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Rugby Event 2018

Ned Haig and David Sanderson, would have been proud to witness the Sri Lanka schools Rugby Sevens event on August 12th. A game they conceived in 1883 in Melrose Scotland, now being played around the world at many levels.

Fletcher’s field was taken over for the day by six of the best Sri Lankan School alumni groups. Flags and jerseys were proudly on display. Spectators, Ex Rugby greats, young and old fans of this fast paced game all gathered on this extremely hot August day to watch their school team battle for the coveted Quentin Israel Memorial Trophy.

A very big Thank you to the STCOBA- CANADA team lead by D R Weerasinghe, Gamini Kumarage and Gerhard Munaweera for planning and leading the JOC to pull off this very successful event. Also behind the scenes we had Exco members Daya Ginige, Malik Candappa, Prasad Jinasena, Ram thirugnanam, Rajit Kadirgamar and president Jehan Ahamed all come together to lend a helping hand during the event. The 2017/2018 Exco would like thank the OBA members who supported the event by attending.

Results:

Round Robin

1st game Royal Blues 34 Trinity 0

2nd STC 36 and Royal Gold 0

3rd Pinkies 0 and St Peters 19

4th Royal Blue 29 and St Joseph’s

5 5th STC 31 and Pinkies 5

6th St Peters 15 and Trinity 5

7th Pinkies 15 and Royal Gold 10

8th STC 12 and St Peters 12

Semi Finals

Royal Blue 5 and St Peters 0

STC 19 and St Joseph’s 10

Finals Royal

Royal 12 and STC 0

 

2018 Runners up:

 

2018 Winners:

 

3 rd Place:

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Last Updated (Tuesday, 18 September 2018 20:54)

 

25 Years in the making

Not the end of an era, but the beginning of the next chapter in the storied history of the STC OBA – CANADA.

As the evening of May 5th drew close, 400 guests of the STC OBA – CANADA prepared themselves for an epic event. The evening began with a happy hour of drinks and hors d'oeuvres and gave our guest the opportunity to mingle in their dazzling attire. Right on queue the MC Bennett Olegasegram asked everyone to take their seats in the hall. The opening ceremonies began with 8 Past Presidents marching in proudly behind flag bearer and past president Kumaru Wijesundera, flanked by all old Thomians present. The procession began with founding member and first president Wimsy Sinntamby, He was followed closely behind by Siri Wijetunge, Chico Guneratna, David Jayaweera, Shanaka De Mel, Russell Rajaratnam, D.R. Weerasinghe, Rajith Kannangara and current president Jehan Ahamed. All past presidents were honoured with a keep sake memento as gratitude for the services rendered.

With his Dance Committee standing behind him our current President Jehan Ahamed welcomed all those in attendance and thanked his team for 3 months of long hours, many late nights and weekends spent planning and preparing for this moment. Special mention was made of dance Committee Chairman Sumith Samarasinghe whose leadership and skill had made this special event evolve from idea to reality. As a special tribute to his invaluable contribution to the dance Mr. Daya Ginige was called upon to cut the 25th anniversary cake.

Headliner and “King of Baila” Desmond De Silva transported us back in time with heart wrenching renditions of some of the best of the 60s and 70s. He had the crowd in the palm of his hand, singing along to a few choruses, left side vs right side of the dance floor. He nearly brought the roof down when he sang “she went into the water”. The surprise guest artist Mr. Roshan Thavaratnam, added a great deal of flavour with a short set of popular Tamil songs. Matrix and DJ Chamil also brought their “A” game to the event keeping the dance floor jammed packed all night long.

Yes, ladies and gentlemen the Thomian “Silver Jubilee Dinner Dance” was a big hit and a roaring success. A fitting celebration with style and elegance that only the boys from “The School by the sea” could pull off. Ducimus Nos Sequnter Alli as the saying goes, non Thomian guests were privy to just how the alumni of the most prestigious school in Sri Lanka celebrate a great milestone in Canada. A beautiful venue, great food, top shelf entertainment and a midnight Sri Lankan table with a live “Kothu” station were complementing the main event, Celebrating the 25 years of the STC OBA CANADA.

In Closing I would like to thank all the past presidents for their exemplary service to our Alma Mater, Wimsy Sinntamby, Siri Wijetunge, Premalal Fernando, Chico Guneratna, Kumaru Wijesundera, David Jayaweera, Sunil Welikala, Shanaka De Mel, Russell Rajaratnam, Malik Candappa, Ashok Senadeera, D.R. Weerasinghe, Hiran Adhihetty, Rajith Kannangara, Trevor Fernando, Thamal Perera and current president Jehan Ahamed.

An event such as this would not be possible without our great sponsors, especially our very own Thomian sponsors, Yoga Warren, Kumar Gurutharan, Chian De Silva, Sumith Samarasinghe, Trevor Fernando and Riyaz Rauf.

Finally, the Dance Committee:

Chairman: Sumith Samarasinghe, and his team Daya Ginige, Jehan Ahamed, D.R Weerasinghe, Goddy Kumarage, Malik Candappa, Prasad Jinasena, Priyanthan Gopallapille, Ram Thirugnanam, Sachi Suresan, Sana Saravanamuthu, Ravi Niles, Trevor Fernando, Sajeewa Peiris, Gerhard Munaweera, Eshan Samsoodeen and Rajit Kadirgamar

Dance Photos: by Daya Ginige

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Anchorman Photos by Dirk:

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Last Updated (Thursday, 14 June 2018 19:31)

 

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Last Updated (Tuesday, 22 May 2018 14:53)

 

Annual Christmas Party (2017)

2017 Annual Christmas Party-December 2nd - Event recap and photos

On Saturday December 2nd, 2017 the evening light began to fade, and the early winter winds gently rustled the leaves on the trees around the chalet at Simeon Park. A group of old and young Thomians gathered around the warmth of the centrally located fire place to share some festive eats and a drink or two.

The 2017 Annual Christmas party got under way around 7pm, members, family and friends trickled in as the evenings events began. To get everyone into the mood music maestro Daya Ginige had all the Christmas classics playing on the jukebox. One man band Rollinson Ferdinandez set up quickly and took over the evening’s entertainment, often accompanied by all the usual singers. On this night we were lucky to have on the open mike, the likes of Gihan, Rasitha, Shanaka, Kumaru and the very special vocal stylings of Robin Mendis.

Kids under 12 were occupied by games and crafts until Santa made an appearance. Story time with Mrs. Clause (Sepa) was a big hit again this year.  After a few attempts at the snowman shaped piñata one good hit sent the kids into a frenzy chasing after candy and toys strewn on the floor.

Dinner preparation began around 8.30pm and the endless line for hoppers lasted deep into the evening. Delicious Egg, milk and plain hoppers accompanied by the various sambols and mutton curry were a huge hit with everyone. The evening wrapped up around midnight, with best wishes to all for the upcoming Christmas and holiday season.

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Last Updated (Wednesday, 13 December 2017 14:58)

 
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