SCHOOL CRICKET IN SRILANKA – By Dr. Gnana Sankaralingam First school to start playing cricket in Sri Lanka was St. Thomas’ College in 1864, which was first at Mutwal, and later shifted to Mt. Lavinia, followed by Royal College in 1878, which was then at San Sebastian, and later moved to its present location. They were followed by Richmond College Galle in 1887, Ananda College Colombo in 1892, Trinity College Kandy, Wesley College Colombo, Kingswood College Kandy and Dharmarajah College Kandy in 1893, St. Benedict’s College Colombo in 1895, St. Joseph’s College Colombo in 1896, Prince of Wales College Moratuwa in 1897, St. Anthony’s College Kandy, St. Thomas’ College Matara and St. Servatius’ College Matara in 1899, Central College Jaffna in 1901, Mahinda College Galle in 1902, St. John’s College Jaffna in 1904, Nalanda College Colombo in 1924, St. Peter’s College Colombo in 1933. Since then several other schools had ...

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Two Lankan referees for Asian Rugby Sevens-by Hafiz Marikar Source:Dailynews Two of Sri Lanka’s top referees, Aaqil Jamaldeen, a Sri Lanka Division One referee and a product of Royal College and Dilum Deeshan, who is also a Sri Lanka Division I referee and a product of Vidyartha College, both of whom are ARFU 7’s panel referees, will be handling the whistle in ARST 2022 Asian Rugby Sevens which will take place in Jakarta, Indonesia on August 6 and 7. Aaqil Jamaldeen who started refereeing when he was 19 years in the year 2015 is a top-class ruggerite who learnt his rugby at Royal College, and after taking up refereeing he has done his best. In the same way, Vidyartha College’s Dilum Deeshan was a player who gave his best for his school and later as a referee. ...

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Akila Perera missed the rugby bus? Source : sundayobserver Former Royal College and Tamil Union Cricket and Athletic Club cricketer Akila Perera finds himself as a man who perhaps emphasized in the wrong sport and was left behind only to realize that rugby would have made him a better exponent. Always wanting to get the simple things right, Akila is a person who will welcome constructive criticism and take it in his stride like a true professional that he could not be or perhaps was to some extent. “If I make an impact on anyone, that’s the best I have done,” Akila whose passion is sports and favourite colour is green told the Sunday Observer in an interview. Q: Describe yourself in one word Focused -humble Q: Any words or phrases you overuse? Pressure is a privilege Q: What is your most marked characteristic? Honesty Q: If you could edit your past, what would ...

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CHIEF GUEST – SCHOOLS RUGBY LEAGUE – By Dr Gamini Goonetilleke Source : drgamini.org It was a great pleasure for me to be invited by the Rector Rev. Fr Ranjith Andradi and the Rugby Committee of St Joseph’s College as the Chief Guest for the Schools Rugby League encounter between St Joseph’s College and Royal College, played at the Havelock Park on 22nd July 2022. It definitely brought back memories of my Rugby playing days for my Alma mater, St Joseph’s College, Colombo in the ’60s (1966 /67) Royal College won the match 17 points to 3 Congratulations to the Royal College Rugby team !   ...

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               Festival of Cricket UK hosted by Merchant Taylors’ School London  – By Dr. Gnana Sankaralingam –  President FOC 2013         Merchant Taylors’ school, one of the leading boys’ schools in England, was established in central London in 1561 and moved to the present location in the moor park region in 1933. It stands on 285 acres of land with 10 cricket pitches. It had the honour of staging the silver jubilee event of Festival of Cricket of Srilankan old boys’ associations in UK. One may ask the link between it and Srilanka, and the answer lies on one person; Major H.L. Reed, who was a student in Merchant Taylors’ school and principal of Royal College Colombo, who moulded his foster school along the lines of his Alma Mater. Quite fittingly, that picturesque venue was chosen to host the silver jubilee event of this prestigious Srilankan event, under the ...

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DailyFT and Skanda Applaud the Khettarama Fans Yellow Gesture-by Michael Roberts Source:Thuppahis DailyFT  …. https://www.ft.lk/sports/Cricket-fans-take-a-bow/23-736808 ….. & …. https://www.ft.lk/sports/Cricket-fans-take-a-bow/23-736808 … with photo by Kushan Pathiraja S. Skandakumar The recent support and solidarity of our cricket fans throughout the T20 and One Day series, that inspired our youthful national team to great heights may well go down in history as unprecedented. The fact that it came at the most challenging time ever in their own personal lives spoke volumes for their love for the game and our talented youth. Their sincere acknowledgement of the role of Australia in the advancement of our cricket since attaining Test status in 1982, reflected a nation’s gratitude. ...

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Galba’s Tales of Parliamentary Affairs from the Inside: “Wow”!-by Michael Roberts Source:Thuppahis Hugh Karunanayake, … with the title and the highlighting being impositions by The Editor, Thuppahi Nihal Seneviratne, the former Secretary General of Sri Lanka’s Parliament which he served with distinction and diligence for 33 years, has published his autobiographical memoir entitled “Memories of 33 years in Parliament”.  Written in a very readable, chatty style of prose, it is indeed a compendium of the highlights of the nation’s legislative workings over the past three decades.  If anyone dares to call the nation’s Parliament a “circus”, then surely the Secretary General, together with the Speaker  must be the “ringmasters’ of the circus! It is most definitely a vantage point from which a person appointed under the Constitution of the country, as Secretary General of Parliament, could view the inner dynamics of the workings of an institution entrusted by the people to guide the destinies ...

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140 years of cadetting at Royal-By Admiral Ravindra C Wijegunaratne Source:Island (Retired from Sri Lanka Navy) Former Chief of Defence Staff A long time ago, on 01 April 1881, Royal College (then known as the Colombo Academy) in Mutwal, Principal Mr John B Cull started a School Cadet Platoon. The idea was to train students on drill so that they would be more disciplined. Mr Cull believed such students would become responsible and disciplined men when they grew up. He received unstinted support from the then British Lieutenant Governor and Commanding Officer of Ceylon Light Infantry (CLI) (Volunteers), which started in the same year and consisted of British Officers and largely Burghers as soldiers. Lieutenant Colonel John Scot Armitage was the first commander of CLI (V). Cadetting was introduced to other schools also, which included S. Thomas’ College, Mount Lavinia, Trinity and Kingswood, Kandy. When World War 1 started in ...

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Blessed with ‘second chance’ Adrika Sri Bawan on a quest to empower the less privileged her way-By Randima Attygalle Adrika Sri Bawan with (from left): Thasindu Samaraweera, Kavindu Pushpakumara, Ravindu Weerasekera and Kasun Bandara at the Royal college hostel Source:FT Profoundly hearing-impaired today, Adrika hears with the help of cochlear implants. A young woman who believes in life’s ‘second chances’, today she strives to champion the same for the less privileged.  ‘Adrika’ in Sanskrit translates into ‘small mountain’. In the epic Mahabharata, Adrika is an apsara or a nymph who was the mother of Matsya and Satyavati. Adrika Sri Bawan, the 26-year-old Melbourne-based lawyer, banker and mentor truly personifies her name. Born in Colombo, Adrika was adopted by Sharmalee and Sri Bawan when she was three months old. After an intense two-year legal battle with Australian Immigration, two-year-old Adrika arrived to start a new life when she was diagnosed with ...

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Lanka Spice head outlines ingredients of success-By Raj Moorthy Source:Sundaytimes While Mc Currie is one of the recognised brands in the spice sector in Sri Lanka and around the world, the product has proved itself in the global supply chain and not on the strength of branding or the product name, says Nalin Pathikirikorale, Chairman of Lanka Spice (Pvt) Ltd. Sharing his successful journey into entrepreneurship, Mr. Pathikirikorale made these remarks at a Royal College Old Hostellers Association event held last Thursday. Mr. Pathikirikorale studied at Isipathana College in Colombo till Grade 5. He then moved to Royal College and was boarded at the college hostel since his hometown was in Galle. He changed his advanced level stream from mathematics to biology but this did not help him to enter a local university. Once he left school, he worked as a medical rep for some time while applying for jobs ...

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