Archive | July, 2014



Peterite Manelka de Silva excels for Western Province South

Posted on 29 July 2014 by admin


THE ISLAND July 23, 2014, 10:40 pm by Reemus Fernando
WPWestern Province South emerged champions of the SLC conducted Inter Provincial Under-17 two-day tournament at the MCA Ground on Wednesday. (Pic by Nishendra Silva)
Western Province South, captained by S. Thomas’ College player Ravindu Thilakaratne, won the SLC conducted Inter Provincial Under-17 two-day tournament with a first-innings victory over Central-North in the final, as they posted 389 runs in reply to their opponents’ 242 at the MCA Ground, Colombo on Wednesday.

In contrast to Central-North’s solitary half-century scored by skipper Raveen Sayer, three batsmen, namely, Himasha Liyanage, Manelka de Silva and Kusal Lakthilina, topped 70 runs for WP South. They batted for 89 overs, effectively closing the door for any comebacks by Central-North in the second innings.

Lakthilina was the mainstay in the extended afternoon session (lasting until they were bowled out around 4.00 p.m.), as he top-scored with 90 runs. St. Sebastian’s batsman scored 11 fours and two sixes in his 108-ball knock.

While Peterite Manelka de Silva hogged the limelight, hammering 84 runs inclusive of nine fours and four sixes, overnight batsman Himasha Liyanage scored 72. The Dharmapala College batsman faced just 64 balls for his knock which included 10 fours and three sixes.

For Central-North, the off-spin leg-spin combination of Sayer and Venuka Galahitiyawa (Dharmaraja), accounted for eight wickets.

In this tournament, SLC introduced two-day format for the U-17 age category for the first time. The tournament featured players who are eligible to play in the 2015 Youth World Cup.



  • Best Batsman of the Tournament: Vishad Randika (Combined XI)
  • Best Bowler of the Tournament: Suresh Kumara (Southern)
  • Best Fielder of the Tournament: Avishka Fernando (WP South)
  • Best All-rounder of the Tournament: Damith Silva (Central-North)
  • Best Batsman of the Final: Raveen Sayer (Central-North)
  • Best Bowler of the Final: Senal de Silva (WP South)
  • Best Fielder of the Final: Avishka Fernando (WP South)
  • Man of the Match in the Final: Manelka de Silva (WP South)


Central-North 242 all out in 79.4 overs (Raveen Sayer 85, Naveen Ekanayake 42, Miohidum Weerasinghe 30, Damith Silva 27; Senal de Silva 3/31, Thilan Nimesh 2/49, Ravindu Thilakaratne 2/47)

WP South (80 for no loss o/n) 389 all out in 88.5 overs (Rashmika Opatha 36, Himasha Liyanage 72, Avishka Fernando 33, Manelka de Silva 84, Kusal Lakthilina 90, Lakshina Rodrigo 40; Wenuka Galahitiyawa 4/85, Raveen Sayer 4/84).

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Dr. Mario Pinto heads Canada’s Council for Natural Sciences & Engineering Research

Posted on 28 July 2014 by admin


SJC LOGOSri Lankan born Dr B. Mario Pinto has been appointed President of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. The announcement was made by James Moore, Minister of Industry, and Ed Holder, Minister of State (Science and Technology), recently. Sri Lankan born Dr B. Mario Pinto has been appointed President of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), effective fall 2014.

Dr Pinto is completing his second term as Vice-President, Research at Simon Fraser University, where he is a professor of chemistry and also served as Chair of the Department of Chemistry from 1999 until 2004. He completed his post-doctoral work at the Centre national de la recherchescientifique in France and the National Research Council of Canada in Ottawa before joining Simon Fraser University in 1983.

A past student of St Joseph’s College, Dr Pinto emigrated to Canada when he was just 13 years old. His paternal great grandfather, J. B. Pinto hailed from Goa and set up the first ever apothecary shop on Chatham Street, and his grandfather C. F. X Pinto did the same, while teaching medical students phramaceuticals at the University, Dr Pinto’s father Frank worked for the Government Analysis Department, and was also an avid cricketer.

Dr Pinto also hails from a long line of playwrights, actors, editors, poets, and musicians on his maternal side. His uncle, James Tambimuttu was founder and editor of Poetry London, Poetry Londona, Poetry London/Apple. His uncle Augustine was a teacher and actor, while another uncle, Paulinus was fascinated with tracing the roots of Europeans to the Dravidians.His mother Josephine was a singer while his cousin Christine Fernando was a singer and actor and performed the lead in My Fair Lady. The Tambimuttus and Pintos and friends put on shows in the 1940s as the troupe, The Aeolians. Dr. Pinto too won a silver medal in elocution while at St. Joseph’s College, showing that the artistic streak still runs in the family.

“In my own career I have maintained the ethos of both the arts and sciences and, as Vice-President Research at Simon Fraser University, I have promoted scholarship in all areas, from the humanities and performing arts to the natural and applied sciences,” Dr Pinto said commenting on his commitment to the arts.

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World Champions return to Sri Lanka: THE OLD JOES’ CHOIR

Posted on 25 July 2014 by admin

Joes ChoirWORLD CHAMPIONS RETURN TO SRI LANKA. The Old Joes’ Choir, upon their return to Sri Lanka as World Champions were felicitated at St. Josephs College by automotive partner Land Rover. The Old Joes’ Choir (OJC), which comprises of past Students of St. Joseph’s College, Colombo 10, recently took part in the 8th World Choir Games held in Riga, Latvia. The Games featured 27,000 Participants from 74 countries and over 465 choirs from around the world. The OJC competed in two categories namely the Barbershop Choirs and the Musica Sacra (Sacred Music) with accompaniment. The Choir won Gold and was crowned as World Champions in the Barbershop choir category having accumulated a total of 91 points and received a standing ovation. The Old Joes’ Choir was also able to secure a silver medal in the Musica Sacra with accompaniment category scoring a total of 68.13 Points.“The Old Joes Choir have certainly set a very high standard for all choirs and shown the world that Sri Lanka has astounding talent. They are the World Champions in the Babershop category. Land Rover is extremely proud to have an association with ‘the best in the world’”, SML Frontier Automotive Managing Director Sheran Fernando said.

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Old Peterite Maurice Cook, GM for THE KINGSBURY

Posted on 22 July 2014 by admin


Managing Director Lalin Samarawickrama welcoming Maurice Cook (Left) at The Kingsbury in Colombo



Maurice Cook is an Australian citizen but very much a Sri Lankan at heart as he was born in Wellawatte – Sri Lanka and completed his studies at St Peter’s College – Colombo. What is remarkable about his appointment is the fact that he has returned after 38 years as the General Manager to the very property where he began his career in hospitality as a Busboy/Waiter back in 1974 to 1976 when it was an Intercontinental.

His illustrious career has taken him to seven countries and the past 21 years has been spent as the General Manager of Radisson Hotels in Australia, Indonesia, Vanuatu and China.

His last stint was in China (Beijing and Shanghai) for over 13 years and that certainly speaks volumes for his credentials. He left Sri Lanka at the young age of 19 moving to Dubai where he worked for 12 years with Intercontinental and Sheraton Hotels rising from Captain to Assistant Food and Beverage Manager.

Cook, with a Food and Beverage background and an extensive knowledge in hotel operations is in charge of providing initiative, leadership, and direction to ensure efficient and effective operations of The Kingsbury – the latest luxury five star city hotel in Colombo.

Cook noted, I look forward to marketing The Kingsbury as a premier luxury brand and hotel of choice for families, couples, leisure and corporate clientele.” His appointment follows Sunil Dissanayake’s retirement as Director and General Manager of The Kingsbury. Dissanayake played a vital role in its growth and contributed vastly to the establishment.





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Rev. Fr. Brian JAYAWARDHANA Obituary Notice

Posted on 20 July 2014 by admin

JAYAWARDHANA, Brian, OMI – Father Brian Jayawardhana, OMI passed away on July 17, 2014 at the Edmonton General Hospital at the age of 76 years. Father Brian is survived by the members of his religious community, the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate; nieces, nephews and many friends.He was predeceased by his parents, Samuel Peter Jayawardhana and Nita Kathleen Perera; and his brother, Linus.A Visitation and Prayers will take place on Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at Connelly- McKinley Funeral Home, 9 Muir Drive, St. Albert, Alberta beginning at 7:00 p.m. Most Reverend Sylvain Lavoie, OMI will preside at a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Charles Catholic Church, 17511 – 112 Street, Edmonton, Alberta at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 with a visitation one hour prior. Interment to follow at St. Albert Catholic Cemetery.Donations may be made to Foyer Lacombe, 1 St. Vital Avenue, St. Albert, AB T8N 1K1.

The death occurred of Fr. Brian Jayawardhana. He will be remembered by senior Old Peterites as his father was Headmaster of the Primary and his brother Linus was a cadet, athlete and ruggerite. Brian graduated from the University and joined the priesthood.

REV. FR. BRIAN JAYAWARDHANA, OMI – Beloved son of late Sam and Neeta, loving brother of late Linus, expired on Thursday, July 17th in Edmonton, Canada. Funeral Mass will be celebrated on 23rd July at 1.00 p.m. at St. Charles’ Parish, Edmonton. Interment at St. Albert Catholic Cemetery, Oblates Plot. A Mass will be offered for the repose of his soul on Thursday the 24th July, 12.10 p.m. at St. Lawrence’s Church, Wellawatte. (Family in Sri Lanka)




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Old Joes choir shines on the World Stage

Posted on 18 July 2014 by admin

The Old Joes’ Choir which comprises of past Students of St. Joseph’s College, Colombo 10, recently took part in the 8th World Choir Games held in Riga, Latvia. The Games featured 27,000 Participants from 74 countries and over 465 choirs from around the world.

The Choir competed in two categories namely the Barbershop Choirs and the Musica Sacra (Sacred Music) with accompaniment. The Choir won a Gold medal and was crowned as World Champions in the Barbershop choir category having accumulated a total of 91 points.

The Old Joes’ Choir was also able to secure a silver medal in the Musica Sacra with accompaniment category scoring a total of 68.13 Points.

Speaking to the media on the Choir’s successes, Project Chairperson for the World Choir Games campaign of the Old Joes Choir, Rehan Almeida said “The Choir was overwhelmed with the result. He said that “the Choir has been truly blessed by God given the countless number of miracles that they experienced through their preparation, not to mention having to cancel the project, only to have it miraculously resurrected through the grace of God.”

He also said “the Choir owes its thanks to the immense amount of hard work put in by the Choristers together with the unimaginable support given to the project by the key figures who featured in the preparation which includes some of the prominent members in the field of performing arts in Sri Lanka.”


Finally Rehan wished to convey the heartfelt thanks of The Old Joes’ Choir to all those who through their well wishes and support made the project successful.

This endeavor has involved 6 months of practice for the members of the choir along with a fundraiser concert which featured leading Sri Lankan vocal groups such as the Soul Sounds, The Revelations and The De Lannerolle Brothers who have already represented Sri Lanka on the world stage.


The choir’s choral directors Eshantha Peiris, Geethika Cooray and Nicole Liyanage mentioned that they were “proud of the team’s effort and are confident about a strong and sustainable future. They mentioned that they are in the process of training new successive choral directors to take the choir forward and also hope to explore the barbershop choir space further”.

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REPORT: “Big Match Cricket Carnival” at King City on July 1 – Canada Day

Posted on 15 July 2014 by admin

 IMG_8450 Canada Day

July 1 is Canada’s birthday. The occasion marks the joining of the British North American colonies of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and the Province of Canada into a federation of four provinces (the Province of Canada being divided, in the process, into Ontario and Quebec) on July 1, 1867. Canada became a kingdom in its own right on that date but the British parliament and Cabinet kept limited rights of political control over the new country that were shed by stages over the years until the last vestiges were surrendered in 1982, when the Constitution Act patriated the Canadian constitution.

In the midst of this historic day, the Sri Lankan community in Toronto stages its “Big Batch” extravaganza that attracts hundreds of cricket fans who enjoy a day’s cricket, food and revelry. This year was no exception and former Sri Lanka cricketer David Heyn was Chief Guest at the 30th Josephian-Peterite cricket encounter that was played at the picturesque King City Grounds on July 1 – Canada Day. The “Battle of the Saints” was given pride of place on centre ground due to its milestone 30th encounter. This game took place alongside the 26th Royal/Thomian “Battle of the Blues” encounter and 9th Trinity/Antonian “Battle of the Hills”. The colourful tents of the six schools mixed with the tents of the food vendors made the venue look impressive to the hundreds of spectators who thronged the imposing King City Grounds on Canada’s National Day.

The “Big Match Cricket Carnival” is the end result of the splendid work of the joint committee of six schools who worked through in a cohesive manner to organize this spectacular event with precision. The joint committee worked out the logistics of the common elements with care and ensured that all three venues were assigned in a manner that was agreed by all and special note must be made of the camaraderie that prevailed throughout the process from planning to execution. A special thanks to Old Thomian Rukshan Mendis who coordinated the joint committee comprising of Yoga Atheray (President, Royal College OBA – ROCOBA); Ananda Wickramasinghe (President, Trinity College OBA), Joy Perera (President, St. Anthony’s College Kandy OBA), Rajith Kannangara (President, S. Thomas’ College OBA) and Upali Obeyesekere (President, Josephian-Peterite Alumni Association). Old Josephian cricket legend Rajive Benedict was in charge of securing the Maple Leaf Cricket Grounds at King City that proved to be a fitting venue for the three “Big Match” sporting event.

Album of photographs captured at the event may be veiwed by downloading the link below. Photo credits to Aubrey Atton and Upali Obeyesekere.


The strong Antonian team met the daring Trinitians in their 9th encounter of the Canadian series. Joy Perera and Ananda Wickramasinghe, the two presidents of St. Anthony’s College OBA and Trinity College OBA respectively ensured that the best team was put forward by the two schools. N the main game, the Antonians captained by Paval Thurairajah beat the Trinitians by 142 runs to retain Rev. Fr. Aiden de Silva OSB trophy for the SEVENTH consecutive year. In the Masters game, Antonian skipper Jeysekar Jayaraman led his team to a thrilling 1-run win to keep the Masters Trophy for the third year in succession.

Main Game: St.Anthony’s College OBA – 222 for 5 wicket in 30 overs beat Trinity College OBA by 142 runs. Two Antonian players came in from USA for the game – Jeyasekar Jeyaraman (JJ) and Paul Nadarajah.

For the Antonians, former star batsman Damian Nadarajah top scored with 73 runs. It may be recalled that after leaving school, Nadarajah went on to captain Tamil Union in 1996/1997 in the Sara Trophy. Displaying his old batting form Nadarajah led the onslaught with skipper Paval Thurairajah 61 retired, Paul Kiruba Nadarajah 20, and Titus Paulraj 35 making useful contributions. Sudharshan, better known in rugby circles bowled best for Trinity with 2 for 58.  Trinity were bundled out for 80 runs with Malinga Wijesuriya bowling brilliantly with 5 for 10 and Chamil Rajapakse bagging 2 wickets for 7 runs.

The Masters Game between Trinity and St. Anthony’s ended in a thrilling 1-run win for the Antonians. Batting first the Antonians scored 114 runs for 6 wickets in the mandatory 20 overs with Kuga Pitchamuttu scoring a fiery 38 runs and Trevor Brown unbeaten with 19. Ananda Wickramasinghe (Trinity Lion in Athletics) bowled best for Trinity with 3 for 6. Trinity batting second fought valiantly but could score only 113 runs for 8 wickets in 20 overs falling short by 1-run to give the Antonians a double win in the 9th encounter. Roy, 33, and Ravi Ponnambalam, 12, were among the runs for Trinity. For the Antonians, Joy Perera bowled best with 3 for 25, and TK Pillai had 2 for 13.



The Royal/Thomian has reached its 26th year in the Canadian series. The cricketing fraternity salutes Rohan Jayasekara, former Royal cricketer who is the only double-international we have in the community. He played for Sri Lanka and then for Canada. For his contribution towards Canadian cricket, Jayasekara was inducted into the Canadian Hall of Cricket Fame earlier in the year by the Canada Cricket Association.

The Masters (“Stallions”) game precedes the Main game. The day began with the Royal-Thomian Stallions game with the Royal Stallions upon winning the toss elected to field. Sean De Saram and Gerhard Munaweera batted well for S. Thomas. The Royal Stallions started off their innings slowly but steadied the innings thereafter to claim a WIN.

The main game of 40 overs for the coveted Mustangs Trophy began next. The Thomians were led by Lakshan Liyanage and the Royalists were led by Eddie Jayawardene.

Thomians batting first were soon in trouble at 41 for the loss of 4 wickets but later recovered mainly through Shantha Jayasekara’s knock. At one point it looked as if STC would recover well to post a formidable score, however, after Jayasekara was run out for 85, Thomians consolidated to reach 211 in 38 overs. Rukshan Mendis, 41, helped boost the Thomian score. The last wicket pair of Trevor Fernando and Jehan Ahmad frustrated the Royalists. Eventually Jehan was caught and bowled by Dushy Mahesh in the 38th over. Left-arm pace bowler Asantha Fonseka captured 4 wickets for the Royalists.

Royalists chasing over 5 runs per over lost wickets at regular intervals. Thomian pace and spin combination kept Royal in check. With 108 for 8 in the 25th over, many expected Royalists to fold up quickly. However, they fought superbly through their 9th wicket pair of Rohan Jayasekara and Charitha to bring them closer to the target. Jayasekara got out in the 36th over and Royal fell short by 14 runs. Ayesh Seneviratne bowled superbly to take 3 important scalps for the Thomians.

STC – 211 all out in 38 overs

Shantha Jayasekara 85, Rukshan Mendis 41. Bowling: Asantha Fonseka 4 for 24

RC – 196 all out in 39 overs

Rohan Jayasekara 86, Charitha 35. Bowling: Ayesh Seneviratne 3 for 10, Rukshan Mendis 2 for 37, Art Wilson 2 for 50,




The Josephian-Peterite encounter prides itself of been the first Sri Lankan “Big Match” to be played in Canada in 1984. Having reached a milestone of 30 years the Josephian-Peterite Joint Alumni Association invited Dr. Adiel Anghie and David Heyn, two Peterite stars of yesteryear to be Guests of Honour. Adiel Anghie, captained the Peterite cricket team in 1961 and also had the privilege of captaining the college rugby team in 1959. David Heyn captained St. Peter’s College in 1964, and then played for Sri Lanka (Ceylon) from 1966 to 1976. Dr. Anghie lives in the U.S. while Heyn lives in London, England. The presence of these two fine sportsmen of yesteryear gave the 30th anniversary game an added dimension and it was good to see David Heyn and Dr. Adiel Anghie mingling with old friends amongst the Royal, Thomian, Trinity, Antonian camps.-

SCORES: Peterites won the Masters game by 23 runs. SPC – 131 for 8 wickets and SJC – 108 for 6 wickets.

The Masters game was marred by showers but the weather settled down allowing a 15-over game. Josephians led by Milan Gunawardana fielded a strong side with Ian Joseph, Rohan Vanigasooriyar, Dayan Tranchell, Melvyn Machado, Mario Steinwall, Jeevan Pragasam, Brian Baldsing, Duminda Perera in the side. The Peterites were led by Rehan Goonetilleke with Srinath Wijeyeratne, Michael Jayatilleke, Sean Corera, Yohan Wijeyewickrema, Chanaka de Mel, Niloo Wijegunawardena, Terrence Rajah turning out for the school by the canal. On paper the Josephians had a better side but skipper Goonetilleke led his team to an admirable win. Batting first the Peterites knocked up 131 runs for the loss of 8 wickets – quite an imposing score for 15 overs. Opener Chanaka de Mel, 31, Yohan Wijeyawickrema, 32, Sean Corera, 31, were in the runs for the Peterites. Dayan Tranchell, 2 for 20, and Rohan Vanigasooriyar, 2 for 26 were the pick of the Josephian bowlers. In reply, the Josephians fell short of the target and were 108 for 6 wickets at close. An unbeaten knock of 36 by Duminda Perera and Mario Steinwall, 29, top scored for the Joes while Srinath Wijeyeratne, 2 for 29 and Shawn Corera, 2 for 25 were the pick of the bowlers.


MAIN GAME – Josephians won the main game by 125 runs. SJC – 284 for 5 wickets; SPC – 159 All Out.

The Main Game included top players who represent Canada and play league cricket in Toronto. Canadian opener Ruvindu Gunasekara and Srimantha Wijeyeratne for the Peterites and Trevin Bastiampillai, Nigel Isaacs, and P. Ravishankar for the Josephians. Others of note are Dhanuka Pathirana, Ray Lord, Rajive Benedict all Joes who are well known in the cricket circles both in Sri Lanka and Canada.  Batting first the Josephians amassed 284 runs for the loss of 5 wickets. Trevin Bastiampillai, 57, Gavin Bastiampillai, 95, and Dhanuka Pathirana, 78 helped boost the Josephian score and provided entertaining cricket to the hundreds of spectators who had come to watch the 30th encounter. Ruvindu Gunasekara, 2 for 56 bowled best for the Peterites.

Facing an uphill battle the Peterites turned to Canadian opener Ruvindu Gunasekara who was unfortunately run out at 16. They lost wickets at regular intervals and eventually posted 159 runs all out. Only skipper Srimantha Wijeyeratne, 60, stood up to the strong Josephian bowling but after he was ruled LBW for a well earned half-century. The Josephians pretty well had the match in the bag with Gunasekara and Wijeyeratne back in the pavilion. Trevin Bastiampillai turned in a good all-round performance by taking 3 wickets for 32 runs. A very high standard of cricket was witnessed and Chief Guest David Heyn commented on this aspect of the game relative to the Joe-Pete game played in England.

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Kelly, Daniel power Joes to Pre-Quarter final

Posted on 12 July 2014 by admin


Powerful knocks from batsman Revan Kelly and Jehan Daniel helped St. Joseph’s to record convincing victories over Maris Stella and St. Aloysious and take them into the Pre-quarter finals of the All-Island Division I Under-15 tournament.


Dilan de Silva


Jehan Daniel

Kelly smashed his third hundred in the tournament as St. Joseph’s routed Maris Stella by eight wickets in the match played in Negombo. His unbeaten century came off just 71 deliveries and included 10 sixes and five fours. With this century Revan Kelly took his aggregate of runs to 734. Meanwhile all rounder Jehan Daniel thundered a 72 ball 80 including seven sixes and seven fours to help the Josephians beat St. Aloysious Galle by 60 runs. Daniel has also been in prolific form aggregating 495 runs and taking over 20 wickets to date.

Left-arm spinner Dilan de Silva was the pick of the Josephian bowlers as he captured four good wickets for only thirty seven runs.
Beat Maris Stella by 8 wickets
Maris Stella 151 all out in 44.1 overs (Ashen Salgado 23, Roshen Fernando 63, Amindha de Alwis 2/18, Dilan de Silva 4/37, Cameron Deguruge 2/10)
St. Joseph’s 153/2 in 23.1 overs (Revan Kelly 100n. o, Nipun Sumanasinghe 21n. .o)


Revan Kelly

Beat St Aloysious by 60 runs
St. Joseph’s 219 all out in 50 overs (Revan Kelly 36, Jehan Daniel 80, Nipun Sumanasinghe 29, Cameron Deguruge 21, Niluksha Kariyawasam 2/51, Ravindu Sanjana 2/63, Harin Weerasinghe 2/22)
St Aloysious 158 all out in 47 overs (Ravindu Sanjana 44, Jehan Daniel 2/23, Amindha de Alwis 3/28)

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St. Peter’s retain All Island overall tennis title

Posted on 12 July 2014 by admin

SPC LOGOSt. Peter’s College, Colombo-4, underlined their supremacy in inter-school boys’ tennis when they retained the Overall All Island Tennis Championship for 2014 at the SLTA hard courts in Colombo yesterday, July 11. St. Peter’s which faced unprecedented odds this year overcame all hurdles in an uncompromising manner to win the coveted trophy. They thus retained the title for the eighth time in ten years.

The Peterites’ continued success in tennis can be attributed to their discipline, hard work and commitment, said Rector of St. Peter’s, Rev. Fr. Trevor Martin. They are ably supported by their Sports Coordinator, Fr. Sharm Dasanayake and their Sports Secretary, Troy Bartlot. The Master-in-charge of tennis at St. Peter’s is Bernard Jesuthasan. Their coach has been long standing renowned coach Dinith Pathiraja who has been there for 17 years. (RSS).

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Joes win Main Game while Peterites take Masters – 30th “Battle of the Saints” Annual Encounter in Canada

Posted on 09 July 2014 by admin

JOES2014The Josephian-Peterite game in Canada reached a milestone this year. It is 30 years since the launch of this game that has evoked much interest over the years and this year was no exception. 1964 Peterite Captain David Heyn and 1961 Captain Adiel Anghie were invited to be Guests of Honour at the game. David flew in from London, England while Adiel drove across the border from the U.S. The game is presented by the joint Josephian-Peterite Alumni Association of Canada (JPAA Canada) that was formed in 1984, and the first Sri Lankan School Alumni Association to be formed in Canada. The Joe-Pete is part of a major Cricket Carnival that includes the Royal/Thomian and Trinity Antonian. The services of two popular food vendors were secured for the event while DJ-Bede Beekmeyer provided appropriate music throughout the day. The honour of captaning the Main Game fell on Rod Diaz (SPC) and Arvind Kandappah (SJC) while Rehan Goonetilleke (SPC) and Milan Gunawardena (SJC) captained the Nasters game.

July 1 is Canada's National Day and celebrations are held throughout the country. With this backdrop, the "Big Match" cricket festival is held on July 1 which obviously is a statutory holiday. The joint committee of six schools (S. Thomas' College OBA, Royal College OBA, Trinity College Kandy OBA, St. Anthony's College Kandy OBA and Josephian-Peterite Alumni Association of Canada) plans and execute the tournament with meticulous precision. This year, young Rukshan Mendis of S. Thomas' College OBA headed the joint committee with Yoga Atheray (President, ROCOBA), Joy Perera (SACK OBA), Ananda Wickramasinghe (TCK OBA) and Upali Obeyesekere (President, JPAA Canada) contributing to the overall organization of this major event.

Detail scores will be posted shortly.


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