THE Malaysia Hockey League Premier Division knock-out draw was done Thursday with seeded teams Kuala Lumpur Hockey Club (KLHC) and Terengganu Hockey Team (THT) getting a 10-day break to recuperate.
And while the leaders unwind and recover from the bruising league, four other teams will be involved in a home-and away to decide the semi-finalists on Dec 5 and 7.
Maybank and UniKL drew lots to play each other, while Sapura will meet Tenaga Nasional in the knock-out to decide the other two semi-finalists. The final will be held on Dec 14.
The winners in the Maybank-UniKL will face THT, while winners of the Sapura-Tenaga match will face KLHC in the semi-finals.
UniKL were as pleased as punch to face winless Maybank, who only had five draws to show from 10 matches: "We are fortunate to face Maybank as we believe that we have a fighting chance of beating them in the two leg knock-out," said UniKL manager Mohamed Faiz Isa.
Both the teams met twice in the league and on both occasions the match ended in a draw 1-1 and 0-0.
Faiz said that they would not have the services of two key players forward Jonas Weinhardt and midfielder Nor Azrul for the knockout stage.
“Jonas is down with ankle injury while Azrul is recovering from a hamstring injury,” said Faiz.
Malaysian Hockey Confederation (MHC) competition committee chairman M. Gobinathan said they received complaints from teams regarding of umpiring.
“I assured the teams that only quality umpires will officiate for the knockout stage matches,” said Gobinathan.
FIXTURES: Dec 5: UniKL v Maybank (6pm, Pitch II ); Tenaga v Sapura (8pm, Pitch II).
Dec 7: Maybank v UniKL (8pm, Pitch II ); Sapura v Tenaga (6pm, Pitch II).