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Posted on 30 June 2018 by admin

Tournament favourites St. Joseph’s College were grounded to a screeching halt by a juggernaut of a Peterite set of forwards that were unstoppable in the Milo Trophy knock-out inter school rugby final under floodlights at the Race Course ground in Colombo yesterday.

Perhaps the Joes did not bargain for such an unbelievable drive by a heavier pack from St. Peter’s College who proved they had what was needed to win a high intensity final with a 22-20 triumph after trailing 5-17 in the first half.

It appeared that the Peterites had woken up from their slumber with the pundits wanting to know by what margin the Joes will eventually win in what was a bonus Battle of the Saints match that marked the first time in history that the two schools met in a major final.

There was only one side that played in the first half as the Joes capitalized on what would have easily been a most lethargic show by the Peterites who could not unleash a single tackle to cripple the opposition that resulted in the defending champions scoring their only two tries without a contest when third row forward Tharindu de Alwis and winger Gemunu Cheitiya crossed the line for tries virtually unchallenged.

Both tries were virtual gifts, scored after the Peterites failed to clear a missed penalty kick from Joes player Santhush Algama followed by full-back Shehan Liyanapathirana failing to collect a high ball from which play-maker Gemunu Cheitiya brushed away three defenders to touch down.

But the Peterites just when all seemed to have been lost, rose to the occasion like a giant to produce rolling maul after rolling maul which the Joes could not counter or sustain for most of the second half.

Peterite prop Julian Charles made merry like never before as he waltzed over the line to score twice and neutralize the Joes into submission for once this season.

Both schools may have much in common but it was one man, the crafty and battle hardened pint-sized scrum half Jason Karunaratne who made an envious difference when he initiated what was to become the match winning try.

Sensing the Joes forwards were kept preoccupied in countering the rolling maul he out-foxed the defence when referee Praneeth Veharanga ordered the ball to be used as he crept through on the blind side like a disturbed serpent to send his unmarked fly-half Kenneth Wimaladasa over the line to score.

Wimaladasa missed converting the previous three tries but he made the most precious kick of the season when he landed the conversion right between the posts to his own try three minutes before the end to send the Peterite supporters into a celebratory frenzy. Winger Shenol Silva also joined the party as another try-scorer. 



Lakshina Rodrigo (St. Peter’s College) voted Most Popular Schoolboy Cricketer

Posted on 18 July 2015 by admin

Observer/Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer contest:

Lakshina Rodrigo, Randev Pathirana and Shanaka Sampath win Most Popular Awards.

Lakshina Rodrigo (St. Peter’s), Randev Pathirana (Royal College,Colombo) and Shanaka Sampath (SiriPiyaratana MV, Padukka) were voted as the Sunday Observer/MobitelMost Popular Schoolboy Cricketers of the year 2015 at the end o the final weeks’s counting.

Lakshina Rodrigo (St.Peter’s)

Randev Pathirana
(Royal College)

Rodrigo who was voted as the Most Popular Schoolboy Cricketer in the platinum category hails from the cricket crazy city of Moratuwa and entered St.Peter’s in 2003 where he received his primary education. He was influenced to cricket from his smaller days by his father Priyalal Rodrigo , himself a top cricketer who played for St.Sebastian’s College Moratuwa and later went on to represent the Sri Lanka Under 19 team who took part in the Under 19 World Cup in Australia.

Lakshina Rodrigo learned his rudiments while at the Bandula de Silva Cricket Academy in Moratuwa. In 2006,Lakshina , was under the guidance of his school under 13 coach L.H.Sunil and was selected as an all-rounder. Spotting his talent as a wicket keeper who later preferred to keep wickets and since then he has been quite impressive behind the stumps.

He captained the Under 13, under 15sides which won the All Island Schools division one championship. He represented the schools district and provincial teams and at the final he was judged the Man Of the Match. While playing for the St.Peter’s first XI he scored over 750 runs and had over thirty victims as a stunper. He is a Sri Lanka Schools trialist and a member of the Development squad.

Royalist Randev Pathirana who was the runner-up in the Platinum segment last year was voted as the MostPopular schoolboy Cricketer in the ‘Gold’ category for schools playing in division two. Royal College, Colombo did not take part in the SLSCA tournament last year due to some reason . Therefore Royal had to play in division two this year. Hopefully they should take part in the division 1 in the coming 2015/ 16 school cricket tournament.Pathirana has proved his all-round capabilities beyond doubt during the last season. He has been scoring a lot of runs and taking wickets and has been an intragal part of his team. Shanaka Sampath of Siri Piyaratana MV, Padukka was voted as the Most Popular Schoolboy Cricketer in the division three ‘silver’ segment. He is promising all-rounder , hoping to play big time cricket. His selection is no doubt a big boost for the cricketers from the the out skirts of Colombo.

-RA – Courtesy: SUNDAY OBSERVER 19 JULY 2015

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School Rugby: Trinity in 29-22 win over Peterites

Posted on 21 June 2014 by admin


With this win the Trinity lions kept their chances alive in keeping their chances in winning the league title which will depend on the outcome of today's Kingswood-Isipathana clash at CR and FC grounds, Colombo. If the Kingswoodians win then Trinity will be the champs otherwise the Pathans will be the champions.

The Trinitians were very lucky to win this match as the Peterites fought back tenaciously in the second half and the scores were level till the last minute of play.

Courtesy; Sunday Observer – By S.M.Jiffrey Abdeen- Kandy Sports correspondent.

Trinity College took an early lead when winger Direndra Ratwatte gave the finishing touches to a three quarter move to score righrt and skipper and fly half Tharinda Ratwatte failed to add the extra points.

St. Peter's College equalized through a brilliant try by centre Shamry Burah.

A little before the short blast, Trinity's no.8 Isuru Rangala pounded his way to score near the posts and Tharinda Ratwatte added the extra points for the lions to lead 12-5.

In the 10th minute of the second half, Trinity's fly half Tharinda Ratwatte collecting the ball from the ruck sprinted away to score near the posts and added the extra points himself for the lions to extend their lead to 19-5.

A knock forward by a Trinity play saw centre Shamry Burah converting a penalty for thre Peterites to reduce the lead to 8-19.

A penalty converted by Tharinda Ratwatte saw the lions move on to 22- 8.

Then came the great fight back by the Peterites when a kick ahead by full back Saranga Gunatillake was collected clean by Dixon Perera who sliced through the Lions defence to score under the posts. Centre Shamry Burah qdded the extra points. St Peter's 15-22.

Next it was the turn of centre Shamy Burah to score when he brushed past at least three defenders to score midright and added the extra point himself for the Peterites to draw level at 22-all.

With the game drifting into the final stage and it was left to Trinity's burly prop Anuradha Karunathilaka to score off a scrum mid right and Tharinda Ratwatte added the extra points.

Priyantha Gunaratne refereed.

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Peterites retain Fr. Basil Wiratunga Shield with a 16-11 win over Joes

Posted on 07 June 2014 by admin

Joe-Pete Rugby 2014St.Peter's retained the Rev.Fr.Basil Wiratunga Shield for the 15th consecutive year when they beat their traditional rivals St.Joseph's by '16 points (two tries and two penalties) to 11 (one try and two penalties) in their Singer Under 20 schools rugger match played at Havelock Park yesterday (June 7). The Joes led 11-5 at the breather.

The Joes opened scoring through an unconverted try scored by Stephen Gregory early in the first half. Dulith Fernando extended the Joes lead by firing over two penalties.

But the Peterites came back fighting when Ramesh Rukmal touched down to score an unconverted try. Both sides could not make much headway due mistakes at crucial moments such as fragile ball handling or knocking on while poised to score.

Peterites who were trailing 5-11 at the short whistle reduced the deficit when Shamri Burah made no mistake with a penalty. The Peterites took the lead when Kevin Dickson touched down . Burah assured a Peterite win by slamming over a penalty the make the final tally 16-11.

Referee: Pradeep Fernando

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Trinity fight-back to beat Joes 34/17

Posted on 29 March 2014 by admin

Hard intelligent running by the Trinity College "threes" in the second half earned them a convincing 34 points ( 1 goal, 3 tries and 4 penalties) to 17 points ( 2 goals and a penalty) to victory in their inter school rugger match against St. Josephs College, at Pallekelle Rugby Stadium.

It was the Josephians who led at half time 14-9. Trinity's kipper and fly half Tarinda Ratwatte was the architect of the victory. His perfect dummying split open the Josephian defence for speedy backs to have a open day. The Josephians, who have a crack side, found scoring difficult owing to the plucky display by the Trinitians in the second half. IN the first half it was the Darley Road boys who controlled the game with two goals. It was a rousing game of rugby; it left the large crowd very satisfied. Trinity playing in their own den, had the edge on St. Josephs, they had a heavier pack, and their back line went in for short, crisp, passes, the sort of passes that the forwards could join in on -and they often did.

By Hafiz Marikar reporting form Kandy – Sunday Observer

These things made the Josephian's job tough in the second half.In the first half the Trinitians had to listen to the opponents music, territorially, and in the second half it was other way, Trinitians nearly had two thirds of it. But in and out Josephian's attacked vigorously and all but, failed to score. In today's modern rugby. If you aren't playing on the advantage line and throwing flat passes you aren't playing good attacking rugby. It was a exciting one for the Josephian's supporters who had come form Colombo booking a special train, and was anxious one fore those who backed Trinity. Any way, Trinity who had St. Josephs on the defence for long spells in he second half was playing better rugby, Josephian's to a man played good rugger, their ball handling too was superb.

Joe-Pete RugbyThe set scrums and the line outs were equal. All the, Trinity and St. Josephs forwards deserve praise for the spirited game. The Trinity halves worked well, the scrum half slinging out his passes accurately and fly half opening out the game and also finding good touch when on the defensive. Though the Josephian threes failed in attack they tackled well. The finish to the game was fitting of the standard of attacking play that we've come to expect from these two teams over the years. we saw some great team efforts as well as brilliant individual play by some of the ruggeritesFor Trinity skipper Tarinda Ratwatte and Lochana Girihagama scored two tries each, and the kicking part was done by Tarinda Ratwatte. For the Josephians Visvitha Perera and H,.R. Gunwardene scored the tries with S. Kurugulapitiya doing the kicking part.

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Josephians beat Peterites by 91 runs in one-day game

Posted on 20 March 2014 by admin

St Joseph’s College beat St Peter’s College by 91 runs in the one-day encounter, which was played at R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo yesterday.

Batting first, the Josephians made 224-8 in 50 overs with the help of two half centuries by Duran de Alwis (52) and Pathum Madusanka (50). The pair steadied the innings putting on a 98-run partnership for the third wicket after Sadeera Samarawickrama was dismissed for 25 with the total reading 47.

Fabian Fernando’s late flurry of runs included a 39-ball, 37 with three sixes.

Chasing 225-runs to win, the Peterites were restricted for 133 as the Josephian bowling spearheaded by Hashindra Perera claiming four wickets for 23 runs.

Paceman Fabian Fernando removed the first three Peterite batsmen to have the Peterites in a spot of bother with 12 runs on the board. Aravinda Akurugoda, the right arm leg-spinner, bowled an economical spell giving away only 10 runs with three maiden overs in his eight-over spell. Akurugoda trapped Malka Ashan leg before for nought.


St Joseph’s College
D Alwis b S Nanayakkara 52
D Fernandopulle lbw b Liyanage 00
S Samarawickrama b Obeyesekere 25
P Madusanka st O Nanayakkara b S Nanayakkara 50
P Perera c Ashan b Liyanage 22
Y Samarasinghe run out 03
F Fernando b Obeyesekere 37
K Ravihara run out 06
A Akurugoda not out 06
H Perera not out 01
Extras (1b, 6lb, 15w) 22
TOTAL (8 wickets; 50 overs) 224

Fall of wickets: 1-0 (Fernandopulle), 2-47 (Samarawickrama)
3-145 (Madushanka), 4-148 (De Alwis)
5-159 (Samarasinghe), 6-185 (P Perera)
7-199 (Ravihara), 8-214 (Fernando)
Bowling: C Obeyesekere 10-1-26-2
J Liyanage 10-0-59-2
N Dharshana 5-0-34-0
S Nanayakkara 10-0-45-2
D Thimodya 7-0-23-0
M Ashanth 7-1-26-0
C Jayamanna 1-0-5-0

St Peter’s College
D Thimodya b Fernando 00
O Karunaratne b Rodrigo 36
J Liyanage b Fernando 04
C Jayamanna c Hasintha b Fernando 06
K de Tissera c Rodrigo b A Perera 28
M de Silva run out 32
S Dalpadadu c Madusanka b H Perera 03
C Obeyesekere not out 10
S Nanayakkara c Akurugoda b H Perera 04
M Ashanth lbw Akurugoda 00
N Dharshana c Fernando b H Perera 00
Extras (2b, 2lb, 6w) 10
TOTAL (all out; 41.4 overs) 133

Fall of wickets: 1-0 (Thomodya), 2-4 (Liyanage), 3-12 (Jayamanna)
4-60 (Karunaratne), 5-114 (De Tissera)
6-114 (De Silva), 7-123 (Dalpadadu)
8-128 (Nanayakkara), 9-130 (Ashantha)
10-133 (Dharshana)
Bowling: F Fernando 6-0-25-3
D de Alwis 4-1-25-0
Y Samarasinghe 7-0-24-0
M Rodrigo 4-1-17-1
H Perera 9.4-1-23-4
A Akurugoda 8-3-10-1
P Madushanka 3-0-5-0
Scorers: D N Pathirana (St Peter’s) and Cyril Nicholas (St Joseph’s).

Courtesy: Sunday Observer

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Prospects of bright cricket a possibility at 78th Joe-Pete encounter

Posted on 08 January 2014 by admin

Courtesy: Ranjan Anandappa – Sunday Observer of February 26, 2012.

Two 'big' match wins within the space of three years in the Josephian-Peterite series, is certainly heartening for the cricketers who play their 78th encounter at the P. Sara Oval on March 2 and 3 and the hope of bright cricket will certainly bring in the crowds at this battle of the saints. The new playing conditions which ware introduced in year 2000 has made the contest much more interesting and a result-oriented one. Both schools have stuck to that system this year too. Only the first innings of both sides have been limited to 60 overs without any other restrictions of bowlers or fielders. The second innings is played as usual without any barriers.

St.Joseph's last won in 2008 under Ruwantha Fernandopulle and two years later in 2010 St. Peter's came back strongly to beat their traditional rivals under all-rounder Chathura Peiris to make the tally 12 wins by the Joes to 8 by the Peterites in the 77-year old history of the 'big match' series.

The Peterites will heavily depend on their top-order batting spearheaded by their skipper and opener Shehan Fernando who has topped the 1,000 run mark for the season. He has two centuries and seven 50's against his name. Skipper Shehan is partnered by the other Fernando Shaseen these two have done the bulk of the scoring for the Peterites. Besides Shehan reaching the 1000-run mark, Shaseen has topped the 800-run mark with a century and six fifties. These two will be followed by wicket-keeper Lahiru Milantha who also has over 800-runs against his name with three hundreds and should form the nucleus of the Peterite side. In bowling,

Peterite left-arm leg-spinner Julien de Silva who has captured over 70 wickets, opening bowler Ranitha Liyanaarachchi (35 wickets) and spinner Dushan Hemantha are their promising bowlers. Middle-order batting suspect The Peterites are concerned about their middle order batting which has not lived up to expectations. The Peterites have to rely heavily on their top order which has done a exceptionally good job. They fervently hope that the middle order will prosper in this 'big' encounter so that they could build on the early batting successes.

The Petes have played 16 matches and have defeated Wesley, Dharmapala and St. Aloysius outright and they have lost to Prince of Wales. With the medium placemen of either side not making much of an impact this season, it will be left to the spinners to play the prominent role in this encounter.

The Josephians with their balanced outfit in both departments of the game has remained unbeaten this season. The Joes skipper wicket-keeper and opening batsman Vidusha Fernando has led his side well this season, scoring over 550 runs with a century against St. Sebastian's, Moratuwa. He will be partnered by Dylon Fernandopulle and followed by number three Sadeera Samarawickrema who has been the top scorer, getting over 700 runs inclusive of a century.

The Joes middle order seems to be more stable with Sachin Hewawasam and the bowlers Asiri Supekshala, Priyamal Perera, Yashan Samarasinghe and Fabian Fernando all capable of chipping in when required to pile on the runs.

Clive Inman top score of 204 The highest individual score still stands for 58 years where Clive Inman, an old Peterite, Leicestershire and former Ceylon player struck an unbeaten 204 in 1954. Another Peterite and Test player Malinda Warnapura scored 159 in the 1998 encounter. For the Joes, Hareen Perera became the highest individual scorer with an unbeaten 141 in 2009 while the present Sri Lanka ODI player Dimuth Karunaratne struck 131 in 2007. Joe's Shenal Warnakula 9 for 41 The bowling record in the series is held by Josephian Shenal Warnakula ( 9 for 41) in 1997. Peterite Dion Walles too had captured 9 for 53 in 1947 and prior to that another Peterite Cyril Dias had the figures of 9 for 64) in 1933.

Teams: ST.JOSEPH'S COLLEGE: (from) Vidusha Jayasinghe (Captain), Dylon Fernandopulle, Sadeera Samarawickrema, Sachin Hewawasam, Asiri Supekshala, Priyamal Perera, Yashan Samarasinghe, Fabian Fernando, Shivane Allirajah, Dishan Dissanayake, Pathum Wickremasinghe and Dinal Fonseka.

ST.PETER'S COLLEGE: (from) Shehan Fernando (Captain), Shaseen Fernando, Lahiru Milantha (WK), Janitha Liyanage, Kavinda Tissera, Dushan Hemantha, Julien de Silva, Ranitha Liyanaarachie , Ali Khan, Udaka Galhena, Thanusha Jayawardena, Jason Buultjens, Dinith Hewathanthri.

SJC XI 2012ST.JOSEPH’S: seated (from left) Prashantha Ranaweera (Master-in-Charge), Dilshan Fonseka (Physical Trainer), Vidusha Jayasinghe (Captain), Rev.Fr. Sylvester Ranasinghe (Rector), Rev.Fr.Samith Rangana (P.O.G), Supekshala Jayatileka, (Vice- Captain), Susilough de S. Wijeratne (Cricket Manager) and Dilan Ramanayake(Coach). Standing 2nd Row (From left):. Sachin Hewawasam, Dylan Fernandopulle, Shivane Allirajah, Angelo Rodrigues, Sadheera Samarawickrema, Rajindu Rodrigo, Pathum Madusanka, Priyamal Perera and Yashan Samarasinghe.3rd row: (From left). Fabian Fernando, Suren de Silva, Dinal Fonseka, Arvindh Fernando, Shehan Perera, Nishitha Perera, Dishan Dissanayake and Damith Weerasinghe.

SPC XI 2012ST.PETER’S seated (from left): Piyal Salgado (Assistant coach), Kitto Fernandopulle (Asst. Coach), Kirthie Gunarathne (Head coach), Rev. Fr.Lakmin Prasanga Silva (Sports Coordinator), Shehan Fernando (Captain), Rev.Fr.Travis Gabriel (Rector), Dushan Hemantha (V.Captain), Wasantha Haputhanthri (Master-in-Charge), Sanath Chinthaka (Asst.Master-in-Charge), Shanaka Prasad Fernando (Fielding Coach), Mahesh de Silva (Manager) Standing (from left – 1st row): Shaseen Fernando, Kavinda de Tissera, Lahiru Milantha, Ali Khan, Ranitha Liyanarachchi, Jason Buultjens, Thanusha Jayawardena, Udaka Galhena and Julien de Zilva.Standing (from left: 2nd row): Chenura Obeysekera, Gayan de Silva, Dineth Hewathanthri, Chaturanga Rajapaksha, Janith Liyanage and Chemila Obeysekera.

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