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Tuesday October 15, 2013 MYT 5:18:00 PM
Tuesday October 15, 2013 MYT 5:20:00 PM
by s. ramaguru
KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Hockey Confederation (MHC) competitions committee has called for a meeting on Oct 26 among all the clubs involved in their league competitions to discuss the 2014 calendar.
The coming year will see the national players involved in at least five major international tournaments from March until October.
As such, the competitions committee wants to discuss the calendar proposal with the teams and seek their feedback.
The age group meets will not be unduly affected as the MHC will be starting a new national junior team and will not have any major tournaments to distract them.
MHF competitions committee executive Hashim Mohamed Yusof said that it is the senior level tournaments that they have to worry about.
“Our proposal has been worked in tandem with the national programme. The national coach has given his input and we have incorporated his suggestions. The states have been given a copy of the proposed calendar and we want to know what they think and if there are any possible clashes.
“Otherwise we will implement it,” he added.
Hashim said clubs from both the junior and senior leagues, including the state affiliates, will be called for the meeting.
The MHC competitions will start off with the Malaysia Junior Hockey League on Jan 10. Depending on the number of teams, the competition is expected to last at least two months.
The senior MHL will be run in two instalments. Division One matches will be held in the first half of the year beginning in March. It will be completed by June with the President’s Cup final.
The Premier League will take off in October once the national team have completed their programmes for the year.
The national team’s major assignments are the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup, Champions Challenge I, World Cup, Commonwealth Games and the Asian Games.
Hashim said the committee will also take the opportunity during the meeting with the clubs to discuss the format of the leagues and also the eligibility of players and the ruling on foreign players.
“Teams may have some valid suggestions and if there is favour from all then we can look at introducing it. We just hope that the teams will come prepared and if possible give us their questions early so that we can be prepared with answers,” he added.
Hashim said the committee is mulling the proposal to introduce the 45-second ruling for penalty corners.
“The only setback here is cost, as you has to install a clock at every venue. So that needs to be looked into carefully,” he said.
Another proposal from the committee is to do away with extra time in the knockout phase of the competition. Any matches drawn at that stage will go straight into a penalty shootout.
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