HONG KONG—Ninety-two youngsters participated in the 3rd Age Group Lawn Bowls Competition in Hong Kong, which was completed last Sunday, July 20.
The event, which was organised by the Hong Kong Lawn Bowls Association, was held at the bowling green at Hang Hau Man Kuk Lane Park, Tseung Kwan O. It played in a three woods pairs format with no limitation on the combination of gender in each team.
All participants were divided to play against competitors of the same age group in a double round-robin format. The four age groups are 8-11, 12-14, 15-17 and 18-25.
Warren Kwok, Vice-President (Development) of the Association explained that the main objective of the event is to provide more opportunities for youngsters to test their skill.
“Before this event there were a limited number of competitions for them, such as the U-25 Singles, Youth Novice and the Inter-School competitions. While they may also participate in National competitions to gain experience, organising a competition tailor-made for them will allow the youngsters to trade experience with peers.”
“We are glad that the tournament is popular among young bowlers and this is important for us to push the sport to the younger generation,” said Kwok.
Age Group 8-11
Champion Chen King Hin and Chung Ka Chun, classmates at Lutheran Tsang Shing Siu Leun School, defeated two teams and drew with another one in the final round-robin to lift the title. The two boys both started bowling in 2012 and found lawn bowls a very interesting game after taking it up.
“At first I thought it was a boring game but once I am in it, I found it more and more interesting and now I look forward to continue my achievement in the sport,” said Chung.
Age Group 12-14
Another classmate from Yan Oi Tong Tin Ka Ping Secondary School, Sham Wang Hei and Mak Hoi Chun, won all games in the final round-robin to win their trophy. They both attributed that the encouragement from their partners were the main reason to win.
Age Group 15-17
Hong Kong Youth Team member Tiffany Lau and Cherry Tsoi was engaged in the toughest age group, where three teams finished level on points. But the girls emerged victorious with the slimmest margin of four shots and were crowned champions.
Age Group 18-25
Adrian Yau and Angus Lee, also from the Hong Kong Youth Team, did not have much trouble in their final round-robin. They dispatched their opponents convincingly to take the title.
Both of them have vowed to continue to develop their game and hopefully will represent Hong Kong one day.
Claudius Lam is an Officer with the Hong Kong Lawn Bowls Association.