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Royal V. St. Joseph’s encounter ends in a thrilling draw

Posted on 12 January 2014 by admin

SJC LOGOCourtesy: Ranjan Anandappa – Sunday Observer

Royal College stand in captain Harith Samarasinghe led his side admirably with ten freshers to bring his side to the brink of victory when they were set a victory target of 108 runs in 13 overs in their drawn cricket encounter against St. Joseph's at Reid Avenue yesterday The homesters fell short by 17 runs in their run chase. Harith Samarasinghe who took 6 for 57 combined with Randive Pathiran who had a fascinating all-round effort struck two fine innings of 81 in the first innings and an unbeaten 42 in the second innings and a match bag of 8 for 67 was the main feature in the drawn 117th school cricket encounter between the two schools. In reply to Royal's first innings total of 225 the Joes were 44 for 4 were bundled out for 118 and were made to follow on with a deficit of 108 runs. K.Ravihara top scored with 28 with Randev Pathirana and Akshan Gajaba doing most of the damage sharing 9 wickets among them. Joes fared better in their secondinnings while following on with Dylan Fernandopulle (48), Pathum Madusanka (40) Yashan Samarasinghe (47) doing the bulk of the scoring. Brief scores. Royal 225 (Randev Pathirana 81, Naveen Vidanapathirana 40, Thiran Danapala 29, Akshan Gajaba 25, Fabian Fernando 4 for 62, Ashendra Perera 2 for 56, Aravinda Akurugoda 3 for 34) and 91 for 3 at close in 13 overs (Randev Pathirana 42 n.o, Hasitha Samarasinghe 22, Yashan Samarasinghe 2 for 36) St.Joseph's (44 for 4 overnight) 118 (K.Ravihara 28, Akshan Gajaba 3 for 28, Randev Pathirana 6 for 11) and 214 ( Dilan Fernandopulle 48, Pathum Madusanka 40, Yashan Samarasinghe 47, Aravinda Akurugoda 24 n.o, Harith Samarasinghe 6 for 57, Randev Pathirana 2 for 56)

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School Cricket - 2014 SPC


Peterites beat Maris Stella on 1st innings points

Posted on 11 January 2014 by admin

School Cricket - 2014 SPCSahan Nanayakkara took a match bag of 13 wickets and batted brilliantly in the 2nd innings to help St.Peters force a drawn and take 1st innings points in their Singer Under 19 Division 1 Cricket encounter played with Maris Stella College at Kadirana. St. Peters batting 1st made 160 runs in 50 overs with skipper Kavinda de Thissera making a half century. Sachindu Maduwantha captured 3 wickets for Maris Stella while Shakila Basuru and Prasansana Jayamanne took 2 wickets each. Maris Stella in their 1st innings were folded to 47 runs in 21 overs with Left arm Spinner Sahan Nanayakkara taking a 5 wicket haul while medium fast bowler Chemila Obeysekara taking 3 wickets.

Peterites enforced the follow on to Maris Stella and they batted exceptionally well to save the game. Shanaka Srimal and Prasansana Jayamanne made half centuies to put their school into a winning position. Shanaka made 81 while Prasansana made 69. Maris Stella were eventually bowled out for 263 in their 2nd innings setting a target of 151 runs for the bambalapitiya lads to achieve in the 2nd innings. Sahan Nanayakkara captured 8 wickets in the Maris Stella 2nd innings. Maris Stella fought back brilliantly with their Tight bowling sent shock waves into the Peters camp when they were down the barrell at 68/7 but their bowling hero Sahan Nanayakkara and Didulana Mendis batted their way into safety as a brilliant match came to an end.

Chief Scores :

  • St.Peter's – 160 all out in 50 overs : Kavinda de Thissera 50, Didulana Mendis 27, Dineth Thimodya 20, Sachindu Maduwantha 3/43, Shakila Basuru 2/2, Prasansana Jayamanne 2/16, Nalaka De Silva 2/80.
  • Maris Stella – 47 all out in 21.1 overs : Rasanjaya Silva 13, Prasansana Jayamanne 13, Sahan Nanayakkara 5/7, Chemila Obeysekara 3/14.
  • Maris Stella (2nd inn/F:O) – 263 all out in 65.5 overs : Shanaka Srimal 81, Prasansana Jayamanne 69, Rasanjaya Silva 31, Chathuranga Rajapakshe 30, Shehan Chathuranga 26, Sahan Nanayakkara 8/86.
  • St.Peters (2nd inn) – 125/7 in 45 overs : Didulana Mendis 34*, Sahan Nanayakkara 31*, Hashan Wanasekara 22, Dilan Gamage 3/54, Shakila Basuru 2/7.

Match Result : Match Drawn ( St.Peter's Won on 1st innings)

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Archbishop’s Office ratifies new Rector appointments for SJC & SPC effective 10JAN14

Posted on 09 January 2014 by admin

Archbishop PixThe administrative office of the Archbishop's House has issued a circular dated January 8, 2014, confirming the appointment of the following effective Friday, January 10, 2014. This announcement supercedes all previous information on this subject matter.

School Vice Rector Rector
The following appointments will take effect 10JAN2014
St. Joseph's College Rev. Fr. Anton Ranjith Rev. Fr. Travis Gabriel
St. Peter's College Rev. Fr. Vincent Ashley Rev. Fr. Trevor Martyn
St. Sebastian's College   Rev. Fr. Bonnie Fernandopulle
Holy Cross College Rev. Fr. Daya Dharshana Rev. Fr. Camillus Fernando
Loyola College   Rev. Fr. Ranjith Andradi
Aquinas College   Rev. Fr. Sylvester Ranasinghe (Staff)
St. Jude's College   Rev. Fr. Rohitha Rodrigo (Director)
St. Tomas Catholic International   Rev. Fr. Kennedy Perera (Director)

The administrative office of the Archbishop's House has issues circular dated January 8, 2014, confirming the appointment of the following effective Friday, January 10, 2014.


Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, Archbishop of Colombo has issued a notice announcing the appointment of a complete list of new rectors for the Sri Lanka Catholic Schools within the Colombo Archdiocese. As expected, Rev. Fr. Travis Gabriel the dynamic Rector of St. Peter's College, Bambalapitiya is taking up appointment as Rector, St. Joseph's College, Colombo 10. Rev. Fr. Travis Gabriel has the capacity to enhance the standard of education, sports and other extra-curricular activities at St. Joseph's College. Another dynamic educationist – Rev. Fr. Trevor Martin is posted as Rector, St. Peter's College.

Shown below is a notice from Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith that outlines all the appointments that will take effect from January 1, 2014.



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SPC XI 2012


Prospects of bright cricket a possibility at 78th Joe-Pete encounter

Posted on 08 January 2014 by admin

Courtesy: Ranjan Anandappa – Sunday Observer of February 26, 2012.

Two 'big' match wins within the space of three years in the Josephian-Peterite series, is certainly heartening for the cricketers who play their 78th encounter at the P. Sara Oval on March 2 and 3 and the hope of bright cricket will certainly bring in the crowds at this battle of the saints. The new playing conditions which ware introduced in year 2000 has made the contest much more interesting and a result-oriented one. Both schools have stuck to that system this year too. Only the first innings of both sides have been limited to 60 overs without any other restrictions of bowlers or fielders. The second innings is played as usual without any barriers.

St.Joseph's last won in 2008 under Ruwantha Fernandopulle and two years later in 2010 St. Peter's came back strongly to beat their traditional rivals under all-rounder Chathura Peiris to make the tally 12 wins by the Joes to 8 by the Peterites in the 77-year old history of the 'big match' series.

The Peterites will heavily depend on their top-order batting spearheaded by their skipper and opener Shehan Fernando who has topped the 1,000 run mark for the season. He has two centuries and seven 50's against his name. Skipper Shehan is partnered by the other Fernando Shaseen these two have done the bulk of the scoring for the Peterites. Besides Shehan reaching the 1000-run mark, Shaseen has topped the 800-run mark with a century and six fifties. These two will be followed by wicket-keeper Lahiru Milantha who also has over 800-runs against his name with three hundreds and should form the nucleus of the Peterite side. In bowling,

Peterite left-arm leg-spinner Julien de Silva who has captured over 70 wickets, opening bowler Ranitha Liyanaarachchi (35 wickets) and spinner Dushan Hemantha are their promising bowlers. Middle-order batting suspect The Peterites are concerned about their middle order batting which has not lived up to expectations. The Peterites have to rely heavily on their top order which has done a exceptionally good job. They fervently hope that the middle order will prosper in this 'big' encounter so that they could build on the early batting successes.

The Petes have played 16 matches and have defeated Wesley, Dharmapala and St. Aloysius outright and they have lost to Prince of Wales. With the medium placemen of either side not making much of an impact this season, it will be left to the spinners to play the prominent role in this encounter.

The Josephians with their balanced outfit in both departments of the game has remained unbeaten this season. The Joes skipper wicket-keeper and opening batsman Vidusha Fernando has led his side well this season, scoring over 550 runs with a century against St. Sebastian's, Moratuwa. He will be partnered by Dylon Fernandopulle and followed by number three Sadeera Samarawickrema who has been the top scorer, getting over 700 runs inclusive of a century.

The Joes middle order seems to be more stable with Sachin Hewawasam and the bowlers Asiri Supekshala, Priyamal Perera, Yashan Samarasinghe and Fabian Fernando all capable of chipping in when required to pile on the runs.

Clive Inman top score of 204 The highest individual score still stands for 58 years where Clive Inman, an old Peterite, Leicestershire and former Ceylon player struck an unbeaten 204 in 1954. Another Peterite and Test player Malinda Warnapura scored 159 in the 1998 encounter. For the Joes, Hareen Perera became the highest individual scorer with an unbeaten 141 in 2009 while the present Sri Lanka ODI player Dimuth Karunaratne struck 131 in 2007. Joe's Shenal Warnakula 9 for 41 The bowling record in the series is held by Josephian Shenal Warnakula ( 9 for 41) in 1997. Peterite Dion Walles too had captured 9 for 53 in 1947 and prior to that another Peterite Cyril Dias had the figures of 9 for 64) in 1933.

Teams: ST.JOSEPH'S COLLEGE: (from) Vidusha Jayasinghe (Captain), Dylon Fernandopulle, Sadeera Samarawickrema, Sachin Hewawasam, Asiri Supekshala, Priyamal Perera, Yashan Samarasinghe, Fabian Fernando, Shivane Allirajah, Dishan Dissanayake, Pathum Wickremasinghe and Dinal Fonseka.

ST.PETER'S COLLEGE: (from) Shehan Fernando (Captain), Shaseen Fernando, Lahiru Milantha (WK), Janitha Liyanage, Kavinda Tissera, Dushan Hemantha, Julien de Silva, Ranitha Liyanaarachie , Ali Khan, Udaka Galhena, Thanusha Jayawardena, Jason Buultjens, Dinith Hewathanthri.

SJC XI 2012ST.JOSEPH’S: seated (from left) Prashantha Ranaweera (Master-in-Charge), Dilshan Fonseka (Physical Trainer), Vidusha Jayasinghe (Captain), Rev.Fr. Sylvester Ranasinghe (Rector), Rev.Fr.Samith Rangana (P.O.G), Supekshala Jayatileka, (Vice- Captain), Susilough de S. Wijeratne (Cricket Manager) and Dilan Ramanayake(Coach). Standing 2nd Row (From left):. Sachin Hewawasam, Dylan Fernandopulle, Shivane Allirajah, Angelo Rodrigues, Sadheera Samarawickrema, Rajindu Rodrigo, Pathum Madusanka, Priyamal Perera and Yashan Samarasinghe.3rd row: (From left). Fabian Fernando, Suren de Silva, Dinal Fonseka, Arvindh Fernando, Shehan Perera, Nishitha Perera, Dishan Dissanayake and Damith Weerasinghe.

SPC XI 2012ST.PETER’S seated (from left): Piyal Salgado (Assistant coach), Kitto Fernandopulle (Asst. Coach), Kirthie Gunarathne (Head coach), Rev. Fr.Lakmin Prasanga Silva (Sports Coordinator), Shehan Fernando (Captain), Rev.Fr.Travis Gabriel (Rector), Dushan Hemantha (V.Captain), Wasantha Haputhanthri (Master-in-Charge), Sanath Chinthaka (Asst.Master-in-Charge), Shanaka Prasad Fernando (Fielding Coach), Mahesh de Silva (Manager) Standing (from left – 1st row): Shaseen Fernando, Kavinda de Tissera, Lahiru Milantha, Ali Khan, Ranitha Liyanarachchi, Jason Buultjens, Thanusha Jayawardena, Udaka Galhena and Julien de Zilva.Standing (from left: 2nd row): Chenura Obeysekera, Gayan de Silva, Dineth Hewathanthri, Chaturanga Rajapaksha, Janith Liyanage and Chemila Obeysekera.

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FLASHBACK: Peterite Basketball Team 1957

Posted on 06 January 2014 by admin

Among the Colombo Schools, the Bens and Peterites always had strong Basketball teams in the 50s and 60s.

We have just come across an archived photograph of the 1957 Basketball team of St. Peter's College that featured prominently in the school season in this popular sport at the time. The photo has special significance to JPAA Canada since three of the star players are Canadians of Sri Lankan origin and have lived here for more four decades. Daya Chandraratne, Errol de Silva and Ranjit Wijeyesekere are the players in question who made Canada their home since the sixties. Daya is a Professional Engineer, Errol worled for RBC Royal Bank of Canada and Ranjit gained employment with the Ontario Ministry of Correctional Services. While in Sri Lanka Daya worled at State Engineering Corporation while Errol and Ranit were with Air Ceylon. Ranjit later had a stint with TWA before immigrating to Canada.

The group photograph brings back memories of two staff members who did yeoman service to St. Peter's College in the 50s and 60s. Jack Van Twest and Terry Louis. It must also be said that Rev. Fr. Arthur Fernando became Rector, SPC in 1956 and encouraged all forms of sport at college – Cricket, Athletics, Basketball, Rugby, Hockey and Boxing.

Standing Top Row L to R: R. Ratnasingham, Ranjit Wijeyesekere (Athletics & Rugby) and Gordon Koch (Tennis)

Standing Second Row L to R: C. Ratnasingham, Sam Rajah (Cricket), Hilmy Bhari, Daya Chandraratne, Maurice Silva, Sri Wigneswarajah and Linus Jayawardena (Athletics).

Seated L to R: Jack Van Twest (Coach), E.. Fernando (Capt.), Rev. Fr. Arthur Fernando (Rector), Errol de Silva (Athletics) and Terry Louis (Physical Training Instructor)

Talking of Basketball, names like Royden de Silva (Sri Lanka Double International – Rugby & Basketball),  and Sam Chandrasena (Sri Lanka Double International Badminton & Basketball) come to mind. Peterites have also produced national players such as Ismail Mahroof (Captain, Ceylon Team – U-18), Nowfel Mahroof, Kumar Bastiampillai, Rohan Rodrigo, Nemantha Hatharasinghe, Faizal Mohamed, Shohan Wimalaratne, Sujith Croospulle, Clifford Greig, Milroy Perera and Mario Motha who have all represented our country in this sport.



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Transfer of Rectors (SJC/SPC) deferred until further notice

Posted on 06 January 2014 by admin

Breaking NewsNews has just reached us that the spate of appointments with regards to Sri Lanka RC Schools in the Colombo Archdiocese announced last month by His Eminence Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith has been put "on hold". The breaking news came from the Colombo Archbishop's office a few days back. No reason was attributed to this position but all appointments in the Colombo Archdiocese have been suspended until further notice.

Rev. Fr. Travis Gabriel will therefore continue as Rector, St. Peter's College and Rev. Fr. Sylvester Ranasinghe continues as Rector, St. Joseph's College until further notice.

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Cricket hits of the ’60s By Lawrence Heyn (Old Peterite living in Australia)

Posted on 01 January 2014 by admin

SPC-LOGO SITESt. Peter’s College has a proud sporting heritage, with cricket and rugby holding sway in the near nine decades of its existence. The college can parade an impressive line-up of old Peterites who have gone on to cover themselves in glory at national and international level.

Cricket, by virtue of its annual big match, has been the biggest drawcard and some memorable performances have gone into the pages of our history. So, which decade has produced the best cricket teams? I believe the best have been the 1950s and ‘60s, with the latter gaining a slight edge because of the surge in the game’s popularity in the country.

My first introduction to cricket at St Peter’s was as a nine-year-old in 1961, when I watched Adiel Anghie fluently stroke his way to a century in the big match against St Joseph’s at Bambalapitiya. Anghie was all elegance and his 101 was spiced with some wonderful cover drives.

My interest peaked when my two cousins Richard and David skippered teams in the early ‘60s and there were some big hitters in the teams. I remember Richard playing a straight lofted drive for six, with the ball being fished out of the canal by our groundsman.

Cricket, to me, took on a magical quality in 1965. It was the last time the big match was played at Bambalapitiya and skipper Travis Fernando signed off in style. The left-armer mesmerised the Joes with his spin and then opener Darrel Wimalaratne led a dashing chase of a victory target of 94 runs in 50 minutes. The first ball Wimalaratne faced was hooked for six, with the ball landing in the pavilion’s upper level among the feet of the dignitaries.

As I moved into the First XI late in the decade, I was privileged to see the development of the most technically proficient batsman Sri Lanka has produced. Roy Dias was a master of timing and his fluency on the offside was a treat to watch. Dias went on to be a part of the national team that set the platform for the great things that followed. One of the most endearing sights for me are the three consecutive fours he struck off Ian Botham – all perfectly timed cover drives – to reach his half century in the inaugural Test against England in 1982. Dias’s innings of 77 can be viewed on YouTube. After seeing so much of the cricket in the ‘60s, I found it an interesting exercise to pick the team of the decade. It is also interesting to note that a high proportion of ‘60s players would be included in an all-time great Peterite side.

Two players from the ‘50s who would walk into the side are Clive Inman, who hit an unbeaten 204 in 1954, and H I K Fernando, who in later years was widely regarded as the best wicket-keeper in Asia. Then adding venom to the team is that magnificent left-arm paceman Dion Walles who captured 21 Josephian wickets in 1946-47. Clive Inman, by weight of his huge cricketing exploits (he once held the world record of 32 runs in an over, subsequently broken by Sir Garfield Sobers) gets the nod as captain.

Cricketers from later years making it into the side are Rohan Buultjens and national caps Russell Arnold and Rumesh Ratnayake. As a journalist, I covered the Joe-Pete encounter in 1979 and watched in awe as Buultjens tore into the Joes to register twin unbeaten centuries.

PETERITE TEAM OF THE ‘60s Adiel Anghie (wicket-keeper), Darrel Wimalaratne, Roy Dias, David Heyn, Peter De Niese, Tyrone Le Mercier, Rodney Paternott, Travis Fernando (Captain), Tony Opatha, Maurice Deckker, Anton Perera. 12th man: Rory Inman. Reserves: Hamish Paternott, Denham Juriansz and Stephen de Niese.

ALL-TIME GREAT TEAM Adiel Anghie, Russell Arnold, Roy Dias, Clive Inman (Captain), David Heyn, Rohan Buultjens, H.I.K. Fernando (wicket-keeper), Tony Opatha, Rumesh Ratnayake, Travis Fernando and Dion Walles. 12th Man: Rory Inman. Reserves: Rodney Paternott, Tyrone Le Mercier and Peter De Niese.

Join the discussion: Who would you nominate in your Peterite all-time great team? Send us your teams of the 1950s, ’70s, 80s, ’90s, or 2000s. Write to us at Posted on November 16th, 2013

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We wish you a Happy New Year (2014)

Posted on 01 January 2014 by admin

Happy New Year JPAAMessage from Josephian-Peterite Alumni Association of Canada

My Committee joins me in wishing you a Happy New Year! May god's blessings be with you and yours throughout the year. We wish you health, comfort, peace and prosperity during the ensuing year. ~~Christmas proclaims that God will be with us always. Let us celebrate this Happiness with Fun and Dance. ~~Hoping you are surrounded by love and warmth as we rejoice and enjoy the birth our King. 


Our sincere wishes to Rev. Fr. Travis Gabriel and Rev. Fr. Trevor Martyn as they assume duties on January 1st as Rectors of St. Joseph's College and St. Peter's College respectively.



Warm wishes to all Joes & Peterites and their families round the world – May the New Year bring you love, health, happiness and properity. God Bless!



Sincerely yours,

Upali Obeyesekere – President, JPAA Canada


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