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Soldiers in Kandy

Dialog rugby league’s reigning champions Kandy Sports Club play their final game at home Nittawela when they take on seventh placed Army SC today at 4 pm. When these sides faced off in the first leg, Kandy SC beat the soldiers. In last week's game, Kandy SC capitalized on their possession against Air Force SC, especially in the first 40 minutes, and passed the 50 point mark. If they had played the same way in the second half they had all the chances of passing the 100 points mark, but they gave a break to the bench players in the second 40 minutes.

Amazing, Kandy SC came to the tournament with a few things they needed to put right, and they got it right, due to the excellent determination the players put into the game, which helped them to win all the matches they played. Kandy SC has been a top tough side all season and coming into this game it should be another win for them. They have an experienced side, and have shone brighter than any other side this season.

In every game Kandy SC had a game plan. They will be brimming with confidence when they take the field. In their bid to gain more possession in play they have decided to play the best side. Their forwards are in good form, and should hold sway in the line outs with their jumpers, and also win major share of the set pieces. Their halves combination has hit it off smoothly and they have the fastest set of wingers in the club scene today with fullback also joining the line to form the overlap.

Soldiers possessing a lighter pack, will go all-out to be faster at the break down point, with their players, are gluttons for work in the loose and should be better at break down point. In the back division the soldiers will try to go all out to show their ability to slice through the tiniest gap while their quarters will try their best to breach the defence which will be a difficult task. The atmosphere at Nittawela today will be electric. Referee: Sarath Madugalle

New CP Governor Maithri to give a big hand for sports

Former Thomian sportsman Maithri Gunaratne who excelled in cricket, rugger and also was a cadet, later for Law College took office in Kandy as the new Governor of Central Province on Friday. The sports loving public of Central Province are happy they have a sports lover who is sure to give a big hand for sports. Today in Kandy, there is no proper grounds for sports. Kandy could reign in sports only with another well-equipped ground.

Arshad will miss the rest of season

Arshad Jamaldeen, former Royal College and present Kandy SC ruggerite who met with a motor accident will miss the rest of the season. One of the top fly halves he has been advised by doctors to rest. All the clinical tests after his injury showed that he was stable, after two surgeries. He was knocked by a three wheeler while riding a motor bike at Katugastota.

Kandy Youth back with bat and ball

Kandy Youth CC who are celebrating their 32nd year are back in the game of cricket. Under the captaincy of Prasad Ranawaka taking part in the qualifying division II tournament, they have come up to the finals by beating Old Rajans, Vidyalaya SC Kegalle and Peradeniya University. In the finals they will meet Old Rajans on January 20 at the Pallekelle Stadium. At one time they were one of the leading cricket playing clubs in the Kandy District, if not Central Province, before financial difficulties pushed them out of big company. This club also had a brief ‘marriage’ with rugby and played in the A and B division.

Bradby on May 11th and 25th

As Trinity College and Royal College get set for the 75th traditional Brady encounters, the most probable dates for the two games are 1st leg May 11th (Kandy) and 2nd leg May 25th (Colombo). A final decision will be taken on January 9.The Bradby Shield is the blue riband of schools rugby, easily the most looked-forward to encounter in the country. The 74 year old tradition sees over 25,000 spectators converge for the two legs. The players representing their respective schools in this iconic encounter follow a rich tradition of camaraderie, loyalty and sportsmanship and are the envy of every single schoolboy and fan.

Samaposha U14 football for Kandy schools

On Saturday and Sunday at Randel hills grounds the Kandy schools Samposha Under-14 boys and girls inter-schools football tournament will be played.

The organising part is done by the MIC of Kingwood College Asela Jayantha on behalf of the schools football association. On Wednesday applications were distributed to schools in Kandy. The qualifying teams will take part in the all island tournament. In last year's all island tournament St. Joseph’s College Colombo won the boys event and Pandateruppu Girls High School, Jaffna emerged as girls champions.

102nd Kandy’s Battle of the Blues

The 102nd Trinity–Antonian cricket encounter, which is known as Kandy’s Battle of the Blues will be played at Katugastota on March 8 and 9. This encounter is played for the John Halangoda Memorial Trophy and is awarded to the team who manages to win the match by means of an outright win or failing that, a first innings win. The limited overs match will be on 16 March at Asgiriya. The winner of the limited overs encounter, usually played a week after the 2-day match, will be awarded the Sir Richard Aluwihare Trophy.

Reshan to lead Trinity?

Trinity College will play their first match of the season against Zahira College on 3 March in Colombo and their second game is scheduled for 10 of March at Pallekelle against Isipathana College. Trinity College is packed with some good talented players and are sure to give of their best, The Scrummage is giving the best of support and Reshan Bandaranayake is tipped to lead Trinity.

Pathum will lead Kingswood

The first game of rugby for the Kingswoodians will be against their arch rivals Wesley, with whom they play for the “Blaze” trophy, which is fixed for 3 March at Nittawela. The second match is with St. Peter's College at the same venue the following week. Pathum Weerasinghe will lead the side with D.D.S. Gamage as coach. Consultant will be veteran Ananda Kasthuriarchchi with Kosla Devageis as the MIC.

Antonians to be captained by Makarim

St. Anthony's College will play their first game against Isipathana in Kandy in the first week of March, and the side is coached by experienced Ronnie Ibrahim. The captain is M.Makarim.

Thilina (89 pts) and Danushka Ranjan (30 pts) at rugby

Thilina Wijesinghe who learnt his rugby at Dharmaraja College under the guidance of C.S.Ekanayake and Ananda Kasthuriachchi has made Kandy proud by pocketing 89 points in eight games in the ongoing Dialog rugby league this season. He has scored 2 tries, goaled 32 tries, and put over 5 penalties which gives him 89 points. While at school too he did the same, he was a top point scorer. In 2016/17 season he scored 118 points for Kandy SC (1T, 37G, 10P, 3DG). Former Peterite and present Kandy SC center Dhanushka Ranjan who led the country at the Asian Sevens series; a top class center-three-quarter has scored 6 tries for a total of 30 points.

Kandy Schools Bash

The 2019 Kandy Schools Bash will take place at Havelock SC grounds on 6 April where past pupils attached to the Kandy Schools will be seen in action.

The first event was held in 2007. Past pupils of 13 main schools living in Colombo will be seen in action.

The Organizing Committee comprises co-chairperson former Antonian cricketer Pramodth Fernando, Rashika Wijekoon Antonian Convent hockey player and secretary Shanika Thalwatte former Hillwoodian netballer.

Trinity U13 enters quarters

The Trinity College under 13 cricketers entered the quarter finals of the Singer trophy u13 division one inter-school cricket tournament. They will meet St. Peter’s College in the quarters.

In the pre-quarters thanks to Janith Warnapura who made a solid 157 not out facing 221 balls Trinity won the match againsts Ananda on points.

Katugastota Antonians record 4th win

St. Anthony’s College Katugastota by beating Karandeniya Central registered their third win of the inter school cricket season. Players like M. Kamil, A Wanninayake, T. Abeyakoon, G. Ebert, and K. Senaratna has been giving their best.

Trinity lifters win Junior Nationals for 11th consecutive year

The weightlifting team of Trinity College won the Junior Nationals Weightlifting Championship for the 11th consecutive year.

The meet was held in the last week of last month at the Sports Ministry Auditorium in Colombo. They won in three categories Youth, Junior and Senior.

Sri Rahula doing well in cricket

Sri Rahula College Katugostota cricketers, are doing well this season, they have won three games outright and one on first innings. Against

Wayamba Royal College the match ended in a draw with first innings points for Sri Rahula. Royal 219 and 47 for 3, Sri Rahula 277.

They beat D.S. Senanayake National School Ampara by 10 wickets: D.S. Senanayake 147 and 83, Sri Rahula 172 and 59/0, beat Azhar College Akurana by an innings and 61 runs: Sri Rahula 316, Azhar 123 and 132 and beat Sir John Kotalawala Central College by 8 wickets: Sri Rahula 335 and 72/2, Sir John Kotalawala 168 and 237.

Roy de Silva remembered

Roy de Silva former Kingswood, St. Sylvester’s and Kandy sportsman, who excelled in hockey, cricket, football and athletics, was remembered on his second death anniversary which fell yesterday.

He was the former NOC chairman and president of Kandy and Sri Lanka hockey, and Kandy District Cricket Association.

He had the rare privilege of being the Vice President of Asian Hockey Federation from 1979 to 1983.


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