5th August 2001
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The final team is expected to be released during the week after the National Selection Committee sits to review the results of the trials. No criteria has been released so far as to how the team will be formed. This is probably due to logistical constraints, the best combination to form the relay teams, etc.
Meanwhile, the local aquatic sports looks set to hear a lot of action with Sri Lankan participation at three overseas events in the coming months. Besides the SAF games, Sri Lanka will also be represented at the inaugural Asian Schools Swimming Championships this month.
A further team of swimmers, divers, water polo players and synchronized
swimmers will also be vying for honours at the Asia Pacific Championships
in Hong Kong later this month.
By Aubrey KuruppuHaving defeated all that was put before them in the first round of the Caltex Rugger tournament, Kandy SC will have hardly any doubts, suspicions or even dark thoughts of defeat when they take on the Havelocks at Nittawela this evening.
Playing away from home has sometimes caused the champions to stammer, and stutter a bit. Not any longer, Weerakkody's side has a clean state both at home and away. The stiffer tests and sterner battles will come when they are up against the Army for one, and the CH for another.
The Havies were roled over with commendable ease first time round. The one bright spark amidst the encircling gloom was that showpiece try produced (more properly, conjured up) by the dashing Havelocks Skipper Sanjeeva Jayasinghe. Alas, one swallow does not make a summer! However one hopes the Park Club back division will have less recourse to the boot and instead feed Jayasinghe so that his try-scoring potential can be topped. Leonard de Zylva, an utility player, is another who needs watching. The Havies have also recruited a couple of talented schoolboys.
It has been Kandy SC's towards that have contributed lavishly to their victories. They provide the power and the possession. Jayasena, Basnayake, Jayasuriya and Buksh have been in the forefront of Kandy's efforts. Omar has provided the thrust.
Funnily enough, for a team that contains so many National players in the back division, Kandy has fretted and fumed many a time and failed to produce the expected tries. Part of the reason could be that the ball does not reach the speedy Bandaranaike and the difficult-to-stop Hettiarachchi often. Centre Vithanage is quick off the mark and likes to take on the opposition. Yet he invariably comes off second best. Niceties of three quarter play such as the dummy, the scissor, the side-step, the change of pace (sudden acceleration, a La John Burrows) seem to be dying arts.
Fly half turned centre Mallikarachchi, too, has not produced the tries his talent should. Scrum half Dilip Chelvam has been quite impressive, and has paired off well with Ibrahim. Weerakkody remains a threat joining the line at times and showing basic speed. On occasion, his kicking has been quite magical. However at other times he has shown his fallibility.
Kandy, then, should win comfortably and enhance their prospects of winning
the trophy. Yet one hopes that the Havies would give as good as they get
and share in a thrilling contest.
What a way to promote rugby!A leading rugby playing club in Colombo is charging exorbitant fees for the open stands compared to the other Colombo clubs. Those paying this fee is exposed to the sun and rain and the supporters are hoping that action will be taken by the controlling body in bringing a ruling that the prices for the stands should be fixed.
Another club in promoting the sport has decided to make it free for school children to witness matches played on their home grounds . A good deed indeed!
From frying pan to fireA popular sport in the outstations, which received step-motherly treatment when requests were made for grants, including transport, were pushed around, but when trophies are won by them, the first to arrive was this official. Now she has taken over another sport. Many are of the opinion that the same fate may befall this sport too!
Breaking rulesLetters in bold state: No Smoking at the entrance to, this sports headquarters, but how many of the insiders follow this rule? How bad can things become.
More interim boardsRover learns that the Minister is not happy at the way certain sports bodies are conducting their affairs in the promoting of sports. They seem to be clinging on to office for which the Minister is having second thoughts according to a senior official of Ministry who spelled out that these controlling bodies will be dissolved and interim boards will be appointed.
Adding insult to injury, these associations have failed to table their audited accounts to their affiliates at the stipulated time frame before their respective AGM's.
A tricky jobHow come those employed by the Ministry of Sports and on their pay roll are allowed to act as coaches and how could the Ministry hold or take action against them, even if they are proven guilty. The present Minister should try to remedy this situation and also debar Sports Officers who are employees of the Sports Ministry from being given voting rights at AAA, AGMs. These officials should be allowed to hold office and coach but not be given voting rights, which deprives the most deserving from coming forward to serve in the AAA.
By Annesley FerreiraTen girls and 15 boys will represent Sri Lanka at the inaugural Asian Schools Swimming Championships to be held from August 13 to 16 at the Chinese Swimming Pool in Singapore, hosted by the Singapore Schools Sports Council.
The Sri Lanka boys team will be captained by Chaturanga Perera of Asian International School while Chandri Haputhanthri of Ladies, College will lead the girls.
The meet became a reality when the Education Ministry of Singapore invited the Sri Lanka Schools Aquatic Sports Association, through the Ministry of Education in Sri Lanka, to take part in the meet.
Sri Lanka are certain of bagging several medals at this inaugural championships, which will certainly boost Sri Lanka's image in the sport as timings at schools swim meets have been very good since of late.
The President of the Schools Association Asoka Senanayake will accompany the team as Chef-de-Mission. He was very optimistic of the Sri Lankan contingent doing well and bringing home some medals. Six of the men swimmers picked for the meet are in the national pool and ten girls are in the women's pool currently in training for the SAF Games to be held next month.
The girls team : Chandri Haputhanthri, Nadi Senanayake, Dilini Liyanage (Ladies, College), Rukshina Gunaratne, Uma Kavya Dharmadasa (Musaeus), Ruvika Fernando (Mahamaya), Menaka de Silva (St. Bridget's), Melissa Boange (Bishop's), D.G.Iroshani Kaushalya (Ananda Balika), Kamakshi Mubarak (Holy Family).
The boys team: Chaturanga Perera, S.V. Gayan, Ranmal Weerasinghe, Rukshantha Fernando, Naveen Karunaratne (Asian International School),T. Samaradivakara (Trinity), Rumedha Madigasekera (St. Joseph's), Ragwan Madawala (S. Thomas'), M.R.T.Perera, Dharshaka Tennekoon (Ananda), Malaka Suraweera, Rashmin Gunaratne (Royal), Akshiyan Rajasingham (Hindu, Colombo), K.K.L. Ajith Kumara, T.K.S. Weerakody (Sri Devananda Ambalangoda).
Officials accompanying the team: Mrs. Ranjini de Fonseka (Manager),
Mrs. Chintha Ruwanpathirana, Mrs. L.K. Jayatilleke, Sunimal Silva and Philip
Amarasinghe (Coach). The team will leave on Saturday (August 11) and will
return on August 19 (Sunday).
By M.Shamil AmitKingswood, Trinity, Wesley, Prince of Wales, S.Thomas', Mahanama, Isipatana and St. Anthony's entered the cup quareter finals at the All Island Inter-schools Under 17 Ten-A-Side rugby tournament yesterday at Havelock Park and Thurstan Grounds which was worked out in two Segments 'A' and 'B'.
In Segment 'A' Royal, St. Sylvester's, Nalanda, St. Peter's, Science, St. Joseph's, Zahira and Thurstan qualified for the Plate while Dharmaraja, Carey, St. Benedict's, St. John's Nugegoda, Rahula, Lumbini, and St. Aloysius will play in the Bowl quarters.
In the Segment 'B' Science 'B;, Isipatana 'B', S.Thomas 'B', Seethawaka MV, Veluwana 'A', Kegalle MV, Prince of Wales 'B' and St. Anthony's 'B' have qualified for the cup quarter finals.
Thurstan 'B', Wesley 'B', St Anne's, Asoka 'A', Sarasaviya Uyana Kandy, Bandaranayake MV, Ananda 'B' and Assoka 'B' have qualified for the plate quarters while Zahira 'B', Nalanda 'B', Veluwana 'B', Willorawatte MV, St Aloysius 'B', Dharmaloka Kelaniya and Mahanama 'B' will play in Bowl quarters.
The Segment 'A' matches are played at Havelock Park while the Segment
'B' matches at Thurstan grounds. All quarter final matches will begin at
8.00 a.m. today.
In the finals, Veluwana MV beat Joseph Vaz, Wennapuwa by a solitary goal to nil, the goal scored by Nalaka Roshan, while in the under 14 final Zahira beat St Joseph's, Trincomalee by 2 goals to nil in a penalty shoot out.
In the run up to the finals, in the under 12 age group,
Pre-quarter finals - St, Marys Negombo bt Alghar MV 2-nil, Vidyaratha walk-over Wickremabahu MV Gampola, Joseph Vaz bt. St Peter's 2-nil, Valuwana MV bt. Maligahena MV Beruwala 6-nil and Maliyadeva Model School bt. Zahira Mawanella 2/1.
Quarter finals - Vidyartha bt. St Mary's Negombo 2/1, Joseph Vaz Wennapuwa bt. Maliyadeva Model 2-nil, Dharmadutha Badulla bt. De Mazenod 2/1, Veluwana MV Zahira Gintota 2-nil.
Joseph Vaz Wennappuwa bt. Vidyaratha 3-nil, Veluwana MV bt. Dharmadutha, Badulla 1-nil in the semi finals.
Zahira Puttalam trounced Dharmaraja by 6 goals to nil in their under 14 pre-quarters, while St. Mary's Negombo bt. De Mazenod 3/2, Dharmadutha Badulla bt. Zahira Gintota 4/2, Zahira Maradana bt. Zahira, bt. Mawanella 3-nil, St. Peters bt. Bandaranayake, MV Gampaha 5-nil, St. Annes Kurunegala bt. Gagasiripura Gampola 1-nil, Holy Cross Kalutara bt. Royal 4/2.
St Joseph's Trincomalle b.t St Peters by 7 goals to 6 in a penalty tie breaker in the quater-finals, while Zahira Maradana bt. Zahira Puttalam 3/2, Holy Cross Kalutara bt. St Annes Kurunegala 6/3.
In the semi finals, Zahira Maradana bt. Dhamadutha Badulla 2-nil and
St Joseph's Trincomalle bt. Holy Cross, Kalutara 2/1.
Put into bat Galle were bowled out for 72 in 17 overs with only Sri
Lanka Skipper Chandrakumara Suriyarachchi (16) and Dharmaratne (14) entering
double figures, with Wasantha being the pick of the bowlers capturing 3
Can the Sri Lankan batsmen rise to the occasion today?
By Marlon FernandopulleA rejuvenated and confident Indian team will take on the host nation Sri Lanka in what is expected to be an enthralling Coca Cola Cup final at the R Premadasa Stadium under floodlights today.
Although Sri Lanka began the tournaments as favourites the team has not lived upto expectations.They chalked up four wins from six games, loosing twice to India.On both occasions it was their batting that let them down.However the Lankan skipper Sanath Jayasuriya was confident that his batsmen will rise to the occasion.
Speaking to the Sunday Times Jayasuriya said, "Yes, our batting has been a bit of a worry lately.There is a lack of consistency.But I am certain that it will all come good for the final."
Only skipper Sanath Jayasuriya has two fifties against his name in the six outings while Marvan Attapattu,Mahela Jayawardene ,Russel Arnold,Suresh Perera and Avishka Gunawardene have scored only a solitary fifty in the triangular tournament."We only need to play to our potential.We have done it in the past and the boys are all confident and ready to give their best on Sunday",said a confident Jayasuriya.
With the Lankan medium pacers and the spinners bowling a tidy line and length and doing a good containing job, the onus will once again fall on their batsmen who have lacked in consistency and failed to play to their potential.Their top order will have to show more character and conviction in the middle if they are to annex the glittering Coca Cola cup today.
Saurav Ganguly's team on the other hand have proved their fighting qualities after a disasterous start in the tournament.Recording three consecutive and convincing victories(two against Sri Lanka) the young and inexperienced Indian team has grown from strength to strength and will be looking to put the icing on the cake today.
All the Indian batsmen look to be in good nick.They are slowly but surely getting the measure of the wicket and the Lankans.With a test series to follow India will be eager turn tables on their host in today's final and dent the morale and confidence of the Lankans.In the recent past India has lost three cup finals.The ICC Knock-out final in Kenya(against New Zealand), Sharjah Cup (against Sri Lanka) and the Triangular in Zimbabwe (against West Indies).Thus the Indians will be keen to erase the spate of losses in finals when they meet Sri Lanka today. Sri Lanka likely to bring in Avishka Gunawardene for Kumar Sangakkara while India are expected to field the same team that beat New Zealand on Thursday.The toss once again will prove to be vital with the Premadasa wicket not being condusive for batting second.
All in all a pulsating game is on the cards, and the full house which is expected at the Premadasa Stadium today is certain to be dished out with good entertaining cricket.
Enjoy the game but...Group Captain Tikiri Marambe, Chairman Stadiums, attached to the Ministry of Sports, appealed to the public yesterday not to vandalise the new fittings at the R. Premadasa Stadium at today's Coca-Cola Trophy day/night final between Sri Lanka and India.
"Normally after a tour the damage done to the stadium is in the region of lakhs. All facilities have been provided, including toilets with new fittings. Use them with care and do not litter the grounds and do enjoy the game", he said.
Pitch arrangements have been supervised by Anuruddha Polonowita and
Susil Ananda. Others who have been instrumental in maintaining the stadium,
even after the cancelled matches from Dambulla, were shifted to the Premadasa
Stadium at the last minute are: Chief Engineer Buildings Department Priyantha,
State Engineering Department's Chandra Sikander, Manager Suriyarachchi
and Director H.U. Silva.
Beginning the day at 134 for 6, a dejected and dis-oriented England never really got going with the last four wickets falling for 29 runs.
Shane Warne had begun the slide on Friday but paceman Jason Gillespie completed the rout today.
Left with 158 for a series victory and an Ashes victory, Australia were mostly in command except for a period when they were 90 for 3 and captain Steve Waugh on the retired hurt list. But Mark Waugh and Damian Martin carried them through with ease.
ScoreboardEngland first innings - 185 (M. Trescothick 69; G.McGrath 5-49)
Australia first innings - 190 (A. Gilchrist 54; Gough 2-63, Caddick 3-70, Tudor 5-44)
England 2nd innings
M.A. Atherton c Gilchrist b Warne 51
FoW: 1-57, 2-59, 3-115, 4-115, 5-126, 6-144, 7-144 , 8-146, 9-156, 10-162.
Bowling: McGrath 11 3 31 0, Gillespie 20 8 61 3, Lee 8 1 30 1 (7nb), Warne 18 5 33 6
Australia 2nd innings (target: 158 runs)
M.L. Hayden lbw b Tudor 42
FoW: 1-36, 2-72, 3-88.
Bowling: Gough 9 1 38 0 (2nb), Caddick 12.2 1 71 1 (4nb), Tudor
7 0 37 1, Croft 1 0 8 1
Affectionately known as 'Pila' he had an outstanding career at Trinity
College where he won colours in rugby, cricket and athletics and captained
the rugby team. Later he won the coveted rugby 'lion' as well.
By Bernie WijesekeraCR&FC, beaten 26-6 in the first leg, outplayed CH&FC with a high octane performance in the second leg to win 32 (3 goals, a try and 2 penalties) to 16 (a goal and 3 penalties) after leading 10-6 at lemons at Longden Place last evening.
The revamped CR team with a couple of newcomers in the side, with Royal skipper Haren Kaluarachchi, the penetrative centre, made it a winning debut for the red shirts. Another schoolboy from Isipatana, who played in a couple of games in the first leg, fly-half Roshan Peiris, played a decisive role for the CR, who for the first time this season, were at their best.
'Kalu' had a big hand in two of the CR tries with his intelligent play. For a newcomer to the big league, he showed abundant maturity. Of course the showpiece for CR was fullback Halimdeen in the last line.Staging a comeback after injury, the pencil slim 'Halim' was sure in defence and constantly formed the overlap. He had a big hand in CR's three tries. His spot kicks, too proved a winning factor.
Evergreen Lasitha Gunaratne, taking the field midway in the second half, added much fire and power to the pack. He was instrumental in thwarting a certain CH try when he touched down in defence, though CH were awarded a five-yard scrum. They won the loose head but fumbled with the ball.
In the second half CH dominated play with some superb moves made by the entire back division. For ten minutes they were on the offensive in CR territory and could have scored two certain tries, but it was a comedy of errors. Further full-back Nalin Dissanayake's spot kicks too lacked direction.
Referee N. Jama-ldeen
By Bruce MauriceA hat trick of goals by striker Roshan Perera helped Saun-ders to book their berth into the Sharp FA Cup Soccer Final at the Sugathadasa Stadium last evening.
All scoring was done in the first session of play. Ratnams missed an early chance of forging ahead, when they missed a certain goal.
Roshan Perera booted in the first goal when the game was 22 minutes old and followed it up with their second goal through him, with Ratnams failing in a desperate attempt to reduce the lead. Roshan Perera scored his third goal and the hat-trick minutes before the short whistle. Saunders missed two easy chances of increasing their tally of goals.
Both sides had equal opportunities of scoring with the Price Park lads being lucky and Ratnams being unlucky with poor finishing touches.
In the second semi final that was also played last evening at the Sugathadasa Stadium, Negombo Youth qualified to meet Saunders in the final on August 11th at the same venue. They defeated Blue Star SC by four goals to two in a penalty shoot out.
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