Having spent the Christmas weekend in Angkor Wat, UniKL-TRC coach Darren Smith will be wary of the threat posed by their opponents, Yayasan Negeri Sembilan in the MHL match tomorrow at the Tun Razak Stadium.
Darren would have got inspiration from Angkor Wat. Which is admired for the grandeur and harmony of the architecture, its extensive bas-reliefs and for the numerous devatas (guardian spirits) adorning its walls.
Though he started off as a forward, Mohd Razie Abd Rahim has never regretted moving into the back line.
The switch from the front to the back occurred during the 2008 Sukma in Kuala Terengganu. It was his current KL Hockey Club coach K. Dharmaraj who moved Razie into the heart of defence and he has not looked back since.
After the first round of matches two weeks ago, there has been a healthy debate with regards to Yayasan Negeri Sembilan's decision to sign up 11 foreign players for the Malaysian Hockey League this season.
It is pertinent to note though that YNS are not the only side in the MHL with foreigners (though they have the largest representation with 11 players) as Sapura (3), UniKL-TRC (5) and Nur Insafi ( 8) too have signed up foreigners. So in total there are 27 foreign players plying their trade in the MHL. In the absence of a list detailing their country in the registration forms, the breakdown is as follows: India ,Bangladesh and Pakistan - 20, Wales - 1, South Korea - 1, New Zealand - 2, Germany -3.
Having scored a hattrick in his debut in the Malaysian Hockey League, Richard Patherick aims to continue his form when the league resumes after a two week hiatus.
The New Zealnd defender, who is donning the colours of UniKL-TRC in the MHL found the mark three times, all off penalty corners in the come from behind 3-2 win over Uitm at the Tun Razak Stadium on December 18.
It will be a crucial weekend for KL Hockey Club when the MHL resumes after a two week break this Friday. The defending league champions will face Sapura on Friday and on Sunday, it is foreign laden Yayasan Negri Sembilan that stand in their path.