It was supposed to be the curtain raiser for what is said to be the most important domestic hockey competition in the country.
In reality it was a case of same shit different day as far as the manner in which the match was held.
Put aside that the quality was low but the entire organizational structure of the match revealed that the MHC is only concerned in wearing corporate shirts and basking in glory to project individuals who are vying for seats in the forthcoming elections.
It was a good gesture that MHC honored former national coach C. Para malignant with a cake for his 80th birthday. But where is the consistency?
The legendary William Fidellis turned 80 last week and the boys from NS Sikh Union held a birthday bash for him, and not even the Negeri HA or MHC did anything for person who spent his major part of his life contributing to hockey with his two sons Derek and Gary even donning national colours.
Some sikh boys appreciated the efforts of William but the NSHA officials were basking in glory at national level, with a could not care less attitude about what's happening in their own backyard!
Back to the charity shield and in the 90's the match saw even umpires paying RM1 to gain entry to the stadium for the match as the money raised went to a selected charity.
But today MHC can not even get fans to the stadium let alone do something charitable.
That goes on to show that it was just a parade to show sponsors that branding was done, match was played and wide grins all around.
Who cares if the performances on the pitch was akin to azalea KL league match, with extra officials and players sitting on steps next to team benches!
Let the circus move on, the big top has perched it's tent as the clowns rule the day.