The annual ‘HARFA’ Rugby Extravaganza organized by the Hisham Abdeen Rugby Football Academy for the 7th consecutive year was held on September 3 and 4 amid much fanfare at the Havelock Sports Club grounds.
It was indeed a spectacle worth being a part of, not only for the wonderfully talented rugby dished out by youngsters of over 15 schools island-wide, three rugby academies and the HARFA academy players. They probably consist the nucleus of future rugby talent of Sri Lanka, but also afforded a rare opportunity to rub shoulders with a galaxy of former sporting legends of Sri Lanka.
A total of 84 teams from the age groups of under-8, 10, 12, 13, 14, 16, 18 and 20, 10 teams from the open category and six teams of veterans over 35 participated and 132 matches were played over the period of two days.
DIG M.H. Marso, former Sri Lanka and Police SC player who captained the Police team, President, Western Province Rugby Union was the chief guest. The other special invitees included ASP Deemathi Marso, who was adjudged the best Police Women of the World 2015 and Chaminda Rupasinghe, former Sri Lanka and Havies player who is also a member of HARFA Advisory Board. Other distinguished guests were Tony Amit, Shamrath Fernando from the Referees Association, Sanajaya Weerasekera, Asst. Product Manager and Mihiran Wijelath both of Lankem (Ceylon) PLC. Akram Booso of Booso’s Dental Chambers, Ravi Thangiah, Managing Director, R & D Inter-trades (Pvt) Ltd., and Dan Hess from the American Embassy.