Friday, August 1, 2014

THE NATION YEARNS FOR CHUA


It was today a year  ago that fate dealt Malaysian hockey a bitter blow as Marcus Chua Boon Huat died tragically in a road accident.

His death sent shockwaves, with many still being unable to come to terms that the life of a person, loved by so many was snatched away all of a sudden.

While the family has tried to overcome the loss of their loved one, Malaysian hockey has somewhat struggled to fill the shows of the pony tailed smiling Chinese boy that hailed from Malacca.

Chua had a mission, and that was to see Malaysia play in the World Cup, and although he was not there in The Hague last May, there is no doubt that Chua played a vital role in ensuring Malaysia play their first World Cup since 1998 on merit.

Chua gave his all when on the pitch, never one to pull punches, and if only the current batch of national players can for a moment stop and reflecy on how the famous Number 3 conducted himself on the pitch, will they play their hearts out.

Chua had a tattoo “Living The Dream” inscribed on his arm but today Malaysian hockey is “Living in the dreams”.

Ask any hockey fan, player or official, they all have kind words to say about Chua, and he deserved every accolade that was showered upon him as he left the world to be with his creator.

There is an important lesson that all connected with Malaysian hockey can learn from Chua, for he was one person that never gave up or threw the towel no matter how impossible the task looked.

Chua was left out of the national team for reasons best known to some but he strived to prove critics wong, never begrudged anyone as he worked hard on the pitch doing what he did best, let his hockey do the talking.

And Chua was instrumental in the national team that finished fifth in the World League in June last year in Johor Baru that eventually paved the way for Malaysia to play in the 2014 World Cup.

Today Malaysian hockey is divided with many factions, all pulling in the opposite direction, with personalities [utting their self interest over the nations.

Chua is probably looking at all that is transpiring from God’s home, shaking his head in disbelief that what was a smooth ride a year ago has now ended tragically.

{ersonally I miss Chua, for his death coming weeks after I lost my Mum last year created a big vacuum in my life, for Chua was someone who would call and seekadvice on what to do when put in a situation.

Chua, there is one humble request from all of us to you, put in a good word to the almighty for Malaysian hockey needs divine intervention since you are notaround personally to help us be back on the right track.


Rest in peace brother, we all miss you.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

CC1 Squad of 21

F This is the list of 21 players released by manager George Koshy to this blog this morning.


S Kumar
Md Hafiz
Azlan Misron
Kevin Lim
Izad Hakimi
Sukri mutalib
Ahmad Kazamirul
Faiz helmi
Azri hassan
Fitri saari
Md Marhan
Md Ramadan
Nabil Fiqri
Shahrun nabil
Tengku tajuddin
Faizal saari
Shahril saabah
Ismail Abu
Rashid Baharim
FirhanAshaari 
Mohd Razie Rahim

Saturday, April 5, 2014

A QUESTION OF BALLS

Nope this is not a lewd posting but rather a question of balls being used at a premier tournament.

The balls being used are of training quality, alleged a team and they said that the match officials concurred with them.

And mind you the umpires and technical officials are of FIH standard.

But when the matter was raised to the relevant officials, it was brushed aside, and this happened twice.

Of course the Committee will not lift a finger on it as they lack scrotal gumption to do anything.

And after the unfortunate incident about the MRSM student who died tragically having been struck bylightening, one would expect due care for the poor ball boys.

While the Technical Officials strut around with their specially stitched shirts, spare a thought for the ball boys who do not receive a t shirt let alone a rain coat.

Would the committee let their own children work under such circumstances?

Truly living up to the Kampung League status.

Await the next story on how certain teams are privileged  

Friday, April 4, 2014

DOT RETIRES

Mohd Madzli Ikmar, the face of the Malaysian defense has quit the national training squad and announced his retirement from international hockey.

This was confirmed by national team manager George Koshy.

"He sent his letter yesterday citing family matters and we have accepted it, said Koshy.

Dot as he is affectionately known was the rock in the Malaysian defense and had quit the national team after Malaysia failed in the Olympic Qualifiers in Dublin in March 2012.

But sterling performances in domestic hockey saw him receive a call up from ex national coach Paul Revington.

However Dot was not in the team in the last Azlan Shah Cup and perhaps that drove him to make way for the younger generation to shoulder the task at the World Cup in May.

More later....

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

WHO RULES THE ROOST?

It was downright funny yet ridicolous watching the prize presentation ceremony of the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup last Sunday.

An SMS was dispatched to MHC Senior Vice President Dato Nur Azmi Ahmad asking him if there were changes in the structure as Azmi and another Senior VP Dr. Shamala Subramaniam were seated in the second row, with the paid Secretary of MHC in the front row with the VVIP's.

Such a thing should never have happened and if one traces back the roles of the past Secretaries, right from when I can remember, Dato G. Vijaynathan, K. Indran, S. Prempalam, S. Satgunam, T. Paramalingam, Hashim Mohd Yusof and Maninderjit Singh, such a situation never arose as they always placed elected office bearers at the forefront.

One could blame the protocol section and whoever, but the buck stops with the administrators of hockey - those paid staff should know where their place is.

If one wants to assume the role of the office bearers, then just wait till the AGM and contest the position, not pull the rug beneath them.

Whatever said and done, Azmi, to be fair does his fair share of running around and was the most senior MHC official present at the final, and should have, or rather must be given the due recognition he deserves. Respect his position as he won fair and square at the AGM.

It is clear that Perak HA has no regard towards protocol and such an action shows that maybe there was a hidden agenda with the MHC elections coming soon

By the way, a word of advice to the Secretary,going by records, your term comes to an end on April 8 and you have been passing remarks that no one talks to me these days. oh well lets see when the crown that your wear so proudly on your head is taken off, will you be as "popular" as you claim you are?

Be god fearing please if you understand what life is, or you can behave like the goon who goes around threatening people who will soon get his just reward.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

CHAMPIONS CHALLENGE FIXTURES


Malaysia will compete in the Champions Challenge in Kuantan next month. We are publishing the fixtures as the MHC and Pahang HA have been awfully quiet on this, perhaps keeping things for a big press conference when really this type of information should be readily available to their website, that has been in a long slumber

Monday, March 24, 2014

MHL UPDATES

Updates on TNB and UniKL available at www.tnbmhl.com.my the only news portal on MHL