The first silverware of the men’s Premier Division season came up for grabs on Sunday 28th August at the 3rd annual Mitha Singh Memorial Cup, hosted by the KNS sports club at King’s Park Hockey Ground.
Eight premier teams joined the 9-a-side tournament; two Football Club teams, HKCC, Valley, SSSC, KCC, Shaheen and host club KNS. All teams had a number of new and very talented players on display. These players weren’t enough to stop an early upset from the B team though, who ended up surprise 1-0 victors in their opening game following a fantastic run and top-circle strike from Trevor Sanderson.
A narrow loss to last season’s Holland Cup winners SSSC was followed by an authoritative victory over Shaheen which saw the team secure an impressive 2nd place in their group. They made it through to a quarter final match against old rivals Valley. The team could not quite close out despite having the better of the short 12-minute game. Unfortunately the team then lost out on penalty shuffles, but all in all it was a very promising day for a revitalised squad, featuring young new faces like Phillip Boetger and Windfall Monthong.
Not one to take the defeat of their Club mates lightly, the A team were able to gain some vengeance in the semi final, having advanced through the quarter finals with victory over Shaheen and finished top of their pool.
That set up a grand final against KNS who had found some stride in the tournament following their opening defeat. The A team were able to neutralise KNS’s greatest threats and ended up comfortable 3-1 winners, taking home the Cup as well as the HK$8,000 prize money for victory. That has gone straight into the Guv Dillon Memorial Fund – a great cause and one close to so many hockey players in Hong Kong.
Whilst a long day, the tournament was exceptionally well organised and run by KNS Sports Club, and thanks must be given to them.