25th Dr RL Hayman Trophy Royal-Thomian Encounter :
Thomians continue dominance at water polo
S Thomas’ College Mount
Lavinia goal keeper, Dilith Kumarasinghe successfully defends a
Royal goal attempt at the 25th Dr RL Hayman Trophy Royal-Thomian
Water Polo Encounter played at the Sugathadasa Swimming Pool
The Most Valuable Player
of the Championship, Sachitha Jayatilleke of S Thomas’ College
holds aloft the trophy.
S Thomas’ College Mount Lavinia clinched the 25th Dr RL Hayman Trophy
Royal-Thomian Water Polo encounter for the fourth consecutive year
against Royal College Colombo while their juniors bagged the Mahinda
Liyanage Challenge Trophy after a thrilling final leg concluded at the
Sugathadasa Indoor Swimming Pool Complex yesterday.
The Thomians, who had already won the first Leg 9-8 on October 1 at
the same venue comprehensively, won the second leg by 9 goals to 5 to
win the Silver Jubilee encounter by an aggregate of 18-13 amidst huge
support from both schools.
S Thomas’ College fourth year coloursman Sachitha Jayatilleke had a
grand game scoring nine goals in both legs to take the prestigious Most
Valuable Player Trophy.
The 19-year-old prop scored five out of nine goals scored by the
Thomians yesterday. Apart from Jayatilleke’s excellent performances,
goal keeper Dilith Kumarasinghe played a pivotal role at the net.
Kumarasinghe was spot on when the ball came to him foiling several
The goal scorers for S Thomas’ were Sachitha Jayatilleke (5), captain
Ashane Francis (1), Sanaka Molligoda (1) and Shakya Gunatilleke (1). For
Royal Kalindu Hettiarachchi (1), Basith Yakoob (1), Daishika Dias (1),
Senith Samaranayake (1) and Shamod Edirisinghe (1) scored.
The Under-15 match of the second leg was won by Royal 6-3. But due to
the Thomians remarkable 9-5 win in the first leg, the Mount Lavinia
School held aloft the Mahinda Liyanage Challenge Trophy with a winning
aggregate of 12-11.
The Junior Challenge Trophy has been named after Mahinda Liyanage,
the current SLASU Assistant Secretary who captained Royal College.
The championship was conducted by the Sri Lanka Aquatic Sports Union
(SLASU) under international rules and regulations and refereed by two
The victorious S
Thomas’ College team poses with Head Coach Zafar Zainudeen
after completing their fourth consecutive win over Royal in
the series. Pictures by Malan Karunaratne