Sunday, August 4, 2013


It is really a shame that even with modern day technology, the Malaysian Hockey Confederation lacks the initiative to provide information on its teams that venture around the globe playing matches.

Though Team Manager Mirnawan Nawawi has done some form of service to the Journalists with regards to providing information on the National Juniors matches in their Europe trip, there is still vital info lacking with regards to the names of goal scorers of he opponents.

Malaysia were soundly beaten 5-1 in their second match against England, after a 3-3 draw on Thirsday. But unknown to many, the Malaysian v England matches are a curtain raiser before the England v Holland matches for the NOW Pension Nations Cup.

Read the full match report here. On any normal occasion I would have made the effort to go to Leeds since I am currently in London, and its a 2 hour train ride to Wakefield.

Even England Team Manager Andy Haliday extended an invite and prepared match tilts for Saturday and Sunday for me to witness the action live.

But as I have stated before and am now merely restating it - why should I do the job of others? Let the bigwigs and paid employees start doing some work and not just turn up when the team finishes on the podium.

Besides I am and was accused of creating the issue between Paul Revington and the others, a fact that non of them dare deny till today.

The second match of the NOW: Pensions Nations Plate saw a dominant England U21 side come away with a 5 – 1 victory against their Malaysian counterparts. 

Rob Farrington slotted home a well worked penalty corner routine and a powerful reverse stick strike from Nick Bandurak gave England a 2 – 0 lead going into the break.

The home side continued as they had left off in the second half and were soon 3 – 0 up when Andy Bull fired straight down the middle from a penalty corner. 

Malaysia pulled a goal back through Aminudin Mohd Gaffar but an own goal and a clever finish from Joe Sharp gave England a 5 – 1 victory and means they are one game up in the series after their 3-3 draw on Thursday. 

With the series advantage, England sit in a favourable position going in to the final match tomorrow at 12:00.