The Australian Super 9's tournament, to be held in Perth from October 17-20 will be a totally new experience for the national hockey team.
But coach Paul Revington is looking towards to improve and build the consistency of Malaysian playing fundamentals in offense and defense, and believes the Super 9's offers a tournament opportunity for the players to prove this performance consistency.
Malaysia will up against Australia, Pakistan and Argentina in the four day tournament. And they will also play a friendly against Argentina on October 15 followed by two matches against Australia A on October 22 and 23.
“It will be a good challenge for the players to combine 11-a-side and 9-a-side hockey in one Tour and especially as we are including players who have not had much hockey since two weeks prior to Asia Cup,” said Revington.
“All players have undergone a challenging initial two weeks having returned from a break. This phase (Sept-Dec 2013) is one where we must use the time to grow the quality of our player base and keep improving our physical base for a busy 2014 schedule.”
On what he is looking for in the three matches played on the sidelines of the Super 9’s, Revington said that it will give him a chance to evaluate the players and decide who will make the trip to Kakamighara for the AHF Champions Trophy that is scheduled from November 2-9.
“When in a training phase it is always good to play matches and get onto the "match pitch", added Revington.
“These matches, (Argentina and Australia A) is terrific for our team as all players get an opportunity to perform and fight for a place in the 2014 squad against high quality opponents.”