Ti-I, St Stephen's clinch first Jing Ying titles
Jockey Club Ti-I College (Ti-I) and St Stephen's Girls' College have won their first All-Hong Kong Schools Jing Ying volleyball titles.
After the boys' final at Tsing Yi Sports Centre last Friday, Ti-I coach Michael Wong Chung-tak was probably happier than most of his players.
As a player, he came close when Ti-I lost to Diocesan Boys' School in the 1998 Jing Ying final.
Now as coach, Wong has finally succeeded in winning the silverware for his alma mater, after his side handed a 25-22, 25-22 defeat to Pui Ching Middle School.
'When I first took up the job as coach three years ago, I promised I would win the championship in four years. We achieved the goal a year earlier,' Wong said.
'My players are amazing. They have been training so hard and, to be honest, I thought they wouldn't be able to withstand the harsh training, but they did.
'All the players have done very well throughout the tournament. We played as a team and didn't just rely on one or two star players.'
Before the start of the Jing Ying tournament, the team took part in a week-long intensive training camp.
They had three training sessions a day, which was as harsh as the Chinese national team's schedule, according to Wong.
'Thanks to Mr Wong and the camp, we built up team spirit and confidence,' said Ti-I's Yeung Chiu-yuk, who was named the Most Valuable Player (MVP) this year.
In the girls' final, St Stephen's beat CCC Ming Kei College 25-23, 25-22.
St Stephen's came third two years ago, when Jeanie Ma King-kwan and Tinni Ng Tin-tin were on the team.
'This is our last year and we are very happy that we won it,' said Jeanie, a Form Seven student.
Fellow seventh former Tinni added: 'Volleyball is our school's traditional sport. Many old girls came here to support us today. I have been enjoying the sport since Form One. I have no regrets that I picked volleyball.'
Adrienne Lau Yee-yan, a Form Five student at St Stephen's who was selected the tournament's MVP, thanked her teammates and coach Chan Wing-sze.
TWGHs Lo Kon Ting Memorial College came third in the boys' section after beating Pui Ying Secondary School 25-22, 27-29, 15-13, while the Ti-I girls finished third with a 25-13, 25-21 victory over Lions College.