Articles

Long distance runner Linus Dias brought fame and glory to Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan Olympic stars of yesteryear

Long distance runner Linus Dias brought fame and glory to Sri Lanka

Linus Dias entered the international athletics arena having participated and displayed his talents at Inter-schools and National level events as a student of Ampitya Vidyalaya, Kandy.

Linus was also the Sri Lankan Team Captain for the Olympic Games in Rome in 1960. As a schoolboy he won the third place in the 1,500m while causing a serious threat to some of the more senior competitors who participated in this event at the National Championships in 1951.

In 1950, he quite easily won the 1-mile race at the Junior Athletics Meet and at the Public Schools Athletic Meet. In 1953, at the National Championships he was placed second in the 1,500m event.

In 1954, he won the 1,500m event at the National Championship finishing the race in 4 minutes and 12.9s and the 5,000m in 20 minutes and 20.6s.

Linus, who was by now serving the Sri Lanka Army gave up the 1,500m event and trained for the 5,000m and the 10,000m events.

In 1954 he won the 5,000m event at the Army Athletics Meet in 16 minutes and 12.4s. In 1959, he took part in an international meet for the first time in Malaysia. He came second in the 3-mile event.

Although the 10,000m race was not scheduled for National events during the period from 1952 to 1962, Linus had recorded a time of 34.00 minutes while training.

In 1956, in the 5,000m event, Linus was placed second. In 1958, at the Asian Games in Tokyo, Japan he came second in the 10,000m event. He had finished the course in 34:4.5s and this was also a new Sri Land record.

The same year, Linus won the 6-mile and the 3-mile events at the Sports Festival held in Malaysia.

In the Triangular Athletics Meet involving Madras, Mysore and Sri Lanka, Linus won the marathon. In 1959, Linus won the marathon event at the Championship organised by the Ceylon Track and Field Club.

He improved on his best performance by returning a time of 2 hours 33.43s. At the Athletics Meet held in India between the Ace Athletics Club and the Bangalore Sports Club, Linus won both 5,000m and the 10,000m events while establishing Mysore State records in these events.

In 1960 too he won the marathon event held in Madras. Linus was then selected for the Olympic Games in Rome in 1960 on the basis of these victories.

He was the 39th out of 69 competitors finishing the event in 2 hours, 32 minutes and 12s. This performance was an improvement on the Sri Lanka record and the Asian record.

In 1961, he won the 5,000m event at the Nationals with a time of 15.8.4s and established a Sri Lanka record. This was a great improvement on the existing record of 15:37.2s which was considered a remarkable achievement. (C.D)

Read More →

Lakala Perera excellent ruggerite and coach by Althaf Nawaz

 

Lakala Perera excellent ruggerite and coach Althaf Nawaz

source:-dailynews

It is rare to find a rugby player who is capable of playing in several positions unless he is a highly skilled person. Lakala Perera was one of them who handled the rugby ball in various positions, after engaging in several sporting disciplines as a schoolboy and later turned out to be a scintillating rugby player and an excellent coach.

Lakala was born in 1981 and Susil Perera is his father, a musician by profession who hails from a family involved in professional music. Ruby Grace is his mother who is a housewife. He has three siblings with elder brother Isuru another Peterite was a professional football player representing Saunders Sports Club later donned the National jersey. His elder sister is Erandathi who is a housewife while his younger brother is Maduka another Peterite following the footsteps of his father as a musician.

Lakala was admitted to St. Peter’s College, Colombo as a primary class student in 1987 and went on to complete his higher studies by 2000. From his younger days he was involved in sports. He then joined the school basketball team followed by the cricket, soccer and rugby teams. He captained the basketball under-17 team in 1998 and dribbled the football to annex the ‘Best Player’s award at the big match in 1999 against their traditional rivals St. Joseph’s College, Colombo. Getting into rugby was encouraged by one of his classmates Warren Peters, who was also a sportsman, who represented college in cricket and rugby.

He started playing in the under-13 team in 1992 coached by B.K. Ramachandran. Continued playing in the under-15 team coached by Kelum Senaratne and Shantha Dharmaratne while the under-17 team was coached by Sunanda Fernando. He established a regular place in the College first XV Rugby team in the 1999 and 2000 seasons. Due to his fine performance he bagged the ‘Best players’ award in 1999. He further grabbed the College colours for basketball and rugby for his splendid performances. Gavin Ludowyke led the Peterites team in 1999 and lost to Ananda in the semi finals under the coaching of Cicero de Fonseka. The 2000 season was played under the captaincy of Gladwin Georgesz under the coaching of S.W.Chang where they went down to Kingswood in the semi finals of the schools knock-out tournament.

He played a dual role as fly half and at times as a scrum half most of his school career starting from junior rugby. However, in 2000, in his final year in school, his coach S. W. Chang advised him to swap position in the back line as a wing three quarter, if he intends to continue rugby up to a professional level, after noticing his ball handling skills. This bold move enabled him to represent Sri Lanka Rugby from 2001 to 2008 as a wing three quarter.

He then opted to play for Havelock Sports Club which was also motivated by S.W. Chang. He locked horns for them from 2001 to 2005. With his participation there, he played a pivotal role in winning the under- 24 sevens and XV-a-side rugby in 2001 followed by the senior club sevens in

2001/02 seasons, where he was adjudged ‘Best Player’ of the tournament in 2002. In 2003, the Park Club won the President’s Trophy Knockout Tournament under Shafi Hassan’s captaincy. Sanjeewa Jayasinghe was his first captain in 2001 and went on to play under Rajiv Sornaratne in 2002, under Miskin Deen in 2004, under Rajiv Ganapathy in 2005 respectively. Subsequently, he was stricken by an injury to his hand in 2006 which sidelined him the whole season.

Soon after recovery in 2007, he decided to change clubs and scrum down with CH and FC. In 2007, he played under Dilanka Wijesekera, in 2008 under Jayantha Ranaweera, and in 2009 under Achala Perera, in 2010 under Dinesh Sanjeewa and finally in 2011, he was entrusted to lead the Gymkhana Club to end his illustrious club rugby career which spanned over a decade. Tony Amit was his coach at CH and FC.

He got the National call to represent the sevens team in 2001 onwards playing in the Singer Sri Lankan Tournament from 2001 to 2004. He also was a member of the Sri Lanka team at the Hong Kong Sevens in 2002,2003 and 2008 while playing in the Dubai International Sevens in 2001,2002 and 2003, where he was instrumental in scoring tries against Kenya, France and in

South Africa sevens in 2003. He also took part in Asian Games in 2002 and Commonwealth Games the same year. His XV-a-side representation with the National side was at the Asian Games in Korea in 2002 and the Rugby Asiad held in Sri Lanka in 2007, where he scored four tries in the tournament. He was awarded the National Sporting Honours for Rugby in 2008 by the National Sports Council. He also played in the Mercantile Sevens and later received the award for the Best player in the final in 2002.

His wife is Annaliza Jayasekara who is an architect by profession and the two children are son Javin schooling at St.Peter’s and daughter Leah. He has been working for Hatton National Bank since 2002 up to date. He is serving as an assistant coach for Havelock Sports Club from 2018 up to date.

Read More →

KOTTOO- A NEW TASTE SENSATION HAS HIT SYDNEY CITY! – The All New Sri  Lankan Street Food by Dish in Sydney CBD – by eLanka

 

KOTTOO- A NEW TASTE SENSATION HAS HIT SYDNEY CITY! – The All New Sri  Lankan Street Food by Dish in Sydney CBD – by eLanka KOTTOO- A NEW TASTE SENSATION HAS HIT SYDNEY CITY! – The All New Sri  Lankan Street Food by Dish in Sydney CBD – by eLanka KOTTOO- A NEW TASTE SENSATION HAS HIT SYDNEY CITY! – The All New Sri  Lankan Street Food by Dish in Sydney CBD – by eLanka

KOTTOO Sri Lankan Street Food by DiSh on Hunter Street (2/50 Hunter Street, Sydney) opened their doors with a ‘soft’ opening on 14th Feb & the Grand opening on 15th Feb 2021 and is now opened and creating a buzz! 

It’s the only fast food Sri Lankan Restaurant of it’s kind in the heart of Sydney.

On 14th February 2021 for the soft launch of the restaurant, Mr. Lakshman Hulugalle, Consul General for Sri Lanka in Australia and other guests such as Desmond de Silva, Dr. Siri Kannangara attended the event and were present for the lighting of the traditional oil lamp.

 

KOTTOO- A NEW TASTE SENSATION HAS HIT SYDNEY CITY! – The All New Sri  Lankan Street Food by Dish in Sydney CBD – by eLanka KOTTOO- A NEW TASTE SENSATION HAS HIT SYDNEY CITY! – The All New Sri  Lankan Street Food by Dish in Sydney CBD – by eLanka

MC Duke – Duke Ramachandran as usual kept the place alive with his great MC skills..

KOTTOO- A NEW TASTE SENSATION HAS HIT SYDNEY CITY! – The All New Sri  Lankan Street Food by Dish in Sydney CBD – by eLanka

Manjula Fernando of course was asked to say a few words (seen below) about the restaurant and his passion for food!.

KOTTOO- A NEW TASTE SENSATION HAS HIT SYDNEY CITY! – The All New Sri  Lankan Street Food by Dish in Sydney CBD – by eLanka

KOTTOO- A NEW TASTE SENSATION HAS HIT SYDNEY CITY! – The All New Sri  Lankan Street Food by Dish in Sydney CBD – by eLanka

Manjula Fernando’s love affair with food began at the age of 19 in Colombo Sri Lanka.

Through hard work and dedication to his craft he went on to win two Gold Medals and 2 Silver Medals in an All Island Food Competition in Sri Lanka. He earned the respect of his peers and has held positions in popular hotels including the Colombo Hilton & holiday resorts in Sri Lanka.

Having moved to Australia Manjula worked as a Chef onboard a Private Yacht owned by Mr. Kerry Packer.

Manjula went on to working alongside some of Sydney’s finest Chefs at the Sir Stamford in Circular Quay in 2005.

He also runs another superb restaurant in Glebe “Sri Lankan Street Food” by Dish.

Grand Opening which was on 15th February, KOTTOO  restaurant will bring you all the famous Sri Lankan culinary delights such as Rice & Curry, Hoppers, String Hoppers and Kotthu Roti with that special ‘Manjula’ touch which only a very few chefs in the Lankan restaurants have managed to deliver!

KOTTOO- A NEW TASTE SENSATION HAS HIT SYDNEY CITY! – The All New Sri  Lankan Street Food by Dish in Sydney CBD – by eLanka KOTTOO- A NEW TASTE SENSATION HAS HIT SYDNEY CITY! – The All New Sri  Lankan Street Food by Dish in Sydney CBD – by eLanka

The exotic decor combined with the smell & flavor of herbs & spices in the mouthwatering dishes on the menu is enticing city workers & dwellers to taste and come back for more. Be part of the experience and visit KOTTOO…You won’t be disappointed.

GREAT MENU TO CHOOSE FROM

OPENING HOURS at present

MONDAY TO FRIDAY

9.00 am to 3.00pm

OPENING SOON FOR DINNER ON THURSDAY & FRIDAY AND LUNCH & DINNER ON SATURDAYS

KOTTOO- A NEW TASTE SENSATION HAS HIT SYDNEY CITY! – The All New Sri  Lankan Street Food by Dish in Sydney CBD – by eLanka

Read More →

Obituary for Leslie Fernando – Born 20th April, 1937 – Died 17th February, 2021

 

 

With heavy hearts the family of Leslie Fernando, age 83, announces his unexpected but peaceful passing on 17th February, 2021 at his home in Noble Park, Melbourne Vic. Australia.

Leslie is survived by his three children Michelle, Kevin and Andrea, his loving partner Shirley and her sons Cedric, Johan, Roger and Mark (Woody), and his beloved grand and great grandchildren.

He was born in Colombo, Sri Lanka to his late parents, Justin Everard Fernando and Edith Rosamond Fernando. Leslie was the second eldest of four children – brother Hylton (deceased), and sisters Yvonne and Audrey. 

Leslie was educated in his early years at St Joseph’s College in Colombo where he excelled in boxing, swimming and cadets.  At the age of 18 he joined the Ceylon Signals Corps, where he rose to the rank of Group Ex Class 1 in Technical Trade as Signalman. 

Leaving Sri Lanka in 1971, Leslie joined Standard Telephone Cables (later Alcatel) in Melbourne until his retirement.   

He played active and instrumental roles in the Burgher Association (Australia), where he was President and Committee Member for many years, the Ceylon Ex-Servicemen’s Association,  and Ceylon Freemasons. 

Leslie had a genuine love for family & friends, and was happiest when he was surrounded by those he cherished and loved.  He always had a great sense of adventure throughout his life, including fishing, hunting, golf, darts and exploring new places, which allowed him to make long life friends along the way, two of which, Jeff Koch and Ralph Moldrich, sadly recently passed away.  

He had an infectious personality that simply attracted people to him. He was always on the lookout for his next hobby or interest, and loved to search for the best equipment to go with it.  He loved cooking, but most of all sharing his delicious creations with others. 

He will be dearly missed by so many, Leslie (Devoted and loving Dad/Partner/Poppy/Brother/Uncle/Friend), we are all the richer for having you in our lives, but take great comfort in knowing you will be welcomed into the loving arms of all those who have gone before you.  May you rest in peace.

A Viewing will be held at Tobin Brothers Currents of Life Chapel, 505 Princes Highway, Noble Park (opposite Browns Road) on Tuesday 2nd March 2021 at 5:00 pm.   

Funeral Mass for Mr Leslie Fernando will be offered at St Anthony’s Church, 90 Buckley Street, Noble Park on Wednesday 3rd March 2021 at 11:00 am. 

Refreshments will be served in the Parish Hall at the conclusion of Mass.   

The Funeral Mass for Leslie will be webcast live at:  https://tobinbrothers.com.au/tribute/details/19236/Leslie-Fernando/obituary.html#tribute-start

 

Read More →

Rugby star Muthuthanthri has mesmerized many opponents by Indika Welagedara

 

Rugby star Muthuthanthri has mesmerized many opponents by Indika Welagedara

Source:-dailynews

Today we go Off the Field with this highly talented, dedicated and hard working former S.Thomas’ College Mount Lavinia rugby player , only Sri Lankan rugby player thus far to represent a New Zealand ‘A’ Division rugby club (Auckland Sevens team), former Sri Lanka national Sevens and XV a side captain, present CH and FC rugby captain cum champion rugby player Sudarshana Muthuthanthri, who has mesmerized many opponents with his fierce brand of rugby all around the world.

 

Rugby star Muthuthanthri has mesmerized many opponents by Indika Welagedara

*Full Name -Sudharshana Muthuthanthri
*Hometown -Colombo
*Birthday -August 25th
*Passions – Rugby
*Favourite Colour – Black and white

Q: What made you enter the world of sports?
I like being active and being among friends so that made me get into sports

Q: Who has supported you the most?
Family

Rugby star Muthuthanthri has mesmerized many opponents by Indika Welagedara

Q: What do you do for fun?
Surfing, watch movies, cycling and hanging out with friends.

Q: What are the top priorities in your life?
Faith and family.

Q: What was your most unforgettable memory/incident?
Wearing the Auckland jersey for the first time representing Sri Lanka and leading the national side

Q: Who is your favourite sportsman?
Tom Brady and Stephen Curry

Q: What’s your favourite holiday destination?
Down south in Sri Lanka because I like the beach.

Q: What is the greatest accomplishment in your life?
Greatest accomplishment is being true to myself and having the mindset of getting better as a person everyday

Q: Who is your favourite singer?
I don’t have a favourite singer I listen to all genres of music

Rugby star Muthuthanthri has mesmerized many opponents by Indika Welagedara

Q: What is your favourite song?
“Spirit lead me” by Michael ketterer

Q: If you had one day left to live, what would you do?
Spend the day with loved ones

Q: Who do you sometimes compare yourself to?
I think I’m unique, so i don’t compare myself to anyone and there’s only one “Muthu”

Q: What’s the best compliment you have received?
That I’m kind and honest

Q: Are you happy with all your achievements?
Yes, I don’t have any regrets, but there’s more to do

Q: What’s your favourite movie?
Blind side

Q: Who’s your favourite Actor?
Joaquin Phoenix, Mark Wahlberg, Julia Roberts, Sandra Bullock, Kevin Hart and Dwayne Johnson

Q: Are you doing what you believe in, or are you settling for what you are doing?
Yes I believe the path set for me is already chosen by God and I’m enjoying the journey, that’s what I believe.

Q: How would you describe yourself in two words?
Hard working

Read More →

SJB defends Vaas and lambasts SLC top rung By Saman Indrajith

 

SJB defends Vaas and lambasts SLC top rung By Saman Indrajith

Source:-island

The main Opposition, SJB in Parliament yesterday found fault with Sri Lanka Cricket for having launched a vilification campaign against veteran cricketer Chaminda Vaas, and claiming that he had sought to hold ‘the game of cricket to ransom.’

SJB Kurunegala District MP Thushara Indunil said that it was very disheartening to see how the cricket officials had resorted to dirty tactics in a bid to tarnish the image of one of the best cricketers Sri Lanka had produced.

“Cricket is a brand in this country and Vaas was among those who uplifted the game to that level. We know that most officials in Sri Lanka are corrupt. During a recent COPE investigation the officials of Sri Lanka Cricket were dumbfounded and did not have responses to charges against them. We know that the Chief Operations Officer of Sri Lanka Cricket got a pay hike amounting to one million rupees and its Chief Executive Officer got a pay hike of between Rs 550,000 to Rs 600,000. Others working for the SLC do not get such benefits and cannot have their salaries increased in that manner. It is such officials who are now finding fault with Vaas and accuse him of demanding an additional payment of 3,500 US dollars. It is unfortunate to see the way officials treat our former players and tarnishing their names,” the MP said.

Sports Minister Namal Rajapaksa said Vaas had decided to step down from his post of fast bowling coach hours before the team departed for the West Indies tour. “I personally regret that he made such a decision. Vaas was appointed to that position recently and after that he made a request for the increment. I have no criticism against that. Yet, the Board needs time to allocate funds and that has to be done by its Executive Committee. Following the dispute Vass tendered his resignation and the board has accepted it.”

 MP Indunil said that the amount allocated for Vass was less than his predecessor, an Australian national by the name of David Saker, and asked why Sri Lanka Cricket could not pay Vaas at least that amount.

 Minister Rajapaksa said that the amount had been decided as per the terms of the contract between Vaas and Sri Lanka Cricket. The contract still exists and there is a procedure to follow when asking for an increment,” the Minister said.

Read More →

Ashen Bandara set to raise Sri Lanka’s fielding standards by Rex Clementine

 

Ashen Bandara set to raise Sri Lanka’s fielding standards by Rex Clementine

Source:-island

Over the years, there’s been a few concerns about Sri Lanka’s poor fielding standards. Dropped catches have cost the national cricket team dearly with costliest of them being at the Champions Trophy in 2017 in Wales when Thisara Perera put down Sarfraz Ahmed. At the post match media briefing, the Pakistan captain rubbed salt into wounds saying, ‘I will remember it for the rest of my life and he will remember it for the rest of his life.’ Pakistan went onto win the title beating arch-rivals India in the final at The Oval. Mickey Arthur was Pakistan’s coach.

Arthur desperately searches for fielding excellence and he was able to raise Pakistan’s standards. He seems like pushing for excellence in fielding with Sri Lanka too and several young players who are good fielders are being drafted into the side and the most exciting of them all is Ashen Bandara.

Galle has produced many fine cricket talents in recent years with Richmond College producing most of these standout players. Bandara, however, is from St. Aloysius.

In 2017, during the Galle Test against India, a few players were injured and soon word was sent to the closest school to the ground to send a few players just in case of emergency. So St. Aloysius sent down a few of their First XI cricketers and Ashen was one of them.

In fact, Ashen had to come onto the field for a session. He was electric – diving around and sprinting like a cheetah to cut off boundaries. He caught the imagination of Indian skipper Virat Kohli, who predicted a bright future for the young kid.

That Ashen would go onto make headlines in international cricket was first predicted by Upul Chandana, the fielding coach of Sri Lanka Under-19.

“We are really pleased that both Ashen Bandara and Pathum Nissanka are joining us on tour for the first time. They are both dynamic and versatile in the field which is a credit to Manoj Abeywickrama and the staff at High Performance Center,” Shane McDermott, Fielding Coach of the Sri Lankan team told The Island.

“Ashen is very exciting young talent. He hits the ball well and he is very athletic. He has a good technique and he is electrifying in the field,” Head Coach Mickey Arthur said.

Read More →

Review – Colombo 21 Restaurant, Shop 6/3-9 Terminus St, Castle Hill NSW 2154 – Phone: (02) 8677 4998 – by Siva (BLUE ELEPHANT CATERERS)

Colombo 21 - Sri Lankan Restaurant - Castle Hill (Sydney)

Colombo 21 Restaurant CastleHill (Sydney) (1) Colombo 21 Restaurant CastleHill (Sydney) (1) Colombo 21 Restaurant CastleHill (Sydney) (1)

Colombo 21 Castle Hill (Sydney)

I was advised of the opening of a Sri Lankan restaurant in Castle Hill, by Young couple Ravi and Madusha with Very Experienced Chef Ari Vithanage. Ari Comes from Colombo and he is very skilled and is experienced in cooking many authentic dishes and He has worked at various five-star hotels for over 30 Years at Hotels such as Lanka Oberoi and Centre point in Sydney.  The location of Colombo 21 is very convenient, especially for diners residing around the North Shore and North West of Sydney.

Also, there is ample Free parking Behind the Restaurant.

The restaurant offers an excellent environment, friendly service, great menu choices, and very delicious food at affordable prices.

You can dine in or take-away at your convenience.

Colombo 21 provides authentic Sri Lankan cuisine and is welcomed by many diners who have a craving for authentic and spicy food.

“I have dined at the restaurant many times with family and friends and have always enjoyed the delectable cuisine. Their menu consists of many tasty dishes, but the stand-out dishes for me are the lamprais, devilled fish and prawns, the Colombo style seafood platter, fish curry to name a few.” This comment is from my friend Errol Diaz.

The Hopper nights are of great value consisting of egg and plain hoppers accompanied with a curry of your choice together with sambols (katta and seeni).

The restaurant does not hold a liquor license, BYO wine only is greatly accepted with a small charge for corkage.

As Friday and Saturday nights are their busiest, it is best to make a table reservation. 

It’s a  Family owned Restaurant, and the staff are always very friendly and committed to good food and service.

RESTAURANT OPENS:

TUESDAY TO SUNDAY FOR DINNER 5 PM TO LATE NIGHT.
THURSDAY TO SUNDAY FOR LUNCH 12NOON  TO 2.30 PM.

Wishing Colombo 21 all the best!

Siva
Siva

 

Colombo 21 Castle Hill (Sydney) Colombo 21 Castle Hill (Sydney) Colombo 21 Castle Hill (Sydney) Colombo 21 Castle Hill (Sydney) Colombo 21 Castle Hill (Sydney) Colombo 21 Castle Hill (Sydney)  Colombo 21 Castle Hill (Sydney) Colombo 21 Castle Hill (Sydney) Colombo 21 Castle Hill (Sydney)

Colombo 21 Castle Hill (Sydney)

 

Read More →
eLanka