The 2022 Mercantile Hockey Association (MHA) league tournament kicked off at the Torrington Astro Turf on Saturday, May 28.
Division ‘A’ – Defending Champions, HNB ‘A’ battles every inch of the way, beat arch rivals Commercial Bank ‘A’ 2/1 – Deshan Tilanka put Commercial Bank ahead and Damith Bandara scored the equalizer and the winning goal came from Nuwan Mahara for HNB.
Division ‘B’ – A hat-trick by Rasika Vishwajith gave Allianz Insurance a convincing 5/2 victory over Hayleys Group, Gihan Peiris and Udara Gintota netted a goal each for Allianz, while both goals for Hayleys were scored by Bodhika Dias.
In another game in the same division, HSBC picked up a thrilling 3/2 win over Commercial Bank’s “B” team. Dilshan Laheer, S. Soundarajan and Ashan Ratnayake scored for the winners, Jaliya Dollawa and Sudarshana Dissanayake scored for the losers. Division ‘C’ – Singer Sri Lanka Vs. Seylan Bank ended in a draw.
Seylan Bank was held for the second time, this time by Browns Group, 2- all. Pathum Proboda and Nilusha Kahingala sounded the boards for Seylan. Tryston Nicola and Mohamed Irshad scored for the Browns.
Game 3 in the same division was a thriller all the way, where John Keells Group took a 1-0 victory over HNB ‘B’ team, the lone goal came off the stick of Godwyn Solomon.
The tournament will continue on Saturday June 4 at the same location, starting at 7:30 a.m.
Match Card – Sampath Bank Vs. Commercial Bank ‘A’ (“A” Division), Commercial Bank ‘B’ Vs. Hayleys (“B” Division), HNB ‘B’ Vs. Browns (“C” Division), John Keells Vs. Seylan Bank (‘C’ Division), Allianz Insurance Vs. HSBC (‘B’ Division) and HNB ‘B’ Vs. Singer (‘C’ Division).