The inter-school first round league rugby tournament is coming to an end. Some of the Kandy schools have a match each. Trinity College Kandy has finished their matches with resounding success, having won all Schools rugger matches. Its popularity is shown by a large gathering at matches. Today over here, only one school has a ground of their own. Most of the schools are lacking the basic facilities.
Trinitians led by Nathan Yee and coached by Lote Raikabula with Buddika Abeyasinghe as his assistant playing in Division I Segment 2A, opened the season beating Wesley and continued their winning streak by beating Science, Zahira, S. Thomas’ and Prince of Wales. Now they are awaiting to lay their hands on the second round with a peak performance. Their key game the “ Bradby” which will be the 73rd, and the first leg is on May 20, in Kandy, and the second leg on 3rd June in Colombo. They have a wealth of talent in their forwards, their back division, too, comprises some exciting players. Whatever the secret of its success, rugger has always been the most popular game at Trinity College, since it was first introduced in 1906. Vidyartha captained by Sachintha Kaluarahchi and coached by Anil Jayasinghe are with three wins in four league outings; they beat Ananda, Maliyadewa and St. Sylvester’s and at the last outing lost to Kignswood.
They are in the Division I segement 2 B. Antoanins led by Dinuk Amarasinghe and coached by Nihal Viper Guanrthne and assisted by Nalaka Weerakody have won two games, that is against DS Senanayake and Dharmaraja and lost to St .Joseph’s, Isipathana, and St. Peter’s. St. Anthony’s is a school which has done well in the past. They have the potential to perform better, but there is some “hoodoo”. They are in the Division 1 Segment 1A. Syleverstains under the leadership of Kelum Rajapakse and coached by Aruna Rankothge won only one game with St. John’s and lost to Vidyartha, Kignswood , Maliyadewa and Ananda. They are in the Division I segement 2 B. Kingswoodians kicked off well and out of the matches in Division I segement 2 B, they beat Maliyadewa, Ananda, St.Sylvester’s and Vidyarthan. They are led by SS Jamson and coached by DDS Gamage . Rajans playing in Division 1 Segment 1 A are led by Shamika Perera and coached by Kapila de Silva. But performance wise the team has not done that well; they won only one match but almost every game saw a very close call towards their victory, but failed.
They beat DS Senanayake and lost to Royal, Isipthama , St. Joseph’s and St. Anthony’s. Wariyapola Sri Sumanga earlier known as St. Pauls’ are with two wins against Carey and Moratuwa Vidyalaya, and lost to St. Benedict’s and Nalanda. They are led by Supun Madushanka and coached by former Army, Defence Services and Sri Lanka player G. Dharampala, and they are in the Division I segement 2 C. Sri Rahula playingin the Division 2 segment 1 B have played three games beating Dharmapala and losing to Paduka Priyarthne and St. Aloysius. The side is led WM Yohan and coached by Nalin. Nugawella Central beat Sri Sumangala and Royal Panadura.