Sports Minister Gamini Lokuge and
Sri Lanka rep Asanga Seneviratne
emerging master blaster, batsman Tillakaratne Dilshan
won the ICC Twenty20 International Performance of the
Year in recognition of his 96 not out off 57 balls at
the ICC World Twenty20 2009 in
is the second year the award has been given to recognise
the most impressive performance by a player in Twenty20
Internationals during the 12-month voting period and it
continues to mark the advent of this exciting format of
the game at international level.
the semi-final of the ICC World Twenty20 against West
Indies at the Oval, Dilshan smashed 96 not out in 57
balls, in a performance that included two sixes and 12
fours. He helped to steer his side into the finals of
the tournament after they beat the opposition by 57
award rounds off a good year of Twenty20 cricket for
Dilshan who took the ICC World Twenty20 by storm after
showcasing his astonishing flick-shot over his head and
also picked up the Player of the Tournament at the ICC
World Twenty20, 2009 after amassing 317 runs at an
average of 52.83.
According to the LG ICC Awards 25-person voting academy
Dilshan’s effort was the most impressive performance of
the voting period from 13 August 2008 to 24 August 2009.
beat competition from West Indies’ Chris Gayle for his
88 off 50 balls against Australia in the ICC World
Twenty20, 2009 in England at the Oval; Pakistan’s Umar
Gul for his 5-6 against New Zealand in the same
tournament at the same venue and Gul’s team-mate Shahid
Afridi for his 51 of 34 balls and 2-16 against South
Africa in the semi-final of the tournament at Trent
collecting his award from last year’s winner Yuvraj
Singh from India, Dilshan said: “This is a great feeling
for me. I can’t forget about that innings - it was so
important and I was really happy about my overall
performance in that tournament. It was a thrill for me
to do well in England and do well for my team.
really proud of myself for having a new shot named after
me (the Dilscoop). That shot has given me confidence. If
I am under pressure I can play that shot and put the
pressure back on the bowlers.”
Twenty20 International Performance of the Year was one
of 11 individual and team honours handed out during the
ICC Awards in association with FICA. The event, held at
The Sandton Sun Convention Centre, Johannesburg
recognises cricket’s star performers over a 12-month
Why Agm before Irb assembly is a must
CEO of the Interim Committee for Sri Lanka Rugby says it
is a recipient of an invitation to the IRB Annual
General Assembly, in Dublin next month – inferring that
it’s okay by the world body for an appointed committee,
which the IC is, to be running the affairs of rugby in
any of its member-countries.
other words, what CEO Lasitha Guneratne, is saying is
that David Carrigy, IRB head of member unions, and
Jarrad Gallagher, IRB Development Manager for Asia, lied
to Sport Ministry officials, including the minister, and
members of the SLRFU, past and present, when the duo
visited the island in March to specifically explain
conditions the IRB requires to recognise a country as
Messrs. Carrigy and Gallagher told the powerful local
gathering at the Sport Ministry office last March is the
polar opposite of Guneratne’s inference: i.e. the IRB
does not recognise rugby unions appointed by who ever;
it does only democratically-elected committees – the
message can’t be any clearer than that. Ministry
officials, in defence of its IC, pointed out that the
International Cricket Council recognises appointed
cricket boards, and asked why the IRB can’t do the same.
visiting IRB officials as good as replied: “No can do.
We have our own rule book and cricket has its – and
there’s no question of stealing from another’s book to
suit the convenience of anyone.’’ Then, in what seemed
an acknowledgement it would respect IRB’s condition for
recognition, the Sport Minister himself vowed that an
elected union will be restored within three months, i.e.
by last May.
six months have elapsed and the ministerial vow, as you
know, remains undelivered. So it’s excusable to give
Minister Lokuge’s promise to the IRB no more credence
than you would politicians’ promises to the electorate.
If the good Minister thinks that the IRB is as forgetful
or forgiving as local electorates are, his assumption
isn’t going to do our rugby any good. Not that it
already hasn’t: The annual IRB development grant of
approximately Rs.14m. has been withheld this year
because the world body does not hand out funds to
committees it does not recognise.
real terms, the Rs.14m. freeze has cost our rugby
dearly: Provincial development programs have been
aborted and women’s rugby, as an organised sport, has
disappeared. As well, 30-odd development officers
contracted to SLRFU have been asked to stay at home.
be extremely naïve to think that the IRB would be
unaware of the serious retardation caused to rugby
development here. Be sure, they are aware– and probably
with some compunction. After all, it’s the withholding
of their grant this year, critics claim, is the reason
for the derailment of development this year. But you
can’t accuse the IRB of not warning the price the SLRFU
will have to pay should an appointed committee continue
to run the affairs of Sri Lanka rugby – a warning the
Sport Minister fended by promising to install an elected
administration in May.
the invitation to the November 14, General Assembly that
CEO Guneratne wants us to believe is proof of IRB’s
acceptance of the IC’s legitimacy might well turn out to
be an examination of its legitimacy. It’s only logical
to expect the IRB 2009 Assembly to raise the Sport
Minister’s promise made to its officials last March.
Legitimacy of IC
course, the issue won’t be raised at the Assembly
itself, which is a platform solely for IRB’s top brass
to declare to its 126 member-countries the plans and
policies for 2010. Thank heaven for that: you don’t want
to be questioned before a gathering of the world about
the legitimacy of our IC – a question for which there is
no answer, really.
issue of our IC’s legitimacy, however, is more than
likely to be raised at the regional meeting of Asian
countries that follows the Assembly. For one thing, the
IRB would not want the likes of the SLRFU IC spawned
elsewhere in the continent, hardly the most apolitical
place in the world. More significantly, the IRB official
presiding over the Asian Regional meeting will be the
same Jarrad Gallagher to whom the Minister promised a
return to an elected SLRFU administration by May.
apart, the IC CEO claims our representative at the
Assembly will himself question the reasons why the IRB’s
Rs.14m. development grant is being withheld. The CEO
believes it’s a conspiracy of certain individuals to
discredit Sri Lanka rugby. He hasn’t named the
conspirators, and so the IRB would be right to wonder if
the CEO might be alluding to one of its own officials.
After all, it’s the two visiting IRB officials who
initially warned of freezing IRB’s development funds
until such time an elected administration is restored.
With the CEO declaring the fund-denial issue is to be
raised by our representative at the November 14,
Assembly, there’s no way that the IC legitimacy question
will not be taken up – even if it’s not in the agenda.
representative at the Assembly will not be the head of
the SLRFU, as has been the tradition, but Asanga
Seneviratne, the newest appointee to the IC. The
nomination of Seneviratne is interesting as it is
intriguing. For one thing he is the most junior IC
member. As well, it is public secret that, as vice
president of the last elected committee, he would become
the president of the next elected committee, which, if
Minister Lokuge is to be believed, was why Seneviratne
and DIG Hettige were appointed to the IC. His precise
message ran something like this – “the two new
appointments to the IC is to help facilitate the holding
of SLRFU elections as soon as possible.’’
A simple job
been nearly two months since Minister Lokuge declared
his intention of holding elections, but there’s been no
word or sign to suggest any movement in that direction.
After all, summoning an AGM is no big deal – only the
issuance of a two-week notice to the general membership,
a day’s job, really. That nearly two months have elapsed
suggests some members of the IC probably want to stall
moves to hold elections. If that is the case, then it’s
logical to deduce that there’s been a tug-of-war between
the IC’s three seniors and two juniors. Lately though,
CEO Guneratne is being spoken of as vice president of
the next elected committee, which hints that the balance
of power has shifted to the juniors – and explains
Seneviratne’s nomination as representative to the IRB
Assembly when, as aforementioned, it should’ve been the
chief of rugby.
Seneviratne’s pragmatism might be the best thing to
happen to our rugby in a long while. For one thing, he
supports an elected committee. He vows that at the IRB
Assembly, his first priority is to try and remove the
ban on IRB’s development grant. But he admits that isn’t
going to be easy as long as an IC administration is in
office. “We’ll have to get back the IRB grant, there’s
no way we can do without it, ’’ he told me.
Seneviratne, however, is not in the most ideal position
to try and restore the grant. The ideal would’ve been to
attend the Assembly as a representative of an elected
committee. It seems too late for that to happen – and
unnecessarily so. “Provincial rugby is at a standstill
and the only way we can restart it is by getting IRB to
release the Rs.14m grant – that’ll depend on how
sympathetic a view the IRB will take of our
predicament,’’ he told me.
that Seneviratne will have to offer the IRB is Minister
Lokuge’s intention of staging an election soon as
possible, something that the IRB will, no doubt, view
suspiciously, given that he failed to live up to the
promise he gave to the visiting IRB officials last
March: an elected SLRFU in May. If anything, the fact
that Seneviratne makes the promise of elections on
behalf of Minister Lokuge is less likely to win back the
grant than were Seneviratne to make a personal plea on
behalf of Sri Lanka rugby.
What ever, the task before Seneviratne isn’t easy. If
the other IC members are genuine about working for the
good of the game, it is their bounden duty to get behind
Seneviratne in his mission. The IRB Assembly is 34 days
away, time enough to hold elections. Some will question
the feasibility of electing officials who can serve
until only next March anyway. That theory is not without
wisdom, but this is an exceptional case – one on which
the development of rugby in the provinces, the future
really, depends. So, if the price for having an elected
representative at the IRB Assembly is holding an
election of short-term validity, it is not a big price
to pay. Not only the annual IRB development grant would
have been restored, so will the legitimacy of the SLRFU
in the eyes of the world.
Prepare now for World Cup
Australians won the Champions Trophy in South Africa in
the most emphatic fashion. It was a truly professional
performance by the Aussies to peak out at the end of the
Black Caps gave a polished performance leading up to the
finals but couldn’t overcome their mental awe of the
Aussies yet again. The final in fact petered out to be a
tame affair. Shane Watson and Ricky Ponting stood out
for the Aussies whilst Mike Hussey did reach some form.
Black Caps were never in the game and missed the efforts
and motivating presence of Skipper Daniel Vettori.
Recall how Daniel Vettori chipped in with the bat and
also kept runs down when needed?
2011 World Cup could see the Sri Lankans do better as
this will be held in the sub continent where the wickets
suit our style of play. With Pakistan not included
within the group the Bangladeshis get a crack at hosting
some of the games but Sri Lanka would in all probability
play their preliminary round games on home soil.
hold your horses the grouping that has been finalised
has drawn us in the stronger band and home advantage may
simply not be enough. Australia is grouped with Sri
Lanka in the same band and seems on paper to go through
to the next round. With Murali nursing niggling injuries
and Sanath yet to reach consistency Sri Lanka certainly
have worries. It may yet again boil down to Sanga and
Mahela to steady the ship unless Dilshan curbs his
impetuousness or comes steaming through in each game.
younger players need to stand up and be counted.
Kandamby, Kapugedara and even old timer Samaraweera
should shoulder burdens. The front line bowlers should
do an adequate job on the sub continent wickets and if
the catching is up to scratch we should make it through.
World Cup does bring out the best in the teams and Sri
Lanka should look sharp. To qualify into the second
round in itself would require some form and preparations
from now wouldn’t be out of place. The fielding needs
sharpening and of course the batting needs to be
Trinity felicitates its first test captain
By Hafiz Marikar
Trinity’s first test captain Kumar Sangakkara was
felicitated by his school Trinity College, at a grand
ceremony which was held at the Asgiriya
International Stadium on Friday (9) morning. It was a
fitting occasion to a great cricketing product of
Sangakkara, who became the first Test captain from
Trinity and Kandy, was received at the entrance to the
historic Asgiriya Stadium, where he started his cricket,
by the Principal of Trinity College Brig. Udaya
Ariyaratne. There was a large gathering of
distinguished people to greet this classy cricketer.
Sangakkara is one of the finest batsmen in the game, his
run of success started during a home series against
Bangladesh where he hammered two unbeaten double
and at Asgiriya. Kumar followed it up with a superb
contributions of 57 and 192 in the second test against
Australia at Horbat.
began his run feast with an epic 287 against South
Africa in Colombo, since then he has never looked back
and has piled up a heap of runs to stamp his class as
one of the finest batsmen. As a stylish left hander he
has delighted many fans around the world.
indeed a great privilege for me to stand on this sacred
ground of Trinity College, which has produced many
sportsmen not only for College but for the country and
to the world. I am sure Trinity College Stadium will
produce thousands and thousands of world class sportsmen
in the future. This is one of the rare occasions. We
have gathered here to welcome one of the greatest
cricketers of Trinity – He is none other than the Sri
Lanka Cricket Captain Kumar Sangakkara,” said
Trinity’s sporting Principal, Brig. Udaya Ariyaratne
speaking on the occasion.
Kumar was appointed as the Captain Sri Lanka Cricket at
the beginning of the year, our school cricket season
was on, Trinity along with staff, Cricket Foundation,
Old Boys’ Associations, and well wishers planned to call
upon Kumar and Murali to be the Chief Guests and Guests
of Honour for the 50-overs match, Trinity Vs St.
would have created world history. I do not think so
far, anywhere in the world that has produced a Captain
and a Vice Captain for the country from the same
province and from rival schools who play their Annual
Big Match and to be present on the grounds of Captain’s
alma-mater. It would have been great history.
Unfortunately we missed it,” said Brig. Ariyaratne
today, Kumar is with us. Now let me recollect little
about Kumar Sangakkara, Sri Lanka Cricket Captain and
above all, a great Trinitian. Kumar Sangakkara was born
in 1977 at Matale to Shema and Kumari Sangakkara.
Destined to reach the top
joined Trinity College in 1983. Throughout his time at
Trinity, it was clear that Kumar was always destined to
reach the top in whatever he did. This is why it came
as no surprise to those who have known him since he was
a kid that he became the No. 1 Test Batsman in the World
in 2008 - the first time that a Sri Lankan batsman had
ever achieved this position.
as a youngster Kumar had made his mark as a sportsman
both at Trinity and in Sri Lanka. When Kumar was only
10 years old, he became the National Junior Under 11
Badminton Champion. He then took up Tennis and went on
to become the National Junior Tennis Champion at the
Under 10, Under 12 and Under 14 age groups. Kumar also
represented Trinity College table tennis team at the
you all know, today Kumar is the Captain of Sri Lanka’s
Test, One day and Twenty 20 teams. But, we are told by
Kumar’s father that Kumar came to play cricket quite by
chance. The Under 13 A-team was scheduled to play the
Under 13 ‘B’ team in a home-and-home practice game and
Kumar was a reserve in the ‘B’ team. On the day of the
match, the wicket keeper for the ‘B’ team did not show
up and so Kumar was called in off the reserves bench to
come and play as the wicket keeper for the ‘B’ team.
Since Kumar was new to the sport and originally put
down as a reserve, he came into bat as the last man for
the ‘B’ team. But, when he eventually came in to bat,
he scored 85 not out as the last man! And, Kumar’s
wonderful batting display as the last man helped the ‘B’
team to defeat the ‘A’ team as well!
the next day, Kumar was promoted to the ‘A’-team and
went on to play in all the tournament matches. In fact,
Kumar topped the Under 13 all-island batting averages
that year and helped Trinity to go all the way into the
finals of the Under 13 tournament. After that, cricket
was the sport of choice for Kumar and the other sports
quietly faded away. Kumar is yet to confirm this, but
we are told that Kumar gave up Tennis altogether after
he was beaten by his sister!
year, Kumar was chosen as the Captain of the Under 13
team. There was no stopping Kumar and he went onto
represent and Captain the Trinity College Cricket teams
at every age group - all the way up to 1st XI, which he
captained in 1997.
also won a Lion for his outstanding achievements on the
Cricket Field and played his cricket as a schoolboy at
this very stadium that we are gathered today. Kumar also
represented the Sri Lanka Junior Cricket Teams while he
was a student at Trinity.
Kumar was not just a sportsman at Trinity. He was also
involved in every other facet of life at Trinity. Kumar
was in Carter Blues in the Junior School, Pilcher in the
Middle School and Lamuel House in the Upper school and
played a variety of sports for his house. He took part
in extra-curricular activities such as drama and
debating as well.
was a good student in the class room as well and won a
prize at the Annual Prize Day almost every year. At the
A-levels in 1996, Kumar got the best results in the Arts
Stream when he obtained 3 A’s and a C and qualified to
enter the University.
went on to become the Head Prefect and won the Ryde Gold
Medal for the Best All-round Student in 1997. Today,
Kumar is the Number 1 Test batsman in the world at
present (October 2009) and the Captain of the Sri Lanka
When YC strode the rugby fields
By Hafiz Marikar
Chang’s contribution to rugby is immense. YC was one of
the finest rugby players to emerge from
He started his education at Carey College and later
crossed over to Trinity College, where he excelled in
both rugby and studies.
keen to take up medicine, but had to end up with rugby.
Chang said that the game has improved in recent times,
but lamented that there was politics involved.
Trinity excelled at junior level, but it was at
Havelocks SC that he first played premier rugby. YC as
he is fondly known later crossed over from Havelocks to
the hills to take up planting.
Joined Kandy Sports Club
1964 after joining the Kandy Sports Club he polished his
rugby playing with English planters, and was the first
choice to the front row of the national side. He played
for the country from 1964 to 1971, while representing
Kandy SC, but sad to say he never got the opportunity of
leading the country till he went back to Colombo.
Kandy after he chucked up planting, he joined CH & FC in
1972, and that year he got the break to lead the country
at the Hong Kong Asiad.
tipped to lead the country at the first ever Asiad in
Sri Lanka in 1974, but was deprived of it because as the
captain of CH & FC he led the team out of the field
before the final whistle, due to a referee’s error.
players assault the referee and they are in the national
squad. YC was one of the country’s finest ruggerites
later becoming coach, referee and administrator. It was
under his presidency that clubs got sponsorships, and
also he is the man who took the Clifford Cup knock out
to Kandy, and promoted the game in Kandy.
perhaps devoted more time to the game of rugby than what
he got back. As a player he strived to achieve the
highest level through sheer hard work and dedication,
before hanging up his boots in 1974. He had all the
power to continue the game for another few years, but he
was treated badly at that time.
never played senior rugby for his school, but it was due
to his dedication that he came up in the sport.
A top class player
his playing days he weighed 165 pounds and was a
fearless forward. He was one man who led from the front
— rugby lovers flocked to see him when he played for
Kandy SC. YC’s biggest rival was CH & FC’s Maurice
Marrinon — both rugged players, sometimes they put the
rules aside and went man to man.
represented the All Ceylon Barbarians at the age of 18,
and played for the Park Club from 1961 to 1963. He was a
member of the Clifford Cup winning team, which beat
Dickoya MCC in the final, with a penalty coming in the
last second of the game, where Kandy’s Ken de Joodt
goaled it for Havelock’s SC who were led by Hubert
Kandy, he gave his fullest backing, and started his career at
Nittawela form 1964 and went on till 1972. He led the
side in 1967 and continued in the following year 1968
too. He was one of the live wires of the 1969 Denzil
Kobbekaduwa’s Cup final team.
that time Denzil was a Lieutenant and was on compulsory
leave and played against his home town club. In 1970
when Denzil was called back to the Army by then Prime
Minister late Sirimavo Bandaranaike, YC led the side in
represented the country in all the All Indian
tournaments from 1963 to 1969. He was the member of the
first ever team which took part in the Rugby Asiad in
known as Ceylon entered the semifinals. Some of his 1970
team mates at national level were Mike de Alwis, Sari de
Silva, Ajith Abeyratne, Dr. Tony de Silva, Hadji Omar
(Capt), Jeff Ratnam, Keith Paul, Indrajith Coomaraswamy
to name a few.
Sri Lankan captaincy
1972 YC left
Kandy SC, after
giving up his planting job and joined the CH & FC where
he was given the Sri Lanka captaincy after 10 long
years. He was a member of the Sri Lanka side, who were
outclassed by the London Welsh XV, which side was led by
John Davies. Sri Lanka played Blachheath from England
in 1970, Bosuns 1969, Emus of Australia in 1972 and
University 1971. In all these encounters YC was
brilliant in his forward play.
one ruggerite who has played for Kandy SC and
Up-Country, Havelocks, CH & FC, and Low Country and Sri
Lanka, and led all the teams except Havelocks. He led
the Havies from the sidelines, where he later became
president of the club.
he who brought the Clifford Cup tournament to Kandy, as
the big boss of the SLRFU. He started by bringing all
the teams to Kandy and they were housed at Hotel Suisse
when Lesley de Zoysa was the manager, and it was a rugby
carnival in Kandy for a week, from the quarters to the
president he gave his best, and he had some top talent
with him in the committee like Dushy Samarasekara his
Secretary, Malik Samarawickrema - Treasurer, Gamini
Fernando, Lionel Almeida, Kishin Butani to name a few,
who were real promoters of the game. It was this
committee that began the R. Premadasa Trophy club and
school knockout tournaments which became very popular.
After R. Premadasa’s death this tournament was scrapped.
coached CH & FC in 1982, and helped N. Karunasena to win
the Clifford Cup and CH remained unbeaten. As chairman
of the Gymkhana Club he gave his best to help the club
to come up.
President of SLRFU, he implemented a familiarisation and
training scheme for the national pool, and helped teams
to tour more countries. Before he introduced this, it
was only the Asiad and a few teams that came here.
under him that the first Sri Lanka under 20 team played
in the 5th Pan Pacific Championship in Taiwan and under
15 team took part in the inter Collegiate tournament in
the same country.
was another tour to Wales and South East Asia. Coaches
and referees got a break in the Cathay Pacific Sevens in
Hong Kong. A keen follower of the game, much can be
expected from him to boost the game.
Killy - a legend in the making
By Sharm de Alwis
seen more rugger matches than any given rugger ball and
even now, though the battle cry of protagonists would
tantamount to, “Come on chaps, let’s go in there and
play hard like a bunch of girls,” Killy Pullendran is a
frequent spectator wherever the game of rugby is played.
Alan de Alwis used to be a close second in attendance
but with the low standard of the game not being
compatible with the high price of tickets, Alan prefers
to watch the game gratis on TV.
remembers when rugby was a run and pass game. The
three-quarter line did not phase their attacks. Rather
would they keep the moves alive with scissors, double
scissors, dummies, loops and chip kicks and the end
result invariably was a glorious try.
not seen Kavan of whom Noel Grataien had said, “I wonder
at the marvel that rice and curry produced a Kavan
Rambukwella.” But he remembers Didacus de Almeida, Abdul
Majeed, the Patternot brothers, Maurice Anghie, Raja
Sumanasekera, Maurice de Silva and his brother Len, Ken
de Joodt, Lionel Almeida, Lorensz Pereira, Ronnie
Schokman, Jeff and Dan Rutnam and Mohamed Azain of whom
Bertie Dias had said “He can run backwards faster than
most three run forward.”
seen the hunting flanker Angelo Wickramaratne combining
with Michael Jayasekera in stupendous moves, Larry
Schokman and Stanley Unamboowe who never gave a hospital
pass to the winger.
wingers he had seen have been Dharmasiri Madugalle,
Maurice Fairweather, Summa Navaratnam, Basil Henricus
and Ivan Diasz.
play makers who stayed on in the move with a deft loop
even after opening out the game have been Nimal
Maralanda, Glen Van Langenberg, Mohan Sahayam, Irwine
Howie, Ago Paiva, Frank Hubert, Ana Sarnapala and Lionel
Almeida who played in every slot down the line from
scrum-half to full-back.
a litany that should be recited by today’s players to
psyche themselves every time they prepare for the fray.
has a prodigious memory on rugger and he will tell you
to the date and venue who did what; when who tackled
Police full-back Charles Wijewardena to a standstill of
dropped passes. But he can’t remember who captained his
alma mater and even when he left school. It will be
uncharitable to conclude that he thought of schooling as
did the character in Pickwick Papers, “Whether it is
worth going through so much for so little.”
Life Member of Havelocks who has waxed and waned with
the giddy success and abysmal failure of the club’s
fortunes, Killy is given to reminiscence and believes
renaissance is round the corner.
daily exercise to keep body, spirit and mind active is a
three mile walk but, either he is given to rhetorical
exaggeration or amnesia, he says his walk takes him 20
minutes. Even Sir Roger Bannister was helped by his pace
maker Chris Chattaway to break the four minute mile in
1954 and athletes have not done much better since then.
you now have the chaff and the grain, the fact and the
fiction. Sort it out yourself.
Dharshana Fernando for World Masters Games
National Certification Coaching Programme (NCCP)
certified badminton coach in Canada, entrepreneur and
former Sri Lankan national player Dharshana Fernando
will be participating at the 7th World Masters Games in
Australia. The games began yesterday (10) and he will be
representing Canada in the badminton singles event.
have put in lots of effort to this event. My training
began over a year ago and I have trained physically,
psychologically, technically as well as done tactical
training. It’s tough to train all year around with other
commitments but my passion for badminton has motivated
me to continue what I am doing,” said Dharshana, a
former national badminton champion.
Masters Games is the world’s largest multi sport event
and will be held in the capital of
New South Wales,
event is held every four years. Over 29000 participants
have registered in 28 sports for the 2009 games from 106
countries. Many of the sports competitions will be held
at the 2000 Olympic Games venues, something that has not
been the case at any of the previous six World Masters
about Dharshana’s chances of winning a medal for Canada
at the championships he said that all he can say is that
he will be a very competitive participant at the event
and that he hopes to do his best. He also takes pride in
coaching his daughter Piumika Fernando to become a world
champion at the age of 16 at the World Racketlon
Championships which was held in Rotterdam, the
Netherlands in 2007. Dharshana who is a reputed coach in
runs his own coaching school which is ‘Fernando’s
and has been a player and a coach for over 30 years with
international experience and training.
SLC Premier League Saracens opener hammers 219 against
Elegant opener Geeth Alwis hit a first class career best
219 from 259 deliveries inclusive of 27 boundaries to
help Saracens SC reach 363 for 8 in their first innings
on the opening day of their SLC Premier League cricket
tournament match against CCC which commenced at Maitland
Crescent yesterday. Saracens SC: 363 for 8 (G. Alwis
219, M. Randhika 69, S. Boralessa 3 for 72, S. Pathirana
3 for 48) v CCC
Chilaw bowled out for 236
arm seamer Nilanka Premaratne captured five wickets for
58 to help Ragama CC bowl out Chilaw Marians SC for 236
runs in their first innings on the opening day of their
SLC Premier League cricket tournament match which
commenced at Katunayake yesterday. Chilaw Marians: 236
(G Perera 23, G Wijekoon 41, J Gunaratne 56, M
Siriwardana 38, R. Perera 31, N Premaratne 5 for 58)
Ragama CC: 81 for 2 (I. Daniel 39 n.o, L. Thirimanne 33)
SSC 309 for 6 against Colts
order batsman Dimuth Karunaratne slammed an unbeaten 136
with 15 boundaries as SSC piled up a formidable 309 for
6 in their first innings on the opening day of their SLC
Premier League cricket tournament match against Colts CC
which commenced at
yesterday. SSC: 309 for 6 (D. Karunaratne 136 n.o, H.
Fernando 31, K. Silva 80, L. Fernando 22, R. Perera 4
for 86) v Colts CC
Bloomfield amass 318
Dashing opener Dilshan Munaweera hammered a top score of
95 as Bloomfield piled up an impressive 318 runs in
their first innings on the opening day of their SLC
Premier League cricket tournament match against Moors SC
which commenced at Braybrooke Place yesterday.
Bloomfield: 318 (D. Munaweera 95, M. Gajanayake 26, C.
Silva 62, K. Gangodawila 75,D. Lokuhettige 3 for 49, U.
Chaturanga 2 for 91, I. Udayanga 3 for 33) Moors SC: 65
for 1 (S. Kalawitigoda 43 n.o)
Martros 2009 quadrangular athletic meet
Maristonians Sports Association (MSA) is to host a
Quadrangular Athletic championship, entitled Martros
2009, for the fourth consecutive year on October 17 at
the Maris Stella College grounds Negombo, beginning at 9
Promising athletes view this event as useful to measure
their performances vis-à-vis their rivals. The four
participating schools this year will be Maris Stella
College Negombo, Trinity College Kandy, Royal College
Colombo, and St. Benedict College Kotahena.
Waidyathilaka, Vice President Sri Lanka Athletic
Association and IAAF International Technical Official,
will be the chief guest.
Praneeth Peiris the President of Maristonians Sports
Association said that Martros has grown since its
inaugural meet in 2006 and is recognised as a role model
for other quadrangular athletic events. The three
previous events were a tremendous success and have
attracted increasing support and goodwill of all
denominations with each passing year.
uniqueness of this meet is that it features various
track and field events from age under 11 to Under 19 and
has obtained the participation of the Sri-Lanka AAA
Arrangements have been made to stage the meet in a
carnival atmosphere with entertainment, food, drinks and
fun. The print and electronic media will be in
attendance to give live coverage. It promises to be a
Corporal Silva - Most Outstanding
Varatharasa Trophy, awarded to the most outstanding Sri
Lanka Air Force (SLAF) sportsman for 2008 went to
Corporal Silva at the annual colours awards ceremony
held at the Hotel Galadari in Colombo.
ceremony is an annual feature in the SLAF sporting
calendar which felicitates all its sportsmen and
sportswomen who have brought credit and honour in the
total of 159 sportsmen and women in 19 sports
disciplines were honoured at this ceremony in which 19
of them received the Golden Eagle award for the
remarkable performance displayed.
who received the Golden Eagle award were Squadron Leader
Dassanayake - Rowing (Male), Flight Lieutenant Kumara -
Cricket (Male), Sergeant Chandrasiri - Shooter (Male),
Sergeant Weerasinghe - Shooter (Female), Leading Air
Craftman Karunarathna - Hockey (Male), Leading Air
Craftman Sameer - Athlete (Male), Corporal Priyadarshani
- Athlete (Female), Air Craftman Silva - Cycling (Male),
Leading Air Craftman, Srikanth - Soccer (Male), Leading
Air Craft Woman Nilushika - Netball (Female), Corporal
Priyadarshana - Swimming (Male), Corporal Jayakodi -
Swimming (Female), Sergeant Herath - Water Polo (Male),
Corporal Pathirana - Water Polo (Female), Sergeant
Jayarathne - Volleyball (Female), Air Craftman Bandara -
Weight Lifting (Male), Corporal Silva - Beach Volleyball
(Male), Corporal Hewage - Beach Volleyball (Female),
Leading Aircraft Man Liyanage - Wrestling (Male).
Commander of the Sri Lanka Air Force Air Chief Marshal,
Roshan Goonetilake, Members of the Board of Management
and several other senior ranking officers were present
at the ceremony.
International Schools Athletic Meet
International School Nugegoda, will organise the 10th
annual Inter-International schools Athletic
Championships from February 19 to 21, 2010 at the
Sugathadasa Stadium in Colombo.
Inter-International Schools Athletic Championships is
the most important co-curricular event in the schools
calendar of all international schools in the country.
meet will be worked off from 8.30 a.m. to 6 p.m. each
day under international rules and regulations including
electronic timing and measurements under qualified
Athletic Association Technical Officers.
3,500 athletes from 21 international schools (boys and
girls) from eight age categories are expected to compete
at this event while over 350 qualified technical
officers would conduct the competitions under the rules
of the Athletic Association of Sri Lanka.
Royal clinch Dr. Hayman Trophy
Undisputed waterpolo champions Royal College made it
five-in-a-row when they retained the Dr. R.L. Hayman
Trophy while defeating their traditional rivals S.
Thomas’ College Mount Lavinia with the aggregate score
of 15 goals to 11 in their annual encounter worked off
at the Sugathadasa Stadium Pool.
first ‘leg’ Royal had the better of S. Thomas’ College
in a close encounter 8-7. Royal who were trailing 3-6
at the end of the 3rd-quarter came back magnificently to
win the match at 8-7.
main scorers for Royal were Harshaka Nissanga 3 goals,
Poorna Kankanige 2 and Shehan Dasanayake, skipper Yahan
Samarajeeva, Musharaf chipped in with one goal each. For
the Thomians skipper Darith de Silva scored 3, Chanuka
Perera 2, Norwich Paranawithana and Savith Warnapura
scored one each.
second ‘leg’ score ended with Royal 7 goals and S.
Thomas’ 4 goals. For Royal Shehan Dasanayake (2), Althaf
Yaqoob (2), Wasim Marikkabawa (2), Musharaf Uvais (1)
were the scorers. For the Thomians skipper Darith de
Silva played a fine game to score 3 goals while Jaliya
Goonethileke scored one. In the final tally, the
Royalists clinched the Dr. R.L. Hayman Trophy for the
5th consecutive year with 15 goals to 11.
Cycling pool picked for SAF Games
pools for training - men and women were picked by the
National Selection Committee for cycling in preparation
for the South Asian Games to be held in Bangladesh in
January next year.
National Selection Committee that picked the cyclists
comprised P. Anthony Symons (Chairman), L.H. Sarath,
Lesley Rupasinghe, Anton Alexander and Surendra Rajendra.
selection to the pool were done according to the past
performances and the time trial (40 km Individual time
trail) held recently.
men’s pool comprise of Meemanage Perera (Army), Suwaris
Premachandra (DMCC), Luxman Wijeratne (Army), Isuru
Prabath (Ports Authority), Nihal Silva (Navy), Nandana
Wijetunge (Ports Authority), Sudeera Nilanga (Police),
Janaka Hemantha Kumara (Navy), Dane Nugera (Air Force),
Asanka Pradeep (Army), Jeewan Jayasinghe (Air Force),
Wasantha Harischandra (Army).
women’s pool will include Lasanthi Gunathilaka (Sama
CC), W.K. Pushparani (Army), Niluka Shamali (Sama CC),
Dilukshi Sumanaweera (WWCC), Ayesha Sumanaweera (WWCC),
Niroshini Perera (Super Wheel CC).
NTB International Golf
second annual Nations Trust Bank All-Island Texas
Scrabble Invitational Team Golf Championship 2009 in
association with the Nations Trust American Express will
be worked off at the Victoria golf course at Rajawella
next Saturday - October 17.
golf championship which is organised by the Victoria
Golf and Country Resort will be off to a shot gun start
at 9 a.m. The Hazards led by Romesh Abhayaratne with a
total nett score of 53 won the inaugural championship
last year. The Kandyans led by Sam Gunaratne with a
total nett score of 58 finished runner up.
third place was the Dreamers led by Ali Jafferjee with a
nett score of 58 after a count back. This golf
championship is open to all golfers with a recognised
handicap and the teams comprises of four players both
ladies and gentlemen.
teams may be made up of Corporate Clubs or other
individual players. The handicap of the teams will be
decided upon with the total aggregate divided by 8 which
will be the team handicap. A large number of teams are
expected to participate in this team golf championship
which was a roaring success last year.
Rooney vs Ronaldo: unforgiven!
Rooney regards Cristiano Ronaldo as the number one
player on the planet but does not want to see him in
Although the pair have long since kissed and made up,
Ronaldo’s infamous wink as Rooney saw red in
Gelsenkirchen remains one of the abiding memories of Germany 2006.
insists he did not mean to stamp on Portuguese defender
Ricardo Carvalho. But the incident left
to complete the quarter-final with only 10 men, the
effort to reach the final whistle counting for nothing
as Sven-Goran Eriksson’s men lost on penalties.
years on, a much less abrasive 23-year-old will take on
the Ukraine on Saturday knowing England’s place in South
Africa is secure.
same cannot be said of Ronaldo, who is battling to be
fit for a double-header with
and Malta which, even if they are successful, could end
with arguably the world’s number one player missing out
on an appearance on the greatest stage, just as Rooney
did when England failed to qualify for Euro 2008.
would be nice to see Portugal not there because they
have knocked us out of the last two tournaments,”
“Obviously when we didn’t qualify for Euro 2008, we got
a lot of stick. You have banter with your team-mates.
it’s important not to go too far because it is an
important issue and, to be honest, I am not too bothered
whether they are there or not.”
to Rooney’s credit there is no malice behind his words,
just a professional attitude and the prospect of having
a bit of fun at Ronaldo’s expense.
fact, just because the Portugal superstar has left for
Real Madrid, Rooney has not changed his opinion that
Ronaldo is the world’s number one, even defending his
old team-mate against the accusation that he did not
care enough about the team - a trait which led to
Ferguson playing the England star out of position.
clear for everyone,” said Rooney. “Ronaldo is definitely
the best player. He scores goals and I have watched his
first few games for Madrid and he seems to have improved
again. He is even passing the ball a lot more!”
United, people said he didn’t run back. But look at what
he did going forward.”
team we realised that if he was as good as that going
forward, we had to make up for it by going back. That is
what happened and we were very successful, so you can’t
Ronaldo does not deserve such warm words given the
stigma of his wink will never quite go away, on English
shores at any rate.
the winger has also left a template for Rooney to
was a time when the Merseysider was rated the better of
the two. Then Ronaldo streaked clear.
the gap is closing, with Rooney’s position at the head
of the World Cup goal scoring charts in
Europe the tangible proof.
hope I can take my game to the next level as well,” he
“Physically, Ronaldo improved a lot over the last three
years. He worked hard in the gym and got a lot tougher.”
still trying to improve most areas of my game,
especially my link-up play, goal scoring and heading. I
should score more often with my head.”
has been around for so long it is easy to forget he is
still not quite 24. He has a World Cup campaign behind
him, as well as that explosive contribution he made to
both occasions, those dreaded broken metatarsals
undermined him, breaking one in Portugal and struggling
to recover from one before
time round he is hoping for good fortune on the fitness
front because finally, under Fabio Capello, he has found
someone prepared to trust him in the role which suits
him the most, constantly changing positions with Steven
the perfect role for me and it is working really well,”
he said. “I just hope this time I can stay fit and do
all the training beforehand. That will make a big
“Football is different for me now. I think about the
game a lot more. At 16 there is no fear whatsoever - you
just play and enjoy it. But the more games (you play)
you wonder about what is going to happen if you win or
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De Saram completes 10,000 runs
order batsman Indika de Saram completed ten thousand
first class runs as Ragama CC took first innings points
over Chilaw Marians SC on the second day of their SLC
Premier League cricket tournament match continued at
Chief scores: At Katunayake Chilaw Marians SC: 236 and
131 for 2 Ragama CC: 297
At Havelock Park
SSC: 372. Colts CC: 250 for 5
At Braybrooke Place Bloomfield:
318 and 115 for 6 Moors SC: 215
At Maitland Place
NCC: 458 for 8 decl
SC: 116 and 19 for 1
At Maitland Crescent Saracens
185 for 3
At P. Saravanamuttu Oval
Baduraliya CC: 238 and 140 for 7
High scoring draw
Angelo Emmanuel hit a top score of 96 to help St.
Peter’s College pile up 321 for 8 and force a draw to
their inter school cricket encounter against Mahanama MV
concluded at Bambalapitiya yesterday.
Mahanama MV: 362
Peter’s: 321 for 8 (A. Emmanuel 96, D. Perera 77, S.
Kumara 50 n.o, D. Muller 27, R. Welikannage 3 for 48, W.
Faward 2 for 74)
Joes take honours
rounder Chaturanga Kumara hammered an unbeaten century
and Supethaka Jayatilleke claimed a six wicket haul as
St. Joseph’s College took major honours in their inter
school cricket encounter against D. S. Senanayake
College which ended in a draw at Darley Road
Joseph’s: 332 for 9 decl (C. Kumara 100 n.o, R. Tatil
61, S. Jayatilleke 37, M. Munasinghe 5 for 93)
Senanayake: 134 for 8 (S. Jayatilleke 6 for 48)
Owen plays down United comment
Manchester United striker Michael Owen is playing down
his comments about being at the biggest club in the
Earlier this week the former
Liverpool player praised the input of manager Sir Alex Ferguson, adding life at
Old Trafford was “everything you would expect of a top
team, probably the biggest club in the world”.
manner of Owen’s departure from Anfield to Real Madrid
in 2004 is still a contentious one for fans, who have
never forgiven the former youth team star for
threatening to run down the final year of his contract
and leave for nothing.
has since been back to Anfield with Newcastle after a
one-year stay in Spain but the reaction to his visit
with Liverpool’s arch-rivals on October 25 is likely to
be the most vitriolic yet - especially after his recent
didn’t set out to offend anyone,” explained the
I said was, in terms of support, revenue and stadium,
Man United are probably the biggest in the world but
Barcelona and Liverpool are up there with them in other
saying that, I’m sure things I’ve said at different
times over the last 20 years will be dredged up and
turned into back-page stories over the next two weeks.
been back before with Newcastle a couple of times, so
I’ve played there for an opposing team, but I’m
certainly looking forward to this game. “It will be
different, it’ll be a bit noisier.”
has yet to be on the winning side against his former
club but knows, playing for United, that could change
usual between United and
Liverpool, it’ll be a competitive game between two of the world’s
top teams,” he added.
teams are more equally matched perhaps than when I went
back with Newcastle, so it should be a good game and an
Liverpool already having lost three Barclays Premier
League matches this season, Owen is well aware the
damage a United victory at Anfield could do to Rafael
Benitez’s side. But, with United having lost at Burnley
- a match Owen played in - early in the season, the
England striker is wary of slipping up.
still early in the season but you don’t want to lose too
many games or drop too many points at this stage,” he
the teams seem quite tightly packed together (at the
top), so it’s still all to play for.”
is still hoping his form for United, providing he stays
fit, will get him back into the national team.
appearance came as a substitute in a friendly against
France in March 2008 but injuries and a drop in form
resulted in him being left out of Fabio Capello’s squads
with 40 goals in his international career, Owen believes
he can still do a job.
always been optimistic. I will always score goals and I
have got the record to show that,” he said.
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NBA serious about London match
NBA could play a regular-season game in London as early
as next season. NBA commissioner David Stern has
reiterated his intention to bring a game to the O2 Arena
in the next two years, and refused to rule out making
the move as early as next year.
running out of runway a little bit but we still hope to
do it,” Stern said ahead of Tuesday’s pre-season clash
between Luol Deng’s Chicago Bulls and the Utah Jazz at
specifically if 2010 was a possibility for the game, he
added: “Impossible is nothing. Who knows? We have not
set the schedule yet for 2010 so we’ll see.”
NBA are keen to be at the forefront of the growth of
basketball globally. The game now ranks as the second
most popular international team sport behind football
but it has traditionally lagged in Britain compared to
mainland Europe, where there is a large following.
Friday’s game was the NBA’s third pre-season game at the
O2 in as many years as the league attempt to redress
move is in turn boosting interest in the Great Britain
national team, for whom Deng stars.
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Serena crashes out in China
seed Serena Williams was knocked out of the China Open
in the third round by Nadia Petrova amid a dramatic
Russian broke serve twice to win the first set 6-4, but
a solitary break saw Williams take the second and extend
the match into a final set.
went to a tie-break in which Petrova quickly roared into
a 5-0 lead, but Williams recovered - only for a disputed
line call to end her hopes.
match point at 6-5 down, Williams’ cross-court shot was
wrongly called out. An overrule from the chair umpire
saw the point replayed, but Petrova clinically won it to
close out a 6-4 3-6 7-6 (7-5) win.
Twelfth seed Agnieszka Radwanska trailed Spain’s Maria
Jose Martinez Sanchez 6-4 4-0 before a stirring comeback
saw her battle to a 4-6 6-4 6-2 win in two hours 17
minutes. The Pole will next face Russian fourth seed
Elena Dementieva, who beat home hope Na Li.
Russia’s Vera Zvonareva dropped serve late in the second
set but recovered to beat Flavia Pennetta 6-3 5-7 7-5 as
the Italian underwent treatment for a back problem, and
will take on France’s Marion Bartoli, seeded 14th, who
hammered Chinese wild card Shuai Zhang 6-1 6-4.
men’s event, top seed Rafael Nadal was pushed all the
way by American James Blake.
break saw the Spaniard take the first set 7-5 and, after
dropping the second on a tie-break, a single break was
enough to see him wrap up the decider 6-3 and set up a
clash with Marat Safin.
final match of the day, sixth-seeded Swede Robin
Soderling eased past Tommy Robredo 6-3 6-3 in one hour
and 20 minutes.
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Raikkonen: ‘Japan was better’
Despite Ferrari’s decision to halt development on their
2009 F60, Kimi Raikkonen feels the team took a step
forward at last Sunday’s Japanese GP.
Ferrari and Raikkonen suffered a dismal start to the
season, the Italian marque’s worst in 20 years, which
meant both the team and the driver were soon out of the
race for the World titles. A fight back mid-season,
though, ensured some pride was salvaged with Raikkonen
clinching four successive podiums, including the race
win at the Belgian GP.
with Ferrari halting development on the F60 to
concentrate on next year’s car, Raikkonen’s form
suffered in Singapore before he bounced back last
to claim fourth place, the “best result” Ferrari
just two races left on this year’s calendar, Ferrari
lead McLaren by two points in the race for third while
Raikkonen is fifth in the Drivers’ Championship, 6.5
points behind Mark Webber and two ahead of Lewis
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