Havelocks will be stepping into its centenary celebrations this year as a club with a proud history and playing rugby for well over 90 years while encouraging some of the finest players that donned the Sri Lanka jersey.
To celebrate this special occasion the club has made plans for some fabulous entertainment with the main event on September 2 when Havelocks will host arch rival CR and FC in what is poised to be a blockbuster match.
Prior to that on August 28 the club will mark its Birthday Night followed by a string of celebrations culminating in a black tie dinner dance at the Kingsbury Hotel on September 4.
Rugby came to Havelocks later after its inauguration when football, hockey and billiards held sway.
Havelock Park was opened in 1901 and it was a sandy pitch until 1915 when Havelock Sports Club was formed with Dr. VR Shockman as its founder president.
The club took to rugby in 1920 with Colonel EH Joseph as its president and JCA Prins as secretary.
Havelocks won the inaugural inter-club Clifford Cup tournament in 1950 led by Ian Labrooy. They won in 1951 too and in both years the Havelock Sports Club line was not crossed.
The finest schoolboy talent that entered the Park Club were in the form of Nimal Maralande, Mike de Alwis, Ken de Joodt, Nihal Dias de Singhe, Vernon Boteju and Ana Medonza.
After their entry, Havelocks ended a ten-year drought when in 1961 under the leadership of Dr Hubert Aloysius they won the Clifford Cup.
The1960s was the most illustrious for Havelocks as they won the League in 1961 under Dr. Hubert Aloysius, 1963 under Lorenz Sumanasekera, 1964 under Dickey Jayatillake, 1967 Gamini Fernando and 1968 Noel Brohier.
In 1970 Havelocks were joint champions with the Police under Jeff Ratnam, won the League in 1974 under Desmond Harridge, 1976 under Thajone Savangham, 1977 under Jeff de Jong and were 1978 triple champions under Anton Benedict
In 1981 led by Angelo Wickramaratne, Havelocks won the Sevens, Clifford Cup and the President’s Trophy and did not have League title success until 2012 when they broke a 30-year jinx.