Kuala Lumpur, 11 Jan - UniKL A emerged as champion of the KLHA Division One league when they edged Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) 2-1 in an entertaining final at Pantai Hockey Stadium. This year, UniKL Hockey made its inaugural debut in KL League and was rewarded with a first and fourth place finishing.
The win earned UniKL A with a line-up of current seniors, former and future UniKL players RM3,000 prize money besides receiving the George Koshy Challenge Trophy. TNB took home RM2,000 for finishing second while Sapura came third and received RM1,000 for their efforts. UniKL B which comprised of the Junior League 2012 players finished a credible fourth position which should give them a good foundation for a strong showing in the Malaysia Junior Hockey League (MJHL) which will begin on January 19, 2012. At the end of the KL League, UniKL A stands at the top of the standings with 22 points, the same as TNB but superior goal difference gave them the top spot. And the two teams played against each other twice, with honors even in the league clashes as UniKL A won one match 7-5 but lost the second 4-6. The final got off to a delayed start due to heavy downpour but once the play got underway it was end to end match as both teams went on the offensive looking for the opening goal. UniKL A took the lead in the 25th minute via team captain Mohd Noor Faeez Ibrahim who converted a penalty corner. Soon after, UniKL A players were guilty of squandering sitters and this allowed TNB to get back into the game. TNB were on level terms in the 50th minute when they were awarded a penalty stroke that Mohamad Sabri Mohamed duly converted. However UniKL A was not to be denied as Noor Faeez was on target in the 59th minute for his second goal of the night and gave UniKL A the title. UniKL A 20 years old defender, Mohd Izad Hakimi Jamaluddin was picked by the manager and coaches as the Man of the Match. UniKL Hockey will now shift its focus to MJHL 2012 campaign to defend the League Title they won in 2011 while trying to wrestle back the Overall Championship (Milo Cup) from SSTMI-Thunderbolt which UniKL won in 2010. For latest news, updates and info, UniKL Hockey team can be followed on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com; search "UniKL-IBIL Hockey Team"), on Twitter (http://twitter.com/UniKLHockey), on UniKL Hockey Official Website (http://unikl.edu.my/uniklhockey) and on MJHL Official Website (http://www.mjhl.com.my). Note: Excerpts and photo courtesy of malaysianhockey.blogspot.com. AMIR AZHAR IBRAHIM UniKL Hockey Manager
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