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Samaposha U14 Inter-School Football Championship

Pandateruppu Girls HS, St Joseph’s Colombo emerge champs

Boys champions – St Joseph’s College Colombo
Boys champions – St Joseph’s College Colombo

The 2017 Under 14 Interschool Football Championship sponsored by Samaposha was held for the ninth consecutive year at the Race Course grounds recently with pver 10,000 schoolchildren from schools across the island vying for the coveted trophy.

A total of 548 schools participated in the event. There were 30 boys’ teams and 21 girls’ teams. Qualifying matches were held at five locations in Colombo.

Pandateruppu Girls High School in Jaffna emerged champion beating Maliyadeva Balika, Kurunegala to second place 2-0 in the final. Mahajana College, Jaffna finished second runner-up. The Best Player from the Girls teams was Krishanthi Rajendra from Pandateruppu Girls High School while the Best Goal Keeper from the Girls teams was Sharmila Suriyakumar, also from the champion team.

The Boys final saw St Joseph’s College Colombo 10 beating Gateway International College, Rajagiriya 3-0 to clinch the championship. De Mazenod Kandana were the second runner-up.

The Best Player from the Boys teams was Pathum Gimhana from St, Joseph College and the Best Goal Keeper from the Boys teams was Thisula de Silva from Gateway International College.

Girls champions - Pandateruppu Girls High School in Jaffna

The Championship achieved several important milestones. For the first time an international school, Gateway International came into the finals. Another record achievement was from Maliyadeva Balika Kurunegala that came to the finals for the sixth time in the history of Samaposha School Football Championships.

Shammi Karunaratne, Director/CEO of Plenty Foods commented: “As a company dedicated to encouraging young people to achieve excellence in sports and enjoy an active lifestyle that ensures good health and fitness, we take great pride in sponsoring the under 14 interschool Football Championship for the ninth successive year and are pleased to congratulate this year’s champions.

An international college such as Gateway making its presence felt in the championship is also a significant achievement.”

The Chairman of the Football Federation, Anura de Silva said, “We greatly appreciate the important role CBL plays as a long standing sponsor. This has contributed significantly to uplifting sports in Sri Lanka and inspiring schoolchildren to focus on sports as an important step in building a healthy nation.”

The Senior Managers at CBL Plenty Foods who were present as the sponsors at the final awards presentation included Shammi Karunaratne Director/CEO, together with Theja Peiris - COO, Jayanga Perera – General Manager, Marketing, V.P. Govinna - Brand Manager and Sisira Gunawardane – Promotions Manager.

Officials who graced the occasion included Anura de Silva - president of the Football Federation, Sri Lanka, Colonel Manjula Kariyawasam - Director of Sports Education Ministry, U.S Jashwar - Secretary of the Football Federation, Sri Lanka, Athula Jayawardena - Deputy Director of Sports Education Ministry and N.S.B Dissanayake - Secretary of the School Football Association, Sri Lanka.


 

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