Monday, July 11, 2016

Pantai Stadium the focal point

With the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil closed for upgrading works in preparation for the 2017 SEA Games, teams participating in the Malaysian Hockey League have been scampering to look for alternative venues.

While some had initially considered outstation venues, in the end only Maybank seem to have opted to play their matches outside Klang Valley.

The Tigers, coached by former international Saiful Azli Abdul Rahman have proposed to play their matches at the MPMBB Stadium in Bukit Serindit Malacca.

Big spending Sapura have picked the costly Tun Razak Stadium as their home ground.

Three teams KL Hockey Club, Tensga Nasional Berhad and UniKL will use the KLHA Stadium in Pantai.

And defending double champions Terengganu Hockey Team will play their home matches in Kuala Terengganu.

Earlier there were indications that KLHC would opt for Ipoh while UniKL were considering Kuantan while Sapura were heading to Seremban.

With 3 teams at Pantai, Hockey fans can look forward to some quality weekends in Klang Valley.

The Division One is expected to commence on Aug 5 with the Premier Division on August 18.

The fixtures will be released at the team managers meeting this Saturday at the National Hockey Stadium Bukit Jalil when the registration of players closes.