Friday, July 13, 2012
Dharmaraj selects Sukma freshies...
NATIONAL Juniors hockey coach K. Dharmaraj has never been so excited about the Malaysia Games, as he saw come encouraging changes in all states at the Pahang Games.
After watching almost all the matches, his conclusion was that the Games has finally served its purpose.
“All the teams hers, men and women, play attacking hockey just like the Project 2013. There was full press in all the matches I watched as state coaches adapted the Project 2013 style of play.
“This is a very encouraging news, as hockey was played at a high pace, and there were many quality players in every state,” said Dharmaraj.
All the Project boys who went back to their states were either made into skippers, or took the lead in their de partments.
“Previously, this was not the trend, as some of the Project players looked jaded when they played for their states. But in Pahang, my boys are making their presence felt,” said Dharmaraj.
The other encouraging news is that Dharmaraj has spotted at least one new face from every state.
“Even Sarawak has a promising player in Rhohan Utok who can flick the ball from one semi-circle to another. He will be among those who will be called for a camp during the fasting period,” said Dharmaraj.
Only Kuala Lumpur players have not been selected: “I know them (KL boys) like the back of my hand and will select them at a later date.”
The fresh faces selected for training are Sobirin llias (Perlis), Hanif Azaemi (Kedah), Azwar Rahman (Penang), Haris Fadillah, Meor Azqan Haasan (Perak), Amir Zulka rnain Robangi (Selangor), Asraf Zulzali (Negri), Rasydan Saiful (Malacca), Safeed Roslan (Johor), Sufi Ismat Ro hulamin (Terengganu), Azmi Deraman (Kelantan), Najib Abu Hassan (Pahang).