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Peterite Sports Complex to be declared open on Friday, February 1


Peterite Sports Complex to be declared open on Friday, February 1

Posted on 27 January 2019 by admin

Dream come true! This was Rev. Fr. Trevor Martin's pet project. It took less than two years for the project to be completed from 2017 – 2019. The new Sports Complex will be declared open on Friday, February 1, 2019, by the newly appointed Minister of Sports Harin Fernando. Minister Fernando is an old boy of St. Joseph's College. Congratulations to Fr. Trevor for stick handling the project from concept stage to execution.

The Josephian-Peterite Alumni Association of Canada – JPAA Canada made a significant contribution in 2017 towards the Sports Complex project. 


By: Dhammika Ratnaweera – Courtesy: Sunday Observer.




An artist’s impression – Peterite Sports Complex 

St. Peter’s College will turn a new leaf in the rich annals of its sporting tradition when they declare open their new Pavilion at Bambalapitiya on February 1 with the blessings of Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith the Archbishop of Colombo who will grace the occasion as chief guest.

Fr Trevor Martin, the Rector of St Peter’s College has been the main architect behind several developments at the school and the pavilion will be named in memory of former rector Fr Joe Wickramasinghe who served the Peterites with distinction from 1978 to 1994. “Fr Joe Wickremasinghe saw the necessity for students to reach greater heights in studies, sports and discipline. The Peterites led the way in cricket, rugby, tennis, basketball, hockey, football and athletics and Fr. Joe played a big part in this,” said Fr Martin. Besides being the rector of one of the leading Catholic schools in the country, Fr. Joe also initially laid the base for everything through spiritual values with prayer being a central part of the students.

“This pavilion is one of the best tributes we can pay Fr. Joe Wickremasinghe,” declared Fr. Martin.

The construction of the pavilion took a lesser amount of time to build than planned and was completed within a period of eight months through the efforts of old boys, parents and well-wishers at a cost of Rs. 185 million. Some of the funds poured in from Europe, the USA, Canada and the Middle East courtesy of fundraising of the school.through

The new building will not only cater to the present boys, but will also provide accommodation and welfare to visiting sports teams from outstation schools.

It will also be complete with sleeping quarters, washrooms, gymnasium, conference room, manager’s room, office room, indoor nets, spectator accommodation and VIP boxes.

“What we had in mind was the comfort of every sportsman and spectator who visits St. Peter’s College for sports events, especially when it comes to cricket and rugby,” said Fr. Martin.

A 400-meter track for athletes is also a feature connected to the commissioning of the new pavilion. St. Peter’s College also has basketball and tennis courts. The school will open its sporting doors for any other school that is in need of a ground and facilities, according to Fr. Martin.

“We want other schools also to benefit from this whole concept. It is a very worthy cause and investment,” he said.

One of the spectator stands will be named in memory of rugby legend and Sri Lanka player Archibald Pereira.

“There is no one who does not know Archibald Pereira and he was a household name and his services have to be appreciated,” said Fr. Martin.

Sports Minister Harin Fernando, a product of St. Joseph’s College will grace the occasion as the Guest of Honour– along with distinguished old boys and heads of other schools as well as Sri Lanka rugby officials. According to Fr. Martin the school has plans to internationalize the venue.

End of News Item that appeared in the Sunday Observer of Jan. 27, 2019.


Editor's Note: A significant contribution was made in August 2017 by the Josephian-Peterite Alumni Association of Canada – (JPAA Canada) towards the proposed Sports Complex/Rugby Pavilion. It is good to read in the Sunday Observer that the sports complex is scheduled to be declared open on February 1, 2019. All Josephians and who were associated with JPAA Canada (1984-2017) should be proud that we made a generous donation from Canada to Rev. Fr. Trevor Martin for this project.

We hope Fr. Trevor will  the arrangement we had with him to have a plaque installed with the words "JPAA CANADA 1984-2017". Thank you.

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Unbeaten 252-runs by Santhush Gunathilaka V. Ananda College is highest individual score for St. Peter's College since 1927


Unbeaten 252-runs by Santhush Gunathilaka V. Ananda College is highest individual score for St. Peter’s College since 1927

Posted on 06 January 2019 by admin

St. Peter's College was established in 1922 and launched its first cricket team in 1927, captained by Norman Paternott when the team played friendly unofficial games. The Paternott family played a major role in cricket and rugby in later years when Norman Paternott's three sons – Aubrey, Rodney and Hemish went on to captain their alma mater in cricket and rugby in the sixties and seventies. A proud record for the remarkable Paternott family.

The inaugural Josephian-Peterite 'big-match' was played in 1933 and George Jayaweera had the distinction of leading the Peterites in this game. Later, Jayaweera's sons Tissa and Shanthi represented St. Peter's College in cricket while a third son Asitha Jayaweera captained Royal College. This once again is a proud record for the talented Jayaweera family.

Given this background, on Saturday, January 5th (2019) young Santhush Gunathilaka, last year Peterite skipper, covered himself with glory when he clobbered the Anandians in their Inter-School U-19 Cricket Match by scoring an unbeaten 252 runs. With this monstrous feat, Gunathilaka became the highest individual scorer for the Peterites in their 92-year history – a gigantic achievement in today's day and age. Gunathilaka's awesome score of 252 runs surpassed the previous record held by Angelo Perera – 239-runs in 2009 against Nalanda College. The other double-century scores on record for the Peterites are that of 1963 skipper Tyrone Le Mercier's unbeaten 235 against St. Anthony's College Kandy and 1954 skipper Clive Inman's unbeaten 204 against St. Joseph's College in the 'Big Match'. Inman, Le Mercier, Perera and Gunathilaka have etched their names in history at St. Peter's College, established in 1922. The accomplishments of these legendary players are indelibly etched into Peterite cricket history for all time, to be sure, but their names grace sportsdom’s most cherished chalice forever.

Photo credits of above image: Sujith Silva – Quadrangle.

By: Upali Obeyesekere – Old Peterite living in Toronto, Canada


SPC V. Ananda College U-19 Inter-Schools Cricket – Saturday, January 5, 2019 at Ananda College Grounds:

Santhush Gunathilaka

Records tumbled at Ananda Mawatha as Peterite batsman Santhush Gunathilaka scored an unbeaten 252 against Ananda College which is the highest individual score for St.Peter's College Colombo 04 since 1927 erasing the previous record held by Angelo Perera (239 in 2009). On his way, he also surpassed a 67-year-old record held by Dr. H.I.K Fernando (1951/52 skipper) – 165-runs in 1952, that was the prevailing highest score by a Peterite against Ananda College. Gunathilaka's 252 not out is also the highest by a visiting 1st XI Cricketer at Ananda College grounds and also the highest individual score (1st XI) against Ananda College by any player from any school. A rare achievement that deserves merit.

St. Peter’s College took honours in the drawn encounter against Ananda College which concluded today at Ananda College Grounds in Colombo. The highlight of the match was the magnificent double-century scored by right-handed batsman Santhush Gunathilaka for St. Peter’s College. Thanks to his record-breaking unbeaten 252 runs, the visitors put up a massive score of 423 runs on the board before declaring their innings. Gunathilaka’s knock of 252 runs came off 243 balls including 29 fours and 8 massive sixes. Ranmith Jayasena (80) and Bhanuka de Silva (63) gave good support to Gunathilaka at the other end with useful contributions with the bat. The Ananda College batsmen began their second innings 210 runs behind and were struggling at 166 runs for 7 wickets when umpires called stumps.

Brief scores

Ananda College – 213 (63.3) Kavindu Gimhana 53, Janindu Jayawardane 48, Kalana Wijesiri 33, Daminda Reshan 27, Ruvin Senevirathne 4/48, Santhush Gunathilaka 3/46 & 166/7 (52) Kanishka Ranthilakage 90, Kavindu Gimhana 31, Kanishka Maduwantha 2/49, Ranmith Jayasena 3/13, Ruvin Senevirathne 2/55

St. Peter’s College – 423/3d (74) Santhush Gunathilaka 252*, Bhanuka de Silva 63, Ranmith Jayasena 80

Result – Match Drawn (St. Peter’s College won first innings points)

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