Trevine Rodrigo

Conrad De Silva stunned the Voice on Channel 7 by appearing as the oldest entry in its history – by Trevine Rodrigo (eLanka: Melbourne) The famed ANZAC saying, “Age shall not weary them”, bore true significance just two days after the celebration of the historic event, when 80- year- old Conrad De Silva stunned the Voice on Channel 7 by appearing as the oldest entry in its history.  To gain selection itself is epic in this supercharged series which draws the best talent from around the country.  The former Sri Lanka singing icon who has thrilled audiences for over five decades, chanced his luck,  but more importantly set an important precedent about never believing it is too late to take on a challenge.  At 80 years old he will be remembered as the oldest competitor on the Voice in its history an amazing feat unlikely to be emulated in the ...

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Thomians grab Peninsula Trophy at Sydney touch Sevens – By Trevine Rodrigo reporting from Sydney The weather God’s and S.Thomas aligned in Sydney to provide the unexpected at the Sri Lanka Schools Sevens touch Rugby competition graced by an appreciative crowd.  Inclement weather was forecast for the day,  and a well drilled Dharmaraja College was expected to go back to back at this now emerging competition in Sydney’s Sri Lanka expatriate sporting calendar.  But the unforeseen was delivered, with sunny conditions throughout, and the Thomians provided the upset of the competition when they stunned the favourites, Dharmaraja in the final, to grab the Peninsula Motor Group Trophy.  Still in its infancy, the Sevens touch competition, drawn on the lines of Rugby League rules, found new flair and more enthusiasm among its growing number of fans through the injection of players from around Australia opposed to the initial tournament which was ...

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Ceylon Girls Restaurant offers that difference – by Trevine Rodrigo (Melbourne: eLanka) Nestled away from the hustle and bustle of the highly competitive Sri Lankan eating places in Dandenong and its surrounds in Skye Road Frankston, is “Ceylon Girls”, a quaint little restaurant which exudes class and quality. Friendly owner Angela Lord Evans had no qualms about explaining her choice of location to us as Esric Jackson (he lured us there), my wife Anne and I listened to her reasoning and why it has been a success over the past few months since its inception. Being our first experience, we decided we will settle on a simple rice and curry to get an assessment of the basic cuisine on offer. We left with no regrets. The Ceylon Girls restaurant has a wide array of options for dining out. Although limited in capacity to 55 pax, the options on offer include, ...

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Rozanne De Silva celebrates her milestone 50th – an extravagant birthday bash thrown by Jude De Silva for wife Rozanne – by Trevine Rodrigo (Melbourne) The Lincoln in Toorak was abuzz at an extravagant birthday bash thrown by Jude De Silva for wife Rozanne to celebrate her milestone 50th. It was a night laced with entertainment plus, as a cross section of family and friends gathered to make the night memorable. The beautiful Events and Function venue came alive to the wonderful music of Shehara and George Rodrigo from Redemption complemented by dynamic dance band “Big City Beat” a talented dance and vocal group who provided the ideal contrast for the mixed age group present. It was an enjoyable night of fine cuisine, delectable entrees and finger food of high quality. Rozanne, resplendent, and glowing in the limelight, was fittingly spoilt throughout the night by doting husband Jude and their ...

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Combined Schools, a Grand night of superb entertainment – by Trevine Rodrigo (Melbourne) Melbourne erupted into a Covid free musical spectacular as the Grand on Cathies Lane in Wantirna came alive at the Combined Schools Dinner dance that brought back the days of pure entertainment, missing for a while, due to restrictions,  over the past two years.  A galaxy of local talent brought together by highly-energised Esric Jackson and a handpicked bunch of musicians, gave music starved Melburnians a night of superb music matched by a classy cuisine usually associated with the Grand, in a night to remember.  According to Esric, ” Not one person left the Grand without paying  glowing compliments about what a fantastic night they had”.  And the Grand Receptions led by Jude de Silva spared no pain to make the venue showcase why it is the ultimate choice for grand functions. Three of Melbourne’s best bands,  ...

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Sinhala Avuruddu and Tamil New year celebration at Sweeney Reserve in Berwick (Melbourne) – write up & photos thanks to Trevine Rodrigo (Melbourne) A wet and wintery Melbourne Saturday did little to dampen the spirits of Sri Lankans and well wishers who thronged Sweeney Reserve in Berwick to usher in Sinhala Avuruddu and Tamil New year celebrations. A capacity crowd, numbering several thousand, including celebrities, VIPS and politicians from Australian Labour and Liberal parties braved the inclement weather just to be supportive of Sri Lanka’s important cultural day in the 2022 calendar. Acknowledgements to energetic Sri Lankans who have made major contributions to the Australian business and economic upliftment, and others in the entertainment industry, medical profession and interaction towards the assimilation of the massive expatriate population in Melbourne was made to several prominent Individuals. Sri Lanka Counsel General Kapila Fonseka was among the chief guests at the event. Victorian ...

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Goodbye legend, an incredible short but memorable innings – by Trevine Rodrigo (eLanka Sports editor) Shane Warne’s indelible mark on cricket could not have been more emphasized than the overwhelming send off at the hallowed MCG.  Melbourne and Australia’s iconic hero who took the world by storm with his uncanny talent that revolutionised leg spin, was given an unforgettable send off in the final siren of the life of a champion.  He was not just a champion of sport, he championed what a true sportsman should be. The fact that Warnie was a fiercely a competitive cricketer who would stop at nothing to swing the scales in favour of whom he represented, was testament to his commitment in whatever he undertook.  While everyone stereotyped him to be a cricketer or to a lesser degree a Footy wannabe, Warnie was very much more. He filled a lifetime so short,  fulfilling more than ...

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Rugby League – Bellamy’s fitting 500th game celebration, a thriller – by Trevine Rodrigo (Melbourne: eLanka Sports Editor)   Ryan Papenhuyzen came to the rescue of Craig Bellamy’s 500 game celebration with a spectacular field goal to give a complacent Melbourne Storm a pulsating win over South Sydney in extra time. The Storm, who jumped the Rabbitiohs in the first half, nearly squandered their advantage when they blew a 14 point lead to let the Sydneysiders level things at full-time through a Lattrell Mitchell bomb seconds from full time. The effervescent Pappenhuyzen, cool and calm, pulled off a miraculous golden point win when the talented backman cleverly jinked through the advancing defence, then nailed a superb drop goal minutes into the deciding extra time in front of an elated home crowd for the first time in a year.  Logic at that stage clearly indicated that an undermanned and down to ...

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Aussies under the microscope to deliver in Karachi – by Trevine Rodrigo (Melbourne – eLanka Sports editor) Photo source:youngwitness.com.au Australia have lived up to my predictions that they will not roll over and get done by the Pakistanis so far.  But the controversial tactics adopted in the second Test throws up questions about decision making after Justin Langer walked away from the team. Yes, batting again seemed like  a good plan at the time.  But it did also open up a vulnerable situation as the home team chanced their arm and attempted to run down what seemed an improbable target.  The game in the end could have gone either way. But hindsight suggests enforcing the follow on would have been the safer option giving the Aussies control and a win would have been there for the taking,  rather than the twists and turns. The last Test in Karachi sees the ...

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A tale of contrasts? – by Trevine Rodrigo (Melbourne – eLanka Sports editor) Photo source: Sportskeeda India’s batsmen revelled at Bengaluru but  Sri Lanka made it look like their turn to bat was at  another venue. Sad but true, Sri Lanka are far away from being competitive against anyone close to the the  best.  Actually very far. Sad as it sounds, catching up with where they once belonged not so long ago in world standings,  is a long, long way from where they need to be. And getting there,  seems a long, long way away.  Quite unlike in the past, Sri Lanka is in an uncertain transition trying to claw their way back to where their predecessors belonged. The expectation from this cricket mad country is high among its millions of fans. But the trough they are in at the moment is far too deep at this stage for them ...

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