Third-place finish for Hong Kong at regional lacrosse tournament in South Korea

Scott Browning’s side claim a fourth win in six games at the Asia-Pacific Championship with 8-4 triumph over hosts

PUBLISHED : Friday, 23 June, 2017, 7:01pm
UPDATED : Friday, 23 June, 2017, 7:01pm

Hong Kong’s men’s lacrosse team claimed third place at the Asia-Pacific Championship with an 8-4 win over hosts South Korea on Jeju island on Friday.

The win in Seogwipo saw Scott Browning’s side claim a fourth win in six games at the regional tournament, which represents the halfway point in the build-up to next year’s World Lacrosse Championship in Israel.

“We are happy with our win today. A solid performance over the week with four wins and two hard-fought losses to favourites and finalists Japan and Australia,” said coach Browning.

“Korea played a very spirited game on their home soil and can be very proud of their performance.

“We are making good progress as an overall programme and the 2017 ASPAC has provided a good measuring stick of where we are at, and the areas we need to improve.”

Hong Kong’s women, meanwhile, warmed up for next month’s World Cup in England by claiming fifth place with a 18-5 win over a combined ASPAC United side thanks to six goals from Alex Tsai.

“It was a good way to end the tournament with a lot of positive signs from the team heading into the World Cup,” said coach Travis Taylor.

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“There were a lot of good things to take from this tournament going into the World Cup. The team morale is quite high right now, we know that we are improving, and we are looking to get into the World Cup to show how good we have become.”