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Kandy SC crowned Rugby Sevens champs

Kandy SC crowned a highly successful inter-club rugby sevens by winning it in style. Last year’s first leg winners looked electric from the very first moment they stepped onto the Racecourse grounds in Colombo and it wasn't any different when it came to the Cup final against the CR & FC.

Head coach Fazil Marija should give a big thank you to all the Kandy SC fans. The side was in top form from the first game and showed sportsmanship ahead of the matches as they lifted the ball high into the air while they said their final prayer. Kandy SC finished their campaign with a 24-14 victory over CR.

Kandy SC reaped the fruits of their experience when faced with the strong challenge of CR and FC. Earlier in the semifinal, Kandy SC seized the moment and to crush Havelocks 29 -5. In the quarter-finals beat Air Force ‘A’, and in the pool matches beat CH & FC ‘B’, Air Force ‘B’ and Navy ‘A’.

Club rugby is number one in Kandy

Rugby is today the number one glamour club sport in Kandy. Though this club is nearing 150 years it was from 1992 that this club started dominating the game. All this was due to the support of Malik Samarawickrema. He is the man who brought the game to this level. A product of Royal College, he played as a scrum-half from 1966 to 1968 alongside Jagath Fernando, HCP Malwatte, AJ Yusuf, B. Livera, CR de Silva, DJ Perera, R. Thurairatnam, Bryan Baptiste and G. Mohamed to name a few. After leaving school he joined the CR and FC and also played for the Low Country and Sri Lanka before hanging up his boots in 1977. Today Kandy Sports Club is top mainly due to his efforts. He was at one-time treasurer, team manager and president of the Sri Lanka Rugby Football Union. Malik was supported by former president of the club late Dr. Sarath Kapuwatha.

Kandy schools in first four

In the second round, Plate competition this time the first four places went to Kandy schools, champions Kingswood College, Vidyartha, St. Anthony’s and Dharmaraja. Sri Sumangala were number two in the Division II B first round league. Vidyartha and Dharmaraja got back to ‘A’ division and will be playing along with Trinity, St. Anthony’s and Kingswood. St. Sylvester’s who played in Division I B will be in the same division and Sri Rahula who did well are sure to come up.

Kingswood U-16 football champions

Kingswood College under 16 footballers who are under the guidance of veteran S.A. Weersinghe emerged as unbeaten Central Province champions in the tournament organized by Education Department of Central Province in which 45 teams took part. With this win, Kingswood are in the All Island National School Football Tournament to be held in September. Kingswoodians beat St. Anthony’s College 2-0, Gampola Muslim College 4-0, Zahira College 2-1 in the pre-quarterfinals, Gampola International School 5-4 in a penalty shootout in the quarter-finals, Benhil College 1-0 in the semifinals and St. Sylvester’s 1-0in the final after a penalty shootout to clinch the title. The champion team comprised H.K.I. Ishara, M.A. Asmi, Dulina Yatigammana, Nadila Kularathna, Chantuka Dassanayaka, D.M. Liyanage, R.C. Rupasingha, R.P. Rupasingha, Deshan Unambuwa, Denet Dissanayaka, I.M. Ishan, A.P. Rathnayaka, N. Weerabangsha, Samuel Stewan, S.M. Herath, Dumidu Bandara, and Dulasha Liyanage. They were coached by S.A. Weerasinghe and Koshala Nawaratne.

Kandy Club AGM

The AGM of the 142-year-old Kandy Club was held last Saturday, a club which was formed and dominated by Englishmen. The same office-bearers were elected with one change. President - D. Swarnasinghe, Vice President - R. Jayathilake, Secretary - R.A.F. McLeod, Treasurer - L.B.M. Herath, Asst. Treasurer - A. Vidanagamage, Immediate Past President - K.M.R. Kulatunge, Committee: B.D.R. Rajan – P. Pethiyagoda, A. Jayaratne, R. Nanayakkara, R. de Saram, T. Jayasinghe, V. Athimoolam, R. Gnanaraj, W.W. Bandara and General Manager R. Samarakoon with W.N. Ranaweera as accounts manager.

Schools to give a big hand for sports

All Kandy schools are to give a big hand for sports. Parents and schools should encourage physical education and sports. It is believed that a healthy body has a healthy mind. Anyone who has seen kids on a playground knows they are the happiest moving about, active and playing. Whether it is playing informally, competitive play or even playing just for fun. However, present-day education is largely academic. This position needs to be changed for a balanced development through inculcating a health consciousness among students. This includes development at physical, social and mental levels. With increasing emphasis on academics everywhere and rapid advances in science and technology, parental pressure has been driving academic training; albeit at the cost of health and physical fitness of the youth. As per a study, levels of physical activity may start tailing off as early as the age of seven. As children get older, it can be a challenge for them to get adequate daily physical activity. Hence, parents along with schools must take initiatives to inculcate a culture of ‘playing’ from early childhood of a student so that it follows them throughout their lives. Parents and schools should team up to encourage sports among children. As a higher percentage of children go to schools, in this context there is now an urgency to lay a strong foundation and strengthen physical education and sports in educational institutions or schools.

Manchester City Football Academy

Manchester City Football Academy is packed with young up and coming footballers who are well guided by S.A. Weerasinghe, a top class footballer to come out of Kandy. He is assisted by Mohamed Asmi and in goalkeeping by Isuru Maduwantha. They are to organize a junior football tournament. This academy's main aim is to come out with a competition for players’ exposure and experience. Football, as a sport for a child, has a great number of advantages. The child will become physically developed very quickly, which will strengthen not only their bones but also muscular tissue. Training consists of a variety of exercises.

Sabri Abuthair Old Trinitians Kandy president

The TCK OBA Kandy branch AGM was held last Saturday at the OTSC. Sportsmen and well-known sports promoter Sabri Abuthair was elected as president. He was well known as a good organizer when he was secretary of the Rotary Club of Kandy. His principal role will be to ensure that the association maintains close contact with the old boys and keeps up-to-date with the strategy and current priorities. He chairs the OBA Kandy Committee. He takes over from Bathiya Welegedera who did a good job. The vice-presidents are Chanuka Wickramasinghe, Dr. Ajaya Jayaseelan, Secretary is Joel Ghanaprakasam, Treasurer Dhammika Samarawickrema and the president elect is Dhanraja Reddy. The general committee comprises Bhuvanaka Dharmaratne, Sampath Tennakoon, Junious Ranasinghe, Nalin Perera, Shiraz Raheem, Asiri Gammudhalali, Shivanka Thilakaratne, Indika Thilakaratne, Arshad Ismail, Sampath Jayaratne, Chinthaka Thilakarathne, M. Madhbasha, Ravindra Adhikari, Dhanushka Niroshana, Asela Dissanayaka, Ali Mohideen, Sameera Jayasooriya, M. Sulaiman, M. Anas, Nalin Perera, Dhanushka Nimalsiri, S. Shrayan, and P. Pasan.

Who is fooling whom at football?

At last a football tournament was held in Kandy called the FA Cup, organized by the FFSL, the administrative and controlling body for Sri Lanka football. Because Kandy FL has had no AGM, there were no tournaments for a few years. Some of the people who won't get into football power were contacted by the FFSL and they had supported this tournament. FFSL should have supported the Kandy FL and conducted this tournament through them. The final took place last Sunday, where the Municipal Council XI beat Hy Line SC 3-2 in the final. The final was halted for few minutes in the second half due to the touch judge being manhandled and also in an earlier game, the referee was assaulted and in another game, a player got the same treatment after the match and was hospitalized. The final was packed with local politicians and gave away the awards. Even the president of the FFSL with officials had been there during the incident. Hooliganism reflected local ethnic divisions and tensions.

Rugby lovers and parents to give a fillip

Over here in Kandy, rugby lovers and parents are all-out to provide dynamic, competitive and enjoyable rugby opportunities for students. With schools rugby continuing to grow, schools rugby is doing well though they lose matches. The growth path of schools rugby depends both on the school and parents. They are to co-cooperate to host rugby classes free of charge which will be an excellent platform for students to execute their rugby skills and explore potential athletes to play for their school. This is a good idea. What they lack is a proper playing field.

Trinity swimmers win Central province colours

Two of Trinity College swimmers, H.O.C. Hiripitiya and T. K. Karunathilake, were awarded Central Province Colours in recognition of their performance.

The awards ceremony was held at the Central Provincial Council Auditorium under the distinguished patronage of Maithri Gunaratna, the Governor of Central Province.

When is the PML Banda–Bertie Nillegoda rugby match?

The annual rugby game between St. Sylvester’s and Vidyartha will be the 9th for the trophy.

Will this game come off?

Out of 3 only 2 took part

Three schools from Kandy qualified for the President’s trophy schools knockouts, out of which Trinity kept off due to examinations.

The other schools from Kandy are Vidyartha who are through to the semis after the walk over they got and Kingswood.

Hillwood’s Bimandee TT champion

Hillwood College’s Bimandee Bandara won the women’s singles title at the 72nd national table tennis championship which was held at Panagoda organized by the TT Interim committee.

In the final Bimandee beat Muthumali Priyadartshani of CSCT campus 11-2, 11-4, 12-10 and 11-5.

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