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Old Patanians to meet CR

Moratuwa University bowed out of the under 24 tournament in tame fashion as they gave Old Isipatanians a walk over in the curtain raiser of the under 24 Carlsberg pre-quarter final rugby encounter at Havelock Park yesterday.

The Old Isipatanians with this walk over will meet defending champions CR and FC in a quarter final match next Wendesday (September 2) at Londgen Place.

Today Old Zahirians will meet Galle at Havelock Park in a quarter final game.

Lanka netball team to Singapore

The Sri Lanka Netball team will leave for Singapore on Wendesday (September 2), to play four friendlies before taking part in the Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur.

The matches: Sep 4 (Friday) - vs Singapore; Sep. 5 (Saturday) - vs Australia Institute of Sports; Sep. 6 (Sunday) - vs Malasiya/Singapore; Sep. 7(Monday) - vs England.

Eight teams in inter-regional cricket

Eight teams will battle out for honours at the under 15 Inter Regional Cricket Tournament conducted by the Development Committee of the Board of Control for Cricket in Sri Lanka.

The final round commenced yesterday. The semi finals will be played on September 9 or 10. The final will be played on September 12.The semi-finals and final will be worked off in Kandy. .

Following are the Groupings:

Group A - Colombo A, Dambulla (Region 4), Kandy (Region 2) and Colombo North Outer, Group B - Colombo B, Badulla (Region 5), Galle (Region 3) and Colombo South Outer.

Schools football on Sept.1

Three Hundred and ten teams will take part in the Milo Inter Schools Football tournament.

The competition will be worked off in the following age groups: They are: under 12,14,16 and 18.The tournament will commence on September1.

Ananda, Thurstan, Carey and Dharmaraja Kandy will participate in this tournament after a lapse of several years.

Last years champions: Under 12 and 14 - Zahira Puttalam.

Under 16 - Div 1 - Zahira Colombo, Div II -A.E.Gunasinghe MV and Div III - De La Salle,

Under 18 - Div I - Zahira Colombo, Div II - D.S. Senanayake and Div III - Mulim MV Kalutara

The breakdown of the teams participating in each age group:

Under 12 - 76 , Under 14 - 88, Under 16 - Div 1 - 14, Div II - 31 and Div III - 35 , Under 18 - Div 1 - 16, Div II - 22 and Div III - 28.

New schools in the fray - S.Thomas' Gurutalawa, Inigala Muslim MV Katugastota, Rahumaniya MV Welipana, Navinna MV, Uluvitake, Bedirajah MV Pugoda, Dudley Senanayake MMV Thelagamuwa, St Mary's Kotahena, Sri Dharma KV Labuduwa, C.E.F Buddhist Vidyalaya Mul-leriyawa, Ulpane Udagama MV Ulpane, Swarna Jayanthi MV Kegalle, Bandaranayake MV, Hettimulla, Madeena National School Siyambalagaskotuwa.

Baslica win title

Baslica College Ragama won the Under 15 Div Two cricket title in style when they scored an innings and 103 runs victory over Moratu Vidyalaya in the under 15 Horlicks Trophy Div II final which concluded at Campbell Park yesterday.

The match was over before tea time as the Moratu Vidyalaya batsmen couldn't come into terms with the Ragama school bowling attack and succumbed to an innings defeat.

Moratu Vidyalaya replying to Baslica's commanding 261, were bowled out for 82 and 76 respectively, thus giving the Ragama school an innings and 103 runs victory. (SI)

Emerald Cup soccer starts on Sept. 5

The City Football League - Inter Club A Division tournament played for the Emerald Cup will get underway on September 5 at the City League grounds at Slave Island at 4.30 p.m.

The Champions of this tournament will receive Rs 20,000 in prize money - and the runners up will receive Rs 10,000.

The teams participating and their groupings are:

Group A - Victory, Carlton SC, York SC, Premil SC.

Group B - Colpetty United, Java Lane SC, Soccerfans SC, Sunny Mount SC.

Group C - Renown SC, Cooray SC, Old Bens SC.

Group D - Ratnams SC, Silver Tongue SC, Pettah United SC and Maligawatta Youth.

The opening match will be played between Renown and Cooray SC on September 5.

Why is Nimesh Perera ignored?

The cricket loving public wishes to know why Nimesh Perera, who had been such an outstanding young cricketer, is not even heard of today. Is it because he has joined the wrong club?

In the year 1994/95 Nimesh beat Muttiah Muralidaran's school record of 131 wickets and broke his own record in the year 1995/96 capturing 134 wickets. This is indeed a great achievement.

In 1995, Nimesh represented Sri Lanka 'A' against South Africa 'A' and also was a member of the under-24 side, in the tournament in Sharjah that involved India and Pakistan.

In 1996, Nimesh played against the West Indies and Australia 'A' teams in Sri Lanka.

Nimesh was picked the best bowler in the Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year Contest and was also awarded the best captains prize when he led his school, St Sebastians to become league champions.

Last year Nimesh was one of the two spinners sent by the Board of Control for Cricket for a three weeks' training course to Australia (Delmont Academy). (AF)

Rover pinpoints

Camera shy?

A top armed service big wig refused to play his semi-final match in the recently concluded 83rd national tennis championships, in the men's singles event held at the National Tennis Centre Courts at Greenpath because a photographer was present to take action shots in his semi-final match.

He had insisted that this match be transferred to the Air Force Courts at Bullers Road if the photographer refused to leave. The matter was settled with the President of the SLTA requesting the photographer to leave as the match could not be played elsewhere.

Slippery dives

Strong protests have been lodged by divers practising at the Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium Pool, because the diving boards were slippery. The Stadium administrators and the Minister of Sportt–have been informed about this but no action has yet been taken. The President of the National Amateur Aquatic Sports Union (NAASU) has also been informed accordingly.

Life Saving equipment drowned?

Rover learns that life saving equipment including the reel kept on the beach close to the Life Saving Association Headquaters at Wellawatta is missing.

It is also considered a record that a senior official of this association has held and is holding a post for the last 16 years. Have the accounts of this association been audited, and is the Sports Ministry funding this association?

Number changed

Rover disclosed that a cellular phone that was gifted to a female user who is an outsider, by a senior member of the Cricket Board, has now changed its brand and number.

Rover knows the number

Refereeing at Kandy-CR game comes under fire

Refereeing at the Kandy SC-CR&FC final left much to be desired...

The Secretary of the Kandy SC, M.I.Omar, has sent a letter of protest to the President of the Sri Lanka Rugby Football Union (SLRFU) on the refereeing of the President's Trophy k.o. final between defending champions Kandy SC and the CR&FC, the appointment of referees and the touch judges of this much looked forward to tie, where the referee's blowing was found wanting.

According to Omar's letter, referees and touch judges for all rugby tournament matches is handled by the Referee's Society, but in this case it was handled by the SLRFU Council Members.

In his letter Omar also mentions that the Referees Society arranged for a conference at the CH&FC Boardroom on August 5 where the Laws of the Game was explained by the International Referee Steve Savage, to coaches, captains and players.

Despite this briefing of the rules, the referee had contradicted several laid down decisions.Dr. Sarath Kapuwatte, President of Kandy SC, too has sent a letter of protest to be placed on record of their dissatisfaction at the manner in which the referee had handled the game when Kandy SC were leading 26-16.

"We are not protesting against the final outcome, but we are doing so in the interest of justice and fair play with the hope that neither of us, nor any other team, will have to face a similar situation."

Madushan judged as the best ruggerite

Vimuthi Madushan of Christ King College, Hekitta was picked the Best Mini Ruggerite. His school was chosen the best school rugby team in the tournamnet conducted by the Western Province Rugby Union. Co-ordinator was Basil Rodrigo and the tournament was held and the Harischandra MMV grounds, Negombo.

In the under-17 final, Christ King College beat T. B. Jayah MV, Slave Island by 25 points to 5.

In the other age group matches.

Under 10 - St Joseph's Grandpass beat St Peter's Negombo 5-nil, Christ King College beat T. B. Jayah MV 20-5.

Final - Christ King College beat St Joseph's 15-5.

Under 11-Harischandra MMV beat St Joseph's 10-nil, T. B. Jayah MV beat Christ King 15-0.

Final - T. B. Jayah MV beat Harischandra MMV 20-nil.

Under 12 - Harischandra MMV beat St Peters 20-nil, Christ King beat T. B. Jayah 25-5.

Final - Harischandra MMV beat Christ King 10-5.

Under 13- Harishcandra MMV beat T. B. Jayah 15-5, Christ King College beat St Joseph's 10-nil.

Final - Harishchandra MMV beat Christ King College 10-5.

Under 14 - Final Christ King College beat T. B. Jayah 20-10.

Under 15 Final - T. B. Jayah beat Christ King College 5-nil.

H. Jayaratne the Principal Harischandra MMV was the chief guest and gave away the awards.

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