eLanka Newsletter – 31st January 2024 – 9th Edition Sri Lankans in Australia Click here or on the image below to read this week’s elanka Newsletter SRI LANKA CRICKET NEWS – By Victor Melder Watch South Africa v Sri Lanka Cricket Match Highlights – U19 Cricket World Cup 2024 International Touch Series 2024 Sri Lanka’s bowlers put Afghanistan to the sword in Colombo and in command to win Test – BY TREVINE RODRIGO IN MELBOURNE (eLanka Sports editor) OBITUARIES (E & O.E.) (JANUARY 2024) – By Victor Melder Stanley (Stan) Joseph (81) of Pasadena, Ca. Passed Away on January 25th, 2024 Kaleidoscope with Savithri Rodrigo 195 01 02 2024 RAINI CHARUKA RENOWNED VOCALIST, ACTRESS, PERFORMER, ENTREPRENUER IN AN EFFERVERSCENT VOYAGE – By Sunil Thenabadu The XVth Anniversary Thomian Carol Service Video 2023 – S.Thomas’ College OBA NSW/ACT Windies floored by Sri Lanka at Harare-by Michael Roberts All PRIME MINISRTERS SOUGHT ...

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eLanka Newsletter – 1st November 2023 – 1st Edition Sri Lankans in Australia Click here or on the image below to read this week’s elanka Newsletter Derrick J, our own King of Romance, A Legendary Entertainer Continues to Shine Bollywood music keeping the dressing rooms upbeat in WBBL season 09 Afganistan give Sri Lanka a lesson on pressure and superior strategy. Lankans choked in seven – wicket defeat. – By TREVINE RODRIGO IN MELBOURNE. (eLanka Sports editor) Cinnamon Hotels & Resorts to host Culinary Extraordinaire & Celebrity Chef Gary Mehigan in Sri Lanka! Health & Views NOVEMBER 1st issue 2023 – By Dr Harold Gunatillake, Undermanned All Blacks undone by ferocious Springboks. One point nail biter makes South Africa the only four time World Cup winner. – BY TREVINE RODRIGO IN MELBOURNE. (eLanka Sports editor) අගමැතිවරුන් හත් දෙනෙකුගේ පෙර ගමන්කරු – බ්‍රෑඩ්මන් වීරකෝන්, 93 වන ජන්ම දින සමරයි . – ...

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Journeys in Cricket: Michael Tissera in Q and A on You Tube-by Michael Roberts Source:Thuppahis Amitha Abeynaike’s Q and A Video Interview  with Michael Tissera, 23 February 2020, … in #Quadrangle…………………………………………………….  Michael Tissera in an interview with Amitha Abeynaike Michael Tissera born on 23 rd March 1939, is a former S.Thomas’ College 1st XI Cricket Captain in 1957 and 1958 and represented the school by the seas for 05 seasons. S.Thomas’ College was Inter Schools Cricket Champions in 1958 under Tissera. He represented N.C.C and Ceylon in Cricket during the 60’s and 70’s. A solid and stylish right-hand batsman and a decent legbreak bowler, Tissera became the youngest Sri Lankan Cricket Captain at the age of 25. He led Ceylon to its maiden victory over a Test-playing nation, India in Ahmedabad in 1965 and also played in Sri Lanka’s maiden Cricket World Cup in 1975 in England. Later he went on to become Sri ...

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The Senanayakes at STC, at Cricket and in Politics in Ceylon-by Michael Roberts Source:Thuppahis In seeking details relating to DS Senanayake’s career at S. Thomas’ College after I received a copy of his school-leaving character reference from Warden Stone,[1] I received a fascinating note from Mevan Pieris[2] about young DS Senanayake’s school career and his cricketing ‘achievements’ at the big match against Royal. “Indeed, a valuable item [referring to Warden Stone’s certificate]. At least a certified photocopy of it should be maintained at the College Library and at the National Archives, especially since he was known as Kele John who could not pass any examinations and was in what was called the Commercial Class of STC. No doubt he was physically strong and tough and would have been an ideal dormitory prefect to keep the guys quiet. ” ...

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Royal beat Thomians to clinch Orville Abeynaike Trophy Front row (from left) – Senul Liyanage, Muad Mueen, Yusuf Sihar, Geesath Basitha, Aathif Faleel, Kevindu Dharmarathne, Lithum Karunasiri, Inupa Ranathunga Standing (from left) – Anuk Kaveeja, Binu Paranawitharana, Minol Dakhitha, Rivisha Marambage, Sihath Dassanayake, Lakshitha Perera, Aakash Wijeseara (Captain), Himsara Caldera (Vice-Captain), Thaviru Alahakoon, Harris Arumugam, Vinol Rashmitha.  Source : island Underdogs Royal College stunned their arch rivals S.Thomas’ College, Mount Lavinia when center forward Yusuf Shihar’s solitary penalty corner goal helped them win Orville Abeynaike Trophy in their hockey big match on Saturday at Colombo University ground. The victory was the first win for Royal in the trophy match since 2015. The Mount Lavinia team was the clear favourites in this year’s (22nd) edition of the game after winning their match against Trinity by 4-2 last week. The hosts Royal led by Aakash Wijesekera were surprisingly in control of the game ...

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STC Old Boys’ Centenary Group Office bearers elected Source:Dailymirror S. Thomas’ College Mount Lavinia’s Old Boys’ Centenary Group elected its office bearers for the year 2023/24 at an AGM held on March 4.  The Executive Committee is as follows: Patron: Warden Rev. Marc Billimoria President: Dr. Nihal de Silva Immediate Past President: DharminPerera Vice President 1: Eddie Appathurai Vice President 2: Lincoln Fernando Secretary: Captain Gihan Fernando Asst. Secretary: LokendraSeneviratna Treasurer: Hiran Fernando Asst. Treasurer: Wg. Cdr. (Rtd.) RanjanSamarasinghe Committee Members: Winston Abeynaike, RanjithRanasinghe, Peter Saturnis, Dr. LaksiriMendis, Mohan Abeynaike, Eksith Fernando, SrianGoonawardene, Tusita De Alwis Hon: Auditor: H.A. Wehalle Associates Office bearers of S. Thomas’ College Mount Lavinia’s Old Boys’ Centenary Group for the year 2023/24   ...

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Mevan Pieris writes on ‘Mudaliyar class Goyigama Family Combine’   Source:Dailymirror A book titled ‘The Community’ and penned by Mevan Pieris will be launched on March 21, 2023 at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute at 6 pm. Prof. G.L Peiris is expected to grace the occasion as the Chief Guest while S. Skandakumar and S.Thomas’ College Mount Lavinia Warden Marc Billimoria will be the Guests of Honour. ...

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Two Sri Lankans in Victoria’s Cricket XI …Hallelujah! – By Michael Roberts Source : thuppahis Two players of Sri Lankan parentage are presently playing for Victoria in their Sheffield Shield game. The 31 year-old medium-pace bowler Ruwantha Prasad Kellepotha has joined  Chandrasinghe  in the Victorian Eleven Kellepotha is aged 31 years and was born in Kandy but educated at S. Thomas College, Matale. He is primarily a leg-break bowler. Ashley Philip Chandrasinghe is just about 21 years of age  … birthday coming up on December. He is primarily a left-hand opening batsman, thoug h he can bowl leg-breaks and googlies. His entry into the Victorian squad at sucha young age suggests great expectations in the Victorian cricket community. Russell Gould’s article below provides several interesting sidelights. Russell Gould: “New Victorian batting star reveals his links to Test star Usman Khawaja” ..…………  There’s already a buzz about Ashley Chandrasinghe after his debut century and if ...

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A Short History of Water Polo-by Lalin Fernando Source:Island On two consecutive Saturdays of October, Royalists and Thomians, the pioneers in schools water polo, and their supporters converge on the Sugathadasa Indoor Swimming Pool for their annual Hayman Trophy Water Polo contest. This year S Thomas’ College rinsed Royal by 37 – 17, after a two year Covid break. They scored a record breaking 23- 10 and 14- 7 wins in the two games to regain the trophy. It more than made up for their defeats in 2018 and 2019. The interest in the game has grown a lot since the two schools began playing each other. The trophy series began in 1992. There are about 12 including girls’ schools playing the game. As to be expected they are all from Colombo. In the 1950-1960s there were three water polo leagues in the country unlike today. Westerners also took part, ...

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Queen Elizabeth in Ceylon in 1954 in Pictures-by Michael Roberts The Mayor of Kandy, Mr. E.L. Senanayake escorting the Queen through the College premises (College car park at present) Source:Thuppahis The Queen and Prince Philip visited the island of Ceylon in 1954 and participated in striking ceremonies in Colombo, Kandy and Peradeniya University. The Senate Building at Peradeniya University was formally ‘consecrated’; and the Queen also visited the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens. The Queen also visited the famous Trinity College with the Mayor of Kandy (EL Senanayake) as Aide of Honour. Here she honoured and was honoured by the Trinity cadet corps …. a set of actions that reminds us of the “Empire loyalism” that had prompted a number of Westernised Sri Lankans to enlist in the British armed forces during World War I as well as World War II (a topic recently documented** in the new illustrated book edited by ...

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