Evergreen Maurice Perera | Daily News


Evergreen Maurice Perera

Maurice Perera was a rugby legend in Kandy and played only for one club that is Kandy SC his entire life. He was a great player, coach, referee and administrator. Born in 1934 he passed away in 2013. He started his schooling at Poramadulla Central and later at Kingswood College, Vidyartha College and in the latter part of his school career at Trinity College, where he excelled in rugby as a prop forward. He first played in 1953 and won rugby colors the very first year. While playing for Trinity College, Barrie Cameron invited him to join Kandy S.C, and he played in 1954 and was a member of the first Clifford Cup final team. He served the Kandy SC as committee member, Secretary, Treasurer, Vice President, and as a Senior Vice President. He rendered yeoman service to Kandy SC, but never got the break to be the president. In his very first year of club rugby in 1954 he played for All Ceylon, at that time there was no Asiad or Hong Kong Sevens or Tri Nations tournaments it was only the All-India tournament where Ceylon took part.

In 1968 he took up coaching of Kandy SC and in 1969 after 24 years he took the club to the Clifford Cup final where they lost to CR & FC.

It was Maurice who went as coach of St. Anthony’s College when they first played inter- school matches officially, He was also involved with Vidyartha College when this school started rugby. Then he gave a helping hand to start rugby at E.W. Balasuriya’s Kandy Lake Club in the 1960’s. Later he coached Trinity College, and was the first coach of the Old Trinitians S.C.

His association with rugby is well over 60 years, with great achievements under his belt. A disciplinarian and ruthless on players he did not hesitate to punish any player who failed to adhere to instructions or misbehaved. On one occasion several key players were dropped on charges of indiscipline a decision which he had to take against various odds. He was also in the Sri Lanka Rugby Football Union as a Council Member, he was one time National Coach and Selector.

Maurice also developed Central Province Rugby Football Union and under his presidency organized several tournaments and spotted talent. At that time the CPRFU was one of the most active bodies and did a good job. Maurice scored an impressive ‘first’ by sending the first ever women’s rugby team to participate in a tournament in Thailand.

In the 1960’s he played cricket for Kandy S.C. in Division II tournament. Maurice was also an enthusiastic motor racer; he raced on many tracks in his Mini Minor and was also one time president of the Up-Country Motor Sports Club. In the field of football, he was vice president of the Kandy Association Football League and later served in the finance committee of the Sri Lanka Football Federation.

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