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But true to form the press conference was delayed as the Malaysian Hockey Confederation lived up to its form, as they awaited the arrival of its Senior Vice President Dato Nur Azmi Ahmad who was said stuck in a traffic jam.
The surprise inclusions were Ahmad Kazamirul Nasruddin and Meor Muhamad Azuan Hassan while in what comes as a major exclusion was the axing of national juniors skipper Mohd Noor Faeez Ibrahim.
Also making a return to the team were Azreen Rizal Nasir and Firhan Ashaari.
Those who were omitted from the last squad are Faeez, Amir Farid Ahmad Fuzi, Hafifihafiz Hanafi, Jiwa Mohan, Mohd Sallehin Ghani, Mohd Syamim Mohd Yusof, Mohd Amerullah Aziz, Shahrin Mohammad. Also left out was Ismail Abu, who is currently injured, was also left out but his condition will be monitored.
Among the squad are five players who are also in the National Junior squad preparing for the JWC in New Delhi this December. They are Faiz Helmi Jali, Meor, Mohd Izad Hakimi Jamaluddin, Fitri Saari and Firhan Ashaari.
Ahmad Kazamirul Nasaruddin, Azlan Misron, Azreen Rizal Nasir, Baljit Singh, Chua Boon Huat, Faiz Helmi Jali, Faisal Saari, Izwan Firdaus Ahmad Tajuddin, Jivan Mohan, Khairulnizam Ibrahim, S.Kumar, Meor Muhammad Azuan Hassan, Mohd Shukri Mutalib, Mohd Izad Hakimi Jamaluddin, Mohd Fitri Saari, Mohd Shahrun Nabil Abdullah, Mohd Amin Rahim, Muhd Azzami Abadi, Muhd Firhan Ashaari, Muhd Ramadhan Rosli, Muhd Marhan Jalil, Mohd Razie Rahim, Nabil Fiqri Mohd Noor, Norhizzat Sumantri, Roslan Jamaluddin and Tengku Ahmad Tajuddin Tg Jalil
The October squad
1. Amir Farid Ahmad Fuzi
2. Azlan Misron
3. Baljit Singh Charun Singh
4. Chua Boon Huat
5. Faiz Helmi Jali
6. Hafifihafiz Hanafi
7. Ismail Abu
8. Izwan Firdaus Ahmad Tajuddin
9. Jivan Mohan
10 Jiwa Mohan
11. Kumar Subramaniam
12. Faizal Saari
13. Mohamad Sukri Abdul Mutalib
14. Mohammad Izad Hakimi Jamaludddin
15. Mohd Fitri Saari
16. Mohd Sallehin Abdul Ghani
17. Mohd Sharun Nabil Abdullah
18. Mohd Syamin Mohd Yusof
19. Muhamad Amin Rahim
20. Muhamad Azammi Adabi
21. Muhamad Ramadan Rosli
22. Muhammad Amerullah Abdul Aziz
23. Muhammad Marhan Mohd Jaliem
24. Muhammad Noor Faeez Ibrahim
25. Muhammad Razie Abdul Rahim
26. Nabil Fiqri Mohd Noor
27. Norhizzat Sumantri
28. Roslan Jamaluddin
29. Shahrin Mohamad
30. Tengku Ahmad Tajudin Abdul Jalil
1. Azreen Rizal Nasir
2. Kairulnizam Ibrahim
3. Kelvinder Singh Makbul Singh
4. Muhammad Azri Hassan
5. Muhammad Firhan Ashaari
6. Muhammad Izzat Mohd Rahim
8. Shazril Irwan Nazli
Revs has a policy of naming a new training squad, and in October last year had named a squad of 30 players with 8 in the reserve list.
He however is not accorded such luxury this time around and has to reduce the team to 26 players, thus it will be interesting to see just which of the four players will be omitted from the squad for really there is not much o add from, in terms of talent.
The squad Revs picked in October last year went on to play in three major tournaments, the Champions Challenge in Argentina where we finished fourth, the AHF Champions Trophy in Doha where we retained our bronze medal, and the 22nd Sultan Azlan Shah Cp where Malaysia lost in the final to Australia by virtue of a goal four seconds from time.
Going by the performances, and in some cases the lack of playing time in the Malaysian Hockey League, Ismail Abu who is nursing a knee injury is likely to face the chop. Ismail who plays for Terengganu HT has hardly played in the MHL and it will come as a surprise if Revs names him given the fact that he has a smaller squad and can ill afford having a passenger in the squad, utilizing an important place to do rehabilitation.
Though KLHC's Nabil Fiqri Mohd Noor is also another player that drifted in and out of MHL through a shoulder injury, he has shown sufficient recovery.
Next is the Mohan brothers, Jiwa and Jivan. Of the two, Jiwa is most likely to be axed and it will not be a surprise. He had retired in the past and was brought back in 2011 by former coach Tai Beng Hai. With age catching up, perhaps it's best to allow Jiwa to ride into the sunset for good this time around.
From the goalkeeping aspect, both S.Kumar and Roslan Jamaluddin are certainties. Roslan has been outstanding in the MHL and Kumar has had some rough patches. The duo will leave for Holland after the MHL for a weeks stint under their Dutch goalkeeping coach. Some have questioned the wisdom of utilizing the Dutch coach, but looking at Roslan's vast improvement, really the stints are beneficial.
Another player that will face the chop is Mohd Ameerullah Aziz who plays for Terengganu. His team mates, Azlan Misron, Fitri Saari, Tengku Ahmad Tajuddin, Jivan Mohan and Mohd Shahrun Nabil are likely to be retained in the national team.
One player that is expected to make the 26, after being left out of the last squad is Sapura's Azreen Rizal Nasir. He has been is exceptional form and has shown good leadership qualities as well. However a big question mark looms over Izwan Firdaus, though he will make it as Maybank's Hafifihafiz Hanafi did not play in the MHL due to a knee surgery.
Another Maybank player that could lose out after being in the training squad for the past two years is Shahrin Mohamad who never made an impact.
From KLHC, those expected to be retained are Roslan, Mohd Razie Rahim, Nabil Fiqri, Mohd Shukri Mutalib, Chua Boon Huat. Kevinder who was in the reserve squad is expected to be left out.
One surprise exclusion will be UniKL's Baljit Singh whose loss of form has been of concern. Although his team mate Mohd Faeez Noor Ibrahim is certain to be included, Baljit's omission could well see the last of the Sikhs donning national colours.
From TNB, the question mark will be on defenders Mohd Sallehin Ghani and Mohd Amin Rahim as they have really not played up to expectations and are unable to meet the demands of international hockey. Another player who ought to be left out is Amir Farid who is just ordinary given his performances in the MHL.
Players like Firhan Ashaari, left out of the last training squad are worthy of another chance as is coaxing Mohd Madzli Ikmar out of retirement for one last hurrah to qualify for the World Cup.
The national team will play China in some friendlies later this month before leaving for South Africa for four Test Matches.
The big test is the World League semis from June 29 to July 7 where they will be up against Germany, Pakistan, England, South Korea, South Africa, Argentina, and a yet to be named team. A top four finish will give them a great chance to make the 2014 World Cup in Holland.
Failing which the final chance will come this August in the Asia Cup, a tournament Malaysia has to win to take the World Cup berth.
Lets see if Revs comes up with some surprises this afternoon.
Sunday, May 12, 2013
Friday, May 10, 2013
Though the scoreline shows that KL Hockey Club holding a 3-1 lead at the end of the TNB Cup, in reality the place in the final is still up for grabs. And in the President's Cup, Uitm held off Sunday 2030 for a slim 2-1 advantage.
The KLHC v Sapura match lacked the excitement that was expected from a match between the two teams and in the end KLHC will probably be regretting not taking advantage of the chances they created.
Thursday, May 9, 2013
While top hockey nations appoint personalities with good hockey credentials to run their national team department, the Malaysian Hockey Confederation are taking an unorthodox method towards achieving world class status.
For they have appointed someone to administer the National Team Department and the person is set to take up the position on June 1.
This is inline with the decision taken at the seminar in Johor Baru during the Sultan Johor Cup and a high powered cimmittee chaired by Dato Rahim Md Ariff was set up.
It has taken them 6 months in their quest to find the right candidate and the person chosen came highly recommended by MHC Secretary General Johary Aziz.
Another vital info is that the candidate is close to senior officials of MHC and has been given a lucrative package. And such is the ability and contacts that the person shares that the salary offered for what will end up as a glorified clerk is twice what MHC pay their Assistant Secretary, infact more then staff who have served diligently and faithfully for the past seven years.
So the likes of Charlesworth, Roelant Oltmans and Terry Walsh, cringe in fear as MHC unveils their secret weapon soon.
Truly a world class acquisition.
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Friday, May 3, 2013
Thursday, May 2, 2013
About the Club : CASTELLDEFELS HOCKEY CLUB
Upon relegation last year, a target was set for this season to gain promotionfor the National League 1. And in order to achieve this, a new coach, Juan Manuel Mas Ortiz, who was the former U16 coach of the Spanish women and former Singapore National Team Coach,was hired, together with two former Olympic Spanish players in Esther Termens and Lara Domenech.
It was he who decided to sign on two Malaysian internationals - Siti Amarina Ruhani and Fazilla Sylvester Silin. Both are 26 years old with Siti having 77 international caps and Fazilla 69 caps.
Notably the team is the highest scoring team in the league with 95 goals in 16 games and still have another 2 games remaining; overall.
It has been a fantastic season, with all the members and people of the Club are very excited with the team and the future.
Question: What does the coach think of these two players and their contribution to the team?
Ortiz: I think that they have contributed a lot with their international experience, their skills and quality and the team has been rewarded with a very good results for it.
Question: When will the next season run and what is the duration?
Question: How has the two Malaysian players fared and how have they contributed?
Question: Will they be in your plan for the coming years?
Question: Do you think other Malaysian players can play in the league?
Question: How can Malaysia go about getting more players to play there?
QUESTION FOR THE PLAYERS
Question: How much of a difference is it playing in Europe compared to back home?
Question: What next for both of you? Have you decided to stay on, or head back home?
Question: What were the biggest challenge you faced playing in Spain?
SITI: We should have one league at least to help increase the quality of womens hockey.
Question: Anything else you wish to add on?
BACKGROUND; STORY WHEN THEY LEFT FOR SPAIN
The Raja Noora Ashikin Cup, which is akin to the men's version of the Tun Razak Cup was not held in April and is said to have been moved to June.
And the National Under 21 Tournament, scheduled for May 21 to May 30 has suffered the same fate, postponed to a yet to be determined date.
What is most ironic is that both the events were pencilled in the MHC Calendar that was released last December and the failure to hold these two tournaments as scheduled is indeed a big blow to the MHC Competitions Committee.
No one within the MHC was prepared to talk on the reasons as to why the two tournaments have been wiped off the radar and the states too are bewildered on such an action as they were only notified today about the Under 21 postponement.
It is learnt that the state affiliates have turned down the hosting job for national tournaments as the MHC did not want to increase the hosting fee of RM35,000 per tournament. Although states will receive RM70,000 as hosting fee, they will need to host both the men's and women's tournaments, thus placing a severe financial burden on the states.
This is due to the fact that the cost of paying allowances, transportation and accommodation for tournament officials alone come to RM28,000 and the balance of RM7,000 is hardly enough to cover stadium rental and providing of refreshments as well as organizational costs.
Thus states declined to bid for hosting of tournaments and even though Perlis had initially bid for the National Under 21 Tournament, they pulled out after the increase in subsidies for hosting was rejected at the recent MHC Council Meeting.
With problems even arising with the host broadcaster in the telecast of matches in the ongoing TNBMHL, the future looks bleak unless concrete decisions are made to salvage the Organising of such tournaments so as to keep hockey relevant in the country.
Even the MHL has not seen any changes, supposedly to increase its popularity, despite the competition being keener.
The fact that the Competitions Committee opted not to include the 45 secon regulation for penalty corners when FIH has indicated that the rule will be included in the World League Semis in June, the decision could prove costly to our national team.
But alas when egos take precedence then working together, wither Malaysian Hockey....
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Sapura edged UniKL 3-2 in an exciting tie that saw the MHL's top scorers, Mohd Noor Faeez Ibrahim of UniKL and Khasif Ali of Sapura continue their neck to neck battle as both scored a brace to take their tally to 15.