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By : jcarlile

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As this article goes to print, the HK Dragons will be in the final stages of preparation for the Asian Championship of 2015. This years tournament is being hosted by the Thailand Tigers in the thriving metropolis of Bangkok on the third Saturday of October. While the city of Bangkok may not be known as an AFL heartland, the local international school transforms into an all Aussie affair as 13 teams and nearly 300 participants descend into the area. The Asian Championships is the pinnacle of Asian Football with all teams planning their calendar around preparing players for this competition.

A revitalised format this year will see the 13 teams split across two divisions; this move is an attempt to provide all teams with a more even and competitive round of matches. Hong Kong, along with Singapore, Malaysia, Jakarta, The Philippines,Vietnam and Thailand, have been placed in Division 1. This cluster of Asian football powerhouses in the top division will mean that unlike previous years, the qualifying rounds will be highly competitive and evenly matched from the first bounce. The knockout style finals will be played in front of a vocal contingent of local and expatriates with the Grand Final expected to attract close to 1000 spectators. The HK Dragons go into the tournament with a unquenchable thirst for success after loosing 12 months ago to long time rivals Singapore in the Grand Final. 


Late in the month of August the HK Dragons successfully hosted the second edition of the Annual Black Tie Ball. The event was held at the HKCC and attended by 150 of Hong Kong’s finest. A special mention must go out to the Lady Dragons who stole the show with their performance on the red carpet. A great night was had by all!

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