to lead CH & FC from the front
Dilanjan Jayasekera talking to their new coach Jeff Matheson
and FC one of the oldest rugby playing clubs since colonial times
has produced some of the best rugby players down the line. To my
memory the names like Mike Davis, a daring centre, John Arenhold,
South African Maurice Marrinon, John Burrows, etc come to mind.
Later came the likes of Sri Lanka players like Y.C. Chang, Bryan
Baptist, Lorensz Pereira, Saman Jayasinghe, Roshan Perera, ‘Shan’
Perera, Iqbal Hassan, Hisham Abdeen, Ravi Vijenathan, Ray de Silva
along with expatriates Apsi Nagata and Simon Hunter took over the
Maitland Crescent Club last year enjoyed a good season, coming third
in the league and runners-up in the Clifford Cup to Kandy SC. This
year they are looking forward to enjoy a better season. The team
is being coached by former All Blacks player Jeff Matheson, who
is no stranger to Sri Lankan rugby. He coached the national team
in 1990 for the Asiad staged here. The Lankans did reasonably well,
even defeated Chinese Taipei.
CH team this season will be led by that indefatigable second-rower
Dilanjan Jayasekera, better known as Bertie, to the rugby fans.
He is the first Thomian to lead the CH and FC.
to the Sunday Times skipper Dilanjan said “I am hopeful that
we can forge ahead. But still have to wait and see. They must possess
self belief, mental toughness, strength and stamina. The boys are
undergoing 3 days training a week; they have the skills, to match
the best but must build their stamina and staying power to the last.
I am confident that CH and FC will provide the entertainment for
all to enjoy. The hierarchy is giving that much needed support”.
Jayasekera a youngster is a bundle of energy. He leads by example.
Explained “We have a mobile pack and a sleek back division.
There are four players from Havelocks who have joined the CH scrum.
Ravi Ganapathy, Nishantha Bopearachchi, (flankers), Saliya Kumara
(full back) and centre Zakir. They have come on their own. Nevertheless
they have to earn their places.
explaining about meeting of expenses Jayasekera said “The
players will be given pocket expenses. But at the end it’s
the team’s success that matters. The backline is sleek. Centres
Taranga Jayakody, Yuganthara Karunaratne (son of late legendry boxer
‘King’ Karu) Milinda Jayasinghe a seasoned player will
man the base. Isipatanian Thalagalarachchi is outstanding forward
either flanker or (No. 8). Still if we lose then its part and parcel
of the game”.