The Blue & Gold Hockey Sevens commenced today (7) at the Royal College grounds and witnessed fierce competition between players from 51 Boys and Girls schools who congregated on the field to showcase their skills. The Hockey Sevens is being held for the 14th time and the event has been an influencing fixture within the Hockey sporting sphere amongst major schools from around the country. The event is being held once again this year with backing from Singer Sri Lanka.
The event will culminate tomorrow after selected schools will compete in the pre-quarter finals and go on until the winners emerge from the finals match.
Today, 51 schools were broken down into 8 groups and the opening match was played between the Royal ‘Golds’ and Mahinda College with the latter winning by 2 points against 1.
The best performing schools comprised of Joseph Vaz scoring the most scores with 9 points againt Asoka who recorded nil.
Nalanda vs. Royal Panadura recorded a 4-0, Kingswood vs. Sumangala Boys scored 4-0, Kingswood vs. Asoka scored 5-0 and Gampaha Bandaranayake defeated Asoka College and came up with 7-0.
16 Boys and 16 Girls schools made it through to the pre-quarter finals tomorrow. The list is as follows:
- Prince of Wales College vs. St. Peters College
- D.S. Senanayake College vs. Dharmaraja College
- Nalanda College vs. St. Benedicts College
- Royal ‘Blues’ vs. Bandaranayake College
- St. Thomas Matale vs. St. Aloysius College Galle
- Christchurch College vs. Maristella College
- Joseph Vaz College vs. St. Thomas College Matara
- Zahira College Colombo vs. St. Sylvester’s College Kandy
- Visakha College vs. Bishops College
- Musaeus College vs. Girls High School Kandy
- Sumangala Girls College vs. Sirimavo College
- St. Anthony’s College vs. Sangamitta College Matale
- Christchurch Girls College vs. Gothami Balika
- Yashodara vs. Pushpadana
- Janadhipathi Vidyalaya vs. Seethadevi
- Panadura Balika vs. Ladies College Colombo
Tomorrow, the finals will determine the schools that will clinch the four titles that are on offer this year; Cup, Plate, Bowl and Shield in both Boys’ and Girls’ categories.