The 39th Annual Mercantile Hockey seven-a-side Hockey Tournament was conducted on 1 November with Peoples Leasing and Finance coming forward to be the main sponsor and Hilton Colombo coming on board as the Co-sponsor for this year’s event.
The Hatton National Bank Hockey team completed a triple this season when they overcame their arch rivals Commercial Bank by one goal to nil in their Mercantile “A” division 7’s Side Hockey Tournament, which was worked off at the P. Sara Oval in Borella on last Sunday and retained the Dennis De Rosayro Trophy sponsored by Janashakthi Insurance Co. Ltd for the third consecutive year.
In the first half none of the team scored a goal and in the second half the winning goal for HNB was netted by Upul Fernando.
Further this year HNB emerged as winners of the ‘A’ division league tournament and were awarded the ‘Singer Trophy’. They went on to clinch the MHA knock –out tournament and was awarded the ‘Hatna Trophy’ respectively.
This year the team was lead by Sandun Attygalle.
The HNB team has won the triple Championship in the MHA ’A’ Division tournaments for the years of 2000, 2005 2013 and now in 2015.
The team dedicated their win to their former Captain and Team mate Sri Lankan Hockey Player and MHA Hockey Captain late Eshanka Jayasuriya.
The HNB team is as follows; Indika Hewawasam (Coach), Thilina Perera, Charaka Wickramage, Saman Vandalan, Rasika Wickramasinghe, Upul Fernando, Charitha Senanayake, Shaheed Husain, Nuwan Mahara, Damith Bandara, Bishantha Walgama, Amila Perera, Udesh De Silva.
The Commercial bank ‘A’ Team became Runners-up in the MHA ‘A’ division seven-a-side hockey Tournament and was awarded the Mercantile Hockey Association Trophy. The team comprised of the following players. Anju Hewage, Milan Ariyawansa, Janith Witharana, Milinda Sapugasgodage, Milina Bandaranayake, Videsh Dassanayake, Nirman Fernando, Sudarshana Dissanayake, Migara Thilakarathna.