Presidentís Trophy final not played on Court order
The Sri Lanka Schools Rugby Football Association making a public
announcement before the start of the ĎMiloí Presidentís Trophy Under 20
schools knock Out final between Royal College and St. Peterís College,
at the Royal College Sports Complex grounds stated that Isipatana has
obtained an injunction order from the District Courts of Colombo to
withhold the final at 3.45 pm yesterday.
The first semi final match between Isipatana and St. Peterís last
week was brought to an abrupt halt due to a section of the crowd being
unruly by throwing stones into the playing area in protest of a
controversial decision given by referee Priyantha Gunaratne who called
off play ten minutes prior to half time with the Peterites leading 14-0.
The SLSRFA Committee after a meeting had decided to continue the
match from where it had stopped. But Isipathana disagreed to the
decision and did not take the field last Saturday, and the match was
awarded to the Peterites.
Denzil Darling the secretary of the SLSRFA speaking at a hastily
convened press briefing yesterday, said that the injunction order
obtained by Isipathana is to be taken up for hearing on August 6, 2010.
He said that the SLSRFA was due to convene a special meeting of its
office-bearers to decide on whether to lodge an appeal against the
injunction order obtained by Isipathana on August 6, 2010. Darling also
added that no final decision can be taken as whether the match could be
played, and it will all depend on the August 6 court hearing.
The SLSRFA Secretary further said that according to the injunction
issued by the Colombo District Courts the respondents who have been
sighted are President of the Sri Lanka Schools Rugby Football
Association K.A.D. Punyadasa, Secretary Denzil Darling, Gamini
Sarathchandra (Tournament Secretary), A. Dodanwela (Member), C.B.
Ratnayake (Minister of Sports), Sunil Sirisena (Sec. Ministry of
The enjoining order by the judge was given by taking into
consideration an appeal by 24 persons on behalf of Isipathana.
Peterites edge out Royal
For the benefit of the vast crowd present the Heads of the two
schools Rev. Fr. Travis Gabriel (St. Peterís) and Mr. Upali Gunasekera
(Royal) agreed to play a friendly match.
In an enthralling match played in a cordial atmosphere St. Peterís
edged out Royal by 29 points (2 goals, 3 tries) to 27 (2 goals, 2 tries,
1 penalty) after trailing by 10-14 at the breather.
Referee: Dilroy Fernando.