Sunday, 31 January 2010

Challenge Shield Final

Hong Kong Senior Challenge Shield Final
30th January 2010

Hong Kongers apparently love football, but this seems to only go as far as betting on the overpaid posers who play for the big European clubs. I don't really love football, but do enjoy watching live sport and as a result spend a bit of time drinking cans of Kingway while watching the mighty Tin Shui Wai 'Pegasus'. This Saturday was the final of the Hong Kong Senior Challenge Shield, a knockout competition that has been running since 1896. Even though the Flying Horse didn't make it, a mate and I still trundled out to the wilds of Chai Wan to check out the action. I didn't take any photos on the day so the snap below is of TSW playing at home in Yuen Long. Kitchee were playing the ever popular and successful South China. I hadn't been to Chai Wan before - it's not really convenient to Yuen Long - but the airy Siu Sai Wan Sports Ground was a decent stadium and the Kingway was cold. The only thing that disappointed me was the tiny crowd and thousands of empty seats. The game was exciting with goals, yellow cards and controversial refereeing decisions aplenty. South China defeated Kitchee 4 to 2, but the real winners were those who bothered to get out of bed or leave the shopping mall to actually watch a bit of live sport. Hong Kongers apparently love football, it's just a shame they never bother to watch it; that the stadiums are empty and the local teams go unsupported.

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