Trinity 39 wins, Royal 30 and one 'tie':
'Bradby' time at Pallekele
Saturday 9th of May is going to be the 71st Bradby Shield Rugby
encounter at Pallekele Stadium, Kandy. It will also serve as a Division
I, Segment 1 "B" Schools League Rugby Tournament fixture and it should
be a close match as both teams are unbeaten. The '2nd Leg' of the
encounter will be played on 23rd May at the Royal Sports Complex,
Action at a Bradby Shield match - File photo
The 'Bradby' tally - Trinity 39 wins to Royal's 30 and there was one
The first encounter will be played under the patronage of 1978
Trinity skipper Janaka Kiridena and the second leg, it is the turn of
1974 captain Brumon Akbar, but Akbar is 'no more' and the next senior
player of that team Rambinal Samarasinghe will grace the game.
The 'Bradby Shield' encounter - commonly known as 'The Bradby' is the
Blue-Ribbon of the Schools Rugby.
But unfortunately, on same day at Nittawela, Kandy St. Anthony's
College will host S. Thomas' College, and at Bogambara, another game -
Dharmaraja vs Science College will take place.
Rugby at three venues
It is somewhat disturbing fact for rugby fans that the matches have
been divided into three venues. This has never happened before when the
'Bradby' is played at one town and other games are fixed for another day
merely to allow both spectators and school students an opportunity to
witness the 'Bradby' which usually draws around a 20,000 and over rugby
So, It's going to be an exciting game of rugby, the Trinity vs Royal
encounter. One hour before the 'Bradby' will be the game between the two
under 18 teams for the Simithrarachie Trophy, which was donated by an
Old Trinitian George Hemachandra. The 'Rugger Ball' organised by the TCK
OBA (Kandy Branch) headed by M.M.M. Sulaiman and his committee will take
place at Suiss Hotel, this dinner dance which has been traditionally
after the 'Kandy leg' of the Bradby encounter is eagerly awaited by the
Today, Sri Lanka is the only country in Asia in which one of the
British imports "Rugby" of the Colonial era rugby which has survived
over 136 year-old history dating back to 1879.
Trinity College took to rugby in 1906 under Rev. A.G. Fraser. At that
time no other school played rugby up to 1920. During this period,
Trinity had to be satisfied with matches with scratch Ceylonese teams
with masters, all Englishmen also helping the school.
Though the Kingswoodians started rugby in 1891, they gave up in 1906,
after the first inter-school match against Trinity.
Royal Principal Reed brought Rugby to school
Royal took to rugby in 1920 with the arrival of Principal H.L. Reed,
with only a few months of training, the Royalists challenged the
experienced Trinitians. Royal gave up Association Football to take up
Rugby. So, the Trinitians with no other opponents at school level gladly
accepted Royal's offer. Some disease in Kandy nearly stopped the match,
the Trinitians readily agreed to travel down to Colombo. But they had to
keep some of their stalwarts behind as there was the key Stubbs Shield
Boxing Meet on the same day. On 31st of July 1920, Trinitians were seen
at the Royal College grounds at Thurstan Road, the present University
In this first game, Trinity beat Royal by 26 points to nil. The two
teams were made up of players (For Trinity): C. David, E.M. Lalyett, A.P.
Maralande, N. Moomnemalle, L.C. de Mel, H.R.V. Johnston, V.C. Shockman,
J.L.C. Periers (Capt), C.E. Weereumal, C. Wells, S. Thirunavkarasu, A.P.
Kandasamy, W. Wettasinghe, A.W. Mayanga.
Referee A.C. Houlder.
(For Royal) E.C. Rose, E.N.I. Jonklass, A. Speldewinde, P.
Batholomeuse, M. Morgan, C.G.A. Perera (Capt), T. Tweed, D.R. Rutnam,
C.H. Hettiarachchi, S.C. Blok, H. Vancuylenberg, E.K. de Vos, G.
Senaratne, A. de Bruin, H. Sansoni.
Then in 1945, for this game, the Royal's Principal Mr. E.L. Bradby
who was leaving presented a shield in order to revive the dying interest
in the game. Around this time these two schools together with Zahira
College and St. Peter's College were in the game, and these two schools
had to keep away due to the war. So, at that time only the Colombo
Rugger Club (an amalgamation of all the Colombo sides, the University,
Royal and Trinity were still in it.
Bradby Shield Rugby came in after war
After the war, the Bradby Shield has taken pride of place in the
school rugby calendar. The Shield was introduced, and the winner was
decided on aggregate of points of the two games played, that was one in
Kandy and the other in Colombo.
When this suggestion came from E.L. Bradby, the Trinity principal at
that time was C.E. Simithraaratchy who readily agreed. There was one
person who objected to the Bradby, that is the 1945 Trinity coach Philip
At that time, it was only two schools who were involved in the game,
and it was felt that playing for a trophy would help to stimulate the
dying interest in the game and Philip Buultjens objection was
The first Bradby Shield game was played at Racecourse grounds. Royal
were led by C.D.L. Fernando and Trinity by Robert Sourjah. The 'first
leg' was played in Colombo and the Royalist were the winners 3-0 (one
try). The 'second-leg' was played at Bogambara, and in that game
Trinitians were led by S.B. Pilapitya, and Trinity beat Royal led by
C.D.L. Fernando by 6-0 ( two tries), and with this win, Trinitians
managed to win the shield in the inaugural year, on the basis of
On 23rd July 1948, Royal captain gets a Telegram through Cable and
Wireless Ltd, addressed to M.A.A. Cader - Royal College, Colombo, BEST
CONGRATULATIONS TO ROYAL FIFTEEN ON DOUBLE VICTORY OVER TRINITY = FROM