Hockey: Stop living in a denial syndrome

The results speak for themselves.

No need to give excuses or promise any spectrum whatsoever.

Putrajaya – we have a problem.

Our defence leaks more then then 1MDB.

This is the longest consecutive losing streak for Malaysian Hockey for decades.

Accepting there is a problem is the right thing to do, going on Facebook to swallow Panadol is akin to not wanting to face facts and accept reality.

No doubt the players are trying their best, but was the planning the best?

To those who say players are tired – remember there were 7 changes made to squad that went to Europe and Japan.

To those who say Team was inexperienced, acceptable but do we keep in experimenting at this stage

Look at the stats below, we conceded a total of 53 goals in a total of 13 matches – averaging 4 per match.

Out of these 53 goals we conceded , a total of 35 field goals and 17 penalty corners and 1 penalty strike.

Meaning our defence leaks big time so no need to do any correlative studies or make unsubstantiated arguments in defending the performances.

The coaches and players are well aware that they have an issue – and they have till October 25 the day of the first play off match to rectify the weakness.

And for those who might still be confused, we play both out matches away, no such thing as home as we will not finish in the top 7 bracket now.

The second match is scheduled for November 3.

The key date is September 9 when the draw will be conducted for the Olympic playoffs – who will we play?

By the look of things it could either be Canada, New Zealand, Spain or Germany.

But this could well change as England will see their rankings drop for failing to make the European Championship semi finals.

And it could see Germany making it in as Continental Champions, leaving Holland moving down to playoffs.

So much uncertainty here but one thing is certain, we do not need a Panadol or two to overcome this headache – it’s stronger brew – perhaps half a dozen of Valium to stay in dreamland on a high.

Results of matches

Test Matches

Germany -won – 4-2

Spain – lost 1-0

4 Nation

Spain – won – 4-3

Ireland – won 2-1

England – drew – 3-3

Test Matches

Holland – lost – 6-4

Holland – lost 6-2

Belgium – lost 5-1

Belgium – lost 8-0

Olympic Test Event Tokyo

India – lost 0-6

Japan – lost 1-3

New Zealand – lost 1-3

Japan – lost 1-6

Goals scored; Total 23

v Germany

PS -1

PC – 1

FG – 2

v Spain

0

v Spain

FG – 3

PC – 1

v Ireland

FG -1

PC -1

v England

PC – 2

FG – 1

v Holland

FG – 2

PC – 2

v Holland

FG – 2

v Belgium

FG – 1

V Belgium

0

V India

0

V Japan

FG – 1

V New Zealand

1 PC

V Japan

1 FG

Goals conceded: 53

v Germany

PC – 2

v Spain

FG-1

v Spain

FG – 3

v Ireland

FG -1

v England

FG – 1

PC – 2

v Holland

FG – 4

PC – 2

V Holland

FG -6

V Belgium

FG -5

V Belgium

FG – 3

PC – 5

V India

FG – 5

PC – 1

V Japan

FG -3

V New Zealand

FG – 2

PC – 1

V Japan

FG – 1

PC – 4

PS – 1