Diamonds go down third time against Malaysia!

Perth (21 June, 2016): The Malaysian senior women’s team defeated Diamonds 3-2 to register their third consecutive victory over the Western Australia side at the Perth Hockey Stadium on Monday.

Surizan Awang Noh opened accounts for Malaysia in the 11th minute via a penalty corner but Diamonds drew level two minutes into the third quarter before Wan Norfaiezah shot Malaysia2-1 ahead from a penalty goal in the next minute.

The Australians gained control and clawed back to hold the Malaysians at 2-2 in the 41st minute but Siti Rahmah crushed Diamonds hopes of cutting any further edge and bouncing back after suffering two consecutive defeats with a 55th minute penalty corner. Coached by K. Dharmaraj, Malaysia earned three penalty corners throughout the match against two by Diamonds.

The Malaysians defeated Western Australia Institute of Sports (WAIS) 2-0 last Friday, continuing where they left off with victories over Diamonds 2-0 and 4-2 respectively in earlier matches.

“The team has been playing well in the last four matches and I am excited with their improved performance,” said Dharmaraj. “It has been a learning experience for the players on this tour and we hope to continue this form going into the next two matches.”

“Winning matches is important. But it is how we execute our plans and strategies against strong opponents’ matters most. The players have shown great character in all matches and this is good for their confidence,” he added.

Diamonds are in the middle of a four-game series against the Malaysians as part of their ongoing preparation for the Australian Hockey League (AHL) – the country’s premier hockey tournament which is scheduled to take place in Perth in September.

Olympic and World Cup winning gold medallist Rob Hammond, who was named as the team’s new Head Coach in March, said that the ongoing series against top-quality opposition would benefit his new squad in the build up to the AHL.

He said: “There are several new inclusions into the squad this year and we are excited for all available squad members to make the most of the opportunity to play against Malaysia in these matches.”

Jason Butcher, Hockey WA’s High Performance Manager, said that the young Diamonds team that took to the field on Monday would have gained a lot out of the experience playing against the Malaysians. 

He said: “I think last night’s match was a real insight into the future with a number of young players getting a taste playing against an international nation.  Malaysia are ranked 20th in the world so our young group are up against a serious team and from what we saw last night they have bought some real quality to Perth.”

The two teams have enjoyed a fierce rivalry in recent years – drawing a home series in 2013 and splitting two games in Singapore and Malaysia in 2014 – and the Diamonds will now be looking to bounce back in their fourth match against Malaysia on Wednesday (22 June).

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