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Kandy tackle Policemen today

This weekend's home match for defending league champions Kandy SC is against Police SC at Bambalaptiya. The Policemen at their home den will try to throw everything into this battle to cause an upset, but the champions know how to counter it. Looking back to the Kandy SC-Police game played on 15 May 1976 at Nittawela. Police had to fight hard for their 23 points which came off two goals, two tries and a penalty to 15 a goal and three penalties. At half time the winners led 7-4. The game was played at a terrific pace with no quarter asked or given. It spoke volumes for the fighting spirit of the KSC forwards and the backs who stalled the Cops maneuvers in the center and gave second phase attack so much so that the Policemen seemed to lose their tempers. Referee had to summon the two skippers and warn them after a player was spied throwing hands about. In this game KSC had players like D.H. Rajaguru, Sunil Munasinghe, Bola Gunaratne, Jadi Dissanayake, H.G. Ariyaratne, Nimal Malagamuwa, Irwin Howie, Ashad Dole to name a few, some of the Police players were Upali Vithanage, Chris Anderson, R.M. Lafir, Nimal Lewke, Sam Samarasekara, T. Hajireen Jnr. and Charles Wijewardene.

Gateway footballers win comfortably

Gateway College footballers ran out comfortable winners in the Kandy District under 14 football tournament winning with some good entertaining football. Credit goes to all the players and especially the management for getting the team to the top and without doubt laying a solid foundation for the future. Credit must also go to the coach Sanjeewa Perera, who made the team play like a cohesive unit coupled with great sportsmanship. The tournament was organized by Wattegama Central College, and was held at the Wattegama Municipal Council Grounds on 30 and 31 of October. In the first round they beat Madeena Central College Madawala 8-0, Berwertts College Ampitiya 4-0. In the quarterfinals they beat Weswood College 2-0, in the semi-finals beat Al-Siraj College 3-0 and in the final beat Kingswood College 2-0. The final was as good as over midway through the second half, where the goal keeper was solid and deserved credit in getting the ball clear. The team was made of players like Ayas Illiyas (Captain), Munir Aslam (Vice Captain), Venura Gunaratne, Ammar Amanulla, Ameen Amanulla, Pramitha Rupasinghe, Athiq Inthikab, Aan Abbas, Saalim Zulkifly, Shane Raja, Dimaj Rizlan, Raaid Rizwan, Salman Zawahir, Shihab Zamad, Adil Wazeel, Ameen Azmir, Aaqil Faizal, Sajitha Jayasinghe. (Master-in-Charge Sumedha Wijeratne).

Rajans colours awards

Dharmaraja College held their colours awards ceremony under the distinguished patronage of Air Vice Marshal S.K.Pathirana an Old Rajan. The guest of honor was the 1971/72 cricket captain Anura Fernando. The awards: Rajans Blues/Certificate of merit/Rajans Maroon’s.colours and Dagoba. There was also special awards for sportsmen of national school level, the winners were (Athletics) B.S.R.T. Bulugahapitiya, (Body Building) A.M.T.D. Alahakoon, (Badminton), N.H. Punchihewa, P.B. Abeysinghe. (Chess) Disara Tennakoon, U.P.G.M.S. Palangoda, Lisara Samadith Tennakoon, Malitha Bandara. (Boxing) T.G.H.N. Jinadasa, (Cricket) U.L.N.D.N. Gunasinghe, (Hockey) R.W.T. Shanilka. (Karate) D.M.J.C.B. Dissanayake, D.S.L. Gamage, K.A.V.O. Gallanga, W.M.J.Y.B.B. Alahakoon, T.A.M.B. Dewapiya , E.A.D.C. Bandara, L.H.L.P. De Silva T.C. Dharmakeerthi. (Rugby) D.T. Piyatissa, (Football) G.A.T.A. Gamage. Swimming V.D. Hettiarachchi , S.N. Dissanayake , U.H.R. Pesara. (Table Tennis) Hasindu Rodrigo Dissanka Tennakoon.

Rajans Hockey

Today will be the first day of Dharmaraja invitation seven a side hockey tournament for girls and boys, in connection of their 130 years anniversary. The Rajans 1951 hockey captain D.M. . Dharmatilake who led the side to be joint champions with Indian (Asoka) Students Hostel team will be present at the occasion.

Sportsman Dr. Samad Ismail remembered

Well-known Kandy sportsmen and promoter Dr. A. Samad Ismail was remembered as Monday November 6 marked his first death anniversary. Known as the people's doctor he died at the age of 92. A fine sportsman and a promoter he started his education at Badulla Uva College, from there to St. Aloysius College Galle and ended up at Wesley College where he played hockey and cricket at school level and was also a fine athlete. After leaving school he joined the University and after passing out as a doctor he joined the Royal Ceylon Air Force, where he served up to 1958. He was a doctor cum pilot officer and one of the most popular doctors of that era. At Royal Ceylon Air Force he played a decisive role in introducing hockey to Air Force. He was also the longtime chairman of Combined Service Hockey, which is now called the Defence Services. Later he did a lot for Kandy hockey becoming the president of the Kandy District Hockey Association and helping to develop the sport from 1960-70s. He was a long-standing president of the Kandy YMMA, where he promoted outdoor and indoor sports, president of the Kandy Football Association and Lions Club of Kandy. He was the son of late Mohamed Ismail who was the first Muslim Sergeant at Arms.

Cricket coach Senaka steps down

The first double centurion of Dharmaraja College Senaka Dissanayake, a well-known and highly qualified coach steps down from coaching, after 12 years. During his tenure with the school he guided young cricketers the right way. The new coaches of the Rajans are U.S.I. Perera for the 1st X1, S. Wickramanayake for the Under 15 and Gamini Debahapuwa for the Under 13.

Indoor nets given a face lift

The Indoor Cricket Nets at Lake View school is being given a face lift, by the Rajans Cricket Foundation and will be ready for use from the 24th of this month.

Playmaker Fazil's last league season

Fazil Marija, a product of Kingswood College where he started playing at the age of nine years will say goodbye to the game and then take up coaching and help youngsters. He has played the game for the last 23 years. While at school he started his club life. It was Nalaka Weerakody who introduced him to Kandy SC. He has played club rugby for the 15 years. He has captained his school Kingswood College, his club Kandy Sports Club and his country Sri Lanka.

Athletics - rain a spoiler

The Kandy District schools athletics meet took place last weekend at the Bogambara Stadium where the performance was quite low on the first day probably due to bad weather. On the second day Sunday under bright weather there was some good performances. This annual Kandy District Athletics Association organized meet was for Under 10, 11 and 12, 13,14 and 15. The relays for under 16, 18 and 20. In the boys senior category (U 16-18): 1) St. Sylvester’s. 2) Kingswood, 3) St Anthony’s. (Girls): 1) Girls High School, 2) Swarnamali MV & Kandy Convent, 3) Mahamaya & Hemamali BV. Relay champions U 13, 14 15 (Boys): Dharmaraja , St. Anthony’s. 3) Kingswood. (Girls): 1) Mahamaya, 2) Girls High School, 3) Hemamali BV & Swarnamali BV. (Boys) Under 15 100 meters: 1) St. Anthony’s, 2) Kandy Model School, 3) Dheerananda, Under 15 80 metres Hurdles: 1) Sri Sumangala, 2) Kandy Model School, 3) (Berrewaerts, Under 15 4 x 400: 1) Dharmaraja. 2) St. Sylvester’s, 3) Berrewaerts. Under 15 4 x100: 1) Kingswood, 2) Sumangala, 3) Anuruddha V Nawalapitiya. Under 15 800 metres: 1) Dharmaraja, 2 & 3) Galagedera Central. Under 20 Medley Relay: 1) St. Sylvester’s, 2) Vidyartha, 3) Alawathugoda Central. (Girls) Under 14 100 metres: 1) (Berrewaerts, 2) G. A. N. Dheerananda, 3) Girls High School, Under 15 High Jump: 1) Dheerananda V, 2) Hemamali BV, 3) Mahamaya. Under 15 400 metres: 1) Vihara Mahadevi , 2) St. Anthony’s Convent, 3) Good Shepherd Convent. Under 16 4 x 400: 1) Mahamaya, 2) Pushpadana, 3) Alawathugoda Central. Under 18 4 x 100: 1) Swarnamali, 2) High School, 3) Hemamali. Under 18 4 x 400: 1) Swarnamali, 2) Hemamali. Under 20 4 x 100: 1) Girls High School. Under 15 4 x100: 1) Good Shepherd Convent, 2) Pushpadana, 3) Mahamaya.

Kandy’s Ronny out of Air Force coaching

Ronny Ibrahim who started coaching the Airmen this season for four months, had to say bye before the first game. Ronny an experienced coach who coached Air Force earlier has experience in coaching for nearly fifteen years. He first coached his school Kingswood College and later Air Force SC, Navy SC, Havelock SC and also S. Thomas’ College.

Sylvestrians no. 2 in gymnastics

St. Sylvester’s College gymnastic team led by R. Shehan Gunawardene earned the number two spot in the all island schools gymnastic championship held at Sugathadasa Stadium. Thanks to the efforts of skipper R. Shehan Gunawardene, Hiran Sasanga, Shanil Akasha, R. Dinushkanth, Chamika Janith, Vishwa Chathuranga, Ramika Perera, Pumal Jayakody, S. Sachin, Lakdasa Jayalath, S. Madushan, Awiru Kanshika, they were able to win four gold, four silver and six bronze medals.


With seven weeks more for the year end the football AGM in Kandy has still not been held. FSSL is not acting and some fans have gone to the Sports Ministry for help.

Razan leads Ranabima Royal

Ranabima Royal College who will be playing in the division III have still to finalize their fixtures. They are coached by old Rajan Sampath Silva and led by Mohamed Razan, a third year all-rounder.

Ridmi, Vinoli best sporting girls

Paddler Ridmi Karanaarachchi and swimmer Vinoli Siriwardena received awards at the Mahamaya Girls College colours as the two best girls in sports. Thirty-five girls were awarded colours. And “Pahana” the highest award was won by five students.


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