rugby time at the Hill Capital
By Bernie Wijesekera
Defending league 'A' Div. League Champions Kandy SC will be led
by Sajith Mallikarachchi in the coming season. An outstanding fly
half, Sajith has been playing regularly for the country, since 1997.
The Hill Capital club has been performing consistently bagging most
of the trophies since early 90s. But has the game improved at the
national level? Certainly not, if one delves into the performance
of the national team in recent times. To this effect, KSC's amiable
president Dr. Sarath Kapuwatte, too agreed. Dr. Kapuwatte said that
the game should be more competitive at club level. If the game is
to improve there should be at least three to four clubs in the running
the Aussie cricket manager, who was here for the ICC champions trophy
endorsed the same views. This will also help bring back the crowds
at test level, he said. Some clubs are embarking on foreign players
to strengthen their teams. Couple of KSC seniors may bow out. They
have helped the Hill Capital club to dominate the local scene.
One of them
is former Rajan, Indrajit Bandaranayake, the versatile sportsman
and one of the best from the Lake View School. Sanjeewa Jayasinghe,
the "Express from Mount Lavinia Beach", a product from
Science College. He suffered a serious injury to his ankle last
year was sidelined. But has recovered and fully fit to be in action
in the coming season. He has been one of the main try scorers last
attributes to their professional management. There is much co-ordination
between the players and the administration. Izvan Omar, the secretary
who has played the game and his know how has been an asset to the
Of course it's
a tremendous team-effort all round. This season the team will be
coached by Tulagaese Tavita (Laga). George Simpkin, the technical
advisor will not be there. His services has been drafted to the
A firm disciplinarian
he has already proved his mettle during his short tenure with the
national team, when Sri Lanka showed up well against Japan losing
36-8 after their lukewarm effort against Arabian Gulf - led by dusky
Pradeep Basnayake. Infusing young blood paid dividends in the end.
one of the key officials in Kandy SC coached the 1999 team when
the club was celebrating their 125th anniversary - winning a 'treble'
the Club 7s, the league and the Clifford Cup. He will be there to
assist the coach. The key to his success on and off the field -
he is prepared to listen to other views.
coming season Kandy will give that much needed exposure for the
talented players with an eye for the future, at national level.
Trophies are secondary - the country's cause is vital. 'Go Kandy
Go' - but they will play for the right reasons.
Army that really made it hot for them last season. But in the coming
season the rejuvenated CH&FC and Havelocks SC will make the
game more competitive for the fans to enjoy. Further the CPRFU has
a mini rugby academy for the less privileged handled by Hemantha
KSC open their season against Kurunegala today (Sunday April 27
KSC will have two W. Samoans - Itchaka Jema and Javita (Laga) in
the squad. The opener should be a "Lambs to the Slaughter."
to continue its package with MCA
Union Assurance Ltd., who has been sponsoring the popular Mercantile
six-a-side tournament, for the ninth successive year have decided
to extend its package for further three years, said Amal Jasinghe,
General Manager Marketing UAL at a media briefing held at the Mercantile
was chaired by the President MCA Tyronne de Silva. For the ninth
successive year the MCA 'Sixes' for the private sector firms have
infused interest among the Rank and File. This tournament affords
small firms to take to cricket in a lighter vein.
It also serves
to give job opportunities for the youngsters. Jasinghe better known
in the local aqua circles has assured the MCA to continue with the
package for further three years. Thirty teams in the Men's section
with some of the best one-day cricketers in action.
An exclusive doubles only tennis tournament Tennis Gala 2003 conducted
for the first time in Sri Lanka will be held from May 1 to 4 at
the Hilton JAIC Tower Tennis Court. The organizers are expecting
over 75 participants to participate in a multitude of events which
are the Boys Under 16 Doubles, Girls Under 16 Doubles, Men's Doubles,
Women's Doubles and Mixed Doubles.
In the Under
16 events players who have not reached the semi finals in a ranking
tournament are eligible to take part. The Men's events are open
to combinations below division three of the inter-club doubles tournament
and the Women's category will be open to players below division
be accepted only at the Hilton Jaic Tower Sports Centre and the
closing date is April 28 (Monday). The draw will be held on April
29 (Tuesday) at 6.00. p.m. - MSA
win for Brendon School of Cricket
A fine innings of 67 by Ashen Tennakoon helped Brendon School of
Cricket to register a thrilling two wicket win over the visiting
Ruffey Nomads Cricket Club from England in a cricket match played
at the Bloomfield grounds. The handling of the local side by coach
Sunil Silva and the leadership of skipper Aloka Amarasiri came in
for high praise from the visiting side.
CC 188 for 7 in 40 overs (George Fleming 29, Michael Norris 50,
Lawrence Wisdom 17, Matt Heppel 48; Dasun Hettiarachchi 2 for 22,
Rakitha Ariyasena 2 for 27)
of Cricket 188 for 8 in 40 overs (Ashen Tennakoon 67, Fahmy Razak
15, Rakitha Ariyasena 14, Aloka Amarasiri 18; Joel Newsome 2 for
38) - MSA