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Mayor Kessara Senanayake to give a fillip to sports

Mayor of Kandy Kessara Senanayake, a sports lover, has planned a strategy for sport and physical activity in Kandy. This strategy sets out his vision for Kandy to be the most active and socially-integrated city in Sri Lanka. The Mayor has an unwavering belief in the power of sport to bring Kandy crowds together and to improve their life styles. His main aim will be to support sporting events to foster social integration, get active, build stronger communities and reinforce position as a pre-eminent destination for major sporting events. Kandy has play grounds and community centres, and he has upgraded all of them to give youngsters a break. His father late E.L. Senanayake gave his best for sports during his time as Mayor and as a Minister.

17th TRR Rajan cricket today

The Rotary Club of Kandy will be hosting the Rotary tennis and cricket tournament today at the Nittawela rugby grounds. This is the 17th tournament in a row. Their primary purpose of the event is to encourage the engagement of the Rotarians and Rotaract members of different cultural backgrounds. The winning team and runners-up will be presented with the T.R.R. Rajan memorial trophy. This event is once again sponsored by Asoka Group of Companies, the producers of Sun match and Sun Aqua. Over 30 teams from Rotary and Rotaract will be seen in action. The tournament is organized in memory of late Rotarian T.R.R. Rajan who was the 51st president of the Rotary Club of Kandy. The man behind the scene is none other than BDR Suri Rajan. This event is also seen by Rotarians as an opportunity for friendship exchanges between the Rotary and Rotaract clubs.

Rugby U14 Cup for Trinity, Bowl for Vidyartha

Trinity College won the Cup and Vidyartha College the Bowl at the inter-school Milo under 14 ten-a-side rugby tournament. The Trinitians were lucky to pull the game off in their favour during extra time. At the final whistle the scores read 5-all. In extra time Trinitians scored a try to clinch the title. Fans in the packed Royal complex rose to their feet as it was a well fought out final. In this game the exchanges were tense until Y.N. Ariyawansa scored the match winning try. On the way to the finals, Trinity beat Zahira College 31-0. In the Bowl final it was an all Kandy affair and Vidyartha beat Kingswood 21-0.The other Kandy schools St. Anthony’s College came to the cup quarters and lost to Zahira College. In the Bowl quarters, Vidyartha College beat Dharmaraja College 10-1, Kingswood beat S. Thomas’ College 10-5. In Shield St. Sylvester’s went down to Ananda College 0-5. Then in the Plate semis St. Anthony’s College were beaten by Wesley College 0-29. In the Bowl, Vidyartha beat Royal 8-5 and Kingswood beat Lumbini 12-7.

Will this happen is the talk?

On Monday the foundation stone was laid by Sports Minister Harin Fernando for a synthetic athletic track at the Bogambara Stadium. The talk in town is when will this project be completed. If it is done sportsmen and women would benefit in a big way. In this connection a function was held at Bogambara Stadium which was also attended by the Mayor of Kandy. The event was organized by the sports ministry officials in the dark; they only wanted to show their faces to the sports minister.

Cricketer Wilson resigns

Former top class cricketer who was vice principal of Trinity College Rev. J.D. Shaw Wilson no stranger to Trinity has resigned. He taught at Trinity in the 1980s and was a Boarding House Master, cricket coach, and curator of the Asgiriya cricket grounds. A strict disciplinarian he helped the Trinitians to break the 35-year-old hoodoo against St. Anthony’s in 1986 when they won the big match by seven wickets. That year the Trinitians were led by T. P. Weerasuriya and the Antonians by Rienzie Perera. This great win for the Trinitians would not have been possible if not for the coaching of Wilson. He is a sportsman, having captained Royal College, Colombo at cricket, he represented Oxford University and went on to play cricket in Kent and Middlesex leagues.

Kandy Youth CC win

Kandy Youth CC beat Sylvestrians CC by 52 runs at the Pallekelle Prisons grounds last Sunday in a Governor's trophy inter-club cricket match. Kandy Youth CC batting first went on to score 220 for 7 wkts in 33 overs, thanks to Dinidiya Polkotuwa who scored 77 runs with nine fours and three sixes. Yasiru Gamaarachchi (40) and Venuka Pussepitiya (38) were the others to score. Supun Bandara took 3 for 36. Sylvestrians CC in reply made 168 in 26.3 overs with Maduranga Vithanage scoring 85. Yasiru Gamarachchi took 5 for 44.

Antonians promoted to top division at cricket

St. Anthony’s College have been promoted to Division I the top division in the first XI circuit and are in Group B with schools like S. Thomas’ College, Mt. Lavinia, St. Peter’s College, Colombo, Dharmapala College Pannipitiya, Moratu Maha Vidyalaya Moratuwa, Dharmaraja College Kandy, Dharmasoka College Ambalangoda and Prince of Wales College Moratuwa. This time the school tournament will be a 36-team affair.

The teams will play in four groups of nine teams. Each team will have to play against all the teams within the group in the first round. Apart from the 8 tournament games, a maximum of 7 traditional games will be considered for performance points.

The Antonians will open the season with the game against Moratu Vidyalaya on 27th and 28th of this month. It will be followed by matches on October 4-5 v Wesley College, Colombo, 10-11 v S. Thomas’ College, Mount Lavinia, 18-19 v St. Sebastian’s College, Moratuwa, 25-26 v Dharmapala College, Pannipitiya, November 8-9 v Ananda College, Colombo, 11-12 v Dharmasoka College, Ambalangoda, December 30-31 v Prince of Wales, Moratuwa, January 3-4 v Royal College, Colombo, 10-11 v St. Anne’s College, Kurunegala, 17-18 v Dharmaraja College, Kandy, 24-25 v Kingswood College, Kandy, January 31– February 1 v St. Joseph's College, Colombo, February 14-15 v St. Peter's College, Colombo, 21-22 v St. Benedict’s College, Kotahena, March 6-7 big match against Trinity College, Kandy, 14 - One day encounter against Trinity College. Suneth Gunathilake will continue as coach and Lenin Jayasinghe as MIC.

Trinity fields a talented cricket side

Trinity College, Kandy, was very successful and did extremely well in cricket last season, this time hope to field a talented and experienced side in the coming inter-school cricket season with some of last season’s players. Trinitians are in Division I and will play in Group ‘D’ with schools like St. Sebastian’s College, Moratuwa, St. Joseph Vaz College, Wennappuwa, St. Thomas’ College, Matara, Richmond College, Galle, Lumbini College, Colombo, Zahira College, Colombo, Wesley College, Colombo, and Ananda College, Colombo. They are hoping to play their first match with St. Servatius’ College, Matara on September 20 and 21 at Asgiriya Stadium. Once again the coach is old boy Kavinda Jayasuriya. Lahiru Seneviratne is the deputy coach and Dammika de Silva the MIC.

Old Trinitians SC AGM on Sep 28

The AGM of the Old Trinitians SC has been fixed for Saturday September 28. This club gives a big hand for old Trinitians, and the original idea to form this club came from late A.G.G. Perera who on 6 May 1978 requested the then Principal to look into the possibilities of forming a club for old boys. His intentions were mainly to give an opportunity to the present boys to take part in sports at a higher level and gain experience and help those who do not have a chance to represent at club level. The initial response from old boys was poor as many were under the impression that this might bring in a rift within the central OBA. However after many discussions at various levels Harindra Dunuwille tabled a letter from A.G.G. Perera at a committee meeting of the OBA on 3 Sept 1979 requesting the formation of a club. It was decided to place this proposal at the AGM on 19 July 1980.

This proposal was unanimously accepted by the house. It is worth mentioning the names of the late Keerthi Ratnayake, Nugent Kapuwatte, Duleep Ranasinghe, Sidhantha Blok, Leonard de Alwis and Jayantha Ranhotty who did yeoman service during this period. The OTSC was inaugurated with A.G.G. Perera elected as the first president and Leonard de Alwis as the secretary on 19 July 1980 with 53 members elected as founder members. The present president Lakmal Tennakoon, a former Trinity College and Kandy SC ruggerite, and his able committee has done a good job and should continue their good work.

Former Kandy SC’s star David Halaifonua will play for Tonga

David Halaifonua (born July 5, 1987) is a Tongan national rugby player who currently plays for Coventry in the RFU Championship and for the Tonga national team. He also played for Kandy SC and has been selected by his country to represent Tonga in the Rugby World Cup in Japan later this month. Kandy fans will remember him and wish him well.

Pathanian Viraj KSC assistant coach

Viraj Prasanna, a product of Isipathana College who also coached his school and a former CR and FC player will be the assistant coach to Fazil Marija who is head coach of Kandy SC. Viraj played along with Pavithra Fernando, Shamly Nawaz , Kishan Musafer and Asanga Rodrigo. Viraj also played for Sri Lanka in his pet position as hooker. He played for CH & FC last season.

TCK OBA Kandy Branch presents boxing equipment

Trinity College young boxers received boxing equipment, which were presented by the Trinity College Old Boys Association Kandy branch. The items were handed over on Thursday to the principal by the Kandy OBU branch committee members. They have students and an ever-growing waiting list. With help like this more and more children can be encouraged to take up to the sport.

Four hockey players from Kandy

Four top female hockey players from Kandy have been selected to tour Singapore for the AHF junior women’s hockey tournament which will be played from September 9. All four players are products of Seethadevi BMV and were coached by A.A. Ashroff and P. Nadaraja. The players are Neranji Attipola, Charuka Abeyaratne, Roshani Rajapakse and Nani Tillakaratne.


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