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72nd Battle of the Golds Powered by Dialog

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From Left - Bihanga Mendis –Captain - St. Sebastian’s College, Moratuwa, Nilan Fernando – Master in charge of U-19 Cricket, St. Sebastian’s College, Moratuwa, Rev. Fr. Sanjeewa Mendis – Rector, St. Sebastian’s College, Moratuwa, Lasantha Theverapperuma – Group Chief Operating Officer, Dialog Axiata PLC, Hasitha Kesara Weththimuni - Principal, Prince Of Wales’ College, Moratuwa, Kasun Dewapriya – Prefect of Games, Prince of Wales’ College, Moratuwa, Tharindu Gimantha Amarasinghe –Captain, Prince Of Wales’ College, Moratuwa

Moratuwa comes alive to the sound of Papare Bands this October as Sri Lanka’s premier connectivity provider, Dialog Axiata PLC, continuing its promise to support Sri Lanka sports has come forth once again to power the 72nd edition of the Battle of the Golds encounter between home town archrivals, St. Sebastian’s College and Prince of Wales’ College, Moratuwa.

The 2022 edition of the ‘Battle of the Golds is scheduled to be played at De Soysa Stadium in full capacity for spectators, the Big Match will be played on the 27th and 28th of October 2022, and the eagerly anticipated 50-over game, which will be played for the 37th such occasion this year, is scheduled to be played on the following day at the SSC.

The Cambrians will be led allrounder, Tharindu Gimantha Amarasinghe while the Sebastianites will play under the captaincy of allrounder Bihanga Mendis.

Cricketers from both schools have represented the game at the highest level, including 1996 World Cup winner Romesh Kaluvitharana and Sri Lanka Captain Duleep Mendis. The current players representing Sri Lanka include Oshada Fernando, Vishwa Fernando, Avishka Fernando, Praveen Jayawickrama and Amila Aponso, all of whom are from St. Sebastian’s College and Kusal Mendis and Lahiru Thirimanne are from Cambrians.

As the principal sponsor, Dialog Axiata has made arrangements to LIVE stream the Limited Overs match via Sri Lanka’s largest sports hub, thepapare.com, Dialog VIU mobile app and will also be shown LIVE on Dialog TV Channel 140.

The tally between the two schools presently stands at six wins for the Cambrians and three wins for the Sebastianites. St. Sebastian’s College is the present holder of the cup, having last won it in 2011 under the captaincy of Sanitha De Mel. In the last encounter, the two-day Big Match ended in a tame draw, while the Cambrians secured a hard-fought 02 run victory at the one-day encounter.

In the limited over encounters, the Sebastianites lead with 17 wins to the Cambrians’ 16 with one tie and two abandoned games.

Dialog Axiata is the proud sponsor of the Sri Lanka National Cricket, Volleyball, Netball and Esports teams. The Company also has a close association with the President’s Gold Cup Volleyball, National Junior and Senior Netball tourneys, Schools Rugby, Paralympic sports – by powering the Army Para Games, National Para Games and the Sri Lankan contingent to the World Paralympic Games.



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Tharushi, Nirmali improve meet records in 800 metres

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All Island Schools Athletics Championships

by Reemus Fernando

Ratnayake Central, Walala prodigy Tharushi Karunaratne and Asian Youth Athletics Championship medallist Nirmali Wickramasinghe smashed meet records as they further boosted girls’ 800 metres as the most promising athletics discipline in the women’s category in Sri Lanka on day four of the All Island Schools Athletics Championships at the Sugathadasa Stadium on Monday.

World Junior Championship participant Karunaratne slashed nearly four seconds from Dilshi Kumarasinghe’s 2017 record (2:12.28 seconds) as she won the Under 20 girls’ 800 metres in a time of 2:08.16 seconds.

It was the third meet record she established during this meet. She erased the 400 metres and 4×400 metres relay records before reaching the 800 metres as the clear favourite. She has also had under her belt the 200 metres title of that age category.

In the Under 18 age category Nirmali Wickramasinghe of Wickramabahu National School, Gampola lived up to her billing as she erased one of the older records in the meet. She returned a time of 2:13.09 seconds to beat the 2003 record (2:13.49 secs) held by Kushani Nelum Kularatne of Elapatha MV.

The day’s fastest performance in the 800 metres was produced by Kavishka Sri Bandara (Elapatha MV) who came almost close to breaking the meet record with a feat of 1:52.67 seconds in the Under 20 boys’ event. He has further cemented his place as the fastest athlete of this discipline in the Junior category this year slashing nearly two seconds off his June performance.

In the Under 18 boys’ category Roshen Fernandopulle of Maris Stella College, Negombo ran two solid laps though he only managed only clock sub two minutes (1:59.87).

Ashmika Keshan Korala of Yoshida International School, Sapugaskanda emerged victorious in the Under 20 boys’ triple jump as he cleared 15.57 metres to create a new meet record. Korala broke the record held by Chamal Kumarasiri (15.52m-2015).

Janith Shenal of Lyceum International, Wattala in action in the Under 18 boys’ discus throw.

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Royal Institute karatekas excel winning 32 medals

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Inter–International Schools Karate Championship 2022

Karatekas from Royal Institute Colombo secured 32 medals in four categories at the recently concluded Inter–International Schools Karate Championship at the Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium.

They clinched 14 gold, four silver and 14 bronze medals while winning titles in the under 11, 12, 13 and 14 age categories.

The team competed under the guidance of coach Shihan Seeta Wijewardana. The winners of various categories were: Under 11 – Bhagya Leelarathna (Nugegoda Branch), Under 12 – Sanuli Nethara (Nugegoda Branch), Under 13 – Mahira Mariam (Maya Avenue Branch) and Under 14 – Saveen Imanga (Nugegoda Branch).

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Nadun equals Randeniya’s national junior record

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Samadi shatters 14-year-old meet record

All Island Schools Games Athletics Championships

by Reemus Fernando

Royal College athlete Nadun Bandara equaled the national junior record in the 110 metres hurdles and Samadi Lakshani Dissanayake of Swarnamali Balika, Kandy took under her belt the meet record in the Under 20 100 metres hurdles as they breathed new life to sprint hurdles on day four of the All Island Schools Athletics Championships at the Sugathadasa Stadium on Monday.

The premier schools event had not witnessed a sub 14 seconds performance in the Under 20 age category until the World Junior Championship participant blazed the track with a scintillating 13.64 seconds finish yesterday.

Bandara shattered Josephian Sheshan Kariyawasam’s meet record (14.21 secs- 2018) and equaled Supun Viraj Randeniya’s National Junior record, which the latter had established ten years ago in Ranchi.

With his latest feat Bandara has his name written against all age group (Under 16 100m in 2018 , Under 18 110m in 2019 and Under 20 110m) hurdles records of this meet.

In the girls’ Under 20 100 metres hurdles, Swarnamali Balika athlete Samadi Lakshani Dissanayake shattered Harshani Wijesinghe’s meet record (14.66 secs) established in 2008 with a feat of 14.55 seconds.

In a remarkable field event achievement, Hasitha Kavinda Dissanayake of Gnanodaya M.M.V, Wariyapola cleared 15.14 metres to establish a new meet record in the Under 18 boys’ triple jump. It was the first time that an athlete in his age category cleared the 15 metres barrier in the Under 18 triple jump at these championships.

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