Malaysia won "gold" at the London Olympics. Read about the expose in The Malay Mail on Tuesday to know what transpired at the games, a year late but it's a shame.
Monday, October 28, 2013
Many have asked on the update of the interviews conducted last week to fill the position of the Chief Executive Officer of the Malaysian Hockey Confederation.
Suffice to say that at the moment no revelation has been made by the MHC, even after the interview process where the candidates were asked to do presentations on what they have planned for MHC. Each candidate was in the room for around 80 minutes each.
In actual fact the decision was already made before the interview. Read the new website www.malaysianhockey.com.my for a clearer picture with regards to the manner in which this process was handled later tonight and make your own opinion....
Kindly visit www.malaysianhockey.com.my and www.hockey-asia.com as we will be migrating fully to these two sites in the near future. The websites are open for advertising as well hence please contact me should you be keen. Please note that the two sites have no link to either the Malaysian Hockey Confederation or Asian Hockey Federation and strives to bring readers updated news, without any assistance from the two hockey bodies.
Saturday, October 26, 2013
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
The Jalan Duta Sports Complex is set to undergo a major revamp if plans initiated by Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin take off within the next one-year.
A land swap deal will see new facilities being built for sports and that entails moving the present Tun Razak Hockey Stadium, Squash Centre as well as the bus station that caters for those travelling north.
And it just dies not stop there for Khairy is also looking at redeveloping the Kampung Pandan Sports Complex in a similar land swap deal that will prove to be beneficial for Malaysian sports.
Khairy or KJ as he is known, was met during his solo spot check on sports facilities, which will be a normal occurrence with the Minister, who eschews protocol and prepared briefings. Thus sports officials can now expect him to walk in alone at anytime to have a first hand look at the on goings within the fraternity.
For more - www.malaysianhockey.com.my
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Former general manager of the Malaysian Hockey Confederation Maninderjit Singh could well make a return to the national hockey body, but this time as the Chief Executive Officer.
Maninderjit is one of the three candidates set to attend an interview for the position to be conducted next Saturday by the MHC.
The other two are University of Malaya Sports Science Faculty lecturer Mohd Faithal Hassan and former international K. Logan Raj, who is a columnist’s with The Malay Mail.
For more go to www.hockey-asia.com
Monday, October 21, 2013
Malaysia had mixed fortunes when the draws and fixtures of the 2014 Commonwealth Games hockey competition were released.
The men weredrawn in Pool B together with the likes of England, Trinidad & Tobago, New Zealand and Canada thus avoiding big guns Australia and India who are grouped together with Scotland, Wales and South Africa.
For more visit www.hockey-asia.com
Saturday, October 19, 2013
Having finished fifth at the recent Women Asia Cup, there was no respite for the Malaysian women squad who look like ending right down under in the Super 9s Tournament in Perth.
Having lost 8-0 to Australia and 10-1 to Aegentina, they completed their preliminary round with a 4-1 defeat against Canada.
And once the players fly into KLIA on Monday, hey head directly to Ipoh for the RNA Cup after which they pack up and leave to Japqn for the AHF Champions Trophy.
No wonder we keep getting hammered as players get no respite.
Canada took their first win of the International Super Series to open Ausdrill Pink Ladies Day on Saturday against Malaysia. The 4-1 result will give the Canadian women confidence ahead of the re-match in the playoff for third place tomorrow.
Keeping their powder dry for tomorrow, both teams had trouble stringing together meaningful movements down the field.
The Malaysians were having a difficult time working through the puzzle that was the Canadian press. On the other side of the ball, Canada’s territorial advantage did not translate to shots on goal.
A long corner followed by a penalty corner to Malaysia presented Amarina with their best chance of the first half but the shot went high.
As time ticked down on the shot and game clocks before half time, Kristine Wishart brought the ball in from the penalty corner, camped herself at the post and swept home Canada’s first, a play that has worked so well this week.
Canada persisted and got reward for effort in the second half. Thea Culley scored in the 25th minute when she cut through the circle to the right, opened up the angle and hammered home on the run.
In a sweeping movement to the left, Abigail Raye blasted towards the goal mouth where Amanda Woodcroft navigated the ball through. Provider turned scorer five minutes later when the Canadians tried to replicate the move that got them Wishart’s first but from the initial save, Raye tomahawked a goal to give Canada confirmation of the win.
Malaysia’s Nadia Abdul Rahman ensured her team didn’t leave empty handed with a consolation score in traffic during a goal-mouth wrestle.
Things at the Malaysian Hockey Confederation seems to be going from bad to worse.
For how would one explain the mess in the organization of the RNA Cup - the national championships for women.
The tournament is to be held in Ipoh from Monday October 21 till Sunday October 27.
But until the time this post is written, neither the number of teams nor the fixtures have been released by MHC.
And this raises more questions - as to who actually runs competitions in MHC for it seems the Competitions Committee was not even consulted initially.
This is baffling as MHC is supposed to have been merged but how is it that individuals decide hosting of a tournament.
That is not all for it gets more interesting as Selangor is not participating in the tournament - citing lack of funds.
But hold on, was it not Selangor that collected a cool RM600,000 for the Women Asia Cup last month?
Meaning they spent that amount on a six day tournament, where part updating teams pay their own board and lodging?
Mind you the Razak Cup cost Pahang RM300,000 and they paid for lodging of 14 teams over a 9 day period.
Something does not add up here.
Friday, October 18, 2013
By Ghaz Ramli
Malaysian captain Shahrun Nabil Abdullah remained a cool cat after his side was thrashed 8-0 against host Australia at the International Super Series Hockey 9s at the Perth Hockey Stadium today.
"The team here in Perth consist of some young players and we are in the midst of training phase."
"We approached today's game with not much expectation. The 9s game is modern hockey with a fast phase and we were not," said Shahrun.
However, Shahrun, who has captained the national side for 43 games is confident of the new players in the squad.
"We are showing progress and that is always a positive," said the Terengganu born looking ahead with the assignment scheduled for the national team.
Australian star Jamie Dwyer transformed the Kookaburras into a goal machine in the sixth minute before completing his hat-trick with goal in the 19th and 34th minute.
Liam Young, Aran Zalewski and Simon Orchard got a goal each in the 14th, 18th and 30th minute respectively.
Russell Ford become the toast of the crowd as he converted two penalty corner at the buzzers. One during the half-time while his second goal came at the full time buzzer.
The Kookaburras take on Pakistan tomorrow while Malaysia will play Argentina.
"We have learnt a lot since our friendly against Argentina (lost 5-1) three days ago," said Shahrun.
"We will use the lessons learnt in the two defeats (yesterday against Pakistan) to try to hold the Argentineans," he added.
Meanwhile, the Malaysian women side was outplayed by Argentina losing 10-1 with Malaysia's sole goal coming from Siti Noor Amarina Ruhani. They play Canada tomorrow
MAS 1 ARG 10
AUS 7 CAN 0
AUS 8 MAS 0
ARG 5 PAK 5
FIXTURES (19 Oct)
CAN V MAS
AUS V ARG
PAK V AUS
ARG V MAS
Thursday, October 17, 2013
By Ghaz Ramli
Despite opening their campaign with a 5-3 defeat in the hands of Pakistan, Malaysia begin the International Super Series Hockey 9s at the Perth Hockey Stadium in Perth on a high.
"Obviously we are not happy with the results but the nine game is about angle and passing and we took too slow to understand," said Malaysian coach Paul Revington.
The South African however went on to praise his side for the improvement of play since reaching Western Australia after a 5-1 defeat in test with Argentina two days ago.
"We were reasonably happy with the performance in the first half but conceded two long corner goals," added Revington.
"We are in the phase of our training when we need this kind of matches especially with the new players in the team," he said.
Malaysia got off to a good start scoring in the opening seconds as Nabil Fiqri found the net.
The Pakistanis recovered from the early shock five minutes later as Arsian Qadir converted a penalty corner.
Umar Bhutta put Pakistan in the lead when he converted another penalty corner 10 minutes later.
The match tempo in the second half increased impressively as the produced a goal fest with both teams getting a goal each beginning with Pakistan's Salman Hussain (23rd min).
Captain Sharun Nabil made in 3-2 three minutes later.
Muhammad Dilber extended Pakistan's lead in the 35th minute but the gap did not last long as Malaysia's Norhizzat Sumantri got on the scoresheet in the 36th minute.
As the Malaysian were strategising for an equaliser Pakistan cemented their win when Dilber registered his second of the night a minute before the buzzer to win 5-3.
With a usual target of winning the tournament, Malaysians, which doesn't not have the service of star forward Faizal Saari, will face the Kookaburras next.
The Australians put on an impressive show as they drew 4-4 against the Argentina who will face Pakistan next.
AUS 4 ARG 4
PAK 5 MAS 3
PAK 5 MAS 3
AUS 8 MAS 0
CAN 1 ARG 4
CAN 1 ARG 4
FIXTURE (18 Oct)
AUS V MAS
PAK V ART
PAK V ART
ARG V MAS
AUS V CAN
AUS V CAN