"A" Division Classic Nimal Hettiarachi came pretty good
with a par round and 36 points. He collected a Singer Fridge as
tall as himself. Sarath Wickremaratne came 2nd and picked a shorter
Fridge. The irrepresible Mano Wikramanayake distributed the awards
with a well fixed broad simle.
Dias wins TV
Michael Dias spent the major portion of the evening describing to
friends and acquaintances the secret of his victory in the "B"
Division all over an abundance and uninterrupted queue of beverages
provided by Maharaja. He was a popular winner judging from the applause
he received. Sanjay Gunewardena had a special truck to collect his
Fridge which came to him as 2nd prize. Ananda Jayasekera and Kumar
Boralessa had splendid rounds of 36 each and Bandula Weerasinghe
and D.M. Hettiarachi were impressive with 35 each. Dayananda Hewawasam
was an absolute disaster with 12 points.
Celebrated cricketer of yesteryear and middle shelf golfer
Neil Chanmugam gave away the "C" Division awards to Kiruba
Kumarakulasingham and Sirinivas Rao who settled for 38 points each.
They were each given hefty Microwaves courtesy of The Maharaja Organisation.
Nimal Amerasinghe on 38 was unfortunate to be beaten as his back
nine was inadequate. He was congratulated with several hand shakes.
Norman Chandraratne continues to dominate the Senior Class.
Despite a huge handicap to vision he came through superbly to win
a king size Microwave, loud cheers from the packed audience and
a bear hug from his wife.
who came 2nd was not present at the ceremony and therefore missed
out on a Microwave carrying a market value of 27.5% of one lakh.
K.K.U. Perera with his Viennese Waltz swing took Weeraratne's place
with glee. Petite Nedra Weerasinghe handled this part of the ceremony.
Mural Ismail was long off the 8th tee and with a 285 yard drive
he collected a useful domestic appliance made by Singer. Arjun Fernando,
the stylish left hander got closest to the pin on the 9th and took
home a custom built Microwave handed to him by Aftab Usman.
Mrs. F.de.Mel all smiles and all jazzed up won a Fridge which
was as tall as her and attractive Korean M.J. Kim embraced a Microwave,
hand delivered by Shira Warnakuasuriya in front of cameras.
There was a huge parade in the disater zone and a heavy collection
of confetti. The pond boys were delirious with joy to pick a mass
collection of balls with cash and carry for seasonal joy. The pleasurable
19th hole was lit up with a very special glow that only Maharaja
hospitality can introduce into the atomosphere. There was hellish
The award ceremony
took off to a light hearted start introduced by Lalith Ramanayake,
Captain of the Royal Colombo. He thanked Maharajas profusely for
the excellence of their sponsorship and he remembered Neil Chanmugam,
the man behind the scene unobtrusively. Mano Wickremanayake responded
superbly studded in lighter vein which kept the capacity crown quite
amused. A great event, a stunning party with very special camaradarie
laced with swell Carol singing led by star Serala Athulathmudali.
the Band was exceptionally good but absolutely unkind to those who
wished to dialogue. Sponsors must please remember that the music
most appreciated is what you hear but do not listen to providing
opportunity for dialogue.
Easy win for
Nugegoda SWC registered an easy six-wicket win over Kaduwela SC
in their limited over cricket encounter conducted by the BCCSL played
at Padukka yesterday. Kaduwela SC taking first lease were able to
muster only 110 runs and Nugegoda SWC reached the target losing
four wickets in the process.
110 in 39 overs (C. Priyanga 45: K. Abeyratne 3 for 25, K. Liyanage
3 for 14)
115 for in 25 overs (S. Ratnayake 26, D. Totamuna 24, A. Liyanage
24; S. Titus 3 for 21)
SC rout Swarnamuthu SC
In another match of the same tournament played at the De Zoysa Stadium
in Moratuwa yesterday, Moratuwa SC routed Swarnamuthu SC by 198
runs. Moratuwa SC helped by three half centuries by C. Sampath,
A. Peiris and S. Gunaratne scored a massive 302 and then bowled
out their opponents for just 104. Moratuwa SC 302 (C. Sampath 52,
A. Peiris 55, S. Gunaratne 94 n.o.; D. Liyanage 5 for 40) Swarnamuthu
SC 104 (W. Peiris 41; Eranda Fernando 3 for 16, Nisal Malinga 5
Goolam - a man
for all seasons
By Bernie Wijesekera
Goolam Rajah, has done a tremendous amount of spadework, since he
took over the reins as Manager of the S. African team, in 1999.
He has been part of the national squad for five years. Before that
he has served as assistant manager. Without doubt a capable organiser
- a man of few words, but serves the game well.
He is a manager
for all seasons. He never shuns the media and was prepared to meet
and discuss problems pertaining to the game. He has the ability
to sort out things with the players and concentrate on cricket and
encourage them to work hard on the field. In its wake forge unity
- to make S.Africa one of the top competitive teams.
There are barriers
said, Rajah in sports (cricket). Everyone is given equal opportunities
to play the game in the correct spirit. One must forget about the
past and one can't live with it. The clouds have cleared but one
must look forward for a better future. He is one of the top managers
in the international circuit. His ability to study the opponents
and help the team's aspirations. His communication has been the
key to the team's success on and off the field.
After Sri Lanka's
superb win in the third one-dayer in Benoni, he was the first to
commend their performance, along with Media Manager Gerald De Koch.
The Lankans are a good side don't give up hopes.
They have the
talent to make an impact with a concerted effort. The jubilant Lankan
team took off to the hotel, while the S. Africans immediately had
a long team discussion to find out what went wrong. Rajah contributed
his views along with coach Eric Simmons. Rajah doesn't believe just
carrying out administrative work.
Rajah was always
willing to speak to foreign journalist -at times they may be troublesome.
He said their attention is focused in the coming World Cup. Whatever
we are doing towards the end and their preparations are good with
an unstinted effort. Number of new faces have come into the South
African squad, and they are faring reasonably well. A mixture of
youth and experience.
Rajah since South Africa joined the big league in 1992 to play for
the first time in the World Cup they have not looked back. Striving
to make an impact to be in the forefront, in the process to bring
about reconciliation, via sport. Rajah has pumped his energy to
make it a reality. He commands respect all round. With just days
away from the Big show - the World Cup come Feb. 2003 - Goolam fittingly
has been seconded to organise the teams in the run-up to the 2003
ICC World Cup.