The 2023 SEA Games, Phnom Penh, Cambodia for the Hockey In The Hall event opened the curtain today with the National Women’s Team coming down to meet Singapore having no trouble subduing their opponents, 8-0.
The action, which took place at Dinosaur Park Hall, Chroy Changvar, saw the National Women’s Squad comfortably 6-0 ahead in the first half before adding two goals in the second half to ensure the first three points were achieved.
The head coach of the National Women’s Hockey Team, Mohd Badrul Hisham Osman expressed his gratitude for the three points his team made today but said some of the mistakes made by the players in the first match needed to be fixed ahead of the next action.
“A good opening for the team and three points scored is very important for the team. The players have played well and followed every plan that was drawn up before the match started and I am satisfied with the results achieved today.
“We scored less in the second half when compared to the first half. This is because the opponent, Singapore is more likely to apply the pattern of the game defensively because it wants to reduce the number of concedas. However the players continue to play their best.
“For the second act of meeting the Philippines tomorrow, we will maintain the game pattern that has been applied today as well as streamline some of the minor errors identified.
“I really hope that the players won’t miss every opportunity to score because the number of goals scored in each match is very important,” he said.
In the opening act of the day, Nuraslinda Said appeared the top scorer for the national team when scoring four goals, three penalty corner shots in the eighth minute, 11th minute and 18th minute as well as one field goal in the 19th minute.
Meanwhile Fazilla Sylvester Silin contributed two penalty corner goals in the 13th and 34th minutes in addition to two more goals contributed by Raja Norsharina Raja Shahbuddin’s field goal as early as the third minute and a stroke shot goal by Iren Hussin in the 26th minute.
Tomorrow, the National Women’s Team will go down for the second action to meet the Philippines at 12:45 pm (Malaysian time) for the second leg of the round robin.