Caption: The national women’s hockey team pose for a group photo before their friendly match against Malacca Sports School at the MBMB Taman Bandaraya Bukit Serindit yesterday. Picture: Courtesy of Brunei Stingers.
Ak Fauzi Pg Salleh
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
THE national women’s hockey team are currently in Malacca for a seven-day training camp as they prepare for competitive friendly matches against Singapore on April 15 and 16.
The matches against Singapore is sanctioned by the Asian Hockey Federation (AHF) and players who are involved will earn international caps.
The national women’s hockey team, also known as Brunei Stingers, were held to a goalless draw yesterday by Malacca Sports School at the MBMB Taman Bandaraya Bukit Serindit in their first of four proposed friendly matches with top teams in the state.
The other programme includes designed turf training with the hockey teams in Malacca and as well as pre and post match video sessions to analyse matches.
“This training camp and the friendly matches are very important for the team…it will determine whether we will be a part of the team that will travel to SEA (Southeast Asian) Games,” Shazwani Shahibulbahri, the team’s media representative told BruSports yesterday.
This year’s SEA Games in Malaysia will see a total of 38 sports competed. Five sports including two winter sports will be introduced to the Games: bridge, cricket, ice hockey, ice skating and Tarung Derajat.
It is also the first time that two winter sports were accepted by the South East Asian Games Federation (SEAGF) Council into the SEA Games.
Ice skating and ice hockey, together with cricket, were inducted into the Games joining the other 35 sports which are featured in the Olympic Games and Asian Games.