Once again, Simon Reid-Kay & Associates and co-sponsor Richards Basmajian sponsored the Tin Shui Wai Pandas club at this year’s Corporate Rugby Sevens which were held on Sunday, 4 December 2016. Teams included the likes of HSBC, Swire, Savills, JLL and Colliers. This year the format changed and we entered a mixed team in addition to the men’s team, playing Tag Rugby rather than the previous full contact version. We are delighted that our mixed team (requiring a team to have a minimum of three women on the field at any one time) won the Plate in their competition.
The Pandas, also known as the Tin Shui Wai Rugby Football Club (TSWRFC), were established in 2011. Many of the core players came through the “Operation Breakthrough” programme (www.breakthrough.hk) and went on to represent Hong Kong at U20s, Hong Kong Development Level and in the Hong Kong A squad.
During their inaugural season, the first team was undefeated and won the Championship Division while the second team won silverware at the National League level. Both teams were promoted at the end of the opening season.
In the 2013/14 season TSWRFC expanded from 2 teams to 4 including both a men’s and a women’s team playing at development level. In that first season the women’s team became champions in the 10’s B league.
The Club’s first two teams currently play in Premiership A and Community League 3, respectively. In the summer of 2015 a Colts section consisting of U19, U16, U14 boys and girls teams was introduced, winning silverware at the end of their first season. The 2015 season also saw wins for the Women Xs (Development League), the Men’s NL 5 division – and the Men’s Thirds XV won the Grand Championship Final – remaining unbeaten for the whole season.
And, last but not least, in season 2015/16 TSWRFC won the RFU ‘Trophy 21’ which is awarded to the “fairest and cleanest team” in Hong Kong – which came as no surprise to us!