21st September 1997

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Nick Wansey, New South Wales full back trying to sling out a pass hotly pursued by Naufer Rahim, Duminda de Silva, Asaluci and Champika Nishantha. New South Wales beat CR 34 - 16 at Longden Place yesterday. Pic by Dunstan Wickremeratne


75th Anniversary Celebrations of CR & FC

NSW country RFC win Singer cup

By Marlon Fernandopulle

New South Wales country RFC led by Gordon McQueen won the glittering Singer cup defeating CR & FC by 34 points(4 goals & 2 penalties) to 16 (1 goal & 3 penalties) in the final of the invitation inter club rugby tournament at Longden Place yesterday

NSW country RFC with a superior set of forwards and a swift back division dominated yesterday's game and maintained their unbeaten record in the tournament.CR & FC after their impressive victory in the semi final started off promisingly to lead 10-0 after only 13 minutes of play but later succumbed to the ferocious attack of the visitors who scored four goals to prove their dominance.

CR & FC drew first blood when Shanitha Fernando put over a 25 metre penalty in the 5th minute.The Red Shirts increased their lead soon after when winger Kishan Musafer made a daring run on the right flank to put the finishing touches to a good three quarter move.Fernando made no mistake with the corner flag conversion for CR to lead 10-0.

NSW reduced the defecit in the 25th minute through a penalty from Bran Chippendale.Inspired by the first points on the board the visitors took firm control of the game and had the home side on the defensive.They scored their first try when number 8 Peter Besseling touched down under the post after collecting a pass from his scrum half. Chippendale added the extra points as the scores were level at 10 all.

The visitors dominated in the set pieces and in the loose.

With a heavier set of forwards NSW attacked relentlessly as the home side were desperately fighting to defend their goal and prevent the visitors from crossing the line.Minutes before the half time, NSW surged ahead when winger Bran Chippendale scored by the corner flag and added the extra points.

After the turnaround the visitors kept up the pressure with their rampaging forwards and their agile back division giving them good support .Flanker Steve Roberts scored the visitors 3rd try in the 53rd minute and Chippendale added the extra points for NSW to lead 24-10 and put the issue beyond doubt.

Winger Pene Baleira who enjoyed a fine game added the icing on the cake when he scored a superb try late in the second half.Baleira followed a neat chip from one of his centers and collected a high ball to beat a host of CR defenders and score by the corner flag.Chippendale who had earlier put over a penalty added the extra points to give NSW a resounding victory and with it the Singer cup.

Ref.Dilroy Fernando.

Under 15 School rugby

Favourites Isipatana beaten

By Saif Izzadeen

On a day of upsets Pre tournament favourites Isipatana were knocked out of the Cup Championships by S. Thomas' in the Under 15 Milo 10-A-Side Rugger tournament at Reid Avenue yesterday.The tournament has being shifted from Reid Avenue to Havelock Park today due to bad ground conditions. The Tournament is organised by the Sri Lanka Schools Rugby Association. Chief guest for today will be SLRFU President Dr Maiya Gunasekera.

The quarter final line up from the top half and bottom half first round matches played at Reid Avenue and Bambalapitiya respectively

*Cup - S. Thomas 'A', St Anthony's 'A', Trinity 'A', Kingswood 'A', Wesley 'A', St Joseph's "A", Royal 'A', Carey 'A'

*Plate - Isipatana 'A', Dharmaraja 'A', St Peter's 'A', S.Thomas Prep 'A', D.S,Senanayake 'A', Thurstan 'A', Lumbini 'A', Sri Sumangala 'A'

*Bowl - Trinity 'B', St Sylvester's 'A', Ananda 'A', Zahira 'A', Science 'A', Vidyaloka Galle 'A', Maliyadeva K'gala 'A', Vidyartha 'A'

'Mariks' is no more

It is with profound sorrow that The Sunday Times records the death of sports scribe M.E.Marikar, of Kandywho succumbed to a long illness on Thursday evening. His funeral took place in the presence of a large and distinguished gathering at the Mahiyawa Cemetery yesterday.

'Mariks', as he was popularly known has been in the field for well nigh 40 years and there is not a person who did not know him in Kandy, for that matter in Sri Lanka. He took pride in writing about budding sports stars from Kandy schools and kept the public up-to-date with their achievements even when they became sporting heroes.

Marikar played for Kandy District in cricket and made a name for himself as a fiery bowler. His comments were well received and even sports officials often wanted his opinion whenever tackling a tricky problem.

His fortes were in cricket and rugby, but that did not mean that he ignored the other sports. Soccer too came under his purview and he kept the readers up-to-date with his expert comments.

The Kandy District Cricket Association headed by Kandy Mayor Harinda Dunuwilla and the Kandy Sports Club at Nittawela bore the sad loss with dignity.

Marikar was a devoted family man and it was a well known fact that he was never the same after he lost his daughter a few years ago. One of his sons is the Food and Beverages Manager at the Al Ain Palace Hotel in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates.

National School Games

St Anne's, Visakha overall champs

By S. M. D. Sirisena reporting from Kurunegala

St. Anne's Kurunegala and Visakha Vidyalaya Colombo emerged overall Junior Champions for boys and girls respectively at the junior school championship which was held yesterday.

In the junior boys' section St. Anne's College collected 8 points. In the junior girls' section Visakha Vidyalaya collected 17 points.

Western Provinces were overall champions with 215 points. North-Western Province scored 98 points to come second and Southern had 60 points and were third.

Sumudu Jinadari of Sir John Kotelawala MV Kurunegala, won the Heptathlon with 2897 points. Malintha Fernando won the second place.

Pushpalal Desapriya of Anuradapura MV, was the best athlete in the boys' section. He won the under-13 Long Jump. Pavithara Udari Perera of Wallawaya, was adjudged the best athlete in the girls' section. She won the under 13 Long Jump and High Jump.

Colombo lads from Ananda College and D. S. Senanayake, carried away the under-19 and under-15 relay championship. Ananda College also won the overall relay championship.

Girls from St. Joseph Vidyalaya Kegalle and Sumana Vidyalaya Ratnapura became the joint champions.

Under-21 relay was won by Joseph Vaz, Wennapuwa and St. Joseph Vidyalaya Kegalle won the under- 21 relay for girls.

Asitha, youngest ITF official

Asitha Attygala, 19 years of age, obtained his White Badge, becoming the youngest ever qualified official of the International Tennis Federation (ITF) as stated by the ITF. He is also a qualified International Federation Tennis Coach.

Asitha sat an umpiring examination conducted by the ITF at Doha, Qatar. He will leave for the Maldives to undertake his duties as a coach at the Maldivian National Tennis Centre.

Asitha, an old boy of Ananda College, won his school colours in tennis and captained the team. He had earlier been ranked No. 2 in the boys under 16 group, also winning the under 18, 19 and 20 championships. He was also awarded colours by the Sri Lanka Boys Schools Tennis Association.

Cavaliers win at Buttala

Lanka Cavaliers led by Bandula Warnapura, including several former National players travelled to Buttala in the Monaragala District over the last weekend to conduct an Outstation Cricket Programmes.

On September 14 the Cavaliers played a 30 over match against a team selected by the Monaragala DCA comprising the cream of the area at the Pelwatte Sugar Industries grounds. The visitors won quite comfortably.

Batting first, Lanka Cavaliers scored 229 for 7 wickets and the main scorers were Jerry Woutersz 52, Bandula Warnapura 42, Mervyn Fernando 40, Chitral Mendis 29 n.o., Daya Sirisena 17 and Lantra Fernando 11. Wicket takers were Harold Perera, P. Wijesekera and M. Ariyawardena 2 wickets each. In reply, Monaragala DCA could manage only 108 for the loss of 6 wickets in their quota due to some accurate bowling by Keerthi Gunaratne and Lantra Fernando who took 2 wickets each and Jerry Woutersz 1 wicket.

On September a coaching clinic was conducted for about 100 students in the Monaragala District.

According to Lakith Peiris of Lanka Cavaliers, this Cricket programme is the 2nd undertaken by them following the launch at Anuradhapura last month.

Well known squash coach due tomorrow

Major (R) S. Manniam a wellknown Squash Coach, who is currently the Chairman of Coaching for the Asian Region in the Asian Squash Federation and the National Coach of Malaysia for the last 12 years, an International Referee and a Consultant Coach to the World Squash Federation will be visiting Sri Lanka tomorrow till 29th September.

Major Manniam is visiting Sri Lanka on the invitation of the Sri Lanka Squash Federation. His stay in Sri Lanka is being sponsored by the Hotel Ceylon Intercontinental.

Major Manniam will be conducting coaching classes for Senior players Men/Women and Junior Players Boys/Girls of under 19, 16 and 14 categories at the Ceylon Intercontinental Squash Courts starting from 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. for Seniors and 3.30 p.m. to 6.30 p.m. for the Juniors each day September 23, 24, 26 2 sessions and 27 & 28 1 Session. He would also be having a referees programme on the September 27 and 28th from 3.30 p.m. onwards.

Lankan names at Lords Museum

By Marcus Joseph

Lords Museum officials in England will record the achievements of Sri Lankan cricketers in their recently concluded Test match series with India.

At the entrance to one of the halls in the Museum is a poster announcing Sri Lanka's record breaking highest innings total of 950 runs in the first Test, surpassing the record held by England (903 runs) since 1938 and the record partnership of 576 runs between Sanath Jayasuriya and Roshan Mahanama, the highest for any wicket, beating the previous 467.

There was also a photograph of Sanath Jayasuriya who by scoring 340 runs became the fourth highest individual test scorer.

Long before these record breaking performances, the name of Sri Lanka has found a place in the Museum. Among the list of cricketers who scored Test centuries at Lords, the names of Sidath Wettemuny, Duleep Mendis and Amal Silva were seen written on a wooden board hung up in a wall.

Among the bats used by cricketing greats of yesteryear on display were two bats presented to the Museum by former Sri Lankan sports writer, the late S.P. Foenander. In one it is written from Everton Weekes to S.P. Foenander, and the other from Herbert Sutcliffe to SPF.

Sri Lanka win gold & silver

Sri Lanka bagged a gold and silver medal at the Bob Hussen Internatinal Invitation athletic meet in Jakarta yesterday. Susanthika Jayasinghe won a gold in the 200 metres clocking 22.6 seconds while Sriyani Kulawansa won the silver in the 100 metres hurdles in a time of 14.2 seconds

HNB in semi-final

Defending champions Hatton National Bank assured themselves of a semi-final berth in the Senior Netball Nationals worked off at Girandurukotte last evening.

HNB will meet National Youth Council in their first semi-final this morning, while Kandy will take on the Army in the Second semi-final.

The play-off for the third place will take place at 1 p.m. followed by the final at 3 p.m.

In the quarter finals, Kandy beat Gampaha 34/15, Hatton National Bank beat Mahaweli 51-11. National Youth Council beat Anuradhapura 22/18 and Army beat Kegalle 47/13.

Veluwana Group champs

Veluwana MV, with three walkovers emerged as Group A champions in the Colombo District Schools Football Associations under 18 championships played for Dimo Trophy. Veluwana received walkovers from Zahira, St Anthony's and De La Salle.

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