Fading light stops final matches at HARFA rugby tournament

The Hisham Abdeen Rugby Football Academy (HARFA) - conducted rugby tournament created history yesterday marking the first occasion where separate age group events —ranging from U-10, U-12, U-14, U-16, U-18 and U-20— were conducted for players of the Western Province during a single tournament.

The rugby dished out at the tournament wasn’t ideal for a Saturday crowd, but the tournament made its presence felt in Sri Lanka rugby as an event to look forward to in the future.

There was disappointment for the players in the U-16 and 18 ages groups because the finals of these segments were not played due to poor light.

"The wellbeing of the players supersedes the importance of conducting a rugby final in fading light. We can’t risk injury to the players, so we decided not to play matches under failing light," Hisham Abdeen, Director of HARFA told ‘Sunday Island’.

The tournament organisers declared HARFA and the Peterson Rugby Academy as joint champs in the U-16 age group finals. Thalduwa Buddhist School was declared the winner in the U-18 age group tournament while Zahira College, Mawanella had to be satisfied with the runner-up award.

Zahira College, Mawanella and Zahira College, Colombo were declared joint champs in the U-10 tournament after the match failed to produce a winner.

Zahira, Colombo won the U-12 tournament beating HARFA.

St. Peter’s College, Bambalapitiya won the U-14 tournament beating HARFA 26-0.

HARFA beat Talduwa Buddhist School 17-12 in the final of the U-20 tournament. Nuwan Mahesh of HARFA was adjudged the Best Player in this age group tournament.

The inter-club rugby tournament was won by Old Talduwa Buddhist School who beat Sabaragamuwa University in the final.

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