I had to give Match 4 (South Korea vs. Pakistan) and Match 5 (India vs. Great Britain) a miss because the sun was scorching this afternoon. To be frank, I think that teams like Great Britain, Australia and New Zealand are at a disadvantage when they play in the early evening because I don’t think they can withstand the heat.
However, even when I don’t get to watch live hockey, I am still on the (hockey) ball and I will be updating my blog with the latest hockey results. I wish there is free online streaming or there is someway that I could watch hockey online but I don’t think these services are available. From what I understand, some matches will be broadcast live on Astro Arena Channel 801 (CH801). Astro is the official broadcaster of the Sultan Azlan Shah (SAS) Cup 2011.
8pm saw me heading to Stadium Azlan Shah hockey stadium again for Match 6 (Australia vs. Malaysia) of the 20th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup Men’s International Hockey Tournament 2011. While last night was my first ever live hockey match, this was my second. I am beginning to love the game. Tonight, though, I wasn’t really paying attention to the match even though it was intense, with Malaysia leading by one goal for a good part of the game. Unfortunately, with only 35 seconds left on the clock, Australia managed to score again, taking the game 2 – 1.
Tonight, my focus was on fan reactions; alas, there was a football match next door hence the stadium was not as full today as it was last evening. Even so, the fans who came were just as enthusiastic and although Malaysia lost the match, to them, Malaysia is still the “best” team.
The Player of the Match award went to Malaysia goalkeeper S. Kumar, who, by the way, was named Asia’s best player by the Asian Hockey Federation earlier this year. Congratulations to the winners!
Event: 20th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup Men’s International Hockey Tournament 2011
Venue: Sultan Azlan Shah Stadium, Ipoh, Perak
GPS Coordinates: N 04 36.462′ E 101 6.023′
Date: 5th – 15h May, 2011
For match schedule and latest hockey results, see HERE.
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