Ben Kende in St John’s College Weekly Newsletter

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Young spinal victim set to see his All Black idols

John Carney One spectator from Hong Kong will savour the occasion more than anyone else when New Zealand and Australia take to the pitch today in a rugby union World Cup semi-final at Eden Park in Auckland. Sixteen-year-old Adam Prentice was elated when he got tickets for some early World Cup pool matches as […]

Courage in the face of adversity

Robby Nimmo For most school leavers, the ‘gap year’ is about travel, random jobs, and diving into life full throttle. Squeezed between years of study at high school and the rigours of university, the gap widens to a chasm of adventure … a year of delicious possibilities; a cocktail of hedonism, new places and friendships. […]

Poignant moment as championship opens

Alvin Sallay It will be a poignant moment when Jack Capon leads Hong Kong out for their opening game against Thailand in the under-20 Asian championship at Hong Kong Football Club this evening. Skipper and No8 Capon, and at least nine other players in the squad, were part of the team who took part […]

Staying focused on the game

Robby Nimmo Motoring back after a yacht race into Port Shelter on a balmy August afternoon, crew members on Impala 1 recall the telephone call with a solemnity that never passes. Peter Kende was expecting news of his rising rugby star son representing Hong Kong, announcing a win against Malaysia in the opening game of […]

‘Freak accident’ fells HK junior star

Alvin Sallay Promising young flyhalf Ben Kende has been left immobilised with a serious neck injury after ‘a freak accident’ at the Asian Junior Championship in Bangkok. Kende, 18, was injured in the first five minutes of the opening game against Malaysia last Sunday. He was taken to a hospital where he underwent two operations […]

Ice-cool teenager keeps nerve and kicks Club to victory

Alvin Sallay Baby-faced assassin Ben Kende killed off Tradition Valley’s hopes of a double by knocking over two magnificent late penalties to give CBRE Hong Kong Football Club a nail-biting 16-14 victory in the First Division Grand Championship final at King’s Park last night. The 17-year-old Kende, showing all the maturity of a grizzled veteran, […]