Australian Hawgood likely to replace Sarjit
By Ghaz Ramli
January 07, 2009
Australian Neil Hawgood is likely to be Malaysian Hockey Federation's (MHF) choice as the new national coach.
So "how good" is he really? Can he chart Malaysian hockey fortunes when the likes of fellow Australian Terry Walsh failed and left in a huff? Can he avoid be Malaysia-nised as how German Paul Lissek ended up to be? Will he survive the politics of the MHF and NSC?
WAIS works closely with the national and State body to ensure the 20 players in the WAIS squad have the best chance to make the grade. At the moment the national senior squad includes five WAIS scholarship holders in Captain Paul Gaudoin, Bevan George, Aaron Hopkins, Scott Webster and Goal Keeper Leon Martin.
With the Commonwealth Games and World Cup over, Hawgood is switching the focus of the program to the 2005 Junior World Cup.
“In two years we need to have the next group of emerging players ready,” he said. “The competition is for under-21s, so we’re targeting the 16 to 18 year olds. We’ve picked a group who will play the Hockeyroos in the build-up to their World Cup held in Perth this spring. That’s good for me because I can see how players react in match situations."