Rugby Carnival 2008

 

WINNER - ST THOMAS COLLEGE

ITS 5 IN A ROW - AND STILL GOING

 

 

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Thomian Squad : (Capt.), Gerhard Munaweera, Amila Madulaarachchi, Dilan Perera, Sanjay Perera, Dilhan Ratnapala, Rajith Kannagara, Chamil Welikala, Harindra Fonseka, Niranjan Namasivayam, Balen Rajanathan, Chian de Silva, Praveen Shanthadev, Shamindra Madanayake.

 

 

 

While hurricane IKE was bashing the coast line of Texas, with vicious winds, blinding lightning, six foot waves and heavy rains, Thomian’s were pounding each and every Team that stepped onto the field on September 14th to participate in the Sri Lanka Schools Rugby Sevens Tournament of 2008. 

 

The following Teams entered this year’s competition.

S Thomas – Royal – Trinity (2 teams) – Joe/Pete – St Anthony’s 

 

Although it was flag rugby, the level of participation and competitiveness was of very high standard. This is another tournament that the Sri Lanka community in Toronto Canada, look forward to each year. This is a day of fun, while the rugby is going on,tasty Sri Lanka food was dished out by vendors at the grounds. The die hard fans were walking around the grounds waving flags of their alma mater. The atmosphere was electrifying with the nostalgic feeling, as if the event was taking place at Longden Place or Havelock Park. 

 

The weather man forecasted rain, the entire day; fortunately it was very pleasant, with a cool breeze blowing across the field. There was not a drop of rain, until the finals were over. The spectators came prepared with umbrellas and various other covers, which came handy only after the game. 

 

Our squad consisted of Gerhard Munaweera, Amila Madulaarachchi, Dilan Perera, Sanjay Perera, Dilhan Ratnapala, Rajith Kannagara, Chamil Welikala, Harindra Fonseka, Niranjan Namasivayam, Balen Rajanathan, Chian de Silva, Praveen Shanthadev, Shamindra Madanayake.
 

 

 

STC, breezed through the round robin section unbeaten, which set up the following Semi finals, Royal & Trinity (B) did not qualify

 1.  STC Vs St Anthony’s

 2.  Trinity ( A ) Vs Joe/Pete

 

A last minute try by Trinity saw them through into the finals, Joe/Pete combined team showed great spirit and enthusiasm. Trinity was forced to pull out every trick they had in the bag to beat them. 

 

St Anthony’s has improved tremendously, a few seasoned players, backed by some young blood, were a threat to each and every side. Congratulations on reaching the semi final stage. Although STC won the semi final it was not a piece of cake. 

 

The ladies full contact exhibition game, in between, offered a rest time for the finalists. The ladies game was sponsored by the UFCW, thank you very much. The crowd enjoyed the rugby produced.

 

Thank you ladies – we look forward to your participation the future events.  
 
 
 
 
 

The much awaited finals was called 15 minutes ahead of schedule. 

 

STC  Vs  Trinity 

Prior to 2008, STC had won this tournament 4 in a row. Thomian side this year was depleted as a few key players were either injured or out of the country. The heavy burden fell on the shoulders of Amila, Gerhard & Dilan a gutsy trio – those who were present will agree it was robust rugby at the highest level. Amila did not disappoint the crowds, his moves were sleek, speed was untouchable, kick ahead was like thunder, with the ball in hand this guy was a ballet dancer on the rugby field.

 

It was a great team effort, Amila would have been nailed to the ground without the ball, the pack consisting of Niranjan, Chamil, Harindra, Praveen fought hard for the ball, while skipper this year Sanjay, a tireless menacing force at the base of the scrum, fed good ball to Amila, Gerhard & Dilan to score tries. 

 

Young Praveen, another star is born, in the hands of Amila & Gerhard, this guy will be a force to reckon with in the future. 

 

Nilu – big thank you from the STCOBA and the boys, for being our Physio, through the years you have done wonders to heal our players. 

 

Amila was awarded the MVP Trophy – a unanimous decision. 

 

Yes folks! The boys brought the Trophy home, and its -   5 IN A ROW. 

 

Thank you Trinity, it was a hard fought win, you were worthy opponents. 

 

Our sincere thanks go out to Chris Serpanchy, for leasing the grounds, the two referees who tackled a colossal and fiery event with tact and fairness, to each and every one of the players for their participation, commitment and sportsmanship, the vendors who dished out tasty Sri Lankan food, and finally the organizers for a difficult job very well done. 

 

“DR”