The schools water polo calendar for 2019, will start with the 3rd annual water polo encounter between Royal College & Nalanda College, on Saturday the 14th of September. The event will be held at the Royal College swimming pool.
Nalanda supporters will recollect an exciting 3rd quarter last year, and the Reid Avenue boys will want to make sure their team shows resolve and tenacity to secure victory once again.
This year, both Colleges have taken the initiative to launch an under 13 encounter which is scheduled to start at 2.00 pm. The decision to break new ground in schools’ water polo, will no doubt go a long way in contributing to better water polo players produced for Sri Lanka.
This is an ideal platform to introduce the sport to younger athletes, who will benefit immensely from playing a team sport. The administrators hope that this will help form a catalyst for more junior matches to be played, thus increasing participation and interest in schools Water polo.
The under 15 match which is scheduled to start at 3.00 pm, promises to be evenly contested as it was last year. Nalanda College will want to stamp their authority on this fixture, having gotten so close previously. The Royal U15s will want a more consistent performance to put any doubt of complacency to rest. Both schools will have new youngsters, looking to make an impression for the senior team selection next year.
The main event comprises the Under 19 match programmed for a 4.15 pm line up. Royal College have many 1st and 2nd year players with much to prove before the all-important Hayman Trophy, which is 2 weeks away from this match. A full-strength Nalanda outfit will surely test the young Royal side, who are unbeaten in this fixture at home. A battle of strength and strategy will be on display this Saturday, with a capacity crowd expected to fill the Reid Avenue swimming pool complex.
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The organizing committees of both schools have taken a giant step with the 3-age group matches to be played, which is sure to provide the entertainment. Coach Roshan from Nalanda, Dulanjan Fernando and Isiwaruna De Silva from Royal College has been constant givers to the event to make it a success.
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