sink the sailors
& FC had the sailors at sea at Longden Place on Friday in
recording an impressive 77 points to 15 victory. At the short
whistle of referee Dilroy Fernando, the hosts were leading
sans foreign muscle had to backpeddle for a major part of the
game. However, they came back strongly to plant three
unconverted tries in the latter stages to salvage some pride.
young Samoan recruit Kirisome Legonaitaga crossed the line
twice. The 116 kg centre three - quarter used sheer brute force
to pierce the defences rather than the expected swift moves.
Also scoring two tries apiece was M.J. Mushtaq the wing
three-quarter and Naufer Rahim who came in for Zulki Hameed late
in the game. Zulki touched down once in the first half.
Asanga Rodrigo occupying a winger's slot went on a scoring
spree. Asanga scored 4 tries and added the extra points for
three. However, an attacking player by nature Asanga's defensive
skills were hardly tested by the opponents. Second row forwards
Roshan Perera and Imesh Wijewardena and Keynan centre Denis
Mwaenja scored one try apiece for the winners.
forwards ably led by the No. 8 Savantha De Saram played
tirelessly in feeding the threes with plenty of good ball. The
Red Shirts, however, wasted much of it by tending to run
sideways. Veteran hooker Viraj Prawanna's comeback gave a clear
indication of the mapping out of a serious challenge for top
honours by the Longden Place club this season. On the bench was
skipper Pavithra Fernando marshalling his troop from the
sidelines. Also missing was Kishan Musafer and Dilan
Abeygunawardena, two key back division figures.
Navy the tries were scored by Sumedha Malewana, Ravi Jayasuriya
and E.M.R. Silva. Flank forward Ravi Jayasuriya had a brilliant
game. Sadly his exploits did not bring about the desired
results. A lone battle it was for a lost cause.
final scoreline would have been wider had the CR threes paid a
little more attention on their basic ball handling skills. As
one would say, its still too early in the season to master the
coordination factor between the threes and the forwards. They
are still gaining momentum.
administrators are happy with the progress. Its evident that the
Red Shirts are gearing up for the Kandyan challenge. As a former
captain and a senior player commented last season, all CR needs
is a quality centre three quarter to take their archrivals on
equal footing. The good news is that there is not going to be
any cakewalk this season.
the Park, Havelocks Sports Club had to huff and puff to beat the
less fancied Old Zahirians Sports Club by 33 points to 15.
Havies who suffered a surprise loss at the hands of the law
enforcement officers last week seems to be in a spot of bother
despite having two foreigners in their ranks.
park club is being led by Miskin Deen this season. Although
Havies were expected to score a resounding win, the gutsy Old
Zahirians put up a brave show.
and company condemned as agitators
cricket is engaged in a fight upon whose outcome depends the
future of the game in that country. Every device has been used
by those running the game to put the striking players in the
worst possible light. Whenever cricket falls into the hands of
cynics and opportunists it suffers. Followers of the game can
only hope that toleration returns to high office in Zimbabwe
because without it cricket will die upon its feet.
Streak and company have been condemned as agitators. It is a
convenient description used by officials anxious to excuse their
own high-handed conduct.. Streak has made some mistakes. He
wanted to remove bad influences from the board and selection
committee and went about it in a roundabout way. His letter was
a tactical error because it could be used against him.
than making demands the long-suffering former captain should
have presented facts confirming that destructive forces are
loose at the selection table and that white players are not
wanted. He should have supported his case with instances of
unacceptable behaviour by appointed officials. Rather than
threatening his Board he should have challenged it. Instead he
allowed his board to intimate that he was the aggressor in the
dispute whereas he had merely been unable any longer to hold his
his tactics were poor, the points made by Streak demanded the
closest attention from anyone concerned about the health of the
game around the world. After all
he did not stand alone or seek any advancement. Moreover,
fourteen team-mates risking their careers in a cause they
believe is just. Never in its long history has cricket known a
rebellion as impressive. By
arrogantly putting the players in their supposed place the ZCU
showed contempt for them and the game itself.
the ICC nor Players Associations around the world can ignore the
cry for help from Zimbabwe's leading cricketers.
The ICC is duty bound to insist upon proper governance in
member countries After all it did not ignore unsubstantiated and
irrelevant allegations made by Sri Lankan officials about Chris
Broad's social life. Not until the SLCB stops playing to the
gallery and starts following due procedures will it be taken
seriously in high places.
the ICC must not tolerate prejudice or the pursuit of political
agendas in any of its constituent parts. Zimbabwean cricket
condemned itself and alienated sympathisers with its refusal to
look at the substance of the claims made by a faithful servant.
Instead it tried to assert its authority. It was not a pretty
can cricketers around the world allow their brothers in Zimbabwe
to bear the brunt of racism in the game. These events confirm
the need for players everywhere to form themselves into united
and disciplined bodies . Streak acted alone because the players
union was weak. Sri Lankan cricketers should take note. Sooner
or later players in every country have to stand up for
themselves. Cricket is only worth playing when it recognises the
principles of justice.
the Zimbabwean players left it too late to make their move..
Years ago it was obvious that cricket was sooner or later bound
to be affected by the forces loose in that beautiful embattled
land. Strong action was needed so that cricket retained its
independence and was answered to a higher force than a tyrant
whose time was up a decade ago.
cannot allow this ruination of the game to continue. After all
it is a cosmopolitan game not the plaything of prejudice.
Rightly sportsman are reluctant to embroil themselves in the
affairs of another country for there is no beginning and no end
in that. Nor should cricket be used as a weapon by politicians
unwilling to take any steps that might inconvenience themselves.
But this dispute had moved beyond politics and into the heart of
officials must impress upon the Zimbabweans that they will lose
Test status and funding unless a plan can be produced that
encourages emerging players from the black tribes without
rejecting friends and colleagues from the anglo-saxon community.
Anything less and ZCU should be isolated as South African
cricket was isolated when it fell foul of a racist regime.
- hole in 1 at Victoria
ball boy shouted with joy and waved frantically from the 12th
hole when the ball rolled in, as it created a historical moment
in the tournament and brought something to celebrate for Tony,
Chris & Priath who were otherwise having a horrid round of
golf. To many golfers a hole in one is just a dream, but to
Priath Fernando he seems to be making a habit of it. For the
second time he shot a hole in one at the Victoria Golf Course in
Kandy and this time at the Chivas Regal monthly medal.
this took place on the lush greens, with bright sunshine and the
cool breeze making up the ideal setting for a competitive day of
golf. These conditions proved to be fantastic for the Chivas
Regal Monthly Medal that was worked off at the Victoria Golf
& Country Resort in Kandy on 24 April with over 50
participants battling it out for the Chivas Regal trophies that
were up for grabs.
again it was an encouraging sight to see so many enthusiastic
golfers participating in the tournament. With other golfing
activities going on in Colombo and Nuwara Ellya, Victoria golf
and country club was able to attract many players for the
tournament. Once again there were over 50 participants at the
Chivas Regal April monthly medal tournament.
Bright, who scored an impressive nett67, established the lead in
till late ,morning. Ananda Manawadu with some excellent putting
and drives took the lead and stayed there with an excellent
nett6s. Sirath Kasturiratne Nett68 held on to collect the 2nd
runner up award in the men's category.
ladies too came out with some very competitive and challenging
performance with the winners Suven Selvaratnam and runners up
Anusha Senadhira both ending with a nett70 being decided on a
count back. Roshini Sangani with a Nett73 came in as second
juniors playing for the Periceyl trophies also put up a good
competitive game of golf. Here too the winner Binupa Wijesinghe
and runner up Sampath Hemachandra both ending on a nett6g were
decided on a count back.
results of the Chivas Regal Monthly Medal are as follows
Ananda Manawadu Nett6s, 1st Runner Up: Peter Bright Nett67, 2nd
Runner Up: Sirath Kasturiratne Nett68
Suven Selvaratnam Nett70 on a count back, 1st Runner Up: Anusha
Senadhira Nett70, 2nd Runner Up: Roshini Sangani Nett73,
Binupa Wijesinghe Nett6g on a count back, 1st Runner Up: Sampath
Hemachandra Nett6g, 2 nd Runner Up: Sidath Hemachndra Nett71
in 1 Priath Fernando
Gross Score on par 3 holes (4,7,12,16) - Gents Priath Fernando
Gross Score on par 3 holes (4,7,12,16) - Women Suven Selvaratnam
& Yvonne Abhayaratne
competitive day of golf came to an end with the presentation of
awards that was followed with a Chivas Regal cocktail party.
James Maxwell, the marketing manager of Pernod-Ricard gulf was
present at the medal round and participated in the tournament.
The Chivas Regal Monthly Medal was sponsored by Periceyl (Pvt)
Ltd, a joint venture company between Group Pernod Ricard France
and Distilleries Company of Sri Lanka in collaboration with the
Victoria Golf & Country Resort Kandy.
Fernando Trophy top billing
Colombo Golf Club will be celebrating its 125 years in existence
in grand style from July this year. Many
prestigious tournaments are lined up to commemorate this
anniversary and Pin Fernando Trophy, one of the few board events
sponsored by Untied Tractor Equipment Ltd., takes top billing.
This much looked forward to event inaugurated in 1979, the
centenary year of the RCGC was first won by Senaka Senanayaka
and Methun Perera, the son of Nandasena Perera clinched the Pin
Fernando Trophy last year.
incidently is the fourth consecutive year that the Untied
Tractor Equipment Ltd has come in as the sponsor for this
Fernando family absolutely needs no introduction to the golfing
circle not only in Sri Lanka but also in other nations where
golf is a popular sport.
generations of the Fernando family had showed their prowess at
the RCGC. Late Pin, the kingpin of the Fernando's had won the
national title for a record 13 times and also became the first
Asian to clinch the All India championship twice.
Pam and daughter Teru, without question were the best women
golfers that Sri Lanka has yet produced. Pam in addition, have
won the national championship five times, got her name engraved
in the guinness Book of records as the oldest woman to win a
national title. She was 57 years when she achieved glorious
feat. Tiru emulating her father and mother dominated not only
the women's golf arena in Sri Lanka but she was also a renowned
lady golfer in the international scene too and went on to be the
very first Lankan professional golfer.
won the national crown four times, all India title four times
and had won the Thailand, Hong Kong, Indonesia and Malaysia
championships as well.
the eldest daughter, though not playing at national level, had
showed her ability in wielding the golf club at junior level.
the only son yet is a popular figure in the golf circle. He was
the runner-up in a couple of national championships and still
plays golf seriously competing in all the major tournaments.
golf fans will be happy to hear the return of Tiru to the golf
arena after a long lapse. After being a professional for 11
years Tiru will gain only amateur status in her reentry to the
golf course. One also would be happy to find out what this
renowned golfing family's involvements are currently.
is in the process of writing the history of RCGC that will come
in handy with the club's 125 years celebrations, Druki is a
social worker, helping families of soldiers missing in action.
Tiru, is a pastor at Zion Christian Community Centre very much
involved in church activities with her husband John Jesudasan.
Priath is the chairman of the Untied Tractor Equipment Ltd., and
he is also the secretary of the Golf Union and a director of the
Victoria Golf Club in Kandy.
Gunawardana wins Lipton Cup
Gunawardana, crewed for by his wife Michelle, was the winner of
the Lipton Cup sailing regatta held at the Ceylon Motor Yacht
Club (CMYC) at Bolgoda last Sunday, 18 April. Sailing a GP-14
class boat, Gunawardana beat a fleet of 20 boats of the GP-14,
Enterprise and Laser classes drawn from the CMYC and Navy
Sailing Club to clinch the race, which was an open event.
Kenny, crewed for by Pramukshi Kariyawasam was first runner up
(also in a GP-14), while W.P.K. Janaka, crewed for by T.T.B.
Kodithuwakku, both representing the Navy Sailing Club came in
Lipton Cup event was preceded by the junior under 15 Optimists
Class race, in which a total of 15 boats participated. Akshan
Jirasinghe (St Thomas Prep) won the closely-contested race, with
Devin Goonewardena (Stafford International) finishing second,
followed by Oshan Weerasinghe (Royal College) in third place.
the gathering at the prize giving that followed the event, CMYC
Commodore Joseph Kenny thanked Unilever, Managing Director- Tea
Division David Smyth and his team for Lipton's generous
sponsorship of the event. He went on to remind those present
that Sir Thomas Lipton himself had sailed for the Americas Cup,
the world's most prestigious yachting event, no less than five
times. An avid sailor, Lipton not only sponsored trophies in Sri
Lanka, but also in the U.S. Sir Thomas Lipton Challenge Cup,
which for the past 91 years has been sailed for in the Pacific
Ocean, from San Diego.
interesting feature of the Sri Lanka event last Sunday was that
Anil Gunawardana's winning GP-14 was built to international
specifications entirely in Sri Lanka, by the workshop of the
CMYC, showing that the country is capable of producing
world-class boats. The majority of other boats that participated
in the event were built in the U.K.