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HK’s Women’s Hockey Team Secure Asia Cup Berth

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By Eddie So Created: December 18, 2012 Last Updated: December 18, 2012
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The Hong Kong Women’s Hockey team at the Asian Hockey Federation Cup in Singapore. Hong Kong lost 1-2 to Chinese Taipei in the Final on Sunday Dec 16. (Ahmed Khan)

The Hong Kong Women’s Hockey team at the Asian Hockey Federation Cup in Singapore. Hong Kong lost 1-2 to Chinese Taipei in the Final on Sunday Dec 16. (Ahmed Khan)

Hong Kong’s national women’s field hockey team earned a silver medal in their 2-1 loss to Chinese Taipei in the Asian Hockey Federation Cup Final, played in Singapore on Sunday Dec 16.

Brenda Smith, an Ex-officio Representative from HKHA Council, told The Epoch Times, it was a fantastic result and hopes to see more to come from the women’s national team, which is ranked 47th in the world.

“It was a great effort by the Hong Kong Women’s team which lacks recent international match practice,” Smith said.

The AHF Cup, which was played from Dec 6 to 16, featured seven international representative teams: Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong, Pakistan, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Thailand.

Smith praised the Hong Kong side who started the tournament with a 1-all draw to Singapore; then followed-up with a convincing 5-0 victory over Pakistan; a 2-1 win against Thailand; another convincing 6-0 win, this time against Sri Lanka; and a 2-1 loss to eventual Cup winners Chinese Taipei, who went through undefeated.

“They improved throughout the tournament but in the Final couldn’t quite get the goal needed to take the match into extra time and a possible golden goal win,” said Smith.

Hong Kong’s Samantha J.S. Hill was awarded the Arissa Player Of The Tournament award in the Asian Hockey Federation Cup in Singapore on Sunday Dec 16. (Ahmed Khan)

Hong Kong’s Samantha J.S. Hill was awarded the Arissa Player Of The Tournament award in the Asian Hockey Federation Cup in Singapore on Sunday Dec 16. (Ahmed Khan)

“Nevertheless, the silver medal is good enough to put them into the top tier of Asian Women’s Hockey and in the coming year the team will be working hard to prepare themselves to face the Asian giants of China, Korea, Japan and India, which are ranked 7th, 8th, 9th and 12th in the world respectively,” she said.

The silver medal win means that the Hong Kong women’s national team has qualified for the Asian Hockey Federation Asia Cup 2013 to be held in Malaysia.

Eddie So is a photo journalist with over 20 years experience based in Hong Kong.

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