THE coach of the national women's hockey team for the 2002 Commonwealth Games, C. Sivasubramaniam, will help chart Sarawak's fortunes in Sukma.
Sarawak have a young women's team and they have a daunting task in their bid to win a medal. They have been drawn in a tough group, comprising Perak, Pahang and Perlis.
Time is against Sarawak. Siva only started work with the team on May 3 after sorting out his leave with his employers, Klang Municipal Council.
The presence of Siva is certainly a big relief for Sarawak, who had been unsuccesful i their previous bids to get a qualified coach to handle their team.
Among those who were not able to take up the job were former internationals Wallace Tan, who has work commitments to fulfil with Maybank.
Sarawak are looking at least reaching the semi-finals. At the last Sukma in Sabah in 2002, Sarawak were beaten in the playoff for the bronze medal.
National striker Lisa Ludong was the coach before Siva joined. She remains in the team as the assistant coach.
Siva acknowledged that the team lacked experience but he is counting on the hard-working Sarawakians for a good outing in Seremban.
“The players showed that they have a high work rate in training. Sarawak are in a tough group but we have not given up hope of reaching the semi-finals,” said Siva yesterday.
Most of the players in the team are from the schools, who competed in the recent Sarawak schools championships in Kuching.
Five from the side who competed in the last Sukma form the backbone of the team. They are skipper Netty Elvis, forwards Mary Isau and Norfazlena Jek, defender Jekelnaine Elton and midfielder Beatrice Sawin.
Goalkeepers: Pamela Tia, Caltine Austin ungga.
Defenders: Netty Elvis, Norahimi Sebahi, Nellyana Aling, Jekelnaine Elton, Bulan Saoh.
Halves: Hendritta Serai Linggi, Meni Asin, Manau Enggoh, Beatrice Sawin, Kumang Jamit.
Forwards: Lezzie Nyambong, Catherine Urai Jalong, Suzanne Majang, Fazilla Sylvester Silin, Mary Isau, Norfazlena Jek.