(from press release) HONG KONG – The Hong Kong Lacrosse Association (HKLA) has named the 23 players who will represent Hong Kong at the Federation of International Lacrosse World Championships in Denver (July 10th – 19th).
Following a grueling selection process, the men’s national team was selected from a squad of 70 players. Returning athletes include Seven Cheng Cheung-wai who will represent Hong Kong at his second World Champs, and Leung Yau-chi who is set to compete for his fourth time. Newcomers, include team captain Joey Au-Yeung Chun-yu and Andy Yip Wai-fung.
Head coach Scott Browning said the skill and depth exhibited by the 23-man roster will continue to be built on over the coming months.
“The try-out process began last summer and has been extremely competitive. Following our Chinese New Year training camp, we finally selected a dedicated group of athletes to represent Hong Kong,” said Browning.
“There was fierce competition for spots on the roster which resulted in some difficult decisions for the coaching staff. I’ve been impressed with the commitment and desire to get better, both in terms of individual skills and as a team. Our roster has a good combination of experienced players and youthful talent. I’m confident the team will represent Hong Kong with pride and we will see an improved result from previous World Championships.”
The 2014 Hong Kong men’s lacrosse team includes:
Joey Au-Yeung Chun-yu
Theo Chan Tat-chun
Seven Cheng Cheung-wai
Dennis Cheng Chi-fung
Eric Fung Kong-yau
Jeffrey Fung Hon-sing
Timothy Kwan Che-wa
Kelvin Mak Ho-chun
Gabriel Wong Kin-man
Wilson Wong Wai-kwan
Andy Yip Wai-fung
Ahead of the World Champs in Denver, the team is currently focused on preparing for the Hong Kong Open (18 – 21 April, 2014).
About the FIL
The Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) is the international governing body for men’s and women’s lacrosse. The FIL currently has 50 member nations and sanctions five World Championships (women’s and men’s field, women’s and men’s U19 field and men’s indoor.) The FIL is responsible for the governance and integrity of all forms of lacrosse and provides responsive and effective leadership to support the sports’ development throughout the world.