These young Park lads could pull a few surprises

By Bernie Wijesekera

They say yesterday was history tomorrow is a mystery and today is all we got. This is very appropriate adage for Havelock who have one of the richest history’s in the rugby annals of this country, but has gone through some hard times in the recent past.

Ruwan Suranga

Since winning the President’s cup way back in 1984, the Havelocks’ trophy chest was empty barring the ‘B’ division title they won in 1996. However in spite of fielding a very young outfit this season after their customary preseason senior exodus, they brought home the inaugural ‘Kit Super 8 Rugby knock out trophy, organized by the Western province Rugby Football Union.

The average age of this year’s team led by Ruwan Suranga is 22. This is a talented team who are raring to go to the age old echo of “Go Havelocks Go”. The squad has quite a number of outstation players who showed promise. The team is being coached by former Havelocks SC hooker Thusitha Peiris. He led the team in 1998.

According to their president Wimal Senanayake, they have still to decide on a sponsor but was confident of getting a package.

Props: C. Amerasinghe, D. Sandaruwan, Pandiperuma, Hookers: Rajin Perera, Janaka Fernandom “Locks” Ranmuthu, S..B. Dissanayake, Asanka Karunaratne, Flankers: S. Smith, T. Samaranayake, Silva Wanasinghe, Manoj Weerasinghe (who has returned from Australia after turning out for the club many summers ago), No. 8 Tyrone Harrison, K. Yasaisuru, Half backs: Sajith Bandara, and Weediyabandara, Fly Halves: Dilan Soysa, Dilan Rajapakse, Centres: R. Suranga, N. Samith, Thusitha, Wingers: S. Jagoda, Shanaka Fonseka, Ameen Jamil, Ranjana, Full backs: Dulip Mellruwan and Chula.

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