The Bradby Shield is an encounter which brings the best out of the rugby players from Royal and Trinity. It must be mentioned that the referees should also be committed to the task entrusted upon them.
This writer’s memories go back to the Bradby Shield encounter of 1969. In this match, Trinity called the tune. It was the second leg and the venue was Longdon Place. Trinity came with an eight point lead after a memorable performance at the Peradeniya Campus grounds.
Trinity had in their ranks players in the likes of Y.S. Ping, H.C. Gunasekara, Mohan Samarakoon, K.R. Tennakoon, Anura Madawela, R.G. Panabokke, Shantha Kumar, Izwan Omar, Tikiri Marambe, Irwin Howie, Frederick Prins, Nihal Marambe, Sam Samarasekara, R. Nugawela and Shafie Jainudeen (Capt).
Royal comprised P.S.U. Kannangara, T. Lazarus, A.J. Yousuf, F.R. Amarasinghe, Fred Pereira, Maiya Gunasekara, D.S. Perera, R.C. Ponnuswamy, B.V.A. Jansz, H.C.P. Malwatte, D.S. Wickramasinghe, Jagath Fernando, S.N. Abeyrathne, H.S.D. Soysa, and N.D.P. Hettiarachchi.
The showpiece of this game was the scintillating fifty yard run by Trinity centre-three-quarter Sam Samarasekara which ended in a try by the corner flag. Trinity regained the shield with 9-3 win.
In this game Royal, however, had the consolation of being the first team to cross the Trinity goal line that season. The try scorer was H.S.D. Soysa.
The three quarters of both teams found it hard to breach the opponent’s try line. Sam Samarasekara kept a close tag on fly half Jagath Fernando. Royal had to look to other means to score.
At the start, Royal used Jagath Fernando as their weapon. He executed some superb runs and kicks.
Royal were awarded a penalty kick but Beverley Jansz failed.
Then in the tenth minute, Shafie Jainudeen too fluffed a penalty.
Then came the H.S.D. Soysa special. He scored off a Royal back line move. Trinity levelled the score with a Jainudeen drop kick.
On resumption, it was Trinity all the way. Their next scoring effort came off a Jainudeen penalty.
The whistle was handled by Ashey Cader.