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Kandy SC win the league for the 21st time

Kandy SC is the only rugby club in the country to win the league title 21 times when they assured of themselves of it in the ongoing inter-club season having remained unbeaten by winning all 14 matches played to-date. With this win they have won it six in a row. The champion team was led by Nigel Ratwatte. Now he is out to give his best with the rest of the players in the super league.

Battle of the Maroons on March 20-21

The Kingswood-Dharmaraja 114th cricket encounter will be played on March 20 and 21 at Pallekele Stadium. It is the oldest cricket match in Kandy known as the “Battle of the Maroons”. The game is played for the T B Tennakoon challenge trophy. The match is organized by the Joint Committee comprising of Past Cricketers and Old boys of both schools. Kingswood are led by former captain Gayan Fernando and the Rajans by past cricketer Senarath Jayasundara. Out of 113 matches played so far 35 wins have been achieved by Dharmaraja while 19 wins recorded by Kingswood College and 59 matches have ended in a draw. This year’s Kingswood XI is led by Vinuka Pussapitiya and Dharmaraja XI is led by Dulaj Bandara. On Tuesday this big match organizing committee had a media briefing at Hotel Regency where both teams were felicitated. Nestles, Elephant House/Keells, Bank of Ceylon (BOC), David Peries motor company, Munchee and Dialog Axiata PLC have come forward as sponsors. The two cricket teams and some of the past cricketers graced the occasion including the one and only double centurion of the series Senaka Dissanayake too was there. The two main people involved in this event were old Rajan Senarath Jayasundera the joint secretary and Kingswoodian Gayan Fernando, the chairman of the Kingwood Cricket Wing.

Junior boxing – Trinity wins

Trinity College pocketed the junior boys boxing title, winning Gold, Silver and Bronze two each. Vidyartha Colleges A.G.D.N. Kumaratunga who out boxed Trinity’s most promising boxer Attaab Manzil in the light weight was adjudged the best boxer. This meet was held at the Narandeniya Central College boxing hall in Kamburupitiya and was conducted by the Sri Lanka Schools Boxing Association.

Rugby officials of Trinity rugby 2020

Trinity are led by Tehan Karunanayake with Thidas Thanthirige as his deputy. They won the opening game against S. Thomas’ College. The head coach is Rodney So’oialo, assistant coaches Saliya Kumara, Asitha Ratnayake, MIC Dulanjaya Abeyawickrema and team manager Kavind Jayasena. The 2nd XV coach is also Rodney So’oialo and MIC Dulanjaya Abeyawickrema, the under 18 coach is Thusitha de Silva, assistant coaches Pradeep Basnayake and Kavinda Jayasena, MIC Jagath Kalugampitiya, under 16 coach Damith Dissanayake, assistant coach Tangamith Baddegama and MIC Subash Wijewardene, Under 14 coaches Ramzi Dakkak and Mahadhi Abdulla, MIC Walter Elapatha, Under 12 coach Sumith Ratnayake, Assistant coach Sanushka Abeyawickrema and MIC Thanjula Ballale, POG Shane de Silva. The acting principal a great rugby lover Dr. Nalin Wickremanayake is giving his fullest backing. The rest of the tournament games are against Royal on March 20, v St. Joseph’s on 27 and v Kingswood on 4 April.

Gateway does well in Futsal

At the Central Province U- 10 and U-14 Futsal Carnival 2020 organized by Axion Indoor Sports Complex, Ambathenna and held on Sunday, Gateway International performed well their Blue team won the champions trophy and their Red team were runner-up. The Player of the Tournament was Senal Ratnayake. In the under 14 Championship too they were champions and the Player of the Tournament was Sahil Salman. A big hand should go to their coach Sanjeewa Perera, A. Aloka and MIC Sumedha Wijeratne. The under 10 side (Blue) was made out of players like Hamdan Irshad (Captain), Shimak Roomy, Senal Ratnayake, Dinuka Balasooriya, Eshitha Wanaguru, Yunal Sensith Kumara, Induwana Nilaweera, Senal Ratnayake. Under 10 (Red) comprised Yusuf Riyas (Captain), Zain Asmi, Shimak Naushad, Mishal Mumthas, Asjad Azam, Chiton Byrde, Yaseen Fayaz. The under 14 side had Sahil Salman (Captain), Raaid Inthikab, Javed Saheed, Binara Jayasekara, Pawan Ranaweera, Althaf Kiyaz and Azam Azmeer.

Vidyartha host St Peter’s at Nittawela

Vidyartha College who went down to Wesley College in their opening game in Colombo will scrum down with St. Peter’s College at Nittawela today. Vidyartha fielding a young outfit that went down in the last outing will be at full strength. Vidyartha in this game will not have things to their own liking, as the Peterites are blessed with a talented outfit and should have things to their own liking. Peterites have a powerful set of forwards and their three quarters are moving gallantly and their and their forte is to attack from the moment they are on the move. Vidyartha though not so formidable should look up to their experienced players for an good game, if they play as a team they should do well.

Dharmaraja-Science on Sunday at Nittawela

Dharmaraja College who are smarting after losing their first game against St. Peter’s College will host Science College at Nittawela grounds on Sunday. In this game Rajans should do well in their home territory and the rugby enthusiasts in Kandy will get the opportunity of witnessing a good run and pass game of rugby. In this game battle for possession will indeed be a vital one.

Kingswood to play Royal in Colombo

Kingswood College who beat St. Joseph’s College in their first match will be in Colombo on Sunday to play against Royal College, which should be a rousing clash. This game should turn out to be a bitter forwards battle at the Royal Complex. The Royalist will be expecting a good performance from their speedy outside. Their halves combination did a god job in the last game and are expected to continue from where they left. The Kingswoodians will be playing the best side , and they boast of a set of forwards second to none and should give their opponents a tough time.

Gateway 3rd at Kandy Zonal netball

Gateway International took third place at the Kandy Zonal Netball Tournament 2020 organized by the Department of Education and held at the Aruppola Municipal playgrounds. The team performed well under the leadership of Nima Deen. The rest of the players were Emina Buksh, Rashmi Rajapaksha (vice captain), Limansa Premasara, Sayali Amarasena, Sandaru Kumarasinghe, Yasasri Kodithuwakku, Rachelle Bandaranayake and coach and teacher in charge Lasanthi Jayawickrama.

One-day cricket

The much-awaited one-day cricket encounter between Trinity College and St. Anthony’s College, the 40th edition of the series will be played at the Katugastota on March 21 for the Richard Aluwihare trophy. Of the 39 games played so far both schools have 17 wins each, with 1 tied and 2 no results. The 32nd Kingswood-Dharmaraja one-dayer will be played on March 29 at the Pallekele International Stadium for the Winston Hoole trophy. Of the 30 matches played so far, Dharmaraja has won 14, Kingswood 13 with three ending in a no-result. The 33rd one-day encounter between Vidyartha College and St. Sylvester’s College will be played at Pallekele.

Kandy Gateway athletes does well

At the International Schools Athletics Championship 2020, organized by the Gateway College Colombo at Sugathadasa Stadium, Saad Faleel in the under 14 boys 100m event was placed 2nd and in the 800m 3rd, Pornthichani Yaemplab was placed 3rd in the under 20 boys triple jump and Shenali Jayaweera 1st in Javelin and 3rd in shot putt under 20 girls. These athletes were coached by Sanjeewa Weerakkody and M.G. Anil. The teachers in charge were Surendra Bandara and Nayanthata Udakumbura.

St. Benedict’s Ampitiya does well in cricket

St. Benedict’s College Ampitiya who are new to cricket, are doing well under the guidance of famous coach Ranjith Colombage. In the Singer under 13 division III tournament knockout final round match against Christ Church College Matale played at Ukuwela ended in no-decision. St. Benedict’s College batting first scored 330 for 4 in 67 overs. Nikil Abhilash top scored with a fine 101 not out, Mohamed Ashim scored 101, Kaveen Danushan 35 not out, Sadesh Pejan 32 and A.

Bandara took 2 for 30. Christ Church College replied with 104 for 9 in 26 overs when play came to an end. N. Jayasinghe scored 21 and, Nishith Gamage took 3 for 12.

Kandy women win at cricket

In the inter-district under 23 one-day women’s cricket tournament organized by Sri Lanka Cricket, Kandy beat Kegalle at the Police grounds matting wicket. Kandy scored 220 all out thanks to superb batting display by Shyani Oshadi who made 101, Tharushi Rajakaruna 39, Randi Vasana took 3 for 41, Dishan Lakshika 2 for 19 and, 63 for 1 (Tharushi Rajakaruna 23). Kegalle District made 109 with Dilshani Lakshika scoring 51, Gimhani Gunasekera 15, Kaveesha Basnayake 4 for 13, Shalani Dasanayake 3 for 3.Kandy will play their second match of the tournament at Wickremabahu grounds Gampola against Nuwara Eliya.

First one-day SACK v TCK

The limited overs encounter between Trinity College and St. Anthony’s College will be played on Saturday March 21 at the Katugastota turf wicket for the Richard Aluwihare trophy. The chief guest will be Thaiyar Mohamed, the Antonian cricket captain of 1977 who incidentally went on to captain the Singapore national team.

Kandy to pick a strong hockey side

Kandy District Hockey Association is headed by R. Maheswaran and the team is coached by M. Raheem with A.Vithanage as the team manager. They are all out to select the best team for the men’s senior hockey nationals, which will be held at the Bernard Aluwihare Stadium and famous Edward Park from March 26 to 29 where sixteen teams are expected to take part. The draw will be held on March 19 at the NOC auditorium. From this a pool selection will be made for the AHF men’s tournament to be held in Oman.

Trinity House football

The Inter-House Football 2020 of Trinity College was held at Pallekele recently, where healthy Inter-House rivalry was at the core. This competition allowed many football loving boys to be involved. The acting principal Dr Nalin Wikramanayake was happy to see the footballers in action with good quality football. In this event both the middle and upper school houses competed. The junior football championship kicked off with 5 teams competing for the title and Gibson House won 1st place and 2nd place went to Sahayam House with 3rd and 4th places going to Squealery and Saunders Houses. In the Senior Championship Central Boarding House were crowned champions with 4 wins, 2nd place went to Simithraaratchy House followed by Garrett House, Oorloff House and Lamuel House.

Dodanwella remembered

A.K.B. Dodanwella, the former St. Sylvester’s College vice Principal, MIC rugby and Prefect of Games was remembered, he passed away in the first week of March 2017. A product of the same school he excelled in sports and gave a big hand for school sports. He was a live wire in rugby and at one time served in the Sri Lanka Schools Rugby Association.

Kingswood cricketer Herbie Jayasuriya no more

Herbert (Herbie) Jayasuriya one time top class left hand batsman of Kingswood College who had his early education at Carey College has passed away. During his days at Kingswood Herbie played cricket and hockey for the senior teams and was also an athlete in jump events and relays. He opened batting with Maurice Fernando and played a vital part when Kingswood last won the big match against Dharmaraja College in 1958. He joined the Police as a Sub Inspector and ended as a Senior Superintendent. He also played club cricket for BRC, Police and Government Services. His cremation took place on 4 March.

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