training for the squash queen
Tehani Guruge, the 15 year old wonder girl in Sri Lanka squash,
has been inducted into the elite, high performance Squash Training
programme under the professional guidance of the ''ultimate'' Australian
coach Roger Flynn, the head coach of the Victoria Institute of Sports,
consider herself extremely fortunate to be trained alonside leading
junior players from South Africa, Scotland, England and all states
of Australia for a period of 06 weeks.
has the unique distinction of coaching most Australian players in
the professional cricket including Rodney Martin Paul Price and
a host of others. Tehani will be provided access to the sports science
staff of the psychologist dietitians strength and conditioning coaches
in addition to 'on court' training.
will be evaluated on a weekly basis on her performance in series
of "Test matches". She will also be offered various training
tools to assist her when she returns to Sri Lanka to continue her
his normal weekly fee for such comprehensive training is Aus $ 50
with additional fees for sports science testing, bio mechanics etc,
Roger Flynn has offered a substantial discount to Tehani in view
of her promising potential and outstanding performances at international
junior circuit. Apparently Roger Flynn has closely monitored Tehani's
progress in the last two years.
Tehani is sincerely
grateful to the Hon. Minister of Yough Affairs and Sports Mr. Johnston
Fernando for identifying her potential and granting a part sponsorship
for her dream opportunity.
of Sri Lanka Air Force Air Marshal Donald Perera has offered Tehani
Gratis use of the Queens Clue Squash Courts for her training, recognising
her top ranking in the sport.
Mr. Claude Scheffer,
the General Manager Trans-Asia Hotel, has offered a similar facility
to Tehani at their state-of-the-art hotel sports complex. The national
carrier Sri Lankan Airlines has offered to sponsor her air travel
effective next year.
Clothing Range is being sponsored by Sunrise Co (Pvt) Ltd Singapore
while her playing gear, the racquets - Hyper Hammer 145 bags etc
is being sponsored by Wilson Sporting Goods Company, Malaysia.
day for Royal
For the old Royalists November 21, 2002 was a memorable day when
the "Royal Loyalty Pledge" ceremony was launched with
the participation of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe.
to the presence of more than 800 old boys and parents, many children
from various age groups who were involved in all sports activities
at college took part in this colourful event.
Two days later
on the 23rd November the under 13 junior cricketers from the 'B'
side went on to clinch the Division II title after a lapse of 10
years. They eliminated the Wesley college "A" team by
2 wickets in an exciting finish at St Peter's College grounds, Bambalapitiya.
This award winning " B" side was led by Shanil Samarasinghe.
The team was
coached by a former old Royalist Nalliah Devarajan, who was also
a former Naitional poolist. Devarajan was a member of the 1983 Royal
side who went on to beat S. Thomas' by 10 wickets at the Big match.
This year, the
under 13 'A' side was led by L. Premaratna and the 'C' side was
led by U. Edussuriya. These two teams also reached the pre-quarter
finals of the respective divisions.
The Sri Lanka Association for Motor Sports or SLAMS as it is popularly
known, has at last got an elected President in former champion motor
racing driver Suranjith Premadasa when he was elected to the top
post uncontested. The SLAMS was for the last four years run by an
interim body appointed by the previous government.
At the annual
general meeting summoned by the Minister of Sports Johnston Fernando
on a court order issued by the appeal court and chaired by the Director
General of Sports Milton Amerasinghe the office bearers of the SLAMS
were all elected uncontested. Suranjith during his hey days thrilled
the crowd with his enthralling driving winning many races will no
doubt be an asset to the motor sports fraternity.
An old Royalists
and an entreupener dealing in printing Suranjith with his experience
in motor racing seems to be the ideal choice to lead the SLAMS and
end the long standing confusion that prevailed in this popular sport.
However the elected officials will be in office only till March
31 2003 as the next AGM has to held on that date according to the
The newly elected
office bearers of SLAMS - President - Suranjith Premadasa (Southern
Motor Sports Club), Vice Presidents - Pubudu Wickrema (Sri Lanka
Association of Racing Drivers and Riders), Ananda Jayasekera (Sri
Lanka Motor Cycle Club), Secretary - Ranjith Jinasena (Ceylon Motor
Sports Club), Treasurer - Tharindu Perera (Southern Motor Sports
will consists of two representatives from the above mentioned clubs
as well as Upcountry Motor Sports Clubs, Kandy Motor Sports Club
and Ruhunu Motor Sports Club. -MSA
drop your guard
the one day series was decided at the end of the fourth game, there
was not one contest that finished after a close fight. Three convincing
wins favouring South Africa and one such win for Sri Lanka.
In each case
it was mainly due to poor shot selection and poor stroke play. The
feast of international cricket is unending and with it the uncountable
number of opportunities.
This gives way
to batsman chancing their arm and taking many risks both in the
shorter and longer version of the game. Players know that the next
opportunity is not too far away. Quite in contrast to ten years
or before when games were not so constant and seizing an opportunity
meant so much.
The saying that
a team can do only as much as the opposition would let you, is very
true. Currently playing at their near best, the South Africans,
with their assisting home conditions, are absolutely lethal. Their
batsman counter the short pitched delivery comfortably and hit the
ball on the rise very well.
have the combined ability to send quick deliveries, bowl effective
bouncers and most often pitch the ball on a length which the batsman
struggle to attack either on the front foot or back foot.
To perfect this
playing requirement is what the Sri Lankans have been grappling
with for the past six weeks. Whilst the experience has been enormous
the results have been inadequate.
It is the batting
that is of major concern. The partnerships are not being built.
Too many players are getting some start and not building on it.
Again, it has been poor shot selection and rash stroke play that
has caused the downfall. The bowlers have tried hard but have yet
to master the correct length. The most experienced, Chaminda Vaas,
has no doubt been the pick of the lot. The fielding, especially
the ground fielding has slipped down a couple of notches. The players
and management are aware of it and are working to put it right.
scored the first ton of the series after Smith of South Africa agonizingly
missed reaching three figures by a single in the previous game.
Gibbs followed with a century in the fourth game and in fact put
paid to Sri Lanka's chances of leveling the series. He timed the
ball well, played some powerful strokes, but overall it could be
classed as a brutal knock.
Atapattu was all elegance. He was in full flow that evening in Benoni.
Jayasuriya pummeled 44 runs and then fell to a brilliant Rhodes
catch at cover. The foundation was laid and his partner and vice
captain did not look back. It was an innings filled with masterly
strokes all round the wicket. His strength, the drives on the offside
were played with precision, grace and elegance.
The form continued
at Kimberly. Atapattu faced more deliveries and outscored the captain
as the half century partnership was raised in no time. Then, in
a moment of negligence, Atapattu failed to ground his bat on the
second run, as a Boucher back flick hit the stumps and the third
umpire ruled him out. Four wickets then tumbled in quick succession.
South Africa capitalized as the series was lost. Never drop your
guard in International Sport.
captures Hayleys Trophy
Young Shehan Ramanayake was once again focused in the limelight
when he struck form and careered gainfully to win the "A"
Division Classic beating Amrith de Soysa with a better back nine.
His trophy was presented to him by flashy Rizwi Zaheed, the Managing
In Division "B" a comparatively new figure at award
ceremonies S. Viravanathan came in all smiles with a most creditable
39 points victory and collected his trophy from stoic Richard Ebell,
the Deputy Manging Director. Bandula Weerasinghe, another happy
golfer appeared delighted with his success taking second place.
Nimal Amerasinghe just recently completed a general overhaul
and repair job to his ticker. Despite the fear of strain Nimal fearlessly
went for his shots and with immense help from the omnipotent he
pocketed a fair parcel of pars to eventually packet 44 points the
highest for the day.
the award from Lalith Ramanayake, a massive round of applause and
large doses of scotch at the party that followed. Ananda Manawadu
was as good with his bag of points. He packed 42 and found many
who were willing to shake his hand and pour him a drink. He was
the most popular runner-up.
Silver haired M. Samaratunga looked the ideal senior. He played
cool and devoid of flamboyancy to win the Seniors with 34 points.
Coming behind was the man with a hammer and sickle swing Siri de
The unmatchable regular long driver was once again spot on
with a hefty 318 yarder. Sanjeeva Wickramanayake won the title with
consummate ease. Architect Surath Wickremasinghe also known as town
planner gets near to anything good and off the 9th tee he settled
closest to the 9th hole to be given a Philips Trophy.
The entire spirit
of the competition was one of tremendous friendliness from the first
shot off the first tee and the infection spread happily all through
the day and enveloping the lavishly spread party in the evening.
Richard Ebell and Rizwi Zaheed combined superbly to play perfect
hosts and Rekha Ratwatte and Ramazeena Lye added the finishing touches
in absolute style.
The award ceremony
was lively and well attended. Lalith Ramanayake, the Captain of
the Royal Colombo now turned smart and eloquent Public Speaker thanked
Hayleys Ltd. for their impressive sponsorship and superbly concealed
an important bait for further sponsorship. Smart Rizwi Zaheed very
quickly picked up the bait and volunteered not only to ensure the
promotion becomes an annual event but also expressed promise to
be of further help to the game in the future.
the Deputy Chairman was seen to nod his head with a broad smile
of approval. The applause was resounding. Vijita Piyaratna, Beatrice
Balaratnarajah, Niranjalie Perera, Shereen Fernandopulle and Charmaine
Mylvaganam in animated conversation could not go un noticed.