HK boys hit top form

PUBLISHED : Monday, 14 April, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 14 April, 2008, 12:00am

Local players dominate junior squash tournaments in Australia

Hong Kong boys gave an outstanding performance at the 2008 National Junior Squash Series (NJSS) in Ballarat, Australia last month.

They made a clean sweep of the first tournament and won three events in the second.

The NJSS comprises two competitions, the Geoff Hunt Classic and the Sarah Fitz-Gerald Classic. Each event is divided into boys' and girls' sections and further separated into four age groups ranging from 13 to 19.

The Geoff Hunt Classic was held on March 25 and Hong Kong totally dominated play in the boys' events.

Queensland's Jacob Alexander was the only Australian player to make it to a boys' final and he lost in straight sets - 6-9, 3-9, 2-9 - to Hong Kong's star player Leo Au in the 19-year age group title-decider.

Remarkably, all six finalists in the other age groups were from Hong Kong.

Fung Ngo-long beat Choy Kit-lun 9-7, 10-8, 4-9, 9-4 to win the 17-year age group crown.

In the 15-year final, Yip Tsz-fung defeated Wan Tsz-ho 9-3, 7-9, 9-6, 4-9, 9-6. And Tse Man-ho clinched top place in the 13-year age group after beating Yeung Ho-wai 2-9, 9-0, 9-1, 9-4.

At the Sarah Fitz-Gerald Classic two days later, a second clean sweep for Hong Kong boys was prevented by Queensland's Sam Fife in the 15-year age group. He beat Tsz-ho in the semi-finals and Tsz-fung in the final, 10-9, 9-1, 9-2.

Leo defended his title in the 19-year category by beating Queensland's Matthew Hopkin 9-1, 9-5, 9-1. Ngo-long beat Kit-lun again, 3-9, 9-2, 9-7, 9-0, in the 17-year final. Ho-wai took revenge by defeating Man-ho 2-9, 9-3, 9-5, 9-2 in the 13-year championship clash.

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