Saturday, April 4, 2015

NO APRIal FOOLS JOKE

It was April Fools day when I sent current MHC Senior Vice President Prof S. Shamala a message.

I asked her if it was true she was going for one of the Deputy President positions in the forthcoming MHC elections on May 13.

And Shamala confirmed what had been speculation thus far, justifying that the decision of current Deputy Puan Sri Noora Ashikin not to seek election as the main factor.

"There is a vacancy and I am prepared to be a candidate so as to look into the affairs of women's hockey," said Shamala who seems to be on a purple patch of late.

She was appointed Deputy Chef De Mission of the Sea Games in January and in March was made full Professor at UPM and also a member of the FIH Appointments Committee.

But the question that begs to be answered is why the incumbent Puan Sri is stepping aside after waging a fight to ensure that the Deputy post is also reserved for a women?

What went wrong that Puan Sri has won the battle but gave up fighting the war.

Word has it that there was a fallout among the ladies as the initial decision was to abstain from the vote on the amendments to the constitution.

We shall unravel this mystery further including the possibility of a third candidate challenging for the Deputy position.

Watch this space....

TOO HARD TO COVER

The 24th edition of the Azlan Shah Cup gets underway in Ipoh from April 5-12.

But rather then provide information, the organisers have opted for a cold shoulder treatment to this website which has provided comprehensivecoverage over the past four years.

Request for information such as team lists and other tournament info has been ignored making it tough to get in touch with coaches to get their views on team chances.

Rather then fret over what is largely an incompetent organisation that runs plagiarised stories on their website, we will strive to do our best to provide coverage for the thousands of fans out there.

National associations and hockey writers can lift our stories but please credit accordingly so that those paid mega bucks will not lay claim that it was their effort.

So follow us at the website and Twitter to get the best coverage of the event.

Monday, December 22, 2014

WHY FIH SAID NO

Below is the outright rejection of the amendments to the MHC constitution by FIH. Look at the date and it was last month so why did MHC go ahead and submit the same amendments for approval to the Sports Commissioner?


Monday, December 15, 2014

A LESSON IN HISTORY

Sometimes humans are blinded by emotions so much do that they forget history.

But when the leading English daily goes on to parrot what has been said, it goes on to turn half truths to truths this misleading the readers.

This was taken from The Star Online report.

"Terengganu coach Sarjit Singh was delighted to lift the double.

“We are the first team from outside Kuala Lumpur to win the league and overall titles. It is good for the development of the sport in Terengganu,” said the former national coach"

A history lesson for both Sarjit and the writer is in order.

Yayasan NS lifted the 1993 league title, and in 1995 won the overall title.

And in 1996 Yayasan NS won the Charity Shield, League and Overall Titles without losing or drawing a single match in the season.

And to top it all its Junior side won the MJHL title double in 1995.

So unless Seremban is considered to be in Kuala Lumpur, the facts presented in the report is false.

The ringgit note can blind people into stating things that only they believe in but it cannot change history please.


Saturday, December 13, 2014

UPM Hockey 5's a success

Malacca Boys emerged champions of the second edition of the UPM Hockey 5's at the Ministry of Education Stadium in Pantai.

They defeated Star Klang A 3-1 in the final.

In the girls category, the title went to Kuala Lumpur Sports School A who defeated Convent Bukit Nenas HT 4-1 in the final.

A total of 24 teams comprising of boys and girls of Under 16 years of age participated in the day long tournament organized by the UPM Sports Academy and supported by Milo, Sports Unite and Selangor Hockey Association.

Final Results

Special Awards

Boys
Best Goalkeeper : Farhan Syarin Hassan ( Malacca Boys)
Top Scorer: Mohd Izham ( Akademi Hoki Pahang)
Best Player: Muhd Nor Asyraf Ishak ( Malacca Boys)

Girls
Best Goalkeeper : Siti Zalina ( KLSS A)
Top Scorer Asidah Nawar ( KLSS A)
Best Player : Nadia Aqilah ( KLSS A)

Boys
Champions : Malacca Boys
Runners Up: Star Klang A
Third : Akademi Sukan Pahang
Fourth : Pahang Sports School

Girls
Champion: KL Sports School A
Runner Up: Convent Bukit Nenas HT
Third: KL Sports School C
Fourth: Star Klang Girls

Pic caption : Champions with UPM Vice Chancellor Prof Dato Dr. Mohammad Fauzi Haji Ramlan


Thursday, October 30, 2014

WHAT CHARITY?

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.

Friday, October 10, 2014

THE POLITICIANS



The dates have yet to be decided, but the battle lines have been drawn.

For so long it is a well known fact that those in the Malaysian Hockey Confederation will not hesitate to stab anyone be in in front or the back to fulfill their agenda.

And mind you the agenda is not with regards to the progression of Malaysian Hockey, but just how inner can they get into the circle of a select few within the trusted camp of MHC President Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah.

Word has it that the MHC Extra Ordinary General Meeting will be held in JB on October 13.

That it is a Monday does not concern those charged with running the national body.

The attendance and subsequent voting at the EGM is vital as the agenda is to adopt the changes made to the MHC Constitution.

And this is where it gets murky with a power struggle that could affect the whole administration of MHC will be compromised.

When the MHF and MWHA first merged to become MHC, the key principle was power sharing. And this came the consensus to have positions for male and women candidates.

The very fundamental aspect of that socially bound contract has today been discarded if one looks at the decisions made at the recent MHC Council meeting.

For with a razor thin majority of 13-12, it was decided that the Deputy President position will no longer be reserved for a fairer sex should a male candidate be elected President.

This came about as some unscrupulous individuals started this campaign prior to the holiday trip for the World Cup in June in The Hague. Now how many actually watched the matches is a matter for another days tell all.

One male candidate has openly declared that he has the support to win the Deputy President position and that the affiliates have given him their pledges.

Obviously this candidate and his supporters forgot as to what happened in the Selangor State Government fiasco.

Back to the EGM. One does not need to be a genius to understand that in order to change the constitution . A majority of two thirds is a pre requisite.

With almost half of those attending the EGM being women, this change could well be derailed thus seeing a major crisis for MHC.

And it will be interesting to see how the President elect, a handpicked candidate of Tengku Abdullah solves this ruckus.

After all a spade is a spade, call it by any other name.