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Khalsa Stay Top of Hong Kong Field Hockey League

Hockey—Premier League

By Bill Cox
Epoch Times Staff
Created: November 7, 2012 Last Updated: November 7, 2012
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Magical skills ... Ahmed Ewis of Khalsa-A rounds a HKFC-B player on his way to scoring seven goals in their match at King’s Park on Sunday Nov 4, helping his team to a 12-1 win to remain top of the Hong Kong Hockey Association Men’s Premier League standings. (Bill Cox/The Epoch Times)

Magical skills … Ahmed Ewis of Khalsa-A rounds a HKFC-B player on his way to scoring seven goals in their match at King’s Park on Sunday Nov 4, helping his team to a 12-1 win to remain top of the Hong Kong Hockey Association Men’s Premier League standings. (Bill Cox/The Epoch Times)

Khalsa-A’s 12-1 win against HKFC-B in the Hong Kong Hockey Association Premier League at King’s Park on Sunday Nov 4 keeps them top of the table after completing Round 5 matches. Khalsa have also increased their goal difference over HKFC-A who remain equal on 15 points. With no men’s matches this weekend, these top two teams will meet Sunday week in what could be a season-defining match.

Khalsa’s Form

As expected, Khalsa dominated their match against HKFC-B, who, after a winning start to the season, are now second last on the league standings table.

When they were three goals down, HKFC-B team were delighted to get a goal with seven minutes left in the first half, but Khalsa-A added another two goals before the interval, making the score five goals to one at half-time. Khalsa further dominated play in the second half. Ahmed Ewis took full advantage of the situation, parking himself near HKFC-B’s goal and receiving accurate long passes, and with skilful stick-work converted seven goals in the match, Harry Bal scored two and Arshad Muhammad one.

The big win means that Khalsa-A now hold a goal difference advantage of seven over rivals HKFC-A. Khalsa have been winning their matches fairly comfortably so far this season and it will be interesting to see if they can continue this form away to HKFC on Nov 18.

HKFC-A’s Form

Meanwhile HKFC-A, playing bottom of the table Elite-A, won their match at the HKFC ground 8-0. Scorers were Jojo Wolff (3), Julian Lewis (3), Yan Adams (1) and Owen Hughes (1).

In reviewing the match, HKFC-A captain Owen Hughes told The Epoch Times that they didn’t always take scoring advantage from their dominance in field play.

“We were pretty dominant and probably should have made more of our opportunities. We were a bit wasteful in that respect, but 8-0 is a good win, keeps us unbeaten and sets us up well for a big match against Khalsa in a few weeks,” said Hughes.

The clash between HKFC-A and Khalsa-A comes at the HKFC ground in the next round of matches—as usual this will be a match of electrifying proportions. HKFC-A have usually had the edge at home and it was a telling game in last year’s competition. However, HKFC-A are a little way adrift of Khalsa-A on goal difference in the matches played so far this season. In fact, except against the weaker sides, they have struggled a bit in the goal scoring department.

SSSC-A Holds Third

On the attack ... Valley-A forwards applied strong pressure to score early in the second half in their Hong Kong Hockey Association Women’s Premier League match against KCC-A at the Valley ground on Saturday Nov 3. Valley-A won 3-0. (Bill Cox/The Epoch Times)

On the attack … Valley-A forwards applied strong pressure to score early in the second half in their Hong Kong Hockey Association Women’s Premier League match against KCC-A at the Valley ground on Saturday Nov 3. Valley-A won 3-0. (Bill Cox/The Epoch Times)

SSSC-A played superbly well to beat Pak-A 3-1 to keep them in third spot on the table, but five points behind the leaders.

In a highly charged match, Singh Sabha Sports Club took the fight to the Pakistan Association team right from the whistle, notching up a goal in the first minute of play. Pakistan Association soon got the equaliser, but SSSC-A scored again before half-time. SSSC-A added a third goal early in the second half, always had the edge, but it was certainly a fast flowing, skilful game with much end to end play.

Supporter Bob Kewal told The Epoch Times how the game played out.

“[It was a] very good game, very fast, but they [SSSC-A] played the first half a little bit bad, but in the second half they played very well,” said Mr Kewal. “Their new Chinese player named Fong is a good player, a playmaker, good defender and good forward, goes up, goes down. The goals were scored by Raju, Buljit and Satwinder,” he added.

Meanwhile, SSSC-A convenor Nirvair “Johnny” Johal told the The Epoch Times that the game was played in good spirits and that his team were mindful of the quality Pak-A team.

“The game was played very nice. We have a few good players coming in from Malaysia and China. A credit to Pakistan as well, they created many chances. Both teams played very well and the game [is] sometimes lucky [or] unlucky. [Let] the better team win, that is all I say,” Johal remarked.

“We know they [Pakistan Association] have some very, very good players, which we have to control, if not we may be out of control. We make some planning that works out and hopefully keep on and back in the championship race.”

Other Results

Shaheen-A were three goals to one down against Valley-A with just 10 minutes left in the match, but managed to pull it back to draw at 3-3.

Khalid Husain, Shaheen captain explained to The Epoch Times: “We have a young side with four or five players coming up through the youth team. We did not play well in the first half, but we improved as the game progressed.”

Punjab-A move up to equal third, with SSSC-A in the standings table with 10 points after beating KCC 6-1 earlier in the day.

After five rounds of play in the league, relative strengths of the teams are showing. Surprisingly, Pak-A are languishing towards the bottom of the table, although they do have a game in hand over the teams above them. SSSC-A have definitely improved from last year and newcomers Punjab-A may produce some surprises as the season progresses.

Women

Valley-A defeated KCC-A 3-0 in a competitive fast flowing match that brings Valley-A within one point of league leaders HKFC-A, but with a game in hand.

Katie Etchells, Valley-A Captain summed up the game.

“Great team performance. We all worked for each other and it all came together in the second half. It was very tight in the first half; we had most of the possession and most of the penalty corners that we could not finish off. But in the second half, the passing was much better and we were prepared to fight for each other,” Etchells told The Epoch Times.

“This was our first big test of the season, so we are pleased to have come through that,” she added, then confirmed the goal scorers as, “Ashley Keane, Emma Hayes and the last was an own goal, but Ashley was again involved.”

Earlier in the afternoon, in the lower divisions, Valley-B lost their Division 1 match to Dutch Club 6-0. Meanwhile, Valley-E team won their Division 5 match against HKCC-B by 3-1.

In the match between WS Orchid and HKFC-A on Wednesday Oct 31 at King’s Park, Football Club won by 18-0.

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