Men's Hong Kong
Hong Kong Islanders Ball-Hockey Organization (HKIBO)
For 2013, we have come more prepared and focused in reaching our goal of gold in the B pool. With the majority of the players coming from the CBHA, the team will be well adjusted to the Canadian rinks and atmosphere.
In our first ever appearance in 2009, Hong Kong finished 12th out of 16 teams which was respectable for an inaugural appearance. In 2011 we finished 6th in the B pool allowing only 7 goals in 5 games.
With a good mix of returning and new players, our goal is to win the B Pool and raise the status of ball hockey in Hong Kong. We believe a championship will inspire more Hong Kong youth to pick up a stick with the belief that one day they may also compete on ball hockey's biggest stage. We feel we have the right team that is needed to accomplish our goal.
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It has been a busy year for the HKIBO. Hong Kong was able to re-capture the 2011 Asian Championship with a victory over long-time rival Singapore. Recently, the Hong Kong Islanders have made the semis at the Mekong Cup in 2012 and 2013. As well they reached the semis in the Yamato cup in Tokyo in 2012, and the finals of the Canton Cup in 2013.
The HKIBO currently has many players involved in developing ball hockey in Hong Kong schools. Recently, a successful junior school ball hockey league has been established and there is room to grow. In the coming fall Hong Kong players and coaches will look to dedicate more manpower and court time to the youth in our schools.
Mr. Matthew Lui [General Manager] from Hong Kong's’s national men´s team did the following interview on preparation of the team with regards to upcoming 2013 ISBHF World Championships in St. John´s, Canada.
Hong Kong about their preparation for ISBHF World Championships in St. John´s:
- 1. At what stage of preparation is your team with regards to next year’s the world championships in St. John’s?
Team Hong Kong is set with only minor details remaining. It has been challenging to put a team in place but believe that our team has come together nicely. Many of the players have helped out in every facet that they can.
- 2. How will the preparation continue in the next months?
For this World Championships, over half of the team is based in the Greater Toronto Area. Practices, exhibitions, and training will take place.
- 3. Can you already tell the names of some players of your team?
Yes our whole roster is set. one of the returning players is Ricky Lee who has played in the Ontario leagues for many years and has a reputation for being a top end player and leader. Also returning are the two goalies from 2011, Matthew Lui and Allan Mak. They both have Canadian Nationals experience which helps solidify the team from the crease on out.
- 4. What are the expectations you have for St. John's?
We have high expectations and expect nothing less than Gold in the B pool.
- 5. Who will become world champion 2013, and why?
The A pool will have great teams with the hometown Canadians, returning champion Czechs, and Slovaks that always medal. Greece and Portugal will also have very solid teams going. In the end the team with the best goaltending and special teams will take home the Gold.
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