A four-day training camp at the Sha Tin Sports Institute ended yesterday with the 16-strong Asian Games sevens squad being whittled down to 12 along with a couple of surprise omissions - DeA Tigers flyhalf Liu Kwok-leung and overseas-based back-rower Ryan McBride. 'The competition was very fierce and there were a couple of other players who looked much sharper,' said Hong Kong head coach Ivan Torpey of the selectors' decision to drop Liu and McBride for this Saturday's sevens' tournament against Kazakhstan, Malaysia and Singapore. Former Hong Kong under-19 captain McBride's trip home from Scotland - where he is at university - for the Lunar New Year holidays ended in disappointment with the selectors feeling he was playing well below par. 'He has not been able to do as much in Scotland in the past few months,' said Torpey. A useful ball-winner, McBride was the only one of three overseas students who failed to make the cut with Jeff Wong and Mark Wright both in the last 12. Liu also failed to catch the eye but has been put on standby because an unnamed player is on the injury list. 'We will bring Liu in if this player is not fit by Thursday when the final 10-man squad is picked,' said Torpey. The other two players to get the axe from the preliminary training squad were Jarrad Brownlee and Lai Yiu-pang. Football Club winger Alex Gibbs will captain the side whose objective will be to win the four-team tournament and book the solitary berth available for December's Asian Games in Doha. The intensive training camp also involved players who are IRB-qualified (Nigel D'Acre, Alex Zenovic, Andrew Chambers, Paul Morehu and Justin Gregory) but do not qualify for the Asian Games as they were not born in Hong Kong or do not have Asian parentage. Former Hong Kong stars Paul Dingley and Carl Murray (who will leave Hong Kong later this month) were involved with the forwards and backs respectively. Hong Kong squad: Alex Gibbs (captain), Michael Lo Kwok-wai, Fan Shun-kei, Tsang Hing-hung, Kwok Ka-chun, Andy Yuen Kin-ho, Ricky Cheuk Ming-yin, Ben Ho Tsz-chun, Chan Yiu-yu, Kenzo Parnell, Jeff Wong, Mark Wright.