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School Rugby: Peterites win against St. Anthony’s College Kandy

Posted on 27 June 2016 by admin

Courtesy of Daily News:

Daily News ReportSt.Peter’s College staged a spectacular display of rugby when they came from behind 14-nil down to beat St. Anthony’s College Kandy by 37 points (5 tries, 3 conversions, 2 penalties) to 31 (3 tries, 2 conversions, 4 penalties) to reach the semi-finals of the Milo inter- schools ‘A’ Division knockout rugby tournament. The quarterfinal match played at the Royal Sports complex, Reid Avenue yesterday saw Anthonians lead 25-19 at half time.

St. Anthony’s drew first blood in the very first minute of play when off a rolling maul skipper and flanker Pasindu Dulshan touched down for a try. Fly half Samuel Maduwantha made the conversion for them to go 7-nil up.

In the 6th minute off a three quarter move Anthonian centre Dinuk Amarasinghe darted down for a try. Maduwantha made the conversion to extend their lead to 14-nil.

St. Peter’s opened scoring in the 11th minute when off a sweeping rolling maul hooker Ravin Yapa crashed through for a sensational try near the left corner flag, Sivaraj missed the conversion and the scoreline stood at 14-5.

In the 21st minute St Anthony’s increased their lead to 17-5 when Maduwantha slotted a 30-metre penalty.

In the 24th minute off a fabulous three quarter move Peterite centre Theekshana Dassanayaka scored a breathtaking try, Sivaraj made the conversion to cut the lead down to 17-12.

Maduwantha put over another penalty in the 26th minute to increase the scoreline to 20-12.

St. Peter’s kept on fighting and in the 36th minute off a tremendous three quarter move Dassanayaka scored again to reduce the score to 20-19.

On the stroke of half time Anthony’s scored again through their number eight Mendis but Maduwantha missed the conversion and the score read 25-19.

Soon after resumption in the 43rd minute St. Peter’s scored through the boot of Sivaraj and a try through centre Dassanayaka to take the lead for the first time in the game by 29 to 25.

In the 52nd minute Maduwantha put over another penalty for St. Anthony’s to cut down the lead to 29-28.

The Peterites increased the tally through another penalty by Sivaraj to take the score to 32-28.

Maduwantha put over another difficult penalty for the Anthonians to close the gap to 32-31.

In the 71st minute St. Peter’s virtually sealed the match when their hero centre Dassanayaka sent his full back Diyath Fernando over for a superb try mid right, Sivaraj missed the difficult conversion and the score read a remarkable 37-31 when the final whistle was blown.

Referee : Pradeep Fernando (WAI)

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Tribute to former Josephian Rugby Captain Michael Perera

Posted on 13 June 2016 by admin

Death of former Josephian rugby skipper Michael Perera






On the 9th of June at about 7pm SL time I received a facebook messenger text informing that my former skipper Michael Perera had breathed his last. Unable to believe I replied asking for verification. The response was that Michael had indeed passed away. Though having not met him for about 15 years – we realized just how people can leave an indelible mark or impact on our lives as was in Michael’s case.

Michael hailed from a sporting family which included his mom Lorraine who was an All-Ceylon athletics champ, uncle’s Jeff and Dan Rutnam famous rugby players and his younger brother Lalith – who was a master of many sports but a king at ‘rugby’. His dad, late Merril was a regular visitor to the college grounds, giving his sons the much needed support and advice. He never missed a match to support St Joseph’s. What a pedigree!

It was Michael who set the tone in sports at St Joseph’s representing the school at rugby, cricket and athletics. He was seen many times dribbling the basketball too. What set him apart more than his sporting abilities were the lines upon his face from a lifetime of smiles. Michael smiled even when the opposition teams were thrashing us. Coach Ronald Rodrigo was amused at this trait. He shone at rugby though.

We seem to recall that it was he who side-stepped, dummied, chip kicked way before his famous brother Lalith who drew inspiration from Michael.

Michael was appointed captain in 1985, what a fine fly half he was. A few of us had the privilege to play alongside him that year. I would get a pat on the back if ever I missed a tackle.

Michael leaves behind his beloved wife Cindy who celebrated marriage bliss with him for over 25 years, loving children daughter Shenolene, sons Marc and Matthew, loving mom Lorraine, loving brother Lalith, loving father-in-law and mother-in-law Winston and Eva, loving sister-in-law Vanessa and brother-in-law Steve and loving nephews Nathan and Stefan.

Michael was the world to everyone here mentioned but we cannot begin to comprehend the pain Cindy and aunty Lorraine have to endure. To most of us death is difficult! The Lord describes death as an enemy that will one day be defeated. Then we can all proclaim ‘oh death where is thy sting?’ 1 Corinthian 15:55 till then, Michael rest easy …DDS











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MICHAEL PERERA (1967-2016) – Former Josephian Rugby Captain & Cricketer

Posted on 10 June 2016 by admin

Michael Perera

The Passing Away of a Josephian sportsman.
Cricketer & Rugby Captain – MICHAEL PERERA.

Michael Adrian Perera born April 13, 1967 and was called to Jesus on June 8th, 2016. Loving husband of Cindy (nee Outschoorn). Dearly beloved Father of Shenolene (24), Marc (20) and Matthew (18). Son of Lorraine Perera (nee Ratnam) and the late Merril Perera. Son-in-law of Winston and Eva Outschoorn. Loving Brother of Lalith Perera. Beloved Uncle of Nathan and Stefan. Brother–in-law of Vanessa Perera and Steve Outschoorn.

Viewing and Services will commence at 11:00AM on Monday June 13th at the Champion Life Church, 72745 Hwy 111, Palm Desert, CA 92260; followed by a private cremation for family only.

Please join us at the residence after the service at 69463 Shawnee Court, Cathedral City, CA 92234.

We are honoring Michael by wearing his traditional school colors. Everybody is welcome to wear blue and white. If you have a Josephian rugby jersey, please honor him by wearing it.


PERERA – MICHAEL ADRIAN – Born April 13th, 1967 & was called to Jesus on June 8th, 2016. Loving husband of Cindy (nee Outschoorn), dearly beloved father of Shenolene (24), Marc (20) & Mathew (18), son of Lorraine Perera (nee Ratnam) & late Merril Perera, son-in-law of Winston & Eva Outschoorn. loving brother of Lalith Perera, beloved uncle of Nathan & Stefan, brother-in-law of Vanessa Perera & Steve Outschoorn. Viewing & Service will commence at 11.00 a.m. on Monday June 13th at the Champion Life Church, 72745 Hwy 111, Palm Desert, CA 92260 USA. There will be a Mass at St. Mary’s Church Dehiwela on Tuesday 14th June at 6.30 p.m. Your presence will be greatly appreciated. Contact Delanie Vethavanam 0710475941. 

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JPAA Canada donates $2000 for SPC Chapel Renovation Project

Posted on 06 June 2016 by admin

Report on the OBU Branches World Wide

The following is an extract of the Colombo-based SPC-OBU Annual Report 2011/2012 published in connection with the 84th Annual General Meeting held on July 1, 2012. This refers to the $2000 (CAN) donation by JPAA Canada towards the St. Peter's College Chapel Renovation Project – 2012.


The Overseas Branches have yet again extended their whole hearted support to the OBU in Sri Lanka by generously contributing to the Fund Raisers organized by the OBU. Special mention should be made of the following Branches whose support to the OBU and College has been invaluable.

JPAA Canada (Josephian-Peterite Alumni Association of Canada) – In April 2012 the founder President of the JPAA Canada Mr. Upali Obeyesekere was in Sri Lanka as the head of the Canada-Sri Lanka Business Council delegation to the Expo Exhibition in Colombo. During his visit he met with Rev. Fr. Travis Gabriel (Rector), Mr. Rohan Victoria (Chairman Peterite Walk 2012) and Mr. Roshan Dharmaratne (IPP) and presented a cheque for CAN $2000 (Approximately Rs. 250,000) for the Chapel Project.

The JPAA remains a vibrant and active body of Joes and Petes working in harmony organizing many social and sports events for the Joe/Pete community in Toronto.


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