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Shenal Yeshitha
The Gateway College junior
karate team and soccer team
will tour India to participate in
the 2013 Expo World Open
Peace International Sports
Festival organised by the City
RDSO Campus and which will
be held from October 26 to 29
in Lucknow.
The Gateway College junior
karate team comprising of 11
members, seven-a-side soc-
cer team of ten players and
five officials will leave for India
on October 23.
This will be the third succes-
sive year that Gateway College
will be competing at this event
which is conducted by the
World’s largest International
School.
The Gateway College ka-
rate team:
Yasinda Sama-
ranayake (Captain), Yuginda
Ranawakaarachchi, Hammaad
Hassan, Themiya Gurusinghe,
Nisitha Wijesekara, Davin Ka-
runanayake, Chanuth Ediri-
manne, Chandur Dissanayake,
Sayumi Edirimanne, Gavin
Karunanayake, Nisura Wijew-
eera.
The Gateway College sev-
en-a-side soccer team:
Mu-
hammed Meera (Captain), Rizqi
Fauzan, Kisara Hewawaduge,
Kisaja Hewawaduge, Abdullah
Sameer, Muhammed Naushad,
Ismail Suhail, Ramath Rajaa-
runa, Lasath Gamage, Praneth
Manohar.
Officials:
Sajith Liyanage
(Chef de Mission), James
Heath (Soccer Coach), Anusha
Samaranayake
(Cordinator
karate), Ruwan Satharasinghe
(Karate Coach), Ms. Neela-
mani Dissanayake (Teacher-in-
charge Karate)
The Gateway College Seven-a-side Soccer Team
The Gateway College Junior Karate Team
Gateway teams for World Peace Sports Festival
Chris Dhambarage
Sri Lanka will be hoping to
draw inspiration from their re-
cent success in the sevens arena
when they begin their campaign
for the Serendib Cup first ever
IRB sanctioned 15-a-side Tri Na-
tion rugby tournament which
will be worked off from October
26 to November 1 at the newly
constructed Race Course ground
in Reid Avenue.
Sri Lanka, ranked 39th, in
the IRB Rankings will confront
Madagascar, ranked 44th, in the
opening match of this Tri Nation
tournament on October 26 com-
mencing at 5.30 p.m.
The second match of the tour-
nament will be on October 29
with Poland who is ranked 28th
in the IRB Rankings taking on
Madagascar at the same venue
commencing at 5.30 p. m.
The tournament will culmi-
nate on November 1, with the
third and final match between
the hosts Sri Lanka and Poland
with the kick off at 7.30 p. m. af-
ter the exhibition match between
the Colombo Schools team and
the Kandy Schools team which
begins at 5.30 p.m.
The African island Madagas-
car is known to attract massive
capacity crowds to their rugby
Test matches and is now the na-
tional sport while Poland is one
of the emerging Unions in the
highly-competitive
FIRA-AER
competition structures and cur-
rently lies third in the European
Nations Cup 2014 Division 1B.
However Sri Lankan coach
Ronnie Ibrahim was quite opti-
mistic that his team will be able
to come out victorious in this Tri
Nation tournament after their
excellent performances in the
HSBC Asian Sevens Circuit.
“Our three quarters will be
in tremendous form because of
their superb display in the sev-
ens series and I hope that they
will keep that same form going
into the established game” said
a confident Ronnie Ibrahim who
is in charge of the 15-a-side team
for the first time.
The Sri Lankan coach noted
that they have already identified
the forwards who will make it
to the final squad but it will be
a tough decision in selecting the
backs who have been perform-
ing exceptionally well during the
sevens series in Malaysia, Thai-
land and India respectively.
“The sevens players have not
yet attended practices and they
will be joining the squad on
Monday. At the moment we train
with the forwards and they are
quite disciplined and I have few
of them in mind who are certain
to compete along with the sevens
players.”
Ronnie Ibrahim of course
believed that it will be a tough
challenge for the sevens players
to come back and play two back-
to-back 15-a-side games after a
break of just one week.
“I know when you come in sud-
denly into a 15-a-side game after
playing a lot of sevens rugby it
is difficult for the players but in
Sri Lanka you have to do that be-
cause there is no other option as
all sevens players are three quar-
ters here.”
The Sri Lankan coach stat-
ed that they have studied the
strengths and weaknesses of the
two oppositions well and are cur-
rently working on two different
strategies to counter attack the
two teams.
“I think Madagascar is very
fast and they do not have a pat-
tern as they come straight into
the player. So we are focusing
only about the opening match of
the tournament at the moment
but we need to change our game
plan for the match against Po-
land.”
Ronnie Ibrahim also stressed
the importance of organising
international tournaments of
this nature quite regularly as it
will help Sri Lanka to improve
on their structure and become a
major force in the coming years.
“I think it is good for Sri Lanka
to play in similar IRB sanctioned
tournaments quite regularly
because it will not only develop
the game here but this will also
provide them the opportunity
to climb up in the IRB Rankings
further,” added Ibrahim.
The squads:
Sri Lanka (from):
Namal Ra-
japaksa (captain), Sathya Ranat-
hunga, Henry Terance, Kishore
Jehan, Junior Swarnathilake,
Heshan Kalhara, Dushmantha
Priyadashana, Achala Perera,
Bilal Hassan, Anuranga Wal-
pola, Hasitha Perera, Kalana
Amarasinghe, Sairu Anthony,
Shehan Pathirana, Rohitha Raj-
apaksa, Ashan Karthelis, Sharo
Fernando, Danushka Perera,
Sajith Saranga, Shenal Dias, Ja-
son Dasanayake, Roshan Weer-
arathna, Rehan Weerakoon,
Mithun Hapugoda, Srinath
Sooriyabandara, Fazil Marija,
Niroshan Fernando, Devinda
Jayasinghe, Nigel Ratwatte, Di-
nusha Chathuranga, Pradeep
Liyanage, Gayan Weerarathna,
Danushka Ranjan, Sandun
Herath,
Chamara
Dabare,
Vishwamithra Jayasinghe, Nu-
wan Hettiarachchi, Mohamed
Sheriff, Riza Mubarak, Thilina
Wijesinghe, Thusitha Sama-
rathileke, Sashan Mohamed,
Shudarshana Muthuthanthri.
Poland (from):
Craig Bucha-
rzewski, Adrian Chróściel, Bar-
tosz, Paweł Dąbrowski, Karol
Perzak, Piotr Zeszutek, Marek
Płonka jr, Mateusz Bartoszek,
Cyprian Majcher, Stanisław
Niedźwiedzki, Rafał Janeczko,
Dawid Banaszek, Dawid Loren-
towicz, Marek Przychodzki,
Rafał Szrejber, Robert Pawelec,
Tomasz Rokicki, Szymon Si-
rocki, Tomasz Gasik, Sebastian
Łuczak and Robert Kwiatkows-
ki.
Madagascar (from):
Hasina
Rakotoarivelo, Jean Andrianja-
ka, Vonjiniaina Andriamanan-
jara, Willy Rabemananjara,
Rodolphe Randriamanantena,
Hajanirina Randrianambinina,
Ratsimba Ramaromiantso, Ta-
hina Randrianarisoa, Mami-
nandrasana Solomampionona,
Tolotra Ravelonomenjanahary,
Guy Randriamiarana, Jacky Ba-
yard, Romuald Rafaralahy, José
Harison, Juliot Mahavy, Dera-
niaina Rakotozafy, Alain Rako-
tonirina, Serge Rajoelina, Ben-
janiaina Rakotoarivelo, Herizo
Rasoanaivo, Bernard Razafin-
dranaivo, Tiana Ravelomanant-
soa, Tolotra Mampionontsoa,
Michael Raharijaona, Joseph
Rafalimanana, Laurent Rana-
ivoarivelo, Canitrot Philippe,
Victor-lie Andriavelomanana
and Marcel Rakotomalala
President Sri Lanka Rugby Football Union Asanga Seneviratne (centre) receiving the title sponsorship cheque
for the Serendib Cup Tri Nations Rugby Tournament from Chirantha De Soyza Head of Business - Television
Services, Dialog Axiata PLC during a press briefing held at Havelock Sports Club on Thursday. Looking on is
Alastair Saverimutto, Chief Executive Officer Sri Lanka Rugby Football Union (Pic by Dennis Muthuthantri)
Serendib Cup Tri Nation Rugby Tournament
A brave first step on a
long tough journey
Hafiz Marikar
Trinity College junior rugby players will
make a short tour to Abu Dhabi for the
Harlequins Junior Rugby Festival where
some of the top schools in the world will
be seen in action. The tournament will be
held on Friday 25th and Saturday 26th.
The team leaves on the 24th and returns
with good memories, hopefully, on the
29th.
The teams on tour will be the under-
12s who will play in the seven-a-side, and
the under-11 team will take part in the 12-
a-side tournament.
According to the teacher-in-charge,
Ms. C.P.K Wijewardene, a keen follower
of the game and active in sports during
her schooldays, says that the young rug-
gerites are in perfect condition, and they
are all out to bring glory to the school in
their first ever tour overseas. She says a
big hand should be given to Y.M.S. Rat-
nayake the head coach and the assistants
Ishanka Abeyakoon, Ishan Mohamed and
Mohamed Intikab who have done well to
build the players into a fighting outfit. She
also said the principal gave his best of
support to make this tour a reality.
The touring team:
T.A. Karunanay-
ake, T.S. Karunanayake, W.P. Halan-
goda, M.A. Rafeek, S.A. Basith, H.C.
Samarasinghe, A.D. Alawattegama, K.M.
Abeysinghe, H.M. Dodanwatte, R.U. Pan-
anwala, G.S.T. Mendis, T.I. Thanthirige,
S.P. Senanayake, N.M. Pallekumbura,
P. Ganegoda, N.D. Wijeratne, U.S.P. Li-
yanage, J.N. Peramunage, J.A. Jayasun-
dara, S.H. Sirisoma, M.L. Wickramasing-
he, M.M. Seneviratne, H.M.D. Etulgama,
K.K.A. Kodithuwakku, K.D.B. Walalawela,
M.I. Jaufer Sadik, A. Sumanasekara, A.R.
Wijesena, M. Farique, S.C. Premaratne,
M.B. Wickramasekara, W.M. Wijekoon,
A.Y.A. Wijesooriya, K.M. Upatissa, K.H.
Wickramasinghe, L.L. Moragoda, A.R.
Khaleel, D.K. Edema, S.A. Jayasinghe,
H.W. Pananwala, T.G. Karunaratne, D.M.
Dissanayake.
Sri Lanka will field a 50-mem-
ber strong contingent for the South
Asian Junior track and field athletic
championships which will be worked
off from November 10 to 12 in Ranchi,
New Delhi, India.
The Sri Lankan delegationwill com-
prise of 40 schoolboys and schoolgirls
and ten officials with the squad to be
approved by the Minister of Sports
shortly.
President of the Athletic Asso-
ciation of Sri Lanka Major General
Palitha Fernando said that the main
intention in fielding a large contin-
gent is to provide more international
exposure for these promising ath-
letes.
(SY)
The Challengers All-Island Twenty20
cricket tournament organised and con-
ducted by the Challengers Cricket Club
will be worked off from November 2 to
December 8 at the Public Ground in Alu-
thgama.
Thechampionswillreceiveacashaward
of Rs. 150,000/= and the runners-upwill be
presented Rs. 75,000/=. In addition special
awards will be presented to the Best Bats-
man, Best Bowler, Best Fielder andMan of
the Series.
The entries close on October 21 and the
draw for the tournament will take place on
October 27 at the Municipal Sports Club
in Kalutara commencing at 6.00 p.m.
Further details could be obtained
from President Challengers Cricket
Club Aravinda Amarasekera (telephone:
0718212715) or Milshan (telephone:
0711676222)
Lankan athletics team
for South Asian meet
Several Sri Lanka cricket executive
committee members recently visited
Moneragala, Nuwara Eliya, Batticaloa
and Polonnaruwa with a view to provid-
ing facilities for the districts to enhance
the Infrastructure Development in these
areas for the betterment of the game.
The Executive Committee Members
were Mohan de Silva, Nishantha Rana-
tunga, Erwin Jayawardene and Dr. San-
jay Sedara.
The development programme which
currently embraces 21 districts, aims to
increase the number of cricketers playing
the game and increase the participation
of teams in the country. In addition to this,
SLC aims to enhance the development of
cricket at all levels.
The following projects were identi-
fied in the respective districts:
Moneragala:
Technical
College
Grounds - ground levelling and grass
planting, overhead water tank etc.
Colombo:
Two side wickets and a
Bowling Machine to Colombo District
Center at BRC.
Nuwara Eliya:
Radella Stadium - cen-
ter matting wicket, two side wickets and
repairs to pavilion.
Polonnaruwa:
Cricket equipment for
six schools to be distributed, five cricket
coaches for five schools, infrastructure
facilities for six schools in February and
March.
Batticaloa:
New cricket ground Thi-
raimadu, five school cricket coaches for
schools, six selected schools will be pro-
vided with cricket equipment
Trincomalee:
Six schools will be given
cricket equipment, five coaches for five
selected schools.
In addition to the above Sri Lanka
Cricket also decided to provide a grass
cutter to the Radella Cricket Grounds
and also a Hakka roller to Trinity College
in order to enhance the ground facilities
of the school.
Several other districts will be visited in
the near future for identifying infrastruc-
ture development.
SLC enhances facilities for infrastructure development
Western Province North
under-15
cricket
team
emerged Prima Champions
Cup under-15 Inter Provin-
cial champions when they
beat a fighting Southern
Province team by 2 wickets
in a closely contested match
played at R.Premadasa Inter-
national Cricket Stadium.
Southern Province batting
first managed to score 203
runs in their 50 overs. Ka-
mindu Mendis led the way
with the bat scoring a clas-
sical 86 runs while Chathura
Milan scored 42 valuable
runs. Niduka Welikala took
4 wickets and his opening
bowling partner Jehan Dan-
iel took 2 scalps.
Chasing a total of 204, Western Prov-
ince North team had to face a disci-
plined bowling attack from Southern
Province. Jehan Daniel continued his
good form batting at no.3 scoring a
brisk 32 runs while Eranga Jayasinghe
stayed till the end to take his team over
the line scoring an unbeaten 35 runs.
Kavindu Munasinghe contributed 26
runs. RaveenYasas was the pick of the
bowlers taking 3 crucial wickets.
Western Province North reached
the target in the 43rd over losing 8
wickets during the chase.
Scores:
Southern 203-9
(50) (Kamindu
Mendis 86, Chathura Milan 42, Ni-
duka Welikala 4/42, Jehan Daniel
2/19).
WP North 209-8
(42.1) (Eranga
Jayasinghe 35 n.o., Jehan Daniel 32,
Kavindu Munasinghe 25, Raveen Ya-
sas 3/37, K Maduranga 2/19).
Entries for Challengers T20 Cricket close Oct. 21
Prima Champions Cup U-15 Inter-provincial tournament
Western Province North
emerges champs
Sri Lanka Cricket executive members with officials of the provinces
Western Province North captain Shammu Ashan
receiving the Prima Champions Cup fromSri Lanka
Cricket president Jayantha Dharmadasa
Trinity juniors tour Abu Dhabi
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