The two-month long All Hong Kong Schools Jing Ying Handball Tournament ended with a surprise at the weekend, as Po Leung Kuk Yao Ling Sun College trounced its rival to lift the school’s first ever Jing Ying champion title in the Boys’ Division. Meanwhile, Heep Yunn School successfully defended its Girls’ Division crown for the third consecutive year winning by a narrow margin.
The tournament finals took place in Tin Shui Sports Centre on Sunday. Yao Ling Sun College had been considered a dark horse in the boys’ category, so jaws dropped when they knocked out last year’s champion Diocesan Boys’ School (DBS) in the semi-finals with a narrow victory of 12-11.
During the finals, Yao Ling Sun were the far stronger team against Tak Sun Secondary School, who was also in the tournament finals for the first time. Yao Ling Sun established a seven-point lead by the end of the first half, and kept its momentum throughout the second. They eventually won by an impressive victory of 17-9 to take home the Jing Ying trophy.
Team captain and top scorer Kenneth Cheung Ka-ho said they had prepared themselves for an intense match, but the team got off to a surprisingly flying start, thanks to the crowd, whose created an electrifying atmosphere by waving banners and chanting team slogans.
“The team’s performance today was above par. Without the support of our schoolmates and alumni, we might not have such a good start,” said Kenneth, who was also named the Most Valuable Player (MVP).
The 18-year-old, who will graduate in June, said the triumph marked a perfect end to his school-level handball career, and he encourages younger teammates to train harder to continue their winning streak. “I hope they can be even stronger, but not be overwhelmed by the thrill of getting one Jing Ying title. They must work hard to pass on this legacy,” said the Form Six student.
Meanwhile, in the girls’ division, four-time champion Heep Yunn School was set on clinching its third successive title, but it was by no means an easy task. They went up against Shun Tak Fraternal Association Leung Kau Kui College and was able to form an early lead of 6-2 in the first half.
However, Leung Kau Kui College made a rapid recovery as they went into the second half and Heep Yunn’s lead was narrowed once narrowed to two points. The titleholder hung onto their small lead till the end and finished the match in 14-11, scoring their hat trick of championships..
Heep Yunn’s team captain Jasper Wong Yuet-ching said she was quite worried when her opponent almost drew level, but the team had been supportive of each other. When asked if she is confident that the team can keep its success next year, with a few key players graduating soon, the Form Five student believes players from lower forms are ready to follow in their footsteps.
“I’m still going to lead the team next year, and the younger players are catching up, so I don’t think it will be problem to win the title again,” said Jasper, who was named the female MVP again this year.
In the third place playoffs, DBS took a resounding victory of 27-12 over Leung Kau Kui College, while Diocesan Girls’ School took bronze after a tight win of 9-8 over S.K.H. Holy Trinity Church Secondary School.