THE Hong Kong men's fours team are one win away from the gold medal, while singles player Noel Kennedy suffered a shock defeat to Singapore's Chan Hon Yoon at the Pacific Championships in Victoria, Canada. Mel Stewart, Danny Ho, Mark McMahon and Ken Wallis put Hong Kong on the threshold of glory with a 27-22 victory over Western Samoa. The territory are on top of the standings ahead of a hungry chasing pack led by Australia, who trail in second place on shot difference. And the Hong Kong quartet face a stern final match against Fiji, who are in fifth place but are still in with an outside chance of winning the tournament. The territory must beat the Fijians to win the gold but defeat could prove costly as only two points separate Hong Kong and Fiji. Hong Kong and Australia have 18 points from 11 matches but the territory have a 120 shot advantage compared to the Aussies' 99. New Zealand, skipped by former singles world champion Peter Belliss, are third with 17 points while Canada and Fiji are on 16. Kennedy, hot favourite for the singles gold earlier in the week, slipped up against Chan, losing 25-14 in his 10th match. The result saw Kennedy drop from second to fourth place, behind Papua New Guinea on shot difference. Kennedy must win his last two matches to be among the medals. His next match is a tough assignment against second-placed New Zealander Gary Lawson. He ends his campaign against American Frank Souza, the former Hong Kong international who has a good record against Kennedy. The women's triples team of Lena Yeung Ching, Angela Chau and Jenny Wallis are fourth with one match remaining and can hope for a silver medal at best. But they must rely on second-placed Australia and third-placed Canada both losing. New Zealand lead the standings with seven wins from nine matches. Hong Kong have won five matches and drawn one, a 16-16 tie with Australia. The women's pairs of Rosemary McMahon and Rae O'Donnell are in fifth place with two matches left. They were beaten 20-12 by New Zealand and trail third-placed Norfolk Island by four points. The most the duo can hope for is third place provided they win their last two matches and fourth-placed Fiji and Norfolk Island lose their remaining games. Australia lead the competition with 16 points from nine matches with New Zealand second two points behind them.