Kuala Lumpur (25 June, 2016): Queensland Blades scored two soft goals as the Malaysian Development team went down 1-2 in Brisbane on Friday.
The Blades scrapped through 2-1 for the second time against the visitors following Thursday’s similar margin victory against a quick Malaysian team at a very windy Runaway Bay Turf on the Gold Coast.
Goal scorers for Blades were Joe Reardon via field goal in the 25th minute and Simon Borger from a 54th minute penalty corner after Najmi Farizal equalised 1-1 in the 40th minute from a drag flick off a short corner. It was Najmi’s second goal on the tour.
Queensland Blades are the 2015 Australian Hockey League Champions and boasts of several Kookaburras players such as Mark Knowles and Jamie Dywer. The duo did not feature in the matches after their recent triumph for the World champions in the Hero Champions Trophy in London.
AHL is Australia’s premier national domestic hockey competition and is widely recognised as one of the competitive national leagues in the world. The AHL provides an important platform for aspiring Australian representatives and acts as the ‘stepping stone’ for hockey’s future international stars. Participation in the AHL is a selection requirement for all current and aspiring national squad members.
National Development Team Head Coach, Wallace Tan, said: “It was a better performance from yesterday game (Thursday) but we let in two soft goals. We had more ball possession and could have scored more goals had we not missed the opportunities.”
He added: “We gave more playing time to the younger players in the team with the hope they will from this tour.”
The Development Squad will play the third match on Sunday (June 26) against Queensland Blades.