Isipathana International Schools Rugby 7's
Isipathana lone among visitors
By M. Shamil Amit
The 2nd Isipathana International
Schools Rugby 7's organized by the Isipathana Rugby Committee spearheaded
by Dilroy Fernando which began yesterday at Longdon Place with ten
overseas schools along with 14 local schools participating saw some
interesting games being played in the preliminary round matches.
the completion of the first round matches five foreign teams Indian
Babarians, Thailand Golds, Thailand Blues, Hab's College England
and Nawaka District School from Fiji and three local teams host
Isipathana, St Anthony's and Thurstan qualified to play in the cup
a one sided game of the first quarter final Thailand Golds scored
a runaway 45 nil win over the hapless Indian Babarians, the second
quarter final between Thailand Blues and Thurstan was almost a one
sided affair with the Thailand boys defeating the Thurstanites 26
nil and Nawaka District School beating Hab's College, England 24-0.
Isipathana gave the local supporters something to cheer about as
they were the only local team to qualify to the semi final when
they defeated St Anthony's five nil in a close game. The semi final
line in the cup category which will be kicked off at 3.20 p.m. will
be Thailand Golds vs Blues and Isipathana vs Nawaka District School.
the days proceeding will begin at 9.00 a.m. with the quarter finals
of the Bowl and Shield category. The quarter final matches in the
Bowl category will be Victorians Australia vs Ananda, Keelung Taipei
vs S. Thomas', St Sylvester's vs Wesley and Zahira vs St Peter's.
The matches in the Shield quarters will be Sabaragamuwa vs Habedasher's
England, Ruhunu vs St Joseph's, Doha RC vs Indian RFU and Kingswood
vs Science. The teams that will play in the Plate semi finals are
Indian Babarians vs Thurstan and St Anthony's vs Hab's College.
finals will begin with the ladies final at 4.00 p.m. and the cup
final is scheduled to be played at 5.35 p.m. The chief guest at
the closing ceremony will be Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse with
Jamie Scott, Secretary Asian RFU, Jarrad Gallagher, Manager Regional
Development Asia and Hemaka Amarasuriya, Chairman, Singer Sri Lanka
as guest of honours.
off to the organizers of the tournament who should be commended
for conducting an international schools tournament in a professional
manner with all facilities to the players and the spectators coming
to witness this wonderful event. The facilities provided to the
media including internet, is something that the other organizers
should take a cue. Even the matches were played on schedule time
which helped in carrying on the tournament smoothly.
Group 'A' - Victorian Schools beat Sabaragamuwa Devp 24-0,
Indian Babarians beat Sabaragamuwa Devp 28-5 and Indian Babarians
beat Victorian Schools, Australia 31-5.
'B' - Ananda beat Haberdasher's Aske's 20-0, Thailand Gold drew
with Ananda 12-12 and Thailand Gold beat Haberdasher's Aske's 36-10.
Group 'C' - Thurstan beat Keelung Nuan, Taipei 25-12, Thurstan beat
Ruhunu Devp 15-5 and Keelung Nuan, Taipei beat Ruhunu Devp 15-12.
'D' - Thailand Blues beat St Joseph's 31-0, S. Thomas' beat St Joseph's
24-7 and Thailand Blues beat S. Thomas' 33-10. Group 'E' - Isipathana
beat Doha Rugby RC 28-0, Isipathana beat St Sylvester's 12-5 and
St Sylvester's beat Doha Rugby RC 34-5.
'F'- St Anthony's beat Wesley 29-5, St Anthony's beat India Rugby
Devp 22-5 and Wesley beat Indian Rugby Devp 29-0. Group 'G' - Hab's
College, England beat Zahira 24-10, Hab's College beat Kingswood
31-0 and Zahira beat Kingswood 22-5.
'H' - Nawaka School, Fiji beat Science 38-10, St Peter's beat Science
31-0 and Nawaka School, Fiji beat St Peter's 31-7. Quarter Finals
- Thailand Gold beat Indian Babarians 45-0. Thailand Blues beat
Thurstan 26-5. Isipathana beat St Anthony's 5-0 and Nawaka District
School, Fiji beat Hab's College 24-0.