Friday, December 4, 2009

Penang the best bet

NEGRI Sembilan will square off against defending cham pions Perak in the semi-finals of the National Under-14 hockey tournament at the Kuantan stadium today.
In the other semi-finals, silver medallists Kuala Lumpur will be up against a top-flight Penang side.
Yesterday, Negri took the last Group match against Malac ca as a warm-up to the semis, and lost 2-1. However, they had already sealed the top spot in Group B a day earlier.
Penang, the only unbeaten team in the tournament, beat Perlis 1-0 with the goal coming in the eighth minute from a penalty corner attempt by Izadi ismail.
On paper, Penang are the early favourites, while the Perak- Negri Sembilan match is expected to go to the wire.
RESULTS: Group A: Penang 1 Perlis 0, Kelantan 5 Pahang 2; Group B: Selangor 6 Terengganu 0, Malacca 2 Negri Sembilan 1.
TODAY: Semi-finals: Penang v Kuala Lumpur (3pm), Negri Sembilan v Perak (5pm).


PENANG 4 4 0 0 13 4 12
PERAK 4 3 0 1 10 5 9
KELANTAN 4 2 0 2 15 9 6
PERLIS 4 1 0 3 1 10 3
PAHANG 4 0 0 4 4 17 0

NEGRI 4 3 0 1 10 6 9
K. LUMPUR 4 2 1 1 10 4 7
SELANGOR 4 1 2 1 11 6 5
TERENGGANU 4 1 0 3 5 18 3
MALACCA 4 1 1 2 5 7 4

Oltmans: Malaysia were only approaching me

Translated by

Former national coach and present coach of Laren, Roelant Oltmans was the last days in Malaysia to think about the hockey future of that nation.

On request of the new technical manager of the MHF Oltmans connected himself to a think tank, which should bring Malaysia back to the Olympic level. Although Oltmans had all the chances to give his business card, he estimates his future still with Hockey Club Laren.

The Malaysian newspapers were however very busy by speculating.

Oltmans supposed to be in Kuala Lumpur to sign his contract as national coach. But that wasn’t the case.

I have done several suggestions. Above all my name is mentioned, but also of many other national coaches, Oltmans said.

Besides his job at Laren Oltmans has a part-time position at the NOC/NSF, the Dutch National Olympic Council.

"Unless Malaysia comes with a real unbelievable super offer, then I would not say no on forehand”

Then you think about it, but as the cards are right now, I stay in the Netherlands. I like it here in the Netherlands.

The MHF has their next meeting scheduled on 13th of December.
Then things are clearer about the national coach.

Source The Telegraph – Amsterdam The Netherlands