Yesterday I was there at the Royal College Sports complex to witness the first leg of the 66th Bradby Shield encounter. This is the biggest annual event for all the Trinitians living around the world, that draws most of them to one place to share the glory and the excitement that the game of rugby has created over the years. I got the chance to get in touch with most of my fellow batch(2003) mates, which some of them I was not able to meet since I left the school. I found that some of them have got married and even they have children.
The match was filled with full of excitement from the start till the end. Boys from both schools displayed a fantastic battle keeping the crowd guessing until the last minute to decide who will win this leg and at the end the scores were at 38-37 Royal College wining the first leg. Although we lost the first legs our lions will fight back (as our school’s moto says “RESPICE FEMEN“) at Kandy.
But all that excitement were ruined by the improper judgments given by the referee throughout the match and the crowed was totally disappointed. We felt like that the referee is only penalizing the Trinity lions and almost letting the Royal team to do what they want. At one instance the try was not properly marked it was confirmed as a goal, and in several occasions fouls done by Royal team were almost ignored, etc… Must say that match organizers must look into this seriously and provides a fair, unbiased and experienced referee for the Kandy’s leg on 26th.