The Royal College team emerged winners of the 12th Royal- Thomian encounter held on Friday 11th September at the Royal College Sports complex.
Royal beat S. Thomas’ by 3 matches to 1 in the Under 20 tie to retain the Ranil Wijesekera Memorial Challenge Trophy.
Final Results: Under 20
- 1st Single – Kalana Kannangara (RC) beat Adeesh Peter (STC) – 21/13, 21/8,
- 2nd Single – Nilesh Wijesekera (RC) beat Lashan Mendis (STC) – 21/13, 21/12,
- 3rd Single – Yohan Perera (STC) beat Nethula Liyanage (RC) – 14/21, 19/21.
- 1st Double – Nilesh Wijesekera /Druvinka Perera (RC) beat Akila Peter/Lashan Mendis (STC).
The Royalists have been dominant in the recent past, winning continuously since 2012. The Royalists were Captained by Nethula Liyanage, with Kavith Jayasuriya as his deputy & the teams were coached by Mr. Harsha Hettiarachchi & Mr. Mahesh Padmakumara. The Thomians were led by Lashan Mendis with Sachintha Pilapitiya as his deputy.
Royal also won the under 17 categories 3 – 1, in a similar manner to win the under 17 Shield.
The event organized by the Advisory and Management Committee of the RCU, was graced by several past players, invitees and parents, with former Royal Badminton Captain Mr. Dushy Perera being present as the Chief Guest, and Former Captain and National player Mr. Niranjan Wijesekera being the guest of honour.