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Sultan Azlan Shah Cup SAS mens hockey finals

11 penalty corners to Australia, five conversions. No wonder Coach Ric Charlesworth was jubilant. Australia's win over Malaysia meant that Australia have won the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup a total of 8 times, whilst Malaysia have played second fiddle five times. Last year's finals was also played between these two teams, and Australia won 3-2. It ... continue reading »

Sultan Azlan Shah Cup SAS mens hockey

Yet another match that wasn't very exciting. The game was tied at 2-2 for a long time, and many spectators were hoping for a penalty shootout. That would be the highlight of the game. However, with just seconds left on the clock, Korea forced a penalty corner, which they converted, to salvage some pride to register ... continue reading »

Sultan Azlan Shah Cup SAS mens hockey

Although basically a lacklustre match, it was still important to both South Africa and Canada to avoid the wooden spoon. On paper, South Africa are the better team as they are world number 12, while Canada are at 16. Also, South Africa have already qualified for the World Cup this May. Unfortunately for the players, the afternoon ... continue reading »

Sultan Azlan Shah Cup hockey

Both South Africa and South Korea knew what they had to do in order to achieve their respective targets. Korea had to score as many goals as they could to appear in the final against Australia, which we now know they failed to do so, and South Africa needed at least a draw in order to ... continue reading »

Sultan Azlan Shah Cup hockey

Malaysia had to keep a respectable score in order to play Australia in the final. Australia had been scoring an average of 6 goals per game thus far and had conceded only one goal until this match. In the previous game between Korea and Australia, Korea scored a goal via a hotly contested penalty corner. Although Malaysia ... continue reading »

Sultan Azlan Shah Cup Ipoh field hockey

This was a match that many looked forward to. Although Australia had virtually sealed their spot in the final, the outcome of this match would determine Australia's opponent in their next match. The South Koreans played an attacking game that the Aussies defended really well. In most of the first half, it looked like both teams ... continue reading »

Sultan Azlan Shah Cup Ipoh field hockey

Going into the match, Canada and China both had nothing to lose, since they were already out of contention from the final. I would say they were neck to neck, and China lost only because they were not as lucky. Obviously, Canada probably won't agree with me! Overall, other than a few patches of good hockey, ... continue reading »

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