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Third straight loss for Brunei


The national women’s hockey team pose for a group photo before their International Hockey Federation (FIH) Hockey World League match against Kazakhstan at the Sengkang Hockey Stadium in Singapore yesterday. Picture: Courtesy of Fauzi Awang



BY AK FAUZI PG SALLEH

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN - THE national women’s hockey team (Brunei Stingers) fell to their third straight defeat at the International Hockey Federation (FIH) Hockey World League in Singapore yesterday.

The 8-0 loss to Kazakhstan at the Sengkang Hockey Stadium dented in the side’s hopes of reaching the semi-final of the April 9-17 competition. With the result, the Stingers currently sit sixth in the seven-team group table without any points to their name and are just ahead of last-placed Cambodia.

They will continue their campaign tomorrow against Cambodia and follow that up with a match against Sri Lanka on Thursday and Singapore on Friday.

The women’s team kicked off their campaign on Saturday with a 3-0 defeat to Hong Kong and followed were handed a 7-0 defeat by Thailand in their second match on the next day.

Meanwhile, the men’s team will take on Vietnam in their third match today.

The men’s team lost 7-0 to Thailand in their first match on Saturday and followed that up with a 3-0 defeat to Hong Kong the following day.

The men’s team are still without point to their name and are fourth place in the five-team table, above last-placed Vietnam.

This year’s Hockey World League is seen as a benchmark for the teams to bid for a place at the 2017 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Malaysia.

The national women’s team have been very active over the past few months, recently competing at the 2nd Asian Cup Challenge Hockey Tournament in Thailand in December.

They managed to reach the semi-final after winning two games and losing another two in the group stage but lost 4-0 to Hong Kong in the bronze medal play-off at the Queen Sirikit Commemorative Stadium in Bangkok.

This year’s Hockey World League serves as the qualification route for the 2018 FIH World Cup to be held in England.

Singapore is one of nine countries in the world that are hosting the first round of this season’s Hockey World League.

-- Courtesy of The Brunei Times

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