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94th Anniversary of St. Peter’s College

Posted on 18 January 2016 by admin

SPC Building SchoolToday happens to be the 94th anniversary of the opening of this hallowed institution we call St. Peter's College.

It was on the 18th of January 1922 (a Wednesday to be precise) that Fr. Maurice Le Goc, Rector of St. Joseph's College, with a band of boys from St.Joseph's College, Col 10 came by train to open the school by the canal. St. Peter's has come a long way since then and now stands shoulder to shoulder with other great institutes of learning and has even surpassed in stature, some older institutes.

Text by Algi Wijewickrema

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St. Peter’s College V. St. Sebastian’s College Inter-School Cricket 2016

Posted on 16 January 2016 by admin


St. Peter's College V. St. Sebastian's College

Praveen Jayawickrema's five-for 31 helps St. Sebastians claim 1st innings points against St.Peters (St.Sebastians: 15.25 points & St.Peters: 8.86)

St.Sebastians College, Moratuwa: 239 in 75.2 overs (Tharusha Fernando 45, Ashar Warnakulasuriya 44, Thaneesha Weerakoon 5/68, Vinu Mohotti 3/53) & 161/5 d in 47 overs (Nuwanindu Fernando 64, Mishen Silva 39, Dinal Jayakody 2/65)

St.Peters College, Bambalapitiya: 161 in 49.3 overs (Hashan Wanasekara 43, Praveen Jayawickrama 5/31, Nimesh Bandara 3/34) & 100/5 in 36 overs (Anishka Perera 26, Lakshina Rodrigo 24), Tharusha fernando 4/49)

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Harin Cooray shines as Joes cruise to fifth win

Posted on 13 January 2016 by admin


Under-19 Division I Cricket



By Reemus Fernando – The Island


Left-arm spinner Harin Cooray bagged 12 wickets to lead St. Joseph’s to a ten wicket victory over Wesley in their Under-19 traditional cricket encounter at Darley Road on Tuesday. After Joes declared on their overnight score, Cooray came up with a seven wicket haul to restrict Wesley to 198 runs. The openers kept their wickets in tack to reach a target of 11 runs in 1.4 overs. It was the fifth outright victory for Joes this season. Incidentally, Wesley are playing in Division II this season.

Scores: Wesley 106 all out in 29.5 overs (Helitha Bambarenda 45, Harin Cooray 5/29, Ruchira Ekanayake 3/18, Malshan Rodrigo 2/30) and 198 all out in 71.5 overs (Andrew Parais 88, Zenith Wickramanayeka 41, Yomesh Ranasinghe 26; Harin Cooray 7/45, Malshan Rodrigo 2/58)

St. Joseph’s 294 for 8 o/n decl. (Kevin Corteling 33, Revan Kelly 35, Thashan Perera 77, Shevon Fonseka 41, Malshan Rodrigo 21, Charuka Ulladupitiya 27; Andrew Parais 4/85, Yomesh Ranasinghe 2/113) and 11 for no loss in 1.4 overs


Petes home for Lunch

Taneesha Weerakoon and Dinal Jayakody took four wickets each in the second innings as St. Peter’s registered an innings and 46 runs victory over President’s in their match ended with two sessions to spare at Bambalapitiya on Tuesday.



St. Peter’s 300 for 3 decl. in 58 overs (Lakshina Rodrigo 118n.o., Ranmith Jayasena 118n.o;)

President’s 110 all out in 23 overs (Malsha Jayawardena 20, Navod Kalansuriya 49; Ravindu Silva 3/32, Taneesha Weerakoon 3/20) and 19 for 2 o/n 144 all out in 49.4 overs (Hiruna Sigera 45, Malsha Jayawardena 45, Nethmina Kodippili 25, Navod Kalansuriya 20; Taneesha Weerakoon 4/61, Dinal Jayakody 4/47).

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School Cricket: Royal V. St. Joseph’s College

Posted on 13 January 2016 by admin

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Sri Lanka under 19 discard and highest wicket-taker in the current schools cricket season, Lasith Embuldeniya of Royal College, Colombo produced another spectacular bowling performance as he rocked the St. Joseph’s College batting lineup on day one in their 119thannual cricket encounter at Reid Avenue.

The tall left-arm spinner captured 6 wickets for 56 as the team from Darley Road was bowled out for just 131. According to reliable sources, Embuldeniya has picked up 73 wickets so far this season and he is proving the junior selectors wrong with his credible bowling. After Geeshath Panditharathne won the toss and elected to field, right-handed middle order batsman Vimukthi Peiris was the only batsmen from the Josephian camp to middle the ball but he ran out of partners to remain unbeaten on 34. Left-arm spinner Shan Thennakoon and right-arm leggie, Geeshanth picked up 2 wickets each. Royal College in their reply ended the day on a high as they posted 226 runs on the board courtesy excellent knocks of 59 and 43 by opener Naveen Vidanapathirana and Geeshath Panditharathne. Off-spinner Charuka Raveen took 3 wickets for the visitors.

St. Joseph’s – 131 all out in 35.1 overs: Vimukthi Peiris 34*, Revan Kelly 21, Lasith Embuldeniya 6/56, Geeshath Panditharathne 2/16, Shan Thennakoon 2/22.

Royal – 226/8 in 57 overs: Naveen Vidanapathirana 59, Geeshath Panditharathne 43, Charuka Raveen 3/58.

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Obituaries: Vernon Crusz

Posted on 04 January 2016 by admin

VERNON CRUSZ. Dearly beloved husband of Melonie and loving father of Michael, son of the late Clarence and Esme Crusz brother of Tirzah Marie (Sydney), late Gladys (London), late Claude, Audrey (Sydney) and Philomena (London), son-in-law of Maxwell and Yvonne Crusz, brother-in-law of late Noel Crusz (Sydney), Brian Ratnayake (London), Irene Crusz, Oliver Wijeyasinghe (Sydney), Tony Southern (London), Chris & Sherine Crusz (USA), Naomi & Lenny Cramer (Qatar) and Salome & Mahesh Jayasinghe, expired at home in Islington/UK on 06th May 2015. Holy Mass will be held at St. Mary’s Church, Dehiwela on Wednesday 6th January 2016 at 11.00 a.m. followed by the Internment of his ashes at General Cemetery Kanatte Borella, Roman Catholic Section at 2.00 p.m. 001029


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Tribute to a Gentleman: Jayantha Fernando

Posted on 03 January 2016 by admin


An end of an innings was signaled when the last breath of life was snuffed out of all that was mortal of my dear friend, Jayantha Fernando.

Had he lived he would have surpassed the biblical span of three score and ten and exceeded it by another five years to reach 75 years; which would have been on November 2 this year.

Jayantha was the son of the late Mr. Lucas Fernando, who incidentally was a dear friend of my late father. Jayantha’s mother died when he was a child of five years. He was one of four siblings and they were his two brothers; Lancelot and Bryan, and his sister, Ula. They lived at Layards Road, while we lived on the opposite side at Anderson Road. Jayantha used to walk to school at St Peter’s College.

He was an outstanding sportsman; perhaps the best in our era. He captained St. Peter’s first eleven at cricket and whilst at school he played for the SSC. He captained St. Peter’s playing for the first fifteen at rugby and he played for the CR & FC, while still at school.

He also captained St. Peter’s College at tennis and was always a finalist in the men’s open singles. His opponent was a Royalist who captained cricket and rugby – Lorensz Pereira. Jayantha was also an outstanding athlete in the sprints and hurdles. Once again his opponent was Lorensz Pereira. He was awarded colours for the four sports he participated in.

On leaving school, he joined Keell & Waldock, as it was known. He was trained as a tea taster by the late Mark Bostock. It was after his spell at Keell’s that he joined A. F. Jones where his mentor was Merril J. Fernando. Subsequently, he joined ‘Ferntea’ which was owned by Merril J. Fernando and he continued to be a tea taster. After a few years he bought 50% of the stock of this company and subsequently, purchased the entirety of the company. About ten years ago a group of Malaysian investors bought in to the company and after Jayantha left they closed down the company. Jayantha continued to export teas from his office at Guilford Crescent until he died.

Some 15 years ago, he was appointed the Honorary Consul for the Czech Republic and was the Honorary Secretary of the Association of Consuls in Sri Lanka for over a decade right up to his death.

Jayantha was an excellent vocalist and used to sing at many parties, entertaining guests who would keep asking for encores.

He was able to fulfill all these roles only because he got the support of his dear wife Kanthika. Jayantha married Kanthika on December 2, 1968 and was married for 44 years. He and Kanthika have two outstanding children in Crishane and Shyamica and is blessed with two grand children. Kanthika was the guiding light in Jayantha’s life.

His greatest characteristic was his innate humility and tolerance for others. He was steadfast in his faith and deeply admired by his friends as he was never found wanting in the manifestation of his faith. He walked to church every day for Holy Mass. Here was a man who had all the trappings of wealth, the talents of an exceptional sportsman and lived a very simple and humble life. What an amazing combination of gifts!

His death will be mourned by Kanthika, Chrishane and Shyamica and all his friends, whose lives he touched. He was beloved of God and beloved of man and his memory will be held in benediction.

Farewell dear Jayantha; till we meet again on that distant shore.


Manik Pereira

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