Forget the past and start afresh
By Bernie Wijesekera
The recent defeats by the Sri Lanka rugby team be it Sevens and
XV-a side (2002) is now water under the bridge. Start afresh and
forget about the past. It's no point going for any one's head, but
all are answerable. It's damaging for the future betterment of the
game. Sri Lanka has made a name in the 'sevens' formula internationally.
The recent tours and the results have tarnished its image.
Asanga Seneviratne, during his short tenure has done reasonably
well. He may have spotted young talent during this short period.
Under his reins the team may have suffered setbacks, but give him
all support with a well-drilled formula.
The coach is not taking the field, but it's the players who run
with the ball.
They must have
self belief and totally committed and play for the right reasons
rather than harp merely on material gains put the country before
self. It's the players who are going to reap the harvest not the
coach or the management. The Sri Lanka Rugby Union, will hold its
annual general meeting on February 22, 2003. There is lobbying for
posts barring the president Mohan Balasuriya, who will be uncontested.
Put other issues and club loyalties and elect those who have the
game at heart and totally committed to uplift the game to enjoy
a better future.
professionalism to the sport on and off the field. With peace in
the offing, the services should be given all support. They could
harness some strongly built rural youth to take to the scrum - even
from Jaffna and Batticaloa.
The rugby season
will start with the club sevens on January 18 and19. The competition
will be keenly contested with quite a number of talented schoolboys
playing in the big league. Hope this start will hearld a new era
for this popular sport which has a great following. This contest
is being played in the name of rugby legend, the late Denzil Kobbekaduwa.
Priyantha surfs to glory at Bentota
M. Shamil Amit
The Open Windsurfing Championship organized by Lanka Sportreizen
and the Windsurfing Association with the cooperation of the Bentota/Beruwala
Hoteliers Association on the invitation of the Chairman of the Sri
Lanka Tourist Board was held amidst a large gathering last Sunday
at the Bentota beach.
which was revived after a lapse of six years saw at the conclusion
of the championship a new champion emerging in Upul Priyantha de
Silva who won all three course races which was held that day. Although
the force of the wind was a little low for the first two course
races there was sufficient blowing for the third event.
Seventeen competitors faced the starter Upul having won the first
course race had no difficulty in winning the second too, with little
opposition coming from his challengers. He made it three in a row.
Upul was adjudged
the overall winner and was awarded the LSR Challenge Trophy and
the Baron de Livera Challenge Trophy for the best Sri Lankan windsurfer.
The first runner up was Priyantha Gunawardena who was awarded the
Bentota/Beruwala Hoteliers Association Trophy while the second runner
up Lalin Laiendra de Silva who participated at the Asian Games held
in Busan recently being awarded the LSR Trophy.
and most enterprising windsurfer of the championship went to Essanka
Peiris who was awarded the Thusitha Nanayakkara Challenge Trophy
given in memory of eminent journalist the late Thusitha Nanayakkara
The judges of
the championship were two former windsurfing champions Thilak Weerasinghe
and Thusal Gunawardena who are the only VDWS (Germany) qualified
judges in Sri Lanka. VDWS is the largest ever windsurfing training
centre in the world. The championship was conducted under the Professional
Sailing Association rules.
Odayar to coach Kingswood
Former Trinity Rugby and Boxing Lion Ikram Odayar will coach Kingswood
College Kandy at the 2003 rugby season who will have hard working
Ronnie Ibrahim as his assistant coach.
The first school
in Ceylon to play rugby was Kingswood College then known as Kandy
Boys High School, where it was introduced in way back in 1891 by
its founder principal, I.E. Blaze who was an Old Trinitian Ceylon's
first ever inter-school rugger match was played between Kingswood
College and Trinity College on August 11, 1906.
2003 side will be led by third year coloursman and centre Dinesh
Sirinimala. Ikram Odayar played rugby for Trinity College Kandy
at all levels from 1978-85.
He toured Taiwan
in 1983 with the 1983 champion Trinity side that had some top names
such as Ashan Ratwatte, Rohan Abeykoon and Ravi Pillai. He led the
7s team in 1985 and also was the vice-captain of the 1st XV team
and captain of the Outstation Schools team the same year.
He was awarded
his Rugby Lion after the tour of Taiwan (Under-20) which he captained
at national level. After leaving school Ikram represented Kandy
Sports Club in 1984-87 and also Dimbulla, Dickoya, Uva, Kelani Valley
Club and CR&FC. He was a member of the Sri Lanka Under-24 side
in 1989 and later represented the senior team at the Asiad held
in Colombo in 1990. Ikram was playing Division III rugby for KV
when he was selected for the Asiad.
Ikram who became
the best boxer at the all Island Stubs Shield Tournament was the
youngest ever Trinitian to win a Lion in any sports, and when he
was only 15 years old, he was awarded with Lion for Boxing. Ronnie
Ibrahim, who captained Kingswood in 1986, played for Police. Kingswood
College Kandy are getting the full support from their principal,
old boys and the 2003 team is all out to give a good display in
the coming rugby season.
SLARDAR C’ship on Feb 8,9
The Sri Lanka Association of Racing Drivers and Riders (SLARDAR)
will conduct its second SLARDAR championship starting with the Katukurunda
Motor Races scheduled to be held on February 8 and 9 2003.
This year too
the championship to pick the winner will consist of five racing
meets namely Katukurunda 1 and 2, Radella Hill Climb, Foxhill Supercross,
Karandupone Hill Climb and Gajaba Supercross.
the championship will start with the Katukurunda races which will
be held next month.Entries for the Katukurunda races are open at
SLARDAR office 128, High Level Road, Nugegoda with the last date
being January 24, 2003.
- 1. Group P - Motor Cycles upto 125cc. 2. Group A - Mini Saloon
998cc. 3. Group R - Four Stroke upto 600cc. 4. Group R - Motor Cycles
upto 125cc. 5. Group M and Cars upto 1050cc. 6. Group P - Motor
Cylces upto 250cc. 7. Group F - Ford Formula 1600cc (Race 1). 8.
Group A - Cars over 12kg/hp. 9. Group R - Motor Cycles upto 125cc.
10. Group M & T - 105cc upto 1350cc. 11. Group A - Cars - 10
to 12kg/hp. 12. Group R - Motor Cycles upto 250cc. 13. Group M &
T - Cars upto 1665cc. 14. Group A - Cars- 8 to 10 kg/hp. 15. Group
F - Ford Formula 1600cc (Race 2). 16. Group M & T - Cars 1665cc
upto 2550cc. 17. Group T & J - Truck and Jeep. 18. Group M &
T Cars upto 3500cc. 19. Group A Cars - 6 to 8 kg/hp. 20. Motor Cycles