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Army's M. Karunaratne loses possesion of the ball as two Navy defenders puts a halt to his advances.
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Sailors almost turn tables: Go down fighting 13-20 in A Division rugby fixture

Army too strong for Navy

By Ravi Nagahawatte

Navy had Army in a tantalising tangle before going down fighting 13-20 in a Carlsberg A Division inter-club rugby fixture at Longden Place yesterday.

The Army ruggerites were kept in check all the time by the alert Navy players who almost turned the tables on their much fancied opponents.

Blistering moves and crunching tackles by Navy prevented the soldiers from having their own way .

Navy started off with a bang when Navantha de Soyza landed an easy penalty.

But Army showed their strength with a try by Nalin Hettihewa who cut in through the Navy defence lines to plant the ball close to the posts.

The winners crossed the Navy line once more before half time when centre Vajira Jayatilake dashed through to score when he joined a second phase move initiated by the three quarters.

Navy's hard work paid off finally when lock D.Jayasuriya scored after picking the ball from a maul. Army led 12-8 at half time.

Centre Vajira Jayatilake handed a Army a handsome lead when he scored the team's third try after collecting a stray pass from the opposition.The try, however, was unconverted.

Army's lead was cut to size when the sailors hit back through a try by centre M.R.Saldin who intelligently avoided two defenders close to the goal line.

Army who were just ahead 17-13 at this time got some relief when Nimal Wijesiri converted a penalty to take his team to safety.

Ranatunga brothers excel in diving

By Annesley Ferreira

The Ranatunga brothers Gihan and Gayan of S. Thomas' Mt. Lavinia excelled by winning the boys' under 15 and 17 Spring Board diving events at the 26th Sri Lanka School Division championships concluded at the Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium Pool. Gayan also won the Hard Board diving event too.

Gihan won the Spring Board with 166.15 points while Gayan aggregated 261 points.

In the Hard Board event Gayan aggregated 238.75 points.

Romesh Pakstun of St. Joseph's won the boys' under 19 Spring and Hard Board events.


Spring Board


Under 9 - Poorna Kankanige (Royal) 77.85 points, Chandeepa Wettasinghe (Royal) 54.8 points, Shanik Makalanda (St. Joseph's) 46.4 points.

Under 11 - Niresh Gunawardena (Royal) 80.75 points, Ashif Anees ( St. Joseph's) 58.9 points, Dilesh Weelington (St. Joseph's) 48.6 points.

Under 13 - Juhani de Mel (Asian International School) 157.25 points, Esiri Kankanige (Royal) 143.15 points, Damith Rosairo (Royal) 78.84 points.

Under 15 - Gayan Ranatunga (S. Thomas') 261 points, Chanaka Wickremasinghe (Royal) 218 points, Lakshitha Kosgodage (S. Thomas') 141.8 points.

Under 17 - Gihan Ranatunga (S. Thomas') 166.15 points, Suren Wijesiri (Royal) 141.65 points, Sasanka Perera (St. Joseph's) 128.85 points.

Under 19 - Romesh Pakstun (St. Joseph's) 184.3 points, Roshan Chandrasekera (Royal) 123 points, Rajitha Warnapura (S. Thomas') 76.08 points.


Under 11 - Tharaki Siyaguna (Bishop's) 114.85 points.

Under 13 - Prasadhi Perera (Anula Vidyalaya) 83.5 points, Dilini Samanmali (Anula Vidyalaya) 60.5 points, Shiyanthi Thavapalan (RHLC) 48.2 points.

Under 15 - Joanne Jayasuriya (St. Bridget's) 65.4 points, Hasanthi Aunuradha (Anula Vidyalaya) 27.9 points.

Under 17 - Harini Jayasekera (Visakha Vidyalaya) 203.25 points, Eranga Silva (Visakha Vidyalaya) 166.3 points, Amitha Brown (St. Bridget's) 108.85 points.

Under 19 - Vindya Tillekaratne (Anula Vidyalaya) 135.9 points, Sumanthri Samarawickrema (St. Bridget's) 118 points.

Hard Board


Under 15 - Gayan Ranathunga (S. Thomas') 238.75 points, Chanaka Wickramasinghe (Royal) 229.7 points, Lakditha Kosgodage (S. Thomas') 127 points.

Under 19 - Romesh Pakstun (St. Joseph's) 167.75 points, Roshan Chandrasena 95.3 points.

Under 17 - Sasanka Perera (St. Joseph's) 117.2 points, Suren Wijesiri (Royal) 97.5 points, Prashan Perera (Royal) 81.7 points.

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