Sultan Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien (SOAS) College’s Ak Mohd Afif Pg Sofry (L) in action against a player from Pengiran Anak Puteri Hjh Rashidah Sa’adatul Bolkiah Secondary School during the 2014 National Interschool Hockey Championship. Picture: BT/Ak Fauzi Pg Salleh
BY AK FAUZI PG SALLEH
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN - NINE teams will be vying for top honours at the National Interschool Hockey Championship this month.
Two categories — men’s and women’s events — will be competed at the September 20-27 tournament that will be held at the National Hockey Stadium at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex in Berakas.
Competing in men’s event are Muda Hashim Secondary School, Tanjong Maya Secondary School, Pengiran Anak Puteri Rashidah Secondary School, Sultan Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien (SOAS) College and Sayyidina Husain Secondary School.
Meanwhile, the women’s event will only see four teams participating: Sufri Bolkiah Secondary School, Sayyidina Husain Secondary School. Tanjong Maya Secondary School and Paduka Seri Begawan Sultan Science College (Maktab Sains).
The opener on September 20 starts with men’s event with Muda Hashim Secondary School facing Tanjong Maya Secondary School in a single round elimination format tournament.
Meanwhile, four-time champion SOAS College (2012-2015) will meet Pengiran Anak Puteri Rashidah Secondary School on the following day where the winner of the bout will meet Sayyidina Husain Secondary School who received a bye.
The women’s event will start on September 21 with a match between Sufri Bolkiah Secondary School and Sayyidina Husain Secondary School. The final of both events will be held on September 27 at the same venue.
Organised by Department of Co-curriculum Education, Ministry of Education (MoE), with the support of Brunei Darussalam Hockey Association, SOAS College are given the honour to host the annual event this year.
“We have won the tournament four times consecutively since 2012 and of course the target is this year is to defend the title, but again we will see how the other schools are doing in this competition,” said SOAS College head coach Azizul Fitri Hj Maidin in an interview with The Brunei Times yesterday.
“In this format of tournament (single-knockout format), anything can happen because you only got only one chance to win or else you will get eliminated.”
“I hope that our players will be able to focus on one game at a time and at least able to reach the final of the tournament and we will see how it goes from there.”
“We have started training since last week but the players have been doing their own fitness exercise individually for this tournament.”
“The past few days I have been focusing on the basic drills such as passing, ball control, dribbling and as well as shooting and defending…we hope to progress further in training in the coming week before the tournament starts in two weeks’ time.”
“We used to have hockey in our curriculum in the past, but this year we have decided to stop the activity for a while because of the unavailability of teachers in charge, but our students still managed to involve in the sport outside the school,” he added.
- Courtesy of The Brunei Times