HKU Sandy Bay Ladies are celebrating 15 years! Formed in 2003 as a 10s team, the squad joined the National 15s League in 2014 and hasn’t looked back. A diverse team of women from all backgrounds, ages and cultures, what brings them all together is a commitment to their shared values: competition, development, and enjoyment.
With Chris Garvey retained as Head Coach for 2018/19, Sandy Bay Ladies are entering their fifth season as a 15s squad with one collective vision: to advance to the Hong Kong Premiership. The ladies train hard twice a week with this goal in mind. The team won the League B Championship Trophy in the 2015/16 season and continue to push to greater heights. Highlights from the 2017/18 NL1 season include an historic victory over former Champions, Valley Reds.
Sandy Bay Ladies is now a 30-strong squad, with many of the core players still involved since the very first 15s season back in 2014. The ladies have shown a commitment to club-wide development through coaching, with team members Harriet Jamieson and Lynda Nazer taking on head coaching roles for the HKU Sandy Bay U19s and U16s respectively. Sandy Bay Ladies focus on developing as a team, and welcome both experienced players and those new to the game of rugby.
The team is committed to both personal development and developing the game of women’s rugby. During the team’s last tour to Cambodia, the squad arranged to work with local NGOs and schools to coach underprivileged children in the country. As part of a long-term commitment, Sandy Bay Ladies also partner with the Laos national team sponsoring players to train and compete in Hong Kong, and – last season – raised funds to enable three young women to travel and participate in the Asia Rugby U17 Sevens tournament.
The ladies team places huge importance on positive communication, empowerment and having fun! A number of the team are part of the club-wide social Committee (including Lynda Nazer, this year elected overall Social Secretary) and their collective enthusiasm is paramount to maintaining the fun and friendly atmosphere for which Sandy Bay is known.
Sandy Bay Ladies regularly organise post-training socials, club days and club-wide junk boat trips, as well as getting down to matches to show support for other Sandy Bay teams. With such importance placed on collegial spirit, it’s no surprise that Sandy Bay will often host and frequent post-match interclub socials with opponents.
At their core, Sandy Bay Ladies are a group of women who enjoy the sport of rugby and relish challenging themselves to improve on and off the pitch. Whatever the outcome, 2018/19 will be a season to remember!