Ying Wa, TLLF net handball titles
School teams put in their best effort as they battle for Jing Ying honours
Ying Wa College won the boys' title and CCC Tam Lee Lai Fun Memorial Secondary School (TLLF) took the girls' crown for the fourth time at the All Hong Kong Schools Jing Ying Handball Tournament.
STFA Leung Kau Kui College challenged the experienced TLLF team in the girls' final which preceded the boys' championship clash.
Although TLLF failed to impress at the inter-school handball competition last year, they performed well to prove that they were the strongest team this time, beating their opponents 15-7.
The boys' final was even more exciting. Ying Wa were defending their crown against Shek Lei Catholic Secondary School, who wanted to win back the title they lost in 2007.
Both teams played aggressively and threw as many balls into the net as possible.
They took turns holding the lead and strived to put in their best performances.
Although Ying Wa captain, Ma Cheuk-ki, received a red card at a crucial moment, the team fought off Shek Lei's attacks until the end. A seven-metre throw - the equivalent of a penalty shootout in football - was required to decide the winners after the game ended in a 13-all draw.
Ying Wa goalkeeper put in an excellent performance to help his side win the shootout 3-1.
Dai Sheng-yao from Ying Wa and Lam Wai-yu from TLLF clinched the Most Valuable Player (MVP) awards.
Sheng-yao stood out in the boys' final because of his ability to block Shek Lei's attacks and win the ball for his team.
His powerful jump shots helped the team secure victory, especially after the Ying Wa captain was given his marching orders.
'This is my final Jing Ying Tournament. We're all so overjoyed with the victory and I'm surprised to be named MVP. It provides a perfect ending for my school handball career,' Sheng-yao said.
Wai-yu, the star player in the girls' championship match, said she was delighted to have won the MVP award.
'I never thought of being named MVP. I still have lots of shortcomings,' she said.
Although the players from all four teams tried their hardest and did not give away any easy points, they were close friends off the court.
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