First hockey tourney in Kandy for the year | Sunday Observer

First hockey tourney in Kandy for the year

The first hockey tournament of the year in Kandy will be a six-a-side tournament organized by the Old Vidyartha College Hockey Club to be played at the Provincial Council ground in Kandy on February 2.

This tournament will be named as the Kandy Hockey Fiesta is for those men under-40, over-40 and 50 and women under-30 and over 30 years.

With this tournament, Kandy District Hockey Association is all out to bring back hockey to the position it enjoyed at club level previously.

Hockey in Kandy dates back to 1907, when the Indian Rajput Regiments occupied the Kandy Military Barracks, currently known as Police Barracks, wanted to play hockey almost every evening.

The boys of that era felt drawn to the game and tried their hand at knocking the ball about with a borrowed stick. The fearless youngsters found some places vacant whenever the military men did not turn up. At that time, there was no clubs or tournaments, the Indians who were on military duty played hockey by themselves. After their departure there was no hockey in Kandy.

Hockey ‘died’ in 1909 with the death of Charlie Hamilton, who was a little 10-year-old prodigy from SACK, who played as centre-half.

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