The third annual Komagata Maru U18, 9-a-side tournament was held at Kings Park on Monday Oct. 1 (China National Day public holiday).
The tournament was organised by the Punjab Youth Club, with eight clubs and 12 teams taking part from KCC, Football Club, Rhino, Hong Kong Sikhs, Shaheen, Khalsa, Pakistan Association and Matteo Ricci.
The teams were split into two pools for round robin matches. Pakistan Association-A won pool A, with KCC-A second and in Pool B, HK Sikhs-A came first with Shaheen-A second.
The top two teams from each pool played the second placed teams from the opposite pool for the Cup Semi-finals and the losing Semi-finalists played off for third place. In the First Semi-final, Pak-A beat Shaheen 3-2 on penalties and in the Second Semi-final, KCC-A beat HK Sikhs-A 2-1 again on penalties.
In the Final, KCC-A won a thrilling game by four goals to Pak-A nil. In the third-fourth play-off match, Shaheen-A beat HK Sikhs-A by two goals to nil.
The tournament ended with an extensive award ceremony for dignitaries and the winning teams.
Due to national holidays, the Valley-A against Shaheen-A women’s match was the only Hong Kong Hockey Association Premier game to be played last weekend. The Valley’s pitch still had water pump problems so the Football Club ground was the venue.
Valley-A played well for most of the first half and showed superiority in most departments of the game and seemed to be cruising at three goals to nil just before half time. But Shaheen-A, put in a great effort in the last two minutes of the first half and scored two quick goals.
The second half was end-to-end hockey. Valley-A had lost their golden touch of the first half and there were chances at either end. However, 10 minutes into the second half, Valley-A scored a fourth goal, which gave them a safety buffer. Although Shaheen-A could have added to their score on several occasions, it was not to be. The match finished with a win for Valley-A by four goals to two.
Next week the men and women will have a full set of games.
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