wins Bangladesh title in style
Anura Rohana our unmatchable Golf Champion who just recently won
the National Open followed by the Silver Medal at the Asian Games
picked another plum when he gained a smashing victory in the Bangladesh
Open to make it the third win in consecutive years. He was given
a warm reception and rousing applause at the award ceremony at the
Dhaka Golf Club.
The best from
India, Pakistan, Bhutan, Nepal and Bangladesh participated in the
gruelling 4 round competition where Anura Rohana outmatched stiff
competition with excellent rounds of 71, 69, 72 and 69 making a
total of 7 under par 281, an absolutely magnificent performance.
The runner-up came ten strokes behind him. Lalith Kumara, the other
member came trailing behind to take 6th position with scores of
74,70,78 and 75.
success is all the more creditable particularly as he has had no
opportunities for competitive play since his return from the Asian
Games a few months ago. He mourns the lack of opportunities and
his colleagues are as mournful. I just cannot comprehend why the
Golf Union and the Royal Colombo Golf Club cannot get together and
bring in a rescue operation to open the gates for these remarkably
talented young men to have opportunities of playing competitive
golf to improve their skills.
Its no use having
receptions and jumping on the band wagon. These are worthless efforts.
I am fearful that if this attitude continues further, some drastic
pressure will come down on the authorities. But of course the comforting
thought for these neglected few is that there are possibilities
with bright prospects that as soon as the new Course comes up in
the neighbourhood of Colombo, the crop may be captured and given
a better deal of improving their skills. -Tita Nathanielsz
weather patterns would have helped BCCSL
One Premier Trophy 50-over tournament was marred by fickle weather.
Even the two semi-final games between Galle CC and CCC at the SSC
Grounds and other game between Bloomfield C&AC and Colts CC
had to be abandoned due to wet weather after lunch.
Both games were
poised for a close contest. But eventually the winners were decided
on the preliminary round matches. There should have been an extra
day to overcome bad weather. This should have been enshrined to
rules pertaining to this tournament - at least in the semis - in
fairness to the participating teams. Isn't this bad planning?
committee of the BCCSL should have studied the weather pattern or
got the advice of the Meteorological Department. One-day cricket
is not played in miry conditions but in sunny weather for both players
and fans to enjoy. Why rush tournament. Even the sponsors are not
going to get that mileage.
This has happened
in the past, too. It's being continued. Imagine international teams
being invited during the monsoons. In the process the visiting teams
enjoying a holiday all over the world among the cricketing nations
there is an off-season, for the players to relax and be with their
families. But in Sri Lanka cricket is being played right round the
year. This is bad planning. As a result the game has suffered.
Take the Lankan
team participating in the VB triangular series in Australia. They
had a six-week tour in South Africa in trying conditions. The players
were exhausted. They returned on Dec. 8. After two days took wings
- Down Under. The players hadn't any time to be with their families
- a weather beaten lot.
How could one
expect a reasonably good performance? Even a human body needs a
rest, put aside material gains. The World Cup in S.Africa will immediately
follow this Aussie tour. Here again, planning has much to do. It
should have been better if some young prospects included for the
Aussie tour and given the seniors a much-needed rest. (BW)
League Moratuwa branch
The Moratuwa Branch of the Sri Lanka Scrabble League will be inaugurated
in January 2003. Those who wish to join are requested to request
for membership forms from: Prof. Merrill Perera, 70 Koralawella,
Moratuwa. Tel: 65-7131 or Mrs. Phoebe Silva, 27/2, Moses Lane, Koralawella,
Moratuwa. Tel: 074-212805. Scrabble will be played on Saturday afternoons
at the Lions Service Centre, Moratuwa from around 2 p.m. to 5.30