Kowloon Bowling Green Club is one step away from claiming their fourth consecutive championship title in the Hong Kong Lawn Bowls Association’s Men’s Triples League. Meanwhile, the battle to avoid relegation just got hotter with six clubs fighting it out to finish above second-last with three games in the season remaining.
KBGC dominate again
After another impressive win over the Police team last Saturday Jan 19, KBGC-B have an near uncatchable standings lead – mathematically, teams can overtake them if results fall favourably, but based on current form this is very unlikely.
The team, who won all the opening five games in the season while only losing four points along the way, tore apart the mid-tabled Police (HKPBC-A) in a one-sided match, bringing all eight points home.
In the match between Hong Kong internationals, KBGC’s Raymond Ho and Stanley Lai defeated the Police team skipped by Andy Chan by a big margin of 23:12. Lai and Chan were teammates at the disappointing Hong Kong men’s team at the World Championships in Adelaide last December.
KBGC’s China international Ye Sui Ying combined with Macau international Chris Chiu to beat ex-Hong Kong team player Milo Lai 21:8.
The last triples team to confirm KBGC’s dominance consists of Heron Lau, Tony Cheung and Bernard Leung, all experienced Hong Kong team members. They defeated Boris Choi 14:4.
As the second-placed Kowloon Cricket Club (KCC) only managed a 4:4 draw at the hand of the other Police team (HKPBC-B) in the division, KBGC’s lead was extended to a massive 14 points. With only three games to go, they could be crowned this weekend when they play middle-of-the-table Hong Kong Football Club (HKFC-A).
Meanwhile, KCC will play third-placed Craigengower Cricket Club at home this week – it is fair to consider this as the battle for the runners-up. Currently KCC is leading CCC by a solitary point.
While their B team has taken all before them this season, KBGC’s A team, however, are looking down the barrel of relegation sitting in last place – having lost five of their six games while winning only once, they have just 10-points. KGBC-A will need to defeat fourth-placed HKFC-B this weekend if they have any hope of avoiding the drop to Division 2.
The other team facing relegation as the table stands, Shatin Sports Association (STSA) moved from last to second-last (ninth) on the weekend when they took all eight points by defeating hosts HKFC-A. STSA are now a gettable seven points adrift of third-last on 14-points.
Aiding STSA’s chances of moving up the standings table is the fact that four clubs are in reach – respectively fifth- to eighth-placed teams, HKFC-A have 22-points, while HKPBC’s A and B teams along with CLP have 21-points. Of those, HKPBC-A host CLP, while HKFC-A meet juggernauts KBGC-B this weekend. More importantly, if STSA take last weekend’s form into their match against HKPBC-B this weekend, may lift themselves out of relegation danger.
Meanwhile in the women’s section, KBGC’s hope of emulating their men’s B team by winning their fourth consecutive title, is almost over when they lost to lowly Shatin Sports Association 7:1. As the table leader, KCC, won their game 8:0 at United Service Recreation Club, the difference of 12 points makes it more like a mission impossible for KBGC to overcome.
After six games KCC has 36-points, three ahead of second-placed Hong Kong Football Club, followed by Filipino Club in third on 26-points.
Claudius Lam is an Officer with the Hong Kong Lawn Bowls Association.