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Sportsman Roshan Fernando is Senior DIG, CP

Former Royal College athletic captain and Public Schools meet record holder Roshan Fernando has come in as the senior DIG for Central Province. He has served in all ranks from Sub-Inspector to Senior DIG and is a longest-serving officer among the senior rankers of the police. Roshan led Royal College at athletics and was a Public Schools senior meet record holder. He was also a member of the Royal College cricket team, and also took part in rugby, volleyball and boxing. He led the Royal College champion athletic team in 1979, the year they won all three major schools championships - the Junior John Tarbet meet, Senior Tarbet meet and Relay Carnival. That is the year he won the Public Schools colours in athletics that included anchoring Royal to two Public Schools records in the 4x100m Relay and Medley Relay in the Under-19 age group. He was also a Senior Prefect and became the Head Prefect of Royal College Hostel. In 1980 he won the Best All-round Hosteller Award. He started his schooling at St. Mary’s College, Negombo, where his Under 11 long jump record in athletics for the Marians still remains unbroken for 46 years. As an Under-16 athlete at Royal, Fernando had accounted for five records, including the long jump which still remains intact after 41 years. He joined the Police in 1982 as a sub inspector. He is all out to give a big hand for Police sports in Kandy like past DIGs. Kandy Police is packed with some top sportsmen and women.

Kandy v CR key rugby fixture

Kandy SC and CR & FC who have remained unbeaten in four first round games in the ongoing inter-club first round league rugby tournament will produce yet another day of thrilling rugby action at Longden Place today. Both teams are happy with their performances and are sure to present a good game of rugby. The two unbeaten teams are in the running for the league title.CR & FC, after a couple of tough years, is playing excellent rugby once again which is shown by their victories in the four games played. Rugby fan can expect this to be a close affair.

Kandy one and three at women’s hockey

Kandy Blues and whites women’s hockey teams made the historic city of Kandy proud by taking 1st and the 3rd places at the Masters nationals, eleven a side Iconic Phase II hockey event. Kandy Blues beat Colombo Yellows in the final, thanks to Ayesha Serasinghe who scored the match winning goal in the fifth minute to win the title. Her superb display gave her the most outstanding player award. The champion side was led by a product of Sri Rahula College Katugastota.

Old Kingswoodians win KDHA league

At the annual Kandy District Hockey Association league hockey tournament for 2019, Old Kingswoodains SC clinched first place by beating Old Sylvestrians 5-2 in the final. Third place went to Old Vidyarthians SC. All three teams were presented with the Presidents trophy, and every player of the winning team was awarded a gold medal. Second placed team received silver medals and third place bronze. It was a well organized and well played tournament where eight teams were seen in action.

The finals was played under the patronage of former Trinity College hockey player Wazeer Mukthar.

Tehan to captain Trinity at rugby

A top class rugby player, Tehan Karunanayake who plays as scrum half has been named captain of the Trinity College rugby side for the 2020 season. His deputy is no. 8 forward Thidas Thanthirige. The head coach is former All Blacks player Rodney So’oialo, three-quarter coach Saliya Kumara and forwards coach Asitha Ratnayake. The squads are blessed with 45 and are hard at training at the Pallekelle grounds. Kavinda Jayasena is the manager of Trinity rugby. Rugby at Trinity is well backed by the principal Andrew Fowler-Watt and the Old boys Scrummage headed by Channa Pathirane.

Taylor in Kandy

One of the most experienced coaches Johan Taylor who coached Kandy SC to win the league, knockouts and the sevens many times, with his expert coaching arrived a few weeks ago to continue his stint with the champion team. He is expected to leave after the last first round game. It was in 2006, when Kandy SC was looking for a professional rugby coach that the name of Dan van Zale, the former South African scrum-half and captain in 2000 was proposed and agreed upon, but he was offered the National U20 rugby coach for Ireland post and had to decline Sri Lanka's offer. He introduced Johan Taylor, who first came at the end of 2006 and coached the team from 2007 for six years and guided them to win both the knockout and league title.

Taylor is a fine coach who has coached the Sri Lanka team as well as Royal College in 2013. He played most of his rugby in Ireland after leaving South Africa. He is also a very good golfer winning many awards in tournaments conducted by the Victoria Golf and Country Resort.

Kingswood cricket wing academy cricket

The Kingswood College cricket wing held their inaugural Randles Cricket Academy tournament for two age groups 8 to 11 and 11 to 13 years, at their grounds at Randles hills, where eight teams were seen in action. It was a good show and well organized. In the final Titans led by Kenula Philinaga beat Kings. The winning team made 67 in 10 overs and Titans scored 69 for 6 in 10 overs. The best batsman’s award went to Rumika Mapitigama, best bowler to Kenul Phiulanga, best fielder to Buddika Namakeerth, and player of the tournament to Kavija Gamage. The president of the Kingswood OBA Tissa Wijeratne was the chief guest and Lanka Francis guest of honour.

All Kandy rugby schools ready to scrum down

All rugby playing schools in Kandy have started training. The training focuses more on fitness. Schools rugby has a big following in Kandy and schools are blessed with talented players and coaches. Practices are mandatory and attendance is strictly monitored. All schools Trinity College, St. Anthony's College, Kingswood College, Dharmaraja College, St. Sylvester's College, Vidyartha College, Wariyapola Sri Sumangala College and Sri Rahula College are all out to give their best with the backing of the school and the old boys.

Kalugampitiya to captain Vidyartha at rugby

Sathsara Kalugampitiya a top class ruggerite has been named as the captain of the Vidyartha College rugby XV for the coming season and his deputy will be Rukshan Weerasinghe. The head coach is one of their products Dhanushka Pushpakumara. He was the three-quarters coach a few years back. Danushka led the Vidyartha College U13, 15 ,17 and 19 teams. He also played for outstation schools and combined schools. Later he played club rugby for Kandy SC, CR & FC, Sri Lanka 7s and 15s. the forwards coach is S. Wijesinghe and trainer Roshan Hemantha.

Kingswood blessed with a good cricket side

Kingswood College one of the oldest schools playing the game are blessed with a well-balanced side and a good coach. They not only possess a formidable batting line up but also a penetrative attack and are determined to give the leading schools, a good run. The coach is a product of St. Anthony’s College, Katugastota Prasad Ranawaka, one of the finest cricketers to come out of this school. He is doing his best to help Kingswood cricket regain its past glory with his years of experience in the coaching field. The assistant coach is Nipuna Ratnayake. He too is a product of St. Anthony’s College. The consultant is Malcolm Perera who is determined to give the school a fresh start. He has years of experience in coaching in Bangladesh and Malaysia at national level. The squad: Srimal Bandara, Vinuka Pussepitiya, Dumindu Dhamishka, Mahasen Ranasinghe, Dinidiya Polkotuwa, Anul Seneviratne, Chamudika Abeyratne, Madushan Jayasuriya, Navodya Weerasekara, Kevin Anthony, Dumindu Dhamishka, Hasintha Polkotuwa, Vinuka Pussepitiya, Mahasen Ranasinghe, Dumidu Bandara, Mayuranga Rajapaksa, Asiri Ekanayake, Charith Wijesundara, Mahasen Abeyakoon, Amesh Rupasinghe, and Mihila Hettiarachchi.

Indoor sports complex for Trinity at Asgiriya

Plans are ahead to come out with an indoor sports complex at the Asgiriya stadium, for Trinity College. The Old Boys Association and the branches have promised to come out with a helping hand and on January 15 have organized a dinner dance with Gypsies to raise funds at the Golden Crown Hotel. A Sports Indoor Complex is used for many sports disciplines which will help the young up and coming sportsmen in a big way.

OTSC to do well in sports

Lakmal Tennakoon president of the OTSC with his committee will continue their support for sports, this year. At onetime OTSC played “A’ division rugby, Division III cricket and was also involved in hockey. Lakmal was a top ruggerite and played for the school, Kandy SC and Old Trinitians SC. Last year under his leadership they successfully conducted the annual tag rugby tournament.

Dharmaraja cricket is in good footing

Dharmaraja College Kandy is one of the oldest schools playing cricket and this time they have the skills to do well. This season they are blessed with a good coach and a well-balanced side. They not only possess a formidable batting line up but also a penetrative bowling attack and are determined to pose a challenge to all schools in the new season. The new coach is the vastly experienced Anandian product Thushira de Silva. They have six players from the team of last year including top batsman Dual Bandara who is captaining the side with AG Attanayake as the MIC and the experienced hand of Saliya Samarawickrema as the POG. Nalin Abeyakoon is the president of the Dharmaraja College Cricket Foundation and played for the school from 1994 to 1997. Their fixtures for the year - January 3 and 4 played Moratu Vidyalaya in Moatuwa, 14-15 v St. Anne’s College at Kurunegala, 17-18 v St. Anthony’s College at Katugastota, 23- 24 v Mahinda College in Galle, 31Jan- Feb 1 v Dharmapala College at Pannipitiya, Feb 8- 9 vs. Nalanda College at Campbell Park (Bandula Warnapura Shield), 15-16 v Ananda College at Ananda Mawatha (P.W. Perera Trophy), 27-28 v Maliyadeva College at Lake View. March 13-14 v Kingswood College at Pallekele Stadium (114th big match for T.B. Tennakoon Trophy), 22 v Kingdswood College annual one day (32nd match for Winston Hoole Trophy). Their performance in the matches played in the third term were - against St Peter’s College no-decision, vs Rahula College draw, vs Dharmasoka College draw, vs D.S.Senanayake College draw, vs S. Thomas’ College draw, vs Prince of Wales College draw.

Navin remembered on his 2nd death anniversary

Navin Kalansuriya renowned carrom player was remembered on his second death anniversary by the sports lovers of his village Mahaiyawa. He was the 2016 national schools best carrom player and died under tragic circumstances in the first week of January 2018 while travelling after an open carrom tournament held at the carrom headquarters at Kohuwela.

He took the Colombo-Kandy bound train. He was seated on the steps of the train compartment and stuck his head on the railway bridge and fell into the river, just a few kilometers from Kandy. Navin was a product of St. Sylvester’s College and excelled in carrom at school and later took part as an individual player in tournaments conducted by the Sri Lanka Carrom Association. He won many tournaments, and was the best schoolboy carrom player in 2016 the year St. Sylvester’s College, under 19 team emerged as the schools all island champions.

He was the son of Nandai and Chandra.

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