Malaysian team stormed into the Finals against Australia in the 1stSultan of Johor Cup 2011 by beating India 5-1. The atmosphere at thepacked stadium indicates that the game of hockey in Malaysia is a verypopular sport and has an outstanding following of fans. The match wasplayed at a very competitive spirit since both teams has a chance tomake the cut to the finals but with the strong support of thousands of fansassisted and uplifted the spirit of the Malaysian team to beat Indiato be in the Finals of the first edition Sultan of Johor Cup 2011 inJohor Bahru, Malaysia.
The Malaysian team has achieved the target set by Malaysian HockeyConfederation which is to finish top two in the tournament. This eventis the first edition and have received a great applaud and honour fromall the participating teams and Tournament Officials. The teams werePakistan, India, Australia, New Zealand, Korea and host Malaysia.
This tournament which will feature annually in the FIH calendar willbring the best hockey talent around the world. It is the perfectplatform for the Malaysian team to showcase such talent and is crucialto the development of next generation of stars and builds strongMalaysian national team.
This annual event will further help the sport to flourish around theworld as the juniors are an important ingredient in the development ofpowerful teams. The Malaysian Hockey Confederation (MHC) under thepresidency of His Royal Highness Prince Abdullah deserves a pat on theback for coming up with this brilliant idea of having this annualinvitational Under-21 tournament.
A FIH-MHC High Performance National Coaching Course was also organisedin-conjunction with this event and well received by the top experts of Malaysia.