Hong Kong seeks volleyball hat-trick

PUBLISHED : Monday, 18 April, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 18 April, 2005, 12:00am

Hong Kong schoolboys will be aiming to make it three volleyball inter-port titles on the trot when they take on their regional rivals in Guangdong this week.

Two years ago in Macau, and four years ago in Hong Kong, the boys won the biennial championship which has been held for over 20 years.

This year, the four-team under-19 tournament will be held in the city of Taishan from April 22 to 25.

Twelve boys and twelve girls have been selected from a roster of over 60 players who were chosen for trials and training after the All Hong Kong Schools Jing Ying tournament in January.

The squad is fitter than those in the past said Law Wing-fai, the coach who led the boys to the 2001 and 2003 titles.

'The teams that won before were skilful and had good technique but this team is physically fitter and I think they have a good chance to make it three in a row,' he said.

'Guangdong, Fujian and Macau are all of a high standard, so I think it will be a close competition. We have a different style from two years ago. We can do well.'

The girls, led by coach Lai Pok-man, will be aiming to improve on their third place result in Macau two years ago.

The squad leaves on Friday morning and returns on Monday.

Boys' squad: Ho Wai-kin, Caritas Tuen Mun Marden Foundation Secondary School; Cheung Ngai-fan, Chiu Lut Sau Memorial Secondary School; Wong Kwun-pong, Hang Seng School of Commerce; Tang Kam-man, Immaculate Heart Of Mary School; Cheung Man-lung, Jockey Club Ti-I College; Wong Chun-wai, Jockey Club Ti-I College; Yeung Chiu-yuk, Jockey Club Ti-I College; Leung Shun-lap, Po Leung Kuk Tang Yuk Tien College; Wong Ka-wai, Po Leung Kuk Tang Yuk Tien College; Lee Chun-lok, Pui Ching Middle School; Wai Tin-fu, Pui Ching Middle School; Chung Wai-wing, Queen's College.

Girls' squad: Yu Man-yee, CCC Kei Chi Secondary School; Choi Sze-man, CCC Ming Kei College; Wu Nga-hin, CCC Ming Kei College; Law Tsz-wan, Jockey Club Ti-I College; Yeung Mei-ki, Lions College; Choi Kwan-kuen, New Method College; Chau Hau-yan, St Stephen's College; Lee Pui-shan, Tack Ching Girls' Middle School; Tsang Sze-nga, CCC Kei Long College; Kwong Wing-yan, Tsuen Wan Government Secondary School; Cheng Ka-po, TWGHs Lo Kon Ting Memorial College; Yuen Ting-chi United Christian College.