Kowloon Bowling Green Club will begin their campaign to defend both of the Men’s and Women’s Division 1 Triples League titles when the season begins this weekend. KGBC’s teams will both face tough opposition from 2012 Premier League Division 1 winners and a field champing at the bit to start the new season.
Meanwhile, a record number of 137 teams and more than 1,233 players (with reserves) will compete in the 2012-13 Triples League season.
In the Men’s section, the focal point will be on Kowloon Bowling Green Club, who monopolised the top three divisions last time with three titles. They will have two teams in Division 1 and will face strong challenges from the reigning Premier League champions Kowloon Cricket Club.
The Police and Hong Kong Football Club also have two teams each in the top division. Their desire to press hard for a result making this season very interesting to watch.
Meanwhile, this year, we will see a number of clubs making their debut to the Men’s divisions, including: the newly formed Asia Bowling Club; Wahhar Institute of Sports; and Tseung Kwan O Bowling Club, who make their first appearance after storming into the Premier League and securing promotion in Division 7.
Wayfoong Sports Association, who won the Men’s Division 8 title last time, but had to withdraw from the following Premier League season because of insufficient players, has been able to assemble a team to compete in Division 7.
For the Womens’, the reigning champion, KBGC, will need to fight off pressure from Hong Kong Football Club, who just won their sixth consecutive Division 1 championship title in the Premier League.
Previously known as the Winter League, the Triples League was played between Premier League seasons—usually from November to February. The Triples League gave way to the Mixed Fours League last year to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of the Hong Kong Lawn Bowls Association.
The Triples League returns after a 1-year hiatus, with a record total of 93 men’s teams and 44 women’s teams from 38 clubs in Hong Kong, featuring nine men’s and five women’s divisions.
A match is played between sides of three teams of three players, where each player delivers three bowls per end.
This year, the Triples League, which begins this Saturday Dec 1, will last until the end of Feb 2013.
Claudius Lam is an Officer with the Hong Kong Lawn Bowls Association.