Junior hockey league limited to only 18 teams


KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Hockey Federation (MHF) have decided to limit the number of teams for the Malaysia Junior Hockey League (MJHL) to 18 teams. 

Entry forms were sent out last week and the deadline for teams to register is Feb 6. 

The MHF competitions committee chairman, Datuk Seri Bashir Ahmad, said that it would be a two-division competition and the top tier would comprise the top seven from last year's Division One and the top two teams from Division Two. 

“The other team and new entries would form Division Two. If there are fewer than 18 entries, we may have to review the format of competition. For the moment, it's nine in Division One and nine in Division Two,” he said. 

“If there are more than 18 entries, we will have a qualifying tournament. Each team is allowed to register 20 players.” 

Last year's MJHL drew 18 teams and 11 of them played in Division Two. This year's competition is scheduled to begin on March 10 and end on May 7. 

The nine teams in Division One are Bukit Jalil Sports School (BJSS), Tenaga Nasional, MPPJ, Old La Sallians Association of Klang (Olak), Anderson, SMK Datuk Taha, Sports School Juniors, SAS Pahang and Malacca High School. 

The total purse for the MJHL is RM78,000 and the MHF have also decided on the prize money structure. 

The overall champions will receive RM25,000 and the runner-up will get RM15,000. The third and fourth place teams will get RM10,000 and RM 5,000. The champions of both divisions will receive RM10,000 each. 

Bashir added that the other aspects, including grants for the teams and attire, would be discussed at the team managers' meeting. 

Last year, each team received a RM 5,000 grant and were given two sets of attire. For the league, teams received RM200 for a win. 

The other teams who played in the MJHL last year were Malay Mail, Kedah MSN, Anderson Juniors, SAB College, MSSP Perlis, Penang Free School, Bandar Penawar Sports School, Tampin District and PISC-Nur Insafi. 

BJSS finished as the Division One and overall champions and SAS Pahang won the Division Two league. 

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