Some Great News!
Ref the message below from Robbie McRobbie| (CEO HKRU), rugby is back on. Please lookout for a message from your Team Manager, for more details of training dates, location and times.
More good news - It has also been decided that the Tai Po - EdUHK shuttle bus will now be free of charge for Sunday training/matches until the end of the Season for fully registered members.
The following buses will run this Sunday for Minis
- Depart TPM 0840, return 1040
- Depart TPM 1015, return 1220
An afternoon Tai Po bus will be arranged if required.
The HKMRU has proposed that this season is extended until the 27th of June. Hopefully, this will allow the Richard Hawkes Trophy and Kim Lam Cup matches to go ahead.
With this date in mind, it is proposed that the Flying Kukris AGM will be held on the 4th of July 2021.
As usual, the Committee will stand down and all roles will be open for members to take up. There is an urgent need for members to transition into positions on the Committee before or during the next season as incumbents stand down permanently.
Please consider what you can give to the Club and think about volunteering
I’m writing to let you know that this morning the HKRU Board and Management team have agreed we can restart rugby activities with immediate effect, based on the following;
- The daily number of new Covid cases has returned to single figures, and the “gym cluster” appears to have been contained
- The key groups of rugby players who went into quarantine have now completed their 14 days and we are not aware of any who ended up testing positive
The Government has not imposed any further social distancing restrictions that would preclude a restart
With regards our Return to Play protocol, we would pick up where we left off in Phase 3, which would mean games could resume w.e.f. 3rd April, although we will aim to commence league matches on 10th April, if no further disruptions.
We are very aware of heightened concerns about further Covid clusters and quarantine, and no individual, team or club at any level will be pressured into training or playing if they are not comfortable to do so.
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.