The annual National Sports Festival, which is organized by the Sri Lanka Sports Ministry concluded successfully for the 45th time at the Astro Turf yesterday. The Chief Guest at the closing ceremony was the Governor of the Central Province Honorable Maithri Gunaratne. In both Men’s and Women’s categories the championship was won by Central Province.
In this year’s competition there were nine Men’s teams seven Women’s teams participating in the tournament representing different provinces with over 300 players in this tournament.
In the first semi-final of the women’s category, last year’s runners up of the tournament Western Province played against Southern Province. Western Province easily defeated the Southern Province with a score 04-01 to advance to the final. Defending Champions Central Province recorded an easy win against Eastern Province with a score 11-0 to book their place in the final.
In the Men’s category the 1st semi-final was won by the Defending Champions Central Province while defeating the Western Province with a score 06-02. Second semi-final was won by the Southern Province while beating the North Western with a score 04-03.
After a very tight game, Central Province remained unbeaten in the 45th National Sports festival. Both Women’s and Men’s category trophies were taken home by Central Province convectively for the 6th time in the National Sports Festival.
The two finals of the Men’s and the Women’s was a recap of last year’s tournament. The finals in the Women’s category took place between Central and Western Province and Western was beaten by Central with a score of 6-5. In the Men’s final match which took place between Central and Southern Province ended as 8-1 in favour of Central. The Central Men’s team displayed top level hockey and it seems that the Southern team could not control the pressure throughout the game.
The best player in the Women’s category was awarded to Geethika Damayanthi in the Central Province team and Rajith Kulathunga of the Central Province was awarded the Men’s category Best player.
- Central Province – (Men)
- Central Province – (Women)
- Southern Province – (Men)
- Western Province – (Women)
- Western Province – (Men)
- Southern Province – (Women)