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Canada Series 30th Anniversary “Battle of the Saints” on July 1

Posted on 29 June 2014 by admin

Joe-Pete Match LogoThe 30th anniversary "Big Match" between the Old Josephians Vs. Old Peterites gets under way at the picturesque King City Grounds on Tuesday, July 1. Guests of honour at the game will be two Peterite legends of yesteryear – David Heyn (Peterite captain of 1964 and former Sri lanka player) and Dr. Adiel Anghie (Peterite Cricket Captian of 1961 & Rugby Captain of 1959). There will be two other "Big Matches" played on the same King City sports facility. The "Battle of the Blues" or Royal/Thomian will be on Ground 1 while the "Battle of the Hills" or Trinity/Antonian will be played on Ground 3. A large crowd is expected at the King City grounds which is a spectacular five ground facility that is an ICC approved cricket ground.

The teams are shown below. Very impressive line up of players with Canadian opener Ruvindu Gunasekara turning out for the Peterites. This will be a main draw besides other former Canadian players like Brian Rajadurai (SJC), Nigel Isaacs (SJC), Trevin Bastiampillai (SJC), Arvind Kandappa (SJC), P. Ravishankar (SJC) in the strong Josephian XI. Team list is shown below.


The Masters game will be captained by Milan Gunawardena (SJC) and Rehan Goonetilleke (SPC). The Main game will be captained by Arvind kandappa (SJC) and Rod Diaz (SPC).

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Old Peterite Joseph Sinniah conferred ‘World’s Best Tea Blender’ award

Posted on 22 June 2014 by admin


June 21, 2014 (LBT) – For the first time a Sri Lankan, Joseph Sinniah, Director, of Akbar Brothers was conferred with the award by the prestigious French International magazine, “THE MAGAZINE”

Some of the criteria for the selection of the award are; Promoting and creating quality tea, track record of tea blenders who understand world tea from plantations to factories, and blending tea to consumers’ taste, contribution of the tea blender to the tea community and reputation and integrity.

This award is presented only once in 10 years. With the previous winner Williamson &Magor tea blenders (Malcolm Ferris Lay and his team-it was in 2004).

Joseph Sinniah joined Akbar Brothers from its inception 45 years ago. He says, he owes his success to his chairmen, Abbas Akbarally, under whom he learnt the alphabet of tea.

Akbar Brothers are the No.1 exporters of tea for the past 23 years. In 2013,the company exported 50 million kgs resulting in over the 32 billion in foreign exchange inflow into the country.74% of the exports was in value added consumer packs, in the form of tea bags and tea packets. It is pleasing to note that 22 million kgs of tea were in consumer packs marketed under the company Sri Lankan owned brands.

Joseph Sinniah is an old boy of St.Peters’ College, Colombo

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Joes Rugby


School Rugby: Joes beat Thomians 51-8

Posted on 21 June 2014 by admin

Courtesy: Sunday TimesJoes Rugby.

The crash of the once strong S. Thomas’ College side was given another substance when St. Joseph’s College sprang to post eight tries

and recorded a convincing 51-8 win to regain the Lady Jayatillake Shield in their Singer Schools Under-20 Rugby League match played at Longdon Place yesterday.

Josephian skipper and centre Vishmitha Peiris and prop Stefan Gregory barged into the Thomian touchline by scoring two tries each in the first session as the eventual winners led the halftime by 29-3.

The Darley Road boys collectively smothered the Thomian grit as they braced in with eight tries, four conversions and a penalty to surpass a half-century score while keeping their opponents at bay all the time. St. Joseph’s played brilliantly to sign off from the schools league competition by adding four more tries in the second half off winger Rahula Vimukthi, centre Hasaru Gunawardena, standoff Sasheen Sudaraka and wing-forward Minura Randula. Fullback Dulith Fernando added 11 points by converting four of the tries and the solitary penalty which was awarded in the first half.

The Thomians were rewarded with a penalty in the first half which was put over by fly half Arith Ferdinando and their solitary unconverted try came off the backs of winger Kasun Jayasuriya after the turnaround. – DS

Thomian – Josephian clash for Lady Jayatilleke Shield Thushan Jayasuriya The much awaited tussle between St.Joseph's College Colombo and S.Thomas' College Mount Lavinia for the Lady Jayatilleke Shield will take place at Longden Place today. Both teams have shown courage and determination to emerge as a major force in the current schools rugby scene.

The Lady Jayatilleke Shield was donated by the late Lucian Jayatilleke of St. Joseph's College a reputed lawyer in memory of his mother Evelyn Jayatilleke in the year 1965. The Thomians had the honour of winning the Shield in the inaugural year. But in 1966 St. Joseph's College captained by Rohan Jayatilleke a grandson of Lady Jayatilleke, defeated S. Thomas' College 8-3. In 1969 the two teams figured in what was considered as the most exciting encounter of the series where the match ended in a 11 all draw. The lads from Mount Lavinia regained the shield under Devin Jayasinghe by recording a smashing 39 – 17 win over Josephians at Havelock Park last year. The Josephians last won the Jayatilleke shield with a 24 – 18 win in 2011 under the captaincy of Malintha Soyza.

The probable teams :

St.Joseph's (from) : Vimukshan Wevita, Devan Fernando, Stefan Gregory, Charana Chamikara, Viraj Perera, Shehan Bopearachchi, Minura Randula, Suchintha Udumalagala, Romesh Priyankara, Shasheen Sudaraka, Vishmitha Peiris(Captain), Hasuru Gunawardena, Vimukthi Rahula, Shamilka Kurumbalapitiya and Dulith Fernando.

S.Thomas' (from) : Chinthaka Kumara, Pandula de Silva, Indraraj Gunasekara, Shehan Udawatte, Hashith Senanayake, Sachitha Jayatilleke, Shaniv Ahangama, Shanel Perera, Asanga Ranasinghe, Praveen Ferdinando, Sanjaya Abeysinghe, Hashaka Senanayake(Captain), Naveen Henakankanamge, Dhanush Peiris, Eesaa Ibrahim.

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Peterite Rugby Team


School Rugby: Trinity in 29-22 win over Peterites

Posted on 21 June 2014 by admin


With this win the Trinity lions kept their chances alive in keeping their chances in winning the league title which will depend on the outcome of today's Kingswood-Isipathana clash at CR and FC grounds, Colombo. If the Kingswoodians win then Trinity will be the champs otherwise the Pathans will be the champions.

The Trinitians were very lucky to win this match as the Peterites fought back tenaciously in the second half and the scores were level till the last minute of play.

Courtesy; Sunday Observer – By S.M.Jiffrey Abdeen- Kandy Sports correspondent.

Trinity College took an early lead when winger Direndra Ratwatte gave the finishing touches to a three quarter move to score righrt and skipper and fly half Tharinda Ratwatte failed to add the extra points.

St. Peter's College equalized through a brilliant try by centre Shamry Burah.

A little before the short blast, Trinity's no.8 Isuru Rangala pounded his way to score near the posts and Tharinda Ratwatte added the extra points for the lions to lead 12-5.

In the 10th minute of the second half, Trinity's fly half Tharinda Ratwatte collecting the ball from the ruck sprinted away to score near the posts and added the extra points himself for the lions to extend their lead to 19-5.

A knock forward by a Trinity play saw centre Shamry Burah converting a penalty for thre Peterites to reduce the lead to 8-19.

A penalty converted by Tharinda Ratwatte saw the lions move on to 22- 8.

Then came the great fight back by the Peterites when a kick ahead by full back Saranga Gunatillake was collected clean by Dixon Perera who sliced through the Lions defence to score under the posts. Centre Shamry Burah qdded the extra points. St Peter's 15-22.

Next it was the turn of centre Shamy Burah to score when he brushed past at least three defenders to score midright and added the extra point himself for the Peterites to draw level at 22-all.

With the game drifting into the final stage and it was left to Trinity's burly prop Anuradha Karunathilaka to score off a scrum mid right and Tharinda Ratwatte added the extra points.

Priyantha Gunaratne refereed.

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Royal SPC Rugby


Peterite/Trinity Rugby Encounters have been memorable over the years

Posted on 17 June 2014 by admin

Royal SPC RugbyA Sri Lankan sports journalist has listed some of the most memorable rugby battles between Trinity College and St. Peter's College.

The annual schools rugby fixture between St. Peter’s and Trinity is one of the oldest schools rugby matches and some of those memorable games are:

1956: At Bogambara Trinity led by David Frank and considered to be one of the strongest ever sides were held by the Peterites and with the game in the home stretch the score was nil all when disaster struck the Peterites as one of their players got injured and was carried off the field. The Peterites reduced to fourteen (no substitutions were allowed in that era) conceded seventeen points in the dying stages of the game.

1965: At Bambalapitiya the Peterite side led by the late Darrel Wimalaratne lost in a close game which was their only defeat of the season. They were the unofficial school champions.

Five players from that side including the captain himself went on to represent the Combined Colleges in their annual fixture against the University. The others were Royden de Silva, Hamzee Hameed, Ranjan Rajendran and Rodney Paternott.

1969: At Bambalapitiya the Peterites led by Sunil Perera (son of Archibald) confronted the unbeaten Trinity side. The Peterites took the lead and prevented Trinity from scoring but a penalty, late in the game by Shafi Jainudeen enabled them to squeeze out a draw and escape defeat.

1971: At Bambalapitiya a strong Trinity side that included a future Sri Lanka rugby captain Irwin Howie took what many thought was a convincing 11-0 lead at half time.

But St. Peter’s came back in the second half to equalize and force an honourable draw. For the Peterites it was like playing in two cup finals in one week for they met Issipatana on the Monday of the same week and were held to a five all draw. Jizvi Nizar captained the Peterites.

1972: At Nittawela on a Tuesday evening the Peterites considered the strongest schools side led by the irrepressible Jeffrey de Jong in a side that also included his brother Travis, Ronald Rodrigo, Noel Vanlangenberg, and Nimal Jayasuriya stunned the large crowd present with some superb rugby and with a 10-nil lead seemed to have the game under control but Trinity keeping to their “motto” ‘Respice Finem’ made a comeback to register another close victory.

The Peterites only defeat for that season was at the hands of Trinity. The Peterites were the schools unofficial champions.

1973: At Bambalapitiya Trinity were holding on to a one point lead and with the minutes ticking away the Peterites came storming into the Trinity 22 and were awarded a penalty. Here was the moment of truth for the Peterites since they still had to register a Post War victory. (a hoodoo).

Expectations were high but to the dismay of the Peterites the normally reliable Frankie Hubert’s kick hit the cross bar and with it the final whistle. A Peterite victory like the elusive dream had to wait for some unknown date in the future.

1984: At Bogambara St. Peter’s took an early lead through a fine try by their winger and held on to this lead till the very last moment when Trinity were able to score and seal victory.

It seems on that day that St. Peter’s were denied justice as the referee interpretation or either misinterpretation or sheer ignorance of the law on injury time was the contributory factor.

St. Peter’s didn’t have to wait long as in the following year 1985 they scored an 8-0 victory at Longden Place helped by two unconverted tries by Rovern Gunasekera and Crofton Joseph to break a 44 year old jinx.

It seems an irony of fate that the legendary Archibald Perera who coached generations of Peterite rugby players and when one speaks of Peterite rugby it is synonymous with Archie as he was affectionately called in his lifetime as coach never witnessed a Peterite victory over Trinity as he died in 1982.At the commencement of every season he would extol his charges with refrain “beat Trinity”.

It still echoes like music to the ears of those rugby players of the Golden Archie era when it was considered schools rugby’s biggest achievement for any school to beat Trinity.

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David Heyn & Adiel Anghie to visit Toronto for 30th Anniversary Joe-Pete Match

Posted on 16 June 2014 by admin

Sri Lanka cricket fans are awaiting the arrival of the Prince of Batsmen – DAVID HEYN who will be David Heyn - Schoolvisiting Toronto in conjunction with the 30th anniversary celebrations of the joint Josephian-Peterite Alumni Association of Canada. He will be Chief Guest at the 30th encounter between the Josephians & Peterites in the ICC approved King City Grounds in Toronto. JPAA Canada president Upali Obeyesekere extended an invitation to David that was accepted and now it is a reality that the sensational Peterite captain and former Sri Lanka cricketer will meet his school mates and other cricketers from Sri Lanka during his 12 day stay in Toronto. This article sums up the profile of this dashing left-hand batsman who is considered by many to be the best cover point fielder produced by Sri Lanka.  David Heyn – NEWS

An invitation was also extended to DR. ADIEL ANGHIE, another brilliant sports icon from the school by the canal. Anghie captained the Peterites in cricket and rugby and went on to play for the University of Colombo before immigrating to the United States where he lives now.

A Fellowship Nite is organized by JPAA Canada to fete David Heyn and Dr. Adiel Anghie as part of the 30th anniversary celebrations of this association, which has the proud record of been the first Sri Lanka School Alumni to be formed in Canada, in 1984. FELLOWSHIP FLYER JPAA

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SQ 2014: Josephians defend title with briliiant win against Antonians

Posted on 16 June 2014 by admin

SJC XI 2014A strong Josephian team led by former Vice Captain of the Canadian Team Brian Rajadurai beat a formidable Antonian team by 26 runs to win the coveted SQ Championship Trophy for the second time in succession. Armed with a few players who have represented Canada in the last decade, the Josephians looked a winning team from the beginning. Skipper Brian Rajadurai, Rajive Benedict, P. Ravishankar, Arvind Kandappa, Trevins & Gavin Bastiampillai and Ray Lord formed the front line players who steered their team to a win against the Benedictines in the preliminary round and against the Antonians in the finals.


125 pictures captured at Saints Quad 2014 Tournament may be downloaded from the following link.

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Peterite Rugby Team 2014


Peterites – a force to be reckoned with in school rugby

Posted on 09 June 2014 by admin

Peterite Rugby Team 2014St. Peter's College , a school with a proud rugby history with a star studded line up are confident of performing well in the Singer inter school under 20 'A' division league rugby tournament.

Their main target is the 'A' division league title and already they have recorded victories against several heavyweights in the Schools rugby arena including Science (27-22), S.Thomas' (44-12), Dharmaraja (47-15), St.Anthony's (32-17), St. Joseph's (16-11) and held formidable Kingswood College Kandy to a 14 all draw. But they suffered a 5 – 18 defeat at the hands of Royal College Colombo last week.z_p24-Peterites04.jpg

The Peterite rugby renaissance began in 2005 when led by Sajith Adikari, they clinched the Milo knockout Championship by overcoming Kingswood.

In the following year(2006) led by Number Eight Haren Ariyawardena, the Peterites had a superb season clinching the rugby double, the Singer League and the Milo Knockout Tournament.

In 2007, led by Scrum-Half Ranuka Jayasinghe, the Peterites were the undisputed champions remaining unbeaten and bagging both the Singer A division league and Milo Knockout tournament.

Three years later(2010) led by Number Eight Keith Gurusinghe, they clinched the Singer league title and were adjudged joint Milo Knockout Champions with Royal when the final was not played due to a court injunction.The man who brought about this remarkable change in Peterite fortunes was none other than Sanath Martis, a rugby coach par excellence, who went onto become Sri Lanka under 19 coach.

St.Peter's College which took to rugby in 1932 has produced several players who have represented Sri Lanka with distinction Nizar Hadji Omar, Angelo Wickremeratne and Dilanka Wijesekara went onto captain Sri Lanka.

Didacus de Almeida, Royden de Silva, Darrel Wimalaratne, Hamzi Hameed, Desmond Harridge, Jeffrey de Jong, Jeyer Rodriguesz, Maurice de Silva, Rohan Abeysundera, Len de Silva, Graham Raux, Thushara Jayalath. went onto represent Sri Lanka with distinction.

In recent years, players of the calibre of Leonard de Zilwa, Sandun Herath, Dhanushka Ranjan, Shenal Dias, Sayuru Anthony, Keith Gurusinghe, Ishan Noor, Mohamed Sheriff and Rajiv Perera have donned the Sri Lanka jersey bringing honour and fame to the Bambalapitiya School.

Thushan Jayasuriya – Courtesy: Daily News

St.Peter's College have retained the services of several senior players including skipper Shenal Aponso, Kevin Dickson, Nishon Perera, Steve Dharmaratne, Shallon Direckze, Frank Roger, Shamry Burah, Udara Anjana.

Leading the Peterites is third year player Shenal Aponso, a fine hooker and excellent player in the loose.

The First choice for the prop forwards berth will be Udara Anjana , the other players who could fit into this position are Roshen Rajapaksa, Gihan Fernando , Rahal Delpechitra, Nishanthan Bhaskar and Hareen Biyanwila. Skipper Shenal Aponso will play in his pet position as hooker with Raveen Yapa, Kusal Ravinatha and Yohan Jason.

z_p24-Peterites01.jpgMaleesha Rajapaksa, Shehan Mark de Silva and Dilshan Fonseka will be eyeing the lock forwards berths. Deputy skipper Nishon Perera, who is another talented player in the team is the first choice among the flankers. Ranith Silva, Shane Gurusinghe and Sajith de Saram are the others to assist him.

z_p24-Peterites03.jpgFrank Roger , an enthusiastic player will play as the Number eight with Hasindu Fernando while seasoned Steve Dharmaratne and Ramal Fernando will battle it out for the scrum halves berth. Experienced Shamry Burah, who has contributed a lot to Peterites success, will play as fly half with Sandesh Jayawickrama also eyeing this berth.

Avishka Ranasinghe, Ramesh Fernando, Deshan Fernando and Luke Lakshan will battle it out for the Centre three quarter berths.

The battle hardened Shallon Direckze will support the side by playing as winger with Diyath Fernando and Harshana Peiris. Kevin Dickson, a superb runner who scored a hat-trick of tries against S.Thomas'will occupy the last line of defence.

Kamesh Fernando is the other player who could fit into this position.

Former St.Peter's, Havelocks and Sri Lanka under 20 ruggerite Colin Denish, who captained the school in 1989 has taken over the responsibility of building up of the team.

He is confident that the boys will perform better this time and they would regain their lost prestige.

z_p24-Peterites02.jpgThe team gets the fullest support of Rector Rev.Fr Trevor Martin, Sports Coordinator Rev.Fr Shyam Dassanayake, Master-In-Charge Sunil Aponso, Assistant Coaches Thusitha Peiris and Rajiv Perera(u-18), Manager Mahesh de Silva, Trainer Benedict Perera, Physical Trainer Viraj Jayakody and Team Physician Dr.Clive C.James.

St.Peter's under 20 Rugby Squad

Prop Forwards : Udara Anjana, Roshen Rajapaksa, Gihan Fernando, Rahal Delpechitra, Nishanthan Bhaskar and Hareen Biyanwila.

Hookers : Shenal Aponso(Captain), Raveen Yapa, Kusal Ravinatha, Yohan Jason.

Lock Forwards : Maleesha Rajapaksa, Shehan Mark de Silva, Dilshan Fonseka.

Flankers : Nishon Perera(Vice Captain), Ranith Silva, Shane Gunasinghe, Sajith Seram.

Number Eight : Frank Roger, Hasindu Fernando.

Scrum-Halves : Steve Dharmaratne, Ramal Fernando.

Fly-Halves: Shamry Burah, Sandesh Jayawickrama.

Centres : Avishka Ranasinghe, Ramesh Fernando, Deshan Fernando and Luke Lakshan.

Wingers : Shallon Direckze, Diyath Fernando and Harshana Peiris.

Full backs : Kevin Dickson(Vice Captain) and Kamesh Fernando.







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All roads lead to Ajax on Sat. June 14th for T20 Saints Quad cricket tournament

Posted on 09 June 2014 by admin

SQ MastheadThe Joint Committee of the 2014 Saints Quadrangular T20 Cricket Tournament (Canada Series) met last Friday to launch the 5th edition of the popular event, that will also mark the first major sporting event in the Sri Lankan calendar for the year. St. Anthony's College OBA will be hosting the tournament this year. Trevor Brown was appointed Chair while Rienzie Martinesz is Coordinating Secretary of the Joint Committee. The three presidents of the participating schools are Joy Perera – President, St. Anthony's College Kandy OBA; Nimal Dissanayake – President St. Benedict's College OBA and Upali Obeyesekere – President, Josephian-Peterite Alumni Association of Canada (Joint Association for the Josephians & Peterites since 1984).

SQ Flyer 2014

SQ 2014 – TEAMS

Top cricketers from St. Anthony's College Kandy, St. Benedict's College, St. Peter's College and St. Joseph's College will play for their Alma Mater in this four pronged battle that will get under way at the picturesque Ajax Cricket Club Grounds from 9:00 am on Saturday, June 14th.

All cricket fans and members of the Sri Lankan Community are cordially invited to attend the event. The organizers have made elaborate plans to have reputed food vendors at the grounds throughout the day. There will also be a Cash Bar, DJ, and other surprises to entertain the spectators besides witnessing a galaxy of cricket stars donning their college colours to win the coveted "Saints Quad Championship Trophy for 2014". See you at Ajax Cricket Club grounds on Saturday, June 14th.



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Peterites retain Fr. Basil Wiratunga Shield with a 16-11 win over Joes

Posted on 07 June 2014 by admin

Joe-Pete Rugby 2014St.Peter's retained the Rev.Fr.Basil Wiratunga Shield for the 15th consecutive year when they beat their traditional rivals St.Joseph's by '16 points (two tries and two penalties) to 11 (one try and two penalties) in their Singer Under 20 schools rugger match played at Havelock Park yesterday (June 7). The Joes led 11-5 at the breather.

The Joes opened scoring through an unconverted try scored by Stephen Gregory early in the first half. Dulith Fernando extended the Joes lead by firing over two penalties.

But the Peterites came back fighting when Ramesh Rukmal touched down to score an unconverted try. Both sides could not make much headway due mistakes at crucial moments such as fragile ball handling or knocking on while poised to score.

Peterites who were trailing 5-11 at the short whistle reduced the deficit when Shamri Burah made no mistake with a penalty. The Peterites took the lead when Kevin Dickson touched down . Burah assured a Peterite win by slamming over a penalty the make the final tally 16-11.

Referee: Pradeep Fernando

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