4th Straight Win for Peradeniya and Moratuwa
Written by Editor    Thursday, 12 April 2012 07:51    PDF Print Email
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University of Peradeniya (UOP) girls and University of Moratuwa (UOM) boy’s stickers won the 4th tournament in succession when they lifted the trophies on the Pera 6’s Hockey tournament under lights and rain at the UOP hockey grounds to dominate the shorter version of the game. It is the third straight victory for both the teams as they managed to win both UOC hockey 7’s and Mora 7’s tournaments earlier in the year and it should be mentioned that these two teams were the champions in the last inter-university games as well.

In the girls category UOP had a different opponent in University of Sri Jayawardanapura (USJP) in the final from the earlier two tournaments but they managed to outplay them with ease. A stunning goal by Poorni de Thabrew of USJP  in the final moments of the game was only a consolation goal for them as they lost the final by 3-1. UOM ‘A’ won the third place over UOP ‘B’.

Earlier in the semifinals USJP girls fashioned an upset win over UOM ‘A’ team by 1-0 who were the favorites to play the final and give a fight for the trophy.  In the other semifinal UOP ‘B’ team looked like they didn’t want to play the tournament at all as they gave away up the match without giving a fight to their senior side UOP ‘A’.

Nadeesha Nishamali of UOP was awarded as the best player while Achini Udeshika of USJP was awarded the best goalkeeper of the tournament.

In the boys category UOM ‘A’ team managed to beat UOP ‘A’ yet again in a final but this time only through penalty strokes. It was the third silver for the UOP stickers in the year and was very unlucky as they lost the penalty strokes by 2-1 as a result of two stunning saves from the UOM goalkeeper.

In regular time it was UOP who scored first through forward Charith Madushan via a penalty corner. But Nadeesha Fernando who was later adjudged player of the tournament equalized through an unstoppable reverse stick goal in the last minutes of the game. Lahiru Wijesinghe of UOP was awarded the best goalkeeper of the tournament.

University of Uva Wellassa managed to secure the third place as they beat UOM ‘B’ in the consolation final. It was their first medal in recent university hockey history and was worthy of the bronze as they were turning heads with attractive hockey. UOM ‘B’ team were also worthy semifinalists as they beat USJP ‘A’ team in the quarters and also gave a run for their money for the UOM ‘A’ team in the semifinals.

The Pera Hockey 6’s was organized for the third time and second time under lights and was the only tournament that was played under lights in Sri Lankan university history. The tournament was greatly disrupted through heavy weather and extreme cold and it was test of character for all the players who took part in the tournament.  

By Lasitha Manchanayake

Photos from Mr. Upul Pallekubura :


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University of Moratuwa and University of Peradeniya win Gold at ‘MORA Hockey 7’s’
Written by Editor    Tuesday, 06 March 2012 11:13    PDF Print Email
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University of Moratuwa (UOM) and University of Peradeniya (UOP) once again was crowned 7’s champions in the university arena at the annual Mora hockey 7’s tournament which was held for the second consecutive time at UOM grounds on Saturday, 3rd of March.

The tournament was organized by the UOM hockey team in collaboration with the physical education department of the university with the participation of eighteen teams from seven universities.

In the men’s event final UOM stickers came back from being a goal behind to clinch the trophy after scoring two goals in the second half to beat UOP in a thrilling encounter. For the visitors Charith Madushan scored in the first half to give them the lead. Nadeesha Fernando of UOM who also won the best player of the tournament equalized for the hosts while Malinda Attanayake thumped the ball in to the back of the net in the final moments of the game to complete an amazing comeback. Lahiru Wijesinghe of UOP was awarded the best goal keeper of the tournament.

Earlier in the Semifinals University of Sri Jayawardanapura (USJP) was beaten by UOP by penalty stokes and UOM ‘B’ team who played outstanding hockey to reach the semifinals beating favorite’s University of Colombo and University of Rajarata were beaten by UOM ‘A’ 2-0. In the third place play off USJP beat UOM ‘B’ in penalty strokes as both teams were unable to score before the long whistle.   

In the girls final Univeristy of Peradeniya beat University of Moratuwa 1-0 to extend their winning streak in university tournaments. Although they lost to the same opponents in the league stage they brushed off the challenge from UOM to retain the Mora 7’s trophy. Madhavi Premachandra of UOP scored the solitary goal of the final.

Nadeesha Nishamali of UOP was awarded the best player of the tournament while Rosemary Illangakoon of UOM was awarded the best goal keeper award.  In the third place play off USJP beat UOM ‘B’ team 3-0 to win the bronze medal.

The trophies and medals were awarded by the senior treasurer of the sports advisory board of the university Dr. Shiromi Karunarathna.

By Lasitha Manchanayake

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Universities Not up to the Expectations at the Colombo Hockey Knockout
Written by Editor    Friday, 24 February 2012 17:32    PDF Print Email
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Colombo Hockey Association’s [CHA] Division ‘B’ knockout tournament was conducted on 18th and 19th February at University of Colombo grounds. Eleven teams competed at the tournament and the fixture was set according to the points table of CHA league tournament. Last year CH&FC bagged the trophy after beating University of Colombo at the finals.

But this year UOC failed at their quarter final against Royal College Hockey Club [RCHC]. RCHC won the match 4-0. University of Moratuwa won their quarter final by beating CH & FC 5-0 but failed at the semifinal with the Old Wesley Hockey Club [OWHC]. OWHC played with several school boys who had showed their colors in the school arena.  UOM failed to convert a single goal against their opposition and the final scores were 3 goals to nil.

Meanwhile Royal College Hockey Club and Old Wesley met at the grand final and RCHC won scoring 6-5. After full time both teams had scored 3 goals so the match was decided by penalty shootouts.


-By Ranil Jayasuriya

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‘Mora Hockey 7’s’ Continues ……
Written by Editor    Tuesday, 14 February 2012 08:14    PDF Print Email
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All plans are set for the Mora Hockey 7's 2012 which is to be held on the 1st of March at University of Moratuwa grounds. The tournament was initiated about a decade ago and was interrupted in the last few years due to unavoidable reasons. But in 2011, with the help of alumni members and well-wishers, Hockey Club of University of Moratuwa was able to revive the tournament again. Despite the challenges the hockey team of University of Moratuwa along with the university officials and alumni members are striving to make this dream a reality.

Tournament committee has invited all the hockey playing universities and 20-25 teams in both men and women categories are expected with around 250 stickers on the grounds on the 1st March. This will be a great opportunity to university level stickers to show their colors and bring glory to their institutes.

The objective of the tournament is to build the skill and the confidence of players and also to enhance mutual relationships among universities. Hence the Hockey Club of University of Moratuwa invites all hockey fans to be there and witness the show.

-By Ranil Jayasuriya

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From Zero to Heroes
Written by Editor    Saturday, 14 January 2012 13:22    PDF Print Email
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If you ask any sports enthusiast in the university what they think of the hockey team of the University of Moratuwa (UOM), they’ll say that it is one of the most consistent teams of the university. In the recent past UOM stickers has been a dominant side in the university arena while being a more than formidable team at the club level. But this was not the case some years ago…

Moraspirit talked to the man behind the scene who made the change, Mr. Subash Edirisinghe. He represented UOM from 1990-1993, and has been the coach of the team ever since. The UOM stickers won the inter university tournament in the men’s category after 10 years in 1992 when he represented the university, and has won the interuniversity tournament regularly since then.

Since the beginning of the 90s, we started playing in Pioneer shield club tournament which gave us a lot of match practice and experience to handle match situations,” said Mr. Edirisinghe.

We did not have star individual players, and our players were relatively inexperienced, so the only way to gain confidence was to play more matches. Also the biggest challenge we faced was our ground condition. When we play more and more in better grounds we improve much more. All in all we put in a lot of hard work to develop the team and were rewarded with championships,” he added.

In the past five years UOM stickers won the championship in the men’s inter university four times while becoming 2nd runners up in 2010, and also were able to secure 4th place in the Pioneer shield club tournament three years in a row.

2011 has been a remarkable year for the UOM hockey as they won the inter university tournament, were runners up in the ‘Mora 7s’ tournament and won seven matches in the club competition. They lost only two XIs matches in the whole year, both by a one goal margin.

The UOM women’s team has also gotten a boost in the past few years. After the win in the ‘Pera 6s’ in 2009, they were able to win bronze in the Sri Lanka University Games(SLUG) 2010 and ‘Mora 7s’ in 2011. The commencement of the women’s league in 2011 and participating in it will give invaluable match practice and confidence to face the matches in 2012.

The captain of the UOM hockey team Dinesh Amarakoon was very optimistic about the team “We want to improve on our performances of last year. We have a very good team have the potential to do even better this year,” he said.

- By Lasitha Manchanayake

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