coach Jansz felicitated
In view of the completion of 25 years of Cricket Coaching of former
cricket coach Noel Jansz of St. Anthony's College, Wattala will
be felicitated by the past cricketers and past captains on May 3,
at Kalyani Mawatha, Wattala.
Out of his
25 years of coaching, he has coached at St. Anthony's College, Wattala
for almost 20 years and it is a well known fact that Jansz had devoted
his precious time and energy, towards college cricket free of charge.
He looked after cricketers' welfare and not only as coach, but he
was a guardian for the entire cricketers.
Jansz was also
a past cricket captain of St. Anthony's College, Wattala who did
yeamon services to cricketers who had shown their aptitude and capabilities.
He has produced good cricketers like, Hirantha Perera (Boy Cricketer
(Best Batsman- 1988), Manjula Munasinghe (Represented the National
team), Upul Fernando (Represented Sri Lanka Schools Under 19), Elvis
Koelmeyer (Best All-rounder 1984). Ravi Karunanayake (Best Fielder
1982), Ajith Alexander, (Runner-up, Best bowler- 1982) and Emil
Diaz (Runner-up and most Popular School boy Cricketer 1985) All
the past cricketers and captains trained by him will participate
in this ceremony.Sri Lanka's bowling star Chaminda Vaas was also
coached by Noel Jansz when he attended St. Anthony's Wattala. Chaminda
Vaas will also be attending Jansz's felicitation ceremony on May
vision to promote rugby
Old Zahirians Sports Club will be playing 'A' Div. rugby (league)
for the third successive year, said its president Nuhuman Hussain,
in an interview with The Sunday Times. Barring CR&FC, Havelocks
SC and CH&FC - Old Zahirians are the only other club in the
metropolis who have been playing continuous rugby for the past ten
The club has
been able to continue, thanks to the support afforded to them by
the old boys and well-wishers. In its wake they have given playing
opportunities to schoolboys to be in continuity after leaving school.
The players are not confined only to Zahira, but to school leavers
from Ananda, Wesley, Nalanda, St. Benedict's etc., he said. This
will give the youngsters playing opportunities rather than sitting
on a bench, Hussain added.
need support and a sponsor to spread the rugby gospel. He has made
an appeal to the Minister of Sports and to the Rugby Union to this
effect. The Rugby Union should encourage more new clubs to be formed.
This means more exposure for the youngsters.
The SLRFU should
do well to utilize the IRB funds to help develop emerging clubs.
This was told by its Rep. Jamie Scott, who was here last year for
the Singer-SriLankan Airline rugby Sevens in Kandy.
What are your
plans for the coming season? The club has put up an infrastructure
with an eye for the future. We may not win trophies but we will
give an improved performance. Former Sri Lankan stalwart and old
Zahirian Hisham Abdeen will be their coach, with Fazal Burah as
the manager. Diehard rugby supporter, Ahamad Fazlee will be the
chairman. The management is totally committed. Zahira is one of
the oldest rugby playing schools in the country.
has produced some exciting players at national level. One of them
is Abdeen, who later went to Isipathana. He learnt his skills and
made his name at the Maradana school. Hisham is the first to lead
a Lankan team on the inaugural Welsh tour. (BW)
Panadura Rugby Club is here to stay
Rugby football bug has come to stay since the formation of the Panadura
Rugby Club in 1994. Thanks to the encouragement and support rendered
by the Western Province RFU's development programme. Lads from Royal,
Panadura, Sri Sumangala, Moratu M.V., and Piliyandala Central have
joined the scrum.
is tremendous enthusiasm among the youngsters", said Pradeep
Fernando who is coaching the team when interviewed by The Sunday
Times. Incidentally, Pradeep was the first Captain of the Club.
He played for the Air Force as a volunteer and later joined the
who is promoting rugby and helping the club, "There is not
much help coming our way barring from the Western Pro. Rugby Union".
Its present President, Fazal Mohamed is giving us all encouragement
to be in continuity. The team is virtually a schoolboy side, who
played in the Le Bond U-24 tournament', said Fernando. It's being
led by hooker P. Indika Fernando. About 35 players are in the squad.
They are physically small, but nippy.
This was evident
when the lads ran with the ball at every given turn. The squad is
afforded with a technical officer, Ajith Fernando, who is helping
in the development of the skills. Is there any sponsors - Yes. Enfield
paints sponsored us to take part in the U-24 tournament.
Plans are afoot
for the team to play in the forthcoming Rugby Union's 'B' league
tournament. In our first attempt to play in the 'B' league, is to
give that much-needed exposure for the boys to indulge in competitive
rugby, said Pradeep.
made a name in cricket and boxing. Quite a number of players have
excelled at cricket. K. Edwin in boxing won a medal at the Empire
Games in Auckland. Energetic young fast bowler Ravindra Pushpakumara,
a national player now playing for N.C.C. is also a product of Panadura.
P. D. Ramanayake, who did yeoman service for the Army rugby hails
from St. John's Panadura to assist this emerging club to be in continuity
and lead a contended life through sports. In the end they will be
able to forget the ones that stress their lives.
This could be
achieved by indulging in physical training regularly. To win trophies
is good. The Rugby Union, must get the support of the Ministry of
Sports and map out an infrastructure to help the under-privileged
and emerging new clubs.
a senior official of Hameedias, was the chief guest. He said that
he will continue to support rugby in the district and assist the
organisers in the years to come, to uplift the game help among the
less privileged youth. (BW)