Annual Royal-Wesley Hockey Encounter – Yet Another Royal Victory


Although the sport of hockey at Royal College can be traced to its beginnings in 1915, there is sparse evidence in support. From the sidelines, it emerged as a popular fully-fledged sport in 1955 and gained immense popularity hence forward with continuing momentum. The first captain of the Royal College Hockey Team was Lionel Almeida, and his pioneering efforts of example and precept paved the way for this sport to attain the high standards observed in our college today. The valuable coaching tips and win strategies given by the first captain has been followed until today by successive hockey captains.

Mr. Dudley de Silva was educated at Royal College and he went on to become a teacher at Kingswood College Kandy and afterwards becoming the principal of his Alma mater Royal College. (1954-1966). This encounters was played on Friday the 9th of December at the Wesley College grounds this year.

This most awaited match of the day started at around 4.30 pm with the school anthems of both schools being sung in great spirit. Royal forwards played a well controlled and brilliant game from the beginning so the boys from Reid Avenue drew first blood when Dilan Kavinda scored a brilliant goal. At half time Royal led 1-0. After the breather the Wesley team gave a hard time for the Royal defense as they attacked harder to equalize but the Royal defence was  rock solid and gave no opening to score as the game proceeded Royal centre forward Dilan Kavinda scored another to the back of the net to give the lead to the boys in blue gold which stood at 2 goals to nil. And as the final whistle was blown the celebrations began for the Royalists. Pasindu Charuka was adjudged Best player of the match. 

All in all it was great day for all Past and Present Royalists since this win meant that 4 out of the 4 Annual Encounters have been successfully faced by the College Under-19 Hockey Team and that it ended the year in great style.