The first Pesta Hoki was held on the 16th and 17th of November 1973. A total of 36 teams took part in the solitary category which was the Men’s Open. A year later, the Women’s Open category was introduced.
The junior category for teenagers was introduced in 1991. This was a chance for young players to show their talent in Hockey. The junior teams played for the Penang International Junior MILO Trophies.
Over the years, participation from teams all over Malaysia and from Asia Pacific countries such as Sri Lanka, Australia ans Singapore has really promoted healthy sportsmanship and international friendship which is beyond age ethnic, religion and political belief.
Overall of 320 teams are taking part in the tournament this year in various categories. The Premier League, Classic Men’s Open and Classic Women’s Open are the highlights of the event.
In the special interview with Jessie Kee she spoke to Pocket News about what are the steps for her to kick start the event as in starting with the registration of volunteers with three section which is Sponsor, Technical and Programme Flow. After recruiting the volunteers the main elements before start off with the job flow and planning is to make sure the operation among 236 Pesta Maker in the three section as mention above with co-ordination and weekly meeting.
Jessie says the most important to hold up as President is all about experienced as she need to be in the top committee for three years which start from zero to become president today. She was in field marshall in first year camping then becoming coordinator in her second year and as secretary in the third year as she need to be alert on the responsibility and duties given by her senior since the first day as she joined.
For her to manage her organizing team, she need to have very strong communication between her committee with tolerance and understanding as different people have different point of view. In the difficult moment she face, she never went though alone as she had the full gratitude moral support from her team.
In order to organize this event, Jessie say the most important is team player as they could give more ideals, support and to move together in one mindset. Even we met some problems during organizing this event we never give up but we told ourself Good Try which given me and my team more motivation to move forward.
In promoting the event wasn’t a problem for Jessie and her team as Pesta Hoki had been forty-four years which is a well known yearly event with high reputation where people willing to lean hand to help including sponsors to advertise and promote the event.
For Jessie and her team, the most success achievement in this event were trophy for the Men’s Open Classic and man Premier League as the trophy was supported by Sultan of Perak.
Jessie is still unbelievable that it had come to the end of the event as she is on her final year which Pesta Hoki is one of her final year project. She expressed her happiness and feel proud toward her wonderful team.
Muhamad Izwah from KJLJD was awarded the champion of the Classic Men Open Category. The winning team entitled for challenge trophy, RM1,200 cash, medals and prizes sponsored by MILO, Nestle and Obo.
Noraslinda Said was the champion of the Classic Women Open Category. The winning team entitled for challenge trophy, RM1,200 cash, medals and prizes sponsored by MILO, Nestle and Obo.
UPM (B) was awarded the champion of the Institute of Higher Learning Category (Men). The winning team was entitle for a challenge trophy, RM1,000 cash, medals and prizes sponsored by MILO, Nestle and Obo. The first runner-up of this category was UPM (A). UPM (B) defeat UPM (A) with the score of 1-0.
UPM (A) was the champion of the Institute of Higher Learning Category (Women). The winning team entitled for challenge trophy, RM1,000 cash, medals and prizes sponsored by MILO, Nestle and Obo. The first runner-up of this category was UPM (B). UPM (A) defeat UPM (B) with the score of 3-2.
Chinese Taipei (A) was the champion of the Junior Men’s Under-18 Category. The winning team entitled for challenge trophy, RM800 cash, medals and prizes sponsored by MILO, Nestle and Obo. The first runner-up this category was Taiwan Chinese (B). Chinese Taipei (A) and Chinese Taipei (B) are the team from Taiwan. Meanwhile, the Junior Women’s Under-18 champion was MSNK D LELA and the first runner-up was Chinese Taipei (B). MSNK D LELA defeat Chinese Taipei (B) with the score of 3-2.
As for Junior Boy’s Under-15 Category, YOUNG BOYS was the winner after a tight match with TBSS Seniors. YOUNG BOYS defeated TBSS Seniors with the score 3-0. Champion for the category of Junior Girl’s Under-15 was CUTE MILLENIA whereas the first runner-up was SGG EXTREME. CUTE MILLENIA defeated SGG EXTREME with the score of 3-0.
MBPJ TIGER won Junior Boy’s Under-12 Category and awarded as Champion whereas KLIA BLACK became the first runner-up. The champion received challenge trophy, RM600 cash, medals and prizes sponsored by MILO, Nestle and Obo. Besides, for the Junior Girl’s Under-12 Category was won by KL GIRLS whereas TJHT GIRLS KEL became the first runner-up. — PN