Wounded Royal hold slight edge

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Wounded Royalists, smarting after their defeat in the league final, lock horns with Trinity in their 76th Under-20 Bradby Shield encounter which will be worked off at the Royal Sports Complex on 20 August.

Kick-off is scheduled at 4.15 p.m.

Defending champions for the last 3 years, unbeaten Isipathana made the Royalists bite the dust in the final encounter. This will make the Reid Avenue outfit hungry for this trophy.

Royal will be led by crack centre Kaveen Sasanka in the absence of skipper Harshith Peiris who is injured and will not take the field.

Royal lost to Trinity in the league game by a solitary point. The Kandy lads scored in injury time to edge them 20/21. The only other match they lost was to Isipathana 15/21 in the final. Royal beat Antonians 22/12, Kingswood 53/0, Thomians 20/8, Joes 17/3, and Wesley 21/16.

Their star player this year was undoubtedly full back Nabeel Yehya, who can simply destroy any side on his day. His booming kicks to touch gained much territory for Royal to attack from their opposition half. The Reid Avenue school’s main weapon is the rolling maul, but in the league final the Green Shirts encountered it beautifully and got the better of them. Kaveen Sasanka and Abdullah Yusuf are the star players of the team.

Royal is coached by former CR and FC, Kandy SC and National player, Dushantha Lewke, while former Dharmaraja and National player Radhika Hettiarachchi is the assistant coach.

Paul Thomas, the former St. Mary’s Bambalapitiya player and one of the leading former referees, is the Team Manager.

Meanwhile Trinity is led by dashing Centre Lithmal Moragoda, who is a fantastic athlete as well. Prop forward Loshika Wijekoon is his deputy. Trinitians have some class acts in their outfit, with players such as Jayageeth Basnayake, Harith Samaraweera, Shamindra Dissanayake, Sheveen Premaratne, Anuhas Kodituwakku, Sheshan Zakir and Aathab Manzil. Their full back, Kovida Wickremasinghe too is in fine form, though he missed the last 2 matches due to being sick but has now made a full recovery. Trinitians main strength is their speedy three-quarter line.

Trinity Head Coach is former Havies and National XV-a-side player Kavinda Jayasena with Thusitha de Silva being his deputy. Hard working Old Boy of the school, Rajindra Gamage is the Team Manager.

1981 Royal skipper, Sriyan Cooray will be the Chief Guest at this event. Unfortunately, hosts Royal is unable to field an outfit for their Under-18 game which is played for the C. E. Simithrarachchy Trophy which started in 1978. Royal will not field any of their junior sides and this will limit the spectators to watch only the Under-20 encounter.

Former Nugawela Central rugby player and one of the best this season, Ishanka Abeykoon, will be the referee.

Trinity squad:

Thenuk Fernando, Kaveesha Edama, Loshika Wijekoon, Jayageeth Basnayake, Thisanga Dissanayake, Harith Samaraweera, Shamendra Dissanayake, Chamedra Dhanapala, Sheveen Premaratne, Anuhas Kodituwakku, Upek Gammudali, Lithmal Moragoda, Abdul Kaleel, Bashara Wijesinghe, Aathab Manzil, Sheshan Zakir, Kovida Wickremasinghe, Ashen Wijesooriya, Senula Alexander, Yasiru Ariyawansa, Bihindu Pananwala, Ravin Ilangaratne, Venuka Kumarage, Lakindu Herath, Sachindu Wanasekera, Rushen Bandaranayake and Amdan Faizal

Royal

Side not confirmed

Referee Ishanka Abeykoon

By Special Correspondent