University of Colombo men’s and women’s hockey teams emerged champions and runners-up respectively at the 12th Sri Lanka University Games hockey tournament held at the Peradeniya Campus grounds from August 12 to 14.
The University of Colombo players showed tremendous potential backed by unshaken determination and talent throughout the tournament.
The men’s team who were the defending champions, dashed towards the final as an unbeaten team and was able to bag yet another university hockey championship defeating University of Moratuwa 1-nil in the final.
The team possessed a brilliant forward line guided by the captain Thanuka Tennakoon, which scored at will against their opponents with speed and precision, backed by a competent defence properly managed by the vice captain Dinuka Perera.
The women’s team, on the other hand, was able to maintain the winning streak and rewrite the record books of their already dominant history of the game by qualifying to the final for the fourth consecutive year and emerging runners-up.
The women’s team who had been always known to have a team player attitude rather than a star player image, possessed a well coordinated forward line led by the vice captain Yashora Kulasinghe and was able to score a number of quality goals against their opponents through tactful and intelligent play.
The women’s team which had as many as 11 freshers stands as evidence to show how far a team of determined, hardworking and spirited individuals can go in the sport.
The teams were coach by Rohan Dissanayake.