Hong Kong’s brightest talents fight out 22-22 draw in New Year’s Day thriller
The Hong Kong Under-19 team and their overseas-based counterparts fought out a thrilling 22-22 draw in the finale to the 47th Prudential New Year’s Day tournament at the Hong Kong Football Club on Wednesday.
The game proved a pulsating climax to a day featuring the cream of Hong Kong’s rugby talent, both boys and girls, in four age groups – under 12, under 14, under 16 and under 19.
Watch: Highlights from the Prudential New Year's Day Tournament
The teams had a mix of local and overseas students, including two Hong Kong Youth national squads in the form of the Hong Kong Under-16 and Under-19 teams.
"The New Year's Day tournament is a fantastic platform for our young elite players to experience a very well organised environment that closely resembles a national level tournament " said Brandon Huang, head of community and development of the Hong Kong Rugby Football Union.
"Our players also get to showcase their talent, test themselves, their ability and their collective standards against their overseas counterparts," Huang said.
Richard Lewis, representing the under-19 overseas Barbarians, won the Larry Abel Award for the best and fairest player of the tournament.
Many winners of the award have graduated to represent Hong Kong at senior level, including Keith Robertson, Tom McColl, Kenzo Pannell, Chan Fuk-ping, Lee Cheuk-yin and Natasha Olson-Thorne (the first female recipient in 2010).
Girls Under-12: Peninsula Dragons 49 Island Lions 5.
Boys Under-12: Island Lions 12 Peninsula Dragons 5.
Girls Under-14: Peninsula Dragons 24 Island Lions 12.
Boys Under 14: Island Lions 45 Peninsula Dragons 31.
Girls Under-16: Island Lions 47 Peninsula Dragons 22.
Boys Under-16: Overseas Barbarians 19 Hong Kong Select 14.
Girls Under-19: Lions 29 Dragons 15.
Boys Under-19: Hong Kong Select 22 Overseas Barbarians 22.