Pin Fernando Trophy golf down to final 16
The final 16 players in the 2011 Pin Fernando Trophy Golf tournament have been identified at the conclusion of the knockout phase for the 32 qualifiers. The tournament conducted by the Royal Colombo Golf Club (RCGC) is sponsored for the 11th year by United Tractor and Equipment (UTE).
The round of 32 of this year’s Pin Fernando Trophy was concluded on July 22 at the RCGC.
The 16 players who qualified for the next round are Stan Nell, SM Hameed, Wenders Shieh, Gihan de Silva, Ranjit Perera, RCGC President Sarath Piyaratne, Nimal Perera, Sanjeewa Wickramanayake, Romesh Abhayaratne, WAK Fernando, Ivor Maharoof, Sumedha Amarasinghe, present RCGC Club Champion Mangala Niyarepola, Sudath Kumar, Affli Raheem and Sarath Wickremeratne the oldest qualifier this year and a past winner of the Pin Fernando trophy.
The next round of this prestigious tournament is scheduled to be completed by August 5.
“Though traditionally aimed at handicap players, non-handicap players have also been encouraged to participate at this year’s Pin Fernando Trophy to support up-and-coming players and to provide an opportunity for non-regular golfers to take part, UTE is happy to continue to support this event, which helps build local golfing talent” UTE Group Chairman and CEO Priath Fernando said.
More than 150 players in various categories including handicap, squad and ladies divisions took part in this year’s Pin Fernando Trophy. The qualifying round which started on July 9, 2011 was worked off in medal play format.
Pin Fernando was one of Sri Lanka’s great amateur golfers and served as the chairman of several reputed corporate entities in the country including United Tractor and Equipment.


Milo Schools Colours ceremony

By Dhammika Ratnaweera

Heshan Unamboowa from Trinity College Kandy and Madhawee Weeratunga of Mahamaya Kandy were adjudged most outstanding sportsman and sportswoman respectively at the Milo Sri Lanka Schools colours awards ceremony held at the BMICH recently .
Two Kandy swimmers got these highest awards while up-and-coming player awards were taken by two table tennis players from Ambalangoda, Nuwani Navodya and Hasitha Shashiranga from Dharmasoka College. Over 600 received their colours and merit awards at 32 sports during the ceremony conducted by the Sri Lanka Schools Sports Council. Ananda College Colombo, with 48 coloursmen was awarded best school, receiving the highest number of awards.
Prime Minister DM Jayaratne was the chief guest, at this colours awards ceremony, sponsored by Nestle Lanka makers of Milo for the 18th successive year. Alois Hofbauer Managing Director of Nestle Lanka said “as a leading nutrition, health and wellness company Nestle has been committed to developing school sports in the country. In the 18 years of sponsorship the event this year was the most successful Milo effort to encourage school sport players. We have been an energetic partner in the school sports arena, supporting numerous and varying sports events through our widely loved Milo brand.” He also said “we remain strongly committed to nurture young talent and further raise the overall standards of sports at school level, where Milo continues to sponsor the Sri Lanka Schools colours awards ceremony the ultimate acknowledgment of achievement in school sports.


Deshapriya Dazzles at Beliatta

In the opening match of the 4th Annual Dilmah Challenge Trophy tourney for the visually handicapped played at Beliatta D. A. Rajapakse Stadium recently, Subhagya Sports Club, Moneragala scored an easy 109-run win over Senehasa SC, Beliatta.
Batting first Subhagya rattled up a massive 356 all out in 38.3 overs with skipper and Sri Lanka star Chandana Deshapriya dazzling with 147 with 21 elegant boundaries sprayed all around the grounds; together with Sunil Weerasinghe 62 (with 3 boundaries), put on a huge 213 for the 5th wicket. Suranga Sampath also chipped in with a fine 58 runs with 8 boundaries. Upul Chaminda claimed 3 wickets for 43 runs. In reply Senehasa could only reach 247 for 9 wickets in their allotted 40 overs, Nalinda 56 (2 x 4), Upul Sanjeeva 49 (7 x 4) and Damith 33, with Prabath claiming 2 for 26.
In the 2nd match of the same tournament played at the same ground July 10, reigning champions Ranaviru Sevana scored a convincing 81 run win over Senehasa SC. Taking first lease at the wicket, the soldiers notched up 313 for 6 wickets in their 40 overs. Skipper Ruwan Karunatilake made 67 with 2 boundaries whilst Ekanayake 55 with 3 boundaries and Ravindra 52 with 2 boundaries made useful contributions with Samantha 62 not out with 7 boundaries was impressive. Damith Thushara captured 2 wickets.
Despite a century opening stand between skipper Samantha Rajapakse 35 runs with 6 boundaries and Sulochana Gunawardena 97 not out with 6 boundaries, Senehasa SC were restricted to 231 for 6 wickets in their allotted 40 overs. Chinthaka 35 also batted well. Skipper Karunatilake capped a fine double with 2 wickets for 23 runs.


Junior Tennis Nationals from August 13

The Sri Lanka Junior National Tennis Championships conducted by the Sri Lanka Tennis Association will be held from August 13-19 at the SLTA courts.
The following events will be worked off: under 18 boys’ and girls’ singles and doubles, under 16 boys’ and girls’ singles and doubles, under 14 boys’ and girls’ singles and doubles, under 12 boys’ and girls’ singles and under 10 boys’ and girls’ singles.
Entries close on August 8 at 4 pm at SLTA and the draw will be held on August 9 at 6 pm at the same venue.


SLSCA planning a girl’s under 19 cricket tournament

Sri Lanka Schools Cricket Association is making arrangements to conduct an under 19 girl’s cricket tournament among government schools in the country.
Only one team from each school is permitted to enter this leather ball tournament. All applicants should be over 13 years of age on January 1, 2012.
The principals of schools who wish to participate are requested to inform the SLSCA general secretary MTA Rauf (0777350351), or tournament secretary (0716580280) or the SLSCA office (0113158889).


Jeevana elected to Otters AC body

Jeevana Fernando, brother of former Sri Lanka ‘A’ team captain and Colombo Colts CC stalwart Sajith Fernando has been elected Vice President of Otter Aquatic Club at their AGM held recently.
Jeevana a product of Trinity represented his alma mater at cricket and badminton.
Janaka Hapangama, an Old Anandian who represented Sri Lanka at basketball was elected President of Otter AC and Suresh de Silva General Secretary.


Tharindu Paththapperuma best gymnast

Tharindu Paththapperuma was adjudged best gymnast in the men’s category at the 37th National Sports Festival held at the Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium.
Paththapperuma from Western Province obtained 66.50 points to win while his brother GC Paththapperuma came in second with 62.25 points and in third place was AAD Dilshan Kaween 53.75 points. All three represented the Western Province which also emerged women’s overall champions. Southern and North Western Province were placed second and third respectively.
Western and Southern Provinces remained first and second in the men’s overall performances but North Central Province finished third in the men’s section. Maheshika Rukini of Western Province won the best women’s gymnast award at the meet.
According to RAD Jeewantha, secretary of the National Gymnastic Association, Tharindu Paththapperuma is the number one gymnast in Sri Lanka having gained international experience finishing first at the horizontal and pommel horse events and second in vault and floor exercise events which paved the way for his success at the National Sports Festival. (DR)


 MCA annual Open Six-a-side cricket tournament

Unichela breaks ‘hoodoo’ emerges champs

The ever-resilient Malin Silva finally broke the Unichela hoodoo of finishing second in many a MCA tournament when they emerged champions beating Stafford Motor Co. at the MCA Centenary Year 2011 annual open six-a-side tournament held last weekend at MCA and Thurstan College grounds.
Last year Unichela finished runners-up to ETI.
Twenty-four teams in eight groups participated in the tournament and at the completion of round-robin matches the group winners Stafford Motor Co. (Group ‘A’), Janashakthi ‘A’ (Group ‘B’), Singer Sri Lanka (Group ‘C’), Textured Jersey (Group ‘D’), McCallum Cargo (Group ‘E’) , Unilever ‘B’ (Group ‘F’), Unichela (Group ‘G’) and ETI (Group ‘H’) advanced to the quarter-finals played at the MCA grounds.
Results (quarter-finals onwards)
1st QF: ETI 48/5 (5) lost to Stafford Motor Co. 54/0 (4.2); 2nd QF: Janashakthi ‘A’ 65/5 (5) lost to Unilever ‘B’ 67/1 (4.1); 3rd QF: McCallum Cargo 54/5 (5) beat Textured Jersey 38/4 (5); 4th QF: Unichela 87/3 (5) beat Singer SL 29/6 (4.1)
1st SF: Stafford Motor Co. 43/6 (5) beat Unilever ‘B’ 35/5 (5); 2nd SF: Unichela 78/1 (5) beat McCallum Cargo 38/4 (5)
Final: Unichela 77-5 (5) (Malin Silva 18, Chamara Silva 15, Gayan Wijekoon 21, Dunil Abeydeera 15 n.o., Duminda Somaweera 1/17, Geeth Karunaratne 2/13, Amila Mendis 1/15, Rakitha Rajkumar 1/13) beat Stafford Motor Co 42-6 (4.2) (Geeth Karunaratne 10, Malin Silva 1/7, Gayan Wijekoon 1/12, Dunil Abeydeera 1/4 Shalika Karunanayake 2/4, Lassana Perera 1/6)
Special Awards:
Most Sixes in the tournament (12): Malin Silva/Unichela; Best Bowler: Anushka Bandara/Unilever ‘B’; Best Batsman: Gayan Rupasinghe/Unilever ‘B’; Man of the Final: Gayan Wijekoon/Unichela; Man of the tournament: Malin Silva/Unichela.
As the tournament was not sponsored MCA officials Ashley Ratnayake, Snr. VP Gamini Wickramasinghe, VP Roshan Iddamalgoda, General Secretary and Tournament Committee Members Sujeewa de Silva and Sanjaya Wijesinghe gave away the awards. – [LW]


Sandaruwan 9-70 including hat-trick

By V. Harishchandra
A superb spell of bowling in the 2nd innings by 20-year-old right-arm medium pacer Danushka Sandaruwan crushed the backbone of the opponents batting and helped Kurunegala Youth CC to an innings and 39-run victory over Old Cambrians SC in their Sri Lanka Cricket inter-club under-23 division II cricket match. The match played at the Welagedara Stadium Kurunegala was their third victory for the season.
Opener Danushka Dharmasiri stroked a fluent 123 in 152 minutes facing only 118 balls for his knock. With this Kurunegala YCC made a healthy 316 in their turn. Shanuka Dulaj captured 7 for 104 for Old Cambrians.
Kurunegala then restricted their opponents to 121 in the first innings. In the follow-on Old Cambrians could muster up only 156. Danushka Sandaruwan, the former Joseph Vaz, Wennappuwa paceman returned remarkable figures of 13 – 4.5 – 70 - 9 including a hat-trick, for the winners. His hat-trick victims were Amila Perera, Chanuka Obeysekara and Shanuka Dulaj.
Kurunegala YCC 316-9 (Nimna Karunarathna 26, Danushka Dharmasiri,123, Darshana Mahawattha 45, Chamikara Edirisinghe 52 n.o, Shanuka Dulaj 7/160, Ashen Silva 2/67)
Old Cambrians SC 121 (Banuka Adeesha 34, Chenura Obeysekara 23, Shanuka Dulaj 24, Nuwan Alwis 3/15, Tineth Manishka 3/42, Supun Madushanka 2/15) and 156 (Suchira Fernando 43, Banuka Adeesha 24, Vidusara Peiris 28, Nihatha Salgado 39, Danushka Sandaruwan 9/70).


Record entries for 35th Travel Trade SC softball cricket sixes
A record number of 50 men’s teams and 14 women’s teams will take part in the 14th Aitken Spence Travels sponsored, 35th Annual Travel Trade Sports Club Softball Cricket Sixes to be held today (Sunday) at CMC grounds, Reid Avenue and DS Senanayake College grounds, Wijerama Mawatha, commencing 8.00 am at both venues.
Both tournaments will be conducted simultaneously on five pitches on a knock-out basis, consisting of 62 matches (49 men and 13 women)
The men’s top half (25 teams) and the women’s (14 teams) will play at Reid Avenue, while the men’s bottom half (25 teams) will play at DSS.
The men’s bottom half finalist from DSSC grounds will travel to Reid Avenue to play the final with the top half finalist.
As the hospitality trade is looking up, a good cross section of hotels from the outstations, far as Hambantota, Habarana, Kandy, Bentota, Kalutara and Waikkal will travel down to Colombo to participate in the most popular sporting event in the TTSC calendar.
Last year, Blue Waters Hotel, Wadduwa won the men’s tournament beating Club Palm Garden, while the sponsors, Aitken Spence Travels took the women’s title, beating Club Hotel Dolphin.
Eight special awards will be on offer for the best batsman and best batswoman, best bowler (Men and Women), man of the tournament and woman of the tournament, and man of the final and woman of the final.
The official sponsorship handing over ceremony and the men’s and women’s draw was held last Monday at the Aitken Spence Travels Board Room where Asst. Vice President, Aitken Spence Travels, Prasanjit Perera handed over the sponsorship package to TTSC Vice President, Zulki Hameed. Also present at the event was the Sports Events Co-ordinator/TTSC, Tyrone Perera. – [LW]


Texas Scramble Golf
Victoria Golf and Country Resort conducted its annual Texas Scramble Golf Championship at the Victoria golf course at Rajawella recently.


Hendrick Post and wife Zandria Post from South Africa who won the overall championship and the award for the Best Dressed Team. - (Picture by M. Minhaz in Kandy)