Maurice de Silva to touch down on Tuesday-BY HAFIZ MARIKAR

Maurice de Silva

Source:Sundayobserver

A funeral service for former sportsman and Sri Lanka rugby player Maurice de Silva will be held on Tuesday, February 9, at 11am at St Bridget’s Catholic Church in Brisbane followed by his burial after he passed away last week at the age of 83 having suffered a massive stroke and was hospitalized.

Maurice was one of the most popular players to grace the Sri Lankan rugby fields and was widely regarded as one of the greatest centers in the history of the island’s rugby who was a star among stars. He was famous as the mystery and miracle man and learnt his rugby at St. Peter’s College and later played for Havelock SC, Kandy Lake Club and Sri Lanka.

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Y. C. Chang was one of Sri Lanka’s finest ruggerites-By Hafiz Marikar

Y. C. Chang

Source:Dailynews

Y.C. Chang can easily be considered as one of the greatest ruggerites of all time in this country with an excellent track record, both as a player and administrator . He started his schooling at Carey College, Colombo and later came to Kandy as he knew this was the correct place to continue his studies and sports. He joined Trinity College, where he excelled in cricket as a ‘stumper’ at junior level and played junior rugger under the guidance of Hilary Abeyartne, but never played for the first XV rugby Team.

At club level, Chang can be rated as one of the best front-row forwards the country has seen. Records reveal that having played U/17 for Trinity College in 1959/60, he went over to Havelock Sports Club during the year 1961/63, thereafter he joined Kandy Sports Club in 1964 while he was a professional tea planter in the district of Kandy from 1964 to 1970 and captained the Kandy Sports club in 1967 and 1968, and also captained Up-Country in 1968 and 1970. While in Kandy, he was secretary of the Kandy SC in 1968 while being a player. In 1971 he left for Colombo for employment and joined the CH & FC, representing the club as player and coach, captaining the side in 1972 and winning the League title that year. He captained the Low- Country Clubs and the National Team at the Asiad in 1972.

‘YC’ as he is fondly known, played for Havelock S.C from 1961 to 1963, he was in Dr. Hubert Aloysius’ champion team that beat Dickoya-MCC in the last second of the game, off a penalty-kick at goal by a Kandy product Ken de Joodt in the Clifford Cup final.

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Peterite Desmond Harridge led Havelocks to victory in Clifford Cup final-by Althaf Nawaz

Desmond Harridge

Source:Dailynews

St.Peter’s College, Colombo one of the pioneer Catholic schools in the country played a significant role in producing several top class academics and sportsmen, who brought honour and fame for their ‘Alma Mater’ club and country.

Desmond Harridge was a versatile sportsman produced by St.Peter’s College, Colombo. His father Noel was a businessman and mother Norma was a housewife from Colombo. He was born to a family of three with two elder brothers late Christopher who played Cricket and Rugby for college later represented the Colts Cricket Club while the other brother is Michael who is currently living in Colombo.




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Sri Lanka centre Hafi Abdeen played in seven cup winning club sides-by Althaf Nawaz

Hafi Abdeen

Hafi Abdeen

Source:Dailynews

Isipathana College, Colombo has contributed immensely in producing some yesteryear sportsmen especially in the field of Rugby Football, who have excelled locally and at International level. Hafi Abdeen is one of the legends who represented the school before he donned the National jersey.

Growing up with a family of champion boxers, Hafi thought one day he may turn out to be a great boxer, but instead turned to be a champion ruggerite. What began as a fairytale, leading to a long span of rugby history. He recalled his memory of kicking a rugby ball in the front yard where he was living. As youngsters he used to play touch rugby with his friends, before playing full contact rugby which was more interesting and exciting. They had a clan of friends who went to watch the big rugby games, and to cheer their favourite clubs and players. They crept through fences or climbed any tree to get a vantage point, to witness the heroes and stalwarts of rugby like Nimal Maralande, Maurice De Silva, Ago Paiva to name a few. The following day they emulated them in their mini games of rugby.




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