Sri Lanka University Games (SLUG); the only all-island state university sports meet, commenced for the 13th time, this August. While SLUG has been organized once every 3 years, this is an opportunity all our undergrads to not just showcase their skills but also thrive their potential to greater heights. As always, Colombo Beacon is happy and ever ready to cover the entire season and share it with the greatest moments. So we had Devindee Senanayake, Ashen Weligalle and Ovin Rahul together with our crew behind the camera, bring you these beautiful moments
This year, SLUG consist of 22 games and out of these, one of the most popular games is Rugby. This season’s Rugby finale happened with massive cheers between the University of Colombo and the University of Kelaniya on the 10th, August at BOI Grounds, Koggala. While many supporters of the University of Colombo had good hope and thoughts about bringing the trophy home, University of Kelaniya supporters wished for the same. In addition to this, a former rugby player from the University of Kelaniya was truly happy that their team had the opportunity to not just beat the University of Moratuwa who was the champions since 2011, but also for the long successful journey they came throughout the game.
After a truly phenomenal game, the University of Colombo took home the trophy making history to bring back the trophy home after 10 years. While Krishmal Fernando was overwhelmed by the victory as the rugby team captain for the University of Colombo, he did not fail to remind us that it was a team victory. He also mentioned that as a team they never underestimated any team that played against them and always took it as a challenge and planned out every single game. In addition to this, he wanted to give his special thanks to Mr. Sudath who had helped them planned this entire journey for 3 years and for helping them correct their mistakes throughout the season. He also wanted to thank the vice-chancellor, Mrs. Professor Chandrika N Wijeyaratne , department of Physical education, Mr. Chanaka and the old boys of the university who had their back and supported them throughout the journey. Furthermore, he wanted to add that although the team’s parents weren’t exactly keen on rugby, their blessings were always in their hearts.
As the SLUG rugby journey came to an end on this day, 8 players together with the team captain of the University of Colombo rugby team also ended their last game. While Colombo Beacon together with the University of Colombo wishes the best of luck to our players, we also take this as an opportunity to thank you for a wonderful year and bid you farewell.
Picture Courtesy | Chathura Jayendra