Defence Services retain national hockey title
Defence Services Hockey team emerged champions at the 59th National senior Hockey championship concluded at the Astro Turf at Reid Avenue last Sunday.
17 teams competed at this tournament which was conducted after a lapse of four years and Defence services team comprising more International players defeated Mercantile services Hockey team 4-0 to win the A.A. Wairasinghe Memorial trophy. The third place was won by Government services Hockey team.
Defence services team maintained their unbeaten record from 1996 while their power is not second to any other team at this tournament.
Defence Services team took an early lead 3-0 after first quarter while second quarter both sides were unable to score a goal. The experienced Defence services scored one more goal in the third quarter while in the last quarter once again both sides did not score a goal and Defence servicers won 4-0. Mercantile team fought a good battle but they were unable to score a solitary goal.
Anuradha Suresh, Kusal Thilakasiri, Udayashan Fernando, Enia Weerasuriya scored a goal each for the champion Defence Services side.
Earlier in the semi finals Mercantile services team beat Government services team 3-1, while other semi final Defence Services team beat Colombo team by 3-0. At the third place game Government services team beat the Colombo team 3-1 to win second runner up position.