Windfall receiving his Player of the Match award.
The 11th Hong Kong Quadrangular Hockey Tournament was successfully held from 23rd to 26th March. Hong Kong hosted Thailand, Chinese Taipei and Yunfu China over the weekend, and were crowned champions of the competition. It was an amazing feeling to represent Hong Kong in front of a home crowd at HKFC, the support was absolutely phenomenal. HKFC representations who fought alongside me were Ishtiaq Malik (As) and Ryan Wong (Bs).
HK’s first game was against Thailand, and we fought hard to come back from a 0-2 deficit. The team showed great character as we fought until the end for a 2-2 draw. I can still remember the sound of the ball hitting the backboard as I shook off a couple defenders and made the pass for our second goal.
Our second game was Chinese Taipei, a young and promising team that plays well on the counter-attack. I enjoyed the fast-paced exchanges in attack, however I picked up an injury in Q2. Fortunately, with the help of our team physio, I was able to get back on and helped to secure a 3-1 win in Q4 by scoring a deflection. It was not easy with my back aching every step I took, but the adrenaline definitely kept me going.
Our last game (against Yunfu China) was probably the most memorable game in my hockey career. 5 minutes into Q2 I was lucky enough to score two goals to put our team 2-0 ahead. Composure and patience paid off as I tried to make myself available for every ball coming towards opposition’s D. The team continued to perform with strong momentum going forward. In Q4, we were awarded a stroke. I remember clearly that Ishtiaq came to me with the ball and told me to make it a hat-trick. Shout out to Ishtiaq for the trust in me, it was truly unreal to be able to put 3 goals away on my home turf with a home crowd! It was an incredible tournament – I loved every minute of it.
Simon Chapman (our Director of Hockey) with the HKFC representatives – Ishtiaq Malik (As), Windfall Monthong (As), Yammi Chui (As), Tiffany Chan (As), Katy Mountain (As), Ryan Wong (Bs), Arif Ali (Men’s A Team Coach)