CH-Police clash pick of the quarter-finals
The confrontation between the Colombo Hockey and Football Club and
Police Sports Club on August 9 at Police Park is the pick of the four
quarter-finals of the Caltex Inter-club knock-out tournament for the
Clifford Cup which will be worked off from August 8 to 24.
The policemen won the first round game by 12-11 at Police Park while
CH and FC won the return match by 18-12 at Maitland Crescent in the
Caltex 'A' Division League and the battle between these two evenly
matched teams should turn out to be a thriller.
CH and FC which finished fourth finished the 'A' Division League on a
high note with three smashing wins over Army (40-5), Police (18-12) and
The forte of the CH and FC are their power-packed forwards and the
pack was further strengthened with the inclusion of Sri Lanka Youth
Players Sajith Suranga and Bilal Hassen while the three quarters also
showed marked improvement with fly half Omar Hassen and full back
Milinda Jayasinghe giving a fine display.
In the last game against Havelocks Hassen gave them territorial
advantage with long kicks to touch and also brought down the opponents
with some bone-crunching tackles
while Jayasinghe was a tower of strength in the last line of defence
with his safe collections and booming kicks to touch in addition to
joining the line to form the overlap.
The Police three quarters too gave a much better display in the last
four matches. The shifting of Danushka Pubudu to the fly half berth and
moving of Harshana Wijeweera to the centre position paid rich dividends.
The halves combination of Milinda Bandara and Danushka Pubudu hit it
off smoothly while centres Wijeweera and Chula Susantha combined
effectively to breach the opponents defence on several occasions.
With lock forward Pradeep Wilson moving to the No. 8 berth the
Policemen won more possession having three jumpers in the line outs.
The Policemen went down fighting (20-22) to the formidable CR and FC
and were leading 11-5 against the mighty Kandy SC till the 20th minute
of the second half before losing 11-29 and scored a morale-boosting
21-17 win over Army.
Defending champions Kandy SC should have it easy against Galle RFC in
their quarter-final at Nittawala on August 9 White League runners up CR
and FC have the edge over Air Force in their quarter-final clash on
August 8 at Police Park
while Havelocks should have it easy against Army in the fourth
quarter-final at Police Park on August 10.
The schedule: Quarter-Finals:
(a) CR and FC vs Air Force on August 8 at Police Park
(b) Kandy SC vs Galle RFC on August 9 at Nittawala
(C) Ch and FC vs Police on August 9 at Police Park
(d) Havelocks vs Army on August 10 at Police Park
(e) Winners of (a) vs winners of (d) at Longden Place on August 15
(f) Winners of (b) vs winners of (c) at Nittawela on August 17.
Final on August 24 either Niattawela or Longden Place.