Klang District emerged as champions after a nail biting match against their main rival Petaling District in the Finals of Sukan Selangor played at National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil.
The lack of playing hockey stadiums in Selangor saw all the matches the men's hockey played at the at Bukit Jalil from Jan 13-16.
"We are thankful to be able to work with MSN Selangor to organize it here, while it is a shame the turfs had not been replace despite the many attempts by SHA since 2009 to raise awareness and address the issue", said Organizing Chairman Kuganeson Poologasingam
The Under 20 , 7 team tournament which act as a development and selection event for the coming SUKMA Malaysia saw a lot of upsets in which the defending gold medalist Gombak was shown the exit at the group stages as Kuala Langat topped the table and Sabak Barnam pipped Gombak to the semifinal spot. The players were also inspired by the chance to play at the National Hockey Stadium which lifted their game.
Klang who easily edged Petaling 2-1 in the group stages, saw a different team altogether as an attacking minded Petaling had Klang defense marshalled by Helmi Sazrin Tamami working overtime to keep Klang in the game.
Klang caught a break on the 23rd minute from a penalty corner set piece Farid Afiq Mohammad pounce on a loose ball deflected off the Petaling keeper to slam it home. At the second half it was all Petaling as they piled on the pressure looking for the equalizer. Klang Goalkeeper Muhd Faris Rozmi was in top form as he foiled Petaling attempts to search for an equalizer.
The last 5 minutes Petaling were camped in the Klang half as the Klang team defended furiously. 4 back to back penalty corners were awarded to Petaling faield to convert leaving Klang to emerged as Gold Medal Winner.
Kuala Langat emerged at bronze medalist after defeating Sabak Bernam 3-2
Prizes to the winners were presented by SHA President Dato Salamon Selamat and Executive Director of MSN Tuan Nor Zamri Ishak
District Hockey sports association need to be revived
Organizing Chairman Kuganeson said its important to work in tandem with the PBT and MSN-Selangor to help revive the district level sports association. In Selangor the district sports association have slowly died off and replaced with hockey clubs. Only Gombak District is affiliated to SHA and Klang District are in the process revival. District Association have automatic voting rights in SHA and we have always encourage the revival of there associations and are willing to assist in anyway.
For Selangor Hockey Association Competition Committee the next event will be the K.Ramalingam Trophy for the Selangor Veteran Open Carnival to be held on Jan 28 at Real Sports Arena in Klang. The tournament will take place on an indoor surface, the lack of playing facilities has forced to seek new alternatives and indoor hockey is growing fast in Malaysia
The late Kandiah Ramalingam was an Ex-survey Department Official, married to Mdm.Rajesh and blessed with two sons. He was a former national football referee, a Malaysian Amateur Athletics Union (MAAU) official, a hockey player, Umpire, Technical Official, held various positions in Selangor Hockey Association (SHA) & Malaysian Hockey Federation (MHF), his last undertaking was Hon. Secretary of SHA. The K.Ramalingam Trophy is SHA’s way of honoring him for his contributions to Hockey.