Trophy Schools Rugby
makes it a hat-trick
M Naushad Amit
St. Peter’s skipper Poornaka Delpachithra made a memorable exit
from school rugby when he planted the only two tries to help his
side beat Isipathana in a thrilling finale by 16 (2 tries and 2
penalties) to 11 (1 try and 2 penalties) and retain the
President’s Trophy for the third consecutive year at the Royal
Sports Complex yesterday.
The deficit margin of the game was a try and the place kickers
played a vital role for both sides as the game turned out to be
a low scoring thriller with only three tries scored. Isipathana
had very little scoring opportunities compared with St. Peter’s.
They won four penalties but their scrum-half place kicker
Srinath Sooriyabandara managed to put over only two in addition
to the opening try of the game which came from No.8 Tharindu
The Peterites regular place kicker and fly-half Harsha
Weerakkody had to be replaced with full-back Amila Fernando who
was successful in both his attempts as the former blundered two
easy conversions and two penalties which was a 10 point
disadvantage in their final total. “If not for a few vital
mistakes and Weerakkody’s bad kicks we would have ended with a
good score. Weerakkody had a very bad day on the field,” said
Sanath Martis the coach of the champion side.
He admitted that Isipathana played their hearts out in a
tournament final which was also the school rugby season’s final
game. “Isipathana played their best game I think. Comparing with
the league match, they have changed a lot,” added Martis.
St. Peter’s faced an early blow when their chief playmaker, No.8
Ishan Noor faced a shoulder injury trying to prevent an
advancing Isipathana skipper Dinusha Chathuranga. During Noor’s
10 minute absence on the field the Peterites had to play with 14
men. Isipathana took advantage of the opportunity to score a try
off their No.8 Siriwardena and they took an early 5-nil lead.
St. Peter’s fought back the very next minute with an advancing
maul and flanker Delpachithra scored his first try to level the
score. Delpachithra broke-off from the maul in the 50 metre area
and advanced from the blind side towards the score line fooling
the entire Isipathana defence to plant his second try under the
After turning down the rampaging Isipathana forwards
successfully, St. Peter’s managed to add three more points
through a penalty when a Pathana defender was caught tackling a
Peterite forward. Full-back Fernando who took over Weerakkody’s
role as the place kicker made no mistake as the score went up
13-5. Isipathana’s scrum-half
Sooriyabandara who spearheaded a couple of fine break-through
attempts earlier put over a penalty to close gap down to 13-8 at
the end of first half.
More than a third of the second half was totally dominated by
the Peterites. During that period Fernando put over a penalty to
bring St. Peter’s to a safer ground at 16-8. But during the
final 10 minutes Isipathana fought back adding another 3 points
through a Sooriyabandara penalty. The Peterites evaded
Isipathana from blowing up their President’s Trophy hat-trick
with a solid defence till the final whistle. The match was
refereed by Priyantha Gunaratne.
St. John’s, Panadura Royal victorious
A last minute try by winger Hazry Amid secured St. John’s,
Nugegoda a win after trailing 5-7 in the first half to win the
Premier Trophy beating Piliyandala Central by 10 (2 tries) to 7
(1 goal). The match was controlled by Pradeep Fernando.
Royal, Panadura won the Chairman’s Trophy beating Maliyadeva,
Kurunegala by 22 (1 goal and 3 tries) to 5 (1 try). The winners
led 12-nil at the breather. Irshad Cader refereed the game.
Africa follow-on despite Prince century
LONDON: South Africa were bowled out for
247 - 346 runs behind England - and were forced to follow-on on
day three of the first Test at Lord’s on Saturday. By stumps
South Africa had made 13 without loss in their second innings.
Ashwell Prince made a determined eighth Test century, but it was
in vain as South Africa looked in dire trouble. England bowled
well as a unit but spinner Monty Panesar was the pick taking
4-74 off 26 overs.
Stuart Broad and Ryan Sidebottom took two each while James
Anderson dismissed Graeme Smith and took a superb catch.
Scores: England 593-8 decl. (156.2) (K Pietersen 152, I Bell
199, S Broad 76, Extras 48, M Morkel 4/121, P Harris 3/129)
South Africa 7-0 contd 247 (93.3) (N McKenzie 40, A Prince 101,
AB de Villiers 42, R Sidebottom 2/41, S Broad 2/88, M Panesar
4/74) and 13-0 (4) at close.
shows supremacy over Havies
By Samiddha Rathnayake
The second half burst by Havelock SC wasn’t enough to prevent
mighty Kandy SC from cruising to a 37 points (two goals, four
tries and a penalty) to 17 (two goals and a penalty) victory in
their ‘A’ division Caltex league rugby match played at Havelock
Many were hoping for a massacre of the innocent but at the end
of the day it was clear that the Havies were getting the maximum
use of home advantage. They tackled hard from the kick off
whistle to keep the heavy Kandy line at bay. The shackles were
finally broken by Sanjeewa Jayasinghe who with some swift twists
through the Havies defence line planted a try. Few minutes
after, Saliya Kumara managed a penalty conversion to take the
score up to eight. With their flanker, Dilip Kumara managing
another try, Kandy was looking to dominate the game. Adding to
the woes of the home side Fazil Marija’s try was converted by
Saliya Kumara. Before the breather Havies got their name in the
score board with a penalty conversion by Samantha Lakshan. Thus
the first half ended giving the visitors a big lead of 17
At the start of the second half, Kandy was looking to make it a
cake walk out of the home side. But after Pradeep Liyanage’s try
for Kandy, Havies looked to make inroads into the opponent’s
territory. They handled the ball quite impressively in the line
and got results by means of back to back goals. Lakshan planted
the first try and also converted it. Shafie Hassan planted the
second one for the home team which was also converted by Lakshan.
During those few minutes, Kandy was in a spot of bother facing
some unexpected waves from the Havelock front line. But it was
short lived as the winners soon gathered momentum to score a try
and a goal. Again, it was Jayasinghe who came to the rescue
scoring a crucial try. A few seconds before the final whistle
Gayan Weeraratne planted a try which was converted by Eranda
Weerakkody. The game was refereed by Dilroy Fernando.
Three-member committee accused
of discrepancies in report
The Jayantha Dharmadasa led group against whom
allegations have been brought with regard to the television deal
signed by Sri Lanka Cricket and Taj Television has accused the
three-member committee of distorting facts in presenting their
findings to the Sports Minister.
Sources close to the group said the proper picture had not been
given and that there were many discrepancies in the report. They
also questioned the validity of the Minister’s secretary heading
the committee and the partiality of the report as a result.
“We acted according to the gazette notification given to us by
the then Sports Minister Jeevan Kumaratunga which gave the
Interim Committee the right to take decisions without consulting
the Sports Minister,” the source stated.
They also stated that the members of the IC were kept fully
informed of the decisions taken and denied the accusation that
the minutes with regard to the deal was not presented to the IC
members for approval.
Further it was pointed out that the addenda dated September 30,
2005 had been approved by Minister Kumaratunga and that it was
unethical for the present Minister of Sports to cancel it.
The aggrieved party said that they would seek an appointment
with Sports Minister Gamini Lokuge and apprise him of the
Further Taj Television has said that any unlawful termination of
their contract which is due to run till 2012 would have severe
legal repercussions. The Sports Minister acting on the report
ordered Sri Lanka Cricket to terminate the contract with Taj
Television on Wednesday and call for new tenders for the period
from 2009-2012. The present contract which is due to expire at
the end of the year was extended by the Dharmadasa interim
committee for a further four years.
34th National Sports Festival
Western Province emerge
By Dhammika Ratnaweera
Nadeeka Muthunayaka of North Western Province established a new
Sri Lanka record in the women’s Shot Putt event when she cleared
a distance of 14.88 meters at the 34th National Sports Festival
which ended at the DA Rajapakse Stadium in Beliatta yesterday.
Muthunayaka was able to set up both games and national record
for this event erasing her previous national record distance of
14.45m established at the 2006 South Asian Games in Colombo. Her
previous meet record was 14.21m set up in Colombo last year.
Earlier on day two three meet records were set up by Olympic
prospect Nadeeka Lakmali of Southern Province in the women’s
Javelin Throw with a distance of 52.34 meters, women’s long
jumper NCD Priyadharshani of Western Province with 6.3 meters
and Padma Nandani Wijesundara in the women’s discus throw with a
distance of 44.34 meters. Wijesundara representing Uva Province
participating for a record 17th time in the National Sports
Festival erased her own meet record of 44.17 m established in
Western Province once again emerged overall champions with 51
gold medals, 28 silver medals and 28 bronze medals while Central
Province became runner up with 26 golds, 32 silver and 29 bronze
medals. North Western Province finished in third place with 23
golds, 23 silver and 18 bronze medals. Priyadharshani was
adjudged the most outstanding women’s athlete while Nayana Praba
Dharmaratne of Western was named best men’s athlete. The Sports
Festival was conducted by the Sports Ministry together with the
Southern Province Council Sports Ministry.
Lemonade Cup Schools Cricket
Madhawa Warnapura, captain of Nalanda College
cricket team receives the trophy for the All island best team
from Jit Gunaratne, president, sector head-consumer food sector
at the Elephant Lemonade Cup Schools Cricket Awards Night held
at the BMICH yesterday. (Pic by Ravindra Dharmatillake)