Malaysia hot favourites
Sri Lanka to play in Asian Squash Championships
The Sri Lankan National Squash team, comprising four men and four
women players left on Monday April 20, for Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
to participate in the 11th Asian Squash Championships.
They will be
vying with 16 countries with Pakistan and Malaysia going as favourites
in the men and women's sections respectively. Malaysia are the reigning
champions in both men and women's sections. The tournament commenced
on May 1, and will conclude on May 8, at the Jalan Dutta Stadium
and Bukit Jalil Stadium.
- Manager An ex Air Force officer is an old boy of Trinity College
who has an impressive track record in sports. Presently he is the
Security & Sports Centre Manager at Taj Samudra Hotel. He has
been the Assistant Treasurer of the Sri Lanka Squash Federation
for the past five years.
- Coach -Nine times national squash champion and has represented
and captained Sri Lanka on many occasions. Qualified coach Asian
Squash Federation Level 1 & 2. Current National Coach and also
coaches Royal College. A past pupil of St. Bridget's Convent.
- Coach - An Old boy of Zahira College, Matale and presently
employed in the Sri Lanka Army. A former national Hockey player.
Army Squash Champion for seven years and Defence Services Champion
for 4 years. ASF Qualified Level1 Coach and Coaching Instructor.
(Captain Men's team) - At 19 years, the most promising and talented
player in Sri Lanka and the youngest to win the National Title at
the age of 17 in 1999 and repeating the performance on 2000 in addition
to being the Junior National Champion. Has represented Sri Lanka
at the Asian Junior and Asian Senior Championships having captained
the Junior Team in 2001. Only Sri Lanka representative at the World
Junior Championships in Italy and represented Sri Lanka at the British,
Scottish, Malaysian, Indian, Hong Kong, Singapore and Australian
Junior Open Championships. Was ranked 72 in the European Juniors
circuit and 7th in the Asian Junior Circuit. An old boy of S. Thomas'
College Mount Lavinia and Stafford International School.
- An old boy of Lumbini Maha Vidyalaya. Has represented Sri
Lanka at the Asian Championships in 1994,1996 and 1998 and at the
1st Open Doubles Tournament held in Dubai in 2001. A very experienced
player and has won the Otters Open in 2001 and the Club Inter-sport
Open Tournament. Employed at Trans Asia Hotel Sports Centre. He
also coaches CIS.
- A veteran squash player who has maintained his standard over
the years outplaying the much more fancied and younger players through
hard work and determination. Has represented Sri Lanka at the Asian
Championships in 1994,1996 and 2000 and at the Asia Cup in 2001.
Won the Centenary SSC Squash Championships in 1999 and the 20th
Anniversary Squash Open Tournament. An old boy of Methodist College,
Dehiwela. Presently coaches at CR&FC, S. Thomas', Visakha, Sirimavo
Balika Vidyalaya and Ceylinco Seylan Development Centre.
- A player who has shown great potential in local tournaments
finally gets a well-deserved break to represent Sri Lanka for the
very first time. Employed at Trans Asia Hotel Sports Centre, he
also coaches D.S. Senanayake College. An old boy of Badrawathie
(Captain Women's Team) - An old girl of Visakha Vidyalaya presently
employed as an executive at John Keells Limited. Reigning National
Champion. Junior National Champions in the Under 11. 13, 15, 17
& 19 categories. Winner of the Le Kandyan Open, Air Force Golden
Jubilee, Otters Open and 20th Anniversary Squash open. Captained
the Junior team twice. Represented Sri Lanka at the Asian Championships
for the first time in 2000.
Dias Abeyegunawardene - Has represented Sri Lanka in the Asian
Junior Squash Championships in 1993 and 1995 and the Asian Senior
Squash Championships in 1998 and 2002. Under 15 National Champion.
She also participated in Junior World Championships 1995. Was runner
up at the La Kandyan Open and Centenary SSC Squash Championships
in 1999. Making her third tour in the Senior Championships. An old
girl of Holy Family Convent an Accountant and Lawyer by profession
presently employed as Executive, Business Processes at LM Collections.
An old girl of Dharamasoka College, Ambalangoda. Has represented
Sri Lanka at the Asian Championships in 1990,1992 and 2000. National
Champion in 1992 and Winner of the La Kandyan Open in 1999 and Otters
Open in 1999 and 2001. A very experienced player and presently employed
in the Sri Lanka Army.
A year 10 student at Musaeus College. Youngest in the team. Won
Gold Medal for the Under-5 category at the recently held Japan Junior
Open Squash Championships. Was placed 3rd in the Scottish Junior
Open in December 199...... in the under 13 category and placed 2nd
in the Indian Open in Bombay 2000. Winner of the Lakbima Open 2002.
Women's Title and finalist in the 2001 National Championships. A
very promising player for the future.
Bell sailing at Bolgoda
The Yachting Association of Sri Lanka has organized a Sailing Event
under the Sponsorship of Ansell Lanka (Pvt) Ltd to be held today
at the Bolgoda Lake.
A clean contest is expected between the Sailing competitors as the
Sri Lanka Sailing Team has just returned from Goa after participating
in the World Enterprise Sailing Championship, where Lalin Jirasinha
and K.D.S. Kumara who obtained the 12th place in this event are
due to participate. All participants are requested to be present
at C.M.Y.C. by 10.30 am.
NCC's history in a nutshell
By Bernie Wijesekera
Nondescripts CC, one of the oldest clubs in the country - spanning
over 114 years has printed a book pertaining to its cricketing history.
It will be made available at its general meeting for the membership
to be held later this month.
This was revealed
to The Sunday Times by its President, Leslie Hewage. To cap it off,
he mooted the idea of printing the Club's history in a nutshell
for the members from the embryo stage. Today the venue is fit for
a first class match with all facilities - including a modern scoreboard.
teams from India, Zimbabwe, Kenya and the West Indies commended
the venue. The Windies' manager Ricky Skeritt said, "If Sri
Lanka Cricket is developing fast, it attributes to the availablility
of first class grounds no doubt. Today NCC is a family club for
everyone to enjoy a pleasant evening,.
He thanked both
Harold De Andrado and Ranjit Fernando for jointly compiling the
book. It's a book to he treasured.. Besides Colts CC and CCC, NCC,
is the oldest cricket club. Incidentally NCC was the first Ceylonese
Club to start rugby.
later broke away and started the CR and FC. Today the club is in
the forefront in cricket, producing many a national player, doing
proud for the country, and dominating the local cricket scene. We
have a cricket umpire Asoka de Silva, former Sri Lanka player, who
is in the ICC International panel.
Asoka is held
in high esteem. Though the past is forgotten, the club has not forgotten
the 'Golden Oldies'. We are helping them in their hour of need.
Vernon Prins led the club from 1952-58 with distinction - winning
the P.'Sara' on five occasions and being the runner-up on two occasions.
He is the Patron.