Saturday, 26 October 2013 19:08

The stakeholders of the TNB - Malaysian Hockey League have agreed to the proposal of the Malaysian Hockey Confederation to break up the Division One and Premier Division, to be played at two different times.

And early notice has been given to clubs intending to participate in the MHC-MILO-NSC Junior Hockey League with the closing date set for November 30. The tournament will commence on January 10 until March 10.

Thus the First Division will be held from March till May while the Premier Division will be contested from October till December next year.

This arrangement will allow the national team to concentrate fully on its international assignments, beginning with the Sultan Azlan Cup in March, followed by the FIH Champions Challenge 1 in April, the World Cup in June, the Commonwealth Games in July and the Asian Games in September.

A dialogue session between MHC and the clubs was held at the National Hockey Stadium today. But attendance the stakeholders - being the clubs, was poor with only KLHC, Nur Insafi, Sapura, UniKL, Maybank, TNB, BJSS being present as many others shied away.

Amongst the decisions taken were:

- that those named in the national training squad by Paul Revington for the World Cup will not be allowed to play in the Division One

- that no foreign players be allowed to play in the Division One. However the quota of six foreign players remains for the Premier Division.

- prize money of RM25,000 be introduced for the Premier League fourth placed team.

The clubs raised their concerns on several issues such as officials under the influence of liqour being appointed, umpiring standards to the scheduling of matches as well.

One area that received the most discussion was the proposal of Nur Insafi and UniKL to review the age limit of the MJHL, from the present Under 19 to Under 21. This matter will be discussed for implementation for the 2015 season.

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