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Trinity-Royal Simithrachchi Cup

One hour before the Bradby, an interesting game of rugby is on the cards for the Simithrachchi Cup with Trinity College and Royal College clashing in the junior (Under 18) first leg, which will be kicked off before the Bradby Shield game at the Pallekele grounds at 3pm.

Last year Royal won both the matches and this time Trinity will be hoping to give a superb display and win the first leg. It is going to be a close affair.

The cup was introduced in 1978 and donated by one of the old boys of Trinity College George Hemachandra in memory of their first old boy principal Charles Edward Simithrachchi.

Trinity are fielding a strong side and playing on their home ground and go out favourites. Their strong point is their speedy three quarters who are hard runners capable of penetrating any defence. Their forwards, who are well coached, have stood out with their terrific, close play.

Royal too field a well balanced side and are sure to address in the same manner. Their forte is their powerful forwards. Their back division too is good and much could be expected from them.

One hour before this game will be the under 16 match which will be refereed by Ravi Alexander.

Trinity squad: Kulanaka Bandara, Umer Fizer, Mohomad Shuaib, Kaveen Wijayasena (Captain), Ravindu Wickramasinghe (Vice Captain),Koojana Kulathunge, Uvindu Dasanayaka, Shamendra Dissanayake, Dylan Yee, Shamal Wegodapola, Kovida Wickramasinghe, Kaksun Karunaratne, Lithmal Moragoda, Ruvishan Pananwela, Sehan Sirisoma, Thamuditha Dodanwatte, Abdul Khaleel, Ashen Wijesuriya, Loshika Wijekoon, Sehan Sirisoma, Danidu Doolwale, Kaveesha Edema, Areeb Rasheed, Bhashana Wijesinghe, Bihindu Pananwela, Uvindu Liyanage, Jeffery Abishai, Shaveen Premaratne, Asiri Kodithuwakku. Royal squad: Pasindu Gurusinghe, Riley Douglas, Viren Gajanayake (captain), Savith Manamperi, Chamiththa Divanka, Kalindu Dilaranga, Harsha Chandimal, Vivoda Dabare, Haristh Periers, Chruka Seneviratne, Randul Senanayake, Agamd Ali, Rahil Wijesekea, Philip Calyanaratne, Idrak Faaruk, Kaven Sasanga, Dhanuja Samararatne, Bisal Vimukthi, Sonal Mathila, Haarith Husseinh, Kavinu Gamalth, Hirundith de Costa, Abdulla Yoousuf, Yanishjye Cooray, Bulana Dias, Ifaaz Irzan, Ishan Lakshithita, Hmeth Ravndiv, Pasindu Heshan, Kavinash Srikanth, Sakeel Goonatilake. Referee - Isuru Perera.

Spinners’ clinic

Kandy Youth SC, a club which is keen to give a fillip for cricket, have decided to hold a spinners clinic for Under-15 age group players from Kandy schools. All schools will be informed to send their players for this most important clinic, which will help the players in a big way. Each school is expected to send five spinners.

Kandy products do well at TT

Kandy school table tennis players gave off their best at the Junior National Table Tennis Championship which was conducted by the TT Association of Sri Lanka in collaboration with the Army at Panagoda. In the U10 boys singles, Safiullah Akram of Al-Huda International school was runner-up. In the U12 boys singles, Rasindu Jayasundara of Kingswood was number one and number two place went to Safiullah Akram of Al-Huda International school.

In the U15 girls singles Bimandee Banda of Hillwood College was second, in the Under 18 girls doubles Mahamaya Girls College pair Thanushi Rodrigo playing together with Jinthra Warnakularusiya Ladies College were number one and in the U18 boys singles, Chandupa Alahakoon was placed number one.

Ronnie all out to give his best

St. Anthony’s College under the coaching of Ronnie Ibrahim will commence their second round of the Plate with a game against Dharmaraja on June 7. They finished fifth out of six teams in the first round.

Cricket meeting

The Kandy Cricket Association will hold their second meeting for 2019 at their office at Asgiriya today at 3pm. The main topic will be to bring back club cricket. It will be ideal if they can also make arrangements to introduce a women’s tournament because women are keen to play cricket.

Postponed rugby referee seminar held

The rugby referees seminar which was postponed due to the school games was in the balance. With the rescheduling of the matches, it was held as said on May 25. It was for referees and assistant referees of Central Province before the schools second round kicks off. Twenty-three referees attended the workshop, which was conducted by a product of St. Sylvester’s College, former referee and level two-qualified CMO Aruna Rankothge.

Trinity-Royal golf played on Friday

The Trinity – Royal golf game which is played in Kandy the day before the Bradby was held yesterday at the Victoria Golf and Country Resort. It is played for the G C Wickramasinghe Challenge trophy. In the years 2016 and 2017 Old Trinitians won and in 2018 it was the Royalists. This year’s Old Trinitians side was made of golfers like Bimal Fernando, Chandima de Singhe (captain), Ravana Wijeratne, Tharanga Gunasekera, Surein Premathileke, Sathis Balasubramanium, Fazley Azar, Prasad Dissanayake. Rohan Thotabaduge, Ranjith Weerasinghe, Saji Sumathiratne, Asela Wewita, Michael Richardson, Ashan Welegedara, Ganeshan Sriharan and Srimahadevan Mylventhen. Old Royalists comprised G C Wickramasinghe, Gihan Wickramasinghe, Gamini Jayaweera (captain), Dr Senarath Yapa, Arjun Fernando, Anil Hirdaramani, Nirmal Ranasinghe, Kapila Dandeniya, Sanjeewa Ariyawansa, Ananda Jayasekera, Roshen Perera, Samitha Perera, Dr. Santush Perera, Nimal Piyaratne and Gihan Sugathapala.

Anuruddha Ratnayake to give a hand

Sportsmen and promoter R.M. Anuruddha C.B. Ratnayake who is the General Manager Central and Uva Region is all out to give a hand for sports. He was Deputy General Manager of Central Province of Sri Lanka Telecom PLC and a well- known person in managing all Networks (Core & Access).

Mike replaces Byron as Bradby chief guest

The 1982 Trinity College captain Byron Fernando, who was to be the chief guest for the first leg of the Bradby will not be available, due to the change of date as he is not in a position to come.

He led the side and became the only player/captain to single-handedly score all the points for Trinity in both legs to win 9-6 and 6-4. Byron will be replaced by a veteran of the game Mike Gamini de Alwis whose stunning rugby career began at Trinity College in 1956, when he played as a hooker, in the famous, ‘unbeaten’ Trinity team led by David Frank. He played for Kandy SC, Havelock SC, Uva (captained in 1965) and Dimbulla A & CC (captained in 1971), Up-Country and the ‘crowning glory’ in his ten-year span of playing for Sri Lanka, was when he was appointed captain of the Sri Lanka National Team in 1967.

Mike also had the honour of playing in his first Asiad in Bangkok, Thailand in 1971.


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