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Soccer Veterans draw up plans

By M.Shamil Amit
The Soccer Veterans Association of Sri Lanka which was formed in 1995 by a few enthuasatic and interested veterans of the sport has now under the leadership of the new chairman Nivard Ajith Cabraal has drawn up plans to have several programmes to benefit past soccerites and their families and to promote goodwill and understanding amongst the members and their families. At the same time the Association intends to offer its experience and expertise for the technical development of the sport, to organize competitions, as well as to promote the cause of the soccer veterans in all parts of the country. The general membership has elected a new committee blending youth and experience to further the interest of the Association. This new committee has developed a A Plan Of Action which they intend to implement during the year 2001/2002 and through this briefing wishes to share those plans with its membership and the general public.

First they intend to conduct a Seven-a-Side soccer tournament which will be notified very soon. The venue is to be in Colombo. This tournament is to be used as an opportunity to increase the Associations membership and would probably consist of matches within two age groups which is for ages between 45-50 and 50-55.

Challenge trophies and prize monies are to be awarded to the winners, runners-up and other outstsanding performers. The probable competing teams are likely to be from Colombo (5 teams), Chilaw (2 teams), Kurunegala (2 teams), Negombo (2 teams), Kandy (2 teams) and others 4 teams.

They also intend to publish a directory of members which would serve as a link among the soccer veterans so that they could keep in touch with each other. This project is to be co-ordinated by the Executive Secretary Mr. J.M.Ayub.

The Association is organizing an eye camp where spectacles are to be given free of charge to soccer veterans and members of their families. This will be done after the conduct of a free eye clinic by a reputable optician company and are expecting to have this on July 22 at Kollupitiya from 9.00 a.m. onwards.

They are also planning to hold an Awards Night and hope to have it every year in order to recognize and honour past national soccerites and others who have rendered significant service to soccer.


Is attack the best form of defence?

By Annesley Ferreira
What is correct? Is it attack the best form of defence or is defence the best form of attack? Your answer is good as mine. This is exactly what happened in Sri Lanka's mode of play at the World Cup Asia Zone Group 5 qualifier play-offs in the second leg in Bangkok. The same method was adopted in the first leg in Lebanon.

The players cannot be blamed. They have to follow their coach and trainers' advice or else they will get the chop.

How on earth could the Sri Lankans force a win? All the time they defended and gave their opponents the better of exchanges in vital lapses.

Gone are the days where Sri Lanka earned the name of producing good goalkeepers with Hashim Deen earning the tag as the best goalkeeper in Asia. This was followed next by Lionel Peiris.

Some consolation is seen in the goal-keeping of Sandun Devinda who played in the second leg. He showed good anticipation, in keeping the score line down for Sri Lanka. Much is expected from him.

Sayed Sultan Arif, the Special Football Correspondent for the Pakistan Daily Nawa-iWaqt and The Nation in conversation stated that Sri Lanka was playing good football and it could be further improved, if they could play a home and away series of three matches each with Pakistan, India, Bangladesh and Maldives, which is found wanting.

Furthermore, the Football Federation of Sri Lanka should look into the possibilities of making use of talent scouts to watch and recommend talented players to the selection committee, without picking players at trials held at zonal level, which is of no use.

True enough, youthful players should be picked. Why not, since a training centre is under construction at Baddegana. Think of the idea of paying them a substantial allowance and keep them in residential training throughout the year, which will no doubt produce results.

Influencing the selectors should stop, only then can the best be picked for the national team, leave aside having a player of every district association to represent Sri Lanka.

For instance if eight players are good to represent Sri Lanka from Kandy, let it be so, in the best interests of the game.


Peterson's long trek from Amparai to Athletic fame 

Bruce Maurice
Coming events first cast their shadows way back in 1981 in the outbacks of far away Amparai. It was the sports meet of Saddathissa Kanista Vidyalaya and a ten-year-old slip of a girl named Delima Peterson swept everything before her to win the Under-11 Long Jump, High Jump, 75m sprint and waltz off with the Under-11 championship. The following year she joined Bandaranayaka Girl's School also in Amparai and here too she wasted no time in making her mark in sports. 

At the Inter-House sports meet, she won the same events she had won at her previous school and also became Under-11 champion. At Bandaranayake GS it was a one horse race whether it be a track or field event if Delima Peterson was in it. She was the undisputed champion in athletics every year from the Under-11 age group to the Under-19 till she left school. To the long jump and high jump, she also added the 100 and 200m sprints. 

Not being satisfied with athletics only, she knew she was a natural for sports and played and captained the Under-15, 17 and 19 volleyball teams. Her first meet outside school was the AGA meet in Amparai. At this meet Delima established records in the 100m, 200m, Long jump and High jump and for good measure she also won the shot putt and javelin. At the District meet she set up new records in the 200m and long jump and was the Under-15 champion athlete. 

Taking part in three All Island Championship Meets at Wennappuwa, Police Park and the Sugathadasa Stadium, Delima was the champion athlete. She also held the All Island triple jump record for girls for 5 years with an achievement of 12.30m. Leaving school, she was fortunate to find employment at The Finance Co (Ceylinco Group) where she played Goal Attack for the Netball team that won the 'A' division championship. At The Finance Co. Delima was given all the encouragement to pursue her sports by Deshabandu Lalith Kotalawela. 

Today Delima is where she is solely due to Deshbandu Lalith Kotalawela. She says the debt that she owes him is one that money will never repay. Joining the Department of Education, she helped them to win the Government Services 'A' division netball title and was chosen to represent the country against India. But unfortunately could not participate. She was then picked for the World Championships in Ireland, but due to financial difficulties had to give that tournament also a miss. These setbacks did not deter Delima. 

If anything it spurred her on and in 1985 came her first big break. It was the Asian Games in China and that very year at the SAF games in Bangladesh she won a Gold for the country in the long jump. Delima had now arrived on the international scene. In the 1987 SAF games she.won a Silver in India and a Gold in the triple jump at the South Australian Games. In 1988 she invaded Russia and won a Silver at the Baku Games. At the SAF Games in Pakistan she won another Silver medal and the following year she was placed fourth in the long jump at the Asian Games. Finally in 1991 she put the icing on her cake, when she was crowned the National Sports Star of Sri Lanka. The girl from Amparai had made it to the top by sheer hard work and determination. Delima's achievements will fill a sporting volume. 

Among them the former national triple jump record holder. She was also the athletic coach for the Scholar Games held in Ireland in 1988 and the athletic coach for the Asian Games held in Nepal. Delima is now bent on giving back to athletics what the sport has given her. She is now the coach of Devi Balika, Museaus and Isipatana. And just as she was a natural in athletics, she has proved a natural where teaching is also concerned. Under her coaching, Museaus has won the All-Island Championships in 1997,1998 and 1999. St. Bridget's were the runners-up at the All Island Championships. In 1999 Devi Balika won the All-Island Junior Championships in 1999. Delima's one last desire is to coach not one but many youngsters who will some day hit it big at the Olympics. With her determination this is certainly not a pipe dream. Good luck Delima. !!


Suntel supports golf in a big way

The popularity of golf has spread so enormously that many of the top notch Blue Chip Companies are happily stepping in to sponsor various competitive events. Last Saturday Suntel Ltd., came in quite methodically with a sponsorship of a stroke play competition and using the occasion to launch their latest innovation INTERNET WOW which was exceptionally successful. 

Attractive Nilmini Guneratne flamboyant Public Relations Manager of Suntel handled the promotion quite effectively, ably supported by Lionel Almeida, the Competent Authority of the Royal Colombo Golf Club. The weather was extremely kind and the Beers refreshingly cool.

De Saram impressive
Jehan de Saram has visibly benefited tremendously by Henk Steven's polishing. I spoke with Stevens on the eve of his departure after a rewarding coaching stint with his wife Anita and he was quick to observe that Jehan de Saram was the most talented of all who passed through his eagle eye. Eager to learn and quick to respond to instructions, De Saram pleased him immensely. Jehan notched a praiseworthy par round and with a handicap of 3 his nett 69 was totally adequate to collect the "A" Division Suntel Classic beating Alain Gyi's excellent one under par nett 71. Murad Ismail, 'Chutti' Munsoor and Manel de Silva were quite impressive even though they failed to capture awards.
Cho wins
Korean Koichi Cho moving with a handicap of 17 has been completing commendable rounds recently. He is keen and enthusiastic and should improve considerably. He struck a great nett 67 to win the "B" Division trophy and have the handicap committee take a close look at his present form. P.B. Kalugalgedera also known as 'Blackstonehouse' was in striking distance of an award when he looked up, faltered and lost the lead he had accumulated. Nett 70 gave him 2nd place. A few others down the line collected good scores. Nimal Perera was outstanding followed by Dilanka Pieris, Arjun Fernando, Sarath Wickremaratne and Rathven de Livera.
Kim shines
Myung Yung Kim has been progressively improving his game. He is too good to carry a handicap of 24 and with his performance of nett 69, he is sure to get the chop of at least 2 strokes. He was beaming with nett 69 when he took the "C" Division Suntel award beating hefty Roger Bakelman by just one stroke.
KBA Smart Senior
K.B. Ambanpola also known as "Amapola" came back to be recognised after a short lapse. Too good for the seniors he cruised through effortlessly to shock the rest of the oldies and collect an excellent Suntel award with a great nett 67. Prof. M.M. Ismail has now come to be known as Mr. Runner-up. Basil Amerasinghe, Johann Leembruggen and Siri de Silva got lost off the fairways and went temporarily missing.
Masters
The Masters are a different brood not so old and not so senior. Dr. N. Wijemanne and Sarath Wickremaratne had a battle on their hands and even though the golf was not hot the tussle was quite competitive which found Wickremaratne moving away from Wijemanne to a one stroke victory and the Masters Award.
Finally 
Ten dozen competed and most surprisingly just a shade more than 1/3 cracked centuries. The degrassing and straying came from Rex Hatherley, T. Wijesekera, Nimal Weeraratne, Ajantha Mylvaganam, Deepal Weerasekera and Sunil de Costa and those who packed bags with confetti were Dayananda Hewawasam, P.L. Samarasinghe, C.P. Rayen and Norman Gunewardena. Those who took to the road extra pleased and smiling all the way home were Harin Udeshi, Ananda Jayasekera, Jit Wanigasekera, Anup Kundanmal, Anil Pieris, H. Esufali, S. Subramaniam, C. Twenbold and V.T. Sunderalingam.

Patans at chess

It is a well-known fact that chess is being played in the schools throughout the island, by now. Isipathana is one of the schools among them. But Isipathana has a very special reputation when it comes to chess. Isipathana has started providing assistance and guidance to all the students by giving them the necessary training and knowledge for the first time in the history of schools in Sri Lanka.

Mr. Upali Gunasekera the young and energetic Principal of Isipathana who pioneered this programme as a new project in order to produce wise, efficient and intelligent young generation under the new Educational Reforms. It should be appreciated that most of the students in the school are now showing interest in Chess. 

A number of chess workshops and training sessions have been conducted in the college main hall, to develop knowledge and necessary skills of the pupils at Isipathana College. These workshops were successfully conducted under the watchful eye of Mrs. Suneetha Wijesuriya, a gold medallist and ten times national women's champion.


The Royal-Thomian rugby encounter - 2001

As Bernie Wijesekera wrote "Running Royalists go on rampage" and "...a fine exhibition of intelligent rugby". This is exactly what it was. Congratulations to the Royal team and certainly to coach Shanaka Seneviratne and his assistant Tulaga Tawita. A well planned game - one of the best I have seen. What went right for Royal? Basics! 

(1) Take your penalties to extend your lead. Royal did just that. Dev Wijewardene obliged making no mistake with the kicks. This gave Royal a healthy lead. Unforunately for S. Thomas', fly half Thajudeen and scrum half Welikala missed easy penalities in front of the posts which may have given the Thomians some confidence which was waning with each 'miss'. Thomian Jeevan Gunatilleke led the Sri Lanka Under-19 team to a historic win against Belgium. He leads from the front, but such misses can demoralize any team.

(2) Royal forwards must be commended for holding the heavy Thomian "eight". Although shoved in the scrums, the Royal forwards were able to 'take it.' It did not affect their play. Neither did Royal try to shove the Thomians - a futile exercise and a waste of energy. This is where good coaching and careful planning comes in - well done, Seneviratne. What should the Thomians have done? With the abundance of possession they received, Jeevan Gunatilleke should have initiated more moves from the base of the scrum with continuity involving the Thomian forwards. This would have had some effect on the Royal forwards. There were hardly any Thomian forward moves from the lines-out!

(3) Came the 2nd half and Royal changed tactics. With a 9-0 lead, the three quarters swung into action with limited possession. Dev Wijewardene had a memorable game. With Skipper Kaluarachchi joining in and Wijewardene creating the overlap, the ball moved to Rajith Jayasundera who scored a glorious try. Then again Wijewardene breezed through the Thomian defense and passed to wing three-quarter Lakshman Dissanayake who brushed aside tackles and unleashed a stunning run covering almost 50 metres to score a fine try. The Thomian counter? Again, with so much possession, keep the game with your forwards and commit the Royalists with 2nd and 3rd phase play through forwards, keeping possession. This they were not able to do.

(4) Make use of your strengths at the correct time. Just close to the Thomain line Zulki Hamid passed to Dushan Lewke who barged over for a great try - unstoppable. S Thomas' should practice more forward ploys. Royal Skipper Harin Kaluarachchi was an inspiration to his team with his quiet but firm encouragement. No. 8 Mendis and flanker Athukorale were outstanding in defense. On names, Thomian Jason Jayasekera was a marked man but their threes were more often caught in possession... again the 'chip' was the answer to an active opposition line.

An interesting comment made by Trinitian Devapriya Perera "Bryan, each Royal player knew what he had to do, and all knew what they had to do as a team." For S. Thomas', they should obtain a video of this game and study it. Applying effective strategy in their next game against Thurstan could prepare them well for their encounter against St. Peter's. 


Local umpiring must be improved

By Bernie Wijesekera
If cricket is to make headway then the levels of the local umpires must be improved, said Sidat Wettimuny, at a briefing held by the Cricket Board's Interim Commitee. In recent times the umpires officiating here in international contests have come in for a lot of criticism with some of their decisions. These decisions put themselves to shame and also trarnished the country's image.

Wettimuny along with Mike Tissera and Asantha de Mel will oversee the development of the game not only at grassroots level. They will also devote their attention to other areas including the uplift of the standard of local umpiring.

They are striving to get past Test cricketers to join the fraternity. Wettimuny told The Suday Times that they will try to get three or four past Test players to join the fraternity and even go to the extent of paying them a monthly salary. This is one area that need special attention if the game is to improve. But in the past the way umpires were picked apparently at the behest of some administrators and even players. The main offenders were apparently the seniors who want be in the good books and be in the panel. If there is an impeachment then it should not be the umpires, but those who run its affairs? There is a point what you say. This is one reason why we are giving special attention to this all important area, Sidat said.

The legendary Dickie Bird, once said, umpires make human errors, but strive to minimise it and forget about the past. But don't balance it. 

Wettimuny said that Asoka de Silva, the former Test player, came in for high praise by the English cricket captain Nasir Hussain with regard to his decision mdÀinmÓ He even mentioned there should be more umpires of his calibre in the country. He is now in the ICC panel and has been nominated to officiate in the second Test between Zimbabwe and India in Harare. Despite the fact that he has the ability and the experience whilst playing at the national level, he was overlooked. Asoka undeterred did his job well without fear or favour. It was a long wait but took in the correct spirit. There is a saying that "You can't keep a good man down always". He got it on merit - that, too from the ICC for his integrity and honesty. But not a special favour for services rendered.


Can Trinity stall Royal in first leg

Aubrey Kuruppu 
On the face of it, the first leg of the Bradby Shield which will be played next Saturday at Bogambara (and not at Pallekele) looks an odds on "cert" for Royal. Consider the facts which speak for themselves with overwhelming precision. 

Royal is one of the few unbeaten sides where Trinity has tasted the galling, bitter pill of defeat on three occasions - St. Peter's, S. Thomas' and St. Anthony's. Royal has been running up big scores against quality opposition and their 30-0 demolition of the Thomians is one more instance of this fact. Clearly, they are a team whose confidence has been boosted sky-high as a result of several triumphs. 

However, all is not darkness and despair for the Trinitians. They admit to the underdog tag. Yet their pride in their rugby and their traditions remain undimmed. We will overcome, they seem to say, whatever the Royalists do on that day. 

Trinity started off with a rather unimpressive 20-15 win over Vidyartha and then ran into a very good Anthonian outfit and came off second best. The game against the Thomians, which was touch and go, was decided by one scoring effort. If that was their nadir, the zenith of their fortunes was that epoch-making win over Isipatana. Luck which deserted them in the Thomian game seemed to be with them in their keenly awaited clash with the Havelock Town lads. 

Trinity has had a few problems. Injuries to key players have induced an unsettling effect. 

The defense has been quite outstanding but a major cause for concern is the fact that the three quarters haven't been good finishers. In their last few games, the forwards have been made to work much harder and the results are plain to see. 

Junior National player, full back Thisal Jayawardena leads the lions. The skipper has turned out to be the chief try-scorer, in addition to accumulating points by his kicks at goal. Jayawardena has faltered in pressure-cooker situations and kicked some penalties astray. However, Trinitians believe that when the hour comes, the man in him will emerge. 

Deputy skipper Sean Wijesinghe, tall and springy as befits a line out jumper, doubles as a lock and as a flanker. He has been affected by a knee injury and thus he doesn't occupy the number four slot. 

The front-row comprising Mendis, de Mel and Wasalatantri has been impressive. Ganewatte at scrum half, Wellalage (centre) and winger Weerakoon are some of the other players who have really performed during the season. 

Last year, the Trinitians won the first leg in Colombo 32-25 in what turned out to be a memorable display. If this year's team can evoke memories of that win and imbue themselves with confidence, this game will certainly not be a goner. 

Trinity's probably line up is as follows:- 

Props: Sajiv Mendis, Siyan de Mel; Hooker: Prageeth Wasalatantri; Locks: Sean Wijesinghe, Dushan de Silva; Flankers: Robert Harley; Dinesh Weeraratne; Number Eight: Gayan Welikumbura; Scrum Half: Tilina Ganewatte; Fly half: Vinoth Vidanagamage; Centres: Amila Heenetigala, Nuwan Wellalage; Wingers: Cheruka Weerakoon, Kasun Subatilleka; Full Back: Thisal Jayawardena (Capt). 


Jansher Khan retires

Pakistan's former world number one squash champion Jansher Khan retired from the professional circuit from his 33rd birthday on June 15. 

"I have made up my mind to call it a day. It has been a difficult decision but considering a two-year lay-off because of injuries, I think it is better to forget about staging one last comeback," Jansher told Reuters from the northwestern city of Peshawar. 

Jansher's announcement came exactly two years after his last top flight match, when he lost the Dutch Open final in five games to Candian Jonathon Power, the world No. 1.

Jansher, who held the world's top ranking for almost six years and also won the World Open eight times and took six British Open titles, has struggled with knee and groin injuries.

He had a series of operations for kneecap repairs but failed to find the same agility, rhythm and court coverage which made him the heir to compatriot Jahangir Khan.

Jahangir, seen as the world's greatest squash player and who is now senior vice-president of the world squash federation (PSF), retired six years ago after winning 10 British and six World Opens.

"More than anything, I would remember my duels with Jahangir who has not only been a role model for me but for the squash enthusiasts the world over," Jansher said.


Royal in classy win over Zahira

By M.Shamil Amit
Royal preparing to meet Trinity in the first leg of the Bradby Shield rugby encounter at Bogambara next Saturday, had an easy passage in overcoming Zahira by 53 points (4 goals and 5 tries) to 6 (two penalties) played at the Royal grounds yesterday. At the short whistle the Royalist led 22-6.

Zahira opened scoring through in the sixth minute of the game through a penalty by fly half M.I.Marso but soon after that Royal winger Indika de Silva scored a try and Dev Wijewardena missed the converson and the Zahirians took over the lead with another penalty put over by Marso. During this half Royal scored three more tries through Indika de Silva, prop Shamil Mohamed and scrum half Zulkarnain Hamid of which one was converted by full back Dev Wijewardena.

In the second half Royal went on to add five more tries through Shamil Mohamed (2), Dev Wijewardena, prop Venura Perera, and Rajitha Jayawardena. Dev Wijewardena succeded with three conversions but most of his kicks went astray and it was not his day.

Referee: Shamrath Fernando.

Kandy Youth win
Kandy Youth SC chalked up their first win for the season in the Caltex 'A' league rugby match against the Old Zahirians played at Maradana yesterday defeating them by 36 points (3 goals and two tries) to 8 (1 try and 1 penalty). At the breather Kandy Youths led 222-3. The match was blown by Aruna Jayasekera. -(MSA) 
Schools rugby semis today
The Two inter-school Milo league semi finals will be worked off today at the Havelock Park. In the first semi final which will start at 3.30 p.m. S.Thomas led by number eight Jivan Gunatileke will confront St Anthony's Kandy led by full back Tikiri Dissanayake. In the second semi final Kingswood led by number eight Malith Hettiarachchi will lock horns with Isipatana led by centre Ranga Perera.-(MSA)

Decisive role for Refs

By Bernie Wijesekera
If the game of rugby is to make an impact for its development, the referees have to be consistent with their decision making. They must focus attention on both teams whilst the game is on. But apparently this is not happening in some games. Often the ref turns a blind eye to the mistakes of players from the more popular clubs. As a result the Navy suffered in their last few games. Results showed they were very close games according to a senior official of the Navy. Despite all these setbacks, the sailors are playing hard and open rugby and had 2 leading clubs back peddling, who managed to win on a cliff hanger.

A senior official of the SLRFU said that some of the referees are not physically fit to stand the strain of a fast open game. Some of them seem to be out of breath even in the first half. Fitness is a must. The Referees Society must look into this area.


CH and FC in Singer final 

By Bruce Maurice 
CH & FC booked their berth for today's Singer Cup hockey final, when they defeated the Army 1-0 in the first semi final worked off yesterday at the Astro Turf. 

The Army have only themselves to blame as they missed five 'sitters'. One of them right in front of a wide open CH goal. The scores were deadlocked till the 32nd minute, when C.K. Gunapala put CH in the lead off a penalty stroke. The Army were unable to penetrate the CH & FC defence and the CH & FC held onto their 1-0 lead. 

In the second half, neither side was able to penetrate each other's defence and when no time was blown, CH had booked themselves into today's final. 

The game was controlled by Kalum Shanthasiri and Indrawansa Herath, while the third umpire was H.L. Mithrapala. 

Air Force down Police 2-0
The Air Force downed Police at the Astro Turf yesterday by 2-0 to qualify for today's Singer Cup hockey final. 

In the 38th minute, Air Force's centre forward broke through the Police defence to make it one nil.

At half time, the Air Force were holding onto this lead. 

In the second half, the Police played a more inspiring and attacking game. But they were unable to break through the Air Force defense. In the 64th minute came the finest goal of the match. Dhammika Abeyratne, the Air Force inside, dribbled past the entire Police defence and passed to D.D. Panditharatne to score their second goal. 

The umpires were, Mahesh Abeywickrema and Damith Jayasena. While the third umpire was Kalun Shanthasiri. (BM) 


Junior hockey Nationals go to Matara

The 29th Junior Hockey Nationals will be held from June 20 to 24 at the Uyanwatte Stadium, Matara. This is the first time that the tournament is being held in Matara. 

The opening ceremony will he held at 8.30 p.m.. on June 20 and the closing ceremony will be held at 4.00 p.m.. on June 24. 

This year will be the first time that eleven teams are due to participate in the championships, with Matara taking part for the first time. in 1991, under Singer (Sri Lanka) Limited sponsorship, the Sri Lanka Hockey Federation started hockey in Matara and now they are affiliated to the SLHF as an associate member and have come forward to organise the tournament this year. 

Last year the championship was won by Defence Services and the runners-up were Mercantile H.A. 

The teams participating are: Kandy, Matale, Colombo, Wennappuwa, Matara, Galle, Uva, Sri Lanka Schools (Maroons), Sri Lanka Schools (Gold), Mercantile and Defence Services. (BM)


Sri Lanka to host World Badminton Championship of the disabled 

By Leonard Ratnayake 
Sri Lanka has been picked up to host the next World Badminton Championship (WBC) for the disabled after their promising performances at the recently concluded WBC in Cordoba, spain. The Vice President of the National Federation of Sports for the Disabled D.M. Premadasa confirmed that the venue for the World Badminton Championship in the year 2001 will be in Colombo. 

He further added that the credit should go to all the competitors who participated in the past three championship, since their outstanding performances have earned the country honours and a chance to host a world championship event. 

Sri Lanka, in the past three championship were on top of all the other Asian countries and have posed threats to countries in the European region, where this tournament held so far. 


In Brief

Roshan shines again
Roshan Kulatunga scored his second half century for D.S. Senanayake in their drawn cricket encounter against Sri Sumangala Panadura in their Under-17 Division I tourney played at Wijerama Mawatha.

The highlight of his knock of 77 was his 13 hits to the ropes, while for the Panadura school, Nissansala Mendis scored an unbeaten 55. 

It was only last week that Roshan scored 54 against the highly rated Peterites with 8 fours and a six.

Scores

D.S. Senanayake - 156 for 4 (Roshan Kulatunga 77, Pubudu Perera 35, Kanchana Gunawardena 22). Sri Sumangala - 107 for 3. (Nisansala Mendis 55, Harsha Fernando 20).

Beach Volleyball in Sri Lanka
For the benefit and upliftment of Beach Volleyball, which is a popular Olympic Sport it has been decided to establish the Sri Lanka Beach Volleyball Associaiton, affiliated to the Sri Lanka Volleyball Federation.

Volleyball Clubs and Associations wishing to join the Beach Volleyball Association are requested to get in touch with the Sri Lanka Volleyball Federation at No. 2, Reid Avene on or before June 30.

Hoteliers at Cricket
The second annual Le Kandyanz Vs. Thilank Hotel fellowship 25- over cricket match, will be played today (Sunday June 17) at the Police grounds, Kandy.

This overs game played among the rank and file of the two hotels is to bring about understanding and togetherness via sports. Play commence at 9.30 a.m. Last year both teams emerged joint champs and shared the Sulaiman A. Kareem Challenge Trophy. Chandra Wickremasinghe Chairman Connaissance group and A.K. Sulaiman will be the chief guests. B.W.

Ishan beaten by Thahir
The National 9 Ball Pool champion M.I.M. Ishan was beaten by Hussain Thahir by 3 frames to 1 at the Galadari Hotel 9 Bell Pool championships at its tables. 

M.I.M. Ishan is due to represent Sri Lanka in the 9 Ball Pool championships 2001 to be held in Taiwan.

Of the five women participants Shamrooth Shaharwardi remained unbeaten winning all her matches.

Ransilu does proud for Kingswood
Fourteen-year-old Kingswood College schoolboy Ransilu did proud to Junior Powerlifting when he bagged a 'Silver' at the Asian Powerlifting championship held in Delhi, recently.

Five Lankans participated where nine nations lined up. According to Siridasa Liyanage, who accompanied the team as Chef de Mission, Ransilu's effort was a courageous one indeed. He had to confront some seasoned contenders drawn from Asia, in the sub-juniors category to win a Silver. It was his maiden tour abroad and he struck 'Silver' which augurs well for his future, in this healthy sport.

The President of the Federation, Earle de Mel, told The Sunday Times that they hope to hold a junior schools championship either in Colombo or in the outskirts to give the youngsters that much needed competition to be in continuity.

With the support rendered by the former President of Powerlifting Federation, Ronnie Abeysinghe, my committee is confident of making it a reality, de Mel said. (BW)

Old Anthonians Cricket Wing 
Perturbed by the drop in standard of cricket at St. Anthony's Katugastota, a group of former cricketers have banded together in an effort to uplift standards. 

Named the Old Anthonians cricket wing, they intend concentrating on areas such as diet, health care, gear, transport to outstation areas etc. 

All these things had been looked into earlier and as a result Anthonian cricketers had produced excellent results and gone onto gain national honours.

At present, the college finds it difficult to meet the heavy expenditure on cricket and this is why the OACW has decided to step in and highten the schools financial burden.

As a fund-raiser, the OACW has organised a get-together of Old Anthonian cricketers at Queen's Hotel Kandy on the 7th of July, starting at 7 p.m.

The organising committee is headed by Ranjith Samarasekera and includes Ranjith Pieris (01-738748, 071-770199), Daminda Kolugala (08-420902, 077 901337), Amedha Ellepola (007-804226, 08-499480), Asela Herath (08-461930, 077-900447), Suresh Pieris (08-229941) and Chandika Jayawardena (08-232641, 077-376324). 

The committee expects former Anthonian cricketers to come in droves, having confirmed their participation before-hand.

A.K. 

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