By Ranjika Perera
The much-anticipated Premier Inter-Club Rugby League is almost complete now with the first round of games all but over. Eight top-tier teams battled it out in the last seven weeks in both home and away matches. Having won all their six matches so far in the league, Havelock Sports Club is currently in the lead with 33 points.
However, there are still four more matches to be played in round one as those matches had been postponed due to positive Covid-19 cases which were found in some teams prior to those games.
Havies lead the pack
Having won all their six games in the league, Havelock is in the lead. Three of their 33 are bonus points, which could become pivotal as the league progresses.
The boys from the Park Club have been lucky in a few games but Coach Sanath Martis has done a stellar job in using young blood to win their games thus far.
Kandy look dangerous
Defending champions Kandy Sports Club is in second place, but only because they have played one less game compared to Havelock. Out of the five games they have played, Kandy were able to secure all five bonus points.
The squad depth and quality in the side are undoubtedly a cut above the rest of the teams. However, we have seen the unthinkable and Havelocks would still be hoping they could make it happen.
Remaining games in the first round
Army Sports Club, Police Sports Club, and Kandy have two games each remaining in the first round. Colombo Hockey and Football Club (CH & FC) and Havelock meanwhile have one game in hand.
The coming weekend will see Kandy taking on Army, on Saturday (12), in Colombo while CH & FC take on Police on Sunday (13) at Police Park, Colombo.
The remaining two games will take place in the following week. Havelock Sports Club will travel to Nittawela to face Kandy Sports Club while Police Sports Club take on Army Sports Club in Colombo.