Asiad Hockey : Malaysia’s Nuraini Rashid steals the show with her hattrick
Photo Credits : Malaysian Hockey Confederation

Winning start for Malaysia at the Asian Games 2018 as they defeated Hong Kong 8-0 in the Women’s Pool A Hockey competition in Jakarta, Indonesia.

It was a comprehensive win for the Malaysians to register the three points. In the last two meetings, Malaysia defeated Hong Kong 9-0 and 10-0 respectively.

It was the same result for the Malaysians this time around, however, credit to Hong Kong for defending well to deny their opponents the goal feast they could have registered, allowing Malaysia to score only once out of their 7 penalty corners.

“I am not too concerned about getting the goals as it was the three points that matter,” said Malaysian coach K. Dharmaraj.

He added, “As for the penalty corners, two resulted in penalty strokes and we scored from one, so in terms of conversion rate it was not too bad”

Malaysia forced their first penalty corner but couldn’t make the most out of the opportunity. Their persistence, however, paid off with Nuraini Rashid converting a penalty stroke in the 13th minute.

Malaysia doubled their advantage through a field goal via Nur Amirah Shafikah Zulkifli in the 16th minute. Two minutes after halftime Hanis Nadia Onn made it 3-0 for Malaysia. And the fourth goal was duly delivered by Nur Amirah in the 34th minute.

Nuraini converted another penalty strike a minute before the end of the second quarter to make it 5-0. Ace striker Fazila Sylvester Silin got into the scoring act, betting the sixth goal in the 50th minute. Nor Azlin Sumantri made it 8-0 in the 58th minute.

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