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Consistent Colombo victorious of the Overall War
Written by Administrator    Monday, 11 October 2010 05:12    PDF Print Email
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Consistent Colombo victorious of the Overall War

The University of Colombo though conceded the titles at the battles for Men’s and Women’s Championships by taking 2nd place, was able to have the final say in winning what mattered the most when they were crowned the Overall Champions at the closing ceremony of the 10th Sri Lanka University Games on the 10th day of the 10th month of the 10th year beyond the Second Millennium After Christ. Colombo as was consistent at this year’s SLUG has been ever consistent in the past as well, dominating the University level Sporting arena in our Country, where this the 8th time they have triumphed as Overall Champions out of the 10 Occasions of the SLUG. The only other team to have registered their name on the record books as Overall Champions is the University of Peradeniya in 2001 and way back in 1980 at the 1st ever SLUG hosted by them.

This year Colombo faced some extremely healthy competition from the University of Sri Jayawardenapura who gave a run for their money backed with the luck bestowed on hosts. Out of the total 35 Sporting events this year, J’Pura won the highest number of Championships with a stupefying number of 11 as Winners, 5 as Runners-Up and 2 as 2nd Runners-Up to emerge 2nd best only to Colombo in the Overall standings with 281.5 points. The Overall Champions earned their 294.5 points from 8 Gold, 9 Silver and 4 Bronze to top the tally of medals holistically in the Men’s and Women’s category. It is noteworthy that Colombo took Second place in the Overall tally separate for the Men’s and Women’s Championships behind the University of Moratuwa and the University of Sri Jayawardenapura respectively.

The SLUG Men’s Champions for this year, the University of Moratuwa was ranked third in the Overall standings by winning the Gold for 5 Championships, 4 Silver and 8 Bronze medals in the tournament for a total of 263.5 points. At 4th place of the Overall tally was the University of Peradeniya who arguably performed slightly lesser than expectation with 254.5 points via 3 Gold and 6 a piece of Silver and Bronze. The South Eastern University of Sri Lanka, University of Visual & Performing Arts and Uva Wellassa University of Sri Lanka were not able to win any medals this year.

The 10th Sri Lanka University games this year witnessed the participation of 14 Universities from all geographies of the Island encompassing more than 4400 Sportsmen and Sportswomen. The Games observed the points table having a good shuffle at the end of each day with the rankings constantly shifting to keep the scorers busy. However, the University that stood strong and consistent amidst the shuffle was undoubtedly the University of Colombo. They have showed a dominant but balanced performance in respect of both genders, and are well posed in setting the benchmarks for University level Sports in Sri Lanka
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Mora’s grit march away with Men’s Championship while J’Pura fares the best for the fairer sex
Written by Administrator    Monday, 11 October 2010 05:11    PDF Print Email
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The University of Moratuwa lads displayed their grit on the last day of the 10th Sri Lanka University Games in coming back strong after trailing at Second place to the University of Colombo yesterday, to walk away with the SLUG Men’s Championship. The hosts, University of Sri Jayawardenapura took honours in the Women’s Category at the closing ceremony of the SLUG as well by clinching the title for Overall Women’s Champions on the 10th of October 2010.

As last year’s Inter University Overall Men’s Champions, Mora did not disappoint expectations in maintaining their dominance in the Men’s arena consistent with their performance in the recent past. It is commendable that they prevailed despite some major setbacks, unexpected early exits in some Sports where they were favoured and also against the overwhelming critiques that were prompt in saying this was not Mora’s year where they were even pushed to 4th place in the Overall Men’s tally for a couple of days. This was due to the fact that Mora experienced a series of 3rd places in many Sports in which many would debate a long while as to whether it’s pure bad luck or otherwise especially in Hockey, Basketball, Rugby etc. As a critique it is also difficult to concede the fact that there could have been so many off days for the same University, balanced against the shocking early exits in Sports such as Baseball and Football where Mora was considered as favourites for the Championship. The University of Moratuwa on the last day, thanks to emerging Runners-Up at Chess and especially Athletics, whereas Colombo was placed 9th enabled them to grab hold of the Men’s title strongly with 184 points. The University of Colombo, University of Sri Jayawardenapura and University of Peradeniya were placed 2nd, 3rd and 4th with 175.5, 159.5 and 151.5 points respectively in the Men’s tally of medals.

Eventually Moratuwa was able to win Gold in 4 events in the Men’s Category for Tennis, Rowing, Wrestling and Taekwondo in contrast to their solitary Championship in the Women’s sphere for Chess justified to an extent by the percentage of boys taking the heavier side of the balance in comparison to the few girls at the University. However, the performance of the University of Moratuwa in the recent past has been extremely encouraging for University level Sports since most of the Sportsman at Mora are those who have not played the Sport actively or at all during their tenure at school, and who were rather inclined towards academia given the extremely high competition it demands for entry. It is a known fact that these youngsters learn the Sport competitively, practice with much heart and pull out exponentially increasing talent within those few years at the University in producing results, despite Moratuwa being relatively smaller in size with limited faculties, Sporting facilities and resources in comparison with the other big names in the University circle. All of this naturally pop’s the question in our minds as to why the same cannot be done by the ladies from undoubtedly the academically best University in the Island. In fact, they would have to seriously buckle down in improving their standards in the Women’s category as well if they are to pose stiff competition for the Overall title.

In the race for the Women’s Championship, the Overall Champions University of Colombo had to settle for 2nd place in the Women’s tally of medals as well, even after leading the Women’s table for a major proportion of time from the very beginning of the tournament. This is owing to a late comeback by J’Pura’s Sportswomen. The University of Sri Jayawardenapura won a very closely fought battle were they took top seed by registering 122 points on the Women’s table, just 3 points more than Colombo. The Pera gals from the hill country emerged 2nd Runners-Up with 103 points followed by the University of Kelaniya with 84 points.

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