The first ever inter faculty Scrabble tournament of University of Moratuwa was successfully held at university old gymnasium on 02nd of June with participation of over 30 undergraduates representing Engineering, IT and Architecture faculties of the university.
Scrabble is a widely played board game which has seen many Sri Lankan players emerging victorious at international level. Though UOM does not hold long history with this game, Scrabble has begun to gain attraction among university undergraduates during past couple of years.
As UOM also has many undergraduates who have played at inter-school and national level Scrabble tournaments and have received awards and colours for their outstanding performances, main target of organizing this event was to identify the potentials of new and current players and register this as a sport at UOM while looking forward for a championship at the inter university level.
At the end of the tournament, Faculty of Engineering grabbed the overall championship after facing stern fight from faculty of IT who emerged as runners up. Overall men’s championship was won by Faculty of Engineering and Faculty of Architecture got the second place while overall women’s championship was won by Faculty of IT and Faculty of Engineering emerged as runners up.
Individual Champion of men’s category was Rifat Mahamood of Faculty of Architecture with 4 wins out of 4 rounds with a +323 of marginal score and Ashan Wanasinghe of Faculty of Engineering won the second place with 3 wins out of 4 rounds with a marginal score of +739. Adheesha Gamage, Prabhathiya Herath and Dinith Atapattu of Faculty of Engineering grabbed other following places respectively. In women’s category Piumi Perera of Faculty of IT got the first place with 4 wins and +507 margins while Adithya Melagoda who represented Faculty of Engineering got the chance to win the second place with 3 wins and +508 margin. Nethmi Wijesinghe of Faculty of IT, Hirumi Randika of Faculty of Engineering and Jayami Alwis of Faculty of IT had other following places respectively.
Certificate for the highest word score was awarded to Piumi for scoring 86 with word “MELTINGS” while the highest single game scores were 522 points by Ashan and 515 points by Adithya respectively in men and women categories.
Spot prizes also were given for each round according to an assigned task in order to level up the competitive nature among players. Certificates for the winners and participants were distributed by the Treasurer of Scrabble Federation of Sri Lanka and Former Men’s Captain of the University of Kelaniya Scrabble team Mr. Sapumal Gamage and Former Men’s Captain of the UOM Scrabble team Mr. Arunan Sugunakumar. Both of them served as Tournament Officials for the Tournament too.
Special media coverage of the tournament was done by MoraSpirit Crew of UOM.