Havies run riot against Sailors at the Park

Clifford Club Knockouts 2024

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It was one-way traffic and a 9-try win for the Park lads as hosts Havelock Sports Club, in a complete demolishing job, defeated the minnows of this season – Navy Sports Club – by a thumping 55-05 in the third Quarter Final clash of the prestigious Clifford Cup Knockouts. played at Havelock Park on Thursday (29 February). The ‘pink shirts’ continued their winning momentum from their last league encounter as they finished as the third best team in the League tourney, with their season ending WITH sweet revenge victory against CH&FC.

Just like the final score showed, the game was totally marshalled by the Park Club as they went for a complete rampage. In fact, ThePapare commentary team had a tough outing as well when selecting the ‘Player of the Match’ at the final whistle due to the Havies outfit playing an all-round game. Nonetheless, their opponents were a depleted outfit, battered hard throughout the season with a plethora of on field and off the field issues which marred their season. The Sailors, once a mighty force of Sri Lanka Club Rugby in the recent decade especially during post 2010 and pre-2017, ended a season to forget as they bid goodbye to the 2023/24 campaign without tasting a single win in 11 games. Former Josephian Skipper and Senior man Stephan Gregory scored the solitary try for Navy. Former D. S. Skipper  Dinupa Senavirathne opened the scoring of the game.

Half Time  : Havies 29 (5T, 2C) – Navy 05 (1T)

Today (1), CH&FC will take on the ever so unpredictable and high riding Army at Longdon Place in the last Quarter Final clash of the Clifford Cup. Army will be a deadly outfit if given space especially with their biggest danger-man Sudaraka Dikkumbura, along with Skipper Ashan Bandara and Lasantha Kumara forming the deadly-combo who can counter-attack from any part of the field. CH will be missing the duties of their Skipper Avantha Lee, who is migrating to Melbourne in the Land down under for higher studies. Lee, at 25 years of age, was the youngest Top Division Club Rugby Captain of season 2023/24. The winners of CH vs Army will be playing Havelocks in the 2nd Semi Final on Wednesday (6). The undisputed league champions CR&FC will play the Plate Champs of the League Police Sports Club in the 1st Semi Final on Tuesday (5). The Cops went through a torrid time against Air Force in the 2nd Quarter Final (Clifford Cup Opener) at Longdon Place on Wednesday (28) as they pulled of a close 29-27 win after a hard-fought battle, which went down to the last gasp. All Semi Final games of the Clifford Cup Knockouts will be played at the Colombo Racecourse, with kick off scheduled at 4.00 pm.

Try Scorers : Dinupa Senavirathne, Oliver Buckle, Azmir Fajudeen, Jayathu Rajarathna, Udara Jayapala, Mohamed Rifan, Ganindu Lakshan, Senal Deelaka Silva, Raveen Fernando (all Havies) and Stephan Gregory (Navy)

Full Time: Havelock SC 55 (9T, 5C) beat Navy SC 05 (1T)

Player of the Match – Chathura Dilshan (Havelocks)

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