The First XI Hockey team of Royal College captained by Shaheer Bari and vice captained by Malith Rasanga further enlightened their success this year by touring Singapore and Malaysia for a series of encounters followed by coaching sessions with Malaysian National players. This occasion which enhanced the skills, techniques and expertise of these young Royalists brought about the much required international exposure and the fruitful experience for the betterment of hockey and sports at Royal College.
Reflecting upon the success in the year 2014, this Royal team emerged as unbeaten Champions at the national schools games 2014 organized by the Ministry of Education which is considered the epitome of schools’ hockey in Sri Lanka. In addition to being crowned as national champions, Royal College remained undisputed by winning all Trophy matches including the prestigious Royal-Thomian encounter for the coveted Orville Abeynaike Memorial Trophy by beating the Thomians by 3 goals to nil.
The 18 member squad accompanied by the vastly experienced coach Mr. Rohan Dissanayake and the Master-in-charge Mr. Priyantha Wijeyasiri took off to Singapore during the first week of December. After a series of encounters in Singapore, the team travelled to Malaysia and successfully returned back to the nation during the 3rd week of December.
In the first encounter, Royal College got the better of Khalsa Club, Singapore which is known to be among the pioneers of Club hockey in Singapore. Royal college beat them by 7 goals to nil. With a brilliant start to the campaign the Royalists gained the much required confidence and were well conditioned moving into the upcoming games. In the second encounter, Royal College beat Teck Whye Secondary school by 4 goals to nil, which was followed by another victory over the much fancied Raffles Institution by 4 goals to one, thus ending the encounters in Singapore on a high note.
In Malaysia, Royal College emerged victorious in a closely contested encounter against the 1MAS Malaysian hockey Academy and beat them by 7 goals to 5. In the last of encounters, Royal College faced off against Satit-Chula Hockey Club, Thailand and posted a huge victory by winning the encounter by 12 goals to nil and thus outclassing the lads from Thailand.
The unbeaten success in all encounters was followed by the coaching sessions whereby the Royal team gained valuable experience and exposure which will indeed set the tone to an even better season in 2015. The Royal team who are Western Province Coloursmen also comprises of 10 Royal College Coloursmen will be moving into the 2015 season with an unchanged squad with no drop outs and therefore 2015 is anticipated to be a year filled with expectations with the likeliness of a much improved repetition of 2014.
The Tour Contingent was as follows;
Shaheer Bari (Captain)
Malith Rasanga (Vice-Captain)
Sajana De Zoysa
Mr. Rohan Dissanayake (Coach)
Mr. Priyantha Wijeyasiri (Master-in-charge)