Thomian win Dr. R. L. Hayman Trophy
19th Royal - Thomian water-polo annual encounter

by Manjula D. Phillips

S. Thomas’ College broke the winning record of Royal College, who had won the title consecutively since 2005, and lifted the Dr. R. L. Hayman Trophy yesterday when the 2nd leg of the 19th water-polo encounter between Royal College and S. Thomas’ College ended in a 1-1 draw at the Police pool, Narahenpita.

As the 1st leg of the encounter, which was played last Tuesday, was won by S. Thomas’ College by 7-6 and the win put the Thomians winning the Dr. R. L. Hayman Trophy as yesterday’s encounter ended in a draw.

S. Thomas’ have won this encounter on 11 occasions while Royal has won it on five since the introduction of the series in 1992. Two outings have ended in draws.

Royal College was led by Shehan Dassanayake, a 4th year coloursman. Vice Captain of the side was Althaf Yakoob, a National swimmer and a 3rd year coloursman.

The Thomians was led by B. A. C. A. Perera, a National water-polo player. He is a 4th year coloursman. The Vice Captain of the Thomian team was Norwich Paranawithana, a 3rd year coloursman.

Having coming in the 2nd leg with a must win situation as they had lost the 1st leg to Royalists, played a spirited game from the very beginning but it was the Thomian skipper Chandana Perera who put them in front with a 1-0 lead at the end of first quarter.

But in the 2nd quarter, Royal scored their only goal through Shan Lakshitha to make the scores one all. At the end of first session, it was one all. But in the 2nd half, neither side was able to score another goal though both sides attempted valiantly but were prevented by the goal-keepers of the sides. As the final whistle blew, the score stood at 1-1 which made Thomians winning the Dr. R. L. Hayman Trophy after a lapse of five years.

Arjun de Alwis, the goal-keeper of S. Thomas’ was adjudged as the Most Valuable Player of the encounter.

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