Havelocks Sports Club with a highly talented outfit is confident that they could produce a repeat performance and stamp their class in the current SLRFU Inter-Club ‘A’ Division League Rugby tournament. They have already got off to a flying start having notched up three successive victories against Sri Lanka Police Sports Club (33-10), Sri Lanka Army Sports Club (25-22) and Sri Lanka Air Force Sports Club (47-5) respectively.
This is the perfect start for a side that turned the whole league tournament upside down last year with a stunning performance which helped them to clinch the third spot in the final points table.
In fact the Havies enjoyed one of their finest seasons in 2011 where they recorded some of the most memorable victories including a historic triumph over the mighty Navy Sports Club at Welisara.
The pink and chocolate jersey lads from Havelock Park nearly brought down the defending champions Kandy Sports Club before losing by a mere five point margin in an absolute thriller in the opening match of last year’s league tournament.
Havelocks Sports Club never looked back from there onwards and went from strength to strength before achieving another milestone by defeating their traditional rivals CR and FC at Longden Place after a lapse of many years.
The secret behind their success last year was that all their positions in the team were contested by the reserves and there were at least a couple of players on the bench who were vying for a place.
As a result they were able to create healthy competition among the players and that inspired most of the senior players to produce more than one hundred percent on the field.
This season of course Havelocks Sports Club is studded with some talented players and they are already considered as one of the top contenders for the Dialog ‘A’ Division League title.
Havelocks Sports Club was in the forefront of rugby in the 1970’s and 1980’s during which period they won the ‘A’ division league tournament on several occasions and also won club rugby’s richest prize, the Clifford Cup, on many occasions.
But during the last two decades the park club’s rugby standard declined to a great extent with most of their stalwarts deciding to join some of the other clubs and the three armed forces.
As a result they were able to win only one major title in 15-a-side rugby in the recent past where they emerged champions in the Premier Champions Trophy tournament in 2003.
In 2008 Havelocks SC had another successful season where they came up with a fine display to emerge third in the ‘A’ division league winning seven matches out of 12 and also went down fighting to CR and FC in the Clifford Cup semi-finals (17-23).
Havelocks Sports Club also had the credit of winning the inter-club seven-a side-tournament thrice in 1995, 2000 and in 2001
The Havelocks Sports Club Rugby Pool for 2012 season:
Prop forwards: Henry Terrence (captain), Dushantha Pradeep, P. Sopo
Hooker: Anjula de Silva, Rajiv Perera
Second-row forwards: Kavinda Jayasena, Ashen Karthelis, Shenal Dias
Flankers: Dhiren Warnakulasuriya, Sudarshana Muthuthantri
Number eight: Autai Nissan, Asela Dissanayake
Scrum half: Amjad Buksh, Andrew Benson
Fly half: Niroshan Fernando, Rizwan Meedin
Centre three-quarters: Thusitha Samarathilake, Lee Keegal, Villiami Hakalo
Wing three-quarters: Sandun Herath, Chamara Dabare, Dinesh Kumara
Full back: Mohamed Sheriff
Coach: C. Thulagi (Laga)
Assistant coach: Thusitha Peiris and Leonard de Zilva
Manager: Dinesh Mudalige
July 7: v CH and FC at Havelock Park
July 22: v Navy SC at Havelock Park
July 28: v Kandy SC at Nittawela
August 4: v Up Country Lions SC at Navalapitiya. (CD)