The men’s national indoor hockey team made history after The Malaysian Men’s Hockey team bagged the inaugural SEA Games Men’s Indoor Hockey Gold medal by beating Indonesia 5-1 in the final at the Malaysian International Trade and Exhibition Centre (MiTEC).
The action began right from the beginning with both teams displaying swift passes and challenging each other to the wits. The hosts broke the deadlock after a counter attack when Shafiq Yaacob striked the ball into the net in the forth minute.
Malaysia’s coach, Amin Rahim: “The boys’ confidence grew in each match and I’m really proud of them for having executed the game plan well today. We took control right from the start as the boys were able to decide and act fast. With limited time to prepare for this SEA Games, we’ve still managed to come this far and win it and there’s no other better feeling than this,” said the former national player”
Meanwhile, Thailand men’s failed to follow suit their women’s team for a podium finish after suffering a defeat at the hands of Singapore in their Bronze Medal match. The Singaporeans emerged victorious after seeing out a 3-1 win on penalty shootouts with the score tied 1-1 at full time while Vietnam condemned Philippines to a 6th and last spot finish after emerging 7-0 victors.
In the Final match, Thailand defeated Indonesia 4-1 to secure the inaugural SEA Games Women’s Indoor Hockey Gold medal thanks to a hat-trick of field goals by Tikhamporn Sakunpithak (20’ 27’ 31’).
Thanaporn Tongkham then added a fourth for the Thais 3 minutes from time whilst Indonesia’s captain, Annur El Islamy got a consolation goal in the 31st minute.
National Women’s Indoor hockey team bagged the 2017 KL SEA Games Women’s Indoor Hockey Bronze medal after defeating Singapore 3-1 in the 3rd & 4th placing match at the Malaysian International Trade and Exhibition Centre (MiTEC).
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The Southeast Asian Games will take place between 19th and 30th August 2017. The ASEAN Para Games will be held from September 17th to 23rd, 2017. The Games will coincide with the celebration of Malaysia’s 60th Independence Day as well as Malaysia Day. It will be the sixth time that Malaysia hosts the biennial games.
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