University of Jaffna claim University Games Netball title

The Netball tournament conducted under the 13th Sri Lanka University Games concluded on the 29th of August with the University of Jaffna (UOJ) claiming the title after defeating the University of Colombo (UOC) in the final.

The tournament was conducted at the Ruhunu University premises and the Kotavila Sports Complex, where the University of Sri Jayawardenepura and the University of Moratuwa (UOM) claimed the 3rd and 4th places. 

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Two closely fought semi-finals saw UOJ defeat J’pura 25-24 and UOC scrape through against UOM 30-29. UOC put up a strong fight against the girls from Jaffna, but UOJ was ultimately victorious 47-42. The 3rd place playoff turned out to be a one-sided affair with J’pura romping home to a 47-27 win over UOM.

Recap of the tournament

1st Round

14 teams took part in the competition, with participants divided into 4 groups in the 1st round. 

Group A – Group A featured the University of Sri Jayawardenepura (UOSJ), University of Moratuwa and Uva Wellassa University (UWU), with J’pura finishing on top at the end of the 1st round, with 2 wins.

Scores

  • UOSJ 32 – 21 UOM
  • UOSJ 36 – 06 UWU
  • UOM 42 – 18 UWU

Group B – Group B saw University of Colombo, Sabaragamuwa University (SU) and University of the Visual and Performing Arts (UVPA) battle it out, with UOC topping the group unbeaten.

Scores

  • UOC 31 – 16 SU
  • UOC 44 – 22 UVPA
  • SU 39 – 16 UVPA

Group C – Group C contained 4 teams, University of Kelaniya (UOK), University of Peradeniya (UOP), University of Ruhuna (UOR) and Eastern University (EU). UOK won 3 out of 3 to claim the top spot in the group. 

Scores

  • UOK 32 -20 UOP
  • UOK 31 -17 UOR
  • UOK 55 – 07 EU
  • UOP 40 – 09 EU
  • UOP 37 – 32 UOR
  • UOR 42 -10 EU

Group D – Group D featured the University of Jaffna, Wayamba University (WU), Rajarata University (RU) and South Eastern University (SEU). The eventual champions UOJ topped the group, unscathed, with 3 wins.

Scores

  • UOJ 22 – 10 SEU
  • UOJ 40 -18 RU
  • UOJ 37 -12 WU
  • WU 20 -15 SEU
  • WU 24 – 18 RU
  • SEU 24 – 11 RU

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Quarterfinals 

With the top 2 teams from each group moving to the quarters, J’pura, UOM, UOC, SU, UOK, UOP, UOJ and WU battled it out for semi-final spots.

Results

  • UOJ 32 – 21 SU
  • UOM 32 – 29 UOK
  • UOC 39 – 05 WU
  • UOSJ 40 -22 UOP

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