At the All Hong Kong Schools Jing Ying Badminton Team Tournament today, Diocesan Girls’ School and La Salle College came out on top to clinch the champion titles. It was a historic victory for DGS, while La Salle successfully defended their four-year winning streak.
Long-time rivals DGS and Heep Yunn School went head to head again in this year’s girls’ event finals, with Heep Yunn aiming to triumph like they did in the past five years. There were five games in the team event – three singles and two doubles; the team winning three of the five games would win the match.
After the first three rounds, Heep Yunn was leading by 2-1, which means they were only one game away from victory. DGS however, was not going to let go so easily. Their second doubles pair Kelly Lam Cheuk-lam and Kathy Wong Wing-lum came back from behind and pushed the fourth game into a deuce. They eventually seized the game in 23-21 to keep DGS in the running.
In the fifth and final round, DGS and Heep Yunn were neck-and-neck. But Chloe Yeung Sin-kiu of DGS caught a break when the score was at 18-17, and managed to get three points in a row. The Form Six student led her school to crush Heep Yunn’s monopoly at the Jing Ying Team Tournament for the first time in five years.
“I’m really thrilled to win because this is my last year to play for DGS and I haven’t been able to put up a good fight for the school,” Chloe said in a post-match interview.
The 17-year-old believes the key to pulling off that spectacular performance in the most crucial game was reminding herself to keep calm and execute each move impeccably. She also gave kudos to her teammates Kelly and Kathy for equalizing in the fourth round, which gave her the chance to play the final game.
Kelly, also 17, added that the pair’s determination to win was so strong that she forgot about her competition nerves. Both Chloe and Kelly said they hope the team will bear this tenacity in mind, and continue this year’s success.
“I hope this year’s success is just the beginning, I know the team will stay united and do well in every future match,” said Chloe.
Meanwhile in the boys’ final, defending champion La Salle College went up against Raimondi College, rather than their regular opponent Diocesan Boys’ School, which was eliminated in the round of 16.
Despite Raimondi’s efforts to level in the second game, it was clear that La Salle had the upper hand throughout the match. La Salle eventually trounced their opponents 3-1 to win their fourth consecutive Jing Ying Team title.
Speaking to the media after the match, 17-year-old Ko Shing-hei, who played two rounds for La Salle, said his performance had improved by a lot since the semi-finals last week. With a different opponent in the gold-medal match this year, Shing-hei felt the match was less feverish.
“In previous years when we were against DBS, the competition were more intense, but this year’s we won by quite a big margin,” he said. “What comes next is to carry on with our training and keep this adamant attitude, we won’t slack off just because we won this time.”
In the third-place playoffs, Good Hope School defeated Fukien Secondary School (Kwun Tong) 3-2 to retain their second runner-up finish in the girls’ event, while Fukien took out Pui Kiu College in three straight games to take third place in the boys’ event.