27th August 2000
Business| Sports Plus| Mirror Magazine
By Aubrey KuruppuHow have the mighty fallen! It may be slightly exaggerated or, in rugby parlance, a case of going over the top. Yet the indisputable fact is that last year's triple crown winners Kandy Sports Club has slipped from those dizzy heights.
First round losses to the Army and the CH were covered up and papered over by a win in the game that mattered - the one against the CR. Yet, to the discerning, something seemed to be missing, where Kandy SC annihilated and rolled over other clubs in the recent past, this season their victories didn't have so much glamour. It is pertinent to note that Kandy SC was not able to overcome the eventual champions, the CH & FC, in two attempts. They lost the first by a big margin and drew the second 3 all in their mountain fastness. Again, the return match against the Army at Nittawela was won by a mere three point margin.
Looking at the composition of the side, Kandy SC can boast of around ten national players at any given time. This begs the question whether the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
Tragically, Kandy SC right now is in the throes of a minor crisis. Skipper Dunstan de Silva did not turn up for practices after the defeat in the CR game. Sources close to the skipper have affirmed that he is suffering an injury. From the Club's stand-point, the skipper to all intents and proposes has decamped. Hence the need for a new captain - Indrajith Bandaranaike. It is no secret that last year skipper Haris Omar infused a sense of Dynamism into the team
The team responded well and the upshot of it all was that the Club won every trophy that was on offer. A few years back when centre Lasantha wijesuriya held the reins, similar results were achieved. Wijesuriya led from the front with his up at'em approach.
Kandy's officials point out with a touch of resignation that all is not lost and that the Club has merely slipped two places down the points table. "We haven't hit rock-bottom" seems to be the sentiment. You cannot win them all, year in and year out, is their philosophy. In lighter vein they point out that continued success breeds resentment. It also leads to other clubs ganging up against you. Novel off-field tactics will in course of time evolve. As an example, Police's heady run of success led to the bringing in of foreign players. At first it was a trickle (Nagata), but soon it became a minor ' Fijian' flood as Bati, kitti and Meli all turned up on the doorstep of the Nittawela Club.
Back to the present, and club officials are confident that Kandy SC can come back and clinch the Clifford Cup. This confidence stems inter alia, from this presence of talented youth - in particular, Kingswood's Skipper and centre J.C. Withanage. Big things are forecast for him.
Players come and players go, change is inevitable and, in a sense, inexorable.
Kandy SC can and will be hunting for titles once again. Obituaries can
wait for a later date.
By Jatila KarawitaThe new premier league rugby champions CH & FC will launch their Clifford Cup knock' out campaign when they scrum down with league wooden spoonists Air Force in the quarter final to be worked off at Longden Place on September 9.
The SLRFU 'A' division inter club knock' out tournament is scheduled to kick off on September 8 with the quarter final game between Havelocks and Army at Longden Place.
This eagerly looked forward to tournament will be conducted by the sport's governing body Sri Lanka Rugby Football Union and sponsored for the first time by International lubricant giant Caltex.
If the favourites for the Clifford Cup CH beat underdogs Air Force as expected the Maitland Crescent club will qualify to play the winners of Havelocks-Army game in the first semi final to be played at Longden Place on September 14.
Defending knock out champions Kandy and this years league runners up CR & FC will figure in the bottom half quarter finals, which also features the two services Navy and Police on September 9 and 10.
All matches in the Clifford Cup knock' out will be played at Longden Place except for the fixtures involving reigning champions Kandy who will be playing all their matches at Nittawela. The quarter finals will be played from September 8-10, while the 'semis' will be worked off on September 13 and 14.
The grand final will be played on September 17 at Longden Place.
Among the leading contenders for this years knock out title will be CH, CR and Kandy with CH looking to add the prestigious Clifford Cup to their trophy shelf at Maitland Crescent to go along with their heady success achieved in this year's league tournament where they annexed the Caltex trophy.
But they could expect a stiff fight for the knock out crown from Kandy and CR respectively both of whom failed to make an impact in this year's league.
Sep 8 - Havelocks vs Army, Sep 9 - CH & FC vs Air Force, Sep 9 -
CR & FC vs Police, Sep 10 Kandy vs Navy, Sep 13 - First semi final
Sep 14 - Second semi final, Sep 17 - Final
By Bernie WijesekeraAll arrangements have been finalised for the second Singer Sri Lanka International rugby "sevens" to be held in Bogambara, Kandy on Sept. 2 and 3. According to the secretary of the organising committee, Rizwan Omar, all the teams will be here on August 31.
First to arrive will be India and Malaysia on the 29th, followed by Thailand, Hongkong, Japan, China, Chinese Taipei, S. Korea, Netherlands and Denmark on the 30th. Germany, Sweden, Arabian Gulf S'pore on the 31st, joined by host team Sri Lanka.
The Asian RFU officials will be here to monitor the games. Three referees from Germany, Thailand and UK will assist the local referees.
All flying arrangements will be handled by the Sri Lankan Airlines.
Two more schools have been added: Wesley College and the Sabaragamuwa
Combined Schools team, newcomers to "sevens" rugby. La Kandyan Resort will
accommodate the visiting teams while the officials and representatives
will be housed at Hotel Swiss and Queens Hotel. The international tournament
is organised by the Kandy SC, the schools "sevens" will be on Sept 1.
In this regard, the Sports Ministry recently presented four billiard tables to the association.
Already one billiard table have been installed at Poramadulla Central College and further tables are to be initially installed at Royal College, Colombo and St. Aloysius College, Galle within the course of the next month.
The B&SA will conduct coaching clinics at the respective schools and shall establish training programmes for coaches, referees and players at district level in order to propagate the game to a wide range of participants.
With over 100 pool tables installed in various popular locations in Colombo, this figure is envisaged to rise to approximately 2,000 by end of this year.
The Cue game of pool have also being included in the activities of the local controlling body for the new millennium.
The B&SA which is affiliated to the World & Asian Billiards & Snooker controlling bodies have secured affiliation to the Asian Pocket Billiards Union and shall be sending a team of two male players and one lady player for the Asian 9 Ball Championship to be held in Singapore, commencing 30th August, 2000.
Furthering the cause of billiards and snooker, the B&SA shall be conducting the inaugural Sri Lanaka Vs. Tamil Nadu billiards and Snooker Test series in Sri Lanka from 28th September to 1st October, 2000.
The three Test series, will comprise team events of 3 snooker matches. 2 billiards matches and 1 doubles snooker match in each Test, will be played in three venues in order to attract much spectator participation and to popularize the game in the districts.
The first and second tests will be played separately at the Grand Hotel, Nuwara Eliya on 28th September 2000 and Garden Club, Kandy on 29th September, 2000.
The thrid and final Test will be conducted at the billiards parlour of Moors Sports Club, Colombo and will be followed by the closing ceremony and prize distribution for the Test series along with the prize distribution for the Sri Lanka National Billiards Championship, 2000.
The National Billiards Championship 2000 is already being conducted and the four national semi-fianalists, K.H. Sirisoma, K.V.W. Jayasekera, Dr. A.A.T. Somaratne and J.A. Wahid will battle it out for honours on Saturday 2nd September and Sunday 3rd, September 2000 at the B&SA headquarters tables.
Sri Lanka will enter players for the IBSF World Snooker Championship to be held in China in late October, 2000 and the subsequent World Billiards Championship too.
The fact that the cue game having being most recently recognized as an Olympic discipline will no doubt boost the popularity of the game and the morale of all cue enthusiasts.
The conducting of the inaugural Sri Lanka Tamil Nadu Test series which
is a team championship will give the national selectors much avenues to
deliberate on individual and team performances of our national players
when they decide to select the particpants for the forthcoming Asian Team
Championships in 2001 and Narita Games in Tokyo in 2001.
Two teams in the over-50 and years over-40 years category respectively will participate in the games at which Asian countries, New Zealand and Australia will compete.
The Games will be held in Queens land from October 26 to November 7. The honour of captaining the teams have been conferred on Nowfel Maharoof of the Orients Club and Karu Amarasinghe of Bank of Ceylon. Both have represented the country during their hay days and continue to prove their might for the Orients Club in the veterans tournaments.
Amongst the members of the Sri Lanka over-50 squad are Nihal Perera who was a former Peterite skipper, Hilary White, Vernon Davidson, Thiagan de Croos and Mark Anthony Fernando of Josephian fame. Vincent Loganathan, Remigius Perera, Francis de Silva, Malcolm Delima, Clifford Vandergert, Basil Fernando, Vikum Siriwardena, Bosco Ponraj and Z.A.M. Maharoof all of whom have represented Sri Lanka with distinction in the past will also form the squad for the games.
After the games the team will leave for Melbourne where they will play some friendly encounters with veteran teams. A match between the Old Peterites and Old Joes is also on the cards which is promoted by the Melbourne Old Peterites wing.
It will be worthy to mention that 3 players have already been sponsored
for the tournament by their employers namely The Maharaja Organisation
and Bank of Ceylon. As the Veterans Association has limited resources they
are hopeful that friends, well-wishers and mercantile establishments keen
on promoting and expending in the cause of sports will sponsor or contribute
generously to achieve the ambition of the Veterans Basketball Association
to participate in the said Games. This will provide an opportunity for
our players not only to be ambassadors of sport but also to promote goodwill
We have contacted the Mayor, and also will be writing to the Sports
Minister to stop this event which is going to be a problem to the area
people. Why are they permitting to have hill climbs in residential areas,
it was held earlier too, but it was a big mess for the residence of the
area. The roads are in a bad state, and after the damages are much more
who is benefiting from this. It is said to say that this race is held to
raise funds for the Mayor's Fund to develop Kandy. This is enother joke.
By Bruce MauriceThe cream of Sri Lanka hockey will be seen in action when the 44th Senior National Hockey Championships gets underway on September 6. All matches will be played at the Astro Turf in Colombo, with the final to be played on September 10.
The first championships were staged in 1956 and the Mercantile Hockey
Association have won it the most number of times. Last year's winners,
the Defence Services will be pulling out all stops to win the title this
year as well. However, Matale Hockey Association and the Mercantile Hockey
Association will not allow them to have the title on a platter. Eleven
teams will battle it out for the title, and they have been divided into
two Groups. Group 'A' will consist of the Defence Services, Mercantile
H.A., Colombo H.A., Kandy District Hockey Association, Sri Lanka Schools
and Uva H.A. While Group 'B' will consist Matale H.A., Wennappuwa H.A.,
Nationalised S.H.A., Galle D.H.A. and the State Services.
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