Pathana rugby kicks off again

By Samiddha Kalmith Rathnayake
After almost two months of enforced hibernation the Isipathana first XV rugby team is entitled to participate in the schools tournament again. No doubt the set-back they faced will motivate them to prove their class and regain their rightful place in the schools rugby arena.

Isipathana, who emerged as a real power in schools rugby during the late eighties has established their own distinctive brand of the game. In 1997 they bagged the league championship, President’s trophy, the Sevens and the Western Province 10’s. They repeated the feat in 1999. This is a feat that no other school has achieved to-date.

During their heyday in rugby this high profile school had many renowned captains like Selwyn Sallay, who is also their Rugby Committee Chairman this year. He captained the side in 1986 when they went on to win the triple championship.

“No doubt, we are a real force in the arena, and most of the so-called strong teams also have second thoughts when it comes to facing our challenge,” he said. “But I think it is our team-work that has brought us here. Even after the recent hiccups, boys are really pumped up to give their best in the remaining games,” he said.
“These hard working players are our real strength. If not for them we wouldn’t have been such a strong outfit. They are ready to undergo any sort of hardships for the school and have deep feelings for their Alma Mater. That keeps them motivated at a game,” Sallay pointed out as the secret behind Isipathana’s success.

It is not a hypothetical matter if one says that the Pathana team comprises a bunch of very energetic youth who are perhaps the fittest outfit in each year’s rugby season. The tradition is such that every kid who becomes a student at this Buddhist school wants to represent the college rugby team. “That’s our pride and most of the other schools and even Sri Lankan rugby also heavily depend on our pupils. On most occasions it is our products that run the rugby scene. Whether it is as a coach or as a referee, many past Isipathanians play their role in the rugby scene to perfection today,” Sallay said with pride.

Isipathana has to play another four more matches to finish their season. After the court verdict they played their first game with Ananda which saw them adding another victory (43-6) to their tally. Trinity, S. Thomas’, Royal and St. Anthony’s are the rest of the matches they have to play to complete the season.
“We haven’t fixed any dates for the remaining matches but I’m sure that we can play them in the near future,” confirmed Sallay.


World Cup cricket lovers score big with Suntel

Suntel concluded its 2007 World Cup Cricket competition by awarding several lucky winners exciting prizes recently. The SMS trivia competition which began from April 1 on Suntel’s CDMA network, encouraged cricket lovers around the country to test their knowledge of the game and win a range of home appliances and office equipment courtesy of Suntel.
Prizes ranging from 29’’ Flat Screen TV’s, Desktop PC’s, Home Theatre Systems, Washing Machines, Microwave Owens and gift vouchers were handed out to the lucky winners.
As the start up procedure customers were requested to register with Suntel for the competition by typing ‘QUIZ’ and sending an SMS to 1417. Thereafter, customers were quizzed on cricket trivia with choices of multiple answers appearing on their phone display. Questions were based on past and current World Cup Cricket matches, teams and individual players.
The competition encouraged all CDMA customers who have the facility of SMS across all CDMA handset phones to revel in the sport and catch the world cup fever by scoring their own runs and points in Cricket.
T.M.D. de Silva from Colombo was the winner. Winners also included L.A.D.M. Rupasinghe and L.A.C.L. Rupasinghe from Kandy, A.M. Mutafar from Trincomalee, M.A.H.M. Waffa from Kegalle, N.S. Weerasinghe from Ratnapura, E.K.I. Francis from Kandy, U.M. Peiris from Chilaw, N. Ediriweera from Kurunegala, S.M.M. Rafeek from Kalmunai, P.C.S. Perera from Panadura, R. Ravichandran from Kandy, P.C.K.K. Navaratne from Kurunegala, G.G. Somasiri from Kalutara and M.U.M. Azwer from Colombo.


Boxing legend Derrick Raymond is no more

Mariks from Kandy
Derrick Raymond the famous boxing coach from the hills who gave of his best to St. Sylvester’s College and Kandy boxing passed way in England a few days back.
This talented coach was attached to the Peradeniya University and was a long-standing coach of St. Sylvester’s College. He has produced champion teams and top class boxers of the calibre of Gunaratne Brothers, Lloyd Hope, Neville Herathge, D. Cooray, Ellesworth Perera, Bulner brothers - Malcolm, Michael and Noel (of the them Malcolm was the best, and he went on to represent the country at the 0lympics and later was chosen to represent Australia at the 0lympics but had to step down due to a technical matter) M. Reyal, T.S. Hassan, M. Azwer, Nimal Lewke, A Chin, and J. Peterson.
Boxers like Nimal Lewke, Malcolm Bulner and Ellesworth, have even beaten national champions while yet at school.


Lankan drivers excel in Phase I

A Motor Racing Championship, which could be considered as a landmark in the history of Motor Racing Sports of Sri Lanka, commenced last June in India, after several decades. It was organised by the Asian Motor Racing Club. The speciallity of this championship was that it was only for Sri Lankan Formula Motor Racing Drivers who participated in India, which was conducted according to International Rules, under the supervision of International Judges.
This championship was named as A.M.R.C. Formula L.G.B. Championship. The first, second and third places of the first phase were won by S. A. Harsha, Nadeera Jinasena and M. Amadoru respectively. In the second event which was held subsequently, the first, second and third places were also won by M. Amadoru, Nadeera Jinasena and S. A. Harsha respectively.
Accordingly, S. A. Harsha and M. Amadoru, hold the first place of the first phase of A.M.R.C. Formula L.G.B. championship jointly with a score of l7 points each, while Nadeera Jinasena, holds the second place with a score of 16 points.
At the Completion of first phase of AM.R.C. Formula L.G.B. Championship and trophies were awarded to the winners. Several special invitees, who are connected to the Formula Motor Racing in India, including Narayan Kathkeyan, a leading Formula One Driver of India, were present at the occasion. After the presentation of trophies, N. Kathekayan, announced that the standard of Motor Racing in Sri Lanka was of a high standard and that he was highly impressed by the skills displayed by the Sri Lankan competitors.
The Asian Motor Racing Club, the organisers of this championship, agreed to sponsor 50% of the traveling expenses to be incurred by S. A. Harsha and M. Amadoru, to visit India to participate in the second phase and to sponsor 25% of the traveling expenses to be incurred by Nadeera Jinasena.
Parallel to the above event, the first phase of another championship, called Formula Rolon, was also held on June l7th in Coimbatore with the participation of competitors from the Asian Region. Although Dinesh Jayawardena, Romani de Silva, Rohan de Silva and Riyaz Farook were scheduled to represent Sri Lanka in this championship, due to some defects in vehicles Rohan de Silva and Riyaz Farook did not participate in the event. Dinesh Jayawardane and Romani de Silva, who participated, obtained the 6th and 8th places respectively.
A training and practice session for Sri Lankan competitors was also conducted with the participation of several Indian international Racing Drivers and Trainers.
Sri Lanka competitors who participated in the first phase, stated that it was a valuable experience for them and that they got the opportunity to get experience and knowledge with regard to participating in international motor racing competitions.
The Asian Motor Racing Club pointed out that the main reason for organising this championship is to provide an opportunity to Sri Lankan racing Drivers to get international exposure and to improve their skills.
The Asian Motor Racing Club is now making arrangements to hold the second phase of the A.M.R.C. Formula L.G.B. championship on July 15. Sri Lankan competitors who wish to participate in the second phase, are invited to apply once again to Asian Motor Racing Club, 284, Vauxhall Street, Colombo 2.


Women’s athletics back on track

The Women’s Athletics Championship organised by the Athletic Association of Sri Lanka was held on June 23 and 24 at the Sugathadasa Stadium.
Though the championship originated in 1979 the organisers failed to continue holding the event for some years. But with the new committee being appointed, the organisers are confident of continuing it without any interruptions.
At this year’s event around 1800 athletes took part from schools and clubs islandwide. At the presentation ceremony the following trophies were awarded to the winners:
n Nirmala Dissanayake Challenge Trophy for the most outstanding woman athlete - Menaka Wickramasingha of the Sri Lanka Army for the 400 M (53.83 sec)
n Susanthika Jayasinghe Challenge Trophy for the most outstanding athlete in the under 20 category - R.H. Amali Nisansala of Senanayake MMV Madampe for the 400 M (59.12 sec)
n Sriyani Kulawansa Challenge Trophy for the most outstanding athlete in the under 18 category - Shamalka Anandagoda of Mahamaya Balika Vidyalaya Kandy for the 100 M (12.57 sec)
n K.V. Damayanthi Darsha Challenge Trophy for the most outstanding athlete in the under 16 category - G.A.I.S. Dayananda of Ferguson Girls High School Ratnapura for the 100 M (12.88 sec)
n Thilaka Jinadasa Challenge Trophy for the most outstanding athlete in the under 14 category - Akshana Maralanda of Kandy District for the 100 M (13.26 sec)
n K.G. Badra Challenge Trophy for the most outstanding athlete in the under 12 category - Sajini Fernando of St. Sebastian’s Girls School Moratuwa for the 100 M (14.31 sec) (SKR)


Trinity under 13 hockey champions

Trinity College under 13 hockey team led by S. Sudarshan, won the Kandy Schools under 13 championships, they also remained unbeaten in the tournament.
In the final they beat Sri Rahula College Katugastota by 4 goals to nil. Kasun Jayasinghe, the vice-captain netted three goals and S. Sudarshan one.
In the final Trinitians, who are under the watchful eye of Kelum Shanthasiri, a qualified coach with years of experience, gave a good display of run and pass hockey. It was nice to see the young lads in action playing really good hockey.
0n the way to the finals they won all their matches as follows: Dharamaraja ‘A’ 2 – 1 (Kasun Jayasinghe 1 goal, Y. Vinothraj 1), Dharamaraja ‘B’ 8 - 0 (Kasun Jayasinghe 5 goals, C Jayasundara 2, S Sudarshan 1), Meddikdiwella 4 – 1 ((Kasun Jayasinghe 3 goals, Y Vinothraj 1), Sri Sumangala 1 – 0 (Kasun Jayasinghe 1), St. Anthony’s 2 – 0 (Kasun Jayasinghe 2 goals), Kingswood 2 – 0 (Kasun Jayasinghe 2 goals).
A big hand should go to the captain of the side S. Sudarshan for leading the side from the front. He was well backed by his deputy Kasun Jayasinghe who played excellent hockey to end with a season’s tally of 18 goals. (Mariks)


Schools football on July 7, 8

SportsLine Marketing (Pvt) Limited, the hosts of Sri Lanka’s First Sports website –www.srilankasports.com has made all arrangements to hold an under 19 Schools Football (Futsal) tournament - “Sri Lankasports.com – Pro Sport Futsal Challenge 2007 together with the Football Federation of Sri Lanka (FFSL) and in association with the Schools Football Association.
This will be a two-day event and it will be held on July 7 and 8 at the Astro Turf (artificial hockey ground) at Reid Avenue Colombo. The event will be sponsored by Hemas Marketing’s Pro Sport Brand.
It will be the first ever under 19 Futsal tournament in Sri Lanka with the top 24 soccer playing schools participating. The schools have been drawn in six groups.
A- Hameed Al Hussein College - Colombo, Lumbini College - Colombo, Dharmapala MV - Pannipitiya, St. Aloysius College - Galle.
B- St Thomas’ College - Matara, Wickramabahu National School - Gampola, Ananda College - Chilaw, De Mazenod College – Kandana.
C- Royal College - Colombo, Hindu College - Colombo, St. Peter’s College - Colombo, Zahira College – Colombo .
D- S. Thomas’ College – Mt Lavinia, Wesley College - Colombo, Al Humaisara MV - Beruwala, Maris Stella College - Negombo.
E- Ananda College - Colombo, St Benedict’s College – Colombo, Wayamba Royal - Kurunegala, St. Joseph’s College - Colombo.
F- Holy Cross College - Kalutara, Dharmaraja College - Kandy, St Anne’s College - Kurunegala, Dharmadutha MV – Badulla.










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