ONGOING SUCCESS IN LOCAL SPORTS
The DB Pirates’ participation and success in local sport is perhaps the key draw for new and existing players, coaches, volunteers and sponsors. But, as Hank points out, the club’s achievements are often overlooked. “I think the DB community doesn’t hear of the club’s success and doesn’t know how well our teams do across all sections,” he says. “For instance, our U12 boys have won silverware in the Richard Hawks Trophy six times in a row but I see kids getting on the ferry wearing our competitors’ kits.”
Indeed, DB Pirates has grown over the past 16 years to become one of Hong Kong’s most successful rugby clubs, producing premiership teams and providing a breeding ground for future champions. “We are a feeder to Kowloon Rugby Club which gives these kids a pathway to premier sport, Hong Kong representational and Olympic rugby,” says Hank. “In the past few years, we have had, and currently have, several Pirates men and women make the Hong Kong national team or full international level at both 7s and 15s. In 2021, we had two women from our club on the Olympic repechage team in Barcelona.”
Likewise, over in DB Pirates’ netball section, the Ladies League is a feeder to the Hong Kong Netball Association, and players of all ages compete ably against local teams. Sam is quick to highlight the talent of the Junior League players, saying, “In 2021, we saw six of our juniors get selected for the National Squad. In 2020, we had nine. A huge congratulations to these
DB Pirates’ Mini Hockey section has also earned a special place in the Hong Kong sporting community due to its players’ passion for sportsmanship, fair play and success. In time, Hank hopes to develop a Senior Hockey section, for girls and boys aged 16 and up.
In recent years, the big news for DB Pirates’ dragon boat section has been its successful merger with Lantau Boat Club (LBC). “This is the second year we have joined forces with LBC as both clubs have lost members with many people leaving Discovery Bay. It has been a successful amalgamation as it has allowed both groups to continue paddling together as LBC Pirates,” says Rachel Ball, Head of Dragon Boating.