Kingswood - Kandy District men's hockey champions
In a bitterly fought out home and home contest Kingswood College,
Kandy, edged out Old Kingswoodians Sports Club 1-0 to become champions
at the inaugural Men's Open Hockey Tournament conducted by the Kandy
District Sports Development in the finals played at Police grounds,
Kandy. At half time there was no scoring.
Though played in the fading light, both teams played with gusto and
the battle for supremacy prevailed and finally it was the youthful
Kingswood College stickers emerged winners.
The winning goal came in the final minute of play when skipper Raj
Mohan scooped the ball to beat the Kingswood Club custodian who probably
could not have sighted ball in the poor light conditions.
G.B. Dissanayake and Mangala Karunaratne umpired.
In the semi finals Kingswood College defeated Old Sylvesters Hockey
Club 1-0 (K.D. Priyantha 1) and Old Kinswoodians Sports Club beat
University of Peradeniya (A.B. Godigamuwa 1).
Old Sylvesters Hockey Club clinched the third place defeating
University of Peradeniya 1-0. Before the commencement of the finals the
two teams were introduced to the Guests of Honour Senior Vice President
Deva Amunugama, SP Prisons Pallekelle Tissa Jayasinghe and Sunil
The results of other matches played were Old St. Sylvesters Hockey
Club beat Vidyartha College 2-0. Green Park SC beat Menikdiwela Central
College 4-0, Sri Sumangala College beat KH & FC 'B' 2-0, Old St.
Sylvesters Hockey Club beat Asgiriya SC 2-0, Anniewatte SC beat Green
Park SC 3-0, KH & FC 'A' beat Sri Sumangala College 3-0, Vidyartha
College drew with Asgiriya SC 0-0, Anniewatte SC beat Menikdiwela
Central College 1-0, Sri Sumangala College 'A' beat Sri Sumangala
College 'B' 2-0, Old Vidyartha SC drew with Dharmaraja College 0-0,
Trinity College beat Asoka Vidyalaya 2-0, Old Kingswoodians SC drew Old
Sylvesters HC 0-0, Old Vidyartha SC beat Hindu SC 5-0, University of
Peradeniya beat Menikdiwela Central College 6-0, Dharmaraja College beat
Hindu SC 3-0.
A total of 24 teams participated in this tournament for the Kandy
District Sports Development Foundation Presidents Trophy held for the
The President of the Kandy District Sports Foundation General
Anuruddha Ratwatte said that the objective of the Foundation is to
promote, develop and popularise sports in the district and to take all
sports to the rural areas with the passage of time. They have conducted
tournaments for all sports and this is the first time they had conducted
the hockey tournament. Next they will be conducting a hard ball cricket
tournament for schools in Kandy at which top schools from Kandy will
participate at the invitation of the Foundation.
The champions Kingswood College team was made up of K.D. Priyantha
(Captain), M.S. Ali, M.V. Bandara, V.G. Raj Mohan, N.R. Ubeysiri, A.R.G.
Gunatillake, S.M. Fernando, L.D. Gunatillake, S.K. Ubeysiri, M.Z. Ali
(A.B. Godigamuwa Coach).