Undefeated St Joseph’s College Colombo and Holy Family Girls School Wennappuwa rose as the triumphant victors at the 18th ESOFT Blue & Gold Hockey Sevens hosted by the Royal College Hockey Club, ended at the Reid Avenue yesterday.
In an unprecedented achievement, the Darley Road School’s hockey team secured their first-ever title in the 18-year long Blue & Gold Hockey 7s. They overcame the formidable hockey giants, St. Thomas College Matale, with a resounding 2-0 victory. Their halftime lead of 1-0 showcased their strategic prowess. The goals came from the sticks of Adrien Fernando and Abner Fernando, propelling their team to glory.
In the semi-finals, they narrowly outperformed this year’s favorites, Kingswood College, Kandy, securing a tight 1-0 victory. In the quarter-finals, they demonstrated their resilience, prevailing over Ananda College through penalty strokes with a 2-0 scoreline, following a 1-1 draw.
Joes’ journey commenced in the pre quarter finals, where they clinched a hard-fought 3-2 win against Vidyartha College, Kandy.
During the group stages, Darley Road stickers asserted their dominance, securing a commanding 6-0 win against Maris Stella College, Thimbirigaskatuwa, and playing to a goalless draw against St. Aloysius College, Galle.
In the girls’ Cup finals, Holy Family Convent Wennappuwa delivered an impressive performance, securing a 2-0 victory against Ladies’ College, Colombo. Remarkably, the Wennappuwa team managed to score both of their goals within the first three minutes of the game, showcasing their swift and strategic gameplay.
Best Player: Abner Fernando (St Joseph’s College)/Ishara Fernando (Holy Family Girls School)
Best Goalkeeper: AB Gamagedara (St Thomas’ College Matale)/Dehara Senaratne (Ladies’ College)
Champion: St Joseph’s College/Holy Family Girls School, Wennappuwa
Runners-up: St Thomas’ College Matale/Ladies’ College
2nd Runners-up: St Thomas’ College Mt Lavinia/Swarnamali Girls College Kandy
3rd Runners-up: Kingswood College/Christ Church College
Champion: Ananda College/Seethadevi Balika Vidyalaya
Runners-up: Zahira College Matale/Visakha Vidyalaya
2nd Runners-up: Hindu College Matale/Bishop’s College
Champion: Trinity College/Panadura Balika Maha Vidyalaya
Runners-up: Vidyartha College/Yasodara Balika Vidyalaya Colombo
2nd Runners-up: Vijaya College/St Anthony’s Girls College Katugastota