New Year's Day Tournament has existed in various forms since 1967, when the late Vernon Roberts was instrumental in arranging the first Hong Kong v Overseas Schoolboys event as an adjunct to the traditional New Year’s Day Army v Civvie “Old & Bold” match at the Hong Kong Football Club.
The event has grown steadily over the past five decades, adding ever more age grades, girls' fixtures, and then last year a game featuring the best youngsters from the Union's Junior Warriors programme.
Thankfully many of the names and traditions connected with the event have been carefully retained by the succession of hand-picked Tournament Directors, and history is well represented by the names on the trophies still presented to this day - the Roberts Shield, Waterford Bowl, George White Trophy, and of course the Middlesex Cup which dates right back from the earliest years. In recent years the contributions of more currently prominent members of our rugby community have also been recognised with names on silverware, such as the Stuart Leckie Cup, the Wright-Naylor Trophy, Gordon Lamb's Lassies' Quaich, and the Overton Cup, and of course the prestigious Best & Fairest Award each year is named after the much missed Larry Able, another who did so much to grow the youth game in Hong Kong.
To mark this important anniversary the Union have unveiled a special 50th logo, which will feature heavily on the day. Other plans are in progress, and as they prepare the Union would like to hear from any families who have had multiple participants and even multiple generations run out at HKFC on 1st January - there have certainly been fathers and sons or daughters who have both played, but it's just possible there could be a grandfather-father-son/daughter story out there somewhere!
Prudential New Year’s Day Youth Rugby Tournament 2017 live stream
Date : Sunday, 1 Jan 2017
Venue : Hong Kong Football Club
Time : 09:30 - 20:00
09:30 Ladies Under 12 Island Lions vs Peninsula Dragons – 15 a side (20 minute halves/ 5 minute half time)
10:15 Presentation of the Robert’s Shield
10:25 Boys Under 12 Island Lions vs Peninsula Dragons – 15 a side (20 minute halves/ 5 minute half time)
11:10 Presentation of the Waterford Bowl
11:20 Ladies Under 14 Island Lions vs Peninsula Dragons – 12 a side (25 minute halves/ 5 minute half time)
12:15 Presentation of the Overton Cup
12:25 Boys Under 14 Lions vs Dragons – 15 a side (25 minute halves/ 5 minute half time)
13:20 Presentation of the Stuart Leckie Cup
13:30 Ladies Under 16 Lions vs Dragons – 15 a side (30 minute halves/ 5 minute half time)
14:35 Presentation of the Naylor Cup
14:45 Boys Under 16 Hong Kong Dragons vs Overseas Lions – 15 a side (30 minute halves/ 5 minute half time)
15:50 Presentation of the George White Trophy
16:00 Ladies U19 Hong Kong Dragons vs Overseas Lions – 15 a side (30 minutes halves/ 5 minute half time)
17:05 Presentation of the Lassies Quaich
17:15 Boys U19 Warriors Dragons vs Warriors Lions – 15 a side (30 minute halves/ 5 minute half time)
18:20 Presentation of the Lassies Quaich
18:30 Boys U19 Hong Kong Dragons vs Overseas Lions – 15 a side (30 minute halves/ 5 minute half time)
19:35 Presentation of the Naylor Wright Cup/Middlesex Cup
19:40 Presentation of the Larry Abel Trophy