Saints Set For Golden Jubilee Quadrangular Sports Tournament

The annual “Saints’ Quadrangular Sports tournament” is a premier event in the calendar of the four leading Catholic boys schools in Sri Lanka, namely St. Anthony’s College, Kandy, St. Benedict’s College, Colombo, St. Joseph’s College, Colombo & St. Peter’s College, Bambalapitiya.

In 1963, during the Diamond Jubilee of St. Benedict’s College, all schools in the country were invited for a cricket tournament, but coincidently it was only the above three leading Catholic schools that participated in the tournament. Old Antonian Late Ranjith Samarasekara was instrumental in convincing the four schools to continue this tournament as an annual event, thus establishing the Saints Quadrangular Tournament.

Since then, this tournament has been a flagship event of the four premier Catholic schools in Sri Lanka. Old Boys and sports teams gather once a year as a tradition for camaraderie, fellowship & relive the glory days.

In 2002, the organizers introduced a 25 over tournament for players above the age of 40, which enhanced the true spirit of Saints’ Quadrangular as many cricketers from the yesteryear got an opportunity to represent their beloved school. In 2004, Basketball was introduced to the Quadrangular fraternity. This too is a keenly contested tournament as these schools do enjoy a rich tradition of producing highly skilled basketball players in Sri Lanka.

A tournament which started with Cricket has now grown into a sports carnival with the introduction of the 7-a-side Rugby tournament in 2014. Today, the Saint’s Quadrangular tournament sees leading National and club level players produced by these four great institutions representing their alma mater in three major sports across four tournaments.

The Golden jubilee tournament is being organized and hosted by the old Antonians in their home town Kandy on 26th and 27th August 2017. The tournament initially started as a Cricket tournament but eventually extended to Basketball and Rugby as well. A press briefing was held at The Old Bens Sports Club recently regarding the golden Jubilee celebration.

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