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PURSUING- BRILLIANCE- Thaveesha lead Richmond to an epic win

A thrilling episode of Richmond-Mahinda annual cricket encounter unfolded at Galle International Cricket Stadium on 15th & 16th of March as Richmond Cricketers defeated the rivals, Mahinda College by 6 wickets. Richmond College captain Thavesha Abhishek kept his promises made the other night at Principal’s dinner guiding his team to an epic win with an unbeaten 99 in the second innings. It was a professional display of cricket by Richmond senior cricketers taking calculated risk and everybody was of the view that they experienced the best big match of the lifetime.

Having won the toss Richmond captain invited the Mahindian to take first lease of the wicket. Mahindians were very aggressive right from the start and scored quick runs at a rate of around five runs per over. Nipun Mlinga scored quick 44 off 28 balls after falling to Sandun Mendis. Mahindians scored 197 all out and some thought that Richmond captain would have bat first. Dilum Sudheera took 5 for 52 while Sandun Mendis captured 3 for 52. Richmondites were in all sorts of trouble when they were 56 for 6 and Sandun Mendis and Vimud Sapnaka came into their rescue. Sandun Mendis and Vimud Sapnaka scored 34 and 21 respectively. Ultimately Richmondites were bowled out for 144 before lunch on the second day. Kushan Madusha captured 5 wickets for 20 runs for Mahindians.

Mahindians came into bat in their second innings with the first innings lead of 53 runs. They started attacking right from the start making quick runs but wickets fell at regular intervals. But Hansika Welihinda played a matured innings with 70 runs and Mahindins declared when they were 161 for nine before tea setting a target of 214 runs for Richmond which they had to score in remaining 44 overs of the day. Vinuja Kiriella fell early to Kushan Madusha for 1 run but opener Adithya Siriwardene and bay of the side Banuka Manohara slowly built a good partnership. Adithya fell LBW to Subanu Rajapaksha at 26 and Banuka was joined by his skipper Thaveesha. Banuka & Thaveesha started building a very solid partnership creating expectation for a victory. Banuka Manohara was bowled by Pasan Pethangoda when he was 40 and Thaveesha was joined by Dilum Sudheera. Thaveesha and Dilum guided Richmond to their wining target scoring runs fearlessly all around the ground while even taking 2’s and 3’s regularly. Mahindians could not stop the flow of runs scored by the two batsmen. Thavessha was leading from the front hitting over the rope many occasions. Dilum Sudheera was run out for 41 when only 11 runs were needed to win. It was a tense moment for everyone as Richmondites had to score 8 runs in the last over. Mahindins trusted their star player Nipun Mlinga to bowl the last over. Mainga had a battle ahead of him as it was Thavessha who was on 91 and seeing the ball like football, to face him. First ball was on yoker length right outside off stump an keep collected the ball. Thaveesha drove the second ball straight along the ground for four runs and it went like a tracer bullet. The next ball was a full toss on leg stump and Thaveesha guided the ball to fine leg boundary and that was it. Richmondites sealed off an epic and dramatic win at their 114th “Lovers’ Quarrel”. Thaveesha Abhishek who scored an unbeaten 99 was adjudged the “Man of the match” while Dilum Sudheera who captured 9 scalps with 5 for 52 in the first innings and 4 for 56 in the second innings was adjudged “The best bowler”

Mahindians had a positive approach to the game this year, believing in themselves and targeting a possible victory. They certainly secured the honours of the first day. But the pendulum was swinging both ways endorsing the well known “uncertainty of the game of cricket”.

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The Richmond – Mahinda Friendly Debate 2019

Another traditional event associated in parallel to the  Lovers’ Quarrel, The Roar of Two brave Lovers, Richmond Mahinda big debate was held on the 13th of March 2019 at Sir Henry Steel Olcott Hall, Mahinda College. Sinhala and English debating teams, a team of Old boys from both schools took part in this traditional event.

The annual cricket encounter between Richmond College and Mahinda College also fondly known as “The Lovers’ Quarrel” was started way back in 1905.

Records of Debating of Richmond College can be found during the period of the Principal, Rev. J.H Darrel. However, Richmond and Mahinda friendly debate was started much later in the 1940s.

Debating Teams of Richmond College.

English:  Rasula Yaithya (Captain), Lakindu Kariyawasam, Himanshu Sahabandu, Chehan Jayasuriya, Shashmitha Kurukula Arachchi.

Sinhala: Dulasith Nanayakkara (Captain), Nisala Nuwanidu, Thisara Kavinda, Tharuka Thathsara, Chamod Dewunith.

Debating Teams of Mahinda College.

English: Tharindu Mahendra(Captain), Devin Bopage, Navoda Nirmal. Savin Edirisinghe, Sandil Damsara

Sinhala: Isara Upamada(Captain), Akindu Narangoda, Charith Induwara, Lehan Nalagamage, Navoda Nirmal.

Tour De Force

Tour De Force, which was organized in parallel to the Lovers quarrel , joined cycle parade of both Richmond and Mahinda colleges was held on the 10th of March 2019 under the auspice of the principals of both schools, Mr. Sampath Weragoda and Mr. Gamini Jayawardana. Students, old boys and parents paraded over 15km peacefully demonstrating the true friendship and brotherhood among the two school that has been there for over a century.

“Richmond” resonated in the streets of Galle

Richmond Walk 2019″was held successfully on 22nd February 2019, in order to commemorate the 125th anniversary of the Old Boys’ Association of Richmond College. The principal Mr.Sampath Weragoda, past principal B.Suriarachchi and many other distinguished guests participated along with the old boys, staff and students to walk.

Starting around at 8:00 a.m. from the school premise they walked to “Samanala ground” where “Richmond Rhythm”carnival was also set to happen. It was too organized in celebration of 125th anniversary of RCOBA. There the end of the walk was marked the beginning of the Rhythm carnival.

Not only with the Richmond community but also with many enticing items, the extravagance of walk was enhanced. Old fashioned automobiles and horse riders were some of the enticements.Members of all the sports and games and clubs and societies of Richmond College walked with their separate placards. Their voices in a unison, resonated R-I-C-H-M-O-N-D-Richmond”

 

 

 

Primary Sportsmeet-2019

The inter-house Primary sports-meet 2019 was held last Thursday the 21st of February with the participation of the renowned richmonddite  Dr.Gayan Eyanayake. There were many events in the sports-meet including the drill display and the ceremonial march past. This event has created a good platform to young Richmonddites to show their talent .

Inter-House Sport Meet 2019

The inter-house sports-meet 2019 of Richmond college was held on the 06th of February at the college Sneath ground  under the auspices of the renowned richmonddite, former sports’ captain of the college, superintendent of police, Mr. Vidura P.Jayasinghe.
Darrel house won the championship of the inter-house sports-meet 2019 while Sneath house became 1st runners up and Small house became 2nd runners up. Langdon house remains in the 4th place. .
Chanidu Lakhiru of Darrell house won the award for the best player under 12 category while Rehan Sithila Yapa of Sneath house won the award for the best player  under 14 category.

Sanuka Nanayakkara of Darrell house who was the best player  under 16  category and was able to break a inter-house sports-meet record in the shot put event. Risinu Randunu Liyanage of Darrell house won the award for the best athlete in under 18 category and Sports captain Binara Thaabrew won the award for the best athlete in under 20 category.
Harith Umayanga of Langdon house was the best athlete in junior catogory and Pasindu Lakshan of Darrell house was the best athlete in senior category while over all Charith Anuraha of Darrell house won the award for the best athlete for the year 2019.
Ceremonial march-past done by the grade 10 students and the drill display done by the grades 7,8 students made a flamboyant picture to event.

Inter House Aquatic Meet 2019

Inter House Aquatic Meet of Richmond College was held on 31 of January  2019 at the school Swimming Pool Complex as one of the dignified events of the Richmond calendar in parallel to Inter House Sport Meet . Director of Sport in Southern Province and the Secretary to National School Swimming Association Mr. Krishan Duminda graced this occasion as the Chief Guest.

Nadith Jayawardana is awarded as the best swimmer of the Richmond College under senior category while Tharindu Addithya de Silva won the award under junior category for the year of 2019.

Darrel House won the champions trophy by receiving 199 points,by receiving 97 points Small House became the first Runner up, Sneath House baged 87 points and became the 2nd Runner up  while Langdon House became the fourth place by receiving 80 points in the Aquatic meet of 2019.

Thilina Mendis -Head Prefect for the year of 2019

Prefects’ Investiture of 2019 was recently held in the college Sneeth Ground under the auspice of the principal of Richmond College Mr. Sampath Weragoda. The most senior prefect Thilina Mendis has been appointed as the head prefect for the year of 2019 and Maneth Pathirana is appointed as the secretary. Raveesha Vikum, Thinupa Wijesekara and Thanura Weerasinge are the newly appointed Treasurer, Assistant secretary and Assistant Treasurer for the year of 2019 respectively.

Following Prefects have been elevated to the position of most senior prefects for year of 2019

  1. Janith Sandaruwam
  2. Oshan Gunawardana
  3. Poorna Kavishka
  4. Praveen Lahiru
  5. Lahiru Akalanka
  6. Supun Sandamal
  7. Akalanka Abewickrama
  8. Chamodh Isuru
  9. Tharusha Dilshan
  10. Pasindu Aluthwala
  11. Heshan Liyanege
  12. Ishara Kudagama
  13. Osura Abeygunawardana
  14. Geeth Gagana

Richmond Shields outstanding results in Advanced Level – 2018

Including two Richmondites, Chamindu Surath LIyange who excelled the second in All Island and first in district from physical science stream and Shanuka Komalage who became the 13th in All Island and first in district from the biology stream, 393 candidates are able to get through the university entry among 552 candidates by giving the glory and honour to mother Richmond. Moreover Richmond College was able to achieve the excellent academic results in year of 2018,surpassing all other schools in Southern province,carrying ten Richmondites to commendable positions in the district.

  1. Chamindu Surath Liyange 1st  Physical science stream
  2. Shanuka Komalage 1st  Physical science stream
  3. Thilina Aalagiyawanna 2nd  Physical science stream
  4. Lahiru Viduranga 2nd  Commerce stream
  5. Gunawardana Liyange 4th Biology stream
  6. Kavindu Nirmana Weerasinghe 4th Physical science stream
  7. Praveen Sachithra  5th  Biology stream
  8. Duvishka Kavinda 5th Physical science stream
  9. Keshawa Daluwatta 7th Biology stream
  10. Kavindu Ramesh 8th common subjects stream

All together sixty eight Richmonddites are able to keep their positions in the best of hundred in their respective subject streams in the district

  1. Biology stream – 18
  2. Physical science stream -37
  3. Commerce stream -6
  4. Common subject stream 7

Richmond Night 2018

2018 of Colors Night of Richmond College was held on 29th of November 2018 at Dr. C.W.W.Kannangara Auditorium.

Renowned old Richmondite, and past cricketer of Richmond College, present test captain of Sri Lanka national team, Surnga Lakmal graced the occasion as the chief guest. Another test cricketer produced by Richmond, and current member of the national team, all rounder Dananjaya De Silva graced of this occasion as the guest of honour.

143 Richmondites were awarded for their excellent performances in national and international levels in cricket, badminton, swimming, gymnastics and for many other track and field events in the years of 2017 and 2018. Out of the 143, 58 Richmondites were awarded with Richmond Colours.

Kasun Amerasena who excelled in badminton, both in national and international level and Kamindu Mendis, who captained Sri Lanka under 19 cricket team joined the exclusive list of Richmond Knights for the glory and honour brought to our Alma Mater.