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Trinity inter-house ‘tens’ rugby on Sunday

The Trinity College inter-house ten-a-side rugby tournament will take place on Sunday at Nittawella from 10 a.m. onwards. Last year they came out after nearly a decade with the students-friendship inter-house senior rugby tournament which was played at the same venue, with Lamuel House emerging champions.

De Alwis, Sahayam & Ousman trophy hockey

Trinity College and S. Thomas’ College will meet in their annual hockey encounter at Asgiriya Stadium on Sunday. The winners of the under 16 encounter will receive the BSG Sahayam trophy; it is the sixth encounter for the trophy. The winner of the under 20 game also played for the 16th time will receive the Warden Neville de Alwis memorial shield and, the winners of the old boys game will receive the Mirzan Ousmand trophy. Last year, the under 16 game ended in a one all draw, and the under 20 game saw S Thomas’ win by 3 goals to nil and the old boys game also ended in a one all draw. These two schools first met at hockey in 1950 when Trinity won and the following year Thomians were victorious and continued to win 12 times in a row. The chief guest will be 1974 hockey ‘lion’ and Sri Lanka Schools player Mohamed Razeen Mohamed Haniffa.

Trinity finalises rugby coaches

Trinity College and their able Old Trinitians Rugby Scrummage has signed their set coaches for the coming season. Coaching Trinity College is a dream job for coaches, and the new set of coaches should be delighted. All coaches should be completely focussed in developing a team capable of being top class. The new coaches are Under 10 and 12 - Y.M.S. Ratnayake, Under 14 - Ramzy Decker and Damith Dissanayake, Under 16 - Ranjan Baddegama, Under 18 - Thusitha de Silva (Backs) and Kavinda Jayasena (Forwards), Rodney So'oialo (Consultant Head Coach 1st XV), Asitha Ratnayake (Forwards Coach) and Saliya Kumara (Backs Coach).

When will Bogambara be ready?

The Bogambara Stadium the most famous ground in Kandy, where the first unofficial cricket test match was played, is set for redevelopment. The original owners were the Kandy Municipal Council and the Sports Ministry took over for development in late 1990’s and failed to return it. With many requests they have started to redevelop the playing area, where in the last couple of years there were a lot of injuries, due the hardness of the grounds. The ground needs major improvements in the last 20 years as ground maintenance has been below standard. Although work has started it is now nearly over a month as work has been held back due to rain. This is the ground which helped, hockey, football, athletics rugby in a big way, when it was under the Municipal Council. The ground charges were very low compared to the present day rates.

Manoj manager again?

Manoj Jayatissa who led Trinity in 1985 is tipped to be back as Rugby Manager of Trinity College. He served as manager of the Trinity College rugger team for seven years before stepping down. He played for the school from 1983 to 1985, and in the three years figured in 42 consecutive matches without getting injured. At one time he was the coach of the under 16, 18 and assistant coach of the senior side. During his playing days he was a top class hooker and was excellent at tackling. He represented Kandy Sports Club in 1986.

Kandy Gateway’s Panchalee 3rd

Panchalee Mahavithana of Gateway College, Kandy, the under 16 girls 50m and 100m freestyle swimmer was placed third in the All Island School Games 2019 Swimming championship organized by the Ministry of Education and held at the Sugathadasa Sports Complex.

Gateway wins at badminton

Badminton players of Gateway College - Lisinni Ratnayake was placed 2nd in the girls under 13, and Umer Noordeen and Prannikshan Maniwanan in the under 17 boys double were placed 3rd in the Kandy District Badminton Tournament 2019 organized by the Kandy District Badminton Association. The event took place at the Municipal indoor stadium at Katukelle.

CP fields a well balanced side

Central Province will field a well-balanced Under-15 team for the Inter-District Inter-Provincial Cricket Tournament which is one of the most looked forward cricket tournament of the juniors organized and conducted by Sri Lanka Cricket. The Central Province affairs are handled by CPCA secretary Janaka Pathirana and the squad consists of 20 top players like Anjala Bandara, A.I. Galapitiage, Tissara Ekanayake, T.S. Mathives, Lahiru Abeyasinghe, Ishara Maduwantha (St. Anthony’s), Isuru Pannala, Dulara Bandulasena (Dharmaraja), Kuslan Wijetunge, Rahal Amarasinghe, Supun Waduge, Vibahavitha Ehlepola, Manual Kularatne, Vihan Mudunkotuwa (Trinity), Arjuna Udugoda, Malith Kulatunge, (St. Sylvester’s), Ashen Senanayake (Vidyartha), Trevon Kosgolla (Lyceum International).

Sports is suffering

The growth of sports is suffering due limited access to play grounds. Lack of grounds in Kandy is one of the key factors for the decline of the sport. Schools and clubs who are without proper playing fields are badly hit due to non-availability of grounds for matches, some schools go out of Kandy to play cricket. When it comes to rugby only one school has their grounds of their own, the other schools pay a big sum for grounds. When will this problem be sorted out? One of the biggest concerns of parents is keeping their children entertained in sports.

Vimukthi most outstanding sportsman

Footballer Pathum Vimukthi was awarded the Most Outstanding Senior Sportsman of the Year award at the Kingswood College colours award ceremony which took place on October 25 at the L. E. Blazè Memorial Hall. Vimukthi a top class footballer was well trained by old Rajan S.A. Weerasinghe and led the school side, and also the Sri Lanka under 19 side. He is now in the national squad. The other winner’s names were not available.

Junior hockey nationals postponed

Kandy District Hockey association had picked a strong side for the junior hockey nationals which were to be played in Galle from today; but sad to say the tournament has been halted due to bad weather. Sri Lanka Hockey Federation the organisers, will fix another date, fourteen teams were to take part.

Bowling machine for Trinity

Trinity College received a bowling machine for performing well in the under 19 schools division one cricket tournament last season. Sri Lanka Cricket presented 16 schools with bowling machines and from Kandy, only Trinity College benefited.

Kandy schools rugby training started

All Kandy rugby playing schools have started training for the upcoming season. Kingswood College will be coached by one of their products Nilufer Ibrahim, Vidyartha College by Dhanushka Pushpakumara, Trinity College will have an overseas coach Rodney So’oialo, St. Anthony’s College - Sumedha Malawana, Dharmaraja College - Lasintha de Costa, Sri Sumangala College - D.S. Gamage, St. Sylvester’s College - Roshan Weeraratne and Sri Rahula College - Nalin Wijesinghe. All Kandy schools are blessed with good players, but what they lack is proper grounds for practices and for playing matches.

Out of eight, five boxers from Kandy

Eight boxers have been selected to tour Sweden at the end of next month out of which five are from Kandy - Attaab Manzil (Trinity), Kavisha Manatunga (St.Sylvester’s), G.D.S. Hansaja (Vidyartha), S.M.K.S. Bandara, Chethiya Ekanayake (Dheerananda Vidyalaya Pilimatalawa) and Nisal Rangana Bandra (Peradeniya MMV).

Kandy schools do well

At the All Island Schools Athletics championship 2019, Kandy Distinct schools performed well. In the Under 14 Girls - Good Shepherd Convent (9 points) were 4th, Under 16 Boys A. Ratnayaka Central College (7) were 3rd, Under 16 Girls A Ratnayaka Central College (10) were 1st, Under 18 Boys Dharmaraja College (10) were 4th, Under 18 Girls A Ratnayaka Central College (34) were 1st, Under 20 Girls A Ratnayaka Central College (25) were 1st, Overall Boys Championship A Ratnayaka Central College (19) were 4th, Overall Girls Championship A. Ratnayaka Central College (81) were 1st, Provincial Championship overall 3rd with 156 points.

Kandy’s rugby lovers remember Dr. Kapuwatte

Kandy rugby lovers led the tributes to their former rugby promoter Dr Kapuwatte who was president, patron and trustee of the club and who gave the right man the right job. He died on 26th of October 2016. Kapu, as he was popularly known, joined the Kandy Sports Club administration scene in 1989, and rose to be its president in 1991. During his tenure Kandy SC won their first ‘A’ first division title - the Clifford Cup in 1992. He was president on 20 occasions and patron six times. One should not forget the yeoman service he rendered to the sport of rugby at Kandy SC. He was also president of the Central Province Rugby Football Union at one time and also headed the Kandy District Table Tennis Association.

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