DC Ruby Sevens 2016
Following is a thank you note by our fellow Rajan, Rajitha Siriwardana to all who supported our Rugby team.
Our team had an excellent weekend at the 2016 Sri Lankan Schools Tag Rugby 7's tournament. Our Rajans team won the "Russel Cramer Trophy (PLATE)" championship!!
In the first round we lost to Royal and Zahira. We won the game against Trinity B. In the quarterfinals we played against St. Thomas' College, and after a tight game STC won 12-5. We scored the first try and led for the most part the game. In the plate semi-finals we played against SL International Schools and won the game 5-0. In the finals we faced the Trinity B team again and won with score of 7-5. They scored first, but our unrelenting captain, Galika Adhikari, rallied the troops by scoring an amazing try and converting it. Kaushalya Siriwardena was our official videographer, and recorded the final game; we will share the footage with you all soon.
We would not have been able to achieve this amazing feat without the unconditional support of our DAANA community. My sincere thanks to all the DAANA members who came to the ground to cheer our team.
Special thanks to our donors: Ashoka Polpitiya, Sajith Ellepola, Bandu Ranasinghe, Sisira Athauda, Upananda Karunarathna, Upali Basnayake, Chanaka Rajaguru and Hemantha Ratnayake. We would not have been able to bring this team together without your extremely generous support. Please allow me to paraphrase Isaac Newton by saying, if we have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.
Thank you to everyone who purchased and pledged to buy t-shirts. These funds were invaluable in supporting the players who traveled from other States. We are in the process of shipping the t-shirts and you will be receiving them soon. If you pledged to purchase a t-shirt, and haven’t paid as yet, this is a gentle reminder to do so as soon as possible.
I want to thank the DAANA Board of Directors, especially Sanka Tennakoon and Krishantha Ediriweera, for providing us the platform to collect funds and for their continued support.
Last but certainly not least, the players: Galika Adhikari (cpt- FL), Prabodha Jayathilake (KS), Mevan Mihirantha (OK), Yashod Bimsara (TX) , Mihidum Gunasekara (AR), Amila Senadheera (GA), Kaushalya Siriwardena (MD), and Niluksha Walalawela (NY) for traveling from various parts of the U.S. Special thanks to Manjula Jayathunga, Chanaka Gamaethige, and Shehar Juhary (Wesley College) who traveled all the way from Canada. Thank you guys for taking time off your busy schedules to participate in this tournament, and making it a roaring success!!
We were able to secure the plate championship this year, and with just a bit of improvement, I know that we can secure the Cup championship next year!
Thank you to my dear wife, Rajeevee, for housing and feeding 8 players who stayed with us for almost a week, and thank you to Shahini Siriwardena for her help with feeding the boys. Special thanks to Niluksha Walalawela for his continued support in organizing and bringing this amazing team together!
Thank you to everyone who supported our team in every way!
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