Thursday January 3, 2013
MJHL not for SSTMI girls’ team
KUALA LUMPUR: The Tunku Mahkota Ismail Sports School (SSTMI) girls’ team will not be allowed to feature in the Malaysian Junior Hockey League (MJHL), which begins on Jan 11.
The girls’ team submitted their entry last Saturday to play in the boys’ Under-19 league due to a lack of domestic women’s competition.
Malaysian Hockey Confederation (MHC) secretary Johari Aziz said that the competitions committee met yesterday and were against the idea.
“But we’ve decided to create a junior girls’ league this year. We need to have a girls’ league because there is a lack of competition for them in the country,” said Johari.
In 2011, the national women’s team were allowed to play in the MJHL as they needed matches in preparation for international tournaments.
A record 28 teams – two more than last year – will feature in the MJHL this season.
The teams will be divided into two divisions – eight in Division One and 20 in Division Two.