KUALA LUMPUR: After eight years, the overall prize money payout for the MHF-Milo-NSC-Admiral Junior Hockey League has been increased by RM5,000 to RM100,000 this year, with a windfall coming for the winners of Division Two.
They will get as much as the Division One champions – RM10,000.
The top 10 teams from last year's league will play in Division One while another 12 teams will play in the lower division.
The payout for the overall champions remains the same with RM25,000 while the runners-up will pocket RM15,000. The third and fourth place teams will get RM10,000 and RM5,000.
Last year, the teams were drawn into two pools and each of the group champions picked up RM7,500 each.
MHF secretary S. Satgunam said the decision to increase the prize money was made by the sponsors, as they wanted both the division champions to get the same amount.
“The teams in Division Two will play more matches in the preliminary round and thus face more expenses.
“It was thought the amount for the division winners should be the same,” he said.
The top two teams from Division Two will join the top six from Division One in the knockout stage for the overall title.
In the preliminary round, the teams will also continue to receive RM200 for each win. The fairplay trophy at the end of the season will also carry prize money of RM 3,000.
All teams in the league will also get a grant of RM5,000.
The MJHL will start tomorrow with five matches. The final has been slated for May 11.
There will be a break in the league from March 22-30 for the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup.