Hong Kong knew it was always going to be tough against Sri Lanka in their Asian Hockey Federation (AHF) Cup semi-final. Now, it’s going to be doubly tough.
Organisers had to abandon Saturday’s game, originally scheduled at 6.30pm, because of heavy rain and a water logged pitch at King’s Park Hockey Ground.
They tried to start at 8.30pm but the rain continued to pour and with the pitch scheduled to close by 10pm by the groundsman, the match had to be abandoned.
Hong Kong would have to play two games in a space of a few hours if they are to overcome pool B winners Sri Lanka in the semi-final.
Waiting in the wings are Bangladesh, who thrashed Singapore 8-0, in the other semi-final, which went ahead as scheduled and was largely unaffected by Saturday’s deluge. Hong Kong’s game against Sri Lanka has been postponed to 8am on Sunday morning – to the chagrin of the Hong Kong squad who have less than 12 hours to rest before crunch time.
Hong Kong have been put at a distinct disadvantage if they are going to repeat their 2002 success at the tournament, when they last won the trophy for second-tier hockey teams.
The local squad, who are made up predominantly by Hong Kong Chinese players, finished runners-up in pool B on four points after a win, a draw and a loss. They pipped Taiwan on goal difference to enter the semi-finals.