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HSBC Premier Golf winners to witness 150th Open Championship in Scotland



Dihan Dedigama Overall Winner in the A&B Division receiving his award from Mark Surgenor, CEO of HSBC Sri Lanka and Maldives and James Rebert, Country Head of Wealth & Personal Banking, HSBC Sri Lanka

HSBC successfully concluded two back to back golf tournaments at the Royal Colombo Golf Club recently which brought together RCGC golfers, and HSBC Premier golfers who competed for a shot at winning a once in a lifetime opportunity to witness the 150th Open Championship at St. Andrews in Scotland.

This year over 180 golfers demonstrated their golf skills at the HSBC Premier Golf Tournament held for the 9th year, while over 250 golfers from RCGC played in the annual 5-Club Stableford Tournament, marking 26-years of HSBC’s title sponsorship.

Deepal Akuretiyagama was the overall winner to take home the HSBC Premier Challenge Trophy and was also winner of the Seniors & Ladies & C division with a score of 43 points. Dihan Dedigama scored 38 points on a B/B 9 and was the winner of the A&B divisions. Anouk Chitty won the Ladies division with 39 Points, while Chandana De Silva won the Senior’s division with 37 Points.

The two overall winners were each presented with a fully sponsored 4 nights, 5 days’ hospitality package each to watch the 150th Open Championship at St. Andrews in Scotland from 10 – 17 July 2022, which HSBC is a patron. In addition, each winner was also awarded a global health policy with benefits up to USD 800,000 courtesy of Allianz Insurance as part of HSBC’s global partnership.

Deepal Akuretiyagama sharing his thoughts, said, “As a sportsman from my younger days, my motto for any sport, has always been to work hard to improve your skills and then you play what you learnt with passion and joy. Winning is a bonus. Although this is my first commercial tournament, HSBC provided a perfect environment to apply my belief. It was a fun filled and highly professional tournament. I am grateful to HSBC for sponsoring me to the 150th Open in Scotland, which is any golfers dream. It was a privilege to be part of this. Thank you HSBC.”

“The recently concluded HSBC tournament was as well organised as a tournament could be. The professional approach from HSBC staff to look into every little matter was amazing. The entire team put on a great display of coordination and by winning gave me a once in a lifetime opportunity, first being able to attend the momentous occasion of the 150th Open Championship and the honour and privilege to visit St. Andrews. Thank you HSBC team.” said Dihan Dedigama.

Deepal Akuretiyagama Overall Winner of the HSBC Premier Golf Tournament accepting the HSBC Premier Challenge Trophy from Mark Surgenor, CEO of HSBC Sri Lanka and Maldives.

Sanjeewa Wickramanayake and Adrian Perera also walked away with a Global Health Insurance plan each from Allianz Insurance offered exclusively to HSBC Premier customers during a special draw.

The overall winner at this year’s 5-Club Stableford Tournament was Manoj Algama who secured the highest score of 43 Points. The ladies champion was Fran De Mel who scored 40 points. Winning the A Division was W.A.K Fernando with 41 Points and the B Division winner was Manoj Algama with 43 Points. The winner of C division was Manjula Lanerolle scoring 42 Points, while Harendra De Silva won the Seniors division with a score of 39 Points.

HSBC is a long-term partner of some of the biggest events in global golf, including, the World Golf Championships, HSBC Champions in Shanghai, the HSBC Women’s World Championship in Singapore, The Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship and The Open in the UK. In Sri Lanka, HSBC has helped elevate the

game through the sponsorship of HSBC Future Lions at grassroots level to increase both interest and participation in the game.

Continuing from last year, this year’s Premier Golf tournament also invited Premier Juniors to test their skills on the course with an 18-hole stroke play. Kaiyan Johnpillai won the 12 and below age group with 93 gross and Arika Wickramasinghe won the 13-18 age group scoring 75 gross.

In keeping with HSBC’s Net Zero ambitions, a key highlight this year was that every participating golfer at both tournaments received a box of recycled Bamboo tees from OCEANTEE, who will be supplying the same recycled tees to the 150th Open Championship at St. Andrews, Scotland. Further, to support RCGC’s own ambition of becoming carbon neutral through Project Zero, the HSBC Premier Golf T-Shirts worn at the tournament was made from recycled pet bottles.

Congratulating both winners Deepal Akuretiyagama and Dihan Dedigama James Rebert, Head of Wealth and Personal Banking further said, “We are happy to be able to give our customers an opportunity to not just enjoy golf locally, but to also experience world-class golf events, that connect to their international lifestyle. We hope both winners will enjoy their experience this year at the 150th Open Championship. This year also marked the second junior premier event creating an opportunity for young players to enter the tournament. Congratulations to Kaiyan Johnpillai and Arika Wickramasinghe on winning this year’s event and we wish them a bright future ahead in golf.

We will continue to create these experiences and new opportunities as part of our global Premier banking proposition to support our customer’s ambitions both locally and internationally.”

The tournament concluded with the awards ceremony held at the Club House.

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Lahiru takes five wickets as Joes take lead



Lahiru Amarasekara

Under 19 Cricket

Off-spinner Lahiru Amarasekara produced a five-wicket haul as St. Joseph’s restricted Mahinda to 127 runs on day one of the Under 19 traditional cricket encounter at Galle on Monday.

Amarasekara was ably supported by spinner Yenula Dewthusa and Muditha Dissanayake who shared the other five wickets.

With wickets falling at regular intervals, batting opener Ranmina Hettiarachchi anchored the top order with a knock of 33 runs. Chandupa de Silva with 29 runs, Tharusha Dilshan (15) and Hiruna Gallalge (17) were the only other batsmen to reach double figures.

In their essay St. Joseph’s were comfortably placed at 132 for two wickets but back-to-back wickets in the last two overs placed them at 132 for four wickets at stumps.

At Welisara, Dinuka Tennakoon took five wickets but Maris Stella managed to post 268 runs as Shean Adithya top-scored with 83 runs. In reply Trinity were nine without loss.

Vihanga Nimsara and Rasindu Ilukshana were the heroes for Moratu Vidyalaya as their half-centuries helped them score 249 runs against St. Sylvester’s at Boyagane.

Match Details

At Galle: Mahinda 127, St. Joseph’s 132/4



127 all out in 57 overs (Ranmina Hettiarachchi 33, Chandupa de Silva 29; Lahiru Amarasekara 5/34, Muditha Dissanayaka 2/23, Yenula Dewtusa 3/32)

St. Joseph’s

132 for 4 in 42.1 overs (Sadeesh Jayawardena 53, Naren Muralidaran 41; Shehan Hasaranga 2/39)

At Welisara: Maris Stella 268, Trinity 9/0


Maris Stella

268 all out in 93.5 overs (Kaveen Fernando 26, Shean Adithya 83, Anshen de Silva 28, Ramith Bandara 33, Nethum Basnayake 26, Levin Fernando 22; Jayavi Liyanagama 2/40, Dinuka Tennakoon 5/74)

Trinity 9 for no loss in 4 overs

At Boyagane: Moratu Vidyalaya 249, St. Sylvester’s 5/1


Moratu Vidyalaya

249 all out in 93.1 overs (Vihanga Nimsara 82, Rasindu Ilukshana 54; Isuru Gunasekara 2/28, Pansilu Bandara 2/50, Akila Wickramasinghe 3/48, Khanka Wickramasinghe 2/31)

St. Sylvester’s

5 for 1 in 4 overs.

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Sowmiya clinches a triple crown, Silvijan bags a double



Winners posing with their awards.

Northern Badminton Championship 2023

T. Silvijan Dalima was crowned men’s singles champion while S. Sowmiya clinched a triple crown at the Northern Badminton Championship 2023 in Kilinochchi during the weekend.

At the Provincial Indoor Stadium in Kilinochchi, Silvijan met K Thusan in the final clash in which the latter retired in the second set with scores reading 21-14, 16-11 in favour of the champion. L Hentry and K Kajan were the losing semi-finalists.

Meanwhile, S. Sowmiya won all three of her open events, the women’s singles, doubles and mixed doubles with respective partners.

Sowmiya clinched the women’s singles crown with a 21-15, 21-13 win over R. Ragavi in the final following her doubles title win with B. Oliviya. Sowmiya and Oliviya overcame Athmika and M. Kavinaya 21-9, 21-15 to seal the women’s doubles crown.

Earlier, Sowmiya and Silvijan, the best singles duo in the tournament, also won the mixed doubles title by defeating R. Sulacsan and S . Thanojana 21-12, 21-16 in the final.

The men’s doubles final was won by L. R. Reminsan and T. Thusyanthan who beat G. Thanukanth and R. Yuthakaran with a 21-13, 21-9 score line.

The tournament, organised by the Northern Province Badminton Association, was conducted under the guidance of Sri Lanka Badminton (SLB). SLB President Rohan de Silva and a host of top officials were among the special guests at the presentation ceremony.

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St. Peter’s Tennis teams up with Yeti



(From left): Manesh Kajan (U-17 Captain), K. D. Y. Pathiraja (Coach), Rev. Fr. Rohitha Rodrigo (Rector, St. Peter’s), Dilshan Balasuriya (Director, Yeti) and Malik Perera (CEO, Yeti). (Pic by Kamal Wanniarachchi)

St. Peter’s College, Bambalapitiya teamed up with isotonic sports drink manufacturer Yeti, who will meet the hydration needs of the school tennis team during their upcoming Inter-School tournaments.

Yeti will provide the St. Peter’s Tennis Team with isotonic sports drinks to meet their hydration needs and as part of the partnership, the players will also have access to the elite Yeti portfolio of sports isotonic products.

This year, St. Peter’s will have a busy schedule as they are set to participate in several age group championships including the Inter-Schools Tennis Tournament, Inter-Schools Nationals and the Arjan Perera Tennis Tournament.

The Peterites had mixed fortunes last year as they emerged overall runners-up in the Inter-Schools Tournament and their Under-17 and Under-19 Teams reached the semi-finals of the Inter-Schools National Championships.

This time the Peterites are hoping for an improved performance with five coloursmen in the Under-20 side and four coloursmen in the Under-17 team.

Yeti isotonic fluid has been specially formulated to provide superior rehydration and provide the body the necessary water, minerals and energy lost during exercise.

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