SAR step closer to glory

PUBLISHED : Friday, 24 January, 2003, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 24 January, 2003, 12:00am

Goal-machine Sandra Frankland hit her fourth hat-trick of the tournament as Hong Kong cruised into the final of the Women's Asian Hockey Federation Cup with a 4-0 defeat of Pakistan on Wednesday.

Frankland scored six goals in the 12-0 defeat of Thailand on Sunday, and all three goals in the 3-0 win over hosts Singapore on Tuesday.

The ex-King George V School student, now a freshman at Bath University in the United Kingdom, is so hot, SAR's opponents today - Sri Lanka - will be quaking in their boots.

With three straight, easy wins, Hong Kong are now favourites to win the title for the first time.

The SAR will likely face Singapore in Sunday's final, but this will only be decided after today's matches. Sri Lanka could still be there if they can hold the SAR to a draw today.

But containing the super-confident Frankland will be no easy task.

If the SAR win, Sri Lanka could still advance to the final if Singapore fail to beat Thailand by several goals - then goal difference would count. The vibrant SAR team includes many young players who have come through the Hong Kong Hockey Association Women's Section youth development scheme.

Their talent is well-supported by the experience of goalkeeper Celia Brown, Adi Glancy and captain Olivia Chiu.

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