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St. Peter’s in resounding 41-15 win against defending champs Dharmaraja

Posted on 30 April 2014 by admin

Peterites born IISt. Peter’s coasted to their third successive win of the Singer U20 Schools Rugby League Tournament when they outclassed defending champions Dharmaraja by 41 points to 15 in a fourth round Division A Segment I match played at the Air Force ground in Ratmalana yesterday.

St. Peter’s having taken a comfortable 26-8 lead at the breather accumulated their points through four goals, two tries and a penalty against a goal, a try and a penalty by Dharmaraja.

Referee – Gamini Indrasena.What was expected happened at this match played today (30th April) at the Air Force grounds Ratmalana. St. Peter's was expected to beat the reigning league champions, Rajans and they did that handsomely with a score of 41 – 15.

The first 15 – 20 minutes of play seemed to be the period when both sides were testing the winds. After missing a penalty against the Peterites for being off side around the 8th minute of play, the Rajan's were the first to put points on the board when a second penalty awarded to them was kicked right by their place kicker Viraj Weerasekera. Rajans led 3 – 0 much to the delight of their supporters.
This seemed to have been the tonic St. Peter's needed and they got their act together in the 25th minute when Kevin Dixon collected the ball off a mid field move and ran in from the right flank to score under the post. Shamri Burah added the extra points to give the Peterites the lead, 7 – 3. Within minutes Nishon Perera the flanker scored under the posts after collecting a ball that was booted ahead by Kevin Dixon and Burah made no mistake with the conversion to increase the lead to 14 – 3.
Almost immediately after the resumption, Deshan the wing three quarter scored mid right but Burah's kick was awry and the score read 19 – 3. Next to score was Ravith Mishael in the 35th minute off a good move and with the conversion successful and the score read 26 – 3.
Almost on the stroke of half time, the Peterites were penalised and the Rajans capitalising on the opportunity, managed to barge through for a try which went unconverted and the score at the breather was 26 – 8.
After the turnaround it took 20 minutes before the Peterites added more points to their tally when Ravith Mishael scored his 2nd try to bring the score to 31 – 8 (the conversion attempt having failed). Almost immediately on resumption Steve Dharmaratne shook off a few defenders to score which was converted to bring the score to 38 – 8.
A little while later a penalty in front of the post was converted by Burah to take the score past the 40 point mark, 41 – 8 to be exact.
In the dying stages of the game the referee awarded a penalty try to the Rajans after finding the Peterites committing persistent offenses close to their goal line. This try was goaled by the Rajans and the score board read 41 – 15 when the referee blew no side.
Earlier in the 2nd half, the Peterite captain was sent to the sin bin though the writer does not know the offense, but what is of significance is that this is the 3rd match in a row when he has had to suffer this ignominy and it is best remedied by the coaching staff.
Referee – Gamini Indraratne
Of the Junior games only the under 16 games was played which the Peterites won 7 – 0.
Pictures will be posted on the FB page.
Algi Wijewickrema of SPC-OBU



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Posted on 29 April 2014 by admin


Never afraid of challenges

I never ever thought that I would have to write an eulogy for Rukshan. He was too young to leave us. When on that fateful day our colleague Sunil K. called me to convey the news of Ruki's (as he was fondly known) untimely demise, I was speechless for a few minutes. No one could believe that Ruki has gone away.

My thoughts go back a little over a decade when we worked together at ABN AMRO Bank in the same Treasury team. Ruki was a naturally talented dealer. His strong point was treasury sales.

With his unmatched PR skills, he was able to successfully conclude many deals. He used to get very emotional with his work. That was the commitment he displayed towards call of duty.

I am sure our friend Sarath Gunawardena who was the senior accountant at Van Rees at that time will vouch for this. Ruki was never afraid of challenges. He was actually an inspiration for the rest of the team. His excellent competency and talent paved the way to an illustrious banking carrier at Standard Chartered Bank which made him a top runner at a very young age.

Ruki was equally talented in sports. He was a stylish cricketer and also excelled in many other sports including soccer and golf. Ruki was always with a smile on his face and breathed life to any social gathering that he attended.

Ruki was a good friend and a reliable colleague. This was abundantly evident from the large crowd that gathered at the Borella cemetery to bid farewell to a dear friend and a colleague, weathering the torrential rains.

He leaves a young family. We pray that Rajindra will get the strength and courage to bring up their two children the way both Ruki and she planned. Our hearts go out to Rajindra and the children's, Ruki's mom, Ruki's elder brother Richie and other members of his family.

We will dearly miss you Ruki. Good bye my friend. May your soul rest in peace!

Sunil L.


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Pre-Seventies organize a super “Stag Day’ at Moratuwa Randiya Hotel

Posted on 27 April 2014 by admin

RanDiyaPre 70s photo







Lots of known faces graced the occasion. The Pre-Seventies Group led by Jayantha Atapattu organized a well attended get-together at Randiya Hotel located at Koralawella, Moratuwa. The energetic Secretary of the parent union Algi Wijewickrema has sent us a batch of photos taken – it is pretty obvious the boys had a terrific time.

Seen at the event among others were Dale Rabot, Malcolm Atton, Jayantha Atapattu, Sunil Liyanage, Harindra Sirisena, Ranjith de Silva, Erajh Balasuriya, Algi Wijewickrema, former IGP Chandra Fernando, Stan Lumanauf, David Crusz, Cyril Wijesena, Rohan Rodrigo, Neville Jayalath,Naresh Raymond, Conrad Atton, Rodney Martenstyn, former DIG Peter Gunathilaka, and our own Jeyer Rodriguesz from Toronto, Canada.


The Old Peterites' Group of Pre 1970

Batch Group affiliated to

St Peter's College, Old Boy's Union of Bambalapitiya.

is having Stag day outing for old Peterites of the Pre 1970 era


Randiya Hotel,

389 Korelawella, Moratuwa.

On Sunday 27th April, 2014 from Ante-Meridien to Post-Meredien

Tickets at a subsidized price of Rs. 1,000/- (one thousand only) per old Peterite which includes Buffet lunch, bites & mixtures


Liquor on BYO basis no Corkage charged

Pre 70s Old Petes please join and frolic in the pool with your old mates from school days

To get your tickets contact the following old friends from College days.

Jayantha –> 0777310434, Harindra –> 0777345967,

Harold –> 0777328633, David –> 0776261001, Nihal ->0714018049, Srinath -> 0714945518,

Remy → 0755001628, Howard → 0773161601, Erajh → 0777313724,

Cyril → 0776698673, Ranjith → 0770745773

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How to become a member of JPAA CANADA?

Posted on 22 April 2014 by admin

JPAA LogoSince our AGM on March 30th, we have received a few calls and email enquiries as to "MEMBERSHIP" – basically old boys of both SJC & SPC trying to find out how to become a member of JPAA Canada. This is a very positive sign as it is important to embrace most of our valuable old boys into our fold as "members".

Responding to this request, we are posting the new and revised "MEMBERSHIP FORM" on our website. Please see the form in pdf format below. Please download the link and print the form. The completed form should be accompanied with a cheque for $15 (Annual Membership Fee) made out in favour of "JPAA CANADA".


Any questions or concerns, please feel free to send an e-mail to the General Secretary, JPAA CANADA to the address shown below.

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BreakingNEWS NEW


Demise of RUKSHAN DIAS in Mauritius

Posted on 20 April 2014 by admin

BreakingNEWS NEWNews has just reached us of the sudden death of RUKSHAN DIAS, Peterite cricketer who represented college in 1988 and 1989. His death occurred in Mauritius where he was ‎Country Head of Global Markets/ WB Country Co-Head, Mauritius at Standard Chartered Bank. Apparently he died of a heart attack while playing golf in Mauritius.

The body is expected to be at his residence at Araliya Gardens, Pepiliyana from Tuesday 22nd, evening and burial at the General Cemetery, Kanatta on Thursday 24th at 4.30 p.m.

Rukshan is the nephew of legendary Peterite Cricket Captain/Sri Lanka Cricketer Roy Dias. Rukshan's father Norman (since departed) was Roy's only brother. Rukshan's paternal grand father played soccer for Ceylon.

Old Peterites please accept this intimation.

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Peterite Rugby in New York City

Posted on 19 April 2014 by admin

NYC RUGBYDear Petes & Friends ,

Please come with your family and friends to support your favorite school ( St. PETER'S ) Saturday, April 19 , 2014 at 11.00AM .It is a free Family event and parking is free.
St. Peters will be playing their west coast champion team from LA.They have some tough games tomorrow.Crowd support is paramount to move on to the final rounds.
Lets rally around our BLUE WHITE & GOLD flag.
Fairleigh Dickinson University Football Stadium.
285 Madison Avenue, Madison NJ 07940
Thanks for your support and generosity.

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Roy Dias was a world-class batsman

Posted on 18 April 2014 by admin




Roy Dias was one of Sri Lanka's most correct batsman. He was without question a great stroke maker. As with most countries during their early years in Test cricket, Sri Lanka struggled with a lack of good batsmen to threaten established test playing nations. However, the presence of Roy Dias as a top order batsman gave the country the stability. Roy was a top class bat, who was classical in his stroke making, both in attack and defence. Roy was equally comfortable against both pace and spin.

A product of St. Peter's College, he was born in 1952. He was a batting stylist. Many of our coaches assisted him. One was Carl Obeysekera, a former All-Ceylon cricketer who was a major influence during Dias' formative years.

Roy Dias after a good school cricketing carrier, left in 1972 and joined the Colts Cricket Club. He was with them for eight seasons, later moved to SSC in 1980 and ended up at the CCC in 1988.

He first came into international cricket in 1979 for the World Cup. On the back of strong batting performances by Roy Dias, Duleep Mendis and Anura Tennekoon, the country established themselves as the dominant force among the associate nations. At that time Sri Lanka met Indian in the third and the final match, Sri Lanka won the first game, scoring 235 for 5 with half centuries coming off the bats of Roy Dais, Duleep Mendis and Sunil Wettimuny. In reply Indians were sent back to the pavilion for 191. This victory was the initial moment in Sri Lanka's push to become a full-fledged Test nation. Following the intense lobbying of Australia's delegates, among others, Sri Lanka were finally admitted as a Test-playing nation in 1981.

By: Hafiz Marikar – Courtesy: Daily News

In the inaugural Test, which was played on the 17th of February 1982 at P. Sara Stadium. Roy failed and was out for a duck, and Sri Lanka were all out for 218, but did well to halt the Englishmen to 223. In the 2nd innings Sri Lanka managed to score 175, with Roy Dias scoring a fine 77. And England won by seven wickets. Roy Dias made his Test debut when he was nearly 30.

After the inaugural test, we went to Pakistan for a three match tour.

On this tour, Roy Dias was unlucky to miss his first Test century in the second outing, in Faisalabad where he made 98 and this game ended in a draw. In the third test in Lahore, Roy Dias managed to get triple figures and ended the seres with 295 runs at 49.16 rating.

Roy followed this with 60 and 97 in the one-off Test against India in Madras. At the conclusion of his career, Dias was to rate this 97 as the best innings he ever played.

Our next Test was against New Zealand that was in 1984, once again Roy Dias was in top form, scoring his second Test century 108. Facing bowlers like Richard Hadlee and Ewen Chatfield. Then in 1985 Roy had his best Test series. He started disappointingly with scores of 4 and a duck in the first Test against India. However, Sri Lanka recorded their first victory when they beat them at the P Sara Stdium in the second test. Roy Dias contributed 95 and 60 not out. With Roy Dias scoring his third ton and he finished with 273 runs at 54.60.

Roy Dias's final Test batting average was 36.71. He is still the fastest Sri Lankan to 1000 Test runs, getting it in twenty three innings, which ranks in front of our current batsmens. When Viv Richards was told to name his World XI the great batsman Richards overlooked many of his country men, to name Roy Dias.

Following his retirement he kept with with cricket and set up an academy and was one of the selectors who picked the 1996 World Cup-winning team. He was appointed as Sri Lanka's coach after Bruce Yardley in 1998.

Then he was the coach of the Nepal team, and gave them the much needed backing and their Under-19 side pocketed the Plate runners-up in the 2002 World Cup and won the Plate title in 2006. His good work was recognized by King Gyanendra, who presented him the Prabal Gorkha Dakshin Bahu (IV Class).

Roy Dias has also been an ICC match referee and subsequently coached the Oman and Malaysian teams since leaving Nepal. He was a good pal of Duleep Mendis at batting and when ever he was in Kandy for International cricket, I had a close association with him, as the man who was in charge of the teams in Kandy.



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SPC-OBU Stag Day for Pre-Seventies Old Peterites on April 27th

Posted on 18 April 2014 by admin

St Peter's College, Old Boy's Union of Bambalapitiya is having Stag day outing for old Peterites of the Pre 1970 era

Pre 70s

Randiya Hotel,
389 Korelawella, Moratuwa.
On Sunday 27th April, 2014 from Ante-Meridien to Post-Meredien
Tickets at a subsidized price of Rs. 1,000/- (one thousand only) per old Peterite which includes Buffet lunch, bites, mixtures
Liquor on BYO basis noCorkage charged
Pre 70s Old Petes please join and frolic in the pool with your old mates from school daysTickets
To get your tickets contact the following old friends from College days.
Jayantha– 0777310434, Harindra – 0777345967,
Harold– 0777328633, David – 0776261001, Nihal -0714018049, Srinath – 0714945518,
Remy → 0755001628, Howard → 0773161601, Erajh → 0777313724,
Cyril → 0776698673, Ranjith → 0770745773

Batch Committee will provide the opening round of complimentary drinks

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RUGBY: St. Joseph’s came close but Royal win 14-11

Posted on 17 April 2014 by admin

SJC ROYAL RUGBYSt. Joseph’s College were so close but yet so far against Royal College as the Reid avenue boys registered a close 14-11 win over the hosts at CR & FC grounds on Saturday (Apr. 12).

Dark clouds were hovering around the CR & FC atmosphere from the start of the junior games and the much awaited 1st XV game commenced with slight drizzle. Promising Josephian fullback Shamilka Kurumbalapitiya kicked off the game on referee A.C Tennakoon’s whistle.

Both teams were quick to get used to the damp weather but the conditions underfoot curtailed the talented backs from hitting their strides early on. Ball handling was not easy with the dim light and rain coming down. Royal conceded penalties early on to give their opponents the much needed possession and territory early on in this crucial battle of the group 2A. Josephians were playing with a proper game plan and it was evident with their strong attacking bursts early on which tested the Royal defense on several occasions in the first 10 minutes of the game.

Shamilka Kurumbalapitiya worked his magic for St. Joseph’s in the 13th minute of the game when he side-stepped twice on a few clumsy Royal defenders in a superb 50 meter run in the far left corner of the field to score his 1st try of the evening. Fly half Raveen Antonio missed the conversion. (Joes 05 – Royal 00)

Royal got a chance to put points straight away in the 15th minute when the Josephian defense line was caught offside but the Royal skipper Nimshan Jayawardene failed to bisect the uprights with his 40 meter penalty kick. Scores remained the same but the momentum shifted towards Royal as they pounced on the Josephian mistakes to gain territory and possession to their advantage to attack deep inside the Joes territory.

Royal got their first points on the score board when the game was only 25 minutes old. Hooker Supun Warnakulasooriya scored a memorable try when he was behind a strong driving ‘Royal’ maul where he just had to barge over the try line to level the scores. Skipper Nimshan Jayawardene failed to add the extra points. (Joes 05 – Royal 05)

Both fullbacks of either side were superlative in their game as they were the most impressive players on the field. Nimshan Jayawardene was dangerous in broken play while Shamilka Kurumbalapitiya was terrific with his defense as the last man of defense for St. Joseph’s.

Nimshan Jayawardene kicked his team to lead in the 33rd minute when the Josephians were penalized for an infringement on a ruck and Nimshan’s 30 meter penalty kick bisected the posts perfectly. (Joes 05 – Royal 08)

On the brink of the half time whistle, Royal extended their slight lead into 6 points going into the break when Nimshan Jayawardene fired across another easy penalty kick after referee penalized Josephians for coming in from the side.

Half time: Joes 05 – Royal 11

After the 10 minute breather, Nimshan Jayawardene restarted the game. Both team looked to play the conservative game early in the second half. The forwards played the pivotal role as they needed to work-out their set plays according to their plan. Royal were very dominant in the lineouts as they rolled the driving maul almost each time they were in the Joes territory.

The Darley road boys showed strength in breakdowns but it was not their best performance compared to their two previous games. The Josephian fly half was not up to the mark with his tactical playing while the big made Josephian forwards were defended well by the Royalists.

The first twenty minutes in the second half belonged to the Blue & White brigade as they played with great determination and courage in tough ground conditions to be able to go head to head with the more superior Royal outfit as rain continued to pour down at Longden place.

Shamilka Kurumbalapitiya reduced the deficit to only 3 points in the 58th minute of the game when he successfully booted over a 25 meter penalty kick after Royal line was caught offside.

(Joes 08 – Royal 11)

St. Joseph’s continued their good work as they stuck to their task of doing the basics right. Shamilka Kurumbalapitiya leveled the scores in the 65th minute when he scored another penalty kick which was 28 meters out from the try line. (Joes 11 – Royal 11)

The final few minutes of the game was turning out to be rather interesting for the thousands of loyal supporters from both schools witnessing another classic thrilling schools rugby encounter at Longden place. The game entered the final 10 minutes and with the sluggish ground conditions and the physical fitness levels slowing it down, “the next scoring team would win the game.“ rugby commentator whispered to my ears.

Royal College were awarded an easy straight forward 15 meter penalty kick in the 70th minute and skipper Nimshan Jayawardene made no mistake with the kick to put his team in the lead once again. (Joes 11 – Royal 14)

Josephian flanker Taariq Salih was yellow carded in the 71st minute for a late tackle and it was a huge blow to the Josephian outfit as they had to play the final minutes with only 14 players. Josephians tried exceptionally hard to cross the Royal defense line or else to win a kicking range penalty advantage but the toughened Royalists held their end of the bargain to be more positive and play out the final minutes to be the worthy winners of a close game as referee A.C Tennakoon blew the final long whistle.

Full time: Joes 11 – Royal 14

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RUGBY: St. Peter’s crush S. Thomas’ 44 -12

Posted on 16 April 2014 by admin


Colombo, April 16, 2014.

St. Peter’s drubbed S. Thomas’ by 44 points to 12 in a Group A match of the Singer U20 Schools rugby league tournament played at Havelock Park earlier this month.

The match which was expected to be a close contest turned out to be a one sided affair with the Peterites having things their own way. The Bambalapitiya boys surged through to a 20-5 lead at lemons and made up their points through three goals, four tries and a penalty as against to a goal and a try scored by the Mount Lavinia schoolboys.

Peterite flanker Kevin Dixon and full back Diyath Fernando had a field day sharing six of the seven tries scored with the other being scored by winger Nishon Perera.

However it was the Thomians who made the first scoring as early as in the fourth minute through an unconverted try scored by center Kasun Jayanatha. That was all that they could manage in this session as the Peterites ran circles around them with their first try coming in the 11th minute which was by Diyath and a minute later Kevin going over of which fly half Shamri Burah being able to make only one conversion.

Ten minutes later Shamri made no mistake with a penalty offered for an infringement for Petes to increase their lead 15-5. The Peterites succeeded to penetrate the Thomian defence again with Diyath going over for his second try with Shamri failing the conversion. The short whistle saw the Petes take a 20-5 lead.

The resumption saw the Peterites going into the attack and giving the Thomian defence a torrid time. In the sixth minute winger Nishon Perera’s sprint down the left corner flag for a try resulted in them increasing the lead and Shamri’s kick at goal being perfect saw the Petes stretching the lead 27-5.

The Thomians undeterred rallied to punch holes in the Petes defence and succeeded in reducing the deficit with center Navin Henakankange going for a try which gave Hans Walpola an easy kick at goal.

By M. Shamil Amit – Courtesy: Mirror Sports

But the Peterites from there on had the Thomians defence under tremendous pressure and struggling to evade relentless attack. Back to back tries by flanker Kevin Dixon in the 19th and 27th minutes though the conversions were fluffed sealed the game for the Peterites.

Full back Diyath Fernando put the issue beyond doubt with his third try of the match which was converted by Sandesh Jayawickrama saw them ending up victorious to remain unbeaten and also retain the Archibald Perera trophy.

Referee – D. Nimal

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