Sam Samarasekera outstanding ruggerite from Trinity | Daily News


Sam Samarasekera outstanding ruggerite from Trinity

Seevali Samarasinghe  (Pic. by Upananda Jayasundera -Kandy Sports Spl. Corrs.)
Seevali Samarasinghe (Pic. by Upananda Jayasundera -Kandy Sports Spl. Corrs.)

Former Trinity skipper Seevali Samarasekera (better known as Sam) first came into limelight when he scored a match winning try for Trinity College against Royal College in 1969 in the Bradby Shield Rugby match played at Longdon Place. He made a 50-yard sizzling run beating a host of defenders to score that match winning try.

In the same year he was invited by Kandy SC rugby coach Denzil Kobbekaduwa to play for Kandy SC against Havelocks SC which consisted of players like Glen Vanlangenberg, Japana Jayawardena, Jeff and Dan Rutnam, Mark Sunderalingam, Tyronne Holdenbottle, Jeyer Rodriguesz, Royden de Silva, Gogi Thilakaratne and Mazahir Sourjah, a virtual national team. Sam scored the only try after receiving a pass from No. 8 Gamini Udugama to beat Havelocks 11-8 in the Clifford Cup semi-finals which enabled them to come to the final. Kandy lost to CR & FC 6-12 in the final.

Sam captained Trinity in 1970 in which year they won both Bradby Shield matches against Royal by 19-3 and 16-12. He was selected to the Sri Lanka team under Hadji Omar along with players like Y.C. Chang, Didacus de Almeida, Anton Benedict, Daya Jayasundera to name a few. He played as centre against ‘Bosuns’ and Paris University. He played club rugby for almost a decade and was known for his scorching runs and terrific tackles. He was a tower of strength to all the sides he played and a master when it came to tactics and statistics. He said that he learnt a lot from his coaches Denzil Kobbekaduwa, Kavan

Rambukwella, Mohan Sahayam and Maurice Perera.

Sam was all praise for players like Anton Benedict, Didacus de Almeida, Charles Wijewardena, Daya Jayasundera, Michael Jayasekera, Y.C. Chang, Priyantha Ekanayake, Nalaka Weerakkody and Indrajith Bandaranayake.

Sam was in the Police force as Sub-Inspector from 1972 to 1977 and was in the Clifford Cup winning team for a number of years. After leaving Police SC he joined Kandy SC again in 1978 and played under Erwin Howie in the President’s Trophy final against Havelocks SC which they lost 4-10.


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