years back Australia was in the same plight - Dilip
Australian rugby was in the same plight as Sri Lanka 10 years ago.
But, undaunted made the rugby administration and rugby to be a professional
sport. Got the services of a Chief Executive Jhon O'Neill, who responded
with a right structure - rugby for good. This was revealed to The
Sunday Times by Dilip Kumar, who is a member of the World Champion
Australian Rugby Board and the Chairman of N.S.W. Rugby Union (Australia's
largest Union with over seventy thousand players). Despite a tight
schedule, Dilip who is here to watch the prestigious Bradby Shield
- the first leg which was played in Kandy. An old Trinitian, he
called at the Rugby Union headquarters, to discus their 10-year
plan with the president of the local Union, Mohan Balasuriya, CEO
'Shan' Perera and past president and present chairman of the selection
panel Dr. Maiya Gunasekera.
he was impressed with the plan mapped out by the Rugby Union and
wished them well. Kumar, a diehard rugby promoter, has offered to
send an administrator on a short stint to assist the implementing
of the ten-year plan from Australia. All expenses will be borne
of duty, be it (his business) or otherwise he has a time to help
his motherland's rugby to reach greater heights.
Last year he
brought two teams by himself to play in the Isipatana 'sevens' which
proved a roaring success.
hit a new low (his old school). But in collaboration with his old
schoolmate Brig. Jupana Jayawardena, he got the services of Geoff
Garland to train them. Earlier he helped the Army rugby by getting
Kelvin Farrington to coach the soldiers.
the services of Malik Samarawickrema should be drafted to help the
Union. He admired the good work of Samarawickrema, who has done
an excellent job to uplift Kandy SC rugby with men and material.Last
year Dilip helped the Champion Royal College rugby team which toured
Sydney, Australia as part of their celebrations. Dilip is prepared
to help any deserving school to develop this beautiful sport. From
the World Cup the ARB is assured of a bonanza of 48 thousand Aussie
heads Veterans TTASL
Lafir was elected as President for the second consecutive year at
the Second Annual General Meeting of the Veterans Table Tennis Association
held at the Otters Aquatic Club.
the other office-bearers elected to hold office for the ensuing
Messrs. J.C. Fernando, G. Weerakody, A. Ratnaweera, Rajeeva Wijetunge,
Upali Ranjith and S. Wijesooriya.
Mr. N.H. Perera; Asst. Secretary: Mrs. A. Suraweera; Treasurer:
Mr. S.S. De Silva; Asst. Treasurer: Mrs. P. Colombage; Committee
Members: Messrs H. Gamage, N.H. Piyadasa, A. Hettiarachchi, W. Gunawardena,
D.M. Bandula and Mrs. N. Gunasekera.
- a prince among cricketers passes away
George Prins one of the finest sportsman to hail from S. Thomas'
passed away after a brief illness on Friday.
the Mount Lavinia school, in 1943. They won the battle of Blues
- against Royal (led by R.S. Wickrematilleke by ten wickets). He
was the most successful club captain (NCC) in the mid - '50s and
'60s tagged as the 'Champion Club'. In the process captained Sri
Lanka, too. He was one of the finest gentleman cricketers in the
local cricketing scene.
He joined the
Police, but, too much of an officer and gentleman worked with the
likes of L.M. De Silva, Saul Goonetilleke, Malcolm Spittel, T.B.
Werapitiya. Played hockey for Sri Lanka, with the likes of dusky
R.R. William a daring goal-keeper who was his mate at the Harbour
Police. It brings back nostalgic memories. Later part of his life
he had hard times. But still on his Birthday on April 14, his coterie
of close friends were there to wish him.
takes place at General Cemetery Borella today (Sunday).All past
and present cricketers are requested to assemble at the main entrance
of the General Cemetery Kanatte at 4.30 p.m. May he rest in Peace.