The Liaoning Province Club from China are set to debut in the 2019 National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL) scheduled from Jan 10-March 2.

National women’s hockey coach K. Dharmaraj said it would be a new chapter in the history of the women’s league.

“It’s a good idea to invite the Chinese club to play in the women’s league as it will make the league more competitive and interesting,” said Dharmaraj.

“Our players need as much exposure as they can against strong foreign clubs,” he said.

“I hope more foreign clubs will join in future to make this league competitive.”

Six other clubs in the fray are Blue Warriors, PKS Universiti Tenaga Nasional (Uniten), KL Wipers, Terengganu Ladies Team, Tunku Mahkota Ismail Sports School (SSTMI) and Penang Sports Hockey Association (PSHA)-MSSPP.

The league champions will receive RM50,000, runners-up (RM30,000) and third (RM20,000) compared to the 2018 season prize money of RM20,000, RM10,000 and RM5,000.