From: Eric Motha
Sent: Wednesday, November 29, 2017 10:55 PM
Subject: Old Bens 2017 Golf Champions
5TH ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT ORGANIZED BY THE OLD BENS IN VANCOUVER,CANADA- JULY 2017
36 golfers (ranging in age from teens to late 70’s) teed off for the Challenge trophy at Country Meadows Golf Club,Richmond,BC.It was a coming together of different generations imbued by the spirit of SPORTS displaying great camaraderie in the midst of competition.
The winning foursome comprised: Manoj Perera,Namal Hettiarachchi,Ranjit Canagaratnam and Ari Herath
A brief synopsis of the team (l to r) Manoj,Namal,Ranjit & Ari:
MANOJ PERERA: Alumnus of St.Sylvester’s College, Kandy
Captained the First X1 Cricket team in 1983/84 with many good scores to his credit and ably leading the side.
Won the awards for best Captain among schools in the Central Province and best fielder(outstation schools) in the popular Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year contest.
Played for Kandy District Cricket Assn. Colts X1 – scored a scintillating 102 in the fixture against a team from UK comprising a County player and a few from minor counties.
Member of the Central Province cricket team captained by Ranjan Madugalle which participated in the prestigious President’s trophy.Played for Kandy CC in the premier’ Sara’ trophy tournament on leaving College.
Played for Brockton Point CC & North Shore CC from ’96 to ’04 in the premier division-captained teh teams in ’96 & ’01 respectively and also winner of the Best Batsman award in 2000.
Captained the Sri Lankan team to the Championship podium in the annual 6-a side cricket tournament played at Brockton Oval,Vancouver.
NAMAL HETTIARACHCHI: Alumnus of St.Sylvester’s College, Kandy
Captained the College cricket team in 1985/86 and had a prolific record as an all round sportsman and later on in club cricket representing Kandy Youth CC with distinction.He was the anchor of his school’s X! with several good scores and mesmerizing the opponents with his wily off spinners.Namal proved his role as Captain with astute leadership and was rewarded with Colours and the coveted College Crown in recognition of of his prowess on and off the field.
Captained the College soccer team in 1986 and proved his mettle as a powerful striker and able leader.The Sylvestrians under his leadership were a force to be reckoned with in the country’s schools circuit and proved ‘giant killers’ vanquishing more fancied teams in the run up to the Championship mantle.
Member of the Kandy Youth CC who won the inter club limited overs cricket tournament defeating Old Anthonians in the finals.In a game versus Commercial Bank he scored 118 and won the award for the Best batsman.In the fixture against the visiting team from UK Manoj(102) and Namal(81) treated the spectators to exhilarating displays with the willow.
RANJIT CANAGARATNAM: Alumnus of Hindu College (Colombo) and GIS British High School (Malaysia)
Member of the athletics team of GIS.
Played for Selangor State that won the Malaysian U-20 State cricket tournament in 1978 whilst as a student at GIS .
Member of the Simon Fraser University cricket team-also won the British Columbia Summer Games Gold in 1986.
Played for Hatton National Bank in the Mercantile Cricket tournaments(82 to 84) and Club cricket in BC.
Winner of the Doubles event at the inaugural Tennis tourney organized by Old Trintians in 2010
ARI HERATH: alumnus of St.Anne’s College, Kurunegala
Represented his school in inter-collegiate matches in the Province and beyond.
Played for cricket teams in BC with much success
“The Old Bens Scribe”