whipped blue and black
me down! A Royal player is hoisted by a Thomian during their
Battle of the Blues rugby game yesterday. Royal won by a record
score of 38-3. Pic by Ishara S. Kodikkara.
Royal win Gunaratne Trophy by record margin
By Bernie Wijesekera
After a lukewarm
first half leading by 11-3, the high riding Royal rugby team led by
scrum half Zulky Hamid gave a scarlet red performance to outplay the
young Thomian outfit to a record 38 pts. (a goal, five tries and two
penalty goals) to 3 (a penalty goal) played before a big crowd at
the Royal College Sports Complex grounds, yesterday.
Royal thus retain
the Michael Gunaratne trophy. The Reid Avenue school's record score
against their arch-rivals was in 1973 under Michael Muller, which
team included C.P.P. Abeygunawardena, Ajith Pasqual, Ray de Silva,
Dhammika Wedande etc. Last evening Hamid leading a seasoned team
with 13 coloursmen erased it with Royal were leading 33-3, when
fly half Ishan Perera, with seconds before the long whistle, zig-zagged
his way over the line to create a record score: 38-3.
In the initial
half Royal never played to their capabilities. The threes tended
to go solo, at times selfish instead of moving the ball around.
The only purple patch was when strongly built Lakshman Dissanayake
made a superb sprint - a 40 yards run to touch down for an unconverted
try. (Incidentally Lakshman, is the son of later Dr. Lakdasa an
scoring in the second minute with a penalty put over by fullback
Charity Danawansa. Dhanawansa who constantly formed the overlap,
had a good outing whilst putting over another penalty. He also scored
a dandy try. In the second half Royal, took control with the entire
back division running the ball against a hapless Thomian defence,
who melted like ice under pressure.
The second try
was by flanker Kushan Atukorale when he rolled over for an uncovered
try. The mobile Royal pack rucked, mauled and powered their way
to their opponents defence with Dushantha Lewke, the gangling no
8 making the breaks.
The third was
try by Rakeem Barry, who did a 55 yard solo run when the Thomian
defence lapsed. Dhanawansa added the extra points. The fourth was
by centre Rajeeth Jayasundere, when he side stepped beautifully
to cross over for an unconverted try. 28 - 3. The Thomian's solitary
three points was a penalty for their sweating put over by Wasim
Thajudeen. The lad, a nippy fly half, had a good game despite being
under pressure with some long ranged kicks to touch. The fifth try
was off a forwards rush. Prop Pujitha Jayakody barged over. which
Fernando controlled the game. In the junior match Royal beat the
Thomians by 17 points (a goal, two tries) to nil. The leader of
the Opposition Mahinda Rajapakse was an avid fan watching his son
Namal playing for the 'Blues.'
for ICC meeting
Mr. Hemaka Amarasuriya, chairman of the Cricket Board's Interim
Committee will leave for London tomorrow (June 24 ) for the International
Cricket Committee's (ICC) meeting scheduled for June 26.
who is the chairman of Singer Sri Lanka (Pvt.) Ltd, was appointed
by the Minister of Sports Mr. Johnston Fernando to replace Mr. Vijaya
Malalasekera to administer the controversy-raged Cricket Board,
apparently plagued with problems.
Minister picked former President of the Cricket Board Mr. Thilanga
Sumathipala as an alternative if Mr. Amarasuriya failed to make
it to the annual general meeting, which will be chaired by its CEO
Mr. Malcolm Speed.
However an earlier
injunction taken out by Mr. Clifford Ratwatte against Mr. Sumathipala
has, it is learnt, caused the Attorney General, to have advised
against his representing the Interim Committee at the ICC at this
point of time. An alternate legal opinion on the matter, was reportedly
presented at the Interim Committee but after discussion it was unanimously
agreed that the AG's view would have to prevail and Mr. Amarasuriya
should attend the annual general meeting.
Amarasuriya, Anura Tennekoon CEO of the BCCSL will attend the cricket
management meeting while Jayantha Kudahetty for the Marketing Management
confab. Both have already left for London. (BW)
penalty denies Kingswood victory
By M.Shamil Amit
A vital penalty gifted right opposite the post to Kingswood which
was kicked astray by full back Eranda Wee-rakkody in the last minute
of the game denied victory for them with the score reading 6-6 at
this stage. This was the only scoring done in the first half. This
game between Wesley and Kingswood which was played at Havelock Park
was the first leg encounter for the L.E. Blaze Trophy and an inter-schools
tour-nament match. The match ended in a 6 all draw.
It was a game
of missed opportunities with both sides kicking the ball astray
when a penalty was offered. In fact the match ended with penalties
doing the scoring. Wesley opened scoring in the second minute of
the game through a penalty put over by fly half Prasad Perera and
three minutes later Kingswood equalled through full back Eranda
Wee-rakkody.Two minutes later Eranda mistimed a penalty but made
am-ends with a peach of a kick when he put over a drop kick to give
Kingswood a 6-3 lead. With both sides playing defensive rugby as
neither sides wanted to give in.
The Wesley forwards
never gave out the ball which denied them of many scoring opp-ortunites.
They were also depending on two or three players and playing without
any set plan. In the 15th minute Wesley was offered a penalty for
an infringment which was put over by Prasad who later missed another
kick. Half time was blown with the score 6 all.
the second half the Wesleyites continued kicking the ball astray
this time by full Back Zakir Badurdeen. Eventually no scoring was
done in this half with the kick which saved Wesley from defeat and
denied the Kingswoodians of a sure win.
The return match
between these two schools is fixed two weeks hence in Kandy. Kingswood
backed by their partisan crowd will be favoured to win then. Referee: