New Zealand are looking ahead towards the Junior World Cup in 2013 and towards that they have opted to field players that will be eligible to play in the World Cup proper in the 2nd edition of the Sultan of Johor Cup.
And their participation is a two prong strategy as not only are they planning ahead but the team is also groomed for the Junior World Cup qualifiers for the Oceania zone that will be held next February.
Jayshaan Randhawa can count on a lot of local support as he dons the Australian jersey in the Sultan of Johor Cup that commences at the Taman Daya Stadium in Johor Baru.
For he has his roots in Malaysia as his father was born in Muar. Though this website has yet to find out more about the player, his uncle confirmed that his father lived iiin Muar before moving to Australia years ago.
The Indian junior hockey team's preparations for next year's World Cup will begin with the upcoming second Sultan Johor Cup, according to coach Baljit Singh Saini. India will seek to break a 12-year-old drought in the world event it is scheduled to host.
But before doing that, India is looking towards improving on their fourth place finish they achieved at the Sultan of Johor Cup last year. And Baljit has set a top three target, a rather conservative one.
It has been a mixed year for Nor izzat Sumantri. For he lost his father just three days before the Junior Asia Cup in Malacca in May. But a sterling performace despite his grief helped Malaysia emerge champions in the history of the Junior Asia Cup.
Astro Arena will telecast live all but one match of the 2nd Edition of the Sultan of Johor Cup that commences this Sunday.
The only exception to the live list is the match between India and Pakistan on November 14 at 2000H as the fooball match between Malaysia and Hong Kong will be telecast on that stipulated time.
The decision to telecast all matches live will no doubt be a tremendous boost to hockey. A total of 6 teams are participating in the tournament. They are Australia, Germany, New Zealand, India, Pakistan and hosts cum defending champions Malaysia.
While most teams in the 2nd Edition of the Sultan Johor Cup will be looking towards a podium finish, Pakistan are out to gain as much experience as they can in order to prepare a decent team for the 2013 Junior World Cup in New Delhi.
With five players in the national senior side, Pakistan coach Rana Mujahid Ali said that his team has somewhat been reduced in strength, but looking ahead is his main priority, thus a decent performance rather then a podium finish is what they are aiming for.
It will be a final outing as coach of Jamilon Mulders who will lead the German squad in the 2nd edition of the Sultan of Johor Cup in Johor Baru that commences this Sunday.
For Mulders will take over the reins of the German national ladies squad for the next Olympic cycle that ends in Rio de Janeiro. And thus he will use all his knowledge to ensure that five times world junior champions Germany live up to their potential at the SOJC. Assisting him will be Andre Henning who is currently the HTCU coach and is largely tipped to take over Mulders position.