Hong Kong Football Club held on to retain their Women’s Triples League Division 1 title after long periods of uncertainty in the final game of the season last weekend, Feb 15.
Going into the last game against second-placed Police team, HKFC held a massive eight points and 51 shots difference advantage. And the absence of Hong Kong top bowler Helen Cheung, who is on a training camp with the Hong Kong team in Australia, from the Police team also gave the HKFC team some additional advantage.
Avoiding a heavy defeat was not a primary goal for the HKFC team, as all of them are in contention for the best team award.
However all didn’t go to plan.
The first one to fall was Connie Wong, who quickly slipped to 14:1 at the halfway mark against Ada Fung. This offered hope for the Police team as they could cut the shot deficit substantially if the trend continued. However Wong pulled some shots back and gained a reputable 21:13 scoreline, despite losing.
A similar situation unfolded for HKFC’s Priscilla Lam, who also traced her opponent Windy Ng 13:1 after six ends. Lam tried harder when the team got into the game to lose by seven shots.
It was a closer contest between HKFC’s Erica Wong and the Police’s Andie Cheung. Tied on the 12th end, Cheung won the last five ends to finish the game 14:9.
Despite losing 8-nil and finishing the season level on points with the Police, HKFC still managed to win the title by a shots difference margin of 20.
But the honour of the best team went to Emmie Wong, who played for the other HKFC team in the same division.
At the bottom, Filipino Club and Indian Recreation Club will need to play in a lower division next season. Their position will be replaced by promoted City Lawn Bowls Club and Craigengower Cricket Club.
This weekend will see the final game for the Men’s Triples, with all eyes on the first division when Kowloon Bowling Green Club needing to beat Craigengower Cricket Club 8-nil and by 10 shots to win the title.
Claudius Lam is an Officer with the Hong Kong Lawn Bowls Association.