All preparations have been finalized for the HARFA rugby carnival, to be held at Havelock’s Rugby stadium on 5 and 6 September. This tournament will be held for the sixth successive year.
The tournament will kick off at 8 30 a.m. with Frenchmen Jan C. Vlaskam, a former player and coach as chief guest and his grandson who plays rugby in France, Thomas Constant will be guest of honour. HARFA is the brain child of Hisham Abdeen who learnt his rugby at Zahira College and later played for Isipathana College, Havelock Sports Club, CH and FC and Sri Lanka. He led Sri Lanka to win a Sevens title for the first time in 1984 when they bagged the Bowl at the famous Hong Kong Sevens.
The Hisham Abdeen Rugby Football Academy (HARFA) is a well organized rugby academy. They offer a high performance pathway for coaches, players and teams with top class training facilities.
Over 600 ruggerites from leading Colombo schools and rugby academies in Kandy and Colombo will participate in the age groups of under-8 to under-20. Once again an open and over-35 tournament has been arranged where no ‘A’ division ruggerites will be allowed to take part. Further details about the over-35 can be obtained from Marco de Silva on 077 4576954 or Kamil Hadjie 0777 383424.
Schools taking part are – Science College, Ananda College, St. Thomas’ Prep, D.S. Senanayake College, Mahanama College, St. Benedict’s College, Thurstan College, Dharmapala College Pannipitiya, Veluwana College.
Academies taking part are – HARFA, Peterson Rugby Academy, Kandy RA, Synergy RA and Sharp RA. It will be 8 teams per age group, 10, 12, 14, 16, (10 a side), 6 teams U-18 & 20 (10 a side), 12 teams in the open category (10 a side), 8 teams in the old boys category (Over-35 ‘Evergreens’ 7 a side)