When Lorenz Pereira reigned supreme
Lorenz Pereira captained the Combined College Cricket Team in 1958 Standing L – R: M.L. Idroos (STC), Raja de Silva (SJC), Anton Perera (SPC), Kingsley Fernando (St. Seb C), Priya Perera (SJC), Y. Amaradasa (Ananda), Suranjith Mendis (POW). Seated L – R: Lionel Fernando (SBC), Lorenz Pereira (Royal), L.R. Gunatilleke (Wesley C) and Sarath Samarasinghe (Royal).
Eustace Lorenz Pereira could quite easily be regarded as the most outstanding sportsman produced in the 180-year-old history of Royal College, Colombo, an academic institution that can trace its beginnings way back to 1835. As the college song goes “and thence did Lanka’s learning thrive.”
Lorenz (Lollo to some), as he is affectionately known, excelled – and that is merely putting it mildly –with five colours in major sports – cricket, rugby, tennis, athletics and, in addition, Public Schools athletics colours. He also captained the Royal cricket and tennis teams and captained rugby football at the national level. It was not just the five colours, but the quality and high standard achieved in each that stands out. Over and above all of that he was the epitome of a well-rounded sportsman and a role model for any youngster to follow. (more…)