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Pathana-Wesley clash for prestige

May 20, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 


By Chris Dhambarage

Isipathana College and Wesley College will be hoping to conclude the Singer Inter-Schools League Tournament on a high note when they clash in their Under-20 rugby encounter at Havelock Park on Saturday (20).

Both teams of course will be looking to bounce back after they had a major setback last week where their league title hopes were shattered following two shock defeats.

The defending champions Isipathana surrendered to their arch rivals Trinity College 10-15 in an exciting contest played at Pallekele while Wesley went down to Royal 19-35 in their fixture played at the Royal Complex.

But the two teams believe that they still have something to achieve in this tournament as the winner of this game could probably have the chance of finishing as the runners-up of the league.

In fact, for the Wesleyites it will certainly be a near ‘dream cometrue’if they couldachieve their goal as never before they havehad so much of success in an Inter-Schools Under-20 League Tournament in the recent past.

No doubt the school of Campbell Park may be quite disappointed that they missed out a great opportunity of winning their maiden Under-20 League title.

However, they could still look back at their performances with great pride as they were able to topple some of the more fancied opponents in the first-round as well as in the important Cup Championship Segment.

Overall, this was a fantastic performance from the Wesleyites considering the fact that they had conceded the opening match of the tournament tamely to Trinity by a huge margin of 24-64 in Colombo.

This will also be the last chance for Isipathana to showcase their talent potential in the league tournament before they begin their preparations for the upcoming knock-out championship.

They will be really satisfied if they could pull off this game and finish in the second place of the points table considering the fact that they had put a lot hard work to maintain high standards on the field.

In addition, the cynosure of all eyes will be on the individual brilliance of Isipathana’s full back Chamodh Fernando and Wesley’s dynamic fly half Avishka Lee who have made a great amount of contribution for their respective teams.

In fact, Fernando is one of the leading try scorers in the league tournament with eight tries to his credit having also impressed as a reliable place kicker with a total of 15 conversions.

Meanwhile, Lee has been the main source of inspiration for Wesley having made his presence felt in every outing with five tries, nine penalties and 15 conversions under his belt for a fantastic overall contribution of 82 points.

Wesley stun lackluster Joes to claim emphatic victory

April 29, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 


By Shannon Nicholas

Wesley College proved to be too strong for St. Joseph’s College as they held on to a 23–14 win in the first game of round two of the Singer Inter-Schools Under-20 League Rugby Tournament 2017 held at the CR & FC Grounds on Friday (28).



The winners collected their points through two goals and three penalties while the losers were only able to gather two goals. The ‘Double Blues’ held a 09-00 advantage over their opponents at lemons.

The Wesleyites finished second best at the group stages after some great performances while the Joes finished one place below them, and the affair was tipped to be an exciting one.

Wesley started off brilliantly, pushing themselves deeper into Josephian territory in view of inflicting an early damage on the Joes. They managed to draw first blood with just 8 minutes in to the game when Avishka Lee bisected the poles after being awarded a penalty. Wesley kept attacking and earned themselves a penalty which was successfully converted by Avishka 15 minutes later, which doubled their lead.

Both teams were not able to alter the scoreboard for some time although many chances of scoring were missed.

Wesley managed to break the silence on the verge of half-time when Avishka was successful yet again in kicking the ball between the poles before Referee Rohan Fernando blew for half-time. Half-time scores: Wesley 9 – 0 Joseph’s

The Joes must have taken maximum advantage of the short break as a rejuvenated Josephian outfit was seen as play was resumed.

They started off strongly and managed to put up their first points for the day when Skipper Vinul Fernando touched down after some nifty team play with just a few minutes into the second half. Chathura Senevirathne added the extras with ease and the scores were set to 9 – 7.

Vinul came close to scoring a second try few minutes later when he dashed past a disarrayed Wesley backline to touchdown but the Referee cancelled it due to a knockon which had taken place prior to it. Wesley Captain Denister Goonethilake got the better of the Josephian defence as he crossed the line to plant Wesley’s first try of the day.

After some passing dangerously close to the try line, Wesley overcame the Joes’ defence as Goonethilake slipped through for the try. Avishka was on point with the conversion and the scores were altered to 16 – 7. Both teams kept attacking in search of points but failed to do so for more than 30 minutes, during which many close chances were witnessed.

Wesley dominated possession however and would’ve almost scored if not for the Josephians who stood tall to prevent any slip-ups. Channa Ashoka pulled one back for the Josephians when the scrum-half collected the ball through a throw-in close to the try line and went over to touch down. Senevirathne was successful at the conversion and the scores were made 16 – 14.

With time running out for them, the Josephians put on a valiant try to continue with the momentum built and putting up more points but all hope was lost when Wesley were awarded a penalty try after a collective team effort.

Avishka converted and altered the scores for one last time to 23 – 14 before the Referee blew the long whistle.

Wesley and St. Joseph’s looking to consolidate

April 28, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 


By Chris Dhambarage

Two equally good teams St. Joseph’s College and Wesley College will be looking to make a winning start to their second-round campaign when they clash in a Singer Inter-Schools Under-20 League Rugby Tournament fixture at Longden Place on Friday (28).

Both teams were able to make vast strides during the first-round almost in similar style and this confrontation should turn out to be a vital encounter in an attempt to consolidate their position.

The Wesleyites have been riding on a crest of a wave since their initial setback in the tournament where they suffered a morale shattering 24-64 defeat at the hands of Trinity College in the opening match of the league at Longden Place.

But since then the team from Campbell Park have improved tremendously to make rapid progress as they went on to record four successive victories over Prince of Wales College (28-10), S. Thomas’ College (23-19), Science College Mount Lavinia (36-10) and Zahira College (32-29) respectively.

As a result Wesley were able to complete the first-round on a high note and were placed as the team with the second best average (4.7) in the points table which put them even ahead of the more fancied Isipathana College (4.67) and Royal College (4.58).

St. Joseph’s also made a disastrous start to the tournament while losing their first two matches even though they were within a chance of pulling off the game in both outings.

They made a lasting impression in their very first outing while providing Royal plenty of anxious moments before going down fighting 22-28 in a thrilling encounter at the Royal Sports Complex.

The Josephians then stretched the defending champions Isipathana College to the maximum in their second outing before they eventually surrendered 32-39 following a gruelling encounter played at Longden Place.

But thereafter, St. Joseph’s have been unstoppable as they went on to complete the first-round with four back-to-back impressive victories over Dharmaraja College (44-10), St. Anthony’s College (24-11), St. Peter’s College (25-10) and D. S. Senanayake College (72-10).

Even then Wesley will take the field under some kind of pressure as they suffered a shock defeat at the hands of their traditional rivals Kingswood College in their annual encounter played at the Bogambara Stadium in Kandy last week.

The Joes of course possess a formidable side and they have some genuine match winners in the calibre of Sachin Silva (6 tries), ChaturaSeneviratne (4), Vinul Fernando (4) and Gamunu Chethiya (4).

Avantha Lee has been really outstanding for Wesley with six magnificent tries to his credit while his twin brother Avishka Lee has scored three tries in addition to putting over three penalties and making ten conversions for his side.

Ugly scene mars Trinity’s big win

February 25, 2017 by · 1 Comment 


By M. Shamil Amit

An unnecessary incident instigated by a Wesley College player, who kicked a Trinity College player on the verge of touching down for a try in the dying stages of the match, marred an otherwise decent game at Longdon Place on Friday.



The incident which flared up saw some of the Wesley schoolboys invading the field and making a mess, putting their school to shame – something that should be nipped in the bud by the schools authorities to ensure that there would not be a repeat.

At the time of the incident the Trinitians were already winners by miles, with the score at that stage reading 57-24, before the game ended with the Lions roaring to 64 points. Their tally came off seven goals and three tries to Wesley’s total accumulated through two goals and two tries.

The first half of play saw the Trinitians going into action as early as the second minute with an under the post try by Pasan Samarawickrama giving fly half Lashan Wijesuriya an easy conversion.

Seven minutes later Trinity increased their lead with Diluksha Dange going over for a try and Lashan adding the extra points. Wesley scored back to back tries in the 14th and 17th minutes, first by skipper Denister Gunatileke and the other by Avishka Lee, who converted one.

From there on it was a ding dong battle with Trinity scoring in the 21st minute through Lashan Wijesuriya who made the conversion himself and then Wesley scoring four minutes later with an unconverted try by Avantha Lee.

A hat-trick of tries within a space of ten minutes by Trinity, first by Mohamed Ikram, and then Rasheen Bandaranayake and Rishen Madena – with Lashan converting two of them – saw them leading 40-17 at the short whistle.

On resumption Wesley went into the attack and succeeded to penetrate Trinity with Imesh Aponso going over for a try and Avishka adding the extra points.

But that was all the Wesleyites were able to achieve as the Trinitians went on a scoring spree and succeeded in planting four more tries through Navin Rajaratnam, Anuka Boyagoda, Gaurav Seneviratne and Akitha Sakalasooriya, with Rishen and Lashan converting one each, before the unfortunate and unwanted incident occurred, in the very first match of schools rugby season.

Referee – Dinka Peiris

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