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Sultan Azlan Shah Cup official dinner

It was an occasion to remember for players, officials, organising committee, sponsors and members of the press involved in the 24th edition of the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2015. This oldest men's invitation international hockey tournament was established in 1983. Unlike previous years, this official dinner, always held on the final rest day of the tournament, was ... continue reading »

Sultan Azlan Shah Cup field hockey Ipoh

The 24th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup wrapped up with much pomp and colour after six long days of game-play, with three matches contested each day. The Black Sticks (New Zealand) were declared Champions, denying the Aussies their 9th title. New Zealand also lifted the Cup in 2012. 24th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2015 Final Results: Champions: New Zealand Runners-up: ... continue reading »

Sultan Azlan Shah Cup field hockey Ipoh

Australia may have won over New Zealand 3-1 in their Round Robin match but in the final, the Black Sticks turned the tables on the Kookaburras when they out-shot the Aussies by 3 to 1 in the penalty shuttle after drawing 2-all in regulation time. It was a bizarre Day 6 of the Sultan Azlan Shah ... continue reading »

Sultan Azlan Shah Cup field hockey Ipoh

India and Korea met on the first day of the tournament with a 2-2 draw. This bronze medal match yielded similar results and victory had to be determined via penalty shoot-out. Unfortunately, Korea (world-ranked #8) missed a couple of penalty shots and lost to India (world-ranked #9) by 1-4 margin. Coach for India, Dutchman Paul van Ass ... continue reading »

Sultan Azlan Shah Cup field hockey Ipoh

In what appeared to be like a rematch of the final Round Robin game between Malaysia and Canada, in this 5th & 6th placing classification match, the Malaysians were clueless at the onslaught of the Canadians. In the previous match, Malaysia won 4-1 against Canada but barely 24 hours later, both teams couldn't put their ball ... continue reading »

Sultan Azlan Shah Cup hockey

Despite knowing that Malaysia will play Canada in the classification match for 5th place on the final day of the tournament, the last Round Robin game must go on. Cheered on by die-hard fans, Malaysia triumphed over Canada 4-1, pushing until the end although under heavy downpour in the last ten minutes of the game. Canada, ranked ... continue reading »

Sultan Azlan Shah Cup hockey

In a do-or-die Round Robin match between Korea and New Zealand, Korea needed to win the game and take all three points while New Zealand just required a draw for one point in order to secure their spot in the finals to meet World Number 1 Australia. Although both teams put in their best effort, when ... continue reading »

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