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1983 captains Ashan and Sriyan chief guests at Bradby legs

Ashan Ratwatte will be the chief guest for the 2nd leg of the Bradby in Kandy and for the first leg in Colombo it will be Sriyan Cooray. Both Ashan and Sriyan led their schools in 1983. The first leg played in Kandy saw Trinity win a hard fought match 14-6. Royal won the second leg in Colombo 10-6, but Trinity retained the Bradby because of the greater margin. Ashan a rugby lover played at the base of the scrum and captained Trinity to win the Bradby. He played for Kandy Sports Club and at that time he was the number one scrum half in the country and was an automatic choice to the national team. He ended his career playing for CR & FC. Ashan led the Kandy SC side in 1986 and 1987. Sriyan is the present CR & FC president.

Ryde Gold Medal 2019 for Karateka Nadesha

The winner of the 2019 Ryde Gold Medal is S.P. Nadesha V. Illukkumbura who became the first ever Trinity karate sportsman to win the Ryde Gold Medal which is awarded to the "best all-round boy" at Trinity College. He is also the first ever “Lion” winner for karate. This karate sportsman should be thankful to his lady coach Harshani Basnayake, she is the person who shaped this youngster to do well in karate. Nadesha will receive the Ryde medal on February 7 at the school annual prize giving.

Kandy vs CH & FC at Nittawela on Sunday

The only unbeaten side in the Dialog inter-club rugby league competition Kandy SC who continue to walk the local rugby scene like a colossus with eight wins under their belt will play their second round match home soil at Nittawela on Sunday against CH & FC who are going through a poor season. So, this game is going to be one sided affair.

Gateway inaugural quadrangular tournament

All sports arrangements have been finalized to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Gateway College Kandy. They are coming out with a quadrangular event with their sports events, Football, Basketball and Netball. Kandy Gateway College gives a big hand for sports and in the last 20 years, they have produced top sports boys and girls thanks to former principal A.B. Herath who is now a Director, and the present principal Gladwin Canagasabey who are doing a good job to promote sports with the rest of the staff. The participants will be Trinity College, St. Sylvester’s boys and Hillwood Girls College in the girls’ event. They are hoping to make this an annual event. The quadrangular will start off with a basketball game between Gateway College Kandy and St. Sylvester’ College at the host school courts at Asgiriya on 3 February at 4 pm. The winners will be presented the Asoka Herath-Ranil Meethiyaoda trophy. This game will be preceded by an invitation game between the girls of Hillwood Girls College and Gateway College Kandy. The next event is on 6 February at the Trinity rugby grounds at Pallekele, starting from 2 pm onwards. The winners of the netball game between Hillwood Girls College and Gateway College will be presented the Raphine Alles-Soma Kumara Samarasinghe trophy. The other game is between Gateway College Colombo and Girls High School. After the netball game will be football between Trinity College and Gateway College Kandy for the R.I.T. Alles-Ireland Jones trophy.

Schools rugby “A” division from March 4

The much awaited inter-school rugby “A’ division matches will kick off from 4 March. This time all 92 schools will take part in three divisions. Kandy schools in division ‘A’ (I) are: Trinity, Kingswood and St. Anthony’s along with Royal, St. Joseph’s and S Thomas’. In division ‘A’ (II) there is Dharmaraja and Vidyartha along with St. Peter’s, Wesley, Isipathana and Science. The tentative 1st round games for ‘A’ division AI and AII are from March 4 - Dharmaraja v St. Peter’s at Bambalapitiya, 5th Kingswood v St. Joseph’s at Longden Place, 6th Vidyartha v Wesley at Longden Place, 7th St. Anthony’s v Royal at Nittawela, 13th Trinity v St. Anthony’s at Nittawela, 14th Vidyartha v St Peter’s at Nittawela, 24th Dharmaraja v Science College at Kandy, 15th Kingswood v Royal in Colombo, 20th Trinity v Royal in Colombo, 20th St. Anthony’s v St. Joseph’s at Nittawela, 22nd Vidyartha v Isipathana at Nittawela, 23rd Kingswood v S. Thomas’ at Pallekelle, 23rd Dharmaraja v Wesley at Nittawela, 27th Trinity vs St. Joseph's at Pallekelle, 27th Kingswood v St. Anthony’s at Nittawela, 30th Vidyartha v Dharmaraja at Nittawela, April 4th St. Anthony’s v S. Thomas’ at Mt Lavinia, Trinity vs Kingswood at Pallekelle, and Vidyartha vs Science in Colombo, 5th Dharmaraja vs Isipathana at Havelock Park.

Central Province Police athletics Kandy champs

It was a good day for Central Province Police in athletics. The Kandy police with 332 points emerged champions and second place went to Nuwara Eliya with 195 points with the third place going to Gampola with 99 points. The best athlete was A.A.I.B. Adikari of Kandy division, and the best women’s performer was G.A.L.A. Kularatne of Gampola. The schools invitation event went in favor of Trinity College with St. Anthony’s College as the runner-up and Dharmaraja College third. In the Girls’ schools invitation event, St. Anthony’s Convent were 1st, Mahamaya Balika 2nd and Pushpadana Girls College 3rd. The meet was held at the Digana grounds with 17 men’s and 16 women’s event being worked off. The chief guest was DIG Central Province Roshan Fernando a former Royal College and Public Schools athlete and record holder.

Central Province schools do well

Central Province schools did well at the Nestle Kids athletics finals for grade III segment held at Nawalapitya Jayatilake Stadium. St. Mary’s College Hatton won the boys section with Dharmaraja College second and Ankumbura Primary School third. In the Girls section, Ginigathhena primary school became champions with Algama Medagama Vidyalaya Kegalle second and Ankumbura Primary School third. In the mixed event Koddakaddiyaklum MV Thunnakkai won first place with Talhwatte TV Matale second and Wijayasuriya Vidyalaya Embilipitiya third. A total of 2592 students were seen in action from 72 schools.

Roshan to continue as coach

Roshan Weeraratne will continue as the rugby coach of St. Sylvester’s College for the second time. Buddika Kapukotuwa will lead the side. The team is hard at practices on their grassless pocket sized ground. They are badly in need of a proper place for practices.

Sathsara to lead Vidyartha

Sathsara Kalugampitiya has been appointed captain of the Vidyartha College senior rugby side for 2020. He is a versatile three-quarter. Kalugampitiya sprang into the spotlight in the 2018 season when the team won the Plate Championship. That year, the team missed out on the qualification to ‘A’ division by a slight margin. Last season they were promoted to the top division, after a lapse of 7 years. His deputy will be Rukshan Weerasinghe. The head coach is one of their products Dhanushka Pushpakumara who led the under 13, 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 the trainer Roshan Hemantha. Vidyartha are playing in the ‘A’ (II) division and the first game is on 6 March against Wesley College at Longden Place.

Old Rajans-Kingswoodians over 40 and 30 big match

The annual 40 and 30 overs old boys big match between Dharmaraja and Kingswood was played last Sunday at Lake View grounds, under the patronage of Harold Ranasinghe as chief guest and Ananda Wijesekara as the guest of honor. Old Rajans won both games – the over 40 by four wickets and the over 30 by three wickets. In the over 40 game Old Rajans were led by Prasanna Walalwela and Kingswoodains by T. A Miskin. Kingswoodians scored 128-5 in 15 overs (T. Miskin 70, Suwajni Madanayake 27, Nalin Cooray 14 n.o. Senaka Peries 2/32). Old Rajans scored 132/6 in 14 overs (Susantha Dissanayake 53, Harsha Basnayake 13 Chaminda Werake 21, Saman Ratnayake 10 n.o. Suwanji Madanayake 2/28). In the over 30 Old Rajans were led Sunil Ranasinghe and Old Kingswoodains by Malith Mallawarachchi. Old Kingswoodians scored 176-8 in 20 overs (Niroshan Perera 45, Rajitha Liyanage 25, Mohamed Rameez 45, Iruka Weeraratne 19, Gihan Vitharana 3 for 28). Old Rajans in reply made 178-7 in 18.4 overs (Gihan Vitharana 67, Sumil Ranasinghe 29, Upesh Wijesiri 21, Asanka Marapana 21, Chandimal Ratnayake 13, Muditha Wijekoon 10, Dimintha Dissanayake 2/22, H. Hettige 2/30)

Old Trinitians Rugby Scrummage to felicitate sponsors

According to Janindha Dunuwille chairman sponsorship committee of Scrummage the Principal, Trinity College together with the Chairman & the General Committee of Old Trinitians’ Rugby Scrummage will hold a felicitation ceremony to their valuable sponsors on Tuesday 11 February from 6.00 pm onwards at Movenpick Hotel Colombo 3 (Mont Blanc). Further details can be obtained from Susitkar Enoch -0773572457.

62nd Battle of the Babes at Asgiriya or Pallekelle?

The venue for the 62nd encounter between Vidyartha and St. Sylvester’s for the Rev. Fr. Don George trophy has to be decided between Asgiriya and Pallekele. The trophy was introduced in 1982.

Dinesh Sumangala rugby coach

Wariyapola Sri Sumangala College a school which gives a big hand for rugby will be coached by former Kingswood College, CH & FC and Kandy SC ruggerite Dinesh Gamage. Dinesh was involved with the Kingswoodians as a coach from 2012 and in 2017 and 2019 was the head coach. He has participated in coaching clinics and used his expertise as an athlete to help guide and direct up-and-coming players. He is an IRB level I and II coach. The physical trainer is Indunil Wickremasinghe. They are well supported by their principal B.B.M. Dharmapala and the rugby loving old boys.

Ayas leads Azhar College

Azhar College from Akurana in the Kandy District is led by all-rounder M. S. M. Ayas and coached by Senaka Dissanayake, a product of Dharmaraja College. K.M. Ikram is the MIC. The team is blessed with good talented players.

Ekanayake leads Nugawela at cricket

Nugawela Central College is led by last season’s 1000 run-maker Viraj Ekanayake. He is an all-rounder who bats right hand and bowls right arm fast. They have postponed the matches due to wet weather and exams. The school is coached by Sanjeew Bandara. This school produced a leg-spinner Saranga Rajaguru who went on to represent Sri Lanka in the ICC Youth Cricket World Cup 2010 in New Zealand.

Wesswood sports meet

The Wesswood College inter house sports meet will take place on Monday February 3 at 1.30 pm at the Asgiriya International Stadium at 1.30 pm. Former Antonian ruggerite Arshan Uvais will be the chief guest. Vice Principal and POG K. P. S. Chandrasiri a good sports promoter is in charge of all arrangements of the meet.

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