Bradby Shield Encounter

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The Bradby Shield
Sport Rugby Union
Timeline 19451 – present
Tournament format Annual two-legged encounter
Participants Royal College
Trinity College
Current champion Trinity College
Most successful Trinity: 39 wins
Royal: 30 wins
Biggest winning margin Royal: 83 - 0 (2002)
Most consecutive wins Trinity: 6 wins (1952 - 1957)
1 Although played as the Bradby only from 1945, the series has been held uninterrupted since 1920. The 2008 Second Leg encounter was the 150th match between the two schools

The Bradby Shield Encounter - commonly known as "The Bradby" - is the blue ribbon of Sri Lanka's school rugby union season. It is played annually between two of the most prestigious schools in the country and traditional rivals Royal College, Colombo, and Trinity College, Kandy. The encounter consists of two legs, one being played in the Royal College Sports Complex in Colombo, and the other in Trinity College Rugby Stadium in Pallekelle. The winner is decided on the aggregate of the scores from these two matches, usually played a few weeks apart. The Bradby is generally played in late August or early September and is the most watched rugby match in the country, drawing more spectators than either inter-club or international fixtures.It is also an important social event of the Sri Lanka's elite drawing over 20,000 spectators and watched live on television by millions more.[1]

History[edit]

Royal College and Trinity College were the first elite schools in Sri Lanka to take up the sport of rugby union, and the first historic match between these schools was played on the 31st of July, 1920. This was made a yearly encounter, with Trinity College winning for the first 21 years, until the Royalists recorded their first victory in 1941. In 1945, the principal of Royal College, E.L. Bradby,[2] put forward the idea of playing an annual two-match series, to which the principal of Trinity College, Mr C. E. Simithraaratchy, readily agreed. To ensure the success of the series, Principal Bradby offered a shield which was to be held for a period of one year by the winner of the series. The series has been played annually and uninterrupted ever since.

The Shield[edit]

The Shield, designed and made by Kandian silversmiths was donated by Principal E.L. Bradby on his departure from Ceylon in 1945. It is a wooden disk decorated with intricate traditional Kandyan silver works.

On winning the series, the shield is presented to the winning teams captain at an award ceremony held on the playing field immediately following the end of the second leg. The winning team is then privileged to hand the shield over to their school, where it is kept on display until next year, where it will again be up for grabs.

Venue[edit]

One leg of the Bradby Shield Encounter is played in Colombo and the other in Kandy. The venue for the game in Colombo had been Sugathadasa Stadium until matches were transferred to the Royal College Rugby Ground in the early 2000s. The Kandy venue was the Bogambara Stadium, but the second leg of the 68th Bradby would be played in Trinity's home ground; Pallekelle Stadium

Past winners[edit]

Year 1st Leg 2nd Leg Winners
RC TC RC TC
1945 03 00 00 06 Trinity
1946 00 00 00 08 Trinity
1947 00 00 00 06 Trinity
1948 06 05 08 06 Royal
1949 05 03 08 08 Royal
1950 03 06 03 05 Trinity
1951 19 03 13 05 Royal
1952 00 12 00 12 Trinity
1953 00 13 03 13 Trinity
1954 00 05 05 06 Trinity
1945–1954 Trinity 7 - Royal 3

Matches 20

  • Trinity 11
  • Royal 7
  • Drawn 2
Year 1st Leg 2nd Leg Winners
RC TC RC TC
1955 00 00 00 06 Trinity
1956 00 15 00 11 Trinity
1957 03 08 08 09 Trinity
1958 06 00 00 00 Royal
1959 05 00 06 00 Royal
1960 03 05 00 08 Trinity
1961 06 03 08 00 Royal
1962 05 00 00 09 Trinity
1963 06 06 00 05 Trinity
1964 03' 00 14 06 Royal
1955–1964 Trinity 6 - Royal 4

Matches 20

  • Trinity 9
  • Royal 8
  • Drawn 3
Year 1st Leg 2nd Leg Winners
RC TC RC TC
1965 08 03 03 03 Royal
1966 03 03 03 08 Trinity
1967 03 07 03 08 Trinity
1968 19 00 05 03 Royal
1969 00 08 03 09 Trinity
1970 03 19 12 16 Trinity
1971 22 03 "-" "-" Royal
1972 09 08 03 10 Trinity
1973 18 04 04 12 Royal
1974 03 18 09 12 Trinity
1966–1974 Trinity 6 - Royal 4

Matches 19

  • Trinity 11
  • Royal 6
  • Drawn 2
Year 1st Leg 2nd Leg Winners
RC TC RC TC
1975 13 11 21 03 Royal
1976 36 00 25 06 Royal
1977 06 12 04 10 Trinity
1978 00 00 08 04 Royal
1979 03 04 18 00 Royal
1980 07 03 16 03 Royal
1981 03 16 10 03 Trinity
1982 06 09 04 06 Trinity
1983 06 14 10 06 Trinity
1984 06 00 06 00 Royal
1975–1984 Trinity 4 - Royal 6

Matches 20

  • Trinity 7
  • Royal 12
  • Drawn 1
Year 1st Leg 2nd Leg Winners
RC TC RC TC
1985 09 18 04 03 Trinity
1986 03 06 03 07 Trinity
1987 03 07 03 19 Trinity
1988 24 00 13 00 Royal
1989 09 03 09 03 Royal
1990 23 08 06 00 Royal
1991 04 12 10 25 Trinity
1992 03 03 00 00 Tied
1993 03 00 10 03 Royal
1994 10 03 08 08 Royal
1985–1994 Trinity 4 - Royal 5 Tied-1

Matches 20

  • Trinity 8
  • Royal 9
  • Drawn 3
Year 1st Leg 2nd Leg Winners
RC TC RC TC
1995 03 06 06 22 Trinity
1996 03 30 03 12 Trinity
1997 06 14 18 11 Trinity
1998 18 20 42 11 Royal
1999 10 19 07 13 Trinity
2000 25 32 20 17 Trinity
2001 12 06 16 00 Royal
2002 39 00 44 00 Royal
2003 13 11 13 08 Royal
2004 41 06 10 00 Royal
1995–2004 Trinity 5 - Royal 5

Matches 20

  • Trinity 9
  • Royal 11
  • Drawn 0
Year 1st Leg 2nd Leg Winners
RC TC RC TC
2005 06 36 07 33 Trinity
2006 10 21 05 26 Trinity
2007 20 12 15 11 Royal
2008 12 24 08 00 Trinity
2009 23 12 31 15 Royal
2010 38 37 34 17 Royal
2011 33 25 5 40 Trinity
2012 11 34 20 36 Trinity
2013 25 37 13 09 Trinity
2014 16 28 18 19 Trinity
2005–2014 Trinity 7 - Royal 3

Matches 20

  • Royal 11
  • Trinity 9
  • Drawn 0

Overall Bradby Shield Record

  • Played 139
  • Royal 62
  • Trinity 66
  • Drawn 11

Notable persons who have played[edit]

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The Souvenir[edit]

Since 1977, the Interact Club of Royal College publishes the "Bradby Shield Souvenir" to mark the Colombo leg of the match.[4]

Bradby Express[edit]

The Bradby Express was the name given to the normal Intercit Express train service provided by the Sri Lanka Railways which was filled with students and old boys from both schools heading for the Kandy leg of the encounter - hence the name the Bradby Express. Originating from the 1950s it was continued annually until the mid-1980s when it was stopped due to security concerns with the escalation of the Sri Lankan Civil War and the Insurrection 1987-89.

The Royal College Group of 2007 booked a private train, and named it The Bradby Express for the Royalists traveling up for the encounter. It should be noted that the current train is not the traditional Bradby Express in that it is neither the normal intercity train, nor does it cater to an equal number of passengers from both colleges, as did the old train.[5]

Trivia[edit]

  • Old Boys of both schools use the Bradby as a convenient time to organize get-togethers, and to engage in much revelry...
  • The record for the largest margin of victory was set in 2002 by Royal College, winning on an aggregate of 83-00.
  • In 1983, the Principal and Mrs. E. L. Bradby visited Sri Lanka as the guests of The Royal College Union for the Second Leg match - this was the centenary Rugby Football match between Royal and Trinity.
  • The 2008 Second Leg encounter in Kandy was the 150th match between Royal and Trinity.
  • In 70 Contests so far, Trinity leads the series having won the shield on no less than 39 occasions. Royal have won the shield on 30 occasions. Both Bradby encounters in 1992 ended in draws, 0-0 in Kandy and 3-3 in Colombo, thus creating history as the first and so far the only "Tied" Bradby.
  • The highest sequence of wins in the series is 6; by Trinity, between 1952-1957. Royal won the shield 4 years back to back from 2001-2004. Trinity is currently on 4 year winning streak, having won in 2011,2012,2013 & 2014.
  • In 2010, a total of 126 points was scored by both teams(Royal 72 - Trinity 54) which is a series record.
  • Only 1 encounter was played between the schools in 1971 due to security reasons. The Shield was presented to Royal College on the result of the 1st leg, at an assembly by the then principal of Trinity College; Mr E.L.Fernando.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ A Passion for Rugby in an Unexpected Place, The New York Times
  2. ^ "Sacred to the memory of Principal E". Rootsweb.com. 1941-12-07. Retrieved 2010-09-07. 
  3. ^ "DI-P11-08-09-(P)-KUR.qxd" (PDF). Retrieved 2010-09-07. 
  4. ^ Brief History of the Interact Club of Royal College
  5. ^ "The Bradby express". Sundaytimes.lk. Retrieved 2010-09-07. 

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