9th April 2000
Novices Boxing Meet concludes at the Sugathadasa Stadium
By Ravi Nagahawatte
N.J.L. Navagamuwa of YMCA Colombo ended up in the Accident Ward after receiving a head blow from an opponent in the Novices Boxing Meet which concluded at the Sugathadasa Stadium yesterday.
Nawagamuwa fighting in the Light Welter Class lasted only a few seconds against his his adversary S.I.Kumara of Vidyartha BC before falling prey to a killer-punch.
The boxer looked okay and ready to continue but Referee Samarasinghe called off the bout anticipating further injury to the loser. Nawagamuwa later collapsed while walking to the dressing room and was seen vomiting. Dr. A.E.Wanigasekara who attended on the injured Nawagamuwa told the Sunday Times that the boxer was out of danger and was conscious.
"He was taken to the accident ward to get his breathing passage cleaned so that nothing would interfere with his breathing," said Wanigasekara.
A.S.Bandara of Police walked away with the Best Boxer's award while T.D.N. Samaranayake (Army ) won the best loser's award.
Light Fly Weight - R.Abeyratne (Peradeniya ) beat T.Samaranayake (S.L. Army).
Fly Weight H.Jayakantha (S.L. Army) beat T.Ranjith (Seevali BC) , Bantam Weight - V.Divakara (Seevali BC ) beat K.Kumara ( S.L. Air Force ).
Feather Weight- U.Wijetunga ( Peradeniya BC) beat D.Samarasekara (S.L. Army ).
Light Weight - A.Bandara (Police BC ) beat M. Safras (YMCA Kandy).
Light Welter Weight - S.Kumara ( Vidyartha BC ) beat N.Nawagamuwa (YMCA Colombo ) .
Welter Weight - J.Fernando (S.L Army) beat P. Neranjan (Prisons BC).
Light Middle Weight - B.Kapila ( Air Force ) beat A.Dabrera (YMCA Kandy ).
Middle Weight - V.Suwaris (Air Force) beat S.Nandana (S.LNavy) .
Light Heavy Weight - N.Nissanka (SL Navy ) beat H. Ajantha (Air Force ).
Heavy Weight - N. Dharmasiri (S.L. Navy ) beat K.Rajangana (Prisons BC).
Super Heavy Weight - D.Jayamanne ( YMCA Colombo ) beat Y.Dissanayake ( Veyangoda BC).
Former Royal, CH & FC and Sri Lanka's granite-hard No. 8, ruggerite Bryan Baptist, a keen student of the game, will exclusively write a column, about club rugby for The Sunday Times. Baptist a fine player of the time has done much for this beautiful sport on and off the field.
He also served the Navy as the coach. The sailors in turn profitted with his experience and knowhow when they entered the K.O., finals - in both A & B divisions.
He has been appointed as a consultant by the Royal College rugby committee, to help the game.
A much respected personality, he is doing much community service, put aside helping sport. At present he is the joint Managing Director of Baarleet Group.
Valvoline enters racing scene
The forthcoming Nuwara Eliya season will see the newest entrant to the motor sport Valvoline Synpower the world renowned Synthetic Motor OII, entering the fray.
The young Romani De Silva an experienced driver will be challenging the others with three machines at Radella, Mahagastota and Fox Hill. The Valvoline Synpower Suzuki, Formula Ford and Subaru WRX will be seen storming the hills.
Gwen's suggestions to Int. Cricket Council
Mrs. Gwen Herat, President of the Women's Cricket Association of Sri Lanka has suggested that the following topics be discussed and adopted at the General Meeting of the International Cricket Council, New Zealand in December, 2000.
A. "That the International Women's Cricket Council shall not consider, entertain, negotiate, etc. another body seeking membership from a country that is already a registered member because the IWCC Constitution allows only one association from a country after a postal vote is approved by the member countries of the IWCC.
B. This will prevent the IWCC a great deal of work, correspondence, negotiations, etc. that wil arise out of such situations. It will also halt rivalry, segregation in such countries that will break up the women's cricket structure of the said country.
C. That the IWCC hold power to terminate a membership of a country if it feels justified after careful consideration and discussions at an executive meeting of IWCC and later to be ratified at the General Meeting.
D. That such terminations to rise out of violation of the IWCC Constitution or as an act in a manner that will bring disrepute to IWCC.
E. Or a member country act in a manner to wilfully cause pain of mind or disrepute to another member country of the IWCC.
St. Joseph's Ladies Champs
St. Joseph's Colombo boys and Ladies College girls emerged champions in the circuit atheletic meet concluded at the Sugathadasa Stadium.
Zahira Colombo and St. Joseph's Balika Nugegoda finished as runners up for boys and girls respectively.
The Western Province Chief Minister Susil Premajayantha was the chief guest while the Deputy Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Jeevan Kumaratunga was guest of honour.
Clinic for diving coaches
Under the Development Programme for the year 2000, FINA has offered the National Amateur Aquatic Sports Union (NAASU) of Sri Lanka Diving Coaches Clinic.
This clinic will be held on April 8, 9 and 10 at the Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium Pool.
FINA has appointed Huang Zhirong, a diving coach of the Chinese Swimming Association as lecturer to conduct this clinic. This is the first time that a FINA Diving Clinic is held in Sri Lanka. Around 50 persons all locals are expected to participate in this clinic.
Victor Peiris will be the clinic co-ordinator.
Trans-Asia tennis on April 19
The 13th Trans Asia Hotel open tennis championships sponsored by Qantas/British Airways in collaboration with the Sri Lanka Tennis Association will be held from April 19 to 23 at the Hotel Courts.
Five new events have been added to this year's tournament, with the men's singles winner and runner up awarded Rs. 5,000 and Rs. 2,500 while the women's singles winner awarded Rs. 4,000 and runner-up Rs. 2,000.
Over 100 are expected to participate in this championships with the events being, men's singles, doubles and mixed doubles, women's singles and doubles, veterans over 35 doubles, boys and girls under 18 singles and doubles and boys and girls 14 singles.
Entries will close with Trans Asia Hotel on April 17, with the draw fixed for the same day at the hotel at 4 p.m.
Last year's winners: Men's singles - Ganendran Sumbramaniam, women's singles - Sobhini de Silva, under 16 boys singles - Timothy de Abrew, mixed doubles - Arjan Perera/Shalini Pereira, men's doubles Sudantha Soysa/Chamika de Silva, Veterans doubles over 45, General Rohan de S. Daluwatta/Dr. B.J.C. Perera.
By Leonard Ratnayake
Sri Lanka Air Force tail-ender Abuthair Rizan's huge six over long off was not enough to salvage his team, as the Airmen went down fighting to Chilaw Marians SC in the final of the Segment B Champions Trophy match at NCC grounds yesterday.
Chasing a modest total of 193 in 50 overs, the Airmen were three runs short of victory after the final ball was bowled. Openers Dulip Fernando and Roshan Galappaththi got the Air Force into a slow but a steady start to make a 59 run stand for the first wicket. But soon a collapse in the middle order sent their team reeling at 112 for five in the 36th over.
Skipper Thilak Fernando who scored 40 runs off 38 balls with three huge sixes tried to restore the innings with Indika Dilhan who contributed valuable19 runs in their 65-run stand for the sixth wicket. The dismissal of skipper Fernando was costly for the airmen as they never looked comfortable thereafter. The up and coming Chillaw Marians restricted the opposition innings for 191/9 in the alloted 50 overs with Pramith Jayasundera doing the damage taking four wickets for 37 runs.
Chilaw Marians SC - 193 all out in 47 overs (Nimesh Perera 64, Saman Thittagalla 40, Janaka Gunaratne 28; Hemantha Karunaratne 24/3, Chamila Gamage 45/3, Thilak Fernando 18/2
Sri Lanka Air Force SC - 191/9 in 50 overs (Thilak Fernando 40, Dulip Fernando 25, Roshan Galappaththi 24;
Pramith Jayasundera 4/ 37, Janaka Gunaratne 2/41)
Bodhi Liyanage and Hafiz Marikkar were elected as president and secretary respectively of the Kandy Football League at the election of office bearers last week.
Liyanage is a Deputy Inspector General of Police while Marikkar is a Municipal Councillor.
Thirty soccer playing clubs are affiliated to the Kandy Football League and their main drawback is reported to be the lack of proper grounds besides financial constraints.
Both Liyanage and Marikkar have promised to look into the shortcomings of member Clubs after they were elected. Marikkar is presently the Chairman of the Municipal Sports Committee and President of the Municipal Sports Club.
Maurice Perera, K.D. Ariyasena, M. Nadaraja, Sarath Wijesinghe and M. Mashood were elected vice presidents.
T. Sinnen was elected as secretary (Competitions) while I Wahab was elected as assistatnt secretary.
S. Mediweke is Treasurer while his assistant is Anura Ranasinghe.
Lanka Cavaliers led by Sri Lanka's first Test captain Bandula Warnapura conducted an outstation cricket development programme at the Jayatilleka Stadium at Nawalapitiya on April 1 and 2.
This programme was conducted at the invitation of Lions Club Nawalapitiya. A coaching clinic consisting of a lecture delivered by Warnapura and a practice session covering all areas of the game such as batting, pace and spin bowling, fielding and running between the wickets. A large number of students nominated from the schools in the region attended this programme.
On Sunday a 30 overs match was played between the Cavaliers Over-40 team and a Lions Invitation XI Comprising young school cricketers which the Cavaliers won.
At the end of the programme the Cavaliers presented bats to the Lions Club for the development of the game in Nawalapitiya and a special cash award to C. Wasantha for his outstanding performance.
Lions Invitation XI -135 all out in 28 overs. (C. Wasantha 30 , N. Balasuriya 25, C.N. Dissanayake 16, S. Rupasinghe 15, A. Godagama 14; Basil Perera 4 for 22 , Bandula Warnapura 2 for 3, K.H. Nandasena 2 for 8).
Lanka Cavaliers - 139 for 8 in 29 overs. (Bandula Warnapura 42, Bandula de Silva 39, C.P.P. Raj 13, K.H. Nandasena 12; S. Rupasinghe 2 for 19, C.N. Balasuriya 2 for 23, C. Wasantha 2 for 26).
The Lanka Cavaliers team comprised -
Bandula Warnapura, Jayantha Seneviratne, Jerry Woutersz, Basil Perera, Damian Fernando, Mervyn Fernando, Keerthi Gunaratne, K.H. Nandasena, S.Illangaratnam, Bandula de Silva, Dushan Soza, C.P.P. Raj, Zareen Hameed, Chitral Mendis, Daya Sirisena, Premalal Fernando, Ranjith Rajapakasa, Mahes Jayasekera, Dr. Ananda Gunasekera, Desmond Woutersz, Lakith Peiris-Manager).
By Marcus Joseph
Arjuna-like innings by injured Panadura St. John's College skipper Tharanga Priyadarshana helped his side to bring off a sensational and unexpected victory in the inaugural One Day Limited Over Cricket encounter with their rivals Panadura Royal College for the G.C. Roberts Memorial Challenge Trophy played early this week at Panadura. Tharanga broke his right fore-arm while at practice about a month ago which prevented him from playing in the remaining matches in the season, including the Big Match with Panadura Royal during latter part of March. This was a big blow to his team as he was the most consistent allrounder in the side having already scored over 800 runs in 15 innings and capturing 32 wickets with 10 for 67 in one match.
Towards the end of March the plaster was removed yet the wound was not healed properly although the bone was set and he needed further medical care. But against medical advice he decided to play for the inaugural One Day Limited Over encounter and three days later on the day of the match he rejoined his team with his fore-arm heavily bandaged.
No sooner the game started St. Johns who were batting first got into difficulty and began to lose wickets cheaply. Having decided to go down in the order due to injury he walked out to the middle when the side was badly placed with 7 for 82. Very often using only his left hand Tharanga hit the ball to all corners of the field and when he got out last man after facing only 41 balls the score had swelled to 158 with his personal contribution being a well deserved half a century (52) which Included eight hits to the rope.
Tharanga's brave innings helped the side to win the match and with it the Inaugural Challenge Trophy.
At the prize distribution that followed he was adjudged the Best Batsman which won him the Stanley Senanayake Memorial Challenge Trophy as well as the Man of the Match award Brig. P.D. Ramanayake Challenge Trophy.
The Chief Guest on the occasion was Reginald Cooray, Deputy Minister of Education and Higher Education. The match was sponsored by Sumathi Group of Companies.
By Bernie Wijesekera
Army rubgy is in luck's way again - thanks to a lavish sponsorship package afforded to them by Rajasingham Industries through their sports loving chairman, M.W. Rajasingham.
This will be the third occasion that MWR Industries will be sponsoring the Army team. In 1997 gave birth to this package. It had a one-year lay off (1998). But they came to the scrum last year (1999). This was made possible due to the personal efforts of the chairman Army rugby Brig. Jupana Jayawardena, said its secretary Army rugby Dammika Gunawardena, in an interview with The Sunday Times. Last year the Army had an All Blacks coach Kelvin Farrington, who did an excellent job with his charges. Of course he was helped by Sunil Ranasinghe and P.G. Gunawardena. This year Rajasingham Industries has given the soldiers a bigger package. They are assured of giving a better performafnce, with the fresh blood injected to the battle-scarred soldiers. Last season they were placed fourth in the table.
Brig. Jayawardena told The Sunday Times that through the efforts of Dilip Kumar and former Army winger Jayantha Weerasinghe, the Army was able to get the services of a seasoned Aussie Coach, Ray Nelson from Sydney on a four-month assignment. Kumar who is a staunch supporter of Sri Lanka rugby at present is the vice-chairman of the New South Wales Rugby Council.
Nelson, who arrived in Sri Lanka on April 3, was seen at the Army grounds on April 4, training the soldiers for the coming season. Ray, a tough forward, has played as a front-row forward. He is the director coaching at Newcastle where nine clubs come under his wings.
Your first impressions about the Army rugby players? They look tough and strong and possess abundant stamina to stand the pace. Further they are prepared to learn and improve their skills, he added. My predecessor has done a good job. I will continue his good work for them to make an impact in the coming season. The lads are determined to give of their best and provide the platform for exciting rugby, whatever the final outcome. That's what rugby is all about, Nelson added.
Chris Flannery a New Zealand player, who is here with his fiance Nic Jones, will assist Nelson. Jones is here on a netball coaching assignment with the Ministry of Sports.
Three of Sri Lanka's finest rugby referees in the recent past: S.W Chang, Roshan Deen, and Dilroy Fernando, who refrained from blowing quite unexpectedly a year ago, are ready and set to blow again in the new inter-club rugby season which began last Friday.
The trio who quit in apparent disgust over differences with the referees society a year ago, have reportedly patched up their problems with the new set of office-bearers of the rugby union.
Hence their collective decision to blow in the new Inter-Club season.
Of the three referees who are all acclaimed, by the game's ruling body, the IRB (International Rugby Board).
Dilroy Fernando blew in the rugby fixture between CH and Police at Maitland Crescent yesterday while the other two, Chang and Deen are expected to take to the whistle once-again following the Sinhala new year period.
Meanwhile 'The Sunday Times' also learns that sport's governing body here SLRFU, has appointed a new assignment committee to oversee the appointment of referees for both schools and club matches alike with immediate effect.
Tony Amith and Brigadier Jupana Jayawardene are to oversee appointments covering school games, while national coach SSP Nimal Lewke is set to join Brigadier Jayawardene to supervise the club scene. -J.K.
Last seasons 'A' division runners-up of the league and knock-out, CR &FC will go in as the fancied team to beat Navy SC, when they scrum down for the first time in the 2000 inter-club season at Longden place this evening.
CR who are sans some of last year's key players, such as prop forward Shantha Rohana, flanker Kapila Silva, and lock forward Duminda De Silva (all of whom have swopped clubs), has been strengthened for the on-going season with the inclusion of Chaminda Siriwardene, Duminda Pulukkuttiarachchi, and Chirantha De Soyza, respectively.
Besides the continued presence of new skipper Shavantha De Seram, last year's captain Champika Nishantha, Viraj Prasanna, Alfred Hensman, Pavithra Fernando, Asanga Rodrigo, Bandula Mallikarachchi and Kishan Musafer to name a few in their ranks, should see the red shirts, going out on a try scoring spree on their own back-yard.
Meanwhile the sailors led by former Sri Lanka poolist Panda Wijerathne go into the game against CR, with a young outfit.
With experienced players in the calibre of Sri Lanka cap Dunstan Jayasuriya, Anura Ranathunga, Y.M. S Rathnayake and U.K. Ranjith in their possession, the sailors should certainly make the going tough for the Longden Place club.
However the experience held by most of the CR players should see them romping home easy victors against Navy today.
CR & FC (from)- Harin Gabriel, Chaminda Siriwardene, Duminda Pulukkuttiarachchi,Viraj Prasanna,Sahan De Silva, Roshan Perera, Alfred Hensman, Pavithra Fernando,Savantha De Seram (Capt), Champika Nishantha,Shanaka Perera, Asanga Rodrigo, Chirantha De Soyza, Bandula Mallikarachchi,Irosh Fernando, Kishan Musafer, Sumith Premantha and Anjul Weerakkody.
Navy SC (from)- Menaka Suranga, T.R. Peries, U. K.Ranjith, Dunstan Jayasuriya, R. Ruwanthileke, Panda Wijerathne (Capt), S. Jayaweera,S Malewana, Anura Ranathunga, M. Shan, Navantha De Silva, M. Salideen,L. K Ranjith, M. Riyaz, Y. M. S. Rathnayake. -J.K.
The month of March brings to a close the golfing calendar of the Royal Colombo Golf with the traditional match when the President leads a team against the Captain in 4 ball encounters. On Sunday this match took off in a tremendous spirit of camaraderie.
Dr. Suranjan de Silva, the President led from the front combining with Dr. Narendra Wijeratne to stroke a convincing victory over the Captain Shiran de Soysa and partner Kumar Boralessa 3 and 2. Another 3 and 2 victory came to Shirley de Silva and Dr. Shelton Jayasinghe both ex-Presidents when they tamed Padmasiri Dias and N. Wadugodapitiya.
The inseperables met in an exciting close encounter when Neil Chamugam partnered Hefty Bakelman to scrape through a slender win over Norman Chandraratne and Lalin Samarawickrema. After a helluva ding-dong struggle for supremacy Chanmugam and Bakelman went 1 up at the end and a dozen up at the 19th.
The Surgeon excels
Eminent Prof. Sheriffdeen carved and sliced his way to an excellent win over A. Widanalage and 'Amapola' K.B. Abanpola partnered by 'uncle' William Barsenbach. It was titantic most of the way and eventually Sheriffdeen and Barsenbach got head one up at close of play.
Elmo de Silva partnered J.K. Rajendran to carry Mohan Alles and C. Kulasinghe to the cleaners and leave them happily there. De Silva dominated with Rajendran coming in at crucial times to save a hole or take it with him. Alles and Kulasinghe are seeking professional guidance after the debacle.
The H.M. Samaranayake/C.C. Jayawardena partnership was too good for D. Ratnayake and A.M. Jayawardena who succumbed 4 and 3 at the end.
A happy quartet seen to enjoy every moment of play was the match where Upali Wickramaratne moved in with Ajanta Mylvaganam to arrest Norman Gunewardena and Sugath Weeraratne. They strayed, they recovered with glee and they took a fair share of the hazards but came off with great individual scores to eventually break even and talk much about the game at the 19th.
Another interesting game saw Nimal Hettiarachi combine with Nirmal Ranasinghe against seasonal campaigners Anil de Silva and Lalin Senadhira. Hettiarachi and Ranasinghe played well and were in complete command most of the way to finish 2 up. All the matches described so far brought victory to the President's team who took 7 games and halving one. The Captain's team picked 5 victories and halved one game.
Ranjan Joseph and Ken Sellayah dovetailed superbly to overcome Haris Serasinghe and Upali de Silva. Sellayah was reliable through all the fairways while Joseph was positive on the greens. Upali de Silva shot to glory off the tees but just failed to pass water. Stricken with waterphobia he stalled at every water hazard. Joseph and Sellayah went 2 up in victory.
R. Jubitz, a fresh American enthusiastically on the scene was impressive. He partnered Gihan de Silva and held on firmly to the youngsters Michael Perera and C. Galagedera but eventually wilted to lose by a slender margin 1 down.
Now comes the debacles when one after the other the President's pairs were demolished. Rathven de Livera and S. Tendulfla were in absolute distress attempting to hold on to V.N. Coomaraswamy and Sumal Perera who were shooting pars in monotonous regularity. The absolute demolishing ended 6 and 5 in favour of Coomaraswamy and Perera.
The other game ended in shambles for R. Seneviratne and Sunil de Costa who were at the mercy of V.T. Sunderalingam and Shanta Kaato. Sunderalingam and Kaato were in splendid form increasing their lead in the last few holes to end 5 and 3. Nimal Perera and Dayananda Hewawasam combined superbly to form a strong combination. Dovetailing at crucial times they knocked the hell out of Channa Gunasinghe and S. Premasiri. Walking all over their opponents Perera and Hewawasam were absolutely non stoppable with Perera dominating play.
Gunasinghe could not co-ordinate the morning after a night roistering with hand picked friends caused physical and mental distress and the hammering ended 8 and 7 against him and his partner the 19th for this quarter was a hive of great pleasure. They enjoyed the spirit of the game to its fullest laced with the best beers in town. A banquet lunch in oriental glory followed.
The new Principal of St. Mary's College, Dehiwala who took up his duties a few months back, under his guidance along with Mrs. Chandrika Kulatunge, the teacher-in-charge of sports, has once again introduced cricket to St. Mary's College Dehiwala. Before starting hardball cricket they have decided to start with softball cricket with the idea of forming a good and sound hardball cricket team.
Mr. K.B. Annesley Mendis, a well-known veteran in the field of soft- ball cricket and also a Vice President of the Sri Lanka Softball Cricket Federation and the Honourary General Secretary of the Sri Lanka Softball Cricket Umpires' Association, has been appointed as Coach cum Manager of the St. Mary's College cricket team. Furthermore. Mr. K.B. Annesley Mendis was the manager of the Sri Lankan Cricket Team which toured India to take part in the first ever Softball Test Cricket Match held in the World, the match between India and Sri Lanka. As an Old Boy of St. Mary's College and a Vice President of the Old Boys' Union of the College his great hard work towards the development of cricket should be greatly commended. A soft ball Cricket Tournament was organised after a very long time in the school. This Inter-House Tournament was represented by the three Houses in the School, viz "Maura" "Tissara" "Lihini".
Who is this leading player from a popular sport, who has been threatened with death? A selector from this sport too has received death threats. What could be the cause for this sudden agitation?
Pulling their weight?
A sports officer attached to a university is making a lot of money by charging his students from Rs. 300/- to 600/- for training at the weight training centre at the Ministry of Sports, Torrington Square.
Another supposed to be athletic coach is also doing the same business charging from his pupils money for weight training. Mr. Minister why not inquire into this?
Sports Officers idle?
Rover learns that two powerful females attached to the Sports Ministry is making use of a good number of Sports Officers appointed by them and earning a salary from the Ministry to do odd jobs for them. Not done ladies!
Balls not fit?
The cricket balls distributed to schools by the Sri Lanka Schools Cricket Association cannot be used for matches, they instead have to purchase balls for matches, Rover was told by Masters-in-charge of Cricket.
Another aspect the sponsors should look into and take over the distribution of lunch packets, which came into limelight at the two semi-fi nal matches, where a leading coach from a leading school was heard taking to task three officials of the Schools Association.
Why is that the host school is told to supply lunch, why cannot the sponsors step in and remedy this issue once and for all.
The Ananda/Nalanda limited overs match was over on Saturday, after which an official from the sponsors for Sunday final was seen pleading with the hirers of chairs to leave them as they were for the next days match, giving a thousand bucks as an advance.
No school association official was present at this venue to make arrangements.
A Women's Association who is going round making much fuss, in trying to get recognition, has been told in no uncertain terms, that they would not be tolerated, in other words snubbed badly.
Nobody wants to serve?
All top notchers approached by the AAA are refusing to take up serving in major committees. No one also wants to serve on the arbitration committee, since they feel let down by the state of affairs.
Facts are stubborn?
A leading sports body in Sri Lanka which has produced a World Champion and a World President is fighting shy of contructive criticism and has written on to state that they have brought the best for the promotion in the schools. Rover's wish is that only time will tell.
How come before approval of the constitution is done a new sport has been introduced for who's interest. There was nothing malicious, only contructive criticism. Come on 'Dont try to be saints.'
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