eLanka Newsletter – 4th May 2022 – 2nd Edition – Sri Lankans In Australia Click here or on the image below to read this week’s elanka Newsletter “PLANTERS PERSONIFIED” – by Des Kelly SRI LANKA NEWS – APRIL 2022 ANZAC DAY CELEBRATIONS – by Lawry Heyn Singing alongside Victor – by GEORGE BRAINE SriLankan Airlines Adds A Record Number Of Sydney & Melbourne Flights – BY JAMES PEARSON Helmut Lotti – Time To Swing – by Patrick Ranasinghe Hypnotised – by Anil Wickrematunge Hypnotised – by Anil Wickrematunge Ashes opener axed, Maxwell’s exile extended as Aussies name Test squad – by Christy Doran PETER de NIESE sings ‘T A X I’ (ref songclips14 Foreigner 1995 Line up new front man vocalist Kelly Hansen – by Patrick Ranasinghe Brisbane Sri Lankan Newsletter – Dæhæna – May 2022 Prime Minister – Joint Media Release – Additional funding for youth-led mental health and ...

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When Ceylon’s stickers beat world-class Madras and Mysore-BY DENNIS DE ROSAYRO Source:Sundayobserver Before continuing from my series on Ceylon/Sri Lanka’ great hockey players, I would like to touch on some noteworthy performances by our hockey teams. After not being able to participate at the 1960 Rome Olympics, the Federation’s next target was the 1962 Asian Games in Djakarta. Freddie White, who was the vice captain on tours to India in 1957 and 1959, was selected as the captain of Ceylon for the 1963 Asian Games. Unfortunately, he withdrew from the team, citing the non-selection of two players, whom he felt were automatic choices. The reserve goalie, K. Tharmarajah, whose idol was Freddie, followed suit. This was a huge blow and our performances were below par, losing to lower ranked teams, Indonesia 0/1 and Singapore 0/3, among others. Ironically, Freddie was selected to captain the 1966 Asian Games team to Bangkok ...

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Tale of a trailblazer in Matale hockey and an Anglo Indian-BY DENNIS DE ROSAYRO Source:Sundayobserver Though not the fastest as a Right Extreme, A Nadarajah had methods of beating the defence with his deceptive bodywork and uncanny ability of creating short corners. Profile A NADARAJAH (born 1930) Position: Right Extreme Clubs: Tamil Union C&AC, Mercantile HA Honours: 1953 Ceylon HA tour of Madras and Bangalore 1955 vs Pakistan 1955 vs Delhi Wanderers 1955 vs Madras HA 1955 vs Mysore HA 1957 Ceylon HF tour of Madras 1960 vs New Zealand ...

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eLanka Newsletter – 2nd February 2022 – 1st Edition – Sri Lankans In Australia Click here or on the image below to read this week’s elanka Newsletter Life is a short Journey – by Des Kelly Desmond Anaclitus Rajiva De Silva – Farewell Service – Thursday 3rd February @ 12:30 pm AEDT Roar into the Year of the Tiger 2022- by Lindy Ung Message on the occasion of the 74th Anniversary of the Independence of Sri Lanka I volunteered in Sri Lanka after being retired in Australia: Sri Lankan doctor and the Order of Australia Award recipient says to SBS Sinhala SRI LANKA NEWS (JANUARY 2022)Compiled by Victor Melder. Multicultural Ambassador Dee Brock shares all about National Backyard Cricket Apostolic Confession by Lakshman Navaratne Chai Time at Cinnamon Gardens – by Shankari Chandran Brisbane 4EB Sri Lankan Newsletter – Dæhæna – February 2022 “THE LAND DOWN UNDER” – by Des ...

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White kept India’s mighty Olympic hockey team at bay in first unofficial Test By DENNIS DE ROSAYRO   Source:sundayobserver.lk The Indian Olympic team playing a more constructive game gained a convincing yet unspectacular 2-0 victory over Ceylon in their first unofficial hockey Test played at the Police Park, Bambalapitiya. A Mylvaganam (Govt Services and Tamil Union C&AC) was appointed as captain of the Ceylon team. Nine members of the team selected were representing Ceylon in an international match for the first time. Besides Mylvaganam who played for Ceylon against the 1948 Indian Olympic team led by Krishan Lal, who incidentally was coach of the Indian team, the other international was goalkeeper Freddie White who made his debut in 1955 against Pakistan. Of the 11 selected, all except Somasekeran, had represented the Ceylon Hockey Federation teams in Ceylon and in India. Somasekeran, however, toured India with the Matale Schools, a couple ...

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eLanka Newsletter – 19th December 2021 – 6th Edition – Sri Lankans In Australia Click here or on the image below to read this week’s elanka Newsletter Silent Night – the origin of the hymn – by Des Kelly Josephians take honours in drawn 87th Encounter of the “Battle of the Saints”By: Upali Obeyesekere – Josephian-Peterite News Network First Sri Lankan Calypso Band in Sydney – playing at a recent Christmas party of University of Colombo Alumni Association of NSW on 12th December 2021 The World in Turmoil – Ecologically; Spiritually; Economically; and Politically – by Noor Rahim Sawasangeetha – We Are Sri Lanka And We Stand Together by Oscar E V Fernando SUNDAY CHOICE – Jesus is the reason for the season. Unmada Prema Geeya (උන්මාද ප්‍රේම ගීය) – BNS x Yohani ft. Kaizer Kaiz | Official Music Video Kaleidoscope with Savithri Rodrigo 84 17 12 2021 ​ A ...

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When the Government Services toppled the reigning hockey champions by DENNIS DE ROSAYRO Image source: MHA Sri Lanka Facebook page   Source:sundayobserver.lk One of the most unforgettable shocks in the field of hockey took place when Government Services toppled reigning champions Mercantile Hockey Association from their pedestal at the third National Hockey Championships of Ceylon in 1958. The tournament favourites were the Mercantile HA having shared the trophy with Matale in 1956 and beating Matale 1-0 in 1957 at Matale. A third time meeting was predicted again. But Government Services turned the form book upside down with a brilliant performance in the final. Pomp and pageantry in typical oriental style marked the opening ceremony. The teams clad in their playing kits strode in procession from the clock tower to the esplanade where the championships were held, escorted by motor cycles and preceded by Kandyan dancers and a majestically dressed elephant, carrying ...

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eLanka Newsletter – 1st December 2021 – 1st Edition – Sri Lankans In Australia Click here or on the image below to read this week’s elanka Newsletter “WILLIE OR WON’T SHE” – by Des Kelly Sri Lanka off to robust start but Dimuth skips World Record – by Sunil Thenabadu (sports editor – eLanka) Sadé Greenwood – Newly crowned Siyatha Miss World Sri Lanka 2021 Good News From Jayam December 1, 2021 Pls Scroll Down 38 items Sri Lanka Tourism and Australia’s MDF webinar to Share Insights from 10,000 Consumers from 10 Key Markets to Strategically Promote Tourism Reopening Dimuth on the verge of several batting milestones – by Sunil Thenabadu Young Ipswich student ‘wants to make a difference’ to the lives of struggling families overseas-by Gemma Mitchell A dream comes true at last-by Gamini Akmeemana The Dawning of Religious Faiths on Mother Earth and the Covid 19 Pandemic. The ...

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Ceylon Hockey – PERIOD FROM 1 APRIL 1959 TO 31 MARCH 1960 By Dennis de Rosayro President            –    Dr. W.R. Chamnugam Hony. Secretary –   Mr. Chandra T.A. Schaffter Hony Treasurer  –  Mr. S.M.S. Sabreen Selection Committee – Dr. W.R. Chamnugam (Chairman), Walter Jayasuriya, M.S. Jainudeen, Leslie W. Sellayah and Fulham S.V. Wright Andriesz Shield  (1959 – League Champions –  Havelock Sports Club Pioneer Cup  (1959 – K/O) Champions  – Tamil Union C & A.C.                                      Mercantile H.A.                    Colombo H.A. President                    Mr. M.G. Thornton              Mr. Walter M. Sellayah Hony. Secretary         Mr. A. Nadarajah                 Mr. Barney Bowen Hony. Treasurer        Mr. D.P. Ferdinands             Mr. H.V. Perera   4th NATIONAL HOCKEY CHAMPIONSHIPS OF CEYLON 1959 The championships were jointly organised by the Colombo and Mercantile Associations and held at the Police Park, Colombo. Mercantile captained by International, Ivan de Kretser along with International, Chandra Schaffer and National Caps Dennis ...

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    Ceylon Hockey – PERIOD 1ST APRIL 1958 /31ST MARCH 1959 By Dennis de Rosayro President            –   Dr. W.R. Chanmugam Hony. Secretary –  Mr. T.M.N. Mahamooth Hony. Treasurer – Mr.  T.M.S. Sabireen Selection Committee – Mr. Wally de Zylva (Chairman), A.A. Virasinghe, George Mant, M.S. Jainnudeen, Lt. Col. Darley Ingleton Andriesz Shield (League)             Champions – Tamil Union C & AC Pioneer  Cup (K/Out)            Champions – Tamil Union C & AC National Match – 18.12.1958 – Madras H.A. beat Ceylon H.F. 2/0 Team – Fredrick White (Captain-Goalie), Pius Nanayakkara (R/B, Brian Assey (L/B), Dennis de Rosayro (R/H), M.H. Fuard (C/H), P.A. Hettiaratchi (L/H), L.P. Rayen (R/E), Ivan de Kretser (R/I)< Douglas Wijekoon (C/F), P.R. Balaratnarajah (L/I) G.H. Jayatissa (L/I). 3rd NATIONAL HOCKEY CHAMPIONSHIPS OF CEYLON – 1958 Note: the above photo is for illustration purposes only of Mr Herbert Wijekoon and Mr Musheen – two of Ceylon’s hockey legends! ...

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