Trevine Rodrigo

Melbourne erupts with a frenzied rush to ’22 – by Trevine Rodrigo Fun loving Melburnians who have been starved of interaction and entertainment over the past two years due to Covid restrictions can look forward to a brighter New Year and a hope for better things in ’22.  And, they have erupted into action like excited animals set free to roam once more. The effects of the crippling pandemic which brought the world to its knees has had an adverse effect on millions of outgoing people. So much so that there is an evident split in the reaction to it. Not all are in the mindset of going out anymore while others are going berserk enjoying the new freedom that has now opened up. Sr Lankan expats who have endured the longest lockdown in the world in Melbourne are breathing a sigh of relief that this year will be a much more close to norm event unlike last ...

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Sri Lanka’s fortunes are on the rise despite limited success – BY TREVINE RODRIGO IN MELBOURNE Photo source: CricketAddictor ( https://cricketaddictor.com/icc-t20-wc-2021/icc-t20-world-cup-2021-sri-lanka-announces-15-member-squad-for-the-tournament/ ) Sri Lanka’s attempt to resurrect its dying image as a force in international cricket hit a vital stumbling block when they squandered a chance to topple South Africa in the T20 World Cup in Sharjah. But all is not lost as a mostly inexperienced outfit showed grit in a last over disaster to warn the rest of the world that they are well on the way back to being respected and feared as they were during the reign of Arjuna Ranatunge, Sanath Jayasuriya, Aravinda De Silva, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene and Tillekeratne Dilshan and a few others who had them riding the crest of a wave during their time with the Island nation. Sliding down to the embarrassing depths of having to qualify for the Super 12’s, the Lankans romped ...

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Sri Lanka need a different mindset to topple England march – By Trevine Rodrigo in Melbourne.    Sri Lanka need to learn from England’s demolition of Australia and adopt a strategy that is different, if they are to throw a spanner in the works and contain the frightening aspect of being batted out of the competition.  Australian reliance on proven pace was nullified to an embarrassing reality by the England batsmen who smashed them to all parts of the ground in what was the ultimate difference between two of the heavyweights of the competition.  Jos Butter proved to be the catalyst in the final outcome with a gem of an innings that ripped the heart out of the never say die Aussies. But it really boiled down to solid technique and super analysis of the conditions and wickets that saw the English superstar use his experience to make the feared Australian ...

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Cameron Colombege – by Trevine Rodrigo (Melbourne) Top Melbourne entertainer and gifted musician Cameron Colombege who has entertained thousands of fans in all genres for many decades underwent a heart bypass at the Monash Medical centre in Melbourne. He suffered discomfort and was rushed to Monash Hospital in a stable condition before being diagnosed with several blockages to his arteries which needed urgent attention. An old boy of St. Peter’s College Bambalapitiya, Colombege has showcased his versatility as an exceptionally talented Keyboard player and Bass guitarist apart from being an outstanding vocalist. He has been instrumental in backing some of Sri Lanka’s best musicians including Desmond De Silva, Mariazelle Goonetilleke, and a host of others during a long and illustrious musical journey. In Melbourne, Colombege has played alongside some of the best bands going around such as Replay 6, Midnight Mist, Redemption and has now formed his own set up Ebony, which also has Esric ...

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Sandra Jackson – A Tribute – By Trevine Rodrigo (Melbourne) A heart rendering tribute entitled “Darling, this song is just for you”, to a wife, soulmate and devoted mum and grandma is Esric Jackson’s dedication to dearly departed wife Sandra who left this world in the prime of her colourful musical journey. It’s been three years since Sandra Jackson succumbed to Pulmonary Fibrosis and a life that brought joy to thousands of music fans here in Australia and around the world, a life that was tragically cut short. Sandra was instrumental in promoting and mentoring many budding musicians here in Australia and from overseas. And her own contribution, which was indelible, left many in awe at her power packed performances. She was renowned for her incredible version of Tina Turners hit “Simply the best ” which she was tagged to for most of her wonderful career. Esric had been dealing with his own ...

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Sinhala & Tamil Avurudu (New Year) Celebrations at Walawwa – Breakout from Lockdown! – By Trevine Rodrigo in Melbourne Sinhala & Tamil Avurudda with a classy array of special events, fabulous cuisine and a mix of politicians and celebrities was the highlight of this year’s Walawwa festivities. The breakout from lockdown last year could not have been more emphatic as Melburnians flocked in large numbers to usher in the traditional Sri Lankan celebrations of Sinhala and Tamil New year and they partied with gusto returning the event to near normalcy in prevailing Covid-19 restrictions. Walawwa owners Nash Samarakoon and Shehan Wijewardena spearheaded a well knit team that organised and executed a well orchestrated afternoon program that included the selection of Avuruddu Kumari and Kumaraya. Traditional events for kids and the younger generation was also a feature providing family entertainment and an all round good time. The smorgasbord lunch on offer ...

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Obituary – Genevieve Verbenia Rodrigo We art eLanka are really sad to hear the sad news of the passing of Trevine Rodrigo’s dear mum; Genevieve Verbenia ( Cherry to those who knew her intimately) Rodrigo. Mrs Rodrigo succumbed after her battle with numerous ailments which slowed her down and ultimately freed her of her pain and suffering. She is safe in the hands of our Lord. Genevieve Verbenia Rodrigo will now join her husband who left us 25 years ago. May her soul rest in eternal peace. Trevine Rodrigo is eLanka’s Sports writer and a renowned journalist & author! Update: Rosary to be held at Allison Monkhouse. Cnr. Stud Rd. and Burwood Highway, Knoxfield on Thursday 18.3.21 at 3p.m. Funeral mass on Friday, March 19 at Resurrection Church, 402 Corrigan Road in Keysborough at 12 noon. Followed by burial at Springvale Cemetery at 1.30 p.m. Pescott Lawn. We will update ...

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Vale Olga Ramasamy – A Tribute – By Trevine Rodrigo Tribute:  The following is an abridged version of the eulogy given by Olga’s daughter Dhulani Muthu-Krishna  Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house (Matthew 5:15). A tribute to Olga Ramasamy (OAM) – Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Great Grandmother, Aunty, a good friend to all and above all, an elegant Lady.  On 22nd April she was taken away from us to receive her well-earned rewards in heaven, but the lamp that she lit on earth and the example she set for others to follow, will live on forever in life and in our hearts. Just ‘Olga’ to many, many people and ‘Mum or Mummy’ to us, she was always an elegant lady who went about her business with quiet confidence and strength.  ...

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Cricket: Sri Lanka’s women’s squad in Melbourne Sri Lanka’s women’s squad arrived in Melbourne ahead of their important assignment in Australia at the upcoming World Cup.  The team led by superstar Chamari Atapattu appeared ready to make an impression after important lessons learned from their earlier tour here where they were comprehensively beaten by world number one Australia who are outright favourites to go back-to-back at home. The felicitation to the cricketers at the Grand on Princes in Melbourne organized by Malik Zaveer, Sri Lanka’s Australian representative, was a huge success with a crowd of nearly 300 enjoying a lavish dinner and  super music by top Melbourne dance band Redemption. The cricketers surprised their fans when  they showcased their other talent, on the dance floor, and their energy was electrifying as Redemption fed them with non-stop Bailas at a very entertaining night. Pics. By Bryan Perera and Trevine Rodrigo.  Please ...

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Annual Golf tournament in memory of Julius Ferdinands  An annual Golf tournament in memory of Julius Ferdinands who passed away in Melbourne in 2018 was held at the Waverley Golf course recently.  The event was put together by Julius’s wife Romaine together with Philip Morris, Mohan Liyanage.and brother Anton Ferdinands.   (Photos thanks to Trevine Rodrigo)   ...

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