Defending champions Royal remain unbeaten

Blue and Gold Hockey


Defending champions Royal College produced a brilliant performance winning three of their matches on the first day of the 11th Blue and Gold Hockey held at Royal College hockey grounds, Colombo on Saturday.

Royal, vying for a hat-trick after winning the trophy in the last two consecutive years, won against Mahinda College, Galle (4-0), Sri Dharmaloka College, Keleniya (3-0), D. S. Senanayake College (1-0) and drew with Zahira College, Matale (0-0) to top Group ‘A.’

Tanwir Hallaj opened the scoring for Royal in the 3rd minute of their first match against Mahinda, while skipper Shahid Kuthubdeen, Shahin Ahamed and Danuja Gunasekara scored a goal each.

In their second game for the day, Royal scored thrice against Sri Dharmaloka through captain Shahin Ahamed and Shahid Kuthubdeen (2) to stamp their authority early upon the tournament.

The final stages of the tournament will be held on Sunday with boys and girls competing in cup, plate and bowl categories. Royal will play in the per-quarterfinal against Christ Church, Matale on Sunday.

The tournament, sponsored by Singer Sri Lanka and organised by Royal College Hockey Club, saw the participation of 55 teams in the both girls and boys category. The tournament has started in 1992 with 16 teams.  

In other boys’ matches, Maris Stella College, Negombo won against Joseph Vaz College, Wennappuwa by a solitary goal and Kingswood College, Kandy with a similar margin to lead in Group ‘B.’

Christ Church defeated fancied St. Thomas’ College, Mount Lavinia by 4-0 in a Group ‘C’ match while Nalanda beat St. Peter’s 3-0, Asoka Vidayala (3-0), and Sri Sumangala College, Panadura (3-1) in Group ‘D.’

In girls’, defending champions Pushpadana College, Kandy beat Sri Sumangala by 6-1 and Sirimavo Bandaranaike Vidyalaya by a solitary goal to top its group.

Sangamitta College, Matale scored the highest number of goals in a match in this year’s tournament so far, pouring a goals rain as they beat Uva Science 9-0.

The tournament is sponsored by Singer for the 10th consecutive year and Esoft Computer Studies (Pvt.) Ltd. is the co-sponsor for this year’s event.

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