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The Nation Sunday, October 20, 2013 Page 15
Dhammika Ratnaweera
reporting fromMatara
All the top teams qualified to play in the
quarterfinals of the National Netball Cham-
pionship which began at the Uyanwatte
Stadium yesterday under slippery condi-
Defending champion Seylan Bank and
runners up HNB together with Sri Lanka
Ports Authority (SLPA), Sri Lanka Air Force
had easy passages to the quarterfinals with
some matches receiving walkovers due to
absence of the opponent failing to turn up.
Tharjani Shivalingam, the six feet 11 inch-
es tall shooter who is the captain of Seylan
Bank once again came to the limelight with
her superb performances while veteran
Damayanthi Jayathilleka from SLPA and
youngsters Dulangi Wannithilleka of Ku-
runegala District team, Semini Alwis, the
junior national team captain from SLPA and
Shashikala Samarasinghe and Kumarini de
Silva both from HNB came up with good
performances during the first round match-
ers yesterday. The teams from Mannar,
Kilinochchi, Moneragala and Hambantota
also took part despite the lack of facilities.
President of the Sri Lanka Netball Federa-
tion Victoria Lakshmi said that they wanted
to promote the game in the outstations and
that’s why they decided to hold the nation-
als at Matara.
Rain delayed the opening day’s proceed-
ings by two hours.
Chief Guest on the opening day was for-
mer Sri Lanka captain and current selection
committee chairman Sanath Jayasuriya.
Southern Provincial Council Sports Min-
ister DU Ariyathilleka, was also present.
People’s Bank is sponsoring the event
and its Head of Marketing and Communi-
cation Deepal Abeysekera will be the chief
guest on the final day.
First day results:
SLPA beat Galle ‘D’ 46-20, Seylan Bank
beat Sri Lanka Schools 35-13, (in their re-
spective first round matches both winners
received walkovers to enter the quarters),
Kurunegala DNA beat Kalutara DNA by
25-8, Sri Lanka Schools beat Kilinochchi
33-2, Air Force beat Mahaweli 40-10, Air
Force beat Cannebal 32-12, Air Force beat
Badulla 29-3.
National Netball Championship at Uyanwatte Stadium
Top teams through
to quarters
Harsha Amarasinghe
S. Thomas’ College, Mount Lavinia came from
behind to grab a narrow 11-9 victory over archri-
vals Royal College in their 22nd annual water
polo encounter which saw them regain the Dr. RL
Hayman trophy despite losing the second leg 3-
4 yesterday at the Sugathadasa swimming pool
The boys from Mount Lavinia had collected a
decent 8-5 lead in the first leg which held at the
same venue last week, but it was the Royalists
who came out fighting in the second leg with an
impressive 3-0 lead at the end of the three quar-
ters of the second leg thanks to the double strike
of K Asalaarachchi and H Weerasinghe’s goals
which made room for an exciting last quarter
leaving both teams 8 on aggregate.
Royal then extended their second leg lead with
another goal from H Weerasinghe which turned
out to be a ‘wake-up call’ for the Thomians as
they produced three goals in no time with D
Weeraratne’s double and De Mel’s late goal to
take the lead 11-9 at full time and regain the Dr.
RL Hayman trophy.
22nd annual water polo
Thoras regain
Dr. RL Hayman trophy
Heavy rain washes out school
Heavy rain completely washed out the second days play
of the two inter school under 19 cricket tournament matches
in Colombo yesterday.
Not a ball was bowled in the games between St. Joseph’s
v St. Sylvester’s at Darley Road and Zahira v Bandaranay-
ake MV Gampaha at Maradana.
At Maradana: Zahira drew wth Bandaranayake MV
Zahira: 194.
Bandaranayake MV Gampaha: 69-5.
At Darley Road: St Sylvester’s drew with St Joseph’s
St. Sylvester’s: 164-9 v St. Joseph’s
MCA Premier League off to a
wet start
The 21st Singer MCA Premier League 2014 got off to an
ominous start when all three matches billed for yesterday
got washed out without a ball being bowled.
The three games were, the Bankers Battle, Sampath
Bank vs. Seylan Bank at NCC; MAS Unichela vs. debu-
tants, Commercial Credit & Finance at De Soysa Park,
Moratuwa and the pick, MAS Active Trading (defending
champions) vs. HNB at Thurstan College grounds.
The seventh team, John Keells escaped the rain.
The tournament will be continued next weekend October
26 and 27 with a card of five matches. – [LW]
Fischer CC and Navy
CC on top
Fischer Chess Club powered by
‘The Nation’
and defending champions
Navy Chess Club head the table with a
maximum possible 8 points each after
5 rounds in the Super League Chess
Championship 2013, currently under
way at Royal College, Colombo 7.
Fischer CC, although having won by
bigger margins in the country’s premier
inter-club chess tournament, share the
lead with Navy, both teams having won
all their matches so far. In this all-play-all
format only team results count with a win
amounting to 1.0 point and a tie giving
just 0.5. Each team enjoys a bye and
both Fischer and Navy have already got
theirs. Navy scored a 3.5-2.5 win over
Nf3 Chess Club in the 5th round while
Fischer CC beat TCA Chess Club 4.5-
1.5. Paul Morphy Chess Club drew with
Blue and Gold Chess Club. Royal Col-
lege got the bye.
With just 2 rounds to go, the Navy-
Fischer match this morning is most
likely to decide the ultimate winner of the
tournament. Both teams have relatively
easy assignment in the 7th and final
round, Navy meeting Paul Morphy CC
and Fischer CC taking on Royal College,
incidentally the only school team in the
Super League Chess
Championship 2013
Young golfers
Dhanushi, Amrith
win at NE
M Minhaz in Kandy
Two young golfers Dhanushi Senadeera
and Amrith Soysa lived to their earlier promise
by winning the Ladies and Gentlemen’s Club
Golf Championship of Nuwara Eliya Golf Club
which was sponsored by Etisalat and worked
off at the Nuwara Eliya golf course yesterday.
Dhanushi (22), daughter of famous golfer
Anusha Senadeera was third time lucky hav-
ing missed the Ladies crown at Nuwara Eliya
for the past two years. She made sure that
she won the title by defeating expatriate Jane
Hong by the margin of six strokes. Dhanushi
scored 262 and Jane Hong 268. She also won
the nearest to the Pin while her mother Anusha
won two events.
Amrith Soysa won the men’s championship
for the third time in four years. He scored 137
points and had a clear 18 stroke lead over run-
ner-up Sachin de Silva who made 155.
Faulkner blitz
sees Aussies
MOHALI: Australia took a 2-1 lead
in the seven-match one-day interna-
tional series when they beat India
by four wickets in the third match
played at Mohali yesterday.
James Faulkner turned the game
Australia’s way in the 48th over
when he hit Ishant Sharma for 30
runs inclusive of four sixes to finish
with 64 not out off 29 balls.
Scores: India 303-9
(50) (V Kohli
68, MS Dhoni 139 n.o., R Ashwin 28,
M Johnson 4/46)
Australia 304-6
(49.3) (P Hughes
22, A Finch 38, G Bailey 43, A Voges
76 n.o., B Haddin 24, J Faulkner 64
n.o., V Kumar 2/50)
BERLIN, (AFP) - Hoffen-
heim have called for a re-
play after losing 2-1 to Bayer
Leverkusen thanks to a freak
‘phantom’ goal as the German
Football Federation (DFB)
prepares to investigate.
Leverkusen went top of the
Bundesliga on Friday as Ste-
fan Kiessling’s 70th-minute
winner at Hoffenheim was
scored in bizarre circum-
Replays showed his header
only ended in the back of the
net after flying through a hole
in the side netting.
In the immediate wake
of the goal, Kiessling could
be seen waving his arms in
frustration at what he clearly
though was a miss.
But with the ball in the net,
he was quickly congratulated
by team mates and match of-
ficial Dr Felix Brych, a FIFA
referee, awarded the goal.
A DFB sports court is set to
meet on Monday to investi-
gate the goal with Hoffenheim
to lodge an appeal and Brych
to file his report.
DFB to investigate freak ‘phantom’ goal
Seylan Bank team captain and shooter
Tharjani Shivalingam attempts a goal
at theNational Netball Championships held
at Uyanwatte Stadium yesterday. Seylan
Bank won 35-13.
(Pix by Dhammika Ratnaweera)
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