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Royal won the league unbeaten by thrashing the Josephians

Posted by nkashokbharan on July 5, 2009

duminda attygalle in actionIt was an excellent day for the Royalists, so far unbeaten and the last match of the season was on the 4th of July 2009 – a beautiful Saturday evening at the Royal Sports Complex. The final match of the season for Royal was against St.Joseph’s College, Maradana. Though Royalists were the hot favourites for the day – everyone knew that anything was possible because the Darley Road lads have defeated the strong Trinity lions in their first match.

The game kicked off around 4.30 p.m. It was not an excellent  start for Royal, because took 17 minutes for them to score the first try against the Josephians. The first try was scored by Duminda Attygalle in a very tactical way, after immense practise sessions he has mastered the art of ‘dummy-ing’ – and a great dummy pass fooled the darley road defender and Duminda touched the try line and Mushin successfully converted it. Then the T.B.Jayah Mawatha ruggerrites were pushing on and pressurising the men in blue & gold stripes but it did not carry on for long when the Royal’s flanker Hasthika Bandaranayake scored a try which was successfully converted by royal lineoutsMushin Faleel and then before the half time break a The Royal’s gifted winger Chamara Dabare had a great sprint from the sides and had his touch in the center of the try line and he himself converted the try. At half time the Men in Blue & Gold were 21 : 0.

Royal was in fire now and it was very hard for the Josephians to fight back, it was 10 minutes of the second half when the Royal flanker Hasthika Bandaranayake went for his second try which was converted by Mushin and then Hasthika went for another try and there was a small funny drama went on for the conversion of that try when Royal winger Nabil Faizer went to take the kick, then Hasthika came running asking for the kick and ultimately it was the Royal’s first choice kicker Mushin Faleel who came in for the kick and successfully converted it. The next tries were from the Royal’s Centre Mushin Faleel and the replacement centre of Royal Chilanka Samaraweera, both of them were converted by Mushin. Then the Josephians had a consolation prize – a try scored by Priyan Perera which was converted by Mayura Sanjeeva. When the Referee blew the final whistle it was a ROYAL VICTORY – 49 : 07.

royal lads defendingA huge celebration went off in the grounds when fire crackers burst off and a bug cake was presented to the team by the old boys. All Royal fans were cheering and there were some time for emmotions too. The Rugby Team made a cicle in the heart of the ground and sang the Royal College Song with pride.

This season was a great one for Royal. Royal won the League with an unbeaten record and also the Michael Gunaratne Trophy, Maj.Milroy Fernando Trophy and the ‘Big’ Bradby Shield. They won all possible trophies and shields this year. And most of the players showed great performance. Naren Dhason played his role as a player and a captain in a great way and also Hasthika Bandaranayake, Mushin Faleel, Duminda Attygalle, Nikira Senanayake, Aqeel Sathuk, Hamza Hassen, Shabir, Shamil, Nabil Faizer, Ashen, Udara, Kalana Amerasinghe and especially the gifted winger of Royal Chamara Dabare have played very well to crown Royal College as the champions of this season.

Myself with the jubilant captain Naren Dhason

But it was really unfortunate when I heard that Royal College is not playing the ‘Knockout Tournament’ this season – which was confirmed to me by the Royal Skipper Nraen Dhason as most of the team members are sitting for the G.C.E. Advanced Level examinations next month.

Congrats Guys! – You all made the college flag fly high!

(Special Thanks to my friend Navaka Navaratne for providing me with these excellent photographs of the great moments)

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