Iswan Omar elected as head of CPRFU | Daily News

Iswan Omar elected as head of CPRFU


A founder member of the CPRFU Iswan Omar, a well-known figure in the rugby circle was re-elected as president of the union, two of the ex-presidents Dharmasiri Madugalle came in as Patron and Mohan Samarakoon Trustee. Another well-known figure in the rugby field Tuan Dole is the Vice President and the Immediate Past Presidents are Trevor Nugawela and Harin de Costa. M.H. Marikar comes in as secretary and C.P.P. Raj as Treasurer. The Committee is made of people like Milroy Mendis – Kandy SC, Anuja Mallawarachchie – Peradeniya University, Manjula Samarakoon – Dickoya MCC, Senaka Alawathugama – Dimbulla ACC, Kumar Dias Desinghe – OTSC, Gamini Jayasinghe – Kandy YSC, S.V.S. Liyanage – KRFC, Indika Perera – OARFC, Sarath Madugalle – Matale RFC, President Referees - Gerald Rasiah, President Coaching- Nihal Viper Gunaratne jnr., President Development - Abdul Rasheed, Schools Representative - Sudeera de Silva.

Schools Football organized by Education Department

The annual football tournament for schools organized by the Education Department of Central Province was held for three days, matches were played at Bogambara and Galagedera. In the boys under 18 Berewerts College Ampitiya became champions, with Trinity College taking second place and St. Sylvester’s third. Then in the under 16 Zahira College Gampola were the winners, St. Mary’s College Nawalapitya second and third place went to Al-Manar College Handesa. In the under 20, Dharmaraja College became champions and Trinity College were the runners-up with third place going to Dinaraja College Gampola. In the girls under 17 Viharamadevi BMV Kandy emerged champions, with Pillawella MV second and St. Joseph’s Convent Gampola third. With club football dead, thanks to the Education Department for organising this tournament to keep football alive in the hills.

Kandy beat Mawanella veterans

Kandy may be absolutely football mad, but most of its die-hard fans have rarely come closer to bringing the game back to the position where it once enjoyed. Recent weeks have seen several former footballers make the unexpected move of relocating football. Kandy football league has had a rocky history. But today it is allegedly marred by corruption, weak management, poor promotion, which at times leaves supporters wondering. To make matters worse the 2016 tournaments have still not been concluded. The 2017 AGM has not been held. It was nice to see, last Sunday veterans of Kandy and Mawanella in action. The two teams were called as Masters XI. Kandy Masters edged out Mawanella Masters by 2 goals to 1.

Mahamaya champions

Mahamaya Girls College scored 251 points and won the overall girls championship in the under 19 Aquatic championship 2017 held at the Sugathadasa swimming complex. J.U.I. Silva gave a superb display of swimming, in the 400meter freestyle, 1500m freestyle, 800m free style and 400m IM and also won the girls individual championship. In the boys event Trinity College’s Avon Dikdeniya was placed second in the under 19 200 LC meter.

Kandy overall champions

Kandy District Masters Athletic Association athletes made Kandy proud by becoming the champions at the Masters athletic Championship held at the Nuwara Eliya Municipal grounds. They scored 440 points. In the age group event over 50 women’s S.M.G.D.S. Kumari emerged champion, over 55 men’s W.M.W.K. Weerakoon, over 60 men’s S.P. Fernando , over 60 women’s Rohini Silva, over 70 men’s S.H. Amaradasa, H.M. Bandaranayake, over 80 men’s N.L.W Narasinghe all from Kandy were winners. There were masters athletes from Nuwara Eliya, Gampaha, Anuradhapura, Badulla, Kegalle, Puttalam, Colombo, Trincomalee who also won events.

Trinity, St Anthony’s good chance to win Cup and Plate

Trinity College and St. Anthony’s College have a good chance of winning the cup and the plate trophy in this year's inter school rugby championship. Trinity will have to beat Royal to take the cup championship, they have a lot of talented players and if they play as a team and the correct side is selected they are sure to win. From the first round they have been playing very well and they are one of the form teams. St. Anthony’s have all the chances of pocketing the Plate trophy if they beat Science College on Sunday. On form they have a well-balanced squad.

Why only coaching program what about club cricket?

A few days back Sri Lanka Cricket, Schools and Sports Science Unit had a program to educate cricket coaches at the Trinity College grounds pavilion at Asgiriya where there were many coaches even from out of Kandy. At one time Kandy had league, knockouts, and limited over tournaments for clubs today only classes for coaches to conduct cricket academies are held.

Wijawansa match commissioner

W.D.O. Wijawansa, a senior hand in schools rugby circle, will be the match commissioner today at the 1st leg of the Bradby shield. Wijaya as he is popular known, is involved with Sri Lanka schools rugby from 1992, and has served as ex-co member, treasurer and at present is the Central Province coordinator. He was POG of Vidyartha College for nearly 20 years. He can be seen in most of the Kandy school matches as match commissioner.

Schools hockey 7’s

From Kandy St. Sylvester’s, Dharmaraja, Trinity, Vidyartha and Kingswood have been invited for the All Island schools 7-a-side hockey tournament, which is organized by the Old Boys Hockey Association of S. Thomas’ College Matale at Edward Park today at 7.00 a.m. The winners and the runner up will receive trophies, medals, certificates and cash awards.

Dharmaraja in Ratmalana

Dharmaraja College will scrum down against Prince of Wales today at the Air Force grounds at Ratmalana. It will be interesting to see how both teams who are good in ball handling, dish out in this game. Rajans are playing the game at their best and have won all their second round matches. They had all the chance of pocketing the Plate but due to poor trying scoring they failed to gain the much needed bonus points.

Vidyartha–Lumbini on Sunday

Vidyartha fielding a very young outfit, will be at full strength against Lumbini College in their school rugby fixture on Sunday. Vidyartha who have played three games, losing all of them are determined to bounce back. Their coach Anil Jayasinghe expects a good game today.


A rousing clash is in the offing when the strong Antonians take on Science College in what should turn out to be a bitter forwards battle at Nittawela grounds on Sunday evening. Kick off is at 4.30 pm. A win for the Antonians will give them the plate title. Antonians in their last outing went onto score over one hundred points. They are expected to repeat the same form.

PT Rajan 6-a-side hockey

Today will be the finals of the four day under 13,15,17 and 19 six a side schools invitation hockey tournament organized by the Playgrounds Department of the KMC and played at the PT Rajan playgrounds. The winning team will be presented with the PT Rajan trophy.

6-a-side cricket

The SIBA campus annual 6-a-side cricket tournament was worked off at the Kengalla MV grounds, where seven men's and six women's teams were seen in action, and both tournaments produced good cricket. The men's team led by Ruwantha Ekanayake emerged as champions and the women's team led by K.G.A.K. Senareka were champions. The tournament was held under the patronage of CEO of SIBA campus Dr. Upali Sedara. The champion men's team comprised Ruwantha Ekanayake, Udith Korelagedera, Mahesh Dissanayake, Waruna Wijesinghe, Dinesh Chathuranga and Indunil Samarananda. The champion women's team comprised K.G.A.K. Sandareka had players like P.H.N. Sulakshani, A.R.M.I.A. Bandara, D.G.A. Dilrukshi, Shanija Kumari, S.N.A.S. Kumari.

52nd rugger ball

The 52nd Rugger Ball will take place today soon after the Bradby at Grand Kandyan Hotel organised by the Old Boys Association of Kandy Branch organizing committee headed by Dr. Ajey Jayaseelan. The organisers are Kandy Branch of the OBA, headed by Sampath Jayaratne, past president M. Suliman, Sabry Abuthahir, Danaraja Reddy, Bathiya Welegedera, Chanuka Bandara, Joel Ganapragasam, and Anas Lathif.

Sportsmen KMR president

KMR Kulatunga sportsman who played football and hockey and was also a fine javelin thrower was elected as president of Dharmaraja Foundation. He was also a top class cadet at junior and senior level and was the sergeant of the school. He served as a sergeant major of the 2nd battalion of the Ceylon Cadet Corp and was the president of the OBA 2011 to 2013, during his period they celebrated the 25th anniversary. He is the current president of the Kandy Club and gives a big hand for sports over in Kandy.

Cup will be presented today at Pallekelle

Today Saturday May 20 is going to be the schools cup competition deciding game. The winners of the Trinity-Royal game will be presented the Cup. Trinity are aiming for the league title, with a history of good performance, if Trinity wins it will be after 40 years. The last time they won the schools league title was in 1987 under Tyrell Rajapakse.


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