Friday, November 30, 2012
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Malaysia defied the odds to make the semi final of the Champions Challenge when they defeated South Africa 4-1 in Quilmas, Argentina.
They will meet either Japan or South Korea in the semis,It is an historic effort as Malaysia has never made it to the semis of the previous five Champions Challenge tournaments.
"We are proud of the performance and tactical discipline of the players," said George Koshy, the team manager.
"The early goal help settle nerves and it was a question of frustrating our opponents.
"Our initial target has been met and now we want to move to the next stage and make the final."
Malaysia attacked from the first whistle and were duly rewarded in the 3rd minute when Izwan Firdaus Ahmad Tajuddin, a last minute inclusion following an injury to Mohd Ameerullah, struck from a quick counter attack.
In the next ten minutes Malaysia were awarded three penalty corners but failed to add to their tally.
South Africa then came close to an equaliser in the 20th minute but the striker failed to put enough power to the shot with only keeper S.Kumar to beat.
It was all South Africa after that as they kept the pressure on the Malaysian defence but could not come up with an equaiiser.
Faisal Saari scored the second in the 38th minute to give Malaysia a 2-O lead.
Tengku Ahmad Tajuddin Tg Jalil made it 3-0 in the 56th minute via a penalty corner deflection before Faisal scored his second and Malaysia's fourth a minute later.
Though South Africa reduced the deficit in the 63rd minute via Austin Smith, Malaysia were safely through.
Unknown to many as MHC failed to send out fixtures, the veterans tournament is being held in Alor Star from today till Sunday.
A total of eight teams are participating and these are the morning results.
Kedah 4 Pahang 0.
KL 1 Perak 0.
NS 1 Johor 0.
PDRM 3 Penang 0.
And below are the evening session results.
KL 5 Kedah 0
Perak 2 Pahang 1
PDRM 0 Johor 0
NS 3 Penang 0
Thus KL and NS have already qualified for the semis.
The other two slots will be determined at the end of Friday morning session.
Guess MHC has no time to inform media as they did not even send out the fixtures to the media.
And for info of MHC officials you have been removed from my mailing list since you deem it fit to stop sending me information and sent to a list you virtually stole from me.
The MHC had made it clear that the merger of its affiliates take place no later then December 31 this year.
This is to facilitate the requirements of the FIH.
But some personalities within MHC are making it difficult for the mergers at states that have yet to do so take place in accordance with the stipulated dates.
Those who are a single entity now, either by choice or design are Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Kedah, Malacca, Johor, Sarawak, Sabah, Armed Forces and PDRM.
Those yet to merge are Selangor, N.Sembilan, Pahang , Perak and Terengganu.
While Kelantan and Perlis never had a women hockey association.
It is now learnt that two mergers of tje states was thwarted by a strange request of wantibg equal number of positions by the womens section.
It is strange that this demand is coming from a third party and not directly from tje administrators of the state HA.
Watch this space for further developments....
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Three wins in as many matches has got many to sit up and take notice, with many even claiming that it is a welcome relief to what badminton and football has dished out in the past week.
The three wins, 4-0 v Poland, 4-2 v Korea and Canada will just remain historical facts should the team fail to get past the South Africans. A win will give them a place in the semis, and a possible rematch against South Korea or Japan.
But the first thing to do is get past South Africa, a team that has played inconsistently in the preliminary round. Even South Korea, once a feared team were in shambles as they struggled through the group stage, losing even to Poland.
"The most important thing at the moment is to ensure that the winning mentality continues. Its a case of having confidence in your ability and that is what i want from these players," said Malaysian coach Paul Revington.
"We are on the verge of a place in the semis and the players realize the importance of the next match. I am confident in their ability. This is a long process towards achieving our targets and the journey has just started.
Due to the nature of the format of competition, the first three matches are meaningless as its the next three, quarters, semis and final that matter the most. And while it is okay to feel elated that Malaysia won three matches on the trot, a feat last achieved in the Olympic Qualifiers last March in Dublin.
But it is the next match, against South Africa that will prove if Malaysia has returned into the international arena.
For far too long Malaysian hockey has been in doldrums, promising so much yet far from delivering and all that could change in one match, as a semis will better their achievements in all the Champions Challenge Malaysia has played in, dating back to 2003, ironically in Randburg, South Africa, when current national coach Paul Revington was watched to South Africa.
And to add more spice to that is the fact that current South African coach Gregg Clark was a member of the team that Revington took to the 2004 Athens Olympics.
"I had some seriously great times in South Africa and have wonderful memories from my times there. I always appreciate these memories and the value and opportunities given to me as a coach.," said Revington.,
"The team must keep following a process and building internal confidence through doing things correctly all the time - this is the best recipe for dealing with any knock-out stage in any sport.
Revington has been rotating the goalkeepers, giving S. Kumar and Roslan Jamaluddin a match each and it will interesting to see if he carries on with this trend.
And he makes almost all changes in between the 7th and 10th minutes of the last three matches, at times injecting as many as four fresh players onto the pitch a one go.
Malaysia had initially set a target of a top four finish, but Revington took that as a challenge and boldly said that making the final was his ultimate target. And he takes the first step towards that in the knockout stage.
For South Africa, they are well aware of the fact that Malaysia utilizes their speed to maximum effect. They started the tournament with a 4-4 draw against Japan after leading 4-1 with a quarter of the match to go, and then went down 2-1 to Argentina.
The South Africans are awakened side, missing as many as nine players from the 2012 London Olympics squad.
"Malaysia is a speedy team, and we will make the match as difficult as possible for them," said South African coach Gregg Clark.
1930H - Malaysia v South Africa
2230H - Japan v Korea
0130H- Poland v Ireland
0430H - Argentina v Canada
As expected there was no result but what was more baffling was the fact that there was a banner stating that Malaysia v Canada was at 12.00 midnight and not at 10pm which was the actual playing time of the match.
So not only do they not provide info as is expected of them but also mislead the Malaysian public with childish errors like this. And this when Malaysia is doing well and giving all fans the feel good factor that football has denied the sports loving Malaysians.
So back to the fact, did we win, what's our position, who do we play in the last eight?
Am sure MHC will lift it from the papers with regards to the match v Canada but even they will not have the fixtures for the last eight.
PS: We beat Canada 4-2, goals by Razie, Tengku Ahmad, and the Saari brothers Faisal and Fitri. And we play South Africa in knockout stage, simple but when others are in slumberland, a blogger takes the trouble to keep you informed.
Signing off at 3.39 Malaysia where ever you are...
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
A hockey fan emailed me the content below. That is why I say its so easy for someone to talk but unable to deliver.
Just read some papers today and one will notice that quotes from Paul Revington was lifted from my blog and translated into Bahasa and published and even some facts that were added on.
And yes why the silence about the Lanco International Series results? A blackout?
But what this hockey fan reveals in his email is a poor reflection of work supposedly being done.
The sad part is only a week ago Tengku Abdullah made an impassioned plea to close ranks. I was game but hours after that call the power games began.
And now its escalating into a full war, all due to the ego of 4 personalities who have gone about ridiculing plans of the President.
"Hi, I just went to MHC website and click on contact us, I found an email address to contact them which is email@example.com
"I send them and email asking whether they need any help on updating scores etc as this site in not being proactive to provide news to the public.
"However upon sending my email to them, I get Mail delivery Failure reply. I just pasted the important error as per below:
Delivery to the following recipient failed permanently:
Technical details of permanent failure:
Google tried to deliver your message, but it was rejected by the recipient domain. We recommend contacting the other email provider for further information about the cause of this error. The error that the other server returned was: 550 550 No Such User Here (state 13).
"This means, there is no such email address or it is no longer active.This is unbelievable for National level confederation. "
Monday, November 26, 2012
Well the Senior Vice President who claims she knows best has opted to " close both eyes " in not wanting to report on the 4 defeats at the hands of the Australian Junior and Senior teams at the Lanco International Super Series held in Perth last weekend.
Well for info of readers of this blog they lost all 4 matches , 7-0 and 5-1 to the Seniors and 3-2 plus 4-0 to their U-21 side.
So selective reporting is the name of the game, no reports on our Project 2013, lifting stories from newspapers, and worst of all ignorant of covering domestic tournaments.
Moral of the story is - look before you dive, for its from a frying pan into the fire.
And she had the cheek to ask me to finalise matches against Germany next February.
Yet opts to ' baling batu sembunyi tangan'.
Match Report from FIH
Sunday, November 25, 2012
Malaysia defeated Poland 4-0 in their opening match of the Champions Challenge.
Nabil Fiqri Mohd Noor doubled the advantage for Malaysia in the 30th minute to give Malaysia a 2-0 lead at halftime.
in the 42nd minute an own goal by a Polish player stretched the lead to 3-0 for Malaysian before Razie scored his second and Malaysia's fourth, also through a penalty corner in the 63rd minute.
Saturday, November 24, 2012
Whrn the MHC formed their committees, it was decided that they will serve until 2013 and a change of guard will be initiated.
The year comes to an end soon and seriously the time has come to review the role and effectiveness of members in the various committees and even the Chairmanship as some are just clinging on just because they hold positions as top brass of MHC.
And some are just in one committee too many so much so that it is akin to what the Malay language defines as "Gila Kuasa" or simply put Power Crazy.
There are 12 Vice Presidents, and as many as 4 do not hold or serve in any sub committees, let alone chair the committees.
I was fortunate enough to have served the Technical Committee of the Competition Committee and respectfully left the continuance of my services to the new chairman M.Gobinathan as I was appointed by the previous chairman Dato Abd Rahim Md Ariff. I had indicated via SMS to Dato Rahim my desire to leave this committee after being ridiculed by one B.Muthukumar and V.Rajamanickam on thr issue of appointment as the ATD in the last Sukma.
However Dato Rahim, a true gentleman and who rules with his head rather than heart declined my resignation attempt and did not even bring it up at any meetings.
When this was pointed out to Gobinathan and MHC Secretary, they both checked and confirmed the truth from Dato Rahim.
Yet Muthukumar had the cheek to claim that since I had formally resigned, I was no longer welcomed to attend the Competition Committee meeting on Sunday November 25.
I am not losing sleep over it as other members of the Competition Committee lacked the scoratal gumption to even state their stand when the views were sought over the email, including Tuan Haji Johari Aziz the Secretary of MHC.
Suffice to say that clinging on to seats as some do within MHC is not something that I intend to do.
I shall continue to sit outside and point out your weaknesses MHC as its no big loss to me.
There is no doubt that malaysia is facing a shortage of umpires, so much so that during national tournaments MHC finds it tough to provide 18 umpires for a tournament.
Friday, November 23, 2012
The translation ( via Google translate ) reads as follows:
Bunge whistled the match between host Malaysia and Australia. After a short time he gave two yellow cards to players of Malaysia, all hell broke into the stadium - where five thousand men sat - loose. 'One Malaysian player slipped by me and protested vehemently his Australian opponent because I had no map data for an offense, "explains Van Bunge from the newspaper. "Because of the protest I gave him yellow. Immediately afterwards came the leader of Malaysia to redress me and touched me when I showed him yellow. "
"The crowd was incredible pounding and especially the hard core left with their drums in a kind of rhythm of death made themselves heard," says the 31-year division. "The spectators sat on n as three meters from the ground and I tried but a little out of their stay."
In the final phase, according to the newspaper again 3-2 for Australia. Then Van Bunge totally screwed. "Immediately afterwards there were four officers around me, that I almost pushed off the field. Meanwhile, from the stand a glass bottle, plastic bottles and even a stick of a flag thrown at me. "
Then the arbitrator under an escort of four officers drove back to his hotel. He was also escorted to his room. "There was still an hour an agent with gun in the hallway and I was advised that evening at the hotel to stay and room service to order."
When asked whether Van Bunge in the future going to Malaysia to whistle, replies the thirties that he certainly would. "All in all it is a very frightening experience as five thousand spectators so terrible rage against you, and I hope something like that never really more to do. But next time I would definitely go back to Malaysia to whistle. I just think that she would not be so quick to ask. "
Please visit http://www.hockey.nl/26015/van-bunge-agent-zat-met-pistool-op-de-gang for the original posting.
Van Bunge floot de wedstrijd tussen gastland Maleisië en Australië. Nadat hij binnen korte tijd twee gele kaarten gaf aan spelers van Maleisië, brak de hel in het stadion - waar vijfduizend man zat - los. ‘Een Maleisische speler gleed volgens mij uit en protesteerde heftig omdat ik zijn Australische tegenstander geen kaart had gegeven voor een overtreding’, legt Van Bunge uit aan de krant. ‘Vanwege het protesteren gaf ik hem geel. Direct hierna kwam de aanvoerder van Maleisië bij mij verhaal halen en raakte me aan waarop ik hem ook geel toonde.’
‘Het publiek ging ongelooflijk tekeer en vooral de harde kern liet met hun trommels in een soort van ritme des doods van zich horen’, zegt de 31-jarige scheids. ‘De toeschouwers zaten op zo n drie meter van het veld en ik probeerde maar een beetje uit hun buurt te blijven.’
In de slotfase werd het volgens de krant nog eens 3-2 voor Australië. Toen was Van Bunge helemaal de klos. ‘Direct na afloop stonden er vier agenten om me heen, die me zo ongeveer het veld af duwden. Ondertussen werden er vanaf de tribune een glazen fles, plastic flessen en zelfs een stok van een vlag naar mij gegooid.’
Vervolgens werd de arbiter onder een escorte van vier agenten terug naar zijn hotel gereden. Hij werd ook nog eens begeleid naar zijn kamer. ‘Er zat nog een uur lang een agent met pistool op de gang en er werd mij geadviseerd om die avond in het hotel te blijven en roomservice te bestellen.’
Op de vraag of Van Bunge in de toekomst weer naar Maleisië gaat om te fluiten, antwoordt de dertiger dat hij dat zeker zou doen. ‘Al met al is het een heel angstige ervaring als vijfduizend toeschouwers zo verschrikkelijk tegen je tekeergaan en ik hoop iets dergelijks echt nooit meer mee te maken. Maar een volgende keer zou ik absoluut weer naar Maleisië gaan om te fluiten. Ik denk alleen dat ze me niet meer zo snel zullen vragen.’