Thursday, September 10, 2009

Malaysia open against Austria

THE BEST IN ASIA: South Korea won the Asia Cup, for direct entry into the World Cup. Japan, Malaysia, China and Pakistan will be battling for gold in the Qualifiers.

Only the winners of the three FIH Men’s World Cup qualifiers will receive a ticket for the Hero Honda FIH World Cup in New Delhi, India (28 February-13 March 2010).

At this stage the match schedules for the FIH Men’s World Cup Qualifier in Lille, France and the BDO FIH Men’s World Cup Qualifier in Invercargill, New Zealand, Argentina will be released in a few days.

IN NEW ZEAALND -- TEAMS: Austria, China, Malaysia, New Zealand, Scotland, Wales.
FIXTURES: Nov 7 -- China vs Scotland, New Zealand vs Wales, Malaysia vs Austria; Nov 8: Scotland vs New Zealand, Wales vs Malaysia, Austria vs China.
Nov 10: Austria vs Scotland, Wales vs China, New Zealand vs Malaysia; Nov 12: Malaysia vs Scotland, Austria vs Wales, China vs New Zealand.
Nov 14: Scotland vs Wales, New Zealand vs Austria, China vs Malaysia; Nov 15: Final.

IN LILLE, France: Teams: France, Italy, Japan, Pakistan, Poland, Russia.
FIXTURES: Oct 31: Japan v Russia, Pakistan v Italy, France v Poland.
Nov 1: Pakistan v Russia, Japan v Poland, Italy v France.
Nov 2: Rest Day.
Nov 3: Italy v Japan, Poland v Russia, France v Pakistan.
Nov 4: Rest Day
Nov 5: Poland v Italy, Japan v Pakistan, Russia v France.
Nov 6: Rest Day
Nov 7: Pakistan v Poland, Russia v Italy, France v Japan
Nov 8: FINAL.

Beng Hai: Jiwa still an asset

NATIONAL hockey coach Tai Beng Hai feels Jiwa Mohan is still an asset, and would be considered for the World Cup Qualifiers in Ivercargill, New Zealand on Nov 7-15.
Malaysia need to win gold to realised their dream of playing in the New Delhi World Cup next year, but it will be an uphill task considering hosts New Zealand, China, Austria, Scot land and Wales will be the stumbling blocks.
Jiwa Mohan, who retired from national duty last year and is playing in the Australian league now, has said that he will be available if Bang Hai needs him.
“Basically, Jiwa proved that he is still a strong candidate after he helped Malaysia’s campaign in the Asia Cup.
“In Kuantan, his experienced helped steady nerves in the team, and I would like to have him again, provided we can sort out some minor details like leave from his employers,” said Beng Hai.
Jiwa will be called-up to play in the Three-Nation the Malaysian Hockey Federation (MHF) are planning in Oc tober.
“We will first invite him for the Three-Nation (with Aus tralia and South Korea the possible sparring partners) and see how he fares, and then consider him for the Qualifiers.
“Jiwa is still actively involved in hockey, and fitness has never been a problem for him, so if all goes well, we will have him for the Qualifier.”
Malaysia are wary of New Zealand and China, but have not discounted the European teams in their group.
“Scotland, Wales and Austria are not highly ranked teams, but then again, Malaysia always had difficulty when playing against European teams regardless of their ranking.
“It will not be easy to win gold, but I believe my players will give their best,” said Beng Hai.
The nine teams who have already qualified for the World Cup are hosts India, Pan American champions Canada, Asia Cup champions South Korea, Africa Cup champions South Africa, Oceania Cup champions Australia and semi-finalists of the EuroHockey Championship England, Germany, Netherlands and Spain.
Three more slots will be available via the Qualifiers in New Zealand, France and Argentina.