Twenty teams made up of players from various clubs from the Hong Kong hockey fraternity played in a one-day mixed gender tournament in memory of the former Hong Kong Hockey Association (HKHA) president Con Conway on Wednesday (Feb 13).
Conway passed away in September, at the age of 72 after a three-year battle with cancer and is survived by his wife Carlye Tsui.
A vice-president of the Hong Kong Sports Federation and Olympic Committee, Conway or “Con” as he is remembered, was a well-liked individual, having served sports in his many roles, starting as a middle distance runner, who excelled in the 400 metre and 800 metre distances.
He also represented Kowloon Cricket Club, where he dedicated his talents as a hockey player before turning to hockey umpiring. He eventually ended up as the game’s president and earned a title from the HKHA as its “Honorary Life President”.
His experience in sports administration was also used in the capacity as vice-president for the Hong Kong Sports Federation and Olympic Committee, where his last position saw him represent Hong Kong at the 2012 London Olympics.
Current HKHA president, Sarinder Dillon had only praise for Conway for his many roles in the sport and the tournament was the one way that those who knew him could show their appreciation of the great man.
“The Con Conway Memorial Cup Tournament is dedicated to the memory of Conway’s more than three decades of dedicated service to hockey,” said Dillon.
“Con was instrumental in the development of the game in Hong Kong. Where we are now, with 82 men’s teams and 47 women’s teams, not counting junior and mini-hockey, is largely attributed to Con’s efforts,” he said.
Matches in Wednesday’s tournament were played at both King’s Park and Club de Recreio in a nine-a-side team format, with each team having to field at least four women players for every match. Rules stated that a goal scored by a woman player would be worth double.
Eddie So is a photo journalist with over 20 years experience based in Hong Kong.