Hong Kong's top junior wordsmiths faced off against six primary pupils from Shanghai last weekend in the first Scrabble match between students from the two cities. And although the Shanghai students had only been playing the game since May, they held their own against the more experienced locals. The match ended with a tie in games won, but the home team managed to edge ahead on total points. 'They were very quick, but I really enjoyed the competition,' Stephen Zhu Zijian, 11, from Luoyang Primary School in the Minhang district of Shanghai, said. 'Not very many people in Shanghai own a Scrabble board. But if I can't find anyone to have a game with, then I like to play against myself. It's fun.' The friendly exhibition match took place at the finals of the Fifth Inter-School Scrabble Championship, held at HKCCC Union Logos Academy in Tseung Kwan O on Saturday. Fifty-two teams from primary and secondary schools took part in the contest, battling it out for accolades in three categories. Champions in the senior primary section were from Ng Wah Catholic Primary School in San Po Kong, while St Mark's School in Shau Kei Wan won the junior secondary division. In the senior secondary category, however, reigning champions Ho Lap College, in San Po Kong, extended their unbeaten record to win for the fifth year in a row. 'This has become a strong tradition in our school,' said Form Four student, Kei Pak-lam, Scrabble club chairman. 'When I started at Ho Lap [it] had just won for the first time. I remember thinking that if I joined the club, one day I might be able to win something for the school, too.'