Time for another update and to share some good news with you all.
Today we had our twelfth lad pass out from the Police College – Eric Lau. Below is picture with Peter Ip, who is one of our boys who is already a policeman. Peter incidentally is studying hard to get the necessary qualifications to become an Inspector, which is great to hear.
On the rugby front, the Asian Schools Rugby Sevens Championship will be held at Kings Park from 22 to 26 July and I am pleased to report that Chong Shun Hong, more commonly known as Fei Ding, has been selected. Below is a picture of the squad and one of Fei Ding himself (5099 and 5100). There should be some good rugby at this tournament, so keep an eye out for details in the local press and get along and support HK and in particular our own Breakthrough lad.
Last week saw the first session in our summer course and we had just over 50 boys and girls turn up. A number of schools hadn’t finished then, so next Friday we are expecting around 80. I just hope a few want to continue on and join us next season.
Also last Wednesday Merchant Taylors’ School from Crosby in the UK were passing through HK with an U16 and an U19 team. A combined Breakthrough, Pandas and Kowloon team played them at both age groups. They are a top rugby school and although we were well beaten in both games, the boys never stopped trying and enjoyed themselves.
Meanwhile we have training every Wednesday, the girls are playing in the summer touch league at Kings Park on Saturdays and the Warriors U19 training will start soon. This is the HK local boys team, which is used to identify talented lads from the local community and last year we got about 10 lads in the squad and they toured to the Philippines and played on New Year’s Day. We nominated 14 boys this time round and a squad will be selected for intensive training, culminating in another tour in late August.
So there is still a lot happening despite this being the summer break period and our Breakthrough Disciplined Service Rugby team is getting closer, although one of the lads, David did contact me the other day to tell me he had resigned from the Force as he and his girlfriend were emigrating to Tasmania and they were planning to get married later this year. It is very different to HK, but he has lived there for a year before he joined the Force, so I am sure he has thought things over carefully.