With “A” division rugby no more in the plantation sector, 13 teams from plantation companies will compete in the annual Inter-Plantation Rugby 7s on Saturday April 8, organized by the Dickoya MCC at the Darawella Grounds. This plantation sevens was earlier hosted by the Up-Country’s first Clifford cup champions Dimbulla A & CC since 1997 at Radella, it was from 2005 Dickoya MCC took over.
Dickoya MCC was founded in 1874, and they were a major force in the game of rugby and entered the Clifford Cup finals twice – first in 1958 when they went down to CR & FC and in 1961 they lost to Havelock SC.
So, this plantation sevens, is the only rugby at this club today, for this event the organizing committee is headed by the Dickoya MCC president Arujun Perera and backed by R.M. Samarakoon Secretary, K.G. Samaratunga Treasurer and the rest of the committee members.
The defending champion is Malwatte Valley Plantation and this time the plantation teams who will play are Bogawantalwa the tournaments runners-up at the last year’s event, the rest are Kelani Valley , Talawakelle , Maturata, Pussellawa, Maskeliya , Watawala , Kotagala , Elpitiya , Hapugastenna, Udapussella and Horana .