Hockey Asian Masters, One title, one near miss

It was a case mixed fortunes for the two Malaysian Hockey Teams participating in the 5th Grand Masters Asian Cup at Donghae, Korea from 17th- 23rd October.

The 65 and above team were edged to the title by Japan as they lost their final match 1-0.

They had earlier defeated Korea 65’s team 4-1 in the round robin competition.

However the 60’s team lifted the title after defeating Japan 3-0 in the final.

Goals were scored by Avtar Singh Pandher, Col Inderjit Singh and Raymond Mark Tio.

Earlier they had defeated Korea 4-0, Singapore 2-0 and drew Japan 0-0 in their final pool game.

Amongst those who represented Malaysia were several stalwarts in the likes of R. Patmaraja, Bobby Ho, Kali Kavandan, Mohd Nor Hussain, Robert Chua and Gerrard Tambyrajah in the 65 and above team.

For the below 65 team, amongst the players were James Murthy, William Lazaroo, Col Inderjit Singh, Aftar Singh Pandher, P. Chandrasegar and barrister Avtar Singh Grewal.

The teams were managed by Dato Poon Fook Loke.

Also officiating at the tournament was umpire Ravinderpal Singh who was kind enough to provide me details of the tournament and results plus photos not forgetting Pandher who sent me results.

The 60’s teams comprised of Hong Kong, Japan, Korea and Malaysia while

65’s teams were Japan, Korea and Malaysia while the third competition which was the Trophy Tournament saw Alliance (Mixed players from different countries) LX Club England and Southern Cross Australia competing against each other.

However their matches had no bearing to the overall results.