Hong Kong has lately had a massive influx of ex Ikeys playing in their top league. Hong Kong which is normally associated with the Hong Kong 7’s has seen a number of old boys taking up the 15 man game on the Island.
The first Ikey to go over was Matthew Rosslee and like any good old Ikey he soon started recruiting his old teammates. Dayne “Daynger” Jans soon followed his teammate. Dylan “Dguy” Rodgers was next and unsurprisingly Matthew and Dylan are flat mates in Happy Valley.
The latest “Cell” of players saw Varsity Cup Ikey champions Nick Holton, Liam Slatem and Tiger Bax join the men in stripes battling it out in the Far East. Grant “Kempy” Kemp joined the boys not long after so incredibly UCT has seven players all playing in the Hong Kong Top division. If we are to add to that Zubayr “Egg” Abrahams to the mix who played a season for Valley last year that would be 8 total ex Ikeys within a 2 year period.
Nick Holton with the trusty South African right foot lined up a 55 metre penalty to sink arch rivals Hong Kong Football club on debut. The top division promotes a ball in hand style of play so to see a man with such an educated boot is uncanny. The look of horror when Football club realised that any penalty in their half would have them behind the poles was reminiscent of Morne Steyn's 2007 Blue Bulls season.
Dylan and Liam play for Hong Kong Cricket Club and the five others Dayne, Matthew, Nick, Grant and Tiger all play for Valley Rugby in the Suburb of Happy Valley. It has been rumoured that Daynger Jans put in a request to have the club name changed to Valley Ikey Club, however after 50 years of existence the directors found it not in its best interests!
Hooker, Tighthead, Flyhalf and the midfield are all players that started in 2007 on the Green Mile B field under John Dobson. With a spattering here and there in the pro leagues it is almost mystical that the players find themselves all in the same team 8000 Kilometres from home. While Castle have been swopped out for overpriced Heinekens, Forries for the BAR&GRILL and Dobbo's house for Daynger's flat the boys are all tight as ever to this day.
Valley club plays an exciting fast paced brand of rugby. With 5 Ikey players in the starting line up I am sure this too doesn’t come as a shock. Valley are the defending grand champions and no doubt that Valley Captain, Matthew Rosslee, will be looking once again to retain the trophy alongside his vice captain Dayne Jans. To stay in touch with some of the old boys be sure to Like the Valley Rugby Football Club Facebook page.