The annual Professor Edmond Ko Cup (PEK Cup) inter-hall competitions have gone in a full swing with the first wave being the soccer competitions. I attended the Joint Sports Centre last Sunday (23 October) when our athletes brought us four exciting inter-hall battles. Each team sent five players (including a goalkeeper) for a 40-minute match. The schedule went as follows:
> Hall 11 vs HSBC Prosperity Hall (Hall 2) vs Chan S
> Hall 8 & Jockey Club Houseui Kau Hall (Hall 5)
> Lee Shau Kee Hall (Hall 6) vs Jockey Club Humanity Hall (Hall 1)
> Hall 11 vs Sir Gordon and Lady Ivy Wu Hall (Hall 9)
Let me recap some highlights for you for the first match! The first team entering the field in turquoise was Hall 11 followed by the navy-blue Prosperians. Both teams were in good spirit. Soon after the game has begun, Hall 11 scored the first goal after some chase. The Prosperians did not panic. Instead, they sped up the passing. Their striker accidentally kicked the ball too hard and fell as he passed. What touched me was the moment when a Hall 11 player helped him getting up and they patted each other as mutual encouragement and gratitude. Such spirit of respect and understanding filled the course with warmth.
The Prosperians then headed the ball straight in line. Unfortunately, their initial try was blocked by Paul TANG, the Hall 11 goalkeeper. At that instant, the Prosperians nabbed to attack the empty side of the goal. IN! The Prosperians got all excited and took a stranglehold of the momentum. Tang rocketed up, almost waved off the ball, and the Prosperians tied another score. The audience gasped as they witnessed Tang throwing himself against the shot. What a painful sacrifice! During the second halftime, the Prosperians kept attacking while Hall 11 also capitalized on their chances. After alternating rounds and rounds of attempt from both sides, the Prosperians grind its way to a 5:1 victory at last.
From a layman’s interpretation, all matches are similar; yet, each and every one of them is meaningful in its own unique way. All soccer players profess the same belief to score a goal, ward off opponents’ shots, run, pass, defense, and offense. All games are made of the same fundamental ingredients and they all share the same goal. Yet the countless variations produced along with all those smart or careless moves spark the magical charm of soccer. What fascinates soccer fans is not about winning or losing, but the unspoken shared spirit and camaraderie among the athletes.
Let me announce the results as of today:
> Hall 11 vs HSBC Prosperity Hall (Hall 2) (1:5)
> Hall 8 & Jockey Club House vs Chan Sui Kau Hall (Hall 5) (1:3)
> Lee Shau Kee Hall (Hall 6) vs Jockey Club Humanity Hall (Hall 1) (4:0)
> Hall 11 vs Sir Gordon and Lady Ivy Wu Hall (Hall 9) (0:1)
> Jockey Club Academy Hall (Hall 4) vs Alumni Civility Hall (Hall 3) (1:3)
> Hall 10 vs Hall 8 & Jockey Club House (3:1)
No matter what the outcome is, what matters the most is how every player in every team has fought hard that they deserve equal respect and appraise. Let’s applause and cheer for them all!
Translator: Yemmi YEUNG
Photographer: Rachel MAN (Lee Shau Kee Hall)
舍堂十一 vs 滙豐業昕堂（1：5）
舍堂八及馬會樓 vs 陳瑞球堂（1：3）
李兆基堂 vs 賽馬會敬賢堂（4：0）
舍堂十一 vs 胡應湘爵士伉儷堂（0：1）
賽馬會群智堂 vs 校友樂禮堂（1：3）
舍堂十 vs 舍堂八及馬會樓（3：1）
文: 王琪 (舍堂十)
攝: 文苳晴 (李兆基堂)