KUALA LUMPUR: The national women’s squad notched their first victory after defeating Switzerland 3-1 in the fourth round of the 2023 Tuanku Zara Cup International Indoor Hockey Championship in Ipoh, Perak yesterday.
In the clash at the Indera Mulia Hockey Stadium, national player Iren Hussin put the squad coached by Mohd Badrul Hisham Osman comfortably ahead 2-0 after scoring a field goal in the 15th minute before converting a penalty corner in the 28th minute.
Malaysia piled on the misery on the Swiss when they added a third goal through Nor Asfarina Isahyifiqa Isahhidun’s penalty corner goal in the 38th minute, but Switzerland managed to score a consolation goal thanks to Trosch Tamara’s penalty corner conversion a minute later.
Speaking after the match, Mohd Badrul praised the seriousness shown by his players to be able to pull off a surprise over Switzerland and thus get their first win after four matches.
“With the record held by Switzerland in this tournament, we did not expect to beat them, but the players have proven that they are capable of giving competition to world-class teams.
“Overall, the players gave their best and proved that we are capable of getting points. Meeting New Zealand tomorrow, we will maintain the same tactics as today and hope to get three more points,” he said.
Earlier, Malaysia had lost 2-3 to Australia in their third match which took place this afternoon at the same venue.
The national team, who are in fifth place with three points, will face New Zealand, who are in the lowest position after collecting one point, in the last action of the league round at the same venue, on Nov 10.
South Africa are in the top position after collecting 12 points followed by Switzerland second (nine points), Australia third (six points) and Namibia fourth with four points.
Meanwhile, Iren’s two goals against Switzerland allowed her to share the top spot in the top scorers chart with South Africa’s Fourie Tegan and Philander Azaylee (Namibia), who together have collected six goals so far. – Bernama