The HKJC N-League is a programme that promotes the development of women’s football. It is hoped that the positive energy of football will be promoted within the community and that the young women involved will thrive.
After six months of tough competition, the second annual HKJC N-League came to a successful conclusion on 6 May. The match with St. Francis of Assisi’s College against De La Salle Secondary School, N.T. ended in a goalless draw, with St. Francis maintaining an undefeated record of seven wins and successfully defending their championship title based on their total points. Meanwhile, N.T. SKH Chan Young Secondary School beat Fanling Rhenish Church Secondary School, and also won a tiebreaker between Fung Kai No. 1 Secondary School with better goal difference to place second.
Invited to officiate at the prize presentation ceremony on the final day was Manchester United legend Quinton Fortune, who with a smiling face and friendly attitude enjoyed interacting with the audience and players. He also played a mini-Challenge Cup tournament with two N-League players, which was eye-opening for the audience. Fortune also shared his own experience of being a young player in his hometown of Cape Town, South Africa, saying that the best player back then was a girl and not a boy, which proves that soccer is not just a sport for boys. All that is needed is a group of girls to practice and work hard at continuing to progress. This will keep their dreams alive and enable them to become good players.
The Hong Kong Jockey Club Junior Sports Reporters Programme arranged for eight students from their fifth annual class to attend the finale, where they conducted the second live webcast of the year. They were mentored by two professional commentators, Ken Jonk and Ryson Ho, and covered three games, plus had the chance to interview Quinton Fortune. Trainee Cheong said that commentating at the finale was an unforgettable experience: "When playing video games, I’ll commentate on what I’m watching, but doing it live is a lot more nerve-wracking. So many things happen suddenly, and it’s too late to react. Having the two mentors by my side really helped me”.
To watch a replay of the live webcast, please visit: https://youtu.be/R_SKDjuGPZc (in Cantonese only)