S. Thomas’ and Musaeus Row to Victory
Date: Tuesday, January 19, 2010 @ 08:01:46 LKT
Topic: Sports News
The Rowing season in Sri Lanka started on Sunday with the Rowing Regatta at the Beira Lake when the Sri Lanka Rowing Association held their Annual President’s Cup challenge. Both Musaeus College girls and S. Thomas’ College boys swept the boards winning all three events, the scull, the pairs and the cox fours.
Swarnamali Wijesinghe, the National school girls champion had an easy win over Bishops, Ladies College and the University team in the scull event winning the President’s trophy hands down. The only close challenge to Musaeus College was in the pairs event final when they rowed against the University team.
‘Though the University team was ahead of us for almost the entire 1000m we knew we would win’, said Musaeus captain – Chalani Ramanayake. ‘My partner and I had a very good understanding and we planned our strategy well before the race. As today is a windy day we had to be careful about keeping balance as well as use all our strength to beat the University team.
We made our blades move just that much faster,’ said Subashini Kularatne who rowed with her captain to a two seconds win over the University team.
The Ladies Plate trophy was once again won by Musaeus College with Subashini Kularatne, Hiruni Mendis, Swarnamali Wijesinghe, Shalani Ramanayake and Nathira Wijemanne as coxswain.
In the boys’ events, the scull trophy – The Herman Sirimanne trophy - was won by Sajeev de Silva of S. Thomas’ College. In the absence of Royal College, Thomians had almost no competition as they beat the University team in the other three events as well.
Yohan Wijeratne and Sajeev de Silva won the V.A. Julius Trophy, Ruven Weerasinghe and Sajeev de Silva won the Colvin Sirimanne trophy while the Harry Creasy Trophy was once again won by the S. Thomas’ team of Yohan Wijeratne, Sajeev De Silva, Dhanushka Jayanetti, Ruven Weerasinghe and the COX – Amrick Varia.
The President of the Rowing Association Sanjay Senarath and the Sirimannes – the ‘First Family’ of Rowing in Sri Lanka gave away the prizes.