Starting on Saturday, Brian, Robbie and myself were lucky enough to be invited to the Police College for Ah Kin, Chi Lam and Man Kuen’s passing out parade. They are now constables – Ah Kin and Man Kuen have been posted to Tuen Mun and Chi Lam is straight into the deep end with a posting to Mong Kok. This brings to 5 the number of boys from Breakthrough rugby who are now serving as policemen and one more is under training. Below are pictures of the three lads, with Robbie, Brian and I and another of the three with Issac and myself. Issac is one of the two Breakthrough lads who has already passed out. It was a great occasion and we are all very proud of them and what they have achieved.
Today it was back to the rugby and the U19s were at Kings Park against a strong DEA 2 team. We tackled well and were the better team all round, but yet again poor discipline let us down. We gave away far too many penalties and picked up three yellow cards, playing the last 7-8 minutes with only 13 men. It would be easy to blame the referee, who I must admit made some bizarre decisions and was far too keen on hearing his own whistle, but the boys need to play the referee and learn to exercise more self-control. We were lucky to hang on to win 17 – 12, given the penalty count and thanks go to another superb try towards the end from young “monkey”.
It was then off to Happy Valley for the U16s against Valley. We started well, but then the first half deteriorated into a bit of a disaster. We were arguing amongst ourselves, picked up a yellow card for back chat to the referee and we were lucky to only be losing by 22 – 7 at half time. A good stern half-time talk however seemed to work wonders and two great tries from our wingers, nearly put us back in the game, until they managed another score. We lost by 29-17 but if we can pick up from where we left off next time out, then I am sure that first victory isn’t far away. The new lads are improving every week and I remain hopeful.
Next week we have training on Wednesday and then the girls have touch in The Valley on Friday night from 8pm onwards. There are no games next Sunday.