Defeat has silver lining for siblings
Hugo Ho Tze-ho and his sister, Tomato Ho Tze-lok, both finished as runners-up after losing in their respective Grade A finals at the Hong Kong Schools Sports Federation Inter-School Squash Singles Championships.
Hugo, a Form Seven student at Jockey Club Ti-I College, in Sha Tin, had to settle for the silver medal in the boys' final. The tournament, for players aged 12 to 20, was held at the Hong Kong Squash Centre, in Admiralty, on October 14.
He was beaten 3-11, 4-11, 10-12 by Yip Tsz-fung, his Hong Kong squad teammate, who studies at St Joseph's College, Central. 'I knew Hugo was attempting to fight back in the third game,' Tsz-fung said. 'I had used up a lot of energy in a five-game semi-final against Yeung Ho-wai, of Diocesan Boys' School. So I knew I had to try to win quickly.'
Tze-lok, who also attends Ti-I College, lost to Ho Ka-po, her older schoolmate, 8-11, 11-9, 11-9, 9-11, 11-6 in a gripping girls' final. 'I am exhausted,' Ka-po said after claiming her her first Grade A title.
'I had a difficult semi-final against my Hong Kong junior teammate, Lee Ka-yi, in the morning before the final. It was tough playing another five games the same day.'
Among the crowd was Tony Choi, coach of the Hong Kong squash team. The Grade B finals were also close matches, especially the girls' contest, where Choi Uen-shan, of Heep Yunn School, in Kowloon, fought back from a six-point deficit to beat rising star Pansy Chan Pui-hei, of Pok Fu Lam's Sacred Heart Canossian College, 3-11, 11-8, 12-10, 6-11, 13-11.
'I was nervous as this year my school didn't have any players reaching the final in the Grade A match,' Uen-shan said. 'As leader of the school squash team, I wanted to do my best for the school and so put myself under enormous pressure.
Chris Lo Cheuk-hin, a Form Four student at La Salle College, Kowloon, beat Yuen Chun-hei, of St Joseph's Anglo Chinese School, in Kowloon, 11-9, 11-6, 11- 8. 'I was nervous before the match,' Chris said. 'I beat Chun-hei in a match three weeks ago, but it was very close. This win gives me a lot of confidence to lead the school in next April's team competition.'
Ka-po's younger sister, Ho Ka-wing, of Ti-I College, also ended the competition as a winner, beating Lui Man-yin, of Heep Yunn School, 11-3, 11-4, 14-16, 11-6 in the Grade C girls' final. Top-seeded Chu Kwok-kee, of La Salle College, won gold in the Grade C boys' final when he battled past a defiant Matthew Lai Cheuk-nam, of SKH Tsang Shiu Tim Secondary School, in Sha Tin, 9-11, 11-6, 18-16, 8-11, 11-6.