Fijian Sevens legend may coach Lanka
Allaam Ousman in Dubai
DUBAI – Fijian Sevens legend Waisale Serevi looks forward to
the opportunity and challenge of coaching ‘little teams’ like Sri Lanka,
according to a report in the Khaleej Times.
He expressed interest when approached by the Chief Executive Officer of the Sri
Lanka Rugby Football Union (SLRFU) Dilroy Fernando who was here as a referee at
the Dubai Rugby Sevens held here last weekend.
When asked by the Khaleej Times, the mercurial Fijian rugby star affirmed
interest. “I have got lot of opportunities. I would love to help little teams,”
said Serevi after leading South Sea Drifters to the International Invitation
title with a 35-10 victory against Sporting Chance.
Fernando admitted approaching Serevi for a three-year contract.
“Negotiations are in the early stages. We want to select a pool of 30 contracted
players on a three-year programme.”
The diminutive Serevi showed that he has not lost his magical touch creating
most of the try-scoring opportunities and displaying his football skills by
converting all seven tries.
Serevi who was player cum coach in last year’s IRB World Sevens Series said that
he has still not retired from the sport and has hopes of making a farewell
appearance in his favourite hunting ground – the Hong Kong Sevens.
In fact his team of South Sea Drifters comprises future Fijian stars.
“They are the future of Fiji. We are building them up for the future,” he said.
Asked about the state of Fijian rugby, he said it was in safe hands and they had
a good bunch of young players. However, Fiji lost in the Cup final to reigning
IRB World Sevens Series champions New Zealand 31-21.
Although age will eventually catch up with him, the 39-year-old entertainer par
excellence said he is fit because he does not smoke or drink.
Asked whether he misses the big stage, he said: “I don’t miss anything. I’m
On the Dubai Sevens he said “it is growing and getting bigger.”
Brearley to open
MCC Centre of Excellence and cricket ground
post-Tsunami fundraising efforts will culminate on Monday 15 December with the
official opening of the MCC Centre of Excellence and a new, purpose-built
cricket ground and training facility in Hikkaduwa, near Galle.
MCC will celebrate the opening of these facilities by holding a special Twenty20
match and a three-day, MCC Spirit of Cricket Challenge camp for local primary
school children - the first time MCC’s grassroots initiative has taken place
Over £650,000 was raised by MCC through a specially arranged cricket match at
Lord’s in June 2005 that featured 22 of the world’s best players. Charities and
organisations to benefit included the British Red Cross, Leonard Cheshire, Sri
Lanka Cricket and The Foundation for Goodness (a charity supported by Muttiah
An MCC delegation, lead by Club President, Mike Brearley and Secretary & Chief
Executive, Keith Bradshaw, will fly out to Sri Lanka to oversee proceedings.
Mike Brearley said:
“I am very much looking forward to seeing these post-Tsunami recovery projects.
I was heartened by the response of MCC Members and public alike when the one-off
fundraising match was arranged in 2005 and am pleased that, as a result, we
could help to rebuild an area that was greatly affected by the events of
“With a remit to help to develop the game worldwide, it will be fitting that
surrounding all this activity will be an MCC Spirit of Cricket Challenge camp,
in which - you never know - our coaches might unearth the next Murali or Malinga.”
Keith Bradshaw added: “Many important and worthwhile causes have benefitted from
MCC’s fund raising and vital facilities have been built, repaired or improved as
a result. Equally important for MCC is to ensure a long-lasting, positive legacy
is left in the region. This is why monies have been set aside for the ongoing
maintenance costs of the MCC Centre of Excellence and cricket ground in
Hikkaduwa - to ensure that both projects can thrive now and in the future.
“It will also be great to see Test cricket return to the wonderful Galle
Stadium. I remember it, pre-Tsunami. In 2004 I was a spectator at the ground for
the Sri Lanka v Australia Test. It was Ricky Ponting’s first Test Match as
captain and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Having that extra affinity with the ground
I look forward to seeing cricket return there, knowing MCC has played its part
in making it happen.”
Events on Saturday 15th December will begin when Mike Brearley officially opens
the MCC Centre of Excellence at 10.30am. At midday, MCC and their guests will
make the short journey to the Sri Sumangala College Cricket Ground to open the
new facility and oversee the first day of the MCC Spirit of Cricket Challenge
Camp. The Challenge Camp - delivered by
TomTom nation, the specialist grassroots agency - will be attended by 120
children from local state schools, who will be given a fun introduction to the
game and taught the basics. Members of the England and Sri Lankan Test squads
will be on hand to join in and provide coaching tips to the children.
Finally, at 1.30pm, Keith Bradshaw will lead an MCC XI against a local Sri
Lankan XI in a celebratory Twenty20 match. MCC’s team will include former Sri
Lankan Test Cricketers Aravinda de Silva and Siddath Wettimuny.
Where the money was spent:
• £200,000 to Leonard Cheshire, who run projects throughout Sri Lanka;
• £166,000 to the building and maintenance of the MCC Centre of Excellence.
Run by The Foundation for Goodness, MCC is the primary sponsor of the Centre
that contains various sports facilities, a business skills centre, a school,
accommodation and a medical centre;
• £150,000 to the building and maintenance of a purpose-built cricket ground
with training facilities at Sri Sumangala College, Hikkaduwa;
• £100,000 to British Red Cross, who run projects throughout Sri Lanka; and
• £41,000 to Sri Lanka Cricket towards the rebuilding of the Galle Test Match
Stadium, specifically to help build the main media / grandstand.
The two venues in use on 15th December, and their address details are: MCC
Centre of Excellence, Temple Rd, Seenigama, Hikkaduwa; and Sri Sumangala College
Cricket Grounds, Baddegama Road, Hikkaduwa.
The third Sri Lanka v England Test Match will start in Galle on 18th December.
MCC has over 22,000 Members worldwide.
55th Badminton Nationals
By Dhammika Ratnaweera
“All National players are in good from and a high standard of
badminton could be expected at the 55th Senior National Badminton
Championships,” said Amanda Weerasinghe President of the Sri Lanka Badminton
The Senior National Badminton Championships, which started last Friday, is the
main tournament in the badminton association calendar. The finals will be held
on Monday 10th at the Royal College Sports Complex, Reid Avenue from 5 p.m.
The badminton chief said: “Our world rankings have never been better than this
and it is very clear our standard has improved with players getting more
“The Karunaratne brothers Diluka and Dinuka reached the 64th in the world
rankings in the men’s doubles, while top national player Niluka, the eldest
Karunaratne, is ranked 91st in the world in the men’s singles category.
“Top women players, Chandrika de Silva and Thilini Jayasinghe reached the world
ranking of 100 at women’s doubles. This is the first time our shuttlers came up
to such ratings.”
The much needed financial backing appears to be coming in now for badminton.
“Sri Lanka Badminton has started to show results with the assistance from two
major local Companies and one international equipment supplier - Yonex Sunrise.
The local companies involved are Sri Lanka Telecom who have been sponsoring all
the premier tournaments and Bank of Ceylon who have been sponsoring the
development programmes of Sri Lanka badminton.
“The opportunities given to our players to compete at international level is
paying off and our shuttlers have won tree gold medals in the Satellite
Championships in Iran and one gold medal in Syria,” said Weerasinghe who was
recently appointed Vice President of the Asian Badminton Confederation.
“This time the prize money of Rs.350, 000 on offer to the winners at the
nationals will be the highest paid out which should encourage greater effort
from competitors. It is good to see as many as 66 entries for the men’s singles
event this year,” added president Weerasinghe.
In the men’s single event Niluka Karunaratne, six-time national champ is once
again favourite to win, while Chandrika de Silva and Thilini Jayasinghe are
seeded 1st and 2nd respectively in the women’s singles event.
Ajith Wijayasinghe officiates as the match referee for this Senior Nationals and
B.A.C Fernando General Manager of Bank of Ceylon will be the chief guest at the
finals on December 10th.
4x4 Challenge 2007 – Change of plans
It was a long wait, but finally the “4x4 Challenge ‘07” is set to drive off in
mid-December; the venues and dates have changed due to the prevailing security
conditions in the original location bordering Yala. The finale of the four wheel
drive events for year 2007, which is undoubtedly the toughest and Four Wheel
Drive Club’s (FWDC) flagship event has now been shifted to areas around the
central part of Sri Lanka.
The “4x4 Challenge ‘07” is re-scheduled to December14 – 16 keeping to the
original event concept of 3 challenging competitions namely Prolog Stage,
Special Stages (Skills) and Camping Skills.
The vehicle scrutinizing and Prolog Stage is in Colombo today at Waters Edge.
This will allow the off road sport enthusiasts to check out the specially
designed vehicles prior to the competition. All competitors are required to take
part on the prolog session and earn points to be ranked with competition numbers
for the Special Stages that will be held on the 14th & 15th of December.
The trails for the Special Stages have been selected to give the competitors the
ultimate in off-roading adventure. Since this year’s Special Stages will be on
trails that will run through extreme jungle conditions, spectators will only be
able to witness the final stage of the event at Waters Edge.
As usual each 4x4 will comprise of a driver and a co-driver who would have to
complete all tasks consecutively. The challenge will be worked off on an
expedition style route which would not be announced prior to the event where
competitors will have to battle the terrain through Special Stages to reach
campsites whilst carrying their own camping gear.
The grand finale will be back in Colombo on a man-made track on the 16th of
December commencing at 9 am at Waters Edge, Battaramulla. FWDC will make
arrangements to have a fun day for all those who are interested in joining and
experiencing the thrills of off-roading. A specially designed track will be
prepared for the novices and an event for the ladies who would like to have a go
with the tough boy’s toys at Waters Edge. These novice events will be held in
the morning session. After two days of tough off-roading in the extreme jungles,
all 4x4 Challenge competitors will start to arrive from 9.00 am onwards to line
up for the final stage of the event in front of a record crowd expected.
The novices’ event scheduled for the 16th of December is open for everyone
owning a SUV with working 4x4 systems liking to test their skills and vehicle
The hardcore “4x4 Challenge 2007” competitors will take on a more demanding
obstacle course designed at the same venue as their final stage of the event
straight after the novices’ show. The awards ceremony will also be held on the
same day at Waters Edge which will culminate with an evening full of
entertainment and telecasting of the challenge video captured in the jungle
trails for everyone’s enjoyment.
Entries received as at now include veteran 4x4 drivers Indika Sanjaya and Osanda
Maligaspe who have done exceptionally well in previous 4x4 Challenges at Nuwara
Eliya Lake Cross events not forgetting the performances at Rain Forest
Challenge, Suresh Chathuranga all driving Land Rovers, Amal Wickramarachi
(Winner 4x4 Challenge ‘06) and Roshan Rathnayake driving Nissan Patrols, Amal
Wijerathne (Winner 4x4 Derby ’07, 1st runner-up 4x4 Challenge ’06), Deepthi
Perera (1st runner- up SLARDAR 1000 4X4 Rally ’07, 2nd runner-up 4x4 Derby ’07),
Ajith Fernando, Sam Chandrasoma all driving petrol driven Jeep Wranglers
representing “Team Jeep” backed by the local agents Dimo’s, motor racing
specialists Rohan Dhammapala and Nishan Wasalathanthri, Pubudu Wickrama (2nd
runner up 4x4 Challenge ’06), Warner Orloff, Saranga Gunawardena driving Toyota
4x4’s, Shenal Fernando, Buddhi Goonesekera, Viraj Rathnathilake driving
Mitsubishi 4x4’s, Fawmi Razak andRangana Fernando.
Main sponsor for this year’s event is Central Investments and Finance Ltd (CIFL)
co-sponsored by The Tough American 4x4’s ….. “Jeep” Distributed in Sri Lanka by
Dimo’s, Toyota Lanka Pvt Ltd, Outdoorsman – Agents for Mickey Thompson & T-Max
off road gear and Daily Mirror as the print media sponsor.
For further information regarding the event/ entry forms etc. please call
Reach Hotel felicitates Murali
It was time for celebrations as Muttiah Muralitharan made history at the
Asgiriya Stadium in Kandy on December 3rd 2007 by being crowned ‘Spin King’ of
the world. The hometown hero was welcomed back by staff, friends and guests at
the Mahaweli Reach Hotel where both the England and Sri Lankan teams have been
staying during the first Test played at Asgiriya. It was indeed a historic day
which was shared by all with pride.
Central Province Umpires Association Office Bearers
By Mariks from Kandy
National cricketer Chamara Kapugedera’s father, a well known umpire,
Lalith Kapugedera has created history by becoming the secretary of the Central
Province Cricket Umpires Association for the fourteenth successive year.
Lalith has given his best to the association together with his close associate
B.J. de Selfa and much more can be expected this time. Selfa who was attached to
the Kandy Municipal Council Play Grounds Department was also a top umpire at one
The office bearers: Patrons – Jayantha Dharmadasa, K. Ekanayake, S.
Kasthuriratne, Chapa Weeraratne.
President: N.B. Eriyagama. Vice Presidents: B.J. de Selfa and D.D.T Alwis.
Secretary: Lalith Kapugedera. Assistant Secretary: Tissa Guantilake. Treasurer:
H. Jayasekara. Committee: U.I. Hettiarchchi, S.M.Hettiarachchi, M. Gamage. Board
of Examiners: C. Bandara, S. Gamage. U.I. Hettiarachchi. Auditor: Upali
Thanks from Thilina
The president of the Kandy District Cricket Association, Thilina Tennakoon,
expressed his thanks to all those who worked hard to make the first Test in
Kandy between Sri Lanka and England a success.
He said that he was very disturbed over the issue of the sale of cricket balls
at Asgiriya which carried a forged signature of Muralitharan.
During this test there were some great moments when two Kandy products, Murali
and Sanga, went on to break world records and also it was the first time that
Sri Lanka beat England in Kandy. It was a great Test with both English and Sri
Lankan fans getting their monies worth.
State Services hockey team on tour
The State Services Hockey Association will participate in the Festa Hoki
tournament, which will be held in Penang, Malaysia from 14th December.
They hope to field two teams and will be playing a few exhibition matches in
Bangkok and Singapore on their way back.
The Kandy Association Football League inter-club “A” division tournament has
come to an end, with Kandy York SC and Golden Stars SC qualifying for the final.
The winners will receive Rs.50, 000 and the Telecom trophy and the runners-up
will receive Rs.25, 000.
The Sri Lanka Telecom sponsored football tournament saw some good football in
Kandy after a long spell.
Sean to lead Kandy
Sean Wijesinghe the former Trinity College flanker is expected to lead the
Kandy Sports Club rugger team in the next season. Sean, a fine third row forward
played for Trinity and later for Kandy Sports Club and Sri Lanka. He is an
excellent Player both in attack and defence with a lot of experience in the
He will be backed by a fine set of top class players most of whom have donned
the Sri Lankan jersey.
Former Kandy SC –three-quarter Radika Hettiarchchi is back in the hills, after a
years stint each with CH & FC and CR & FC.
Sri Lanka Football congratulates our cricketers
On behalf of the Sri Lanka Football Federation the President of the Federation
Hurley Silvera and Secretary Hafiz Marikar congratulate the Sri Lanka Cricketers
for wining the first Test against England in Kandy.
They also extend their congratulations to the two heroes, Muttiah Muralitharan
and Kumar Sangakkara for their excellent work with bat and ball.
Ratmalana CC win
Ratmalana CC beat Lankan CC in a Colombo District Division 111 cricket match
played at Lyceum International College, Wattala Ground., on 24th November.
Excellent batting by openers Indika Lakmal (85) and Mihiranga Wickremasinghe
(56) enabled Ratmalana to reach the total of 156 without loss in 23 overs.
Lankan CC 152 (42.2) (Shenal Amerasinghe 30, Duminda Pannila 31, Bandula
Dissanayake 23, Treshaman Frink 23, Kasela Chamara 3/36, Ranga Ratnayake 2/14)
Ratmalana CC 156 for no los (23) (Indika Lakmal 85 not out, Mihiranga
Wickramasinghe 56 not out)