The one and only annual Water Polo League in Sri Lanka, the coveted Ellawala Men’s and Women’s Water Polo Championship kicked off with the defending champions scoring big on the opening days.
Last year’s league decider between Royal and SSC, saw the match tied at 5-5 going in to the fourth and final quarter. While the experienced campaigners from the SSC were dominant during the final quarter, it was Savinda Dissanayake and Isiwaruna De Silva who took Royal’s hope forward.
With three goals coming off the efforts of Dissanayake and De Silva, Royal went on to regain the title defeating SSC 10-7 after a long lapse of eight years. The Royal lads will look to hold on to their hard-earned silverware and they are well on their way to it.
Royal ‘A’ was faced with Police on the opening day of the tournament, where they recorded an impressive 21 – 04 victory. Royal finished off the weekend with their second win, over Army ‘B’ – 17 goals to 02.
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However, Royal’s journey to the championship was threatened early on, with the S. Thomas’ Boys team along with S. Thomas’ Old Boys cruising through with double wins on the opening days.
S. Thomas’ massacred Star Fish and Army ‘B’, conceding just 03 goals against the latter. The old boys were faced with the ‘B’ team of Royal College where the Thomians managed to take home a 19 – 04 victory. Their second match against the ‘A’ squad of Army was as easy, finishing off a 11-04 win, rounding up a perfect weekend.
Ladies’ College took one step towards toppling defending champs, Visakha Vidyalaya, off the throne winning both their opening matches against Visakha Vidyalaya ‘B’ and Sri Lanka Air Force, in a one-point win thriller.
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2018 Silver winners, Ladies’ College look to be in full swing this time around, aiming for Visakha’s title. Visakha Vidyalaya managed to only win one game out of the two they played, conquering the Visakha ‘B’ team 27 goals to 01, but losing to SSC on the opening day, 05 goals to 02.
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