Joe-Pete clash for Fr. Wiratunga Shield
St.Joseph's College will meet their traditional rival St.Peter's
College in their 42nd annual rugby encounter for the Rev Fr.Basil
Wirathunga shield which is going to take place at 4.00PM at
St.Peter's College will be the host for the event this time.And they
were the champions last year after beating Joes by 23-17 in a thrilling
encounter played at Royal Sports Complex.
This year both sides are studded with experienced and talented
players this time. St.Peter's came up with mammoth victory against
Kingswood College(69-5) this season. This year the Peterites will be led
by Dhanushka Ranjan, who occupys as a centre.Dilanka Perera is the other
player who will be eyeing for the same position.
The dynamic fly half Dulaj Perera has been able to work as a major
force in the team will be the Vice Captain of the side.Both Dhanushka
and Dulaj will be supported by equally talented wingers including
Bhanuka Peiris and Praveen De Silva.They will definitely support the
Peterites side very often.
The Josephian's on the other hand will be captained by fourth year
coloursman Yohan Keyser.Goshen Jackson will support him in the prop
forwards.Reyan Fernando will occupy the hookers berth.Battle hardened
Thariq Saleh and Suchintha Udumalagala will be the lock forwards of the
side.Fast breaking flankers Shehan Bopearachchi and Chirath Peiris will
be able to add some plenty of variety to Joes side. Shamilka
Kurumbalapitiya and Rehan Thiyagarajah, the halves combination of the
side, will supported by fast moving wingers Vishmitha Peiris and Kasun
Sameera.The last line of defence will be manned by Janith Chanaka
This match will be good opportunity to both sides to prove their
ablities and to identify their weak points.The biggest victory for Petes
was in 2007 under scrumhalf Ranuka Jayasinghe who thrashed the
Josephians with a record score of 101 to 05.
The history of the Joe-Pete Rugby encounter goes back to 1955. The
inaugural match won by St.Peter's College.Josephians were able to taste
their first victory in 1958 under the captaincy of C.I.Rajaratnam.
The biggest Josephian victory was recorded way back in 1999 under
Laksitha Guneratne where the Josephians defeated the Petes by 27 points
to 03. Incidentally this was the last occasion where the Josephians
annexed this silverware and since then the Peterites have been dominant
for the last 12 years.
The Teams :
St.Joseph's : Yohan Keyser(Captain), Goshen Jackson, Reyan
Fernando, Thariq Salih, Suchintha Udumalagala, Shehan Bopearachchi,
Chirath Peiris, Jason Melder(Vice Captain), Shamilka Kurumbalapitiya,
Rehan Thiyagarajah, Vishmitha Peiris, Kasun Sameera, Hasuru Gunawardena,
Dinesh De Silva, Janith Chanaka, Sunanda Fernando(Coach), Prashantha
St.Peter's : Johanne Rodrigo,Shiran Abeysekara, Hasindu
Fernando,Shenal Abeysekara, Saranga Dulan, Niraj Gunasinghe, Malith
Makage, Ravindu Indrakumara, Anuradha Herath, Ruchira Kumara, Dulaj
Perera.Dhanushka Ranjan(Captain), Dilanka Perera, Bhanuka Peiris,
Praveen De Silva, Kevin Dickson, Colin Dinesh(Coach), Sunil Aponso(M.I.C.).