With Richmond being vested with the Government the new Principal Mr. Welikala introduced many new innovations and sports as well. Perhaps the sports that were introduced by him were all played at his former posting – Maliyadewa College, Kurunegala.
Hockey was not played in Galle or at Richmond in the 60’s or before that. In 1963 a residential Hockey Training Camp was held at Richmond College by the Hockey governing body to introduce Hockey in the Southern Province. Many schools in the Southern Province took part in the training camp which was conducted by many National Players and many of them were from Matale where Hockey flourish even to date. The camp was conducted with the sole idea of forming a hockey team to participate in the Hockey Nationals which were to be held in Kandy the following year. At the end of the training camp about twenty boys were selected from various schools with the majority being from Richmond. They were further trained and finally a team was selected of which twelve players of the team of fourteen were from Richmond and they represented the Southern Province in the School’s Hockey Nationals of 1964.
The team was once again coached by Captain E. C. Fernando who played Hockey and Rugger for the Ceylon Army. The team was captained by Nihal Samaraweera SSP Sri Lanka Police (rtd) who represented Richmond at Cricket and later on went to play for the Mahinda team. Samaraweera who came to Richmond from Kingswood had played Hockey at his previous school with distinction and was an automatic choice to lead the team and he was selected to the Sri Lanka team. The team although not officially in the fray for the trophy played all provinces and lost all their games except one which was a drawn game due to lack of experience.
1967 sounded the death knell for Hockey at Richmond after a serious injury caused to a player of another school and the game was wrongly contused as a dangerous sport and given up. However a former Sri Lanka Hockey national Mr. G. B. Nelson de Silva left no stone upturned to revive hockey in Galle and his efforts finally paid. Incidently he was one of those who were instrumental with the Hockey Training Camp in the 60’s.
Hockey was revived at Richmond in 1982 and the game has gone from strength to strength. The credit of Richmond’s successes at Hockey goes to Mr. G. B. Nelson de Silva and the school is forever indebted to him. Currently Hockey is played at three levels of age groups – under 15, 17 and 19. Richmond is proud for having produced many Sri Lanka Schools National Players with one of them becoming the Vice Captain.