and Kushani clinch squash title
By M. Shamil Amit
France based Saman Tilekeratne who is the reigning national squash
champion retained his title when he defeated Navin Samarasinghe
in the men's finals of the squash nationals concluded at the Sugathadasa
Indoor Stadium. While in the women's final Kushani Daluwatte overcame
giant killer Menusha Hettiarachchi.
The squash nationals
organised by the Sri Lanka Squash Federation and sponsored by Sea
Consortium (Pvt) Ltd began last Sunday with all the top class players
in all the category's participating. The major upset of the nationals
was in the women's semi finals where Menusha Hettiarachchi who is
improving with every tournament and a player of the future toppled
the seeded and experienced player Tehani Guruge.
Apart from that
the other players had no difficulty winning their respective games.
There was no one to stop squash maestro Saman Tilekeratne from winning,
who had specially come down to participate at the nationals. There
is speculation that Saman is training for the SAF Games to be held
next year in Pakistan. And it is the first time squash is going
to be introduced to the SAF Games.
year old Menusha Hettiarachchi this was the first time she entered
the women's final in the nationals while for winner Kushani Daluwatte
it was her second nationals title. Arjuna Hettiarachchi, Managing
Director, Sea Consortium (Pvt) Ltd was the chief guest and gave
away the awards.
Men's - Saman Tilekeratne beat Navin Samarasinghe 9/2,
9/0, 9/2. Women's - Kushani Daluwatte beat Menusha Hettiarachchi
9/4, 9/2, 9/0. Master's Over 45 - Sarath Jayawardena beat Lakdasa
Cooray 9/7, 9/3, 7/9, 9/7. Men's Over 35 - E. Ravichandran beat
R.S. Deen 9/7, 9/6, 9/4. Men's Novices - Anura Hewage recieved w/o
from E. Amunugama
dominate in tennis
Royal College Tennis once again dominated the Inter-School Tennis
scene emerging champions in all age groups at the SLBSTA Championships
this year. The Tournament for the first time played on a round robin
basis at schools throughout three months concluded its final stage
recently. The Royalists further proved their dominance by earning
for themselves the Gold Medal at the National Schools Games Tournament.
The under 11
team captained by Shehan Gomez beat St. Michael's college Batticaloa
4 matches to 1 in the semi finals and beat St . Michael's college
3-2 inthe finals. under 13 team captained by M.Hazari beat Trinity
college Kandy 3-0 in the quarter finals , St Michael's Batticaloa
3-0 in the semi finals and St Peters College 3-1 in the finals.
The under 15
team captained by Udith Wickramasingha beat St. Thomas prep School
in the semi finals 3-0 and St.Peters College also 3-0 in the finals.
The under 17 team captained by Manishka Jayasundara beat St Sebastian's
College 3-0 in the quarter finals, Nalanda College 4-0 in the semi
finals and beat St.Peter's College 4-1 in the finals to emerge champs
The under 19
team captained by Upendra Walgampaya beat St.Peter's college 3-0
in the semi finals and Ananda college 3-2 in the finals. The National
Schools Games Team which was also captained by Upendra Walgampaya
were the gold medalists beating St Benedict's college 2-0 in the
quarter finals , St Peters college 2-0 in the semi finals and Ananda
college 2-0 in the finals.
coaching schools in districts islandwide
A team of cricket coaches from the Cricket Operations Department
of the BCCSL headed by Mr. Bandula Warnapura with S. Illangaratnam,
Anusha Samaranayake, Gamini Perera, P. Milton, Manjula Karunaratne
and S. Shamugalingam was up north of the country for the first time
to conduct a five day cricket coaching programme from the 12th to
16th November 2002. The entire programme, was sponsored by Singer
Sri Lanka Limited, which received an enthusiastic and overwhelming
response from the district, and proved to be a big success.
An area that
has been hampered by the war saw the sport that has become a national
pride come alive, once again when the itinerary of the 5 day started
off with a 3 day level I Cricket Coaching Award Course for the Jaffna
based cricket coaches. A basic coaching clinic for Under-13 to Under-19
was conducted on the 15th of November 2002 at St.John's College,
80 children from about 10 schools invited by the Jaffna District
Cricket Association participated in this programme.