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2023 OMSB Youth Gryphon Cup: Japan and Malaysian Sport School victorious at Perth Hockey Stadium

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Teams from Japan and Malaysia have hit Perth and showed their skills on the hockey field, taking out the boys and girls OMSB Youth International Gryphon Cup competitions.

The competition, run by Hockey WA, pits the best under-16 junior hockey players from WA and beyond against each other to give them a taste of international action.

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This year’s competition was the second since its return from the COVID-19 shutdown, with 30 teams from across Australia, Japan, Singapore and Malaysia taking part as part of a fast-growing tournament.

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Japan win the 2023 Gryphon Cup.
Camera IconJapan win the 2023 Gryphon Cup. Credit: Hockey WA

Taking place over four days, the competition came to a thrilling conclusion on Sunday, with all games broadcast live, free and on demand on Streamer.com.au.

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In a hot contest in the girls gold medal match, Japan narrowly claimed the top gong over the Stars in a tense 1-0 victory.

Both sides went into half-time at a 0-0 deadlock but a lone score to Miyu Fukuda fresh after the main break in the 21st minute proved to be the difference in the clash. It was the culmination of an unbeaten tournament from Japan, who conceded only three goals across their eight matches.

Grand final hero in Miyu Fukuda received the player of the finals award.

Malaysian Sport School takes out the boys Gryphon Cup 2023.
Camera IconMalaysian Sport School takes out the boys Gryphon Cup 2023. Credit: Hockey WA

In the boys competition, the dominant Malaysian Sports School defeated Ciriello Coaching Academy 3-0 to take home this year’s gold medal.

Safwan Salihe (13’), Dheeressh Gunaseelan (16’) and Saiful Baddruddin (32’) all scored for the side in the gold medal match, taking the side’s goal tally to 39 for the competition with zero goals conceeded in a phenomenal effort for the visitors.

Malaysian Sports School’s Aferall Azuan was named boys’ player of the finals.

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