Malaysia has set a goal of striving for the remaining half of preparation for the Asian Games held in Doha after a sprint with good results in the hockey qualifying round (women) at Kuala Lumpur Stadium.
Hockey is a type of sport in which two teams compete against each other by trying to control a ball or a hard and round disc, called a hockey ball, into the net or goal of the other team with a hockey stick. Malaysia has set a goal of striving for this sport at Asian Games.
Head of the women’s hockey team, Norfaraha Hashim, said: “I think the team has learned a lot of lessons, as well as techniques, strategies to compete after attending the Commonwealth Games. Here, our girls have shown stable performance, become excellent players and the evidence is the result that we have won in the qualifying round with 3 consecutive victories. We have always been a solid formation despite the pressure of the medal and even the underground attack. The results in the qualifying round will be a great motivation for us to perform better at the 15th Asian Games”.
Hashim said that Malaysia last attended the Games in 1986 in South Korea. There the Malaysian women’s hockey team lost in the semi-finals and ASIAD 15 will have a good chance for Malaysia to find what was lost.
According to the hockey coach, Mr. CRKumar had a good match and was an opportunity for him and his students to check the level and arrange the positions on the new strategy to compete with high results.
He also added that the team is currently struggling and worried in the free-kick position by Nurul Nadia Mokhatar – the person who holds this position cannot continue playing due to a knee injury was a major loss for Malaysia’s Hockey team before the Asian Games.
However, Mr. C.R.Kumar also added: “The team is well prepared and the Norfaraha players are showing very good performance in this position. So now we are focusing on training this athlete. With the current performance of Norfaraha we will have more choices for the upcoming Asian Games”.
Field hockey is a sport that takes place between two teams of up to eleven people on the field.
Teams can change people with as many people and times as they want, at any time during the match, except when the corner kick is in progress. There are two exceptions to this rule: when the defensive goalkeeper is injured or disqualified, or the player may leave the court, but must wait until the player has made a touch of the ball for another person to enter.
Players are allowed to control the ball with the side of the front and with the edges of the head and stick, with the exception of safety reasons that players should not hit hard on the ball with a horizontal stroke forehand due to the difficulty of controlling the height and direction of the ball from such a shot.
The surface of the staff should always be on the right side for the right-handed when swinging the club from right to left. Sticks for lefties have produced but are extremely rare. However, the rule does not allow people to use this type of cane. To play from left to right the player must make the surface of the clubface contact with the ball by turning the clubhead, possibly by rotating the handle about 180 degrees.
Other rules can include: do not touch the ball with your feet and with your hands, do not obstruct the opponent’s movement, do not swing the club too high, and there is no third party. If the player is dribbling at the same time losing control and kicking the ball or another player intervenes, that player is not allowed to control the ball or continue to dribble. Rules do not allow players to kick the ball to gain control of the ball, so the ball will belong to the other team.
Conversely, if kicking does not provide the team with any control over the ball, the game will continue. Players must not prevent others from having a chance to make a shot of any kind. Do not push/use your body or stick to hinder your team’s progress. The penalty for this error is to give the ball to the opponent and if it recurs this action may be booked. When an athlete performs a free kick or a corner kick, the shot may not pass high as this is considered dangerous.
In the end, there cannot be three players touching the ball at the same time. Two players on two opposing teams can compete with the ball, however, if one player interferes with the dispute it will be considered a third party and the ball will belong to the team with less participants in the ball situation.