Treat in store for hockey fans

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 12 November, 2003, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 12 November, 2003, 12:00am

Hockey fans are in a for a treat this week with a world-class men's tournament starting today at King's Park, Kowloon.

Britain, Asian Games champions South Korea and World Cup side Japan are the three visiting teams that will challenge Hong Kong in an exhibition event funded by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department as part of the government's post-Sars Re-launch Hong Kong campaign.

The International Hockey Federation (FIH)-sanctioned competition will run until Sunday at the hockey ground in Wylie Road.

The funding has allowed organisers, the Hong Kong Hockey Association (HKHA), to attract top teams.

The competition will be played on a round-robin format with all teams meeting each other once. The top two sides will play in the final, and the bottom two in the third-place match on Sunday.

Although few members of the British team who won the gold medal at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul will take part, the nation is still regarded as an international power in the sport.

South Korea should be a side worth watching - they won the silver medal at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney and claimed gold at last year's Asian Games in Busan.

Against the odds, Hong Kong won the Asian Hockey Federation Cup last year and will be eager to show these top teams they are no pushovers.

Hockey-loving students can get half-price tickets to the event, the HKHA said. Tickets are now on sale at King's Park office and Hong Kong Football Club.

Match schedule for exhibition event


6pm - South Korea v Japan

8.15pm - Britain v Hong Kong


6pm - Japan v Hong Kong

8.15pm - Britain v South Korea


2pm - South Korea v Hong Kong

4.15pm - Japan v Britain


2pm - third place match.

4.30pm - final