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Defence Services triumph in Men’s Hockey Nationals

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Defence Services Hockey Association triumphed in the National Hockey Championship, defeating Mercantile Hockey Association 8-1 in the final match of the 60th Men’s Hockey National Championship. The tournament, organized by the Sri Lanka Hockey Association, concluded at the Shalika Grounds in Colombo 5 yesterday.

Key highlights from the final match included Lahiru Weerasuriya and D Sandaruwan each scoring two goals, while PU Fernando contributed with a brace as well. MS Suresh and KH Thilakasiri also found the net once each for Defence Services HA. Buddhika Dias scored the solitary goal for the Runners-up Mercantile HA.

In the battle for third place, State Services HA secured victory over Wennappuwa HA with a scoreline of 5-1. Abitha Fernando (3), S Priyalanka (1), and R Kavinda (1) were the goal scorers for State Services HA, while RB de Alwis netted the only goal for Wennappuwa HA.

Ishanka Jayasundara of Defence Services HA claimed the Men’s Best Player Award, while his teammate Dharatha Tenne received the Best Goalkeeper Award for their exceptional performance throughout the three-day tournament.

In the 25th National Women’s Hockey Championship, Kandy Hockey Association and Defence Service Hockey Association shared the championship title with a 1-1 draw.

The highly anticipated final between Kandy HA and Defence Services HA ended in a deadlock after the original time. Vimukthini Kaluarachchi scored two goals for Defence Service HA, while Sandya Dayananda netted for Kandy HA.

Wennappuwa HA clinched third place by defeating Colombo HA with a score of 3-0.

Imesha Weerabahu from Defence Services HA was honored with the Women’s Best Player Award, while Sakunthala Illeperuma of Kandy HA was named the Women’s Best Goalkeeper.

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