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  1. Sport - Hong Kong - LEFT FIELD

    Shanghai racing ahead of Hong Kong

    Posted Sep 22nd 2013, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... volleyball and a marathon. In return, what can Hong Kong boast of? Its only world-class event is the Hong Kong Rugby Sevens. The marathon might be offering more prize money next February - up ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/hong-kong/article/1314674/shanghai-racing-ahead-hong-kong
  2. Sport - Hong Kong - LEFT FIELD

    Hong Kong rugby sevens squad must nurture their self-belief

    Posted Sep 29th 2013, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... self-belief Here we go again. This was the thought running through the mind of Brian Stevenson as he watched Hong Kong playing Japan in the semi-finals of the rugby sevens competition at the Asian Youth Games in Nanjing last month. Stevenson, the president of the Hong Kong Rugby Football Union, was on the edge of his seat as the boys' under-17 team grimly defended a 19-12 lead ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/hong-kong/article/1320083/hong-kong-rugby-sevens-squad-must-nurture-their-self-belief
  3. Sport - Hong Kong - LEFT FIELD

    Ticket prices for the Sevens may seem exorbitant but profits are ploughed straight back into the rugby community

    Posted Jul 21st 2013, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... Ticket prices for the Sevens may seem exorbitant but profits are ploughed straight back into the rugby community If you need any more assurances that the Hong Kong Sevens is a money spinner, just take a look at the balance sheet of the Hong Kong Rugby Football Union, which proudly declares that almost HK$103 million has been allocated to its facilities fund. This is the first ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/hong-kong/article/1287082/ticket-prices-sevens-may-seem-exorbitant-profits-are-ploughed
  4. Sport - Hong Kong - LEFT FIELD

    Hong Kong pays for procrastination

    Posted Jun 16th 2013, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... Alvin Sallay alvin.sallay@scmp.com Any hopes the city might host Rugby World Cup games in 2019 dashed by delay in building Kai Tak sports hub HK pays price for procrastination It will have ... it will be ready for hosting a couple of matches of the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan. It's raining when Jonathan McKinley, deputy secretary for Home Affairs, arrives in a cafe on the podium level ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/hong-kong/article/1261638/hong-kong-pays-procrastination
  5. Sport - Hong Kong - LEFT FIELD

    Hong Kong cricket led the way in 2013

    Posted Jan 25th 2014, 09:28pm by Alvin Sallay

    ... in 2013 Rugby sevens is once again favourite to win the best team category in the annual Sport Stars Awards, which celebrates the best of local sport for 2013, but sorry guys, my vote goes to cricket this year. Organisers are polling the media and the public for their choices and in the team sports category, two of my favourite sports are in the running- cricket and rugby sevens. Rugby ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/hong-kong/article/1413431/hong-kong-cricket-led-way-2013
  6. Sport - Hong Kong - LEFT FIELD

    Evolution better than revolution

    Posted Aug 25th 2013, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... Alvin Sallay alvin.sallay@scmp.com Sri Lanka spent millions on hosting a rugby sevens tournament, but it can never rival Hong Kong's world-class event Evolution better than revolution ... We ran into former Hong Kong Rugby Football Union supremo George Simpkin in Colombo and as usual he had ideas popping out on how the game can be improved worldwide. The architect ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/hong-kong/article/1299150/evolution-better-revolution
  7. Sport - Hong Kong - LEFT FIELD

    Sevens debut a national farce

    Posted Sep 08th 2013, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... Alvin Sallay alvin.sallay@scmp.com Both the men's and women's rugby finals in Shenyang should become case studies in how not to introduce fans to a new sport Sevens debut a national farce Sadly in rugby sevens, the referee can turn out to be the most important person on the field, as proven in the gold-medal match at the National Games on Tuesday. Hong Kong were up ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/hong-kong/article/1305763/sevens-debut-national-farce
  8. Sport - Hong Kong - LEFT FIELD

    Hong Kong should push for a role in IRB Women's Sevens Series

    Posted Dec 09th 2012, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... Alvin Sallay alvin.sallay@scmp.com HK has been a pioneer in promoting women's rugby; now the city must try to bag a leg of the world sevens series We should make bid for equality Let's face it. If not for women, rugby would never have got into the Olympics. That is a fact, given that any new sport wishing to make its presence felt on the world's biggest stage must ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/hong-kong/article/1100819/hong-kong-should-push-role-irb-womens-sevens-series
  9. Sport - Other Sport - LEFT FIELD

    Lankans herald dawn of new era

    Posted Apr 14th 2013, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... Alvin Sallay Island's elevation to top tier of Asian rugby may be the first step towards continent getting a second berth at 2019 World Cup Lankans herald dawn of new era With my Sri ... Asian Five Nations Top Five rugby union competition. There are times, especially in sport, when you are allowed a little excess and watching Sri Lanka romp past Kazakhstan, Thailand and Taiwan ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/other-sport/article/1213984/lankans-herald-dawn-new-era
  10. Sport - Hong Kong - LEFT FIELD

    A gift that can keep on giving

    Posted Apr 28th 2013, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... Alvin Sallay alvin.sallay@scmp.com Now that rugby sevens is in the Sports Institute, players and administrators must make the most of this opportunity A gift that can keep on giving It has been a momentous week for rugby in Hong Kong, especially the abbreviated version of the game. Rowan Varty might have brought distinction on himself and the local game by being chosen ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/hong-kong/article/1224770/gift-can-keep-giving

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