Sandy Bay Festival
Sandy Bay Festival17 Jan 2023
All teams had an excellent runout under the sun!
80 players across 9 teams descended on Kings Park as HKFC U7 came for a day of bouncy castles, cotton candy and rugby! The practice matches done at training clearly paid off as the HKFC teams showed a maturity and match awareness which belied their years and was a level above the opposition on the day.
When the final whistle of the final game blew, U7 ended with a record of 33 wins from 37 matches and over 100 tries scored!
There were dazzling performances across the park. William Bundy scored the first try of the day with a fine side step, one of his haul of six tries on the day. In the same team, there were tries for Maxi Wong and Scarlett Woo, both playing in their first festival for HKFC. Jay Hazarika top scored, ending the day with 10 tries, while Tristan Zhou, Marcus Kwok, Sebastian Yip, Aiden Hou, Julius Tan and Vaikalafi Pomana also bagged multiple tries.
While the individual performances merited recognition, perhaps more pleasing for the coaching team was the quality of defence. The kids were really starting to defend as a unit and worked relentlessly to chase runners and recover the ball.
The progress being made by Club’s U9 boys was clear to see at the Sandy Bay tournament. They showed solid teamwork and their intuition for the game continued to improve.
Club teams were especially strong in defensive play and showed good aptitude in adapting to the ruck. Time and again Club boys held the line under fierce pressure which is a testament to the great work being done by coaches and player alike, week in, week out.
In total, Club entered 4 teams comprising of over 50 players, by far the biggest entry from any competitor in this age group.
Particular credit goes to the boys for coping with the accelerating intensity of tackling and speed of attack that each tournament brings. This also drives home the importance of weekly training. The frozen oranges at the end of the games went down a treat and boys trooped off in great form, knowing they flew the flag for Club with accomplishment.
We are already looking forward to 2023.
HKFC continued their domination of the A stream as HKFC 1 and HKFC 2 each ended the day with a 100% winning record. The progress even in the few weeks, since our last festival was clear for all to see as a combination of strong running and committed tackling, was too much for the opposition to handle.
In the B stream, HKFC entered 2 development teams who performed admirably even as they faced off against other clubs first and second teams. It was a tough ask, but the girls finished with a respectable record of 3W, 3D and 2L. For FC3, tenacious running from Elizabeth Barsha and Tara Swaminathan led to a number of tries and for FC4, Jessica Bundy’s fearless tackling led to a number of turnovers and tries saved.
As always, the girls were smiling from start to finish and were a credit to HKFC in their sportsmanship and skill.
U11 SQUAD A
U11 Squad A had a successful and fun day at the Sandy Bay RFC Festival.
FC1 played three and won three - defeating USRC Tigers, a spirited Sai Kung Stingrays “A”, and finally an outmatched Shatin Shapei.
FC2 played three, won two and lost the third to the referee! First up was Flying Kukris. Then Sai Kung Stingrays “B” team, and finally the hosts SB “B” team.
Many thanks to the bench of coaches for their efforts in preparing Squad A: Adam, Daniel, Evan, Graham and Mark.