So far, so good for Hong Kong duo at Lacrosse Open
Men’s and women’s teams maintain 100 per cent records after the first day at Stanley Ho Sports Centre on Friday
Hong Kong’s men’s and women’s teams lived up to expectations by maintaining 100 per cent records after the first day of the Hong Kong Lacrosse Open at Stanley Ho Sports Centre on Friday.
Scott Browning’s men opened the 10-team men’s competition with wins over Australia’s Bayswater and Singapore in group B, while Travis Taylor’s women added to an earlier win over Hong Kong Women’s Academy by beating China in the five-team round-robin group stage.
Hong Kong Lacrosse Association chief executive officer Raymond Fong Kun-sheng had set the bar high for the annual event by saying “we have high expectations that they are both going to win.”
“I am really pleased and proud of our young men. They played our team systems and executed things really well and competed. The last game against Singapore, they came to compete hard and so did we,” said Hong Kong men’s coach Browning.
“The game with Singapore was a good lacrosse game, there was some very good tactics and team strategy form both teams and the teams are playing the game well.”
Hong Kong’s men made the ideal start with a 14-0 win over Australian visitors Bayswater before recording a hard-fought 10-3 victory over Singapore ahead remaining group stage games against South Korea and Beijing Sports University on Saturday, with a place in Sunday’s final against the top side from group A the main target.
The women’s team, meanwhile, beat China 16-1 having already beaten Hong Kong Women’s Academy13-0 in a game played last week due to limited pitch availability, with Taylor’s team also eyeing a place in Sunday’s final ahead of games against Japan’s Team Fun and Singapore on Saturday.
Both Hong Kong’s men’s and women’s teams next head to South Korea for June’s Asia Pacific Championship before the women make the trip to the United Kingdom for July’s World Cup.
“Every time out is a step where we are looking to get better and look to improve because there is a bigger picture as we have a regional championship in Korea this summer and we are going in there to battle hard,” added Browning, who must wait until July next year for the World Championships which will also be played in the United Kingdom.
“We have got some tough competition there, but it is all about getting better as when we get to the worlds in 2018, that is the pinnacle.”
At the 2013 Women’s World Cup Hong Kong finished 18th out of 19 teams, while in 2014, Hong Kong’s men finished 21st out of 38 teams in Denver.