The Thomian Rowing crew came out with flying colours winning, the
30th Royal Thomian Regatta for the fourth consecutive year with
the convincing margin of 34 to 6 points at the Beira Lake on the
26th of October. S. Thomas' has now won the T. N. Fernando Trophy
as overall winners on 16 occasions to Royals' 13 with a tie in one
year. The prestigious Boat Race for the Senior Four too was won
by the Thomians bringing the tally to 17 wins for each school.
The Senior Pairs
event was won for a record three consecutive years by the same unbeatable
Thomian combination of Preshith Ganegoda and Tharindu Gunasekera.
They were coxed this year by 13-year-old Dathika Wickremanayake.
event was won by Isuru Perera with the fast timing of 3.48 sec whilst
Tharindu Gunasekera of S. Thomas' College was awarded the trophy
for the Oarsman of the Regatta by contributing the highest individual
were led by Preshith Ganegoda and were coached by Ajith Goonewardena.
Hosts, Royal were led by L.Lankaputhra and were coached by Mr.H.
Dorenegama. The Chief Guest was Mr. Kavantissa Ratnayake.
Boat Race: D. De Zoysa (B), T Gunasekera (2), P. Karunanayake
(3),I. Perera, (S), and S. Kannangara (cox) of S. Thomas' beat S.
Perera (B), P. Perera (2), V. Wickremasinghe (3), J. Lankaputhra
(S), M. Careem (C) of Royal by 8 secs (Time 3.23).
Hishan Fernando (B), Salman Nistar (2), Preshith Ganegoda (3), Dharshan
Goonaratne (S), Lashika Weerasinghe (C) of S. Thomas' beat A. Sulziash
(B), N. Gajendradas (2), N. Caldera (3). T. Jayathilaka (S), A Deen
(C) of Royal by 12 secs (Time 3.25 secs).
Preshith Ganegoda (B), Tharindu Gunasekera (S), Dathika Wikremanayake
(C) of S. Thomas' beat S. Padmapriya (B), R. Jayasinghe (S), R.
Wishwakula (C) of Royal by 9 secs (Time 4.33 secs).
S. Wanigasekara (B), R. Jayachandran (S), M. Careen (C) of Royal
beat Hishan Fernando (B), Dharshan Goonaratne (S), Sean Abeyewardena
(C), of S. Thomas' by 2 secs (Time 4.37 secs).
Isuru Perera of S. Thomas' beat Suranjaya Dharmaratne of Royal College
by 12 seconds (Time 3.48 secs). Junior Skulls: Lakith Lankaputhra
of Royal beat Dejan de Zoysa of S. Thomas', by 6 secs (Time 3.55
Junior B Fours:
Naresh Navaratne (B), Shannon de Silva (2), Dineshka Aluvihara (3),
Mahangu Weerasinghe (S), Dathika Wickremanayake (C) of S. Thomas'
beat K. Sooriyarachchi (B), R. Jayachandran (2), S. Padmapriyan
(3), R. Jayasinghe (S), T. Monsoor (C) of Royal with a lead of 26
A large crowd
packed the Colombo Rowing Club to witness this sport of high endurance
which was sponsored by Dialogue GSM The Thomian Oarsmen have been
invited to participate in the Hong Kong National championship Regatta
overwhelm Lanka at HK sixes
Robin Singh led from the front as India overwhelmed Sri Lanka by
four wickets to book their place in the championship round of the
2002 Hong Kong Sixes.
Chasing a target
of 61, India lost opener Hemang Badani in the third ball of the
first over. But Atul Wassan (19 off 8 balls with one four and two
sixes) and Robin Singh put their team back on track, adding 37 for
the second wicket. After Wassan's dismissal Singh (30 off 13 balls,
including three fours and two sixes) joined hands with another left-hander
Hrishikesh Kanitkar to see his team to victory without any further
win also secured India a place in the championship round where they
will join South Africa and Pakistan. Earlier, Sri Lanka, after being
put in, were given a strong start by opener Thilina Kandamby, who
made an unbeaten 48 in the previous match that Sri Lanka lost to
South Africa. The 20-year-old made 31 off 14 balls with one four
and three sixes, before retiring.
But with his
opening partner Duminda Perera struggling to force the pace, the
men from the Emerald Isles struggled to put a meaningful target
for the strong Indian batting line-up. (Crickinfo)
rare gesture by the squash champion
Vinuri Gunathilake of Visakha Vidyalaya won the U-11 title at the
Inter-Schools Novices Squash Championships conducted by the Sri
Lanka Schools Squash Federation last week.
A beaming pretty
little Vinuri was pleasantly surprised and excited to receive an
additional trophy - the biggest and the most attractive of the trophies
on offer on the day- donated by the most successful squash player
among the schools, 15-year-old Tehani Guruge of Musaeus College.
Tehani also donated tins of "Sustogen Sport" to the other
placed players in the U-11 category out of her Mead Johnson allocation
who sponsors Tehani's energy drink.
Asked to comment
on her fine gesture, an acutely embarrassed Tehani after much reluctance
said that she saved a part of the prize-money awarded when she won
the women's open and U-19 titles at the recently held Air Force
Open particularly for an occasion like this as she felt she has
to give back at least something to the game she loves.
that all squash enthusiasts must endeavour to encourage the few
young players taking to the game as squash is one game Sri Lanka
can excel at Asian level in the short term.
commented that the Musaeus College Principal Ms. Pilapitiya has
always encouraged the students to give generously to the society
even in a small way whenever possible. She also recalled with pride
that the College donated one million Rupees to the Hope Cancer Hospital
Tehani is also
lucky in the sense that her entire playing gear and the baggage
is sponsored by the Wilson Sports Co., Malaysia while her Yonex
clothing range is sponsored by the Sunrise Co., Singapore for the
next 3 years.
Tehani is also
the lucky recipient of a five year sponsorship package from the
Minister of Sports Johnstone Fernando for her unique achievements
in the International arena.