Darren Smith, the coach of UniKL comes with impressive credentials. He fields questions on what his expectations are in the MHL and also is frank on his views about Malaysian hockey. He also touches on the issue of coaching the national team in this interview. Read on...
Nur Insafi are at a disadvantage even before the first match of the Malaysian Hockey League. For they have no pitch to train on and travel to Sg. Petani, Ipoh and Kuala Lumpur to hold training sessions.
KL Hockey Club are amongst the early favourites for the title in the Premier League of the MHL that gets underway on December 17. Team Manager George Koshy shares his thoughts on the MHL and offers some insights on his team. For the record KLHC were the league champions last season but lost in the semis to Sapura.
Last season Malacca Municipal Council completed their fixtures a month early and watched in agony as their chances of promotion into the Premier Division vanished into thin air as the other teams knew exactly what to do.That was something coach V. Sasidharan could not understand as the uneven distribution of matches cost his team a chance of making the knock out stages for the overall title.
The battle for the MHL supremacy starts on December 17, but for UniKL coach Darren Smith, the past month has been spent on getting his soldiers primed for the arduous task ahead.
Darren, who is also the assistant coach of the New Zealand squad, arrived in Malaysia last month to prepare the UniKL side for the MHL and having spoken to him when he first arrived and after a month of training his charges, one could see the optimism he has for his bunch of youngsters.