Established in the early 1990’s, Societe Generale Valley Ladies Rugby team has grown to be one of the most successful women’s rugby club teams in Hong Kong. From our humble beginnings, the team has made incredible progress in terms of on-field rugby achievements and introducing new players into the game of rugby. In our short history, we have gone from having a few ladies playing the odd game of touch rugby to being able to field two 15’s women’s teams into two separate divisions – Valley Black ladies and Valley Red ladies. We have been league winners and grand championship winners in previous years and continue to strive adding to our trophy cabinet.
Valley Black ladies are a team made up of girls with international playing experience as well as those who are experienced with the game. This team plays in the HKRFU Women’s 15’s division 1 league. Valley Red ladies are a team made of up of both experienced and development players as well as those who are new to the game. This team plays in the HKRFU Women’s 15’s division 2 league. We also have several minis and colts teams with young girls playing in the different age group teams. These girls eventually feed into our women’s team through a clear pathway of rugby development.
Not only do we play rugby, but we have a great social scene too with lots of regular off the field events throughout the year, including our street party, annual rugby tours to Macau and another Asian destinations (previous years including Shanghai, Philippines and Singapore).
Whether you are fast or slow, big or small, new or experienced, social or serious, there is a place for you at Valley RFC. We train at Happy Valley rugby pitch every Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:30pm – 9:00pm. Games are played on Saturday afternoons. If you are interested in coming down for a run around or to see what rugby is like contact firstname.lastname@example.org
As preparation for their debut in the XV’s league, a 16 strong HKCC Babes touring party including coaches Darren Cartlidge and Jeremy Nesbitt visited Singapore on Tour from 5-7 September, 2014. Here’s Joan Yip’s tour report:
The first HKCC Babes XVs tour was amazing for the team as we continue our preparations to debut in the XVs league this season. The “Babes” impressed both our coaches and opposition in a hard fought match that saw us go down narrowly 22 (4 tries) – 19 (3 tries) to the Singaporean side Bucks RFC – whose team was dotted with former internationals from New Zealand and present internationals from Singapore.
It was an excellent display of core skills, teamwork and sportsmanship as well as individual excellence with players developing from strength to strength. Throughout the game we defended effectively and the Bucks ladies had to work hard to earn their tries. When we had possession, we effectively gained yards and displayed some great ball retention and protection skills while working through phase after phase in the forwards.
A handful of players from two other local clubs, Blacks RFC and Bedok Kings RFC, assisted with making up numbers which saw a great exchange of technique and skills amongst the players playing alongside each other for the first time.
The HKCC Babes have once again proved we can lift our game to the next level as a XV-aside team through bonding on and off field throughout the tour. There is no doubt we will be ready to take on the existing XVs teams by storm in the domestic ladies league beginning this October.
A huge thank you to the Bucks RFC Ladies for graciously hosting us as well as to everyone who supported our preparations for the tour. HK-CC!”
Sabine Lisicki rallied from 1-5 in the first set of the Hong Kong Tennis Open final against Karolina Pliskova to win 7 games on the bounce. The number 1 seed and wild card entry Lisicki was being played off the court by Pliskova who broke twice to serve for the first set. Only for the Czech lady’s serve to fall apart – she served 7 double faults in two games to lose the first set. While Lisicki finally adjusted to the heat and pounded out some wonderful ground stroke winners.
The second set was one way traffic, and for the enthusiastic crowd it was a little sad – Pliskova played some wonderful tennis throughout the week to reach the final. However she only showed glimpses of that play during the final and Lisicki ran out a 7-5, 6-3 winner, to secure her first WTA title in three years.
Karolina Pliskova teamed up with her twin sister Kristyna to win the doubles title 6-2, 2-6, 12-10 in a thrilling match against Arina Rodionova and Patricia Mayr-Achleitner.
At the IRB Women’s Sevens World Series Qualifiers held in Hong Kong, Fiji, China, France and South Africa qualified for the Sevens Worlds Series with wins in their quarter-finals. China thrashing Brazil 45-7, Fiji strolling past Portugal 29-7, France narrowly edged Japan 21-12 while a pumped South Africa had a surprisingly easy win over the Netherlands 22-7.