Army girls do it for the third time
By Bernie Wijesekera
Sri Lanka Army 'A' girls displaying abundant power outplayed depleted Slimline (who took the field sans four players, sidelined through injury) by 31 points (3 goals and two tries) to nil to retain the cup championship at the 3rd annual Women's rugby sevens worked off at Havelock Park, yesterday.

Despite the prevailing humid and sweltering conditions and played on a bone hard surface the nine teams consisting mostly rural girls drawn from Anuradhapura and Sabaragamuwa, sandwiched by a bevy of under -19 school girls from Hong Kong gave a fine exhibition of running rugby.

The girls from Hong Kong stole the limelight with their skillful ball handling. In the cup semi-final the Hong Kong girls fought a relentless battle against the high-riding Slimline SC who has won two 'sevens' titles recently.

Despite injuries Silimline fought hard to beat Hong Kong 12-5 in extra time after being deadlock 5-all. Candy Cheng scored for the visitors while Dinusha Edirisinghe scored two tries and goaled one of them herself.

In the Plate finals the Hong Kong juniors thrashed Army 'B' by 24 points to nil. Andrea Vine four tries and Gabby Li scored a try. The Bowl final between two teams from Ratnapura Sitwake playing for the first time scored a hard fought win over Sabaragamuwa.


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