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Training Start date: We are currently waiting for EdUHK availability, but expect early September (TBC)
Flying Kukris AGM
As I am sure you know, the Flying Kukris (virtual) AGM was held on Saturday 19th June 2021.
As Mark Leonard, Nigel Aveline, Kim Murch, and Warren Prescud have left the Committee, we have had some new additions and changes, namely:-
Steve Power has become Chairman
Wong Ho Wing - Treasurer
Raymond Chan - Secretary
Jay Law - Membership
Aika Mutaguchi - playing kit
Fiona Merrill - Comms and Social Media
Many thanks to those who are leaving the Committee for their contribution to the Club
The members of the new Committee can be seen here on the Flying Kukris website Committee page.
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 9 am – 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 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 keeps 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.