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HKLL Men's 2015-16

 

Summary

This year there will be maximum 14 teams for mens to compete for the champion. 

They will be divided into two divisions of 6 teams. Division 1 is top 6 teams in HK, according to result of 2014-2015. The rest are in Division 2. 
Division games use single round robin system. After that, there will be position games.

Please make sure you have already registered as HKLA member and completed the payment through the membership page in HKLA website

Please download and read the league package of HKLL2016 (Mens) before you start the registration.

 

 

League Pack

league package of HKLL2016 (Mens)

 

 

Costs

- 8000 HKD / team

 

Registrations due: Sept 8, 2015

 

 

 



Hong Kong Lacrosse High Performance Programme

2015/2016 Year 2

 

Programme Summary

The Hong Kong Lacrosse High Performance Programme (HPP) is directed towards those athletes (male and female) with aspirations of representing Hong Kong at the international level. This ongoing programme is designed so that participants receive top level instruction and support preparing them for the next step in their development and achievements. Athletes will receive international level instruction, high level competition, fitness testing-training-monitoring, and sport psychology education.

 

Rationale and Intent

One of the main goals of the Hong Kong Lacrosse Association (HKLA) is to continue to improve the calibre of lacrosse in Hong Kong, and to improve on the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) world rankings. The HKLA is committed to achieving this goal, and the HPP is a key strategy to that end. The programme will also support talent identification for the Hong Kong Lacrosse National Teams (Men’s, Women’s, Under 19).

 

Target

- Male and Female lacrosse players aged 16 and above with a commitment to developing themselves in the sport

- Athletes with aspirations to compete internationally including the World Championships/Cup tournaments

-Athletes need to meet or have the intention/capability to meet FIL player eligibility criteria.

 

Programme Objectives

- To provide athletes with the opportunity to enhance their skills and abilities and to prepare them for international competition at the National Team level.

- To provide athletes with lacrosse skill development opportunities through on field preparation and competition.

- To provide athletes with access to strength and conditioning coaching, training programs and assessments.

- To provide athletes with access to sport psychology training, nutritional education and injury recovery and prevention techniques.

 

Programme Participation

- All athletes selected to the HPP are expected to participate in all scheduled training, development and evaluation sessions.

- Athletes will be selected to participate in specific local and international competitions

- Athletes in the programme will be required to participate in “community involvement” activities as organised by the programme. ie. coaching youth clinics, volunteering at team events, etc.

 

Athlete Selection Process

- Applicants will be assessed on a combination of lacrosse ability, athletic ability, character, commitment and attitude.

- Applicants will participate in tryouts which will be composed of lacrosse training as well as physical fitness testing.

- Athletes selected to the HPP will be continuously monitored against the selection criteria, and if found to be deficient (particularly in the areas of character, commitment and attitude), this could lead to being removed from the programme.

- Similarly, as a result of ongoing talent identification efforts, applications to join the programme will be considered on a periodic basis.

 

Costs

- Tryout Fee of 100 HKD

- If selected into the HPP, an additional Programme Fee of 3,000 HKD (non-refundable, in two payment instalments) will be required to cover basic training costs. The 3,000 HKD will cover costs until the next Programme Year starts in September 2016.

- Financial arrangements for tournaments will be communicated prior to the selection of the travelling squad.

 

Men’s Programme Schedule

August: Programme Announcement and Registration for Year 2

October: Tryouts and Athlete Selection

October & November:Training & Super League (2 sessions per week)

December & January: Winter Break

February: Training (1-2 sessions per week)

March: Training & Hong Kong Open  (2 sessions per week)

April: Box Lacrosse (1 session per week)

May: Exam Break

June: Training & Berlin Open (2 sessions per week), Completion of Year 2

July & August: Summer Break

 

Men’s Local and International Competitions

October 18 - November 29: Men’s Super League (Sundays)

March 25-28: Hong Kong Open

June 17-19: Berlin Open


 

Women’s Programme Schedule

August: Programme Announcement and Registration for Year 2

October: Tryouts and Athlete Selection

October & November:Training & Super League (3 sessions per week)

December: Training (3 sessions per week)

January & February: Training (3 sessions per week)

March: Training & Hong Kong Open (3 sessions per week)

April:  Training & U18 Elite Tournament Perth (3 sessions per week)

May: Training (3 sessions per week)

June: Training & Berlin/Prague Tournament (3 sessions per week), Completion of Year 2

July & August: Summer Break

 

Women’s Local and International Competitions

October 25 - December 6: Women’s Super League (Sundays)

March 25-28: Hong Kong Open

April 25-28: U18 Elite Tournament Perth

June 17-19 or 24-26:Berlin or Prague Tournament

 

Men’s Tentative Tryout Dates

Orientation Session Friday October 2

Saturday Oct 3

Sunday Oct 4

 

Women’s Tentative Tryout Dates

Sunday Oct 11

Orientation Session Friday October 16

Saturday Oct 17

Sunday Oct 18

 

Registrations due: Sept 13, 2015

Sign up to be completed online at http://www.hklax.org/custom_php/signup_hpp2015.php

 

Contact

Jordan Wong

HKLA Development Officer

(852) 66284959

jswong@hklax.org

 


HKLA Level 2 Referee Workshop

 
We would like to organize HKLA Level 2 Referee Workshop to continuously improve the standard of Lacrosse officiating. Please find the details below:
 
Date: 13 May 2015 (Wed)
Time: 19:00 - 22:00
Venue: Boys' & Girl's Clubs Association of Hong Kong, Wanchai
Room 602 at Boys' & Girls' Clubs Association of Hong Kong
Prerequisite: HKLA Level 1 Referee with on-field experience
Level 2 Exam and on-field assessment will be arranged after the workshop
Course fee: HKD 300
 
Registration is required by sending email to fkwfung@hklax.org
 


Hong Kong Lacrosse Men’s Under-19/21

Player Identification & Development Camps

 

Summary

The Hong Kong Lacrosse Association (HKLA) Men’s Under-19/21 (U19/21) Identification & Development Camps (ID Camps) are directed towards male lacrosse players with aspirations of representing Hong Kong at the 2016 U19 World Championships. Over 20 countries are expected to be participating in Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada from 7-16 July, 2016. This will be the first time Hong Kong will be participating in the U19 World Championships, and as such is permitted players to be U21.  

The ID Camps will be led by HKLA Coaches which include Scott Browning, Jovi Yan and Jordan Wong. In addition, various Guests Coaches from around the world will help coach at the ID Camps.

 

Eligibility

- Male lacrosse players born 31 August 1994 or younger.

- Must be at least 16 years of age prior to the day of the 2016 World Championship commencement

-Athletes need to meet or have the intention/capability to meet FIL player eligibility criteria to represent Hong Kong.

For more information on FIL Eligibility, please click below.

https://filacrosse.com/wp-content/themes/sportedge/downloads/FIL_Mens_Eligibility_Criteria_01-2013.pdf

 

Camp Objectives

  • The ID Camps will serve as talent identification, preparation and development for the Hong Kong Lacrosse U19/21 potential players.

- To provide athletes with the opportunity to enhance their skills and abilities and to prepare them for international competition at the National Team level.

- To provide athletes with lacrosse skill development opportunities through on field preparation and competition.

 

2015 Tentative ID Camps Schedule

March ID Camp (Part I): ~ 4 sessions (March 21,22,28,29)

3-5 April: Selected players from the U19/21 ID Camp will participate in the HK Open

April ID Camp (Part II): ~ 4 sessions (April 11,12,18,19)

June ID Camp (Part III): ~ 2 sessions (June TBD)

 

Costs

- ID Camp Fee of 1,000 HKD to be collected at the first session.

(The ID Camp Fee includes participation in Parts I,II,III and participation in the HK Open, if selected)

 

Registrations due: March 8, 2015

Sign up to be completed online at http://www.hklax.org/channel.php?channel=event-u19_2015

 

Other Important Information

It is important to note that the ID Camps are not the official tryout or selection for the Hong Kong Lacrosse U19 National Team. Tryouts and selection will commence in Autumn of 2015.  

 

Contact

Jordan Wong

HKLA Development Officer

(852) 66284959

jswong@hklax.org

 


Hong Kong Lacrosse Open 2015

 
The Hong Kong Lacrosse Association (HKLA) is pleased to announce it will host the Hong Kong Lacrosse Open 2015 over Easter Weekend, April 3-5, 2015!

We would like to invite teams from across the lacrosse world to compete in the biggest l...acrosse tournament ever held in Hong Kong. The tournament will take place over three days at Hong Kong University- Stanley Ho Sports Centre.

Expressions of interest and tournament enquiries should be sent to hkopen@hklax.org
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Hong Kong Lacrosse High Performance Programme

January 2015

 

Programme Summary

The Hong Kong Lacrosse High Performance Programme (HPP) is directed towards those athletes (male and female) with aspirations of representing Hong Kong at the international level. This ongoing programme is designed so that participants receive top level instruction and support preparing them for the next step in their development and achievements. Athletes will receive international level instruction, high level competition, fitness testing-training-monitoring, and sport psychology education.

 

Rationale and Intent

One of the main goals of the Hong Kong Lacrosse Association (HKLA) is to improve the calibre of lacrosse in Hong Kong, and to improve on the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) world rankings. The HKLA is committed to achieving this goal, and the HPP is a key strategy to that end. The programme will serve as talent identification and recruitment for the Hong Kong Lacrosse National Teams (Men’s, Women’s, Under 19).

 

Target

- Male and Female lacrosse players aged 16 and above with a commitment to developing themselves in the sport

- Athletes with aspirations to compete internationally including the World Championships/Cup tournaments

-Athletes need to meet or have the intention/capability to meet FIL player eligibility criteria.

 

Programme Objectives

- To provide athletes with the opportunity to enhance their skills and abilities and to prepare them for international competition at the National Team level.

- To provide athletes with lacrosse skill development opportunities through on field preparation and competition.

- To provide athletes with access to strength and conditioning coaching, training programs and assessments.

- To provide athletes with access to sport psychology training, nutritional education and injury recovery and prevention techniques.


Programme Participation

- All athletes selected to the HPP are expected to participate in all scheduled training, development and evaluation sessions.

- Athletes will be selected to participate in specific local and international competitions

- Athletes in the programme will be required to participate in “community involvement” activities as organised by the programme. ie. coaching youth clinics, volunteering at team events, etc.

 

Programme Schedule to Summer 2015

January: Tryouts for additional athlete selection to HPP

January - March: 1-2 Training sessions per week

April - July: 2-3 Training sessions per week

July - August: Summer Break following ASPAC

September: Assessment of athlete membership in HPP, consideration of additional applications and continuation of HPP

 

Local and International Competitions to Summer 2015

April 3-5: 2015 Hong Kong Open

June: Potential Berlin Open or Japanese Exhibition Tour

July 4-11: 2015 ASPAC Championships in Bangkok, Thailand

 

Athlete Selection Process

- Applicants will be assessed on a combination of lacrosse ability, athletic ability, character, commitment and attitude.

- Applicants will participate in tryouts which will be composed of lacrosse training as well as physical fitness testing.

- Athletes selected to the HPP will be continuously monitored against the selection criteria, and if found to be deficient (particularly in the areas of character, commitment and attitude), this could lead to being removed from the programme.

- Similarly, as a result of ongoing talent identification efforts, applications to join the programme will be considered on a periodic basis.

 

Costs

- Tryout Fee of 100 HKD

- If selected into the HPP, an additional Programme Fee of 800 HKD will be required to cover basic training costs. The 800 HKD will cover costs until the next Programme Year starts in September 2015.

- Financial arrangements for tournaments will be communicated prior to the selection of the travelling squad.

 

Registrations due: Dec 14, 2014

 

 

Womens Tryout Dates:

Sunday Jan 4- KGV REGISTRATION 5:15pm

Sunday Jan 4- Fitness Testing 6-9pm

Thursday Jan 8- KGV Practice 8-930pm

Sunday Jan 11- KGV Practice 6-9pm

 

Mens Tryout Dates:

Sunday Jan 4- KGV REGISTRATION 5:15pm

Sunday Jan 4- Fitness Testing 6-9pm

Tuesday Jan 6- YMCA Practice (GROUP 1) 730-830pm

Thursday Jan 8- YMCA Practice (GROUP 2) 730-830pm

Sunday Jan 11- KGV Practice 6-9pm

 

Contact

Jordan Wong

HKLA Development Officer

(852) 66284959

jswong@hklax.org

 


Hong Kong Lacrosse High Performance Programme – Men's and Women’s Head Coach

The Hong Kong Lacrosse Association (HKLA) has announced the establishment of the Hong Kong Lacrosse High Performance Programme (HPP), and is seeking two head coaches, one for the men's and one for the women’s programme.

The HPP is directed towards those athletes with aspirations of representing Hong Kong at the international level. This ongoing programme is designed so that participants receive top level instruction and support preparing them for the next step in their development and achievements. The appointed Head Coach will receive support from assistant coach, team managers, strength and conditioning coach, physiotherapist and sport psychologist.

Both Head Coaches of HPP will lead the programme to seek potential athletes for the National Team, as well as the Junior National Teams.

RESPONSIBILITIES

- Be responsible for the development of the HPP men’s/ women’s programme

- Select and lead the required squads for tournaments

- Work with the Association and the supporting team (assistant coach, strength and conditioning coach, physiotherapist, sport psychologist and management team) to plan and run the programme

- Involvement in the development of youth lacrosse in general in Hong Kong in accordance to the plans of the Association.

REQUIREMENTS

- High level lacrosse playing experience

- Demonstrated success as a Men’s/ Women’s Lacrosse coach

- Able to motivate and relate to a group of wide range of age and backgroud

- Exceptional time management and organization skills to facilitate remote planning

- Innovative and energetic to develop a young programme

EXPECTATIONS

  • Able to travel to Hong Kong 2 weeks prior to tournaments
  • Able to relocate to Hong Kong is an advantage. 
  • Tentative tournament dates for coming year:
  1. Nov 7-9, 2014    Singapore Spectacular 2014
  2. Apr, 2015                      Hong Kong Lacrosse Open
  3. July 4-11, 2015          ASPAC – Bangkok, Thailand

OFFER

Accommodation and travel expenses will be provided. Modest stipend/salary available based upon experience.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

-Cover Letter

-Detailed Resume/CV

- 2-3 Recommendations or references from coaches, athletic directors or national/state-wide or comparable organizations.

APPOINTMENT: Part-time 

SALARY:       Volunteer (with housing and travel expenses provided, stipend negotiable)

Start Date: Immediate

Contract Terms: 1 year, extension depending on performance

Application deadline: 24th October, 2014

Contact for application and information:

Louis Hou

Executive Director of Hong Kong Lacrosse Association

Louishou@hklax.org

 

 



Hong Kong Lacrosse High Performance Programme

2014

 

Programme Summary

The Hong Kong Lacrosse High Performance Programme (HPP) is directed towards those athletes (male and female) with aspirations of representing Hong Kong at the international level. This ongoing programme is designed so that participants receive top level instruction and support preparing them for the next step in their development and achievements. Athletes will receive international level instruction, high level competition, fitness testing-training-monitoring, and sport psychology education.

 

Rationale and Intent

One of the main goals of the Hong Kong Lacrosse Association (HKLA) is to improve the calibre of lacrosse in Hong Kong, and to improve on the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) world rankings. The HKLA is committed to achieving this goal, and the HPP is a key strategy to that end. The programme will serve as talent identification and recruitment for the Hong Kong Lacrosse National Teams (Men’s, Women’s, Under 19).

 

Target

- Male and Female lacrosse players aged 16 and above with a commitment to developing themselves in the sport

- Athletes with aspirations to compete internationally including the World Championships/Cup tournaments

-Athletes need to meet or have the intention/capability to meet FIL player eligibility criteria.

 

Programme Objectives

- To provide athletes with the opportunity to enhance their skills and abilities and to prepare them for international competition at the National Team level.

- To provide athletes with lacrosse skill development opportunities through on field preparation and competition.

- To provide athletes with access to strength and conditioning coaching, training programs and assessments.

- To provide athletes with access to sport psychology training, nutritional education and injury recovery and prevention techniques.

 

Programme Participation

- All athletes selected to the HPP are expected to participate in all scheduled training, development and evaluation sessions.

- Athletes will be selected to participate in specific local and international competitions

- Athletes in the programme will be required to participate in “community involvement” activities as organised by the programme. ie. coaching youth clinics, volunteering at team events, etc.

 

Programme Schedule to Summer 2015 (future date information will be added later)

September: Programme Announcement and Registration

Late September: Tryouts and initial athlete selection to HPP

October to November: 2-3 Training sessions per week

December - March: 1-2 Training sessions per week

January: Assessment of athlete membership in HPP, consideration of additional applications

April to July: 2-3 Training sessions per week

September: Assessment of athlete membership in HPP, consideration of additional applications and continuation of HPP

 

Local and International Competitions to Summer 2015

November 7-9: Singapore Spectacular tournament

April: 2015 Hong Kong Open

June: Potential Berlin Open or Japanese Exhibition Tour

July 4-11: 2015 ASPAC Championships in Bangkok, Thailand

 

Athlete Selection Process

- Applicants will be assessed on a combination of lacrosse ability, athletic ability, character, commitment and attitude.

- Applicants will participate in tryouts which will be composed of lacrosse training as well as physical fitness testing.

- Athletes selected to the HPP will be continuously monitored against the selection criteria, and if found to be deficient (particularly in the areas of character, commitment and attitude), this could lead to being removed from the programme.

- Similarly, as a result of ongoing talent identification efforts, applications to join the programme will be considered on a periodic basis.

 

Costs

- Tryout Fee of 100 HKD

- If selected into the HPP, an additional 1 Year Programme Fee of 1,000 HKD will be required to cover basic training costs.

- Financial arrangements for tournaments will be communicated prior to the selection of the travelling squad.

 

Registrations due: Sept 15, 2014

http://www.hklax.org/channel.php?channel=event-hpp_2014


Tryout Dates

Men’s Tryout Dates:

Saturday Sep 20- KGV REGISTRATION at 3:30pm

Saturday Sep 20- KGV Bball Courts Fitness Testing: Men 4-6pm

Sunday Sep 21- KGV Practice: Men 6-8pm

Thursday Sep 25- YMCA Practice: Men 730-1030pm (split into 2 groups for 90 mins each)

Sunday Sep 28- KGV Practice: Men 8-10pm (mens players with league games are excused)

Tuesday Sep 30- YMCA Practice: Men 730-830pm (final evaluation for specified mens players only)


Women's Tryout Dates:

Saturday Sep 20- KGV REGISTRATION at 1:30pm

Saturday Sep 20- KGV Bball Courts Fitness Testing: Women 2-4pm

Sunday Sep 21- HV Practice: Women 8-10pm

Tuesday Sep 23- YMCA Practice: Women 730-830pm

Sunday Sep 28- KGV Practice: Women 6-8pm

 

Contact

Jordan Wong

HKLA Development Officer

(852) 66284959

jswong@hklax.org

 


World Lacrosse Championship 2014 - Summary

In the 2014 FIL World Championship, Team Hong Kong placed 21st out of 38. It is a promising and satisfactory result after a 1.5 years hardwork.

It is not easy for Team Hong Kong to have 8 games in 8 day. Summary of all matches:

  • 11-July, Hong Kong 13 Austria 12 (OT)
  • 12-July, Hong Kong 11 Belgium 9
  • 13-July, Hong Kong 2 Germany 21
  • 14-July, Hong Kong 4 Poland 14
  • 15-July, Hong Kong 15 Bermuda 11
  • 16-July, Hong Kong 9 Latvia 19
  • 17-July, Hong Kong 14 Bermuda 13
  • 18-July, Hong Kong 10 Turkey 4


If you want to see more photos and videos, please visit our Facebook page.



Hong Kong Lacrosse Open 2014 - Result

Organised by the Hong Kong Lacrosse Association to mark the organisation’s 20th anniversary, an invitational tournament – the Hong Kong Open 2014 – was held over the Easter weekend at the Stanley Ho Sports Center at the University of Hong Kong.

Local spectators were in for a treat as they watched the home team, the Hong Kong men’s lacrosse team, exercise extreme lacrosse skills, strength and stamina to take the lead in the tournament’s overall rankings. Shanghai came second and South Korea, third.

Summary of all matches:

18th April
- Hong Kong 16 : Korea 5

19th April
- Shanghai 21 : China 0
- Shanghai 9 : Hong Kong 14
- Korea 19 : China 1

20th April
- Shanghai 11 : Korea 9
- Hong Kong 26 : China 1

21st April
- Korea 18 : China 0 (Consolation Game)
- Hong Kong 9 : Shanghai 6 (Championship Game)

If you want to see more photos and videos, please visit the event Facebook page.



Hong Kong 23-Man Player Announcement

(27 February, 2014) HONG KONG – The Hong Kong Lacrosse Association (HKLA) has named the 23 players who will represent Hong Kong at the Federation of International Lacrosse World Championships in Denver (July 10th – 19th). 

Following a grueling selection process, the men’s national team was selected from a squad of 70 players. Returning athletes include Seven Cheng Cheung-wai who will represent Hong Kong at his second World Champs, and Leung Yau-chi who is set to compete for his fourth time. Newcomers, include team captain Joey Au-Yeung Chun-yu and Andy Yip Wai-fung.

Head coach Scott Browning said the skill and depth exhibited by the 23-man roster will continue to be built on over the coming months.

“The try-out process began last summer and has been extremely competitive.  Following our Chinese New Year training camp, we finally selected a dedicated group of athletes to represent Hong Kong,” said Browning.

“There was fierce competition for spots on the roster which resulted in some difficult decisions for the coaching staff. I’ve been impressed with the commitment and desire to get better, both in terms of individual skills and as a team. Our roster has a good combination of experienced players and youthful talent.  I’m confident the team will represent Hong Kong with pride and we will see an improved result from previous World Championships.” 

The 2014 Hong Kong men’s lacrosse team includes:

·       Joey Au-Yeung Chun-yu

·       Theo Chan Tat-chun

·       Seven Cheng Cheung-wai

·       Dennis Cheng Chi-fung

·       Robert Craighead

·       Eric Fung Kong-yau

·       Jeffrey Fung Hon-sing

·       Hui Yau-yuen

·       Timothy Kwan Che-wa

·       Samuel Lau

·       Kenneth Lee

·       Lee Tsz-kin

·       Leung Yau-chi

·       Kelvin Mak Ho-chun

·       Matthew Silverio

·       Van Sternbergh

·       Joseph Wich

·       Wong Chun-hong

·       Wong Hang-wai

·       Gabriel Wong Kin-man

·       Wilson Wong Wai-kwan

·       Andy Yip Wai-fung

·       Yuen Ka-wang

Ahead of the World Champs in Denver, the team is currently focused on preparing for the Hong Kong Open (18 – 21 April, 2014).

To see the team in action, click HERE. You can also stay on top of Hong Kong’s road to Denver by following updates via the team’s Facebook page and Twitter account



Hong Kong Lacrosse Open 2014

(HONG KONG) The Hong Kong Lacrosse Association (HKLA) has announced it will host an invitational tournament over the Easter weekend (18 – 21 April, 2014).

The Hong Kong Open will mark 20 years of HKLA

With registrations for the Hong Kong Open live until 2 March, 2014, the HKLA is challenging international teams to bring their lacrosse skills, strength and stamina to Hong Kong in order to help mark the organization’s 20th anniversary.

“We welcome teams from across the lacrosse world to enter the Hong Kong Open.”
—Louis Hou, Executive Director of HKLA

Louis Hou, executive director of the HKLA, the governing body of lacrosse in Hong Kong, says along with celebrating an important local milestone for the sport, the tournament is an excellent opportunity for teams preparing to compete at the upcoming Federation of International Lacrosse World Championships. “We welcome teams from across the lacrosse world to enter the Hong Kong Open. It will serve as a chance for players to compete against a roster of international sides, as well as help raise the profile of the sport here,” Hou said.

In Hong Kong, lacrosse has a long tradition as a club sport played by students and graduates of the residential halls at the University of Hong Kong. “We hope the tournament will help fuel public interest and excitement in the sport, in turn helping us to grow it at a grass roots level,” added Hou.

 

Hong Kong Open 2014:

  • Game dates: 18 – 21 April, 2014
  • Teams: 23 players per team, five bench staff; maximum of six men’s teams
  • Game rules: FIL 2013 – 2014 men’s field lacrosse rules
  • Team fee: US$1,500 (includes accommodation for 17 – 22 April; transport to/ from playing fields)
  • Application deadline: 2 March, 2014
  • Team confirmation: 9 March, 2014
  • Team fee payment deadline: 17 March, 2014

For tournament enquiries, please email hkopen@hklax.org or apply online at www.hklax.org.

 



Hong Kong Gears Up For 2014 World Games

The Hong Kong men’s lacrosse team is gearing up to compete in the Federation of International Lacrosse World Championships in Denver in 2014 from July 10-19.

Held every four years, the FIL World Championships hosts the premier event in international lacrosse. Forty countries are expected to participate in the 2014 World Championships, including national teams from the United States, Canada and the Iroquois Nationals featuring the world’s elite players.

Following a convincing first-place finish at the 2013 Singha Battles Lacrosse Invitational tournament held in Bangkok, the Hong Kong team showcased sharp form with wins over Singapore (13-8), Thailand (12-6) and Malaysia (11-2).

Louis Hou, executive director of the Hong Kong Lacrosse Association (HKLA), the governing body of lacrosse in Hong Kong, says he is looking forward to seeing Hong Kong make its mark at the upcoming World Championships.

“We held extremely competitive tryouts over the summer to put together our current roster of 28 players, and 23 out of this group will proudly represent Hong Kong at the World Championships,” he said. “Right now, the team is focused on training to be in peak physical and mental condition for the challenges that lie ahead in Denver. We are committed to putting Hong Kong lacrosse on the map.”

While lacrosse is not widely played in Hong Kong, the sport has a long tradition as a club sport played by students and graduates of the residential halls at the University of Hong Kong through an eight-team league organized by the HKLA. “We hope the team’s journey to Denver will spark greater interest in the game and inspire a new generation of home-grown talent,” added Hou.

Head coach Scott Browning believes the Hong Kong squad has the potential to develop into a strong contender in its division in Denver. Browning, who is from Canada and coached the Canadian National U19 team in 1999 and again as an assistant coach in 2012, says it is empowering to note some of Hong Kong’s most promising lacrosse players have come through local club programs.

“It’s great to see local lacrosse initiatives in Hong Kong produce such good talent,” he said. “While a few of our players hail from US Division I and Division III college programs, the bulk of our team is home grown, with players who learned how to play lacrosse while they were in university.”

“Coming off a successful campaign in the Singha Battles tournament, we still have a lot of work to do, as the competition in Denver will be tougher than the teams we have faced so far. Our guys are ready to take on this challenge and are committed to being in the best form they can be when Hong Kong competes on the world stage next year.”

Prior to the World Championships in Denver, the HKLA will host an international exhibition tournament in April 2014. Details about this tournament will be released in the coming weeks. To stay on top of the Hong Kong Lacrosse Team’s road to Denver, follow updates on Facebook and Twitter.