THE Selangor Hockey Association (SHA) are looking into ways to improve the QNET-sponsored league.
This was the message from the association’s vice-president and competitions chairman S. Ganesh, who also said they were pleased to complete the season on schedule.
“It was a big task. We were affected by the haze as well as the rainy spell. But we managed to overcome the small issues with the support and cooperation of the participating teams. We have received excellent feedback and also some positive suggestions.
“Our vision is to organise a well-structured league to give players a chance to graduate to the national squads,’’ said Ganesh.
The QNET-SHL league had four divisions – Division One, Division Two, Women and Schools. The women and schools category was introduced for the first time.
The season came to an end with UiTM making a strong impact in the tourney. UiTM emerged as the only team with a 100% record, winning all their matches. UiTM became the Division One champions as well as overall champions.
The surprise team in the league was Bukit Jalil Sports School (BJSS). Represented by an Under-16 side, they defied the odds and qualified for the final. En route to qualifying for the final, BJSS defeated fancied RAMD 3-1 in the quarter-finals and KJLJD 6-4 in the semi-finals.
X-Hamzah were champions in Division Two. They should be commended as the players were former students of SMK Hamzah in Machang, Kelantan.
The women’s division and schools category had five teams each. There were some exciting encounters but the two divisions were overshadowed by the competitive Division One and Division Two.
Uniten Ivy were champions in the women’s division. Uniten Ivy’s Aisyah Yaacob was named the Best Player while the Best Goalkeeper award went to her teammate Aina Nordin.
In the schools category, SMK Section 11 were champions and it was not a surprise. The school had the best players in the state.
The SHA should look into organising an inter-district junior league. They can work with the Selangor Education Department and the Selangor State Sports Council (MSNS)
Selangor Education Department Sports Unit head Noor Azli Abdul Rahman and Selangor State Youth Development, Sport, Culture and Entrepreneur Development chairman Amirudin Shari are prepared to work with the SHA in the development of hockey in the state.
Amirudin, who is also the MSNS chairman, said the two hockey stadiums – Petaling Jaya Hockey Stadium and Pandamaran Hockey Stadium – would be ready next year.
“The state government has allocated a grant to upgrade both the hockey stadiums. It is in the final stage. If everything goes as planned, then the stadiums will be ready by February. The SHA will be able to use both the venues for their league as well as training and development programmes,’’ said Amirudin.
Noor Azli said they were prepared to work with the SHA on development programmes in schools.
“An inter-district junior league would be ideal. We hope to discuss the matter with the SHA and come up with a positive plan,’’ said Noor Azli.
SHA secretary P. Kuganesan said they were grateful to the Selangor state government for offering the two hockey stadiums.
“QNET have been excellent partners together with Milo and 100 Plus. We hope to continue our relationship with all the sponsors in the coming years,’’ said Kuganesan.
QNET-Selangor Hockey League
Roll of Honour
Overall champions: UiTM (RM3,000)
Runners-up: Bukit Jalil Sports School (RM1,500)
Third: KJLJD (RM1,000)
Man of the Match (Final): Muhamad Hafiz Zainal (UiTM)
Best Player: Muhammad Noor Faeez (UiTM)
Best Goalkeeper: Che Mohd Nasa’I Che Ramli (X-Hamzah Hockey Club)
Champions: UiTM (RM1,500)
Runners-up: RAMD (1,000)
Third: Dolphin Young Guns (RM750)
Champions: X-Hamzah Hockey Club (RM1,000)
Runners-up: PAUiTM (RM750)
Champions: Uniten Ivy (RM1,000)
Runners-up: RMN Ladies (RM750)
Best Player: Aisyah Yaacob (Uniten Ivy)
Best Goalkeeper: Aina Nordin (Uniten Ivy)
Champions: SMK Section 11, Shah Alam (RM750)
Runners-up: SMK Puchong Bt 14 (RM500)
Best Player: Aizat Aiman Hakimi Khairul Anuar (SMK Seksyen 11, Shah Alam)
Best Goalkeeper: Mohd Eikmal Hakimie Safri (SMK Section 11, Shah Alam)