Double delight for Hong Kong’s lacrosse teams in South Korea
Men’s and women’s sides posts convincing wins at Asia-Pacific Championship on Jeju island on Wednesday
Hong Kong enjoyed their best day at the Asia-Pacific Lacrosse Championship on Wednesday as both men’s and women’s teams emerged victorious on Jeju island.
Scott Browning’s men claimed a second win in four games in Seogwipo after beating hosts South Korea 12-4, while Travis Taylor’s women downed a combined ASPAC United side 15-3 for their first success of the tournament.
Hong Kong’s men’s team built on a 4-2 half-time advantage to add to their opening win over China having lost to both regional heavyweights Japan and Australia in between.
“Korea played us very hard today and came out strong. The first half was tight and each team was feeling each other out, with both teams making good plays,” said coach Browning, with the Asia-Pacific tournament a key milestone for Hong Kong ahead of next year’s World Lacrosse Championship in Israel.
“We had some good chances in the first half and weren’t quite on target with our shots. The second half saw us execute better and capitalise on our chances, and our defence played strong with our goalie making a number of good saves.
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“We had a number of players step up and score important timely goals to ensure we kept the momentum. This is great for our teams development and confidence.”
And having cheered the men’s team to victory, Taylor’s women bounced back from earlier defeats by New Zealand, South Korea and Japan to see off the combined side made up mainly of players from Japan and South Korea.
Alex Tsai contributed three goals and two assists for Hong Kong, while Carrie Hui Ka-hei scored five goals in a player-of-the-match performance.
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“It was close in the first half and we led 6-2, but in the second half we had almost the entire possession our athleticism showed,” said Taylor, with Hong Kong stepping up their preparations for next month’s World Cup in England.
“In progression to the World Cup, in each of our games we have played better and we are looking to gel more before the World Cup.”