KL Hockey Club inport, Tim Deavion will be looking for a double celebration when he lines up for the defending champions in their TNB Cup final against Tenaga Nasional Berhad at the National Hockey Stadium this Sunday.
Having been named into the Australian squad for the World League Semi Final One to be played in Holland next month, Deavin is determined to help KLHC achieve a grand double after his club ahd won the league title last month.Having playeda pivotal role for KLHC in their march towards the TNB Cup, Deavin is optimistic that KLHC has what it takes to retain the overall title and is looking forward to it.
"There are two important things on my mind, the Cup final and the naming of the Australian squad. Now that I have made the squad my mind is completely focussed on helping KLHC retain the title," said Deavin who is best remembered by Malaysians for his heroics in scoring a last gasp winner against Korea during the last Azlan Shah Cup.
"I find it very interesting playing in the league and really it has been a memorable outing for me thus far. The club has been fantastic and I hope to return and play for them again.
"I will surely promote the MHL amongst other Australian players as it is an interesting mode of competition and the standard of play is really good. It will not be fair however to compare it to the Aussie League.
"The playing style is different as in Australia we rely on moving the ball whereas the emphasis here is moving with the ball. But this largely has to do with the fact that the players here have a very high standard of individual skills that they put to use."
Deavin made his international debut in 2010 at the Azlan Shah Cup winning gold before going on to be part of the successful team that won the 2010 Champions Trophy.
He was part of the Australian team that won gold at the 2011 Champions Trophy in Auckland. The historic win was the fourth consecutive win for the Kookaburras, the first team to have achieved this in history.
Struck down by a foot injury at the end of 2011, Deavin recovered to have a great start to 2012 competing in a string of Kookaburras international matches and cementing his debut Olympic berth.
The 29 year old Tasmanian born athlete took up hockey at nine years of age and his career was almost ended prematurely in 1999 when he suffered a depressed skull fracture.
"TNB are a good team with plenty of youth in it. And they play fast hockey. Hence we need to be careful of their speedy counter attacks and have to have numbers behind the ball," added Deavin.