Y. C. Chang was one of Sri Lanka’s finest ruggerites-By Hafiz Marikar
Y. C. Chang
Y.C. Chang can easily be considered as one of the greatest ruggerites of all time in this country with an excellent track record, both as a player and administrator . He started his schooling at Carey College, Colombo and later came to Kandy as he knew this was the correct place to continue his studies and sports. He joined Trinity College, where he excelled in cricket as a ‘stumper’ at junior level and played junior rugger under the guidance of Hilary Abeyartne, but never played for the first XV rugby Team.
At club level, Chang can be rated as one of the best front-row forwards the country has seen. Records reveal that having played U/17 for Trinity College in 1959/60, he went over to Havelock Sports Club during the year 1961/63, thereafter he joined Kandy Sports Club in 1964 while he was a professional tea planter in the district of Kandy from 1964 to 1970 and captained the Kandy Sports club in 1967 and 1968, and also captained Up-Country in 1968 and 1970. While in Kandy, he was secretary of the Kandy SC in 1968 while being a player. In 1971 he left for Colombo for employment and joined the CH & FC, representing the club as player and coach, captaining the side in 1972 and winning the League title that year. He captained the Low- Country Clubs and the National Team at the Asiad in 1972.
‘YC’ as he is fondly known, played for Havelock S.C from 1961 to 1963, he was in Dr. Hubert Aloysius’ champion team that beat Dickoya-MCC in the last second of the game, off a penalty-kick at goal by a Kandy product Ken de Joodt in the Clifford Cup final.