Tehani wins the Singapore Open
By Annesley Ferreira
In the Singapore Jr. Open Squash Championship sponsored by the Wilson Sporting Goods Company Tehani Guruge of Musaeus College won the U-15 title beating the much experienced Australian top player Rebecca Thick Broom in straight sets 9/5, 9/1, 9/2. The prestigious championships were worked off at the Kallang Squash and Tennis Centre, Singapore.

Drawn sgainst the experienced Rebecca Thick Broom, the Australian number one player Tehani got in to the packed Kallang Courts with mixed feelings as Rebecca had beaten her in the Australian Open 2000 in Melbourne.

Rebecca has stormed in to the final outplaying an array of Singaporean, Malaysian, Indian and Thai girls with her experience and Superior Court-Craft. However having closely monitored Rebecca's game plan strengths and vulnerable areas, the father/daughter combination of Guruges developed a master strategy to overcome the formidable Aussie challenge. Tehani carried out the plan to perfection by attacking Rebecca with hard, low quick returns at every opportunity which had her stranded in mid-court repeatedly.

Rebecca's coach Micheal Cornish, the famous Australian coach who had produced a number of international players expressed his surprise at Tehani's power play and described the game as "a Sri Lankan blitzkrieg". Being particularly impressed by Tehani's natural ability, tenacity and mobility Mr. Cornish said that Tehani has the exiting potential to reach the highest standards under professional coaching in the semi-finals. Tehani was given a rude shock by Anya Saengtian of Thailand who stretched Tehani to a five-setter. Anya is being coached by the famous Pakistani coach Rahim Gul whose services have been wisely engaged by the Thai Squash Federation.

Tehani in luck's way
The Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Johnston Fernando taking into consideration Tehani's talent and performances has promised her a five year sponsorship.

Linesmen should be equipped with a whistle
Police Vs Kandy
(Kandy won 20 - 13)
Police did not deserve to lose. They are improving with every game. Coach Marso had done his homework. The Police pack must be commended for their robust and power play which saw a bewildered Kandy running out of breath. The pace was initially fast but Kandy were able to take control in the 2nd half. Police missed 2 definite chances of scoring in the first half. Had they done so, the result of the game may have been different. Nalaka Weerakkody was a tower of strength with his hefty kicks to touch which relieved pressure at vital times. At half time he was replaced due to injury.

Winger Radika Hettiarachchi took his place with Bandaranayake manning the wing. This change was a deciding factor in the game with Kandy opting to work their three quarters in the second half. Apart from his excellent kicks to touch Hettiarachchi played a great attacking game joining the threes effectively in this half and scored a fine try by the corner flag. Also outstanding for Kandy were Centres Chamara Vithanage and Sajith Mallikarachchi who ran Fly half Harsha Wijeweera being the pick of the three quarters.

CR & FC Vs Havelocks
(CR won 42-9)
A crushing defeat for the Havelocks. CR were building up for such a win. Two fine players in the CR's back division are Winger Musafer and Centre Kaluarachchi as I mentioned in an earlier Review. They teamed up well and Musafer was rewarded with 3 tries. The CR chose to run the ball and this made all the difference. CR Scrum Half Champika Nishantha is another player to watch this season. He reads the game well and makes timely breaks from the base of the scrum. Their forwards played well together completely outplayed the Havies. For the Havelocks, all I can say is that 'fitness' is an essential requirement for success. Coach Y.C. Chang's knowledge and experience that he has to impart to the game will not meet with success unless players make a personal effort to get themselves into good physical condition.

Navy Vs Old Zahirians [OZSC]
(Navy won 25-13)
Although Old Zahirians opened scoring in the 8th minute of the game, the Navy settled down and led 10-6 [2 tries to 2 penalties] at half time. In the 2nd half Navy increased their lead and at the long whistle the Navy won 25-13. Discussing rugby with me during the game and after I gathered that there were 60 players turning up for practices for Old Zahirians. They were from

St Peters, Isipathana, Mahanama and Zahira. This is great for such a Club. But I was told that sponsors are hard to come by. So it was left to zealous Old Zahirians to contribute toward the progress of the Club. Well Done, Old Zahirians.
The OZSC had a flair for running the ball from any situation as in 7s. They need to concentrate on their Forward play and set pieces.
Malik Samarawickrema, a staunch supporter of Rugby in Sri Lanka, made a generous contribution to Navy rugby which was gratefully appreciated by the players and Officials.

CH&FC vs Army
A great game by Army who played with purpose. The Army was a much fitter side than the CH. They began an onslaught into CH territory and scored with fluency. The CH realizing this, were able to slow the game down and take control through their forwards, forcing the Army into mistakes. CH secured more possession through their forwards. However possession was wasted with aimless kicking and fumbling by the threes.

However the 2nd half saw a stronger and fitter Army dominating play despite limited possession. Army Full back Silva once again came up with a fine performance. CH need a better game-plan. Army must ensure more possession.

NOTE:The Referees Society must take serious note regarding Off sides during play.
The Police and Kandy were both affected by this. The Referee has his hands full during play.
When a ruck takes place he must see whether the ball is handled on the ground or fouls occur. It is impossible for him to have his eyes on the three quarters behind him at the same time.

I strongly feel that Linesmen should be equipped with a Whistle to immediately indicate when players are Off-side off Rucks or Mauls. This will definitely contribute toward more open and fair play.

Tidy Sam wins Senok Trophy successfully
Noel Selvanayagam heads Senok Automobile Ltd., with considerable success. An enthusiastic golfer, he more often than not moves in to promote the progress of golf. Last week another effort of his came good and successful at the Ridgeways of the Royal Colombo Golf Club. It was a Stableford Competition in 4 divisions.

"A" Division
Anel de Silva has been a trifle slipshod in recent months not being able to get his act together. On Saturday he really produced his old form. A splendid striker of the ball off tee or fairway he coaxed in a comfortable par round with a Stableford score of 36 points to find that Chutti Munsoor has been as good with 36 points to tie. Munsoor is an off and on golfer, splendid one day, rubbish carrier another day, and that's when his concentration is disturbed by the green baize where he is an accomplished performer.
There was a count back and Anel de Silva exposed a better rear nine to be judged the winner. Munsoor showed no regrets.

"B" Division
Primal Wijenayake designed a great round. Splendid through the first nine studded with 2 birdies he got into a shell and played safe detached from flashiness. He was richly compensated with a rewarding back nine and combined with his front nine effort he collected 40 points and victory. That little fellow Mithum Nandasena came 2nd beaten by a slender margin of one stroke. Navin de Silva collected a praiseworthy 38 points and so did I. Reyaz, Elmo de Silva, Ken Sellayah, P. Bishop Vivek Chand and Wenders Sheik played hell with Michael de Zoysa playing hell merrily.

"C" Division
H.M. Samaranayake popularly known as 'Sam' learnt his basics in Zambia. Quite a tidy player he is miserly with his strokes and protects them as he does the finances of the Sri Lanka Golf Union. His round was almost error free. Omnipotency assisted him going over water and jerked him out of bunkers successfully.

Beaming a smile of victory he strutted up and down the foyer a 41 point winner. T. Akbarally had good reasons to talk about his round of 36 points. His better back nine gave him the edge over M.R. Thabrew, Susantha Pinto, A.H. Sherrifdeen and Radesh Daluwatte.

Those who entertained with disaster were M. Mevanapalana, Chris Maloy, Nimal Weeraratne, Anil Panagoda, Siri de Silva and Tissa Wickremasinghe. Failure is the path of least persistence.

Despite ripening age and an impediment to his vision Norman Chandraratne continues a winning streak in the Seniors. He struck a nett par round of 36 points Stableford to win the Seniors award and crown it with a banquet at his Longden Place residence. Siri de Silva collapsed, recovered and then buried himself with a pauper score of 12 points.

Miscellaneous events
Anoup Kundanmal is big and broad shouldered. He hits a helluva long ball and has the make-up of a good player but unfortunately he has not appeared on the winning stands. On Saturday he showed probably the shape of things to come with a magnificant drive of 264 yards to win a special award and afford Muni cause to celebrate at the Capri with well wishers. Sunil Jayakody won the prize for getting closest to the pin off the 9th tee.

Samaranayake was extremely popular winning the special award as the Best Performer. A turtle makes progress when it sticks its neck out.

SLARDAR 1000 Rally 2002 in July
By M.Shamil Amit
The much looked forward to event of the year the SLARDAR 1000 Rally is due to be flagged off for the seventh time at 7.02 p.m on July 5, 2002 from S. de S. Jayasinghe grounds in Dehiwala under the patronage of the Mayor of Dehiwala/Mt Lavinia Dhanasiri Amaratunge.

The first 1000km rally was organised by the SLARDAR way back in 1987 and the men behind plotting the route was Rodney Mason and Naufal Nizar. The past six winners of this rally have produced six different winners namely Cassim Wahab, Bandula Weerasinghe, Noel Selvanayagam, Richard de Zoysa, Pubudu Wickrama and the last winner was Rizvi Farouk. The rough and tumble of the SLARDAR is such that no one has been able to win the event twice.

The current rally is organised by a team headed by Rodney Mason with the support of Sunil Buddadasa and Mahiman Perera. The organisers briefing the press in the Mayors office in Dehiwala said that they had problems with the interim committee who tried to block many of the scheduled events in their racing calendar but the Minister of Sports Johnston Fernando has given the green light and pledged his support for this SLARDAR rally which they said they are greateful for.

On July 5 the rally will begin its route from Dehiwala and proceed along Kesbewa, Ingiriya, Kalawana to Rakwana which will be the first stop. On Saturday morning the route will be Suriyakanda, Wellawaya, Hambantota with a four hour break and proceed to Kataragama.

The participants will have full nights rest and start their return trip on Sunday morning through Uda Walawe, Kalawana, Ingiriya and Horana after a two hours rest they will proceed to the finishing point at S. de S. Jayasinge grounds and the first competitor is expected to arrive around 6.30 p.m.

Rizvi Farouk will be looking forward to repeat his last years performance and become the first competitor to win twice.

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