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.
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,
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
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’
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
|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
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
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
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
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)
annual Open Six-a-side cricket tournament
‘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
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
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]
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
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
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
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
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
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
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]
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)