Great News - our training ground at EdUHK is open for use starting this Sunday.
As might be expected, there are several restrictions on what we are allowed to do, namely-
- a maximum of 33 people (kids and coaches) on any full size pitch at any one time. Please note this refers to a full size pitch - not the part pitches we normally use for training.
- Whilst on the sidelines (whether as sub, coach, spectator etc.) everyone must wear a mask, be in a group of no more than 4 and with a minimum of 1.5m between groups.
- be sensible - if anyone (parents, kids helpers etc) in your household exhibits any symptoms of Covid (fever, cough, sore throat etc) or are not well, DO NOT come to training.
We may find these rules frustrating, but we have been warned the police have been handing out fixed penalty notices of HK$2,000, to those who ignored the rules.
With the above restrictions in mind, the following training schedule has been worked out.
9:00am - 10:15 am,
- U6 and U7 on the grass pitch in front of the grandstand
- U8 U9 boys on the Astro pitch
10:30 to noon
U9-U12 girls on the grass and U10-U12 boys on the Astro
The following buses will run this Sunday for Minis
- Depart TPM 0840, return 1040
- Depart TPM 1010, return 1220
For youth this weekend: we have
- Saturday morning - Boys in DB (same as last week)
- Sunday - girls in EduHK (1pm-2:30pm)
The following buses will run this Sunday for Youth
- Saturday morning bus to DB - same as last weekend
- Sunday afternoon bus to EdUHK - Depart TPM 1240, return 1440
To avoid spreading the virus through using the shared Laptop in the classroom at EdUHK. please follow the link here to register and pay online. This is the 21st century and I believe this should not be a problem to most.
Registration and Payment facilities will NOT be available this Sunday.
We prefer payments to be made by internet transfer, credit card and PayPal.. As a trial we will accept payment by ATM but you MUST WhatsApp me (at 98002547) a copy of the payment slip AND the child's name when making the payment. If this is not done, we have no idea who the payment is from.
The Flying Kukris HSBC Account number is 074-050428-001
The Special offer for membership of $750 for the first child and $600 for each additional child will finish at the end of October. In November the membership fee will revert back to $950 and $800
Kit collection will be available this Sunday - but you must have registered and paid by midday on Saturday to give us time to prepare the paid members list.
Finally, please tell your friends etc, that we are looking for new members - remind them we welcome boys and girls from 4 to 18 years old.
The Flying Kukris (virtual) AGM was held on Saturday 30th May 2020.
The Committee would like to welcome James Soutar who has kindly volunteered for the position of Head of Minis and Joe Stanion who is taking over the role of First Aid Coordinator. Many thanks to Amanda Crow and Chi Lai for their contributions to the Committee and Club activities as Head of Minis and Membership Secretary respectively.
Charles Cheung, who many will know has been managing the HK Scottish Coaches for the Youth groups and has been our Head Coach, will be taking over as Head of Youth – again, many thanks to Tim Woodward for looking after the role so well previously.
The members of the Committee can be seen here on the Flying Kukris website Committee page.
The proposal for no increase of fees for 2020-21 season was passed at the AGM. In addition, due to the disruption in the 2019-20 season, the committee proposed that, for the 2020-21 season only, there will be a HK$200 discount per playing member in the membership fees for members who sign up for the new season by October 2020. If you register and pay early the full season fee will be HK$750 for the first player and HK$600 for each additional player.
For those who missed it here is a link to the Minis video presentation - nice music!
Remember the Bake Sale at the FK Festivals? Click here for info on the donation made
Some great results from the recent DB All Girls Beach Tournament
FK U12G were Tier 2 cup winners
FK U9/10G won Tier C Cup
Our U10G Sharmaine won the Most Valued Player, and also she won the Mini Player of the Festival.
U14G Team 1 Tier 1 Cup Winners
U14G Team 2 Tier 2 Cup runners up
And MVP Emily Wade
Flying Kukris Sponsorship of Davao Durians
Flying Kukris raised money for the second year running through bake sales at the contact and non-contact festivals. Huge thank you to everyone who baked or helped sell cakes at the stalls. The sales exceeded all expectations as over $23,000 was raised!
Twelve girls plus the coach and one additional adult joined from Davao Rugby, known as the Davao Durians. Most of the girls were on their first trip outside the Philippines. Logistically the most time-consuming and difficult part is to arrange for the girls to get passports. Most of the girls are either orphans or have parents who are no longer with them. Getting birth documentation and authorized signatories to sponsor obtaining a passport is difficult. Most of the girls this year did not join the tournament last year. The last girl to join only obtained her passport on Monday before flying four days later to Singapore!
The girls were spread across u14 and u16 age groups. As Flying Kukris did not have enough girls at u16 we teamed up with them throughout the tournament. The team became known as the “Flying Durians”, a name which in itself ought to be enough to inspire fear in any opponent.
We arrived at the beautiful Turf City grounds at around 9am – four luxuriant grass pitches! The girls quickly organized themselves with warm up drills and scrum and line-out practices. Fortunately many of the girls speak some English and so language was not a major barrier. We soon found out that that Georgia knew more tagalog than anyone had thought as well.
The girls won their pool games against Titans and the Komodo Dragons. We were really impressed by the Durians speed and passing skills and the team worked amazingly well together. Unfortunately, in the last game were beaten by Valkryies in the last game. They knew what they had to do in the final as Valkryies were opponents again but despite scoring some memorable tries were unable to overcome the sheer size and physical strength of the Valkryie girls.
In the evening the girls joined up again for songs, including a rap performance which went down well.
The following morning the Davao Durians were back at the pitch for joint games with u14s and u18s. We split all the girls into two groups, mixing up all the squads. We played ‘capture the flag’ on one pitch and ‘twins rugby’ on the other pitch. Lots of fun, smiles and laughter.
There was time for lunch near the hotel and for the Kukri girls to join back with the Durians before saying goodbyes and heading for the airport.
Hong Kong Scottish Kukris
On Saturday 16th March the Hong Kong Scottish Kukris played City in a relegation / promotion match to decide who would play in the Women's Premiership next season. Kukris have already won the WNL1 League title and narrowly missed out on the Grand Championship as well, but this match was a step up. Played to Premiership rules, with forty minute halves and no rolling substitutions, the match was very different from what the ladies have been used to. It did not start well as City scored a converted try, while early injuries forced a reshuffling of the Kukris lineup. But a try against the run of play at halftime keep them in the game, trailing 5/7 at the break. In the second half it was City who tired first, with Kukris soon dominating. Two more tries followed with the final score 15/7.