Sekolah Tuanku Abdul Rahman Ipoh are making their debut in the MHC-MILO-NSC Junior Hockey League. And gaining experience as well as improving their overall performance is the benchmark the team has set themselves for.
Known as the Anaconda Star, the school had a rich tradition in hockey in the 70's and 80's anf that is what coach Shahnun Abdul Ghani has been trying to do over the last three years.
STAR emerged as champions of the Inter Boarding School North Zone Competition and were runner up to Anderson in the North Kinta School Competition. Overall they are third best in the Premier Schools Hockey Tournament for Perak state.
"We entered the MJHL as it is the best platform to expose young and talented hockey players in the country. In many aspects it helps us to promote the school at a more national level," said Shahnun.
"We are using the MJHL as a preparation platform towards winning the National Residential Schools Competition this year and the experience gained will no doubt help us achieve our ambition.
"Playing against tougher and more experienced teams will undoubtedly assist in the development of our players who are on a learning curve. No doubt it will be tough but at the end of the day we aim to create a few upsets along the way as the tournament progresses.
STAR are placed in Group A PHK-MSS Kelantan, Kedah Juniors, PHA -Anderson Juniors, SERTAS, Nur Insafi, 1MAS Penang, PHP-MSS Perlis. They open their campaign against SERTAS on Friday.
Most of the financial support for the team comes from STAROBA Hockey which are the old boys of the club. And despite the fact that the team is represented by players aged 14-17, STAR is hoping that their participation will open the doors for other residential schools to follow suit and hockey to benefit overall.
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source : http://www.mjhl.com.my