By a Special Sports Correspondent
Isipatana College crowned themselves as President’s Trophy schools rugby under 19 Knockout Champions when they rattled St. Joseph’s College in a rousing second half display and recorded a punishing 49 points to 22 win in the final played at Royal Sports Complex yesterday (Sunday).
The winners looked solid in the first half running up a 27 points to nil score and finished the game with a total of seven tries, four conversions and two penalties as against three tries, two conversions and a penalty by the Josephians. Isipatana’s speed and power play were a little too hot to handle for the Joes who looked to playmaker and number 8 Navin Marasinghe to turn the game around after the first half blues they suffered.
Tries from Isipatana’s Kenula Mihisara, fly half Naveen Kanishka and hooker Venura Sangeeth proved too much for the Josephians while full back Malith Botheju delivered in the kicking department for the Green Shirts in the first half.
The Josephians had their moments early in the second half with consecutive tries from Marasinghe with the second touchdown underscoring the 107 kg third row forward’s individual brilliance. With the third try coming from flanker Vaidyanathan Joes were hot on the heels of Isipatana with the score reading 27 points to 19 in favour of the team from Havelock Town.
The Joes had some relief when Ruchika Rodrigo booted a penalty in the 57th minute of play which came as the response after a try for Isipatana by Praveen Stephan. But the winners flew past their opponents from there onwards with more tries coming from Stephan (his second), S. Costa and Wewalapandith before the final whistle came from referee Ishanka Abeykoon.
St. Joseph’s have a slight edge over Trinity
Under 17 Division 1 Cricket Final
by Reemus Fernando
Two unbeaten teams, St. Joseph’s and Trinity will bank on some of the leading performers of the tournament for success when they clash for the title of the Under 17 Division I cricket tournament at Surrey Village ground, Maggona today. The two teams have in their ranks a number of players who are among the leading batsmen and bowlers of this tournament. Their performances have helped the two teams remain unbeaten.
St. Joseph’s, who have a slight edge over their rivals, are equipped with a formidable bowling unit. They have the leading spinner of the tournament in left-arm spinner Yenula Dewthusa, who has captured 19 wickets. Offie Kaven Pathirana is also among the tournament’s leading bowlers.
The Joes pace attack is led by Dunick Perera, who too is among the top ten bowlers of the tourney. He will spearhead the pace attack with Manasa Madubashana. In the batting department the Joes were depending on shared responsibilities. Sahan Dabare, Rishma Amarasinghe, Abhishek Jayaweera, Kenath Liyanage and Dewthusa are the batsmen to watch.
Trinity too have relied heavily on a left arm spinner for wickets during the tournament. Malith Rathnayake, who is the joint third highest wicket taker of the tournament will lead their bowling unit. Trinity did not have the service of Kaveen Gamage this season due to injury. Lakwin Abeysinghe, Wathila Udara and Oshana Lokuge who shared the responsibilities in the spin department will look forward to back Rathnayake today. Their pace attack will be led by Kavindu Jayarathna and Thisal Yapa. In the batting department Dimantha Mahavithana, Lakvin Abeysinghe, Pulisha Tilakaratna, Aadham Hilmy and Jayavi Liyanagama have scored the bulk of runs for them.
How they reached the final
The Joes reach the final after ousting one of the favourities, Gurukula in the semi –final. Their quarter-final against St. Sebastian’s was washed off and they reached the semi-final on merit of the bonus points they had. They were the champions in their group in the first round and during the first two knockout games in the second round they beat Holy Cross College, Kalutara and Mahanama College, Colombo.
Trinity too were the champions in their group in the first round. During the knockout stage they beat D.S. Senanayake College and St. Anthony’s College, Wattala. In the quarter-final against Mahinda, no play was possible due to rain and they advanced to the semi-final as they had more bonus points. In the semi-final they beat S. Thomas’.
St. Joseph’s (from): Kenath Liyanage (Captain), Abishek Jayaweera, Naren Muralidaran, Yenula Dewthusa, Sahan Dabare, Hiran Ranaweera, Kaven Pathirana, Senodh Soysa, Oshada Gunasinghe, Dihen De Silva, Manasa Madubashana, Dunick Perera, Rishma Amarasinghe, Shenal Anuradha. Officials: Asiri Caldera (Master in Charge), Dylan Ramanayake (Head Coach), Torin Pitigala (Asst. Coach)
Trinity (from): Malith Rathnayake (Captain), Jayavi Liyanagama, Thisal Yapa, Oshana Lokuge, Kavindu Jayaratna, Aadham Hilmy, Sweath Anurajeewa, Dimantha Mahavithana, Pulisha Tilakaratna, Lakvin Abeysinghe, Wathila Udara, Thisum Rajaratna, Kadesh Anton. Officials: V. Raveendran (Master in Charge), Brain Senarathne (Master in Charge), Naveen Ekanayake (Head Coach).
Spain women’s players call for coach to be sacked
Spain’s football federation says 15 players have said they will resign from the women’s national team unless head coach Jorge Vilda is sacked.The RFEF said the players claim his tenure is affecting their emotional state and health.
However, the RFEF said it “is not going to allow the players to question the continuity of the national coach”.
“These types of manoeuvres are far from exemplary and outside the values ??of football and sport,” they said.
“Making those decisions does not fall within their powers.”
It warned refusing to play for the national team was “a very serious infraction and can carry sanctions of between two and five years of disqualification” and went on to say it would not call up the 15.
“The Federation will only have committed footballers even if they have to play with youth,” it added.
“This fact has gone from being a sporting issue to a dignity issue. The selection is non-negotiable. It is an unprecedented situation in the history of football, both male and female, in Spain and worldwide.
“The national team needs players committed to the project, defending our colours and proud to wear the Spain shirt.”
It ended by saying the players – who have not been named – would only be called up again in the future “if they accept their mistake and ask for forgiveness”.
Vilda, 41, has been the national team coach since 2015 and led his side to the quarter-finals of Euro 22, where the pre-tournament favourites lost in extra time to eventual winners England. In 2015 Vilda’s predecessor Ignacio Quereda resigned after Spain’s players called for him to be sacked. The move came after Spain finished bottom of their World Cup group.
New Zealand survive scare to complete series win
New Zealand women survived a major collapse to down West Indies by two wickets and with almost 10 overs to spare in a hard-fought encounter in Antigua. With this victory, New Zealand also took an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match ODI series.
The bowlers had laid down the foundation for New Zealand’s win. Eden Carson returned figures of 3 for 31 while Hayley Jensen bagged a two-for. Fran Jonas, Sophie Devine, Amelia Kerr and Lea Tahuhu also took a wicket each as the West Indies could muster only a modest total of 169 for 9 in their allotted 50 overs. Hayley Matthews, batting at No. 5, top scored with 46 while Chinelle Henry accumulated a brisk 35-ball 30. No other batter crossed the 20-run mark for the home side.
In the chase, New Zealand lost their skipper Devine, alongside Suzie Bates and Kerr within the first 10 overs. Green and Lauren Down then strung together an alliance of 66 to put New Zealand on course for a rather comfortable win. Even after Down was dislodged by Stafanie Taylor, Green and Brooke Hallday put on a stand of 47 to take the visitors within just six runs of victory. However, at that stage, New Zealand lost wickets in a heap to suddenly find themselves in some trouble.
Green fell in the 37th over to Afy Fletcher. Her batting partner, Halliday and Tahuhu were dismissed in the very next over by the off-spinner Karishma Ramharack. Ramharack wasn’t done yet as she also castled Isabella Gaze for no score. Eventually, Jensen calmed down the nerves in the New Zealand camp by cracking a boundary off Fletcher in the 41st over to take New Zealand past the finishing line.
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