Defence Services rout Kegalle HA
HOCKEY: The defending champions Defence Services, last year’s
runner-up Matale Hockey Association, State Services and Colombo Hockey
Association advanced to the semi-finals of the 51st Senior National
Hockey Championships after the quarter-final matches played at Police
The semi-final line up for today - Defence Services vs Colombo HA,
State Services vs Matale HA starting at 8 a.m. The finals will be played
at 4.15 p.m.
Defence Services started off on a furious pace and went on a goal
scoring spree to trounce Kegalle Hockey Association by 8 goals to nil in
the first quarter final match. The forwards attacked in a deadly manner
and the Kegalle HA defence had no answer to foil their methodical moves.
The winners led 2-0 in the first half with M. M. Mulafer and K. Ganegoda
sounding the board.
After the interval Defence Services stickers who played a well
controlled game continued to attack vehemently with fine stick work and
add six more goals through K. Ganegoda (2), P. N. Cramer, C.
Keerthikumara, S. D. Abeyratne, D. Weerasuriya and M. M. Mulafer.
In the second match State Services who were down one goal to nil
pulled off a close 2-1 victory over Sri Lanka Schools.
Sri Lanka Schools scored first just before the breather through
Chamikara Nilaweera. State Services equalled off N. N. de Alwis and P.
N. P. Perera sealed victory for State Services during the closing stages
of the game.
Matale HA showed superior team effort to register a comfortable 5
goals to 3 win against Galle HA after leading 2-1 in the third match.
For Matale HA, C. K. Gunapala with brilliant stick work scored 3
goals, D. R. B. Dissanayake, M. B. Marapana were the other goal getters.
For Galle HA S. B. Priyalanka, L. V. Suriarachchi and N. S. Athureliya
scored a goal each.
Colombo HA edged out Mercantile HA in the other quarter final by 2
goals to 1 after the winners led 1-0 at half time.
A. G. A. Fernando and W. E. Rajamohan scored for Colombo HA and
Charitha Senanayake scored for Mercantile HA.