Right royal hockey fare

The Blue and Gold Hockey 7s 2011, an all-island schools tournament organized and conducted by the Royal College Hockey Club will be staged on October 15 and 16 at Reid Avenue in Colombo.
The tournament which is conducted for the 10th consecutive year has won the respect of many leading hockey playing schools in the country for its meticulous planning and professionalism.

The tournament over the previous nine occasions has seen leading school hockey players of the country taking part with great interest. The mini hockey carnival is quite famous for the preference given to the players who receive the highest exposure each year. The two-day tournament promises to be a clash among the best stickers of the country as they exhibit their skills to win glory. A total of 34 boy’s teams and 24 girl’s teams are scheduled to take part in this years grand schools’ hockey sevens.

Interestingly the defending champions are hosts Royal College who are also reigning champions of the National Schools Games 2011. They will surely face the stiff challenges from last year’s runners-up Christ Church Matale and leading contenders such as St. Thomas’ Matale, Ananda Colombo, Nalanda Colombo, Vijaya College Matale, Joseph Vaz Wennappuwa and St. Benedict’s Colombo.

In the girl’s category prominent teams from Seethadevi Balika, Pushpadana Girls School Kandy, President’s Girls School Nawala, St. Anthony’s Kandy, Visakha Colombo and Musaeus Colombo will vie for the top plum.

The tournament will be conducted in three different categories where all teams after clashing in groups will be divided into Cup, Plate and Bowl segments. In addition to attractive trophies and medals offered for the winners, special individual awards will be given away to those who shine during the tournament which will be officiated by Sri Lanka’s top umpires. The tournament is sponsored by Singer Sri Lanka

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