Malaysia dominated the RSPC Tempawan Cup final defeating Hong Kong by 9 goals to 4 1/2. Hong Kong received 1 1/2 goals in handicap, but struggled from the outset against a slick Malaysian team. Saladin Mazlan and Tengku Shazril combined very well with Abdul Rashid Hasnan and Mohd Zulhelme Nadzar (Lalo) and scoring four goals in the first chukka to put the result beyond doubt.
Saladin and Tengku Shazril played very well with each other, showing another playing option that Malaysia will have for the SEA Games. Muhd Faisal (Cupita) came on in place of Lalo in the second half but only got half a chukka before the match was halted.
Matt O’Leary tried his best to galvanise the Hong Kong side, but there was only so much they could do against a resolute Malaysian team.
Kwan Lo and Richard Cameron both struggled to contain Malaysia’s 0-rated players of Rashid, Lalo and Cupita, while Matt O’Leary and Sean Boyd struggled to get their combination going as the close Malaysian marking shut them down quickly.
Malaysia eased off the throttle but were cruising home comfortably when rain ended play 4 1/2 minutes into the 3rd chukka.
Matt O’Leary had the consolation of being awarded the Most Valuable Player prize, a Takitos Polo Mallet, sponsored by Zack’s Tack and presented to him by Takitos’ mallet maker Gines Bargallo.
On Friday, the national side easily defeated RSPC with Dato’ Mohamed Moiz, Dato’ Mohd Zekri Ibrahim, Peter Abisheganaden and Shaik Reismann 10 – 5.
Federico Bachmann, the national coach of the Malaysian team was pleased with his team’s performance, which will give him selection headaches as all the players have played themselves into contention for a team place.
RSPC beat Hong Kong 7 – 4 1/2 in their match on Saturday 29th April.
The RSPC Tempawan Cup was organised by Zack’s Tack and AsiaWorldPolo at the Royal Selangor Polo Club from Friday 28th to Sunday 30th April. The sponsors for this event were: