Sai Kung Stingrays take U16 honours at All Girls Rugby Tournament

10th anniversary event sees record turnout

20 April, 2015

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In yesterday's All Girls Rugby Tournament at King's Park, the under-16 Cup Final was won by Sai Kung Stingrays, overcoming Flying Kukris 1 by a score of 17-5, while at the under-14 level, HKU Sandy Bay ran out winners against Sai Kung Stingrays by 9 tries to 1.

In the under-19 competition, played on a round-robin basis, two teams each comprised of members of three leading clubs – HKU Sandy Bay, Valley Fort, and Discovery Bay Pirates – ended up exactly level, gaining equal first place. Team names for the day were 'SVP1' and 'SVP2'.In third place were Sai Kung Stingrays, rounding out a strong performance from the club's sides at today's tournament.

All results in the Youth section:

U14 Girls:

CUP FINAL: HKU Sandy Bay beat Sai Kung Stingrays by 9 tries to 1

PLATE FINAL: Discovery Bay Pirates beat HK Football Club by 11 tries to 0

BOWL FINAL: Flying Kukris beat HKU Sandy Bay 2 by 3 tries to 0

SHIELD FINAL: DeA Tigers beat Flying Kukris 2 by 7 tries to 1

U16 Girls:

CUP FINAL: Sai Kung Stingrays beat Flying Kukris 1 by 17-5

PLATE FINAL: HKU Sandy Bay beat HKFC by 31-0

BOWL FINAL: DeA Tigers beat HKU Sandy Bay – Valley Fort by 15-0

SHIELD FINAL: Flying Kukris 2 beat Lantau Buffalos by 5-0

U19 Girls:

Played on a round robin basis.

SVP 1 and SVP 2 finished joint winners. (SVP teams were each a combination of three clubs: HKU Sandy Bay, Valley Fort, Discovery Bay Pirates)

Sai Kung Stingrays finished 3rd

Tournament Director Manoj Dhar declared the event a resounding success and offered his congratulations to the winning teams. "The decade of success of the All Girls Tournament parallels steady growth in the numbers of girls taking part in the sport, as parents are increasingly encouraging and supporting their daughters to play rugby."

He expressed his thanks to "the HKRFU, the Girls Youth and Minis Committees, sponsors, stall vendors, all of our helpers, coaches, managers, parents and of course all the girls!"

Organised by the Girls Youth Committee with the support of the Hong Kong Rugby Football Union (HKRFU), the continuing growth of the All Girls Rugby Tournament is a testament to the commitment between parents, schools and the rugby community to the development of the women's game in Hong Kong.

The tournament was first held in 2006, when 130 girls braved rain and sodden pitches to play.Every year since, the event has welcomed more and more teams, helping drive the galloping growth in interest and participation in girls and women's rugby.

In this 10th anniversary year, the event saw its largest ever number of players, with more than 500 girls participating in the Minis competition (6 - 12 years old), and 230 girls in the Youth tournament (13 – 19 years old), nearly 800 in all, and the most ever games – 198.That compares with the 66 games played at the inaugural 2006 event.

On hand to present the Cup and other prizes were members of the current Women's national team, including Christine Gordon, Rose Fong, Lee Ka Shun and Wong Yuen Shan.Rose was among the pioneering group of youngsters who played at that very first All Girls Tournament in 2006, along with Hong Kong stars Aggie Poon, Lindsay Varty, Aileen Ryan, Shonagh Ryan and Rachel Fong.

With the senior Hong Kong women's teams riding high in Asia, the rollcall of current national team players who have come through this tournament highlights the crucial contribution the event makes.

Girls' rugby in Hong Kong, and local youth and mini rugby in general have seen enormous growth over the ten years since the first All Girls Tournament, evidenced by this season's expansion to three divisions in the senior women's game.

A logistics team of dozens of volunteers – parents, older players and supporters – made sure that players, officials and equipment were all in the right place at the right time.

Alongside the play, stalls and activities raised money for the Hong Kong Breast Cancer Foundation, which this event has supported throughout its ten-year history.Stalls included face painting, cakes and candles and there was a bouncy castle for young players and supporters.

Throughout the season, girls' rugby in Hong Kong is guided and regulated by the Girls Youth Committee (GYC). Working in partnership with HKRFU, the committee comprises representatives from each of the nearly 15 member clubs.