Anil Jayasinghe excellent ruggerite, referee and coach-by Hafiz Marikar

Anil Jayasinghe

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One of the top rugger players to come out of Vidyartha College is Anil Jayasinghe,who was a great sportsman, coach and referee. Born in Kandy at Nittawela just behind the famous Nittawela grounds. he had his education at Vidyartha College, where he excelled in sports, especially rugby and cricket and led the rugger and the cricket teams in 1984

He was an outstanding rugby player for the Outstation Schools, Kandy Sports Club and Up-Country, He was also in the national pool and had the privilege of leading both Kandy Sports Club and Up-Country. He led the Up-Country side against Hong Kong under 24 in which the Hong Kong side beat Up-Country by 23 points to 13 at Bogambara.

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Irwin Howie was one of the finest fly halves-by Hafiz Marikar

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Having started his career as a scrum half, Irwin Howie developed into one of the finest fly halves in the history of Kandy and Sri Lanka rugby with a reputation as an elusive runner and the playmaker of the backline. He is the man who steered Kandy Sports Club to the Cup final under his leadership after nine long years in 1978 where they lost to Havelock SC under Anton Benedict by 4-10

Irwin Howie was a dynamic and cheerful rugby player.Fans in the late 1960s and 1970s were amazed at the brilliant performances Irwin produced. He started rugby at Trinity College and played in all age groups.He started as a scrum-half at the age of 15 and ended as one of the best fly halves.. At senior level, he was well known for his kicking. He used to score through drop goals from any angle and was also good in punts and cross kicks. Irwin first played for Trinity College senior side under Shafie Jainudeen in 1969, the year Trinity won both the Bradby games 8-0 and 9-3. The team was made up of Y.S. Ping, H.C. Gunasekera, Mohan Samarakoon, K.R.Tennekoon, Anura Madawala, Iswan Omar, R.G. Panabokke, Shanthi Kumar, Tikiri Marambe, Irwin Howie, P. Nugawela, Palitha Sam Samarasekara, Nihal Marambe, F.Prins and Shafie Jainudeen. In 1970,Irwin played under Palitha Sam Samarasekara. That year too, both Bradby games were won by Trinity College 19-3 and 16-12. In 1971, Irwin played under Y.S.Ping and some of the players in that side were Nihal Marambe, C Wadugodapitiya,Niroshan de Silva, Lalith Ramanayake and Jeffrey Yu. That year there was only‘one-leg’ of the Bradby Shield due to JVP insurgency when Royal College won by 22 points to nil. He won his Colours in1969 along with H.C. Gunasekara, Tikiri Marambe, R..G. Panabokke, Y.S. Ping,Mohan Samarakoon and E.R. Tennakoon and the ‘Rugby Lion’ in 1971 with Tikiri Marambe and Y.S. Ping. He also played cricket, mainly in the ‘A’ team and was a superb close in fielder.

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Indrajith Bandaranayake was a superb winger-by Hafiz Marikar

Indrajith Bandaranayake

Indrajith Bandaranayake

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One of the finest wingers produced by Kandy was Dharmaraja College’s Indrajith Bandaranayake who is now domiciled in Australia, Indrajith played just one season of rugby at school where he was coached by old boy of Vidyartha College M. Zarook – who helped him to cut his teeth in rugby at a tender age. In school it was at cricket, Football and athletics that he excelled. At cricket he was an aggressive batsman and a good medium pacer. He captained his school in all age groups and skippered the senior side in his final year. Indrajith like his father the late Lucky Bandaranayke gave his best for sports; He too was a good cricketer and a footballer.

But it was at rugby that Indrajith made his mark in the field of sports. After leaving school he turned out for Kandy Sports Club for the first time in 1990. Indrajith Bandaranayake looked very promising and talented with his slicing runs was loyal to his home town club – Kandy Sports Club. In 1992 when they won the Clifford Cup for the first time under Ananda Kasthuriarachchi and Mauirce Joachim, he was a live wire of the team as a good try scorer. In 1994 Indrajith Bandaranayake led the side to the League title, which was the first league title win for Kandy Sports Club in history. He was the youngest ever to captain Kandy Sports Club at the age of 24 but at that time he had claims to become one of the most senior members having joined the club in 1990.

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Dr. T S U de Zylva – Ornithologist, Conservationist and Bird Photographer par Excellence.

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Dr. T S U de Zylva…passed away at the ripe old age of 94 years, on 13th September 2020.  He was ‘Upen’ to his dear companions and Dr. Upendra to his clientele of Kurunegala who looked to him for their ailments.  

He was a well-known medical practitioner in Kurunegala with a long-established history, running his own private practice after a brief stint in the Government Health Service. However he was more renowned and celebrated as the first-ever wildlife photographer specializing in bird photography who introduced our birdlife to the world in the mid-19th century through his numerous pictorial publications.   

Dr. Thosatiratne Sri Upendra de Zylva (TSU) was born in 1927. He had his early education at Maliyadeva College Kurunegala, and moved to Royal College, Colombo for his high school education. When WW II broke out the Royal College premises was taken over by the RAF and young TSU had to move into Kandy with his parents and was enrolled at the Dharmaraja College. With the war ending, he was back in Colombo but this time not in Royal College but as a student of Ananda College from where he passed his Matriculation Examination followed by the University Entrance Examination facilitating his entry to the Medical Faculty.

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Rajans’ rugby boasts for a proud history-By Hafiz Marikar

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Photo source: Dharmaraja College

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Dharmaraja College doing well in rugby and has produced top teams and players. This school was founded on 30th of June 1887, under the name ‘Kandy Buddhist High School’ by Col. Henry Steele Olcott, an American theosophist.

It was in 1970 that Rajans first formed a rugger team. They had played the game in 1920’s and later gave up. In the start friendly games were played under the captaincy of Gamini Jayasundara and the team was coached by his brother Ananda Jayasundara who learnt his rugby at the University. In 1971 they played five friendly matches under the captaincy of Rohan Eakanayaka, in 1972 under Gamini Thomas and 1973- Upali Mayadunne In 1974 they presented the official team and this team was captained by Upul Thalagoda and coached by Lanil Thennakoon, since then they have been in a good footing in rugby.

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Ruwan Kalpage fine athlete and cricketer-by Upananda Jayasundera

Ruwan Kalpage

Ruwan Senani Kalpage, an old boy of St.Anthony’s College, Katugastota, is a former Test Cricketer and a fine Athlete who won the 400 Metres Race at the Public Schools Meet representing St.Anthony’s College in the late eighties. He is the eldest Son of former Cricket Captain of Nalanda College, Sena Kalpage.

Sena played Cricket for Nalanda College while the writer represented Dharmaraja College in Cricket. Stockily built Sena Kalpage was a left arm opening bowler. Later he played club cricket and ended up as a Senior Executive in the Mercantile sector. Ruwan followed in his father’s footsteps and became a leading all-rounder in Sri Lanka Schools in Cricket and Athletics before being included in the Test Cricket team in the year 1993 against India.




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N. K. Ratnayake-cricketer, athlete and tennis coach-by Upananda Jayasundera

N.K.Ratnayake

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N.K.Ratnayake, an old boy of Dharmaraja College,Kandy is a fine cricketer, Athlete and a veteran Tennis coach and was the youngest President of the Old Boys Union of Dharmaraja College, Kandy. Popularly known as Tissa Ratnayake to his associates. He is a cricketer with a lot of stamina as he used to bowl for a long spell as a medium pace bowler representing his Alma Mater at all times.

He played under the writer at the victorious ‘Big Match’ of Dharmaraja College against Kingswood College, in the year 1965 by capturing a match bag of  six wickets for his school. He  used to swing the ball both ways. As an Athlete he won the Javelin Throw in School and District level. 




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Kehelgamuwa was a fiery fast bowler-by Upananda Jayasundera

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T.B.Kehelgamuwa, an old boy of Dharmaraja College,Kandy is a former Cricketer and Manager of the Sri Lankan Cricket team, under whose tenure the Sri Lanka Test Team recorded their first overseas Test victory in the year 1995 over New Zealand cricket team. When the Cricket team returned to Sri Lanka after the victory they were felicitated by the former Minister of Sports, S.B.Dissanayake who hosted a Dinner at Hotel Taj Samudra and awarded Plaques as mementos. He was an outstanding national player from 1967 to 1974 and is considered as one of the fastest bowlers Sri Lanka ever had and opened the attack with Daya Sahabandu for the Sri Lanka team. He was one of 49 Sri Lankan Cricketers felicitated by Sri Lanka Cricket in September 2018 to honour them for their services before Sri Lanka became a full member of the International Cricket Council.(ICC).




Tikiri Banda Kehelgamuwa began schooling at Wahalgoda Central College, Gampola where his father was the Principal of the School. After he entered Dharmaraja College, Kandy he excelled in cricket and became an outstanding Schoolboy Cricketer in the early Sixties. He represented his alma mater, Dharmaraja College in Athletics, Hockey and Soccer.Popularly known as ‘Kehel’ he was coached by D.M.Dharmathilake, Arthur Alwis and Sonny Yatawara. When he was playing for Dharmaraja he captained the first XI cricket team and was selected the Best Bowler in the Island in the Daily News Schoolboy Cricketer Contest. He won the much coveted ‘Best Schoolboy Bowler’ award for two consecutive years. While playing for his School team, he was selected to tour India with the Sri Lanka Schools Cricket team and he took 8 wickets for 8 runs with all his victims being clean bowled. (9-4-5-8-8). In 1961 he had the proud distinction of representing Sri Lanka Cricket team in the Gopalan Trophy match under the captaincy of C.I.Gunasekera and later under Michael Tissera.

Kehelgamuwa joined the Sri Lanka Police Force as a Sub-Inspector of Police in the year 1963 and served in the Police till his retirement in 2002 as a Deputy Inspector General of Police. He also represented the Police Sports Club at the Government Services Cricket Championships for several years. The writer started his cricket career under Kehel’s captaincy in the early 1960s when he captained Dharmaraja College Cricket team.

 




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Lalitha Ratnayake outstanding weightlifter, athlete and ruggerite-by Upananda Jayasundera

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A.R.M.Lalitha Ratnayake, an old boy of Dharmaraja College,Kandy is one of the Best Weightlifters as well as an outstanding Referee and Judge. He is also an outstanding Rugby player, Soccer player,Cricketer and Athlete.

Lalitha Ratnayake was the person who was instrumental in introducing Weight lifting to his alma mater, Dharmaraja College,Kandy in the eighties. He learnt the basics of Weight Lifting from S.A.Wijewickrema when he joined the YMCA Weightlifting Centre while schooling. After winning his weight Class as a novice and then at the Intermediate and finally at the Nationals (his weight Class is 65 Kg.),he became a Grade III Weightlifting Referee and Judge. Ultimately he served as the Chairman of the Selection Committee of the Sri Lanka Weightlifting Federation. He represented Sri Lanka as the Manager of the Weightlifting Team which toured Nepal at the Asian Inter Club Weightlifting Contest in 1984 and the next year he accompanied the Weightlifting team along with his Coach, S.A. Wijewickrema at the SAF Games as the Deputy Chief delegate.




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E. W. Balasuriya sports promoter par excellence-By Hafiz Marikar

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Kandy remembers one of its most versatile sportsmen, sports benefactor, philanthropist and above all a gentleman, of the highest calibre E.W. Balasuriya. Many seem to have forgotten the past glorious moments of Kandy rugby. But there are still who remember his great service. His invaluable services for sports in Kandy is remembered by all, even at times when changes are inevitable, with sports taking a different turn with professionalism playing a vital role in sports. He was one of the great sports promoters and a philanthropist. He was known as’Bala’ for some and some called him EW. He was a great lover of sports and gave his best. Many are the instances in his illustrious career and public life where he displayed his integrity and honesty which was a shining example of a clean life. As a donor he was unique and, unlike most others, he was freely available to all sportsmen at any time.

The city of Kandy, has a long history of sport.It is home to a number all sports and EW was the most decorated promoter of all time. his outstanding sports promoting helped many sportsmen to earn a name in rugby




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