Masters hockey tournament on 17 July

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Sri-Lanka National Masters Hockey Association will hold its second 9-a-side Masters Hockey league (MHL) on 17 July (Sunday) at the Astro Turf Colombo-07.

Titled Nippon Masters Hockey League, the one-day tournament will see the participation of 10 Masters Hockey teams with some of the most talented National players in the game who have done a yeoman service for the country.

The 10 teams are divided into two groups.

Group A – SL Masters Gold, Old Bens SC, Badulla HA, BRC, Matale HA

Group B – CMCC, CH&FC, SL Masters Maroon, Old DS SC, CR&FC

The tournament will comprise 23 games, and the top team from both groups will play in the Cup final (5.30 pm), while the second ranked teams after the round-robin matches will play in the Plate final (5.00 pm), and the third ranked teams will vie for the Bowl (4.30 pm).  

Sri Lanka National Masters Hockey Association are thankful to Nippon Paints for coming forward to sponsor this tournament at a time when the country is going through an economic crisis.  

Nemantha Abeysinghe, Group General Manager of Nippon Lanka Paint (Pvt) Ltd. will be the Chief Guest at the Finals.

Secretary Duncan Devendra confirmed the Sri Lanka Masters Hockey team is expected to take part in their second Masters World Cup tournament in Nottingham, England from 9 – 21 August.  

By M.H. Yakeem