This Sunday (30th April 2017) is the Sha Tin Shapei Festival for Minis. Please contact your Team Manager for details.
As the season draws to a close and as per the Club Constitution here we will hold our AGM on the 14th May 2017 at HLYIS. As per normal practice, all currently serving members of the Committee will stand down at the end of the season and thus all positions can be considered vacant.
Those positions are
Head of Minis
Head of Youth
Head of Girls
Head of Seniors
Head of Coaching Development
Should you require any further information on the roles and responsibilities of the positions please follow this link. Please feel free to contact any current committee member for additional info.
Currently the following people have indicated they will stand for re election:
Mark Leonard - Chairman
Nigel Aveline – Treasurer
David Holden – Head of Youth
Shelley Bouttle – Head of Girls
Joe Stanion - Head of Minis
Andrew Robertson - Head of Seniors
Steve Power has kindly voluntered for the position of Secretary
Andrea Lai has kindly volunteered for the position of Membership Secretary
Nomination forms are available here. The deadline for the submission of nomination forms is 7th May 2017 (one week prior to AGM).
Please return forms to [email protected]
A TSW/ Tuen Mun bus and a Tai Po bus will be provided free of charge to / from HLY school.
The TSW/Tuen Mun bus will leave TSW West Rail Station at 7:50 AM and pick up at the usual stops along Castle Peak Rd and Tsuen Wan, at the following times.
8:07 Opposite Handford Plaza
8:10 Sea View Garden (Gold Coast)
8:13 Agean Coast
8:35 Tsuen Wan
The Tai Po bus will leave Tai Po market at 8:45AM.
To give us an idea of numbers using the bus, please email [email protected] and indicate where you would like to get on the bus and number of passengers.
Proposed schedule for the AGM
9:00AM Setup - please come along and help
9:30 - 11:00 Awards
11:00 - 12:?? AGM
12:?? – 1:30 PM Lunch
As in previous years, pizzas and soft drinks will be available to the kids at 11AM. Curries, beer, fine wines etc. will be available after the AGM.
Flying Kukris RFC will be holding a raffle for a British and Irish Lions jersey which will be drawn at the AGM. In recognition of our Gurkha heritage, money raised will be donated to a charity in Nepal to assist children in need. Details of the raffle to follow shortly.
“Canterbury are the official apparel suppliers for the British & Irish Lions. The partnership brings together two of the most established rugby brands in the game.
Canterbury have donated the British & Irish Lions Vapodri Matchday Classic Jersey. The Iconic Red Lions Jersey is known around the world as the best of the best.
#committedtothegame #LionsNZ2017 #canterburynz
A Rising Star
Meet Charlotte - Charlotte is only 4 years old and has already been spotted by our Head of Girls, Shelley, for her amazing skills.
HKS Kukris Ladies played USRC Tigers.in the WNL1 Grand Champ quarter final on the 25th Feb 17 Kukris won 26/5. For the full match report click here. The sharp eyed might notice the U16G's Coach, Tom in the middle of the photo. Coach Tom also helps to train the HKS Kukris Ladies Team.
Following on from the HKS Kukris Ladies team win, Round Two of the U19 Girls 7's Tournament on the 26th Mar. saw the combined might of Sai Kung Stingrays and USRC Tigers loose 10 to 7 to the Flying Kukris in the Cup Final - well done Ladies!
Parking at HKIEd - we have received complaints from the EdUHK management about the parking on Sundays. We are NOT ALLOWED to park along the side of the road next to the stadium and also DO NOT block the lower exit. The lower exit is normally closed but is for emergency vehicles. Failure to obey HKIED rules may result in us loosing the ground for training. Please see the map below and note there is additional parking just down the road outside HKIED.
To relieve the parking problem at EdUHK, please use the TSW / Tuen Mun bus or Tai Po bus if possible. These buses are heavily subsidised by the club to encourage their use. If they are not used, we may have to cancel them.
As the junior club for HKS, Flying Kukris players in age groups U11 upwards, have the opportunity to support HKS through the Premiership season, by joining the ball retrieval team for their home matches.
Mid Week trainingwill take place every Wednesday at 6.00pm at EdUHK
A good win for HK Scottish Kukris Ladies - for the full match report please click here
The HKMRFU has now created a Mini Rugby "APP" that will be used to convey Festival information to Coaches, Parents and Players.
The APP will provide information on the hosts festival arrangements including participating teams, matches, play times, pitches and the club nominated to provide the match referee.
It's really simple to use and takes only a minute or two to familiarize yourself.
To get the free APP in IOS or Android systems simply go to your APPS and type in "HK MINI RUGBY". It should pop up immediately as the only APP. Load it.
The APP is currently showing the first Shatin Shapei trial festival of last June 2016 to let people explore how it works. All are encouraged to feedback any bugs they may find to Joe Stanion at email ....[email protected]
It will be updated soon for its first soft opening when the first TM Sharks regional festival is arranged. It will then go to full opening for Tigerfest in October.
For Coaches please note this APP will not replace the excel schedules used for scheduling matches, play preferences and avoiding clashes.
As soon as the season starts I would encourage parents to find us an updated outstanding picture of our mini players in their new team shirts. One that conveys the fun and spirit of Rugby, such as the existing one.
We have some exciting developments coming in the new season. The HKRU and EdUHK are planning to make several improvements which include-
The AGM provided some different surprises this year, not least my election as Chairman. Many thanks to those who nominated and elected me. It is a great honour to take over this role from Ian to whom I’m grateful for the unexpected opportunity. I’ve been around for long enough that many know me well already, but for those who, like me, might be wondering what they have got themselves into, here is what I might have presented at the AGM.
Rugby has been a central component of my life. The son of a talented rugby player, I had an early introduction on the touchline of my father’s matches and started playing rugby at school aged 8. Although distinctly lacking the natural ability of my father, I played for Sherborne School, Yeovil, Manchester University, Richmond and a handful of other clubs in London, UAE and USA. I continue to play regularly for the Football Club Sequins, Contemptibles and, of course, 28th Squadron.
Rugby has provided much more than just fitness, fun and camaraderie in my life. Not only providing a safe (and legal) vent for pent-up teenage aggression, many of my long-term friendships have been formed through involvement in rugby and I met my wife, Mairead, while visiting Hong Kong for the Sevens!
Being a licensed pilot and having received my first kukri while living in Nepal at the age of 15, the Flying Kukris naturally appealed to me. In early 2005, I visited a training session at Community Sports to investigate with my sons, Aidan and Nicholas, then aged 2 and 4 and not yet familiar with rugby or old enough to play. Suffice it to say, Aidan was registered in U6 at the start of the next season and it was not long before Sara Bosco roped me in to help with the coaching.
Since then, I have coached U6-U12, almost twice with both sons, was Head of Mini Coaching during the transition to new Mini laws and became one of the principal referees at U11 & U12. With Level 1 Refereeing and Level 2 Coaching qualifications, I moved up to the challenge of U14 Head Coach this past season as Nicholas graduated to Colts.
I am a strong proponent of parents and players taking advantage of the online and instructor-led training available from the IRB & HKRU to prepare themselves for each season. I also believe in being a true rugby supporter as well as a player. Taking time to watch rugby being played at all levels provides endless learning opportunities. “Paying forward” through coaching, refereeing, active participation and volunteering is what binds the rugby community together.
I am keen to help young boys and girls in Hong Kong gain similar life-long benefits from rugby I have been fortunate to experience. There is no need to be extraordinary, just to take part. The aim is to provide rugby for all through a club with spirit, camaraderie, community, social life and a willingness to put up with one or two sacrifices. That may be time, effort, putting yourself out for others – both on the pitch and off. As with a rugby team, a lot of ordinary people can combine to make an extraordinary club. I believe the Flying Kukris RFC has always been and will continue to be a club others respect for its unique identity and inclusive nature.
I look forward to serving our members as Chairman and continuing the great work of previous Chairmen, particularly Ian Stewart, fellow committee members and the tireless club volunteers. I hope you will all join me in this endeavour and be willing to put your shoulders to the wheel in keeping the club moving forward.
We can celebrate having had another great season and justifiably turn our attention to other things through the Summer. As the Committee wraps up and looks forward to next season, I hope you all have a relaxing time away from the rugby field to recharge for the next step forward for Flying Kukris.
Hong Kong Sevens newcomers, Germany DRV VII, kicked off their bid to qualify for 2017 HSBC World Series by visiting the Flying Kukris on the morning of Tuesday 5th April for showcase training.
The lucky Kukris enjoyed a fun training session as the young and enthusiastic squad, fresh from their Frankfurt flight the day before, took complete charge. Rotating through stations of agility, handling and game-play, the youngsters showed why the Flying Kukris are a force to be reckoned with.
Manuel Wilhelm, Manager and Technical Director Germany Rugby Union, was full of praise, impressed by the large turn-out, the quality of rugby on display and the community spirit as parents’ smiles beamed almost as broadly as those on their kids’ happy faces.
When quizzed on his team’s outlook for the coming weekend, Manuel replied with conviction “I’m optimistic we’re going to surprise a few people. We love the positive vibe of Hong Kong and are very excited about the tournament”.
Special thanks to International College Hong Kong, Hong Lok Yuen for generously offering us the opportunity to train on their grass pitch.
Please click here to see these pictures and many more on our gallery pages