66th Bradby Shield Encounter

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.


Bradby Shield Encounter

This year marked the 65th rugby encounter of The Bradby Shield against Trinity Lions and Reid Avenue boys (Royalists). It’s a very important event in Sri Lankan school rugby calender as well as for all the Trinitians and Royalists. Most of them make sure they never miss its excitement and glory, although they are abroad. It consists of two legs, one being played in the Royal College stadium in Colombo, and the other in Bogambara stadium, Kandy. The winner is decided on the aggregate of the scores from these two matches, usually played a few weeks apart. The first historic match between each other was played on July 31, 1920. and to this date Trinity had won most of the encounters by wining 35 while Royal had bagged 29 and a single tie in between.

In the 65th encounter, The Bradby Shield was won by Royal beating Trinity with a score of 53 points to 27 points. At the end of first leg at Kandy score board was Royal 22 points and Trinity 12 points and here at Colombo the Royal capitalized on their lead and went on to score another 31 points while Trinity managed to score 15 points on the board.