St. Sylvester’s, cradle of Hill Capital sportsmen-by Hafiz Marikar

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Old Sylvestrian sport stars gathered to celebrate 80th anniversary of the St. Sylvester’s College, Kandy. This school was founded on November 1, 1940 by Rev. Fr. D. Robert Perera O.S.B.. He was also the founder principal. They are housed at the former premises of St. Anthony’s College. This is a school that has produced some of the top class sportsmen. The motto of the school is ‘Success through dedication’. Later during the Primership of late S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike the school was taken over by the Government. A big hand should go to former principal late D.J.N. Senavirthne who did yeoman service followed by K.S.Gunaratne, W.B.Goppallawa, late Bertie Nillagoda, Asoka B.Hearth, T.R. Meetiyagoda, the present principal P.G.S. Bandara and also not to forget one time vice principal old Royalist Roy Amarasinghe.

This school remains as the only school in the country if not in the world to have produced a sportsman who was selected to represent two different countries at two different Olympic games. That is none other than boxer Malcolm Bulner.He represented Ceylon at the Olympic Games in Tokyo and was later selected to represent Australia at the following Olympic Games. But he was deprived of achieving this rare feat owing to technical reasons. Malcolm has qualified as a world class boxing Judge. He also boxed for the country at the Empire Games in Perth and the Asian Games in Bangkok. The first Sylvestrian to win a national boxing title was Donald G. Labrooy who won the Bantham Weight title in early 1950’s.

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Piyal Wijtunge, a top class spinner from Kandy-by Hafiz Marikar

Piyal Wijtunge

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One of the finest bowlers to come out of Kandy is Piyal Wijtunge, who is known as one of the most complete bowlers to come out of St. Anthony’s College, Katugastota.

He has won several games for the school and clubs he played. This former Antonian left arm spinner was elected one time president of the Old Antonian’s Cricket Wing.

He played for St. Anthony’s College under several captains – Damian Nadarajah, Ruwan Kalpage, Suresh de Alwis for four seasons.

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St. Anthony’s College, Kandy Class of 1999 Reunion

Celebrating lifelong friendship and school spirit, the St. Anthony’s College, Kandy Class of 1999 recently celebrated their 20th Reunion. Here’s how it went!

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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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Saman the athlete turned ruggerite-by Althaf Nawaz

Saman Kothalawala

Saman Kothalawala

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It is very rare to find a person who had engaged in several sporting disciplines during his school career later turn out to be a quality sportsman representing the country at International level. Pushpalal Saman Kothalawala was one of them who had an enthralling career at school, Club and later ended up as a National  player in  Rugby. 

Saman better known as ‘Kottha’ in the rugby circles hails from an educated family  his father late K.S.Kothalawala was a retired Inspector of Police and mother  was Evegin Weeratunge.

He has four brothers and a sister His elder brother Shanthilal Sarath played Rugby for Ananda College and is a retired Manager of Sri Lanka Insurance Corporation. His elder sister Nirmali Shirani  is a retired English teacher at Devi Balika  Vidyalaya. His younger brother Hemal  was a product of Lumbini College and now serves as a Veterinary Surgeon at VRI in Kandy. 




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Debahapuwa piloted Antonians to victory in 1968 Big Match-by Upananda Jayasundera

Debahapuwa

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Gamini Debahapuwa , a versatile cricketer and a knowledgeable coach from Central Province has produced many National Level players and he is trying his level best to train his students whatever he has learnt about the game from his alma mater, St.Anthony’s College,Kandy and Sri Lanka Air Force.

Gamini Debahapuwa started his cricket career when he was schooling at St.Anthony’s in the year 1968 under Randy Simms and he helped his School to beat Trinity College,Kandy in their ‘Big Match’ after 14 years claiming a Match Bag of 7 for 38 (6 for 21 & 1 for 17) He was awarded the Best Bowlers as well as Best Fielders prizes at this Match. After leaving School he was selected for the Central Province Cricket team under the captaincy of Sarath Wickremaratne and they played against a Malaysian team and Gamini scored 38. He improved his talent in Cricket when he joined Sri Lanka Air Force in 1975 and at the start of his career he was selected for the Division two matches and he played as a Middle Order batsman and scored 98 against Police and 78 against Sebastianites. He shared the new ball in bowling and he was selected to the Division one Sara Trophy Cricket tournament in 1977 and continued till 1989 and during this period he scored 25 half centuries against all Div.ision one Clubs in Sri Lanka. As a Left arm dual purpose bowler he claimed many wickets and the best was claiming 4 wickets for 10 runs against Moratuwa Sports Club. He represented Combined Services team in the Robert Senanayake Trophy tournament and scored 56 versus Rest Team. He was awarded Air Force Colours and got Four re-awards from time to time. Prior to retirement Gamini Debahapuwa, popularly known as ‘Deba’ among friends captained the Division III and continued playing cricket for over three decades since he started cricket from the under 16 level at St.Anthony’s .As a Level 2 Coach he never hesitated to impart his knowledge when he was training the players. He started coaching at Maris Stella College,Negambo after following an Instructors Course in Pakistan in 1985. Among his Pupils were Labrooy Brothers- Graham and Wendell, Sriyantha Samaratunge, Marlon Mallawarachchi, Shantha Fonseka to name a few.




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THE SIMS BROTHERS 1966-1969 

Like the Joseph Brothers, St. Anthony’s College, Katugastota produced trios of Brothers playing Cricket for College. The exceptions to the rule were the Mackys, where George Macky played and Captained College prior to his three sons playing for College, Dicky, Louis and Michael who captained in 1964. The Sims Brothers played for College from 1966 to 1969.

Christopher Sims the eldest of the three brothers first played for the 1st XI in 1966. In his debut, as a Left-arm spinner he was the leading wicket taker with over 30 scalps, 5 for 56 vs Rajans,  5 for 31 vs St. Benedict’s and in the big match against Trinity he had a match bag of 3 for 51 in the first innings, being sum of his best. He represented the Central Province under 18 schools’ team in the inter-zonal matches that year. His brother Randy was in the squad to play that season. 




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NIGHT OF TERROR DAWN OF HOPE. – By Bernard VanCuylenburg

PROLOGUE

Please note that the names of the Superintendent and the Assistant Superintendent in this story are pseudonymns used for reasons of journalistic propriety. The officer in Charge of the Maskeliya Police Station at the time Mr.Ivan Boteju, a star athlete and an old boy of St.Anthony’s College Kandy, passed away about fifteen years ago. The name of the plantation too has been substituted by a pseudonym.

The shades of night began to fall when the sun said ‘goodbye’ to the mountains. Then the mists began rolling in, embracing the landscape of green tea in its mantle, and another busy day on this large tea plantation was ensconced in the bosom of the nights stygian darkness. In his large estate bungalow a young Assistant Superintendent Tony Richards then a bachelor, settled down to his usual routine. Pouring himself a stiff tot of the amber liquid that cheers, he indulged in his passion  –  listening to his collection of jazz records. As he played one record after another, one drink followed the other and this pleasure often led him to go to bed in the wee small hours.




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