2017- 2018 Season

VFRFC U9/10G Team


Steve Hersey
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Posted on 15 Mar 2018

Hong Kong Football Club mini rugby festival | Sunday 18 March

Training at HKIS Friday, 6:30-8PM. Jessie has circulated the bus schedule. I will not be able to make this training but the lovely Rebecca will be there! 

U9/U10 Parents,

The HKFC mini rugby festival will be held this Sunday in Happy Valley.  Below are several important notices including squad selections, timetables and logistical details.  Keep this email for reference.


The girls have been placed in two squads (please refer to the text message on the chat) for the upcoming tournament.  They will play 3-4 matches each.  We will also be asking girls to sub for other matches throughout the afternoon.  

Squad 1 will follow the U10 VF1/VF2 schedule

Squad 2 will follow the U9s VF1/VF2 schedule 

Match Times:

The HKRU app has also been updated with all game times.

**Players should arrive at least 30 minutes before the first game so that we can get the girls organised and warmed up.**
Squad 1 please arrive at 2:45 at Pitch 8A, B, and C
Squad 2 please arrive at 2:15 at Pitch 8A and 8B
Please look out for a text message as the coaches arrive we will sort out the best place to meet and warmup.  My mobile is 9091 2118, Steve is 9464 9020 (I generally am not checking emails during this time).


Happy Valley 8:

All U9 games will take place on pitch 8.

The nearest access point is from Wong Nai Chung Road via the tunnel.

The Football club has advised that guest parking will not be available, so drivers will need to use one of the local car parks.

HKRU mini rugby app:

Download the app using these links or search on the app stores.  Extremely useful for timetables, pitch assignments, etc.




All GIRLS must be in this season's kit with their name clearly written on the back (let me know if you are missing anything).  We will be playing in the black strip.  No jewellery etc. You know the drill.


Mouth guards.  Referees will be checking these before games.

Lots of water


Be on time


TheTHEME for this festival is RESPECT (sung beautifully by Aretha Franklin). HKFC has asked that players, coaches and parents celebrate successes for their own teams and opponents.  There will be no tolerance for abuse of the referees.

Keir has sent out his weekly email with more info.  As to not beat a dead horse please refer to his email with other important information.

See you all on Sunday!




Posted on 19 Jan 2018

Schedule and Info Pack - DBP International Beach Festival 2018

Hello Valley Fort Parents!  An exciting tournament on the horizon.  
The Discovery Bay Pirates International All Girls Beach Festival 2018 is fast approaching!
Date: Sunday, January 28th
Saturday U14's: 10:00-14:45; U16's: 10:40-14:30; U19's: 10:40-14:15
Awards Ceremony: 14:55
Sunday U10's: 12:10-15:30
Ladies: 13:20-16:00
Awards Ceremony: 12:10 (U12's)
16:10 (U10's and Ladies)
The Tournament Schedule and Information Pack is attached.
The bus schedule is as follow but subject to change.  Seeing that the U9/U10 girls start at 12:10 this bus schedule would get you all there in time to warmup with your teams.  If you don't take the bus please be at the beach ready to warm up by 11:00.
10:20 starting from Redhill to Discovery Bay
10:23am American Club - Public Bus Stop (The Manhattan)
10:25am Stanley Plaza Bus Stop
10:27m Chung Hom Kok - Wellcome
10:30am Headland Road - Public bus stop
10:35am 109 Repulse Bay Road (Public bus stop)
10:40am HK Cricket Club Bus Stop (Wong Nai Chung Road) - gas station (Public bus stop)
To Discovery Bay (DBIS)
16:30 Leaving Discovery Bay (DBIS) and will stop the above points.
The information pack attacked explains a lot about the event.  Please give it a look over.  The Kely Support Group is a Charity this tournament is supporting.  If you don't know about the Kely Group please read about this charity as it supports peer support, leadership development, and mentorship in young people in Hong Kong.
Please respond to Steve and I if you plan to go to this tournament ,as soon as possible, so we can look to form teams. 
Have a great week ahead and see you on Friday (6:30PM) at HKIS and/or Sunday training (10:15AM) at St. Stephens Pitch.
          Beach Festival Pack 2018v7

Posted on 11 Jan 2018

VF U10/U9G weekly email

Hi All
Big weekend of rugby with the legendary Valley Fort festival on Sunday. 
Big thanks to those that have offered to help setup on Saturday and help on Sunday. 
We could do with some more volunteers for pitch marshaling to spread the love. It's not difficult but is super important and you will still get to watch the girls play. Anton and Kelly can confirm that you get to wear a very special vest and get a clip board. 
So far I have Catherine, Anton post 4 and Kelly down. 
If you haven't helped out yet this season now is the time to volunteer. Pls let me know asap. 
On Sunday as we are the last group playing we need help to clean up our pitch area and pack up. 
It won't take long at all if everyone stays so please all assume that you will be around for 15 mins extra at the end. In particular want the kids to get involved. 
I am very pleased to say that we have a great turn out. 
We have four teams entered in a slightly different format. VF2 and VF3 will be a mix of U9 and U10 teams. The teams are listed below with your coach and when you need to arrive.  If you can come earlier pls do as we have no subs so you will get extra play time. As per usual you may get asked to play on other teams throughout the day so let your coach know where you are at all times. 
The game schedule is all on the app. 
We are on pitch 3 
Let me know if any changes required to the attendance list. 
VF1 (7) Simon/Sarah 230
VF2 (8) Steve 3pm
Kyra (post 430)
Asha (needs supervision)
VF3 (7) Bruno 3pm
Charlie (post 4)
Erin (needs supervision)
U9 VF1 (7) Nic 350
Lovis (post 4)
Separately Valley women premiership team are playing Gai Wu (top vs second) at 430 Saturday in Aberdeen if you want to come and cheer and be a water girl. They love the support and it's close so come and make it a real rugby weekend. 
See you all soon. 

Posted on 13 Dec 2017

Flying Kukris Contact Festival U9-U11 EdUHK 17-Dec-17

Dear Parents,

Appreciate your kind patience, here are the final details for the upcoming Flying Kukri Festival this Sunday, December 17th.


The schedule is available on the HKRFU app.  Please click on U10G.  Please have your daughter meet at PITCH 2D for no earlier or later than 8:45AM (there are strict rules at this venue and we cannot arrive any earlier).   

The teams will be mixed ages.  Please plan to be there for the duration of the playing times to support the teams and be available for subs.  The last game is over at 11:00 and you will have to whole day open for last minute holiday shopping.













Girls attending:  Please let me know if there have been any changes.


















The Venue is theEdUHK Sports Centre (formerly HKIEd) on Yau King Lane,  Pak Shek Kok which is off Tai Po Road (Tai Po Kau).

Excellent location maps are available on the EdUHK website under Sports Facilities and the following link:àpak shek kok sports centre - Google Search

Alternatively, you can access the Valley Fort website




If you should wish to drive/park please read and understand this important message from the organisers.

Parking is limited at the Venue. We shall endeavour to park as many cars as possible by operating a system of double / triple parking. First parking priority will be given to those people staying the longest and we shall block these cars by other later arrivals early departures.

Peaople are asked to leave their phone numbers in a visible location inside their cars.


  1. PARK RESPOPNSIBLY – do not leave huge gaps
  2. DO NOT PARK ON BOTH SIDES OF THE FIRE PATH – cones will be set up to stop parking
  3. DO NOT BLOCK THE FIRE EXIT TO YAU KING ROAD – cones will be placed



There will be a bus available - please look out for this schedule later on today.  

 Re-boarding of buses will take place outside on Yau King Lane at the DROP OFF point



Tea, coffee, soft drinks and limited homemade cakes will be available for sale outside the stadium under the Grandstand but there will be NO F&B PROVIDED at the venue, as these are not allowed by the Owner. We advise parents to bring flasks of coffee & soup, packed lunches and healthy snacks.


AFTER TRAINING ON FRIDAY EVENING THERE WILL BE A SOCIAL FOR THE GIRLS AND PARENTS HELD AT THE AMERICAN CLUB.  Please let us know if you need assistance with logistics.  Steve has offered to take people home as well.


Please do let Steve and I know if you have any issues or questions,

Many thanks,

Ashlee and Steve


Posted on 6 Dec 2017

Weekly Update!

Hello Parents!

Sunday 17th December  Flying Kukris Contract Festival - a gentle reminder.  More details to follow.  Thank you for those who have responded to the text message of availability.  Please do let Steve and I know if your plans should change.  
Friday 15th December - Sarah Alvezios (Anastasia Mom) is looking to organise a social for the girls after the Friday night training at the American Club in Tai Tam.  Look out for more details.
Sunday 10th Dec - training at the Fort from 9:45 to 11:30am.  This will be the last session before the Flying Kukris Festival and our last practice for the year.
Friday 8th Dec - training at HKIS from 6:30 to 8:00pm.  Bus transportation will be arranged by the Club with details to follow later this week.
Valley Academy - Dec and Jan dates
The Valley Club is running two academy camps over the Christmas holiday period.  These are multi-sport programmes designed to help children learn more about team culture in a sports environment.  Flyers were sent out last week by Keir.  let me know if you need this information.
Upcoming dates to put in your calendars:  A fantastic opportunity for some great rugby!
  • Valley Fort Festival - Sunday, January 14th.  
  • Beach Festival in Discovery Bay - All Girls Tournament - Jan 27-28th
  • Sai Kung Stingrays to host an All Girls Tournament on March 30th and 31st 
  • Hong Kong Sevens April 6-8th
We are looking to do another Valley Fort Girls social.  Sometime in January.  Will keep you posted on dates.  A great way to support the bond these girls have already made.
Please being any kit/boots you wish to donate this Sunday to the Fort.  Jessie can help you to place these items in a donation bag in the building along side of the far pitch.
On a side note - over the weekend the World Rugby Sevens Series has just kicked off in Dubai.  This weekend the series will play in Cape Town, South Africa - if you think of it, turn on the Sports channel to show your girls how the 7's are played. for further information. 
Have a great week ahead.
Ashlee and Steve

Posted on 21 Nov 2017

*Sandy Bay Mini Rugby Festival*

Dear U9G/U10G Parents,

The Sandy Bay mini rugby festival will be held this coming Sunday, 26th November at the Stanley Ho Sports Center, Shan Wan Drive in Pok Fu Lam.  Below are several important notices including timetables and logistical details.  Keep this email for reference.


ALL girls will play on both teams, VF1 and VF2.  Some matches are at the same time so we will need all girls from each age group to arrive at their allocated time.

For the girls who signed up - U9G at Pitch 4C at 2:00PM and all the U10G at Pitch 4A at 2:20PM.

Let me know as soon as possible if your plans have changed.

*All U9 and U10 games will take place on pitch area 4.*

Match times:

The HKRU App is up and running.  There you will find the schedules for your daughters age group. 

HKRU mini rugby app

Download the app using these links or search on the app stores.  Extremely useful for timetables, pitch assignments, etc.




How to get there

Google map link

MTR - to Kennedy Town, exit A and take bus no. 58

No parkingis available at the ground.  The organisers have arranged for up to 3 hours of complimentary parking at Cyberport (Carparks 1 and 2).  Please go to the customer service counter with your child in their rugby kit to redeem this concession.  There will be a bus big up area to bring you to the pitch - if you should decide to do this then leave yourselves ample time as its a rotating schedule and other club will be using this method of transport to Stanley Ho Sports Complex.



All GIRLS must be in this season's kit with their name clearly written on the back.  No jewellery please. And hair tied back off their faces.



Mouth guards.  Referees will be checking these before games.

Lots of water

Be on time


Friday training at HKIS

We will have training at HKIS from 6:30 to 8:00pm on Friday and would like as many players as possible to attend.  Bus details will be provided by the club later this week.

Please email Steve or I with any questions you might have.

Have a fantastic week ahead!


Ashlee and Steve


Posted on 16 Nov 2017

Weekly Note

Dear U9G and U10G -

Last weeks Friday evening training was a success!  The girls got dirty, sweaty and there were even some competitive tears shared among the group.  Their skills have improved 10 fold.
And a big thank you for all the girls that were able to turn up for the tournament at Kings Park two weeks ago Sunday.  The girls played with passion and drive and like a solid team all around.  VF parents should be extra proud!
*As for the next tournament, it is less than two weeks away.  On Sunday, November 26th, Sandy Bay will host the next festival at Stanley Ho Sports Complex in Pok Fu Lam.  It is very likely the girls will be playing from 2:30 PM onwards.  More details to come once all has been finalised.  
--Please let Steve and I know asap if you plan to attend this festival.  We would love to see each girl out there proving their skills once again.  All levels welcome - playing in the matches proves to be a milestone for their overall rugby development.
Training times this week:
Friday Night - NO TRAINING! However there will be a Friday night training on November 24th at HKIS for 6:30-8PM.  
Sunday Morning - November 19th at St. Stephens College at 10:15AM street time.  Team snap went out.
Keir sent out an email this week with very important information-please take a minute and read through it.
Have a great week ahead,
Ashlee and Steve

Posted on 1 Nov 2017


Dear U9G and GU10G Parents,

The USRC Tigers mini rugby festival will be held this Sunday at King’s Park in Kowloon.  Below are several important notices including timetables and logistical details.  Keep this email for reference.

Match times:

Schedule attached as well as the girls that have signed up to attend. Please let me know if you have any change of plan etc.

*U9's and U10 girls need to be at Kings Park no later than 10:40AM on Saturday - there is a special training for the girls provided by the Rugby Union Coaches*.  Steve and I will both be there, give us a call if you can't locate us.  

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Posted on 19 Oct 2017

Training this Sunday

Dear U9/U10 Parents,

1. Please note that this Sunday's training is at Stanley Fort.  The start time is 9:45AM - Please be on time.  As well, give yourself enough time to get there and to get through security.  Here is a bit of information for first the timers.


Training at the Fort


  • The Fort is located at the end of Wong Ma Kok Road in Stanley.  Drive past the entrance to St. Stephens College and continue for a further 1.8km until you reach the barracks gate.
  • The training ground and carpark are located within the army barracks.
  • Your HKID, passport or some other acceptable form of identification will be required to gain entry to the grounds.
  • Soldiers will be positioned at the various road junctions and at the carpark to guide drivers.
2. Also, as we have our first rugby festival on Sunday, November 5th.  It will be held at Kings Park.  Once we have all final details we will email you the schedule.  
**Please let Steve and I know no later than this Sunday if your daughter will be playing in the tournament.**
-We will need to let the organisers know how may teams will play and importantly we need to devise the teams.  
-If you could send us a quick yes or no that would be most helpful.
3. The Clubs Chairman has sent out an email with other valuable information.  Do take a glance at it as there is important information regarding the new kit, HK Sevens Ballot, the HKRU Charity Ball and the HK CUP of Nations.
4. Please make sure your daughter has a mouthguard as the club can not allow her to play unless she is wearing one.  Also a reminder that your daughters jewellery must be removed or earrings covered to avoid injury to herself or others.
Any thoughts or questions please do not hesitate to ask.
Have a fanatic rest of your week.
Ashlee and Steve 

Posted on 14 Sept 2017

VF U9/U10G Weekly: 14 Sep

Hi All

Apologies for the delay in getting this week’s note out.

Wow it was hot last week, well done to the girls for sticking with it. Good news is that it only will get easier.

It was great to see the progress in just one week.

This week’s training is at 9.30am at St Stephens again.

Please make an effort to arrive on time and we will finish early if it’s too hot.


Key dates for the year ahead

  • Sunday 5th November 2017 – USRC Tigers Festival
  • Friday 10th November 2017 – First Friday Evening Training (6:30pm to 8pm @ HKIS).
  • Sunday 26th November 2017 – HKU / Sandy Bay Festival
  • Sunday 10th December 2017 – Flying Kukris Festival
  • Sunday 21st January 2018 – Tai Po Festival
  • Sunday 28th January 2018 – Discovery Bay all girls Beach tournament
  • Sunday 11th February 2018 – Valley Fort Festival
  • 2nd – 4th March 2018 – KL Saracens Intl Tour
  • Sunday 11th March 2018 – HKFC Festival
  • Sat/Sun 30/31st March – All Girls Tournament (AGT)
  • 6th – 8th April 2018 – Hong Kong Sevens

Friday night training sessions for U9 to U12 teams will commence on 10th Nov. at HKIS.  Transport arrangements will be communicated closer to the date.


Spartans Race

Kelly has come up with a great idea to enter some VF teams. It is on Sat Nov 4th

Anyone interested pls let her know


Singapore tour

Full information will be provided in the next few days and will be sent to those that have expressed an interest.

Deposits are likely due by Sep 25th. We are at 8/9 so have space if anyone else is interested. 

Names so far are:














Posted on 6 Sept 2017

U9/U10's Girls Rugby

Dear U9 and U10 Parents,
First off thank you all for a fantastic start to the season.  We loved seeing your girls out there focused and ready to get this rugby season started.
A few updates to note:  Please read through as there is pertinent information to follow.
1. Our first social is this Sunday, September 10th, please head over to the Pizza Bar on Stanley Beach after training.  This will give us all a chance to get to know one another as well as a wonderful way for the girls to bond.
2. Our ALL GIRLS DAY is scheduled for Sunday, September 24th at St. Stephens College.  Please encourage your daughter to bring a friend along to enjoy in the fun rugby drills and games. More information closer to the date.
3. If there is still an interest in anyone joining the Singapore tournament please email Steve and I so we can get you all signed up.  The All Girls Tournament is the first weekend of December 1, 2 and 3.  I have attached the necessary info.  Will be an amazing experience for you and your daughter!​
4. Appreciate all of those you have had a chance to download the teamer appto your phones.  Reminders will be sent out weekly.  If you could reply with 'accepted or decline' so we know whether to expect you or not.  If you have just registered please feel to send me a message and I will add you to the group chat as well.  
5. As a general reminder, please remember that these trainings are important as we progress into the beginning stages of contact.  Its important to make these trainings as it will only benefit your daughter to feel more comfortable and confident when she learns to tackle.  If there are any concerns or questions please don't hesitate to talk with any of us at any time.  We are fortunate to be training along side our Pro-Coach, Rebecca and the U10's as they will be our mentors for the coming season.
6.  Wearing jewellery while playing rugby is prohibited and can pose to be dangerous so best to not wear any during training or festivals.  All jewellery either needs to be removed prior to practice or use tape to cover earrings if earrings cannot be removed.  Please do this before arriving to practice or give yourselves extra time to do this once you have reached the pitch - Steve has tape if you need to be taped up.
7. Just as important is wearing a mouth guard/gum shield.  Please make sure your daughter has a mouth guard that fits comfortably and safety into her mouth.  Let week a few girls either didn't have one or were taking it in and out of their mouths during the drills.  If their hands are in the mouths their hands aren't free to catch the ball.  The club will have some for sale this weekend as well you will receive one along with your kit.
8. If your child needs to wear glasses to play rugby (like my son Shaye in U11's) please note that you will need to get protective sports goggles as this is required by the HKRFU.  I bought/ordered Shayes from a website call 'goggles and more'.  Your local eye doctor should have some on hand as well.
9. I believe the committee is looking for a few more volunteers to assist in kit distribution this Sunday.  Please inform Steve or I if you are able to lend a hand.  
Have a great week ahead!
Ashlee and Your U9/U10 Coaches

Posted on 29 Aug 2017

Valley Fort U9G and U10G: Welcome to the 17/18 season

Hi All

We have a great season lined up this year as we continue towards our aim of having the best Girls Rugby club in HK.

It’s great to see so many girls coming back and that we have 30 players registered so far.

This email will be a bit longer than normal as there is a bit of ground to go over so please read through.

I won’t repeat anything that Keir has already stated so please ensure you have read his emails especially around Kit, mouthguards etc.


Season Info


The HKRFU has been looking at the structure for the U9 and U10 Girls and there will be some changes to last year.

Key points to note for now are:

  • U9 and U10’s will train together (as per last year)
  • The aim is to have different age groups for the festivals with relaxed play up\play down rules i.e. U9 girls who are more comfortable in tackle can play up and the reverse (which is similar to what happened last year)
  • More information will be supplied as the season progresses



Very excited to announce that we have Rebecca Thompson coaching us this year. She is a member of the HK team and a key member of the Valley premiership side.

Last year she coached the U16’s and is a great player so you will be learning from one of the best.

Colleen has moved up with the U12’s.



We are looking to use the Teamer app this year to make things smoother. More to come on this.


Fri Nights Training

We will be having training Fri nights again but not till later in the year.


This week


We are at St Stephens, Stanley this week.

9.30am sharp start on the running track on the ocean side (where U10G’s were last year)

Please be reminded, no parking (people often got tickets for parking on the road near the gate), no dogs and please keep the kids to the pitch area.


For the U9’s and new kids and parents  - we will be introducing tackling nice and slowly.

Last year the transition went smoothly and the older girls will be a part of helping teach the new kids.



Hopefully we will be picking up the Kit this week so need some volunteers to help distribute.

Many hands make light work. Please let me know.


One off’s

Girls Open Day

Following on from the success of last year we will be having a Girls Open Day at St Stephens on Sep 24th.

Start thinking now who you are going to bring down. It’s time to start asking the new neighbours and friends at school!

It’s good to see that we already have some referrals (good job Alice). Sian created a hit list on the weekend.


Singapore Tour

This is the first ever all girls Asia tour.

There are 5 clubs from HK going down and it promises to be an excellent weekend of Rugby and Fun.

It will be Dec 1st – 3rd  with the games on Sat and Sunday.

We need to firm up numbers on it soon so please let me know asap if you are keen to go.

More info to be sent out on this next week.


Women’s World Cup and Celebration

I hope that you managed to watch a bit of the WC.

This was the first time that HK has made the WC for either Women and Men. They had a great tournament and made lots of progress.

Would recommend having a look at the highlights of the NZ v England final. It was a great advertisement for women’s rugby


Also check out this article about Kelsie who plays for Valley. She grew up in HK and at 18 was playing for HK in the world Cup. A great inspiration.

Please put in the diary Sunday the 10th for a lunch at the Pizza Bar in Stanley to help celebrate the Valley Women who have returned from the WC and a great chance to get to know each other.

Congratulations for those still reading. The emails will get smaller I promise.




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