Spectators Eye Mouth-watering Finale to 2017 Holland Cup
Spectators Eye Mouth-watering Finale to 2017 Holland Cup
Field Hockey—Holland Cup

HONG KONG—Local hockey enthusiasts are looking towards to what will be a fitting end to yet another exciting season with teams entering the final stages of the annual knockout Holland Cup tournament.

Quarterfinal action was played out on both sides of the harbor last Sunday (April 23) with odd and contrasting results emerging, in the oldest knockout event here.

It was another issue of The Great Divide between teams in the local Premiership, starting off with Holland Cup defending champions Singh Sabha Sports Club-A (SSSC-A) booking their semi-final berth after they tore apart Valley-A at King’s Park with one Valley player saying, “the score-line was 12-0 and we were on the losing end,” as his team walked out of the venue.

With this win, it is all systems ‘Go’ for SSSC-A for their semi-final confrontation.

For last season’s losing finalist, Khalsa-A, it was a different scenario. They were expecting a warm-up towards the final but it never materialised as rivals Hong Kong Cricket Club-A were unable to field a full team, thereby forfeiting their game with a walk-over, handing this season’s Premiership Champions another crack at the prestigious title to add to their growing trophy case.

A Khalsa-A spokesman said, ” last year we won the Premier League (title) but lost in the Holland Cup final, it’s the last competition of the season, (for) a very historic trophy in Hong Kong so of course we would like to win it again”.

THE MASTER AT WORK - Asghar Ali of Shaheen-A with the ball during the Shaheen-A to HKFC-B match in the Holland Cup Quarter final at Hong Kong Football Club on Sunday April 23, 2017. (Bill Cox/Epoch Times)
THE MASTER AT WORK – Asghar Ali of Shaheen-A with the ball during the Shaheen-A to HKFC-B match in the Holland Cup Quarter final at Hong Kong Football Club on Sunday April 23, 2017. (Bill Cox/Epoch Times)

On the other side of the harbour at Hong Kong Football Club, Shaheen-A with Asghar Ali directing the game from the midfield, cruised to 3-0 at the break against HKFC-B. But after receiving good advice from their coach, Club B fought back with three goals of their own, but in the end losing 4-3. 

A great chance to score goes missing for HKFC-B during the first half of their Holland Cup Quarter final match with Shaheen-A, at Hong Kong Football Club on Sunday April 23, 2017. (Bill Cox/Epoch Times)
A great chance to score goes missing for HKFC-B during the first half of their Holland Cup Quarter final match with Shaheen-A, at Hong Kong Football Club on Sunday April 23, 2017. (Bill Cox/Epoch Times)

Hong Kong Football Club-A edged out KNS-A with a similar 4-3 scoreline.

The Semi-final line up: is SSSC-A against HKFC-A and Shaheen-A against Khalsa, both to be played at King’s Park this coming Sunday April 30.

Women’s hockey

Photos from the Women’s 5’s tournament held at King’s Park on Saturday April 22.

Moka of Coyotez attacks the HKFC-A goal during the 5-aside tournament at King's Park on Saturday April 22, 2017. (Bill Cox/Epoch Times)
Moka of Coyotez attacks the HKFC-A goal during the 5-aside tournament at King’s Park on Saturday April 22, 2017. (Bill Cox/Epoch Times)

Another attach on the HKFC-A goal this time by Melissa of Coyotez in the women's hockey 5's tournament on Saturday April 22, 2017. (Bill Cox/Epoch Times)
Another attach on the HKFC-A goal this time by Melissa of Coyotez in the women’s hockey 5’s tournament on Saturday April 22, 2017. (Bill Cox/Epoch Times)

Moka of Coyotez on the attack again, this time against Valley ladies in the hockey 5's tournament on Saturday April 22, 2017. (Bill Cox/Epoch Times)
Moka of Coyotez on the attack again, this time against Valley ladies in the hockey 5’s tournament on Saturday April 22, 2017. (Bill Cox/Epoch Times)

HKFC-B (with ball) against HKFC-A in the hockey 5's tournament at King's Park on April 22, 2017. (Bill Cox/Epoch Times)
HKFC-B (with ball) against HKFC-A in the hockey 5’s tournament at King’s Park on April 22, 2017. (Bill Cox/Epoch Times)

HKFC-A (with ball) against HKFC-B in the hockey 5's tournament at King's Park on April 22, 2017. (Bill Cox/Epoch Times)
HKFC-A (with ball) against HKFC-B in the hockey 5’s tournament at King’s Park on April 22, 2017. (Bill Cox/Epoch Times)

Valley player tackles for the ball in their hockey 5's match against HKFC-A at King's Park on April 22, 2017 (Bill Cox/Epoch Times)
Valley player tackles for the ball in their hockey 5’s match against HKFC-A at King’s Park on April 22, 2017 (Bill Cox/Epoch Times)

Valley keeper blocks a shot from HKFC-B during the hockey 5's tournament at King's Park on Saturday April 22, 2017. (Bill Cox/Epoch Times)
Valley keeper blocks a shot from HKFC-B during the hockey 5’s tournament at King’s Park on Saturday April 22, 2017. (Bill Cox/Epoch Times)

Another attempt at scoring by HKFC-B in their match against Valley during the hockey 5's tournament at King's Park on Saturday April 22, 2017. (Bill Cox/Epoch Times)
Another attempt at scoring by HKFC-B in their match against Valley during the hockey 5’s tournament at King’s Park on Saturday April 22, 2017. (Bill Cox/Epoch Times)

KCC women sort out their team during the hockey 5's tournament at King's Park on Saturday April 22, 2017. (Bill Cox/Epoch Times)
KCC women sort out their team during the hockey 5’s tournament at King’s Park on Saturday April 22, 2017. (Bill Cox/Epoch Times)

Eddie So is a seasoned sports journalist and photographer and has worked for a number of media companies in Hong Kong over a period of more than 20 years.   

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