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Blue and Gold Hockey Sevens on October 11 and 12

The annual Blue and Gold Hockey Sevens organised by the Royal College Hockey Club sponsored by Singer Sri Lanka will be staged on the 11th and 12th October at the Royal College grounds, Reid Avenue in Colombo.

A total of 52 teams comprising 16 girls’ schools and 36 boys’ teams from all over the island will take part in this prestigious tournament. This event is much looked forward to by all participating teams and the hockey loving public in Sri Lanka. A special feature in this year’s tournament will be the addition of the Bowl and Plate segment in addition to the Cup on offer to the winning teams.

The Blue and Gold Hockey Sevens sponsored by Singer Sri Lanka will be staged on the 11th and 12th October Asitha Abeysekara (Marketing Director, Singer (Sri Lanka) PLC (Second from right) handing over the sponsorship cheque to Upali Gunasekara, Principal, Royal College, Colombo 7 (on left), at a simple ceremony held at Royal College recently. Picture by - M. Farook Lantra

This tournament has produced a very high level of competition and brought the best out of the participating teams. This has contributed to the popularity and development of the game at school level. The sponsors Singer who has made a very invaluable contribution towards cricket and rugby in Sri Lanka has been behind the game of hockey as well.

Hockey is a sport that Sri Lanka reached great heights at international level in the mid fifties to early seventies. The generous sponsorship of Singer has been certainly helpful to raise the standard of the game especially at school level.

This tournament has been organised by the Royal College Hockey Club in a very professional manner over the years which has gained the confidence and plaudits from the sponsors as well as participating teams. This tournament also brings about a social reconciliation where teams from all over the island with different backgrounds come together in a spirit of sportsmanship and play the game in the best traditions that benefit the younger generation.

Results of the last year’s tournament are as follows:

Cup champions: Trinity College, Kandy (boys). Sita Devi BV Kandy (girls).

Runners-up: St. Thomas College, Matara (boys). St. Anthony’s Girls College, Kandy (girls).

Third place: St. Thomas College, Matale (boys). Yasodara BV Colombo (girls).

This years tournament will start with a march past of all teams at 7.30 a.m. on 11th Saturday and Asita Abeysekera, Marketing Director of Singer Sri Lanka will be the chief guest at the opening ceremony and Dhammika Wijesundara will be the guest of honour.

Mrs. and Mrs. Hemaka Amarasuriya will be the chief guests at the awards ceremony and the closing ceremony on Sunday evening.


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