Thursday, January 31, 2013
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Hockey World League Semi-Finals take shape
Netherlands and Malaysia announced as host nations
The FIH today confirmed the hosts and dates of three Hockey World League Semi-Final tournaments, which will all take place between June 13 and July 7.
These will kick off in the Netherlands, which will host a joint men’s and women’s tournament from June 13-23 in Rotterdam.
The second men's Hockey World League Semi-Finals will be held in Johor Bahru, Malaysia from June 29-July 7.
The host and dates of the second women's semi-final tournament will be announced shortly.
The four Semi-Finals will have eight teams each. The top eight men’s and women’s teams in the FIH World Rankings at the beginning of 2011 are automatically qualified for the Hockey World League Semi-Final.
In Rotterdam, the four men’s teams that are confirmed to play are Australia, the Netherlands, Spain and New Zealand. They will be joined by four teams who win their way through from Round 2.
The Semi-Final in Malaysia has five teams confirmed as Malaysia earned an automatic berth as the host nation. Joining Malaysia will be Germany, England, Pakistan and Korea along with three teams from Round 2. Malaysia had been scheduled to play in the Round 2 tournament in Elektrostal, Russia, at the end of May and their place in that tournament will now be taken by the Czech Republic.
The four women’s teams that are confirmed to play in Rotterdam are the Netherlands, New Zealand, Germany and Korea, while the teams confirmed for the other Semi-Final tournament are Argentina, England, Australia and China. At both venues, the four qualified teams will be joined by four other teams that qualify from Round 2.
Originally it was announced that Germany would host joint Hockey World League Semi-Final tournaments in late June. However, due to financial restrictions, the Germans announced that they would be unable to host three major international events within a one-month span. The Germans are the host of the Women’s Junior World Cup, which is being held in Mönchengladbach between 27 July and 4 August. As a result of the German’s decision, the second Semi-Final tournaments were split between Malaysia and another host nation.
“We are pleased that we can put our Hockey World League Semi-Final tournaments in the capable hands of these fine host nations,” said FIH President Leandro Negre.
“There is not a doubt in my mind that the month of June will be historic and fantastic for our sport. I would especially like to thank Malaysia for stepping into host on short notice. It is further evidence of the spirit of cooperation that we enjoy in international hockey.”
The Hockey World League Round 2 recently kicked off with a women’s five-team tournament in Cape Town, South Africa. Host South Africa and Belgium became the first two teams earn a spot in the Hockey World League Semi-Final through the qualification process.
They will be slotted into a Semi-Final based on the World Ranking of the other teams that qualify from the Round 2 events. Belgium is the first team to make it to the Semi-Finals after playing in both Round 1 and Round 2 tournaments.
The MHL is scheduled to commence on March 22 and teams who wished to participate in the 2013 season were required to submit their entry.
They need not submit the names of players, only a duly completed form with the stipulated entry fee.
But no statement, press release, website update was noticed until 5pm and an email was duly dispatched to the MHC Secretary with copies extended to M.Gobinathan the Chairman of the MHC Competitions Committee and HRH Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah.
A reply from the MHC Secretary was duly received at 6.20pm and it stated that "will update tmrow".
It was a fairly simple request, what were the teams that had confirmed their entries and what Division were they placed?
Guess this blog did not follow "procedure" as pointed out by the MHC Deputy President the other day.
So guess we just have to wait for someone to sit down and write the release before news can be considered news as per the high standards set by MHC.
By the way hope all got the fixtures of the 22nd edition of the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup which was also released by a mere blogger.
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Friday, January 25, 2013
The closing date for the Malaysian Hockey League is on the last day of January with the tournament scheduled to commence on March 22 till May 12.
But the "market" so as to speak is abuzz with news of players switching clubs.
Akin to Manchester City which has deep pockets is Terengganu who have confirmed the signing of former Sapura player Jivan Mohan.
That is not all for KLHC seem to have to bear the brunt of Terengganu's purchasing power with players in the likes of Fitri Saari and Mohd Nabil Shahrun both targetted as well.
And there is also news that the East Coast team, with a budget of RM2 million will also be signing up from KLHC the likes of Roslan Jamaluddin, Nabil Fiqri Mohd Nor, Ismail Abu, Azlan Misron and Tengku Ahmad Tajuddin.
Another player in the Terengganu radar, Mohd Razie Abd Rahim is said to have made a U turn.
The catch by Terengganu is a monthly salary of RM7, 000 with a year long contract and an option of two years.
Sapura also lost keeper Mohd Khairul and are set to lose Izwan Firdaus Ahmad Tajuddin to KLHC.
Mohd Marhan Jalil too has turned his back on Sapura to join Tenaga Nasional Berhad, as has Mohd Ramadhan Rosli who left UniKL for Tenaga Nasional.
Maybank were not left out on signing players as they have pinched Jiwa Mohan from Sapura and are looking towards signing six Pakistanis led by Shakeel Abbasi.
Thursday, January 24, 2013
Coach Paul Revington said that three of the matches will be against Ireland while another two are against defending Azlan Shah Cup champions New Zealand.
The three matches against Ireland will be played between 10-14 February in Bukit Jalil, who
E the two against New Zealand are tentatively scheduled between 24-26 February also at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil.
"The additional plans are still dependent on discussions with other countries as we are trying to piece programs together and fit calendars together, " said Revington.
On the state on injuries in the national team, Revington disclosed that two players, Izwan Firdaus and Hafifihafiz Hanafi were still injured.
"Izwan Firdaus is out for at least another month from now while Hafifi is going to have an operation on his knee at end of the month. Both will likely miss the Azlan Shah Cup as a result," said Revington.
The coach added that the proposed specialist coaches program to be attached to the national team is an ongoing process working with the NSC and the budget process for 2013.
"We are aiming to get the goalkeeper coach out to Malaysia sometime during February, while we would like to debut a flicking coach too before the end of February if possible," added Revington.
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
I must state here that I respect the right to reply by Puan Sri and thus will not respond to this email here but in another posting. While others take pot shots at me in the various sub-committee meetings, I applaud the initiative of Puan Sri responding instead of hiding behind the veil of authority.
Her reply shows that there are some within MHC who can accept criticism and respect the views of others. In short Puan Sri has shown that with mutual respect things can only progress. But at the same time I wish to state that I have the right to refute some points raised in he email, for clarity and betterment of the sport.
I am replying to clarify the situation. First of all, I emailed Manjit because I feel the statement should have come out from the secretariat since Tuanku president is away. Secondly, The official letter from FIH has not come out yet and there were other bidders involved.
I am overjoyed with the news Malaysia being playing host and I am sure all of us in MHC and all of us hockey passioniosta are to, but I believe MHC should officially release the news when we have been officially been informed. We can carry on doing all the background work as what Manjit had done to secure who to host in Malaysia but we should not jump the gun and announe and should also leave it to our president to announce the news officially.
There is no mutiny or defiance as you have put it. Kindly do not interpret a simple email of guidance if I may use the word. I am a person who believes in following the proper procedure and protocol. this a very important element in any organization
Kindly be respectful and let us all behave with decorum. I am here because I love hockey and so do you and many others. Let us show our deep sense of love and commaradie in this sport by remaining united. It does not augur well for hockey when every internal matter is publicised. Moral of officials and players I believed will be affected too
I am writing this note to you in good faith and am forwarding this email to council members. I have always have great respect for you because of your knowledge on sports and let us all remain respectful and civilised with each other
Raja noora ashikin
As a friend pointed out after reading the last posting in this blog, what has happened in the Malaysian Hockey Confederation is akin to a mutiny on a ship and punishable by death.
However in MHC one can get away with murder so as to speak of late. Some pay scant respect to the MHC President as they continue to defy his instructions and the fact that there are camps is very evident.
These are they very people who forced former Secretary Maninderjit Singh to walk out with his head held high as ratger then conform to unethical means these so called officials were trying to force upon him, Mike just walked away.
These are the very people who now question why procedure was not followed in making public the awarding of the World League Semi Finals.
Its boikd down to losing face, cos it was a mere blogger that shared the good news, and MHC Secretary General was so peeved about it that hr gathered his troops to launch and attack on some within MHC.
Since emails have been flying throughout the day talking about proper procedures and so forth, let me now get these very people to address several issues of procedures that they have opted to forget when they make blunders.
- why is not action taken on the person or persons responsible in accepting the entry of the Kedah Women U16 team when it was not submitted by Kedah HA but rather by an individual? Is this in accordance with PROCEDURE?
- Teams were told via a circluar signed by the Secretary General that those playing in the National Women U16 will receive subsidy of RM3, 000 each. But only RM1, 000 was paid out and last weekend it was decided that it was a MISTAKE to say subsidy was RM3.000. Is this a correct PROCEDURE?
- The duo, Robert Alacantra and Mohd Rofhanizam Mat Radzi were banned by the MHC Disciplinary Committee on Septrmber 10. Its was a conditional punishment, that they either pay a fine of RM2, 500 or be banned from the sport for 2 years. Robert submitted an appeal in October and is said still awaiting the reply. Does it take that ling to convene a meeting? Now lets talk PROCEDURE?
- The Women Indoor team to the AHF Champiinships in Bangkok last October was selected based on personal relationships. No trials nor selections were held. Even the MHC Coaching Committee was not consulted in the appointment of the coach. Now now who discarded PROCEDURE?
- The pending appointments of Tai Beng Hai as Coaching Director and Hashim Mohd Yusof as Competitions Secretary remain just that, pending, despite the Special Committee for Appoinments and the MHC President giving their nod. Hence is PROCEDURE being followed or just that Beng Hai made a victim cos the so called power brokers prefer their own candidate?
- Why was there no lettter of show cause sent to Nor Saiful Zaini despite the Tournament Director having raised the issue on November 25 at the Competitions Committee in Seremban? And why was the subject matter left out from thr minutes? Who prepared the minutes and was it correct PROCEDURE that the Secretary General does not have to record minutes?
- And in talking PROCEDURE, the last Management Meeting of the MHC was held in June last year with the Council Meeting in Spetember. So what hapened to the PROCEDURE in accordance with the constitution?
- Just take a look at the 2013 MHC Calendar that was recently distributed. It is littered with mistakes and will be the subject of another post. So are PROCEDURES followed?
One could go on and on with this but clearly the actions of a select few has tarnished the image of the MHC President.
While it is always good to be transparent and be forthcoming in presenting views, one must never be personal in their attacks. There is an unseen hand in all this who manipulate s others in order to serve his agenda.
What I do want to know is where were these so called concerned personalities when Dangerous Lee broke down and walked away from the National Juniors Squad? Why was there no concern from these officials who write in contempt just because a blogger helped the MHC President prepare and distribute a Press Release? And you want to talk PROCEDURE?
Has the MHC in the last 10 months ever prepared and sent out a Press Release? Have fhey kept abreast with the media on what is happening? Have they ever wrote a story to publish on their Official Website?
The advise, and I repeat to them again the words of their President - Jangan cakap saja, buat kerja, is a timely reminder to all. Stand shoulder to shoulder, hand in hand with your President, stop your whining and delegations to Shahzan House to run down others. Enough is enough.
And if you cannot do that, then instead of crying PROCEDURE, do the correct thing by submitting your resignation for undermining a leader is akin to mutiny.
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Instead it's Australians that continue to cash in, both in terms of experience as well as hard cash as five more Australians are picked to replace the Pakistanis.
Ric Charleswoth who coaches Mumbai Magicians and Punjab Warriors coach Barry Dancer immediately filled their sought after vacancies with trusty foes - 2013 Kookaburras national squad players.
Charlesworth added Kookaburras co-captain Liam de Young, London Olympic bronze medallist Tim Deavin and 2012 Champions Trophy gold medallist's Glenn Simpson and Jason Wilson. The Magicians team now comprises 8 Australian players while the Warriors have 7. Dancer opted to replace Kashif Shah with Victorian and 2012 Champions Trophy gold medallist, Russell Ford.
Here in Malaysia we have tons of committees to look after various aspects and its the responsibility of the High Performance Committee or the National Team Management Committee to look into this matter ( the two can sort it out together as their Chairpersons have things in common as the saying goes birds of a feather flock together, through their sheer display of ignorance of regulation) .
But while the anarchy in Malaysian Hockey continues, for the plea of the President Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah to close ranks and work together is ignored due o pettiness and greed for power, it is the sport that continues to lose out internationally.
If only these personalities could see the damage they are doing to hockey, all because they want the attention of the President.
Maybe it's time for the President to ride away into the sunset and let this devilish creatures fend for themselves and we continue to suffer the ills of greed.
Monday, January 21, 2013
Sunday, January 20, 2013
Saturday, January 19, 2013
In this respect we are not even talking about the so called MHC High Performance Committee which has proven to be only a seasonal committee that only talks about workshops and nothing constructive.
The MHC President had announced this in November and candidates were handpicked as a daily reported that former National Coach Tai Beng Hai was the new Coaching Director and former Secretary Hashim Mohd Yusof was the full time Competitions Secretary.
Thursday, January 17, 2013
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
"I am very disappointed and I'm upset and sorry for what has happened because it diminishes the game. When I was at the age of these boys I was protesting against the apartheid (in South Africa).
If India wants that, this is where it leads," he said bluntly. "It's been my huge protest against this (current) prejudice. A few people show up and make a noise (and the rules change).
And the above is the view from the Media Tribune, with the goal area being blocked by light towers used for the laser show for the opening ceremony.
There is no merchandise sold, no replay of action on the pitch on the giant screens being put up, and yes they used yellow balls, on a green pitch with a team using yellow socks. What say you the mecenaries imported to run the HIL?
I seriously though India was an independent country, but looking at how they sold their souls to FIH, I find that India is colonised, at least in hockey
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
"There is no doubt that this boy is good and I hope that he will be able to contribute to the team in the HIL," said Charlesworth to this blogger.
"We celebrated his birthday yesterday and he has fitted in well with the other players, and I like his commitment in training.
"I feel he will be the future star and in order to do that he has to be totally focussed on what he wants to do in hockey."
Faisal was smiling sheepishly as Charlesworth put his arm around the Malaysian when requested to pose for a picture.
"I am truly realishing the chance to play in the HIL. It is a totally new experience for me and I am learning a lot from the coach as the drills are different in training and he pays special attention to every detail," said Faisal who trains in Mumbai.
"So far everything is okay, both on and off the pitch and the players ae getting along really well. I hope to find the back of the net as regularly as I can if fielded.
"Its truly a great moment in my hockey career and my hope is that in future more Malaysian players will be given a chance to play in this league."
Faisal said that while the weather was cold it would not pose much of a problem for him as it was a matter of getting used to.
On another note, Charlesworth said he was preplexed as to why this stadium was picked to host the matches as the pitch was slippery.
"One could see the players falling in this match and I wonder why they did not want to play in the othe stadium ( Shivaji Stadium)" said Charlesworth.
"We play the home team (Delhi) on Wednesday and will try to take all five points, as its always good winning the opening match."
Note: This is my 1,000 post in this blog. Thank you for the fans who visit it without fail daily and I hope to continue to serve you in the years to come.
Monday, January 14, 2013
For the duo chided MHC Vice President Jeniffer Williams for having played a decisive role in getting Sarawak born Dangerous Lee back into the Project 2013 training camp after the boy had pulled out citing lack of confidence.
It seems that the duo took Jeniffer to task for getting involved and perhaps were more peeved by the fact that its was not them but Jeniffer who got the accolades.
That is why hockey is where it is today, these self centered officials ahould just step down and walk away, after all they went in via the back door, not duly elected.
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Lifted with permission from www.stick2.hockey.com
Monday, January 7, 2013
Sarawak's Dangerous Lee pulled out of the National Juniors squad via a SMS to his coach K.Dharmaraj on Sunday evening.
He was the only East Malaysia player to have made an impression over the past two decades to warrant a place in a national set up as so far as hockey is concerned.
But he chickened out, so unlike the spirit of a Sarawakian that holds dear to the saying " agi idup agi ngelaban" .( still alive still fight )
Over the past 24 hours this blogger managed to speak to him and try get him to return to training, something Dharmaraj was keen on as he saw the potential of the player.
But despite a phone call where Dangerous Lee was in tears as he tried to justify his withdrawal which was centered around his lack of confidence, he stuck to his decision and sent in an SMS just minutes ago.
An attempt was made via MHC Vice President Jeniffer Williams to try talk to the player and his family but calls and SMS went unanswered.
No effort was spared to convince him but he just would not budge.
It may be a lost cause to some but efforts should be made by the other 11 Vice Presidents to talk sense into this boy. The team management and coaches can only do so much but it's the system that has failed us.
Take a step back into August last year when this player was in the centre of a battle of playing in the Premier Division or the First Division of the MHL.
Some archaic regulations were enforced by the Bukit Jalil Sports School to force this player and two others to represent the school in the MHL
And it must have been a tremendous boost to the boys confidence. Infact national coach Paul Revington was impressed by the display of Kavin Karthik in the Sultan Johor Cup and was left wondering how he missed the exploits of the player in the MHL. Simple as he played in the lower division.
So really it's pointless blaming the players when it's crumbs we are after when in reality these are unpolished gems that should be given a proper development system.
Sports Schools are neither boon or name for hockey but its the pencil pushers that are to be blamed for killing the careers of youngsters.
Over to you Mr. President of MHC to resolve this.
This now brings me back to one question, will the player be left of the hook for turning his back on the nation?
Flashback to 2001 and ismail Abu was banned from the MJHL cos he wanted to play for his club. So what's stopping MHC from shutting the door on Dangerous for the MHL?
Sunday, January 6, 2013
Saturday, January 5, 2013
From fixtures that made no sense to over zealous manner of conducting the meeting right down to basic fundamentals of answering queries from team managers.
Lets take it one step at a time and start with fixtures that really take the cake.
Just because of the failure to address the issue of teams from the same school needing to play the first match to avoid the issue of "goals" coming into play, in this case from SSTMI, the MJHL will now start a day earlier, on Jan 10 instead of the next day.
Then the teams are required to play three consecutive matches. While that may be okay for a carnival like tournament, just look at this scenario - SMKDMT play a match in Tampin on Friday, play in Kuantan on Saturday and then rush back to play in Tampin on Sunday.
There are just so many mistakes or incompetency in drawing up the fixtures that one wonders the person responsible in drawing them up actually knows the fundamentals of how fixtures should be drawn up.
And while the rules clearly spell out that first mentioned teams are home teams, the answer received when it was raised smacked arrogance.
Then we look at the quarter finals where six out of eight teams in Division One qualify from Division One while 20 teams from Division Two vie for two spots. This is a ridiculous decision and when the stakeholders, being the teams, raised the issue, the answer they got was the Competition Committee has decided and no changes
Rightfully it should be taken back to the Committee for deliberation and even consider a play off between the sixth team in Division One and third in Division Two.
But when people who overstay their welcome and do not know what the MJHL is all about and try to assert their authority, then it's MHC that faces the wrath of the teams.
And in the end it's hockey that suffers.
Lets not even go into the issue of subsidy where the Secretary opts to blame the previous administration by saying files are missing.
You just need to walk out of your office and ask the staff in charge of accounts what the subsidy was last season.
But perhaps the person was too busy plotting with others how to destroy others when they are incompetent in the first place as evident today.
It sure is a Happy New Year.
Lissek when contacted in his hometown in Limburg, Germany, confirmed with this blog that he will be going to Korea on January 13 after a brief stopover in Kuala Lumpur.
"It will present a new challenge to me and I have always admired Korean hockey. This is a good opportunity for me and I am happy to be heading to Korea," said Lissek.
"Very few people in Malaysia believe in me as a qualified and good coach.
"Australia sent to me big compliments through Ric Charlesworth regarding my work last three years.
"Germany let me know through Markus Weise (Head-Coach), that they regret my decision, for not being able to be their consultant from now on."
Lissek was first associated with Malaysian Hockey in 1995 when he used to come and conduct coaching clinics both for coaches and players under an NSC initiative.
While Malaysia were keen to get his services as a coach, Lissek instead recommended his understudy Volker Knapp who did well to lead Malaysia to the 1996 Atlanta Olympics and two years later made it even better by qualifying for the 1998 World Cup in Utrecht after a hiatus of 16 years.
Lissek took over the reins of the national team, albeit on a temporary basis as he was in Malaysia preparing the national team for the Commonwealth Games in 1998 where Malaysia won a historic silver.
It was not until February 2001 that Lissek arrived to take a full time job and held the position until the 2004 Asia Cup after which he was dumped by the then MHF.
He then went on to sign as a consultant with Australia from 2010 until the 2012 London Olympics after which he made a brief appearance with the German Juniors at the Sultan Johor Cup where the Germans emerged champions.
Though several efforts were made to retain Lissek in Malaysia, especially by NSC Director General Dato Seri Zolkples Embong, it was all in vain as factions with MHC were throwing a spanner in the works.
Lissek was the one who came up and prepared the plan to form the 2017 Project Squad, involved in selecting and training the players over brief periods in the last two years.
It will be a Lissek led Korean team that will play in the forthcoming Azlan Shah Cup next March but while they may not be able to prove themselves, it is the Asia Cup in August where Lissek could use his inside knowledge to derail our hopes of a World Cup appearance, our last on merit being 1998, an effort by another German.
Friday, January 4, 2013
More on this later tonight.
Namelist for year 2013- Project team
MOHAMAD HAZRUL FAIZ AHMAD SOBRI, MUHAMMAD HAFIZUDDIN B. OTHMAN, MOHD NOR AQMAL ABDUL GAFFAR, SHAHZRUL IMRAN BIN NAZLI, MUHAMMAD RASHID BIN BAHAROM, KAVIN KARTIK S/O GOVINDASAMY, MUHAMMAD AZRI BIN HASSAN, MUHAMAD HAFIZ ZAINOL, MUHAMMAD ASLAM BIN MOHAMED HANAFIAH,
SHAZRIL IRWAN BIN NAZLI
MUHAMAD NAJIB BIN ABU HASSAN
Namelist for year 2013- Project team
MOHAMAD HAZRUL FAIZ AHMAD SOBRI
MUHAMMAD HAFIZUDDIN B. OTHMAN
MOHD NOR AQMAL ABDUL GAFFAR
SHAZRUL IMRAN BIN NAZLI
MUHAMMAD RASHID BIN BAHAROM
KAVIN KARTIK S/O GOVINDASAMY
MUHAMMAD AZRI BIN HASSAN
MUHAMAD HAFIZ ZAINOL
MUHAMMAD ASLAM BIN MOHAMED HANAFIAH
SHAZRIL IRWAN BIN NAZLI
MUHAMAD NAJIB BIN ABU HASSAN
MOHD SHAHRIL BIN SAABAH
MOHD ZULHAIRI B. HASHIM
SHAHRUL AZADDIN AUSKARZIE
MUHAMMAD AZWAR BIN ABDUL RAHMAN
SOBIRIN BIN ILIAS
MUHAMMAD HAZIQ BIN SAMSUL
MEOR MUHAMMAD AZUAN HASSAN
MUHAMMAD FIRHAN ASHARI
MUHAMMAD AMIRUL AIDEED
MUHAMMAD NAJMI FARIZAL
NORAZRUL ABD RAHMAN
MUHAMAD AMINUDIN MOH
This was after one of the umpires was involved in a shouting spree with the Korean coach after a Korean player was hit on the face by the stick of a Malaysian player.
This is interesting as MHC attempted to just "close both eyes" in a situation that is potentially embarrassing to the country.
So while the MHC Umpires Committee Chairman deems it fit to usurp every position within the Competitions Committee, why has he not acted on this matter yet? It's time to get the house in order as so far as umpiring is concerned in the country.
So it appears that the Chairman is so keen to do everything these days, from doing fixtures to pitch inspection when he really should be looking into such incidents and act upon them.
It appears that one of the umpires had influenced the other to walk off, pack their bags and leave the stadium, thus forcing team officials to officiate the match themselves. The said incident happened just minutes into the second half.
And how is it that the MHC website administrators failed to write or highlight the said incident? Perhaps the policy of you scratch my back and I scratch yours was put into place.
Time to act Tengku Abdullah. Am certain that you were not aware of this incident and the impact it has on the good name of hockey in the country and internationally with HRH an elected member of the FIH.
It's a crying shame when certain officials within MHC gang up to serve self interest and when Chairmanship of Committees is just mere positions of status rather then being effective.
Thursday, January 3, 2013
Kumar was assured by Siva that he only had to be the reserve keeper for the school team, but little did he know that his whole life will change after that.
And come January 16, Kumar will be creating history, for he will be the first goalkeeper from Malaysia to play in a foreign league when he turns out for Utter Pradesh Wizards in the Hockey India League.
The team is based in UP capital, Lucknow and holds one of the highest paid marquee players of the tournament, Teun de Nooijer from Netherlands. Among the notable players in the team are Tushar Khandker (India), Edward Ockenden (Australia), David Alegre (Spain) and Luke Doerner (Australia.
UP Wizards will be coached Roelant Oltmans and the technical director of the team is Dhanraj Pillay, the former Indian captain who played in the Malaysian Hockey League.
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
This is the highest number of entries since the MJHL was initiated in 1995 and the teams have been placed in two divisions.
Division One will comprise of 8 teams while Division Two will have two groups with each group comprising of10 teams each.
The attempt to include the SSTMI Girls team by the MHC Senior Vice President was defeated at the MHC Competitions Committee Meeting.
The teams in Division One are defending double champions SSTMI, UniKL Young Guns, Bukit Jalil Sports School, MSSSPP-USM, MBI-Anderson, PJCC, SSTMI Juniors and newly promoted Malacca High School.
For Group A the teams comprise mostly from the northern region in order to cut down the cost of travel. The teams are, Sabah Juniors, Anderson Juniors -PHA, PHK-MSSS Kelantan, 1MAS Penang, Matri, SM Sains Tun Azlan Shah, KHA Juniors, MSN-PHP-MSSS Perlis, Nur Insafi and Sekolah Tuanku Abdul Rahman Ipoh.
Group B will comprise of Tunku Besar Secondary School, SMK Dato Mohd Taha Gemencheh, Olak-PKT, SMK Padang Midin, MSN-PHJ-MSSS Johor, Politeknik KPT, Kuala Langat, BJSS Juniors, KL Sports School and Tunas Muda Pahang.
Tuesday, January 1, 2013
"Since its just an idea,I think its not a good suggestion. Ladies should have their own league, with the inclusion of strong team from the girls school," said Tengku Abdullah when his views sought on the statement by the MHC Secretary Johari Aziz in a local daily today.
That statement alone should make matters crystal clear as Tengku Abdullah made it obvious that he is not agreeable and proposed a women's MJHL, something the Competition Committee should have thought of instead of allowing one of their members to bulldoze her way.
The said personality should be taken to task for bringing disrepute to the game and at the same time putting MHC in bad light and rightfully should be brave enough to admit the error and design from the Competition Committee.
The issue was first highlighted by this blog when the name of SSTMI Girls appeared on the MHC micro website as one of the teams of playing in the Division Two.
It was then learnt that it was the prodding of the MHC Senior Vice President that led SSTMI sending in an application addressed to the said Senior VP who in turn tried to lobby members of the MHC Competitions Committee via email.
In the first place procedure was not followed as the entry was not submitted through the Sports Nit of the Ministry of Education. And more importantly MHC was shifting the goal posts to allow a favored team instead of opening the MJHL to other girls teams as well.
It was in 2011 that a MWHA team played in the MJHL but that was on invitation and that led to issues when Matri refused to play them and were subsequently thrown out from the MJHL, fend RM500 and barred from participating for a year.
So why would MHC want to revisit history and create an issue. Best is the matter not be discussed at all and ignore the entry, but not before taking those responsible to task first.
Infact many hockey officials have voiced their concerns with regards to the participation of the SSTMI Girls. Here we carry their messages either ia email or SMS to this blog without naming them as MHC is known to go after them.
"Regardless of lack in women tourney ( which need to be address as well), SSTMI girls don't belong in MJHL albeit Division Two,( competitiveness wise). I might agree to women national team to participate (still some might cry over sensitive religious issue). if this is already a decision, I wold question which body in MHC that resolute to this ridiculous precedent."
"Do all the participating teams know about this? Will this be discussed during the managers meeting? Why are they taking the risk again and what has the Competition Committee to say about this?"
"We already had a problem a few years ago where a Perlis team refused to play?"
"I totally disagree. In MHL do we let the senior women team participate. That will be better instead of wasting money participating in overseas tournaments. Will Matri play against the girls team. They should let other girls team to participate as well and not bother doing a JHL for girls."
"MHC making a mockery of the MJHL. I don't agree and MHC should consult teams first."