Hockey team need continuous training, says Sukma coach
by Lester Mekan Baha, email@example.com. Posted on August 18, 2012, Saturday
KUCHING: The present Sarawak women hockey team could have performed better if there was continuous training and development programme right after Sukma 2010 in Melaka.
This was disclosed by state head coach, Sivasubraniam who disclosed there was no immediate follow-up to prepare the team for the recently concluded 2012 Sukma.
“I was only given four months to prepare the team for Pahang Sukma and players who reported for centralized training were physically unfit,” he lamented on the crop of selected players who are lacking in the basic skills.
“In order to become a good field hockey player, they must be able to keep up with the pace of the game, remain focus on the field, free of any injury and fatigue, he said on the characteristics of a good hockey player.
To start off with, the coach’s main challenge was to work on their fitness, improve their basic skills and to equip them the various types of game plan, tactics and set pieces.
According to him, Sukma is the national highest level of competition available for local players and it is only natural for them to be mentally and physically fit for challenges on the pitch.
“The players were lacking exposure and it was recommended for them to compete in the domestic league or in tournaments organised by Malaysian Hockey Federation in the Semenanjung,” he said.
“It is important for the players to feel challenged every time they compete against others because this is essential for their development as a good athlete,” the coach said.
Sivasubramaniam expressed hoped for the Sarawak Hockey Association (SHA) to look into the mass exodus of players which he said would normally happen after Sukma.
“If we failed to address the problem, we would be losing good players and may not be able to form a good squad which need to hold on them (players) altogether for at least five to six years,” he said.