It’s going to be the end of a drought and like the welcome rains that gives a heave of relief and happiness to the people, the hockey fraternity will be served with a peach of a tournament at a time when this beautiful game needs refreshing thoughts inspiring words and a desire to deliver.
Royal College Hockey Club (RCHC) together with Royal College comes out to deliver another fascinating edition of the Blue and Gold Hockey Sevens sponsored by Singer Sri Lanka Limited on Saturday the 8th and Sunday the 9th October 2016 at the Royal College grounds, Reid Avenue Colombo 07, commencing at 7.30am on both days.
Undoubtedly it is the much awaited, much talked about all island schools hockey tournament which is meticulously planned and professionally executed and have won the hearts of all schools’ hockey players who have taken part in this annual tournament.
The enthusiasm among the school hockey players towards this tournament had been enormous and this year too almost 60 teams are expected to take part in the boys and girls categories from all parts of the country. It will be a carnival atmosphere with many exciting events lined up in addition to the exhibition of great skills culminated with grit and spirit of young hockey players, who will come with all guns blazing to reach the top. This tournament is once again sponsored by Singer (Sri Lanka) Limited a household brand name in sports for the 14th consecutive year.
The energetic members of the Royal College Hockey Club under the blessings and guidance of the Mr.B.A. Abeyratne, the Principal of the Royal College along with the assistance of the Royal College hockey fraternity who have left no stone unturned and carefully planned out every detail to give prominence to the participants while upholding the great comradeship among the players. An event of this magnitude which is a big boost to the game of hockey is rated as the most glamourous hockey event of the year, thus the Blue and Gold Hockey Sevens is bound to give all the thrills and excitement.
The last year champions Nalanda College will come all out to defend the title. They will face a stiff challenge from the hosts Royal College, the three times winners who are also the National Schools Games Champions this year. Other schools that are expected to be front runners are St. Thomas College, Matale, last year’s cup runner-up Joseph Vaz College, Wennappuwa and St. Thomas College, Mount Lavinia.
In the girls category, defending champions Seethadevi Balika Vidyalaya, Kandy will be up against last year’s runner-up Bishops College Colombo, this years National Schools Games Champions Janadhipathi Balika Vidyalaya, Nawala, and Sri Sumangala Balika Vidyalaya, Panadura..
The country’s top most umpires will officiate at this tournament which is played on three categories, the cup, plate and bowl with glittering trophies and medals on offer. Special awards for the most outstanding player of the tournament and the best goal keeper from both boys and girls categories too would be awarded
All in all, a keen tussle is expected among the teams and an enjoyable two days of hockey is on the cards.