Will the Thomians spoil the Royal party?

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It is that time of the year again when two hockey powerhouses in the school’s arena make their way to the turf for the 18th Annual Royal-Thomian Hockey Encounter. With just days away for the 2017 encounter, the young and energetic players of both teams are ready to take up the challenge this year.

This year the encounter will be held on 11th November at the Astro Turf Grounds in Colombo 2.30 pm onwards. The encounter will start off with the Under 15, and afterwards old boys match and then followed by the final match for the evening the under 19 match.

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The Thomian entourage is led by Thilina Dela who is the most senior and experienced player in the squad. They have prepared for more than three months and have included young talent which creates a balanced line up. Thomians has had a great year from the start and they were able to win several tournaments including Sri Lanka Schools Nationals Sports games (2nd runners-up), Blue & Gold Hockey sevens (Cup-3rd place). They are confident enough to face any challenge after winning the Thomas-Trinity encounter and emerging joint champions in the Matale Hockey encounter.

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The captain of the St. Thomas Thilina Dela speaking to Thepapare.com said This is the most important season for us and the upcoming encounter will be the last match for this season. We have trained really hard from August and our proper turf practices for this encounter started in October. We also played well throughout this year in all the tournaments and our forwards, defenders and all the other players has contributed a lot for this year’s success. Also, I would like to mention that our team bond, team spirit is at a very high level and with this we can definitely play well in this upcoming encounter. I would highly appreciate the support given by our warden, sub warden and our teachers-in charge to our team. Also, our coaches play a major role in our team and I must definitely value their support and guidance given to this team at all time. Finally, I would wish Royal best of luck and say that Thomians are definitely bringing back the trophy this year.

STC team -: Thilina Dela (captain), Ashvin Ellepola (vice-captain), Devmal Palapathwala, Romesh Nallaperuma, Aravinda Kulathunga, Dion Dias, Karresh Kumaratheesan,Bodh Maathura, Devmith Udage, Navinda Hewavickarame, Adithya Senanayake, Rahal Rambukpotha, Savindu Wanigasooriya, Yuvin Goonewardena, Vihan De Alwis, Daniel Perumane, Kisara Attygalle and Sandeev Ellepola