Joe-Pete clash in curtain raiser of schools rugby
The Singer Schools 'A' division league rugby tournament will kick off
on April 20 (Friday) when the 2010 league champions St Peter's College
play hosts to traditional rivals St Joseph's College, Colombo at
Bambalapitiya. The Peterites led by Sri Lanka Youth player Danushka
Ranjan will also have the services of experienced campaigners fly half
Dulaj Perera, prop Chaturanga Mendis, lock forward Asitha Krishan,
wingers Anuradha Herath and Bhanuka Peiris, but will face a strong
challenge from the determined Josephians who are led by No. 8 Yohan
The match is being played for the Fr Basil Wiratunge Shield which the
Peterites retained with a hard fought win over the Joes at Longden Place
Defending champions Royal College, Colombo will come out for the
first time when they confront D S Senanayake College, Colombo on April
21 (Saturday) at the Royal sports complex.
Royal led by fly half Arshad Jamaldeen, will have the services of ten
coloursmen - vice captain Iroshan de Alwis, Wasim Bawa, Andrew
Siriwardene, Lahiru Pavithra, Madusha Kularatne, Damian Ratwatte, Rimzie
Jamaldeen, Ravishan Dassanayake and Ijaz Bohoran but will face stiff
resistance from D S Senanayake who were promoted to segment one this
year after finishing runners-up of division two last year.
Isipatana College who were runners-up in both the Singer 'A' division
league and President's Trophy will also play their first match on April
21 (Saturday) when they take on last year's segment two champions
Vidyartha College, Kandy at Longden Place.
Isipatana, led by flanker Kumendra Dharmadasa will have the services
of seven of the senior players - winger Shenal Dias, lock forward Udaya
Kumar, scrum half Kavindu Costa, centres Sharmal Chaturanga, Kovinda
Wimalachandra and hooker Menaka Siriwardene, but will face a strong
challenge from the lads from Kandy led by No 8 Jason Dissanayake who
remained unbeaten in segment two last year to gain promotion to segment
Last year's President's Trophy champions Trinity College, Kandy will
begin their campaign when they play host to Science College, Mount
Lavinia on the same day at Pallekelle.
The Trinitians are led by Sri Lanka Youth player and centre Kanil
Seneviratne and will have the services of two other Youth players lock
forward Randika Alwis and scrum half Sanjaya Somasiri in addition to
Anuradha Karunatilleke, Thisila Karunatillake, Shanthana Sheik, Tharinda
Ratwatte and will go all out to avenge their last year's defeat by 11-12
to Science College.
Science College led by Kamal Perera will have the services of two Sri
Lanka Youth players and five other seniors and should give the
Trinitians a run for their money.
In the other match for the weekend, St Anthony's College, Katugastota
will confront Kingswood College, Kandy at Nittawela which should turn
out to be a closely contested game between two evenly matched teams.