Trevine Rodrigo

Country band Western Whiskey introduction to Sri Lankan dance goers in Melbourne for their superb Country and Western music. – By Trevine Rodrigo Country band Western Whiskey are making giant strides since their recent introduction to Sri Lankan dance goers in Melbourne for their superb Country and Western music. The mostly Indian musicians with promoter and Country maestro Esric Jackson who is actively promoting them, joined forces with keyboard sensation Alejandro Sonny Cajili III from Replay 6 to give dance goers a fabulous night titled, ‘ Christmas in July ‘. As for Christ being born twice in a year is a debatable ‘miracle’ that has not been revealed yet. But the night of fun, great music and a generous smorgasbord dinner made for a great experience that warmed a cold and frosty Melbourne night. One of the highlights of the superb music on offer was the fantastic vocals of Harold ...

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Another successful Eighty Club luncheon and a sellout crowd responded to make it a great afternoon at the Grand on Princes By Trevine Rodrigo It was another successful Eighty Club luncheon and a sellout crowd responded to make it a great afternoon at the Grand on Princes. The Eighty Club channels funds from the revenue gained to support the poor in Sri Lanka and sponsors kids in their educational aspirations. Elmo Wells-Jansz and the Grand on Princes ensured it was an entertaining afternoon. Eighty Club President Angelo Herft and former President Rodney de Kretser thanked patrons for their continued support. Please click here to view the full photo album on eLanka Facebook page  Click here to receive your free copy of the eLanka Newsletter twice a week delivered directly to your inbox! ...

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A cold and frosty night in Melbourne failed to overcome the warmth of the birthday celebration of Suresh De Cruze at the popular Walawwa. – By Trevine Rodrigo A cold and frosty night in Melbourne failed to overcome the warmth of the birthday celebration of Suresh De Cruze at the popular Walawwa. A few family members and friends took in the Street Food scene and enjoyed a night of fun and entertainment with plenty of laughter to celebrate the occasion. A beautiful birthday cake organised by Suresh’s wife Vanessa and kids Shanae and Ethan made the low key occasion complete. The Walawwa has made giant strides in the Street Food segment at an affordable price with a bit of musical entertainment thrown in for good measure. Under the direction of new Manager Desmond Foulstone, it strikes a chord with diners on a Thursday night for an early smorgasbord dinner with ...

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Shenal Rajapakse showed off his talent at a entertaining 21 birthday celebration at Trinco Bar and restaurant in Rowille – By Trevine Rodrigo The good looking young man who is one of two talented cricketers in Asoka and Nirmalie’s family, revealed his other talent as a singer in a Karaoke night to celebrate the occasion. He certainly has a plan B with his exceptional vocals. A happy crowd gathered to celebrate with Shenal and his family and the night was not out of the usual for a 21st. Invitees were dragged in to a sing-along and several responded to make it a well rounded celebration. A Smorgasbord dinner and celebratory drinks made it an eventful night. My wife Anne and I and my former journalist colleague Raine Wickrematunge and Shenal’s dad Asoka who was also a colleague at the Sun/Weekend newspaper in Sri Lanka, joined in to celebrate the important ...

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Springvale RSL’s ‘Taste of Asia’ Night Delights Guests with Food and Entertainment- By Trevine Rodrigo Another sold out night at the Springvale RSL endorsed what a popular venue it is for their ‘Taste of Asia ‘ concept that is drawing rave reviews for a night of quality food and entertainment at a very affordable price. Chef John Fernando and his team handle a busy schedule on the last Thursday of each month as they churn out a delectable smorgasbord menu with the added attraction of Sri Lankan Hoppers unlimited through the night. Elmo Wells-Jansz provides a fine selection of music with his exceptional vocals to make the night more special. A happy turnout enjoyed another successful Springvale RSL event.   Please click here to view the full photo album on eLanka Facebook page  Click here to receive your free copy of the eLanka Newsletter twice a week delivered directly to your inbox! ...

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Windies lift to seal 2-1series win in a thriller.  – BY TREVINE RODRIGO IN MELBOURNE.  (eLanka Sports Editor) As expected, the West Indies acclimatised, albeit a tad late, as they romped to a 2-1 series win over Sri Lanka to level things in the second T20 encounter in Hambantota.  Beaten comprehensively in the one-dayers, then stepping up in defeat in the first T20 game, was a sure indication that they were working out the conditions on a familiar venue and it came as no surprise that the short-sighted planning by the locals was definitely meant to backfire on the home team eventually.  While the venue planning, or a botched one is debatable, there is no doubt that the visitors now feel at home in Hambantota and the fact that Sri Lanka were beaten in the decider was not a huge surprise. The wash up will reveal if the single venue ...

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Sri Lanka women heap more more pain on Windies in T20 opener. – BY TREVINE RODRIGO IN MELBOURNE.  (eLanka Sports Editor) Sri Lanka continued to heap more pain on the touring West Indies with a resounding four- wicket win with 8 balls remaining in the first T20 encounter in Hambantota.  Sri Lanka skipper Chamari Athapaththu failed with the bat but struck telling blows with the ball to restrict the visitors to 134 for 8 after inviting them to take first lease of a wicket that seemed to have little terrors. The West Indies batters once again showed their vulnerability against spin as they put up a better showing but floundered to a below par total which Sri Lanka’s batters ran down without too much discomfort.  The sharp incline in the Women’s game has infused new interest to the cricket mad nation that has been starved of success from the men’s ...

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Athapaththu leads Sri Lanka to clean sweep over West Indies for the first time. – BY TREVINE RODRIGO IN MELBOURNE.  (eLanka Sports Editor) Chamari Athapaththu led Sri Lanka on a run spree to ensure a one-day series clean sweep against the West Indies in Hambantota.  The spirited Sri Lanka skipper has always stood up when the team is vulnerable and this time was no different as she continues to be the team’s guiding light. The win in emphatic fashion, was historic in terms of a series sweep against the West Indies and underlined Sri Lanka’s steady climb in the world rankings taking them to number five behind Australia, England, South Africa and India and raises hope for automatic qualifying for the World Cup. Athapaththu enjoying a charmed start to her innings  reached 50 off 70 balls then accelerated to 91 before falling short of a well deserved century going for an ...

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Sri Lanka women surge to series triumph in ‘Calypso ‘ style. Surge in the women’s game has given something for fans to cheer.- BY TREVINE RODRIGO IN MELBOURNE.(eLanka Sports Editor) Chamari Athapaththu’s gladiators set a new standard for Sri Lanka’s women’s cricket with another thrashing of the West Indies in game two while ending a 16 year drought against the Caribbean team.  The unassailable series 2-0 lead gives Sri Lanka’s women another scalp over one of the best in their march to the top tier of their world commitments. It also added another series success against a team they have not dominated before.  While their success is stunning and shapes as a difference from the men’s team who were humbled in the T20 World Cup, fans are hoping for continued success that would make them a drawcard and a refreshingly new following in future battles.  Rumesh Ratnayake and his team ...

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Sri Lanka return home after win over Netherlands and plenty of soul searching to do. Fans disappointed at poor showing. – BY TREVINE RODRIGO IN MELBOURNE.  (eLanka Sports Editor). Redemption was small yet ineffectual from a Sri Lankan fan perspective, as the disappointment of another botched T20 World Cup campaign came to an end in the Caribbean.  Sri Lanka set the record straight with the Netherlands who beat them in the warm up by crushing them by 88 runs in their final outing which also elevated them to third spot in the five nation group. It did nothing to avoid elimination.  The furious backlash from Sri Lankan fans worldwide was deafening in the media,  social media and all other communication platforms. But the response from the administrators at home was all excuses and refusal to accept accountability.  Blaming others for the team’s dismal showing and deflecting the lack of preparation for ...

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