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Old 27-09-15, 12:17 AM
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Default Matale Thomians take on S. Thomas' Mount Lavinia in hockey Big Match

Friday, September 25, 2015 (All day)
Matale Thomians take on S. Thomas' Mount Lavinia in hockey Big Match

S M Jiffrey Abdeen-Kandy Sports Correspondent

The hockey town of Matale will go gay on Saturday (September 26) when the inaugural schools hockey big match between St Thomas College Matale, and S. Thomas' College, Mount Lavinia sponsored by the Nations Trust Bank is played at the Edward Park, Matale at 4.30 pm. This will be preceded by the Thomian Walk from the Matale Thomians School to the venue of the match.

The Matale Thomians known for their prowess in hockey should have the edge but the Mount Lavinia Thomians famous for what is known as the 'Thomian grit' will fight every inch of the way. For the record the Matale boys ended up as the losing semi finalist at the recently concluded National School Games Hockey championship 2015.

Hockey is the forte of the Matale Thomians while the boys from the school by the sea are reputed for cricket, rugby and other games like table tennis and badminton.

The exact date of introduction of hockey to Matale is not known and the 'doyen of hockey' in this country P Thyangavelu told this correspondent that this game was introduced in the thirties by late P T Rajan, late M S Jainudeen and himself. The game took wings and flew high under late George Mant a bus magnate whose love for hockey knew no bounds. Of the trio P Thangavelu is still with us almost 90 years of age. The first hockey ground was constructed in 1957 when Edward Silva was the Mayor of Matale and the 2nd Hockey Nationals was staged there.

A little history about the two schools. St Thomas Matale was founded in 1873 A D initially it had on roll 75 boys and 17 girls. Emmanueld was its first head master and the school was run with the funds from the Church. The staff had just four members.

Three years later a major change was brought about and the school was separated with a Girls section started named St Agnes Convent. In 1897 the school gained the status of Assisted school from the Government. The main hall of the school was built between 1901 and 1924.

The school took a giant step forward when that legendary figure Charles Robinson was appointed Principal in 1923. In 1936 the game of hockey was introduced.

Charles Robinson served as Principal of the school for 35 years till his retirement in 1958. A tall figure clad always in coat and tie was seen even after his retire taking his constitutional walk from Hulangamuwa to Matale town. Since then many Principals had served the school. In the early sixties the school was taken over by the State. The present Principal is Dampi Wanasinghe.

St. Thomas College, Mount Lavinia is an Anglican Church School which was founded by the first Bishop of Colombo Rt. Rev. James Chapman D D. It was his foremost vision to build a College and Cathedral for the new Diocese of Colombo of the Church of Ceylon. The school was founded in 1851 and named St Thomas College and was a private fee levying school. It has one of the most beautiful school campus in Sri Lanka.

In the sphere of sports the Mount Lavinia Thomians have made giant strides. It built the first swimming pool in the country, which was a gift from Dr R L Hayman in 1933. It has two playing fields known as the Big Club and Small Club. Over the years the school introduced cricket, rugby, hockey, soccer, athletics, volleyball, basketball, tennis and swimming. The sports complex was completed in 1996 to house table tennis, badminton and three glass back squash courts coupled with a most modern gymnasium.

The annual big match (cricket) against Royal College is the oldest in the island and perhaps one of the oldest in the world. Rowing also takes a high place in sports.

Over the years some of the national hockey players produced by the Matale Thomians are the famous Wijekoon brothers, Herbert, Ranjith and Chandra, Dr R Mahendra, G H Rupasinghe, G H Jayatissa, M Rajanathan, S Selvakumar, A Costs, Ranjith Alahakoon just a name a few from the long list.

The Mount Lavinia Thomians have produced the Abeynaike brothers, Isha, Sahabdeen, J D Bandaranaike, Michael Tissera, Dr Jayantha Seneviratne from the long list.

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Old 27-09-15, 12:26 AM
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Default Thomians battle for Eric Hulangamuwa Challenge Trophy

Thomians battle for Eric Hulangamuwa Challenge Trophy

St.Thomas' College, Matale will lock horns with S.Thomas' College, Mount Lavinia in hockey for the inaugural Eric Hulangamuwa Challege Trophy today at the Edward Park Hockey grounds in Matale.

The MataleThomians are led by T.C.B.Wijayatunga, while the Mount LaviniaThomians are led by the Goal Keeper P.R.(Chula) Wanigasuriya. The boys from Mount are fresh with their seven-a-side victory in the TPT Hockey Tournament against Trinity College, Kandy.

Both schools boost of producing great hockey players over the years and have been playing competitive hockey for decades.

St.Thomas, Matalehad in their ranks the famous Wijekoon brothers namely Herbert, Ranjith, Douglas and Chandra, the other names include M. Fuard, TissaEtipola, Nanyakkara, Sunil Deegahawatura, Ranjith Alahakoon, C.K. Hulangamuwa, Dr.R. Mahendra, Jayampathi Perera who have worn the Sri Lanka jersey.

S.Thomas', Mt. Lavinia produced top players namely Chandra Schaffter (double international), Corky Abeysekera, Dr. Sarath Seneviratne, Anura Tennekoon, Michael Tissera, Jayampathy Bandaranayake, Lakshman Wattawala, Orville Abeynaike (played and coached) and his son's Ranil, Ajith and Amitha. Also Ishak Sahabdeen (double international), Dinesh Wickremasinghe, TivankaWijeratne and Pujitha Walpitagamage, who is the present OTHU captain.

The organisers have planned this fixture as an annual encounter, which will be hosted by one of the two schools.

St.Thomas' college, Matale will be hosting the inaugural match. Nationa Trust Bank (NTB) has come forward to sponsor this event.

They handed over the sponsorship cheque to the heads of the two schools recently at their head office in Colombo.
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