Royal College Colombo continued its winning streak and underlined their supremacy in the field of hockey for a yet another year with vast number of trophies won in 2016.
They continued their success story and kept on winning almost every title that stood before them. Thus completing another grand year of success. It is pertinent to mention that Royal College has outshined the entire island when it comes to the national schools level hockey platform in the country. Not only they won the titles in a grand manner, but they put up a magnificent performance with superior techniques culminated with great team work and co-ordination to dish out a brilliant display of fast open hockey which was a treat to watch, appreciated and applauded by each and every hockey-loving spectator who watched these youngsters play.
The game Hockey was introduced to Royal in 1955 with the guidance of Lennie De Silva a past Kingswoodian. The golden era of Royal College Hockey commenced in 1991 when a bunch of loyal old boys formed the Royal College Hockey Club. During the last decade, they won the National Schools Games Titles 4 times.
Royal, who were the National Schools Games Champions in 2015, made it a two in a row when they were crowned as the National Schools Games Champions 2016 after beating Nalanda College in the final. They started by beating the tournament favourites and star-studded St. Thomas College Matale and then went on to Beat St. Aloysius Galle in quarter final and beat St. Joseph Vaz College Wennappuwa in the semi final. Pasindu Charuka was adjudged as the most outstanding player of the tournament.
Royal retained the J.C.A. Corea Memorial Trophy against Trinity College Kandy for the 10th successive year with 2 goals to nil victory.
The trophy encounter against Wesley College for the coveted Dudley K.G. De Silva Memorial Shield ,too ,saw Royal, ending up as worthy winners thus retaining back the shield for a yet another year. Once again Pasindu Charuka displayed his brilliance to be adjudged as the best player of the match However, the Royal-Thomian encounter for the Orville Abeynaike Memorial Trophy proved to be a nail-biting affair as the Thomians defensive man-to-man game proved to be a nuisance for the Royal forwards, as they were denied of their offensive game and possession. The game played under lights for the first time in the history ended in a thrilling nil-all draw thus Royal retaining the trophy for the 10th consecutive year. In the last trophy game for the year, Royal continued its winning streak when they edged out Kingswood College team 1-0- to retain the Lennie De Silva Memorial Trophy.
Royal Hockey has had a great year overall with securing all Trophy encounters whilst emerging 2nd Runner up in the Western Province under 18 tournament and Runner up Under 19 tournament. They also won the Gold Star Award in the under 13 tournament. Royal under 17 team emerged 2nd runner-up in the All Island Schools. The junior sides also matched their seniors against Kingwood College and Trinity College securing the Kathab Roshan Memorial Trophy.
Royal Principal B.A. Abeyratne had been a source of inspiration to the Hockey players of Royal who were coached by Rohan Dissanayake. Their Senior Games Master Sudath Liyanagunawardena, too, made an invaluable contribution towards the success story of Royal College Hockey with the assistance of the teachers-in-charge. Royal Hockey is indebted to their Hockey Club which completed 25 years of existence and which nurtures the game at the school with guidance, support and providing much needed facilities. The parents and past players too have contributed immensely and given their blessings to help Royal to continue its successes and be at the top in the schools hockey tournaments for a yet another year.