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Photographs by Nimal Navaratne

SLFA-UK staged their 9th Annual, 7-a-side Football Tournament on Sunday 22nd September 2013 at Winchmore Hill Cricket Ground, London N21 3ER. This year the Tournament was sponsored by Mt. Shantha Kevin De Saram, Managing Director of Kevin Refrigeration and Daren Property Management Limited. The Chief Guest His Excellency Dr Chris Nonis was in New York attending an official engagement at the UN and hence was not present.

The President Mr. Upali Jothiratne thanked the Sponsor, the Participating OBA’s and the supporters for continuing their support to SLFA-UK. This year we have Shivananda OBA, Batticaloa, Karanagar from Jaffna, Erukkampiddy from Mannar. This was heartening to SLFA-UK to have a cross section of OBA’s from the North, South, East & West participating at our Tournament and reinforcing our objective of developing rural youth football in Sri Lanka and in the U.K.

The 7-a-side Football Tournament was coordinated and efficiently organised and run by Mr.Jay Edirappuli with the support of Mr. Methsiri Wijeratne and Mr. Len Ludwick. They were congratulated by the main sponsor Mr. De Saram and by many OBA’s for their well-run Tournament.

SLFA-UK wishes to thank Dr Ananda Thevathasan for comparing the ceremonies and Mr. Palitha Wijeratne and Mr. Chandana Seniviratne for organizing the hospitality pavilion.We also thank Mr. Lakith Cooray, Proprietor of Hopper Hut for providing an excellent lunch and Sri Lankan food to the public. We also thank Mr. Gareth Davis of WHCC for the ground preparation.

The Main results of the Tournament are as follows;

Semi-Final Trinity beat Erukkalampuddy on penalties

Shivananda beat St. Sebastian’s on penalties.

The Final was well contested between Trinity and Shivananda where Shivananda beat Trinity on  penalties, 3-1.

SLFA-UK Challenge Trophy presented in memory of Mr. Nimal Navaratna’s parents was won by Shivananda OBA and presented by the Main Sponsor Mr. Shantha De Saram.

The Runners-up Trophy was presented by Mr. Upali Jothiratne to Trinity.

The best Player award went to Mr. Maniam Merhan of Shivananda OBA and was presented by Mr. Methsiri Wijeratne.

The Fair Play Team Trophy of Mr. Upali Jothiratne was awarded to Erukkalmpiddy OBA, Mannar by Mr. Sisira Perera.

Mrs. Saram awarded the Trophies to the Winners and Mrs. Meepali Jothiratne awarded the Runners-up Trophies to the teams.

It was a great day of Football and the Tournament was played in Great Spirit.

The Grand Raffle Draw was postponed to 27thOctober 2013, Lihiniya Restaurant at 6 p.m.

Our thanks to Mr. Nimal Navaratne for media planning and for covering the event in real style.

Courtesy of  SLFAUK

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Photographs by Nimal Navaratne

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