The Malaysian Hockey League had a rich tradition, for it helped nurture players that went in to captivate audiences worldwide.
When the inaugural league commenced in 1987, it was truly a national league for matches were played in Kuala Lumpur, Klang, Seremban, Johor Baru and Ipoh.
In years to come Penang, Kuantan and Kuala Terengganu also hosted MHL matches.
Such was the passion of hockey fans that in the mid 90's there was hardly standing space when the knockout stage matches were played at Stadium Tun Razak in Jalan Duta.
This season only 6 teams will fight it out to claim the crown of being the undisputed number one hockey team in Malaysia.
And all that team needs to do is win just three matches to take home the biggest share of the prize money and the title.
Such has been the haphazard way of thinking that hardly any effort was made in planning the MHL this year.
All 6 teams qualify for the knockout phase so losing all 10 league matches is no big deal.
All the team needs to do is win the first leg of the playoff with a good margin and even a defeat in the second leg will see them through.
The same applies for the semis and after 240 minutes ( since it's now a 60 minute match) a team can make the final.
And after 300 minutes the team will be crowned champions and take home RM60,000 and all that by winning three matches.
And the bungling officials even had the draw for the knockout stage all messed up. In the fixtures released the team that finished 5 will play 6 while 3 play number 4.
Even a kid will know this is wrong and although the rules say open draw, the fixtures speak otherwise.
We have been labelled as being poor sportsmen for calling a spade a spade when it was called a Kampung League earlier this year.
So with all these clowning around will a circus be more appropriate?



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