douse Havelocks fire
CH &FC 15, Havelocks 8
By Rangi Akbar
Three outstanding tries and a remarkable switch of
fortune made the CH&FC - Havelocks first round Caltex League
game outstanding from the spectators point of view at Maitland Crescent
yesterday. At the end CH nosed through 15-8 due to a goal, a try
and a penalty to that of a penalty and a goal by the Havelocks.
At half time CH led 10-5.
had more possession in the set scrums and the lines out but they
were unable to turn them in their favour. The outsides often ran
into the scrums when the field was open or bunched together. When
they did get the chance to run, the Havelocks outsides were on to
them like a bunch of hornets after a pot of honey.
game was played in fine weather before a big crowd. The match was
spectacular and open and even disappointed Havelocks fans could
look back with pleasure on a fine game.
fans had plenty to cheer about in the first half as they matched
the CH neck to neck. In the third minute Havelocks eased into the
lead through a penalty put over by Harshana Wijeweera in the third
minute. I was told that Wijeweera is a former Police player and
he had donned the red and white hooped jersey as he was under suspension
from the Force due to disciplinary reasons.
the cause, Police's loss is certainly CH's gain. This lad put over
penalty and goal to swell CH's score, if not they would have certainly
succumbed to the Havelocks yesterday.
came under severe pressure from CH and it was a face saving kick
by Wasim Thajudeen, the former Thomian player, which eased pressure
for the Park Club. Thajudeen's kick sailed into CH territory and
Prasad Perera was on it like a basset hound after a hare, after
a brief movement, to score far left. Havelocks led 5-3 and the Park
Club supporters did a near hysterical war dance with delight.
to be outdone the CH kept on hammering at the Havelocks defence
and Senaka Bandara scored in the 27th minute for the CH off a five
yard scrum. Harshana Wijeweera was spot on with the difficult conversion
to put CH into the lead at 10-5. Half time was taken at this score.
second half commenced with Senaka Bandara unleashing a run for CH.
He nearly got through. The Havelocks defence went for high tackles
and Bandara slipped through them easily until a desperate effort
pattern of play swung to and fro in the best traditions of the game
until CH forced a penalty in the 30th minute. This 30 metre penalty
kick was fluffed by Wijeweera.
everything pointed to an easy CH win Havelocks came into the reckoning
when Prasad Perera put over a penalty in the 27th minute to cut
down the lead to 8-10.
Havelocks striving every sinew in their bodies to topple CH, No
8 Dilanjan Jayasekera scored with a few minutes remaining, to take
their score to 15.
A few minutes later referee Nizam Jamaldeen blew no side.
Saturday (May 9) mighty Kandy SC will make their presence felt at
Havelock Park when they cross swords with Havelocks. CH should be
happy with the crowd turn out yesterday. A novel way to attract
spectators was the selection of the best dressed lady, the coolest
guy and the best dressed chap. The prizes were by PC House, the
agents for Panorama Computers.