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Bradby Shield first leg on July 22

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The 77th Bradby Shield rugby match between Royal College and Trinity College will get off the ground on July 22 Saturday at the Pallekelle grounds,One hour before this game will be the junior game for the Simithrachchi Trophy. It is the Trinity-Royal match for the Bradby Shield that arguably draws the highest number of spectators during the season at school level.

These two schools first played a match in 1920 and in the years 1925 to 1927 and 1929 there were no fixtures.

In 1945 the Bradby Shield was presented for the first time and has since played an important role in the lives of Trinitians and Royalists, young and old. The first Bradby game was played at the Race Course ground where Trinity in the first leg was led by Robert Sourjah and Royal by CDL Fernando. Every year it had been a two-game affair apart from the 1971 encounter due to the JVP insurrection in the country. Last year marked the 76th Bradby game.

The Bradby series began in 1945 when the Royal side led by CDL Fernando beat Trinity led by Robert Sourjah 3-0 in the first leg and in the second leg Trinity won 6-0. In the following year the same process was repeated when Trinity lost the first leg in Kandy 0-3 and won the return match in Colombo 8-0.

In last years Bradby Trinity College defeated Royal College 26-21 at the Pallekele stadium in the second leg.. But Royal took custody of the Bradby Shield going by the aggregate in both legs after winning the first leg in Colombo by 29 points to nil. Royal ended with an aggregate of 50 points compared to Trinity’s 26.

Ashan Ratwatte will be the chief guest In the first leg. In 1983 he led Trinity College to beat Royal led by Sriyan Cooray 14-6 in Kandy but in the return match in Colombo Royal triumphed by 10 points to 6.

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