Christ Church and Visakha under 17 hockey champions
Chrict Church National Boys School Matale and Visakha Vidyalaya,
Colombo won the under 17 boys and girls championships respectively at
the All Island Inter-School Under 17 Hockey Tournament 2008 organised by
Sri Lanka Schools Hockey Association recently.
This tournament was held at the Nandimithra Ekanayake International
Artificial Hockey Grounds Matale.
The champion Christ Church Boys School, Matale team is seen
here with their coach and Principal. (Picture by Asoka
Bandara Dissanayake, Dambulla Spl Corr).
The tournament was declared open by Hilmy Careem Mayor of Matale and
the chief guest at the closing ceremony was the Minister of Urban
Development Rohana Dissanayake. The awards for the winners also were
given away by him on this occasion The President of Matale Schools
Hockey Association and the Principal of St. Thomas College Dampiya
Wanasingha, Secretary of Sri Lanka Schools Hockey Association Mrs. Nimal
Etipola and Vice President of the association Mrs. A.K.D. Siriwardana
and the Secretary of Matale Schools Hockey Association Palitha Wasalage
were also present.
This year in the tournament 20 boys teams and 18 girls teams
participated and it was well organised by the Matale Schools Hockey
Association on the instructions of the Sri Lanka Schools Hockey
The final was between Colombo Royal College and Christ Church
National School, Matale and Christ Church National School won the match
by beating Royal by two goals to nil. Damith Bandara and D.R. Kulatunga
scored a goal each for the winners. This team was captained by Damith
Bandara and coach was Palitha Wasalage. The runner-up team Colombo Royal
College played under the captancy of Marlon Senanayaka.
Ananda and Nalanda College, Colombo, fought for the 3rd place and
Ananda College led by Gimal Dias defeated Nalanda by 2-0.
Seetha Devi College, Kandy and Visakha Vidyalaya, Colombo clashed in
the final and the Visakha girls won the match by two goals to one.
Manusha Welaratne and Lakmini Sandamali scored a goal each and this team
was captained by Lakmini Sandamali. Visakha is being coached by Rohan
The only goal of the runner-up Seetha Devi team was recorded by
Geethika Nandasena. She was the captain of the team.
Pushpadana Girls school Kandy and St. Anthony's Girls School
Katugastota came to the ground to fight for the 3rd place and the scores
read nil-all at the final whistle.
In a penalty shoot out Pushpadana recorded three goals while St.
Anthony's Girls College got only two goals. The winning team was led by
These finals were umpired by I.K. Wickramaratna, L.C. Sumanaratna,
S.N. Jayasingha Palitha Wasallage, Indika Jayawardana, H.M. Hemshi and