|Friday, 18 July 2003|
Milo / Daily news schools rugby contest:
Join the scrum and win big prizes
by Dinesh Weerawansa
Rugby fans and all those who follow the game as well as the school teams which bag top honours are in luck's way with the introduction of a new contest for them from today.
The 'Milo/Daily News most popular school rugby team of the year 2003' contest, which is on from today, will offer attractive prizes which run up to Rs. 630,000.
The contest is organised by the people who provide 'energy' to schoolchildren with their popular chocolate health drink brand Milo - Nestle Lanka, and the Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Limited, which publishes the 'Daily News'.
With the 2003 Milo inter-school rugby league at its peak, it should turnout to be an interesting contest which would provide fun, excitement as well as handsome cash prizes to both school teams as well as readers, rugby enthusiasts and supporters of the respective school teams in the big league.
The favourite teams, voted by readers would be presented with big prize money running up to a half a million rupees, while the balance would go to the readers who vote for the hot and fancied teams.
The most popular schools team would get Rs. 250,000, second place Rs. 150,000 and third place Rs. 100,000. The bonanza does not end there as there would also be five cash prizes of Rs. 2,000 each and three Milo gift packs every week in readers' lucky draw. The entry forms would appear in the 'Daily News' from today. All what readers have to do is simply pick their favourite schools rugby team and mail the coupon along with a top flap of a Milo 400g pack to the Milo Most Popular Schoolboy Rugby Team 2003, P.O. Box. 1711, Colombo 10.
Milo is the proud sponsor of the 2003 Inter-School League championship, which is currently being conducted under four divisions by the Sri Lanka Schools Rugby Football Association.
Ever since the league championship was introduced by the SLSRFA with the financial backing of Milo, the tournament has gained tremendous interest among sports lovers and has gone from strength to strength.
With the new look tournament format of the Milo Schools League, it has turned to be even more interesting season. The excitement and fun generated during the Milo Schools League, has turned out to be a big crowd-puller.
Schools rugby has now taken the centre stage with the fast and open rugby generated at most of the key matches and easily surpasses the inter-club 'A' division matches.
The big crowds, which attracted Inter-Club 'A' division league matches in the 1990s, have now shown their keenness to be at school matches in their numbers, forgetting even key club games.
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