Got Game? / 你看球賽了嗎?

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!

Writer: Betty WANG (Hall 10)
Translator: Yemmi YEUNG
Photographer: Rachel MAN (Lee Shau Kee Hall)
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一年一度的高彥鳴教授盃(Professor Edmond Ko Cup,簡稱PEK Cup)各種球賽今年也將進行得如火如荼,最先開始的就是足球啦。上星期日,聯校運動中心,運動員們為我們帶來四場精彩的對決。40分鐘的半場,雙方加守門員各有5位隊員上場,賽程如下:
舍堂十一 vs 滙豐業昕堂
舍堂八 vs 陳瑞球堂
李兆基堂 vs 賽馬會敬賢堂
舍堂十一 vs 胡應湘爵士伉儷堂
小編這就為大家重播第一場的賽況。最先上場的是身穿淡綠色隊服的舍堂十一球員,與身穿藏青色隊服的業昕堂球員,雙方隊員看起來都神采奕奕。球賽正式開始,經過短暫的追逐,舍堂十一先發制人射門成功,業昕堂的球員並沒有慌亂但是加緊了傳球的速度,不料用力過猛,將球傳出以後不慎摔倒,讓小編無比感動的是,舍堂十一的球員把他扶起來,互相輕拍一下表示鼓勵和感謝,儘管是對手,這樣的尊重和默契才讓比賽更多了點人情味。
業昕堂球員漂亮地用頭頂過球傳給隊友,臨門一腳,但被舍堂十一守門員鄧啟亮彈開,此時業昕堂另一名球員抓住時機攻擊球門空出來的一側,成功進球!業昕堂備受鼓舞,持續展開攻擊,再次射門,鄧啟亮飛起但是沒能擋住。只見啟亮直接把自己摔出去用身體擋球,觀眾看著都疼呀。下半場業昕堂始終保持進攻,而舍堂十一也不示弱,雙方輪流將球逼近對方球門前,在各種射門嘗試之後,這場比賽以5:1塵埃落定。

接下來三場小編就不詳細描述了。作為一個門外漢,小編對足球的理解就是,每場比賽都是相似的,每場比賽又都是獨一無二並且意義非凡的。每一場的球員都抱著相同的信念:把球踢進對方的球門,擋住對方的球,奔跑,傳球,防守,射門,本質上講,足球就是這麼目標直接而明確的活動,而它的魅力在於,不同的時間和空間點與這些動作的組合可以產生千變萬化的效果,精妙的,抑或烏龍的。而輸贏的魅力,運動員們于無聲中傳達出的精神與彼此間的情誼,更是讓球迷們深深著迷的地方吧。

最後跟大家匯報一下現時戰績:

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)

不論比賽結果如何,每支隊伍每位球員都奮力拼搏過,應該得到相同的尊重和讚揚,請大家一起為他們喝彩吧!

文:   王琪 (舍堂十)
攝:   文苳晴 (李兆基堂)

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