutants, with 16-year-old Sun Yingsha replacing Wu Yang in Team JJ while 17-year-old Wang Chuqin came in for Shang Kun in Team Rossi.


In accordance with competition rules, players who met in Round 1 would not play each other this round. However, this did not in any way diminished the quality of action as both teams produced matches of scintillating quality.


Match 1: Matilda Ekholm (SWE) vs Elizabeta Samara (ROM)

When the dust settled, Ekholm would ponder if this was the one that got away when she could have recorded a bigger win for her team. But the Swede was certainly good for the US$1,000 match win bonus after taking the first three games 11-8, 11-10, 11-9. That’s after Samara had thrown away a 10-5 lead in the second game. The Romanian would storm back to win the fourth game 11-4 and rode the momentum to run away with the Kill Zone game 5-1.

Said Ekholm: “I didn’t take advantage of the fact that I played really well in the first sets, when she didn’t play so good. I should have just kept going. She started playing better, so what can I say? It was an OK match.”


Match 2: Vladimir Samsonov (BLR) vs Dimitrij Ovtcharov (GER)

Fresh from winning the Australian Open at the Gold Coast, world number 12 Samsonov took the fight to his higher-ranked opponent – Ovtcharov is world number four – and came away a 3-2 winner. It could well have been a 4-1 win had he been able to close out the Kill Zone game when on match point, instead of losing that game 4-5. After both players traded the first two sets 11-10, 9-11, it was Samsonov who seized control to win the next two 11-7, 11-5. But the beauty of the T2APAC format meant there is always a chance to get back in, with Ovtcharov pulling one back more for this team than for himself. Said Samsonov: “I know Dima very well, and we played each other many times, as well as for the same team. I didn’t expect to beat him today, so I’m very pleased to have done that and to give three points to my team. I’m also very satisfied with my performance.”

Match 3: Sun Yingsha (CHN) vs Georgina Pota (HUN)

Sun may have dropped the opening game of her T2APAC debut 9-11 to Pota but the 16-year-old would celebrate a stirring 4-1 overall win over her Hungarian opponent in a highly competitive encounter. Sun fought back to win the second game 11-9 and had to come back from 6-9 behind to win this game, also 11-9. But that was when Pota looked as though she had run out of ideas, as her world number 10 opponent stormed to an 11-4 win in the fourth before wrapping up the Kill Zone game 5-2. Said Sun: “It’s my first appearance here and it took me a while to get used to things here, and Pota played really well at the start, and took me by surprise. After that first game, I just stayed focused on finding my rhythm, and reducing my mistakes. The T2APAC format is interesting and I enjoy it very much.”

Match 4: Chuang Chih-Yuan (TPE) vs Paul Drinkhall (ENG)

Since Round 1, Drinkhall (world no 48) has shown he’s fully capable of taking the fight to the top players, and so it proved against world no 13 Chuang. Leading 7-4 and later 9-7 in the opening game, Drinkhall would see Chuang fighting back to reach game point first. Despite that, the Englishman found the extra belief to grab the next two points and victory. He repeated that fightback in game three, and recorded a comfortable 11-8 win in game two. Now 3-0 up, Drinkhall rode the momentum in the fourth game, going 7-1 in front before Chuang closed the gap, and he managed to just keep his nose in front when the buzzer went, winning 8-7 for an overall 4-0 victory. A great result for Drinkhall who made the semi-finals of the Australian Open before coming to Malaysia for Round 2 of T2APAC.  

Said Drinkhall: “I felt great coming into the match, and my style matches his quite well. Everything went well today, and coming back from the Australian Open where I did quite well, it’s been good I’ve been able to keep that form today.”


Match 5: Jeon Ji-hee (KOR) vs Cheng I-Ching (TPE)

Having not enjoyed much luck in Round 1, Jeon was determined to show she belonged in this competition, and this 2-2 result was an uplifting one for the Korean. But the 24-year-old still needed to come back from two games down (5-11, 10-11) before a stirring 11-8 win heading into the final game. Trailing 1-3 with the clock running down, Jeon fought back to tie the score at 3-3 to force the sudden death tie-break, which she won to take the fourth game 4-3 Said Jeon: “I’ve to thank my team-mate Yingsha for her advice near the end of the match. I was very nervous but she told me I still have the chance to win, and her words calmed me down.”
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Match 6: Tomokazu Harimoto (JPN) vs Wang Chuqin (CHN)

Team Fixture 7 wrapped up with a battle of the teens, with two players setting up a rivalry that could be the hallmark of table tennis in the coming decades. This time around, it was the 14-year-old Harimoto that prevailed over his 17-year-old opponent Wang 4-1. Not that Wang was not competitive, as he won the second game 11-4 having been edged 10-11 in the opener. But the Chinese T2APAC debutant would rue his inconsistencies as the dropped games two and three 11-10, 11-5 before also dropping the Kill Zone game 5-4, despite reaching match point first.  


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Team Captains’ quotes:


Jiang Jialiang: “I think everyone played well but it was a bit of a surprise that we drew a blank from Chuang Chih-Yuan’s match against Paul Drinkhall, especially when they both look evenly matched. It was heartening that Jihee and Matilda added to our scoreboard.”


Jorg Rosskopf: “We had the chance to win this tie, but we keep losing the close games. I’m really happy to see Paul playing with so much confidence, we will need that to rub off on all our players so that we can come back strong for the rest of this round.”


Quote of the day:

“We have older players in our team, and younger players too. So it was up to the ones in the middle to deliver today.” – Team JJ captain Jiang Jialiang


T2APAC

Round 2

Match Day 1


Team Fixture 7: Team JJ vs Team Rossi
Author: CHRISTOPHER RAJ
Posted: July 12, 2017, 4:32 am
adidas Football Reveals Manchester United Home Kit for the 2017/18 Season

 Latest home kit features new button-up collar design

Jersey to be worn on pitch for the first time during the club’s pre-season tour


adidas Football has today revealed the Manchester United home kit for the 2017/18 season. Celebrating the club’s third year with adidas, the new home kit will be worn by the likes of Paul Pogba, Juan Mata and Ander Herrera. 

The latest home jersey features a minimalist, sophisticated design which pays homage to some of the classic kits from the past, at the same time as being at the forefront of technical sportswear design with technical, breathable fabrics and mesh engineering.

 The kit features: an all-new button-up collar offering an elegant and contemporary design; the adidas three stripes in white on the shoulders; and red, white and black sleeves to represent the colours of the match-day flags seen at United.

The home jersey is available from July 7 in adidas and official club stores, and will be worn on pitch for the first time during the club’s pre-season tour, when United take on LA Galaxy on 15th July 2017.



Both the replica jersey and the authentic jersey, as worn by the players, will be available for purchase. There is also a long-sleeved iteration on sale, as well as shirts designed specifically for both women and children.



For further information please visit adidas.com/football or follow @adidasfootball on instagram or twitter to join the conversation.

Author: CHRISTOPHER RAJ
Posted: July 3, 2017, 9:47 am
FC Bayern Revive Old Fan Favourite with New adidas Football 2017/18 Away Kit

New shirt based on a much-loved kit that inspired a classic celebration

Released to coincide with the twentieth anniversary of the club switching their main jersey from red to navy

Retro style combines with modern technology thanks to new breathable mesh


adidas Football and German champions, FC Bayern, have today revealed the club’s new away kit for the 2017/18 season. The new navy kit with red stripes has been released to coincide with the twentieth anniversary of the club switching its home jersey from red to navy.


 The design will be recognisable to fans of the German champions, as it is based on one of the club’s most loved kits. Notable among them was a famous celebration by former player Giovane Élber in a 1999 game vs Wolfsburg where he wrapped himself in a carpet at the side of the pitch. The adidas design team sought to channel the creative spirit behind this moment in a shirt that will be worn as FC Bayern look to win a sixth straight German title next season.

The new away jersey combines this striking design with the latest adidas Football technology. An example of this design-meets-performance approach comes with the red stripe across the shirt. It is made of a highly breathable mesh material, allowing for better air circulation keeping players cool and on top of their game in any conditions.


The kit will be available to purchase in the FC Bayern online store, in adidas global retail stores, the adidas online shop (www.adidas.com/football​) as well as in all FC Bayern-Fan-Shops from July 7.





Author: CHRISTOPHER RAJ
Posted: June 30, 2017, 10:10 am
Shahril hit London for Global Tango League
adidas Tango League’s Most Valuable Player, Mohd Shahril Anuar had an experience of a lifetime when he joined the other winners from around the world at the first Global Tango League Event held in London, recently.


Shahril, fondly known as “Bulat” returned from London on June 5 after an eventful 5 days, was part of the TOT United A team that emerged victorious in the adidas Tango League which took place in KL on March 19.


After topping the Tango League Kuala Lumpur Leaderboard with a total of 43 match points and walking away with an adidas boot deal, Shahril also represented Malaysia at the Global Tango League Event with the aim of developing the next generation of football influencers.


The Global Tango League not only offers the Tango League city winners an opportunity to develop and cultivate their social influence, it also serves as a platform to help them build a career in football.


In London, the players were divided into four teams and guided through a number of special activations that brought out the maximum stadium to street experience. Every team had to complete several challenges with the help of an influence mentor, who acted as the team captain, in order to prove their abilities.  

The mentors included World Freestyle Champion Sean Garnier, skill twins, Josef and Jakob El Zein, Los Desimpedidos’s Bolivia and Fred as well as Moscow’s most prominent street football crew, Street Madness.

Shahril expressed his excitement of having met these renowned football influencers who were inspirational mentors that imparted worthwhile input to their teams.


“Although it’s been a week since I’ve returned from London, I still feel excited whenever I recall meeting them. They were good mentors who really cared about the teams and shared loads of valuable advice with us.”


Some of the activities prepared involved street and cage challenges with the influencers, a YouTube Creators Studio challenge and the O2 Experience. All of them were aimed to help the players grow and improve their skills in various aspects of football.


The main highlight of the trip was when each Tango League winner took a trip down to Cardiff to catch the UEFA Champions League Final 2016/17 between Juventus and Real Madrid at the Principality Stadium. Other notable events included were the Nemeziz Event and Stamford Bridge Pitch Event in which the Tango winners enjoyed lunch while overlooking the pitch just before making their way into the stadium dressing rooms to prepare for a knockout competition played on the prestigious Chelsea FC home ground.


24 year-old Shahril commented on how this was certainly one of the best ordeals that happened to him as he learned and gained a lot of new experiences.


“I am thankful to adidas for this opportunity in competing in the Global Tango League. It’s by far the best and most memorable trip in my life because I came back feeling contented. I’ve learned so much from everyone and the invaluable experiences I’ve acquired will no doubt push me forward in the future.


The next Tango League competition expected to take place in the second half of the year, will be a great window of opportunity for footballers by providing them a platform to showcase their outstanding skills through recreating a stadium match-day ambience and professional playing circumstances.
Author: CHRISTOPHER RAJ
Posted: June 19, 2017, 3:27 am
FOUR INTERNATIONAL LEGENDS HEADLINE FIRST-EVER T2 ASIA-PACIFIC TABLE TENNIS LEAGUE AS TEAM CAPTAINS
Launch of new reality series that takes viewers inside the exclusive drama between team captains and players throughout the season


The first-ever T2 Asia-Pacific Table Tennis League (T2APAC) announced today an international line-up of legends as Team Captains, whose combined resume includes major titles across World Championships, Olympic Games, World Cups and continental major games and tournaments:


  • ·       Jiang Jialiang, a former two-time world champion from China, dominated the sport in the 1980s, winning multiple medals at the World Championships, World Cup and Asian Championships.
  • ·       Jörgen Persson was a former world champion and seven-time Olympian who represented Sweden in every Olympic Games when table tennis was introduced into the Olympic program in 1988 until 2012.
  • ·       Jörg Rosskopf, currently the German men’s national coach, won the silver medal in the men’s doubles at the 1992 Olympic Games and the bronze medal in the men’s singles at the 1996 Summer Olympics.
  • ·       Michael Maze from Denmark was a bronze medal winner at the 2004 Olympic Games in the men’s doubles, and widely considered to be one of the best defensive lobbers in the world.


For the Team Championship, T2APAC players will be selected by the Team Captains in accordance with a draft selection process, which has been introduced to create a level-playing field and unpredictability of outcome. The four Team Captains will compete to select the best paddlers to build a winning mixed team, comprising six players - three men and three women.


A component of its season-long umbrella marketing campaign, T2APAC also announced the launch of a new reality series, Fusion, comprising multiple episodes, each of up to 3 minutes’ duration, and rolled-out as the league unfolds across the next six months.  The series showcases the fully unscripted interpersonal dynamics between players and Team Captains both on and off the table.  It takes viewers behind the scenes as Team Captains juggle player personalities while devising gameplay strategies, revealing the intense drama that follows world-class competition, shedding insights into coaching styles, strategies and interpersonal chemistry within each team.


Audiences around the world can tune-in to watch the Team Captains select players for their respective teams, which will be produced as the first episode of Fusion, titled “The Pick”, and will be televised on 20 June on T2APAC’s Youtube, Facebook and Weibo accounts.


Said T2APAC CEO, Jeff Chue: “‘We are excited to have these four legends of the game play an integral part in the league. They will certainly add an all-new dimension to gameplay that will certainly bolster appeal of the league to new and existing fans.”


 Said Jörgen Persson: “I’m honoured to be invited to be a team captain in this groundbreaking competition. The concept of T2APAC is so unique, and I genuinely believe that getting us to play a crucial role with, and to guide and lead, current international table tennis stars will do wonders to promote the sport worldwide.”  

T2APAC has attracted table tennis’ top names, including the world’s top female paddler in Ding Ning from China, as well as Singapore’s Feng Tian Wei (World No. 4), Cheng I-Ching from Chinese Taipei (World No. 7) and South Korean Yang Haeun (World No. 23).  The event will also feature major top-10 men’s players including Dima Ovtcharov from Germany (World No. 5), Jun Mizutani (World No. 6), former World No. 1 Timo Boll from Germany (World No. 8), Chuang Chih-Yuan (World No. 10) of Chinese Taipei, and legendary defensive player Joo Saehyuk of South Korea who was ranked 5th in the world at his peak (World No. 17). The league will also feature some of the best young talents from Japan such as 13-year-old child prodigy Tomokazu Harimoto (World No. 69),17-year old Hina Hayata (World No. 16 ) who recently clinched the bronze in the women’s doubles at the Liebherr 2017 World Championships, and rising-star 13-year old Miyuu Kihara (world no. 158).


The contingent from China comprises members of the China men’s national team - World No. 51 Shang Kun, Liu Dingshuo, Xue Fei, and Wang Chuqin; and from the China women’s national team – World No. 12 Wu Yang, World No. 41 Wang Manyu, Liu Fei, and Sun Yingsha, as well as 15-year old Shi Xunyao, the Girl’s champion of the 2016 World Junior Championships.


Other top names competing in T2APAC’s inaugural season for a prize purse of over USD 1.75 million include Chen Chien-an (Chinese Taipei), Vladimir Samsonov (Belarus), Paul Drinkhall (England), Georgina Pota (Hungary), Elizabeta Samara and Bernadette Szocs (Romania), Jeon Jihee (South Korea), Aleksandr Shibaev (Russia), Matilda Ekholm and Mattias Karlsson (Sweden), as well as Suthasini Sawettabut (Thailand).


The league will feature 24 world-class players (12 men’s and 12 women’s players) per match round, with players competing in separate but concurrent men’s, women’s, and mixed-team league competitions. Some players will be playing on a rotational basis during the inaugural season. Each match in the inaugural T2APAC Table Tennis League is limited to 24 minutes, where players try to win as many games as possible within the duration.  Showcasing a unique competition model and presentation format, the league will feature a unique scoring system to ensure a level playing field and unpredictability of outcome, where audiences and fans around the world can expect edge-of-your-seat competitive excitement throughout the season.


Touted as the richest competition in today’s professional table-tennis calendar, the players will be battling for an unprecedented prize purse of more than USD 1.75 million in the inaugural season, which will be played across seven match rounds from end of this 28 June to December 2017. All 228 matches in Season 1 will be played and televised live before an invite-only studio audience from the T2CAVERN, a purpose-built arena in the Asian location of Hollywood’s iconic Pinewood Studios, situated in Johor, Malaysia.



Author: CHRISTOPHER RAJ
Posted: June 16, 2017, 3:41 am
T2APAC FINALISES PLAYER CAST FOR INAUGURAL SEASON
Top players from China and Japan round up final competition line-up


The inaugural T2 Asia-Pacific Table Tennis League (T2APAC) has confirmed its player lineup that includes several world-class paddlers from China and Japan.


17-year old World No. 16 Hina Hayata from Japan, who recently clinched the bronze in the women’s doubles at the Liebherr 2017 World Championships, and rising-star 13-year old Miyuu Kihara (world no. 158) will lead.


The contingent from China comprises members of the China men’s national team - World No. 51 Shang Kun, Liu Ding Shuo, Xue Fei, and Wang Chu Qin; and from the China women’s national team – World No. 12 Wu Yang, World No. 41 Wang Manyu, Liu Fei, and Sun Yingsha, as well as 15-year old Shi Xunyao, the Girl’s champion of the 2016 World Junior Championships.

Several players will be playing on a rotational basis during the inaugural season.

Said T2APAC CEO, Jeff Chue: “We are delighted to have these top players from China and Japan completing our list of paddlers for the first ever T2APAC season. We believe we have strong international representation that will resonate with audiences from around the world, and we look forward to kicking-off a great event.”

The league currently boasts several world-renowned women’s players including the world’s top female paddler in Ding Ning from China, as well as Singapore’s Feng Tianwei (World No. 4), Cheng I-Ching from Chinese Taipei (World No. 7), and South Korean Yang Haeun (World No. 23). The event will also feature major top-10 men’s players including Dima Ovtcharov from Germany (World No. 5), Jun Mizutani (World No. 6), former World No. 1 Timo Boll from Germany (World No. 8), Chuang Chih-Yuan (World No. 10) of Chinese Taipei, and legendary defensive player Joo Sae Hyuk of South Korea who was ranked 5th in the world at his peak (World No. 17). The league will also feature some of the best young talents in the world such as 13-year-old child prodigy Tomokazu Harimoto (World No. 69) from Japan.


Other top names competing in T2APAC’s inaugural season for a prize purse of over USD 1.5 million include Chen Chien-an (Chinese Taipei), Vladimir Samsonov (Belarus), Paul Drinkhall (England), Georgina Pota (Hungary), Elizabeta Samara and Bernadette Szocs (Romania), Jeon Jihee (South Korea), Aleksandr Shibaev (Russia), Matilda Ekholm and Mattias Karlsson (Sweden), as well as Suthasini Sawettabut (Thailand).


All players will be grouped into four mixed-teams for the Team Championship by way of a selection process, and picked by four table tennis legends each of whom will lead a team - Jiang Jialiang (former two-time world champion from China, multiple medalist at the World Championships, World Cup and Asian Championships), Jörgen Persson (former world champion and seven-time Olympian from Sweden), Jörg Rosskopf, (bronze medalist in the 1996 Summer Olympics men’s singles from Germany) and Michael Maze (bronze medal winner at the 2004 Olympic Games in the men’s doubles from Denmark).


The four Team Captains will compete to select the best paddlers to build a winning team - each mixed-team will comprise three men’s and three women’s players. The Team Championship will add a new dimension of competitive excitement for audiences throughout the season.


Premiering this 28 June, this first-ever sports league will be held live entirely in the Asian location of Hollywood’s iconic Pinewood Studios, situated in Johor, Malaysia.  Unique to T2APAC, all 228 matches in Season 1 will be played and televised live before an invite-only studio audience from the T2CAVERN, a purpose-built arena integrating competition field-of-play, sponsor lounges, hospitality suites, player training area, and production sets that will be specially constructed within a dedicated film stage at the world-class film and television production complex.  Since 1936, the world-renowned Pinewood Studios has been the home of blockbuster Hollywood franchises such as Star Wars and James Bond.


In partnership with Pinewood Studios and Astro Malaysia, Southeast Asia’s leading consumer entertainment group, T2APAC aims to deliver the next generation of multi-media ‘sportainment’ for fans and consumers, and an immersive in-venue experience that will enable studio audiences to get up close and personal to the world-class stars and table tennis action.



Touted as the richest competition in today’s professional table-tennis calendar, the players will be battling for an unprecedented prize purse of more than USD 1.75 million in the inaugural season, which will be played across seven match rounds from end of this June to December 2017. 

Author: CHRISTOPHER RAJ
Posted: June 13, 2017, 3:52 am
TMJ Berkenan Biayai Kos Perubatan Adik Adra, Menjunjung Kasih Tunku!
Beberapa hari lalu kita mendengar khabar anak kedua kepada pemain bola sepak Perlis, Alafi Mahmud iaitu adik Adra Medina memerlukan sumbangan orang ramai bagi menampung kos pembedahannya.

Adik Adra yang menghidap penyakit jantung berlubang perlu menjalani pembedahan dengan segera supaya dapat kembali pulih.


Semalam, Tunku Mahkota Johor (TMJ), Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim menyampaikan khabar yang pastinya menggembirakan keluarga adik Adra apabila baginda berkenan untuk menggunakan wang baginda sendiri sebanyak RM100,000 bagi menampung sepenuhnya kos pembedahan adik Adra.

Tunku Ismail bertitah baginda akan menyalurkan sendiri wang sebanyak RM100,000 terus kepada Yayasan Institut Jantung Negara (IJNF) bagi memastikan pembedahan adik Adra dapat berjalan dengan lancar.


Selain itu, Tunku Ismail juga turut menitahkan doktor peribadi baginda untuk membantu memantau keadaan adik Adra bagi memastikan kesihatan bayi yang baru berusia 49 hari itu sentiasa dijaga rapi.

Pembedahan pertama adik Adra dijadualkan pada Sabtu ini dan kita semua pastinya mendoakan supaya semuanya berjalan dengan baik. Menjunjung kasih Tunku Ismail atas keprihatinan baginda serta orang ramai yang menghulurkan sumbangan bagi membiayai pembedahan ini. Tuhan memberkati.

Author: CHRISTOPHER RAJ
Posted: June 5, 2017, 1:23 am
NFDP Players Hit It Off with Football Ace


KUALA LUMPUR (2 June 2017): Fifty National Football Development Program (NFDP) players were given a once in a lifetime opportunity to mingle and break fast with Malaysian professional footballer, Faiz Subri of Penang FA at the One World Hotel in Petaling Jaya, earlier today.  


The privilege of being able to socialize with the professional footballer enabled further motivation and inspiration, especially for the 25 NFDP players who have been selected to take part in a series of friendly matches in Clairefontaine, France.


The team departs for France on June 5 before going up against the Clairefontaine U-15 selection and the Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) U-15 selection. Thereafter, the NFDP U-15 Elite team will then continue their journey to Amsterdam on June 11 to undertake a series of friendly matches (June 13 – Feyenoord; June 20 - SBV Vitesse) and to compete in an U-15 tournament featuring teams from the Dutch Eredivisie League (17 June – AZ Alkmaar, FC Copenhagen, PSV Eindhoven and SBV Vitesse). 


adidas, NFDP’s official sportswear partner were present to grace the event as they presented 25 boys of the Under-15 Elite team with the new Dust Storm Pack (Ace, Nemeziz and X) boots. It was adidas’ way of showing its support by ensuring our next generation of players are equipped with the best footwear.


The Dust Storm Pack features Nemeziz, the latest boot from adidas Football as one of the key silos alongside the Ace and X. Nemeziz’s stadium, street and cage versions introduced several new designs such as the AGILITYKNIT 2.0 and TORSIONTAPES technology to deliver the ultimate fit and lightweight feel to cater for the most agile players of the game. The boot - launched with a bold black and white colourway - is already in adidas retail outlets nationwide.


“I think this event is highly beneficial for our team of young players and we are thankful to adidas as this opportunity came at the right time just before the boys leave for France. This is a great boost in morale as the players are excited to receive the latest adidas football boots, the Dust Storm Pack,” said Safirul Azli Abu Bakar, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of NFDP.. 


He added, that the event provided good exposure for the boys as they were given the 
opportunity to meet 2016 Puskas Award winner, Faiz Subri. A meet-and-greet session was held between the NFDP players and the professional footballer as Faiz shared valuable experience and challenges in his career.


Faiz, Penang FA’s key player, agreed that it was a good form of communication with the NFDP players as they were able to interact with ease.

“The meet-and-greet session was a good idea as we were able to socialize and motivate the boys. From this, I believe they will be spurred on to perform and to do their best in France,” said Faiz.


29-year old Faiz commented on how committed the NFDP players were as they embark on competitions worldwide in order to improve and gain experience.



“It’s very encouraging to see all these youngsters with a passion for football and wanting to constantly improve themselves. Looking at them now, I can say that they will definitely have a bright future in football and one day represent our beloved nation,” added Faiz.

Author: CHRISTOPHER RAJ
Posted: June 2, 2017, 4:03 am
TMJ kurniakan bas kepada pasukan Harimau Malaya
Pengurniaan bas untuk kegunaan pasukan Harimau Malaya oleh DYAM Mejar Jeneral Tunku Ismail Ibni Sultan Ibrahim, Presiden Persatuan Bolasepak Malaysia (FAM) adalah sesuatu yang sudah pastinya memberi keselesaan buat pasukan negara.

 Selain daripada satu kemudahan kepada pasukan, ianya adalah menarik kerana sudah tentu bas tersebut juga bakal memberi identiti tersendiri kepada pasukan kebangsaan kita.

 Pada masa akan datang, kita mungkin akan dapat melihat pelbagai lagi infrastruktur dan fasiliti yang disediakan oleh Tunku Presiden sebagaimana baginda lakukan kepada kelab bola sepak Johor Darul Takzim sebelum ini.

 Semoga langkah demi langkah yang diusahakan oleh Tunku Presiden akan memberikan semangat serta moral kepada barisan pemain negara sekaligus mengembalikan kegemilangan bola sepak negara.
Author: CHRISTOPHER RAJ
Posted: May 29, 2017, 2:48 pm
Adidas Football Launches Nemeziz, a Boot for the Agile Creator
Nemeziz will be one of adidas’ key silos, alongside the Ace and X

Built for the most agile players in the game, Nemeziz will be the new boot of Leo Messi, Renato Sanches and Roberto Firmino

 Key design feature takes inspiration from the process of taping, for increased stability and agility


Nemeziz range available in stadium, cage and street versions

Kuala Lumpur, 29th May – To create the future means taking inspiration from the past. To design the ultimate tool for the agile football player, adidas tapped into a common ritual in ancient battle, in dance and in sport: the use of taping for increased physical and mental strength. The result is Nemeziz, the latest boot from adidas Football; designed for unprecedented agility for the game’s most fluid players.
 
Each element of Nemeziz has been designed to suit players whose agility helps them dominate. For these players to be at their best they need boots to deliver security, support and adaptability and Nemeziz is built with these requirements at the fore.


Several design features have been introduced to ensure peak performance in these areas. The unique AGILITYBANDAGEfeatures revolutionary TORSIONTAPEStechnology to keep the foot locked down and deliver ultimate fit, whilst a dual-lock collar secures the ankle in place to enable explosive change of direction. 

 
The TORSIONFRAME outsole features an ultra-lightweight construction and TORSIONRIBS to provide dynamic push off support; a key feature for agile movement. The new AGILITYKNIT 2.0 interlocking yarn structure provides a soft direct touch and a lightweight adaptable feel.

To ensure players can experience the same level of agility in any setting, Nemeziz is also available in both Cage and Street versions. Bringing the same TORSIONTAPES and AGILITYKNIT 2.0 technology as the on-pitch boot, the most agile players will be given the same tools to support their agility in the cage and on the street.


Leo Messi – who wore Nemeziz for the first time on pitch in the Copa del Rey final on 27th May – said of the boots: “Disruption is a part of my game. A player must attempt to make moves that their opponent isn't expecting and needs to do so as quickly as possible. To be able to do that, you need complete confidence in your boots and the flexibility to move and adjust easily. The design of these boots is perfect for my game."


Sam Handy, Vice President of Design, adidas Football, said “Part of our design philosophy at adidas Football is to look back to help us look forward, something we’ve held true to with the design of Nemeziz. The idea of torsion and taping is not a new idea, it is present in some of our classic products and in other fields, such as Martial Arts. It has been around for generations. Our design for this product was taking that idea, of the relationship between torsion, support and agility, and using it to support the most disruptive players in the game. Our main goal is always to provide the athlete with the tools to maximise their own creativity, and with this product we feel we have provided the structure and support that can help players like Messi, Sanches and Firmino reach their true potential.”

 
The boot will launch with a bold black and white colourway – Dust Storm – available from 26th May on adidas.com and adidas retail stores.


For further information please visit adidas.com/football or follow @adidasfootball on instagram or twitter to join the conversation. 
Author: CHRISTOPHER RAJ
Posted: May 29, 2017, 6:42 am
Adidas Football Reveals FC Bayern Munich Home Kit for the 2017/18 Season
Kuala Lumpur (18 May, 2017) – Adidas Football today revealed the FC Bayern home kit for the 2017/18 season which draws inspiration from one of the most iconic shirts in the club’s history, a jersey worn in the successful period of the 70`s.


The 1970s jersey was worn by the likes of Beckenbauer, Hoeness and Müller during one of the most successful periods in the clubs history, laying the foundation for further success. The new kit pays homage to the past whilst being brought into the future thanks to technical, breathable fabrics and mesh engineering. The predominantly red jersey features thin, vertical white stripes alongside the classic adidas three stripes on the shoulder. FC Bayern’s motto “Mia San Mia” – roughly translating to “We know where we come from, who we are and what we aim for” – features on the reverse of the kit.


 To mark the launch, adidas has revealed a design film featuring Jürgen Rank, Senior Design Director, discussing how the club’s success in the 70’s inspired the design of the latest kit. It details the innovative materials used, the journey from ideation to creation and concludes by explaining how the latest kit is designed to inspire a new wave of players and fans, both on-pitch and on the streets.

The kit will be seen on pitch for the first time when FC Bayern Munich faces FC Freiburg on the 20th May. It’s available to purchase in the FC Bayern online store, in adidas global retail stores, the adidas online shop (www.adidas.com/football) as well as in all FCB-Fan-Shops from today.

 


For further information please visit adidas.com/football or follow @adidasfootball on instagram or twitter to join the conversation.
Author: CHRISTOPHER RAJ
Posted: May 18, 2017, 10:23 am
AHP-MSP, BJSS tentukan kejuaraan Piala TNB
Kuala Lumpur (14 Mei 2017):Selepas sekian lama mengimpikan untuk mara ke pentas final Piala TNB Liga Hoki Malaysia, akhirnya AHP-MSP-Thunderbolt berjaya memenuhi impian itu selepas menewaskan Anderson Thunderbolt pada aksi separuh akhir hari ini di Stadium Tun Razak.


Bagaimanapun AHP-MSP tidak berdepan laluan mudah sebaliknya hanya mencatat kemenangan mutlak menerusi penentuan penalti shoot out 4-2 selepas kedua-dua pasukan terikat 3-3 tamat masa sebenar.


Dengan kemenangan itu, AHP-MSP akan bertemu SSTMI Thunderbolt pada aksi final Ahad ini.


SSTMI mara ke perlawanan akhir selepas menundukkan BJSS Thunderbolt 3-0.


Ketua jurulatih AHP-MSP Mohd Sufian Muhammad nyata gembira dengan kejayaan anak buahnya selain memberi pujian kerana berjuang habis-habisan untuk mengesahkan tiket ke final.


"Sudah lama kami menantikan saat ini dan hari ini impian menjadi kenyataan.


"Saya harus beri pujian kepada semua barisan pemain kerana mereka bersungguh-sungguh untuk mencatatkan kemenangan.


"Ini kerana walaupun pada satu ketika sudah mendahului 3-1, tetapi akhirnya perlawanan terpaksa ditentukan menerusi pukulan penalti shoot out.


"Akhirnya kemenangan tetap berpihak kepada kami.


"Terima kasih kepada semua pihak terutama TNB yang banyak memberi sokongan kepada kami sehingga berjaya mara ke final," katanya.


AHP-MSP di depan seawal minit ke-5 menerusi jaringan padang Muhammad Noor Firdaus Rosdi sebelum Muhammad Idris Samad menjadikan kedudukan 2-0 hasil pukulan sudut penalti seminit kemudian.


Tersentak dengan dua gol awal itu, Anderson menggandakan asakan dan akhirnya Muhd Aliff Ikhemal Zamri berjaya menyamakan kedudukan menerusi gol padang minit ke-30.


Namun Muhammad Noor Firdaus Rosdi terus mengukuhkan kedudukan hasil pukulan sudut penalti minit ke-32.

Anderson nyata tidak mudah menyerah kalah apabila Muhammad Akram Hakkam Jammaluddin merapatkan jurang menerusi jaringan padang minit ke-38 sebelum dia sekali lagi meledak gol  penyamaan minit ke-51 untuk mengheret perlawanan ke penentuan penalti shoot out.



Author: CHRISTOPHER RAJ
Posted: May 14, 2017, 3:59 am
It’s a Pahang Hockey Academy and SSTMI Final
 Kuala Lumpur (14 May, 2017): Thunderbolt teams Pahang Hockey Academy and Tunku Mahkota Ismail Sports School (SSTMI) qualified for Sunday’s 2017 TNB Junior Cup final at the Tun Razak Stadium.

Pahang Hockey Academy defeated Anderson Thunderbolt 4-2 on penalty shootouts after a 3-3 draw in regulation time while 2016 League champions SSTMI edged Bukit Jalil Sports School Thunderbolt, the 2016 overall champions, 3-0 in the semi-finals today.


The triumph over BJSS was sweet revenge for SSTMI who lost 6-5 on penalties to their arch rivals in a league match last month following a 2-2 draw. SSTMI goals today were scored by Muhammad Ariff Shafie (13th and 53rdminutes) and Shello Silverius (49th minute).


It is also the second time that a team from Pahang reached the final of the Malaysian Junior Hockey League after Telekom Pahang’s success in 2002.


Pahang Hockey Academy led 3-1 with a brace from Muhammad Noor Firdaus (5thand 32nd minutes) and Muhammad Idris Samad’s sixth minute penalty corner conversion before  defensive blunders allowed the well organised  and disciplined Anderson forwards to move in search of the equaliser in the third and fourth quarters.


Anderson, who showed newly crowned League champions Majlis Bandaraya Petaling Jaya (MBPJ Tigers) the exit in last week’s quarterfinals, replied through Muhammad Aliff Ikhemal (30th) and Muhammad Akram Hakkam (38th and 51stminutes) to draw level at 3-3 to force the match into penalty shootouts.


Syamil Azim Dzulkafly, Muhammad Izham Azhar, Muhammad Hazzim Amin Hafidz and Muhammad Noor Firdaus were successful for Pahang Hockey Academy in the shootouts whilst Anderson scored through Muhammad Akram Hakkam and Muhammad Nur Syahmi.


It was the second time Pahang Hockey Academy defeated Anderson in the 2017 TNBMJHL this season after posting a 3-1 victory in the league.


“We have reached our target of qualifying for the final this year. This was stated in our blue print when the Academy was formed in 2013,” said coach Mohd Suffian Mohamad. “The last time we reached the final was in 2002 when I played for Telekom Pahang.”


“The boys played an attacking game in the first two quarters and we scored early. Our past record against Anderson has always been close and we are aware of their strength,” he added.


Anderson coach, Mohd Nizam Hashim, however, credited his players for giving a respectable performance against the Pahang boys despite going down in penalty shootouts.


“The boys took it easy in the first quarter and upped the ante in the last two quarters to draw 3-3. We also had two clear chances to win but when you don’t take your chances it is going to be a tough battle all way winning the match in 60 minutes,” said Nizam.


“Overall, I believe the players did their very best in this match. Penalty shootouts are anybody’s game and as far as I am concerned it is unfortunate we lost in the shootout.”


Meanwhile, Kuala Lumpur Sports School Wipers and SSTMI also qualified for the women’s final. KL Wipers defeated MSSPP-PSHA-USM 3-1 whilst SSTMI clawed MSN Kedah 4-2 in the semi-finals played at the Kuala Lumpur HA Stadium.


KL Wipers trailed 1-0 by the eighth minute after Siti Nur Arfah had put MMSS-PSHA-USM into the lead. However, the city girls bounced back with goals in the third and fourth quarters through Siti Nur Amira (33rd), Qasidah Najwa (49th) and Siti Zulaika (58th) to qualify for the final.


As for Bandar Penawar-based SSTMI, they led 2-1 with a field goal from Nur Syaza Afiqah (4th minute) and Nur Arisha Asrul’s penalty corner conversion five minutes later before MSN Kedah equalised through Nur Amirah Shakirah’s double strikes in the 12th and 19th minutes via open play.



Nur Afiqah Syahzani increased the lead to 3-1 in the 37th minute and Nor Fatin Nabila sealed victory for SSTMI with a late penalty corner goal.

Author: CHRISTOPHER RAJ
Posted: May 14, 2017, 3:11 am
Anderson ends MBPJ run in quarterfinals
Kuala Lumpur (12 May, 2017): Anderson Thunderbolt crushed League champions Majlis Bandaraya Petaling Jaya‘s (MBPJ Tigers) run in the Malaysian Junior Hockey League for the TNB Junior Cup following a 3-2 victory in the quarterfinals at the MBPJ Stadium today.


It was Anderson’s second appearance in the semi-finals of the TNB Junior Cup. They defeated UniKL Young Guns in the quarterfinals last year but lost 5-4 to overall champions Bukit Jalil Sports School Thunderbolt in the last four.


It was also a ‘winning day’ for three other TNB Thunderbolt teams in the quarterfinals. Tunku Mahkota Ismail Sports School defeated SMK Dato Bentara Luar Johor Juniors 5-0 in Batu Pahat, Pahang Hockey Academy edged SSTMI Juniors 3-1in Kuantan whilst BJSS pulverised Division Two champions Sabah Sports School Malaysia 6-2 at the Pandamaran Stadium in Klang.


In Sunday’s semi-finals at the Tun Razak Hockey Stadium, Anderson, who finished fifth in the league, go face to face against Pahang Hockey Academy whilst BJSS Thunderbolt plays 2016 league champions SSTMI Thunderbolt.


MBPP Tigers defeated Anderson 3-1 in the 2017 league but found the going tough this time around as the Ipoh-based school grabbed the lead in the 4th minute via a Muhammad Najme Ahmad Hayazi field goal. MBPJ, however, clawed back with two penalty corner goals through Muhammad Nur Asyraf Ishak in the 20thand 42nd minutes to go 2-1 ahead in the third quarter.


Defensive error in the 45thminute by MBPJ, whose players came under pressure to cross the quarterfinal hurdle after winning the league just a week ago, proved costly as Anderson bounced back to equalise through Muhammad Aiman Shahmi Marzuki from a penalty corner and with nine minutes before the end Muhammad Aliff Ikhemal Zamri netted the winning goal from open play.


“I praise the boys for playing to instruction and commitment. We played at a much higher level today. We knew MBPJ were strong in penalty corners and we curtailed their attacking structure,” said Anderson head coach M. Kaliswaran.


“We will face Pahang Hockey Academy in the semi-finals and it going to be another tough game for us. PHA has been playing well in the league. We lost 3-1 to them in the league and the players have a great chance to qualify for the final if they play the same kind of game as today,” he added.


A dejected MmPJ (MBPJ) Tigers head coach, Mohd Harfizi Baharom, said: “We played badly today. Nothing really went right against Anderson. I think the players were under tremendous pressure to maintain their winning run after lifting the league title last week. I am really disappointed.”


Over in Batu Pahat, Muhammad Akhimullah Anuar Esook scored a brace against Johor Juniors to SSTMI their second won over their arch rivals. STTMI Thunderbolt and Johor Juniors drew 1-1 but prevailed 4-2 in penalty shootouts.



BJSS coach Lokman Yahya, observed: “The team played more than 100 percent in the match. It is good that we beat them by scoring six goals and I am confident my players will play much better against SSTMI in the semi-finals.”

Author: CHRISTOPHER RAJ
Posted: May 12, 2017, 3:00 am
MBPJ Tigers claim Division One crown
Kuala Lumpur (7 May, 2017): Majlis Bandaraya Petaling Jaya (MBPJ Tigers) created a new chapter in the TNB Malaysian Junior Hockey League when they clinched the Division One League title for the first time at the MBPJ Stadium.

 The champions defeated Bukit Jalil Sports School Thunderbolt 7-6 in penalty shootout after registering a 2-2 draw in regulation time. Under the tournament rules, two points are awarded to the winning team in a shootout and one point to the losing side. MBPJ have thus pooled 23 points – two points clear of Tunku Mahkota Ismail Sports School Thunderbolt whilst BJSS Thunderbolts amassed 19 points to go third in the standings.

 Two other Thunderbolt teams – Pahang Hockey Academy and SMK Anderson finished in fourth and fifth spots respectively on 17 points while SMK Dato Bentara Luar Johor Tigers claimed sixth position (15 points) followed by Universiti Kuala Lumpur Young Guns (9), Olak-Nurinsafi (8), Politeknik Malaysia-KPT (5 points) and BJSS Juniors last in the 10-team league with just one point.

 MBPJ won the Overall Championship in 2006 and have never claimed the league since the inaugural MJHL in 1995. SSTMI won the League last year whilst BJSS Thunderbolt clinched the Overall Championship. Today’s victory by MBPJ also clearly ended Thunderbolt teams’ domination of the MJHL.

 “This is unbelievable,” said an ecstatic MBPJ Tigers coach Mohd Harfizi Baharom. “I told the players before the start of the match that this is our only chance to win the league title and don’t let this chance go to waste.”

 “They played hard to win the title and we are incredibly excited. We led 2-0 and I think the boys got carried away which allowed BJSS to comeback for the equaliser. This is something we must not allow to happen in the quarterfinals of the TNB Junior Cup for the Overall Championship,” he added.
Having beaten three Thunderbolt teams in the league namely Anderson Thunderbolt (3-1), SSTMI Thunderbolt (3-2) and Pahang Hockey Academy Thunderbolt (3-2) respectively, MBPJ went on the hunt with goals from Muhammad Syafiq Izzudin Ibrahim in the 19th minute from a field goal and Muhammad Nur Asyraf’s 37th minute penalty corner conversion.

 BJSS Thunderbolt, however, regrouped in the third quarter and scored two consecutive goals within a space of one minute. Muhammad Ramdan Ariffin netted both goals from penalty corners in the 38th and 39th minutes.

 A dejected BJSS Thunderbolt head coach BJSS Coach Lokman Yahya, however, commended MBPJ for their fight spirit and mental strength in keeping BJSS forwards at bay in this nail-biting encounter.
“We created a lot of chances and the boys can only blame themselves for letting this opportunity go away after SSTMI was held to a 1-1 draw by Johor Tigers,” he said. “There was a good chance of winning here,” said Lokman.

 “Nevertheless it was a tough and exciting match which could have gone any way. We will now work on our mistakes here and hope to do much better in the quarterfinals stage to win the Overall Championship.”

 In Batu Pahat, title contenders SSTMI played out a 1-1 draw against SMK Dato Bentara Johor Tigers in regulation time and then prevailed 4-2 in penalty shootout. Muhammad Adib Adam fired Johor Tigers ahead in the 47th minute with a field goal but SSTMI equalised through a Muhammad Ariff Syafie penalty corner four minutes later. In the shootout, Mohd Hanif Saad, Mohd Akhimullah Anuar Esook, Shello Silverius and Muhammad Amirul Hamizan were successful for SSTMI.

Anderson Thunderbolt triumphed 5-3 over UniKL Young Guns at the Sultan Azlan Shah Stadium in Ipoh. Muhammad Azrai Aizad scored two goals (20th and 52nd minutes) for Anderson while Ahmad Nazmi Mokhtar (29th), Muhammad Afiz Iqbal (35th) and Muhammad Akram Hakkam (38th) added a piece. As for UniKL Young Guns, the goals came through Muhammad Chairil Daniel (27th), Izzat Rais (46th) and Muhammad Hilmi Zulkifli (59th minute).

The combination of Olak-Nurinsafi defeated Politeknik Malaysia KPT 4-2 at the Pandamaran Stadium. It was Olak-Nurinsafi’s second win in the league.

The top six teams in Division One and the top two teams in Division Two qualify for the quarterfinals stage of the TNB Junior Cup for the Overall Championship which begins on Friday (May 12).

Meanwhile, Sabah Sports School Malaysia Resilient emerged Division Two champions following a 3-1 win over SSTMI Juniors in the final at the Tun Razak Stadium. Sabah Sports School dominated the match by taking a 2-0 lead with goals from Morris Ramilan and Nasrum Syahkir Sadikul in the 9th and 12th minutes respectively.

Muhammad Ikhmal Hakim Mohd Rodzi reduced the deficit in the 48th minute for SSTMI Juniors via a penalty stroke, but six minutes later Muhajir Abdu Rauf ended SSTMI Juniors hopes of a comeback by converting a penalty stroke to ensure the East Malaysians go home with a 3-1 victory.

 Malacca Warriors defeated Perlis Young Lions 2-1 in the third-fourth placing match. Muhammad Afif Azfar Salim scored a brace in the 12th and 33rd minutes before Muhd Adam Akhir Elias replied for Young Lions.

RESULTS: Boys Division 1: MBPJ Tigers 2 BJSS Thunderbolt 2 (MBPJ Tigers won 7-6 in penalty shootouts); Olak-Nurinsafi 4 Politeknik Malaysia KPT 2; Anderson Thunderbolt 5 UniKL Young Guns 3; SMKDBL Johor Juniors 1 SSTMI Thunderbolt 1 (SSTMI won 4-2 in penalty shootout); BJSS Juniors 3 AHP-MSP Thunderbolt 5. 

Division 2 - Final: SSTMI Juniors 1 Sabah Sports School Malaysia 3; 3rd-4th Placing: MSNSSN Young Lions 1 MBMB Warriors 2. Fixtures - TNB Junior Cup Quarterfinals (12 May, 2017): MBPJ Tigers v Anderson Thunderbolt; SSTMI Thunderbolt v SMK Bentara Luar Johor Tigers; BJSS Thunderbolt v Sabah Sports School Malaysia; Pahang Hockey Academy v SSTMI Juniors. Women League Semi-finals (14 May, 2017): SSTMI v MSN Kedah (4pm); MSSPP-PSHA-USM v Kuala Lumpur Sports School Wipers (6pm, both matches at KLHA Stadium).
Author: CHRISTOPHER RAJ
Posted: May 8, 2017, 1:26 am
Impressive TNB climb to third
Kuala Lumpur (22 January, 2017): Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) exerted their dominance over Premier Division debutants, UITM-KPT as they came out 4-0 victors in their TNBMHL 2017 match at the Kuala Lumpur Hockey Stadium.


TNB dominated their match against the visitors, however, they were wasteful in front of goal especially in the first half when they saw both their penalty corners saved by UITM’s goalkeeper, Mohamad Adi Fazri Ab Rahim.


UITM-KPT held out to a goalless first half and when the second half resumed, Mohamad Adi Fazri was again the hero as he produced two fine saves to deny TNB the lead through two more penalty corners.



However, he and his defense were unable to prevent TNB from breaking the deadlock when Muhd Ramadan Rosli finally converted TNB’s fifth penalty corner in the 34thminute.

Another penalty corner three minutes later saw Muhd Firdaus Omar adding a second for the hosts just before Muhd Ramadan scored his second of the night through a field goal in the 41st minute.


TNB piled more misery on UITM-KPT when Nik Muhammad Aiman Nik Rozemi got on the scoresheet after scoring through a field goal in the 58th minute.


Coach Muhamad Amin Rahim was satisfied with the three important points bagged in their win today, however, he believed his team could have performed better against a young and inexperienced UITM-KPT side.


“We will try to improve our performance especially in our next match against top-of-the-table KLHC. We will also welcome a possible return of Syed Mohamad Syafiq Syed Cholan and Muhammad Hafiizhuddin Zaidi from injury as we are currently waiting for medical clearance before fielding them in the next match,” said the former national player.


He added, that TNB will put up a good fight when coming up against tougher opponents such as, Kuala Lumpur Hockey Club (KLHC) and Terengganu Hockey Team (THT).

TNB now occupy third place with 12 points from five matches this season.


The earlier match at the Kuala Lumpur Hockey Stadium saw UniKL’s winning streak come to an end when they were defeated 2-0 by KLHC.


UniKL had a bright start to the match with a series of chances going wide of the opposition’s goal including fluffing a penalty corner which was hit directly at a KLHC defender.


In the second quarter, Lachlan Gerald Stock almost put UniKL in front only to witness his well-taken shot coming of the foot of the post.


KLHC, on the other hand, saw their 1stpenalty corner of the match saved by UniKL’s Argentina international goalkeeper, Tomas Matias Santiago as both teams head into the break after a goalless first half.

However, just 4 minutes into the second half, Muhammad Noor Faeez Ibrahim broke the deadlock when he converted a penalty corner to give KLHC a 1-0 lead.


It did not take long for the hosts to add a second in the 43rd minute through national player, Muhammad Haziq Samsul’s brilliant solo run. 


UniKL came close to reducing the deficit to a single goal just before the match ended when Pakistan international, Muhammad Aleem Bilal’s shot from a penalty corner flew wide of the goal.


Today’s win for KLHC sees them leapfrog UniKL into second place who drop to fourth in the league standings.


THT climb to top spot after defeating Maybank 3-0 at the MBMB Hockey Stadium. The in-form Jang Jonghyun opened the scoring as early in the 6th minute when he converted a penalty corner before Faizal Saari gave his team a 2-0 lead just before the end of first-half through a well taken field goal.


Muhd Firhan Ashaari put the match beyond reach when he added the third of the night through another field goal in the 42nd minute.


Meanwhile at the SSTMI Hockey Stadium, TNB-Thunderbolts registered their first win of the season when they cruised to a 3-0 victory over Tunku Ismail Sports School (SSTMI).


It took only five minutes for TNB-Thunderbolts to decide the outcome of the match when Muhd. Arai Aizad Abu Kamal scored a brace in the 1st and the 5thminute on either side of Mohd. Akhimullah Anuar Esook’s field goal in the second minute.


TNBMHL 2017 PREMIER LEAGUE (22 January 2017):

KLHC 2 – 0 UniKL

Maybank 0 – 3 KLHC

TNB-Thunderbolts 3 – 0 SSTMI


Tenaga Nasional Berhad 4 – 0 UITM - KPT

Author: CHRISTOPHER RAJ
Posted: May 4, 2017, 6:10 pm