Old Wesleyites SC celebrates Oak Anniversary
Old Wesleyites Sports Club celebrated its Oak Anniversary recently The event was attended by a number of past presidents of the Club
The Old Wesleyites Sports Club came into being in 1941, mainly due to a bond amongst hockey players in that era when it became necessary for these players to continue the sport after leaving College. The idea of the formation of the club was conceived by Old Wesleyites T.M.N. Mahamooth, J.A.A. Perera and A. Nithiyanandan. The concept found favor with P.H. Nonis the Vice Principal. The first historic committee was elected with the assistance of the doyen of hockey, Walter Jayasooriya, at a meeting at Ranabahu Garage, Braybrooke Place, Slave Island. This was the humble beginning of a club that was destined to lift the image of Wesley College to great heights. The main members of that first committee were Patron the Principal Rev. David S. T. Izzett. President W. Harris de Kretser, Secretary T. M. N. Mahamooth and Treasurer J. A. A. Perera.
But for a period of 11 years (1961 – 1972) the club was inactive.
After having its revivals there was a wind of change in 1988.
At a dinner hosted by Shanthi McLellend at the Taj Samudra for L. C. R. Wijesinghe and L. R. Goonetilleke in 1988 the revival of the 0.W.S.C. was discussed. The subject was in the mind of L.C.R. Wijesinghe and L.R. Goonetilleke, but the initiative was taken only in 1989 when they decided that for the purpose of doing something meaningful for the school and to find a meeting place for Old Wesleyites, reviving the O.W.S.C. with Old Wesleyites who will be committed to the cause, was the only way. They had to find a President who will be dynamic and respected.
(From left) Mahesh Wijayanayake (Treasurer), Maithree
Vithanage (President 2019 to date) and Shaheem Mahir
Then in March 1992, a newspaper advertisement was inserted in the Ceylon Daily News inviting past Wesleyites to meet in the Highfield Hall, in an effort to revive the dormant Old Wesleyites Sports Club with the election of an Executive Committee.
There were 37 old Wesleyites present on this date. Dunstan Fernando the Principal chaired the meeting. Walter Jayasooriya the founder member of the Old Wesleyites Sport Club out-lined the history and advised that a club house was set up and a constitution had being drafted in 1966.
Prof. Mahroof Ismail was appointed the President and a committee consisting of five Vice Patrons, 15 Vice Presidents, Treasurer, Secretary, four General Committee members and seven conveners of sports were appointed.
The OWSC – situated in the familiar surroundings of Campbell Park is considered “home” to all Wesleyites, because it is the meeting place for all Old Boys of the Double Blue fraternity.
To many Wesleyites this was “home away from home”. The Club has grown from strength to strength over the years, and the standards have been maintained.
“The Carriage” has become a landmark in Colombo not only to the Double Blue fraternity but to many others.
There have been great Wesleyites who shouldered the weight and responsibility of the OWSC. The club continues its forward journey with the support of its old boys and caring for the home away from home.
Maharoof Ismail 1990 – 1994
Denzil Perera 1994 – 1996
L. R Goonathilleke 1996 – 1998
Navin De Silva 1998 – 2000
Tyronne Maye 2000 – 2002
P Wijemanne 2002 – 2006
Rohan L Perera 2006 – 2008
Ivor Maharoof 2008 – 2009
Jeremy Brohier 2009 – 2011
Rechie Sappideen 2011 – 2013
S. Renganathan 2013 – 2014
Fowzil Nawaz 2014 – 2017
Farman J Cassim 2017 – 2019
Maithri U Vithanage 2019 – to date
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St. Sebastian’s Katuneriya, Holy Cross earn Division I promotion
UNDER 19 CRICKET
By Reemus Fernando
St. Sebastian’s College, Katuneriya with a sensational last-ball victory and Holy Cross College, Kalutara with a marathon first innings performance earned their much-awaited Division I promotion as they outdid their opponents in the Under 19 Division II Tier ‘A’ semi-finals worked off at Surrey Village Ground, Maggona and Kirimandala Mawatha, Colombo respectively.
At Surrey Village, Sri Sumangala dominated the first innings and a better part of the second but St. Sebastian’s fought back through their seventh wicket pair to record three wickets victory. Chasing a target of 172 runs to win, the boys from Katuneriya were troubled by spinner Mevindu Kumarasiri who took six wickets. But after being 135 for seven wickets at one stage, the seventh wicket pair of Gayan Harshana (26n.o.) and Vihanga Theekshana fought back scoring less than run-a-ball knocks to secure their passage to Division I.
Sri Sumangala, considered the most consistent team in the Division II tournament were without their key player Vishwa Lahiru who is with Sri Lanka Under 19 team in UAE.
At Kirimandala Mawatha grounds, Holy Cross earned first innings points against Sri Devananda as their tail-enders stretched their first innings almost to the end of the second day, batting for 141 overs. In reply to Sri Devananda’s 138 runs, Holy Cross posted 251 runs.
Holy Cross College, a former Division I school were the champions of the last Division II Tier ‘A’ Limited Overs tournament. They beat Sri Sumangala in the semi-final on their way to that title. Now they will be facing St. Sebastian’s in the Two-Day tournament final. The result of that match will have no bearing on their promotion to the top Division of the Under 19 tournament as the finalists are guaranteed the Division I promotion according to tournament rules. The top teams in the Division II Tier ‘A’ tournament were waiting for nearly three years to get their promotion as promotions and demotions were not done during the last two years due to the pandemic.
Hansaja Brian who also took four wickets, played a crucial role in anchoring the batting lineup with a marathon innings (58 runs in 231 balls) for Holy Cross to overtake their opponents in the first innings. He was ably supported by Nadeera Deshan as they added a vital sixth wicket stand of 60 runs. Later skipper Sasindu Kaushan put on a last wicket stand of 76 runs with Amash Fernando, who contributed with an unbeaten 15 runs in as many as 135 balls. Kaushan scored 78 runs facing 205 balls as the last wicket pair frustrated the boys from Ambalangoda for 48 overs.
The tenth wicket pair denied an opportunity for the boys from Ambalangoda to make a comeback in the second innings as they extended their innings almost to the close of play on the final day.
St. Sebastian’s beat Sri Sumangala by three wickets at Surrey Village
185 all out in 64.3 overs (Kishan Eranga 62, Sachira Demian 43; Chathumal Nimesh 4/45, Tharuka Manaram 5/30) and 135 all out in 48.5 overs (Kavindu Gayathra 25, Vidusha Peiris 21, Imalka Fernando 59; Chathumal Nimesh 5/59, Malindu Daham 2/29, Tharuka Manaram 3/39)
149 all out in 50.1 overs (Thisara Madushan 43, Ashen Dinuka 38; Mevindu Kumarasiri 3/41, Imalka Fernando 3/13) and 174 for 7 in 39 overs (Hasith Kavinda 27, Nimesh Madusanka 26, Chathumal Nimesh 35, Gayan Harshana 26n.o., Vihanga Theekshana 15n.o.; Mevindu Kumarasiri 6/66)
Holy Cross in first innings win over Sri Devananda at Kirimandala Mawatha
138 all out in 60.4 overs (Sithum Vihanga 36, Kaveesha Kalpana 31; Pasindu Wimansa 3/38, Hansaja Brayan 4/20, Rashan Kethaka 2/17)
251 all out in 141.5 overs (Gayantha Nadeesha 40, Hansaja Brian 58, Nadeera Deshan 31, Sasindu Kaushan 78, Amash Fernando 15n.o.; Kaveesha Kalpana 5/50, Ravindu Jeewanka 2/50)
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