Newsletter – Christmas Edition, December 2019

Powerplay Newsletter – Special Christmas Edition, 2019
Sam Szeto, 2019 Beach Bash Review, GBHL Update, CIS Roller Dome, Beijing Pond Hockey Announcement
Passing of Samuel Szeto
HONG KONG – 21st December, 2019
It is with a heavy heart that we share news on the passing of our dear friend Samuel Szeto. Sam bravely battled stage 4 liver cancer but sadly left us on the 21st of December. A beloved member of the hockey community, Sam tended goal for the Hong Kong Hitmen as well as in the SCIHL where he won multiple championships with both organisations. A standout person on and off the ice, Sam will be sorely missed and we send our deepest condolences to his family in these difficult times.

Hockey gives us so many gifts, but it is the people you meet along the way that truly make it a sport worth playing. Sam gave so much back to hockey as a player, a coach, and a character of the game. A great example of what hockey is all about, the community truly lost one of their own. 

Sam’s relatives are still accepting donations to cover his medical fees, further details can be found on his GoFundMe page including funeral arrangements and how you can contribute to a slideshow for his family commemorating Sam.

Thanks for everything Sam.

2019 Beach Bash Review
Pattaya, THAILAND – 11th-14th December, 2019
The Third Annual Beach Bash tournament took place in Harbor Mall, located in the picturesque location of Pattaya, Thailand. The popular youth tournament hosts youth divisions for the U6, U8, U10, U12 and U14 age groups, with all categories playing in a 4 on 4 format with the exception of the U6’s, who play 5 on 5. A breathtaking 72 games were played over the four day tournament. A wide array of teams competed this year, with participants from Thailand, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Korea and Malaysia.

There were very impressive showings from many teams, but it was the hometown Thai teams that really impressed as the BKK Warriors A teams took home the U10, U12 and and U14 division championships. Winning the U6 division were Young Ducks Jr., while the HK Selects team managed to win the U8 title.

Overall a great tournament at a wonderful location and a great experience for all those involved. We are looking forward to next year’s tournament.

Greater Bay Hockey League (GBHL) Continues (Round 4 and 5)
Shenzhen, CHINA – 29th+30th November (U8), 6th+7th December (U12), 2019
The Greater Bay Hockey League continued its inaugural season with round 4 and 5 of games taking place late November (U8) and early December (U12) respectively. These were the last set of games held before the Christmas break. The first cross-border youth tournament to take place within South China, the league aims to give young players the opportunity to experience playing ice hockey against other teams in the region.

The U8 Division games were closely contested as the Junior Tigers and Bumblebee teams fought out a draw  in the first game before winning their remaining fixtures to lead the pack over the weekend. The standings now show a three way tie for the league lead, with the Ice Devils, Bumblebee and Junior Tigers deadlocked.

The U12 Division saw the Flying Dragons pick up 2 wins and a draw to put them on top of their league after the weekends action, but they will have to watch out for the Century Star team which is hot on their trail and only 3 points behind.

The GBHL will be back in action again after the holiday break with the first games of the new year on the 3rd and 4th of January 2020, where the U12 Division will continue to play their next set of fixtures.

For all the details on the GBHL including stats and standings, please visit www.greaterbayhockeyleague.com

CIS Roller Dome Showcase
CAMBODIA – 10th + 11th January, 2020
Canadian International School (CIS) has partnered with PPSE to hold a showcase event at its newly built Roller Dome in Cambodia from January 10th to 11th, 2020. A spectacular structure and beautiful location; we are welcoming inline players of all levels to participate in the showcase, please contact us at admin@powerplayse.com if you are interested.
8th Annual Pond Hockey Tournament in Beijing
Beijing, CHINA – 17th+18th January, 2020
The 8th Annual Pond Hockey Tournament in Beijing will be held this year at the scenic Wab’s Duck Lane. A longstanding favourite for hockey players wanting to play outdoor hockey, these tournaments always combine our favourite sport with beautiful scenery and a great outdoor experience. For contact details and further information, please view the above flyer for details.
Upcoming Events
  • Northern Breakaway (Chiangmai) – Jan 31-Feb 2 – Adult and Youth
  • Choi Park Lai Inline Cup (Shunde, China) – Feb 28-Mar 1 – Adult and Youth
  • CCM Thailand Cup (Bangkok) – Apr 6-9 – Youth
  • Greater Bay Championships (Shenzhen) – May (TBC) – Adult and Youth
  • Asia Alliance Inline Hockey Cup (Taipei) – May 27-30 – Adult
  • Chilla in Manila (Philippines) – June 18-20 – Adult and Youth
  • Tropical Freeze (Bangkok) – July 8-11 – Youth
Please visit www.powerplayse.com for information on events
Please contact admin@powerplayse.com to speak to us regarding upcoming events