The Women’s National Knock-out Singles became the latest casualty of the poor weather this year when the whole competition was washed out by heavy rain on Sunday Dec 15.
The National Knock-out Singles has a tradition of playing all games within one day, representing a tough test on physical fitness, mental toughness and stamina of the competitors. This year, a record-breaking 146 ladies players participated and was scheduled to play at eight different venues throughout Hong Kong.
As the competition involved nearly all private greens, the Hong Kong Lawn Bowls Association is still co-ordinating with all clubs to work out a rescheduled date within its already congested timetable.
The poor weather this year has affected several events this year, including a vast number of Premier League games, the Finals Day, Ronson Au Mixed Fours, Classic qualifying matches and even one day during the Classic.
Earlier in the week, the weather forecast had shown a high possibility of rain for the weekend. And the rain did come on Saturday, however it was not heavy enough to halt any of the league games.
In Mens Division 1, the B team of Hong Kong Football Club moved to top after beating strong opponent Kowloon Cricket Club 8-0 on carpet at home.
KCC boosted a strong lineup for the game, skipped by Hong Kong top bowler Ken Chan and two ex-Hong Kong internationals Danny Ho and Jimmy Chiu.
Of the three rinks, only Ho presented some resistance to his opponent, ex-Hong Kong international SK Ng and Pat Lai, before losing marginally, 16:15.
Chan lost to Warren Cheung 20:10 and Chiu lost to Wagner Chan by a big margin, 24:7.
After two games, Hong Kong Football Club has accumulated 14 points, followed by three teams on 10 points, including the defending champion Kowloon Bowling Green Club, Craigengower Cricket Club and the Police.
For the women, the Police are now leading the table by a better goal difference than 2nd placed Kowloon Bowling Green Club. The defending champion HKFC is further behind in 4th, 5 points less than the top two teams.
Claudius Lam is an Officer with the Hong Kong Lawn Bowls Association.