The International Women’s Day was closely followed by the Women’s Hockey Invitational Tournament, hosted by Hong Kong. This year the Women’s Hockey Invitational Tournament was held for the third time. It was a three-day event, starting off on the 10th of March and culminating with the final match on the 12th. Four Asian teams participated in the event; Chinese Taipei , Kazakhstan, Malaysia and Hong Kong, China.
The event was held at the King’s Park Hockey Ground, Hong Kong. The format of the matches was such that each team got to play with all of the other participating teams once. Two matches were held in a day, totalling to six matches in the tournament. The schedule can be seen below.
|Thu 10 Mar, 2016||Chinese Taipei VS Kazakhstan||Chinese Taipei|
|Hong Kong VS Malaysia||Malaysia|
|Fri 11 Mar, 2016||Kazakhstan VS Malaysia||Malaysia|
|Hong Kong VS Chinese Taipei||Hong Kong|
|Sat 12 Mar, 2016||Chinese Taipei VS Malaysia||Malaysia|
|Hong Kong VS Kazakhstan||Kazakhstan|
All of the teams performed well however, Malaysia came out to be the star of the tournament, topping the tables with six points. The Malaysian Women’s Hockey Team started off by defeating Hong Kong in the first match after scoring 2 goals against them while the Hong Kong Team did not manage to score any. In the second match, which was against Kazakhstan, they did not face much competition from the opposing side and managed to rope in 5 goals against 0 from the opposing side. Having two wins already in their bag, they were already geared up for the third victory which was inevitable for the team. Their third consecutive win was of little surprise to everyone, given their exceptional performance earlier on in the tournament.
All in all, the tournament proved to be successful as four Asian hockey teams came across each other in the field and faced some healthy competition by playing against their counterparts in the region. This tournament will pave the way for many such events in the future which must be held to increase the number of hockey tournaments played regionally and consequently, give the Asian teams a chance to experience some fierce competition from their fellow hockey players.