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Trinity open rugby season on March 17

Trinity College, one of the oldest rugby playing schools will kick off the 2013 inter-school season on March 17 with the match against home town school Dharmaraja College at Pallekelle.

Today rugger is the number one glamour sport both in Colombo and Kandy. Its popularity is such that crowds of anything from ten to fifteen thousand are almost commonplace at most big games.

The rest of the Trinity fixtures

March 23 vs Science College in Colombo
April 6 Kingswood College at Pallekelle
April 20 S. Thomas’ College in Colombo
April 27 St. Peter’s College at Bambalapitiya
May 3 Wesley College at Longden Place
May 11 St Anthony’s College at Pallekelle
May 18 St. Joseph's College in Colombo
June 8 vs Isipathana College at Pallekelle.

And the most looked forward schools rugby encounter, the “Bradby Shield” which is played between two of the school with the oldest unbroken interest and participation in the game, Trinity and Royal, this time will be playing the first leg of the 69th Bradby on June 1 at Pallekelle and the 2nd leg will be on June 15 at Royal College Complex.

The teams scrum down not only play to play rugger, but to also reaffirm all the traditions, sportsmanship, friendly rivalry and camaraderie associated with this contest. May Trinity and Royal, not only play to the best of their abilities, but also show how the game should be played in the true spirit of the game.

Trinity, which has been playing rugby since 1906, has a proud history. Not only have they produced several champion teams but have also provided the National team with the most number of ruggerites over the last many years.

At one time Trinity was known as the cradle of rugby. It was said that Trinitians take to rugby like ducks taking to water. Rugby is the most popular game at Trinity and the school provides the ruggerites the best facilities.

Trinity principal Brig. Udaya Ariyaratne, says that Trinity first played Royal in 1920 and that was a historic occasion, even if it was not our first inter school game to be played in the country. Before that the firs game was played in 1906 against Kingswood College after two years Randle Hills School gave up and the school was playing house matches and club sides.

For the club games the school side was strengthened with the inclusion of a few masters. The Principal said at that time after Royal, 1924 Zahira College and in 1933 St. Peter's College took to the game. These were the only four schools that played rugger at that time.

Soon after the outbreak of war, Zahira and St. Peter's were forced out of the game, when they were deprived of their premises for military use. And Trinty were back again with Royal.

And in 1945 the Bradby shield game was introduced and the shield was awarded on the aggregate of points from the two games. So, in 1945 Royal led by C.D.L. Fernando won the first leg in Colombo and the send leg in Kandy won by Trinity led by Robert Sourjah, so the first winners were the Trinitians. The Shield was not awarded after the game it was given at the school assembly, because the shield was not ready at the end of the second leg.

It was Royal principal who paid for the shield. Since that day Bradby shield has taken pride of place in the school rugby calendar even though in recent years a number of trophies have been presented.

This season Trinitians will be led by fullback Halique Wadood, who undoubtedly was the best full back in the schools in Kandy last season. His deputy will be S. Singalaxana. There are a few senior players like

Lochana Giriyagama, Tarinda Ratwatte, A.Karunatilake, Kishin Sivasubramanium, Isuru Rangala. Once again the Trinitians will be under the watch full eyes of New Zealander Niel Footi, who is the Rugby Consultant, and the man who is giving a big hand for rugby. Prabath Senanayke who has been handling rugby for well over seven years, as the Master in Charge, says they have started practices and players are given the best possible backing.

This time the 1st leg of the Bradby will played under the patronage of 1975 Trinity captain Rohan Sourjah. Under Sourjah Trinity lost both legs, to Royal led by Iftikar Hassan, 11/13 and 03/21. The chief guest for the 2nd leg should have been G.D.S.Gunasekara. But he is no more, and next in line is M.G.Muller. It will be ideal, if the captain of that year is present. If he is not available, they should think about the next senior player of that team.

Trinity Rugby Carnival 2013

Trinity Rugby Carnival will be held today and tomorrow, starting at 9.00 am at the Pallekelle Rugby Stadium.

There will be mini rugby, touch rugby, under 16 and 18 playing with other school, traditional present boys old boys game, the present boys team will be this year's senior side, and the Old boy team will have some top players who played in 2010 to 2012.

This is going to be a carnival atmosphere and the old boys are expected in umbers to make the event a memorable one.

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