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.

Singer U19 School Limited Over Cricket Tournament -Richmond College crowned Champions again

An all-round performance from Sandun Mendis guided Richmond College  to a comfortable victory against St.Peter’s College in the Singer U19 Limited Overs Tournament Final that was played at the Galle International Cricket Stadium.
Electing to bat first, Richmondites were in a bit of bother with 106 for 6 when Sandun Mendis arrived at the crease to join Dilum Sudeera. They managed to keep the scoreboard ticking. Sudheera played the anchor role, as Sandun attacked from the other side and  went on to make 42 off 57 deliveries.
This partnership took Richmond to 201 for 9 in their  50 overs.In reply  Miflal Ameen walked into bat with skipper Santhush Gunathilaka. It proved to be a mistake when both Gunathilaka and Ameen was clean bowled by Dhananjaya Lakshan in the very first over.
However, Sulakshana and Shanon Fernando  were going smoothly but it was Sandun Mendis once again who came to the rescue of the Richmondites.
He struck twice in his first over, taking the wickets of Sulakshana Fernando for 25 and Ranmith Jayasena for a 2 ball duck. The Peterites were in dire straits and it did not get any better for them. One of the experienced players of the side Shalith Fernando fell shortly afterwards for 12, cleaned bowled by Mendis.
Peterites  were 89 for 7 when Shanon Fernando and Sachin Silva got together for the 8th wicket. The pair added 47 runs as Shanon, after coming to the crease in the very first over, scored a well composed half century. He fell  to Mendis as well, as the off-spinner picked up a 5-wickets.
Kanishka Maduwantha’s fighting 39.
Richmond ended up being champions for the second consecutive year and it was Sandun Mendis who was unsurprisingly names Man of the Match for his performance with both bat and ball. Gallery>>

Dananjaya & Kamindu steer Sri Lanka to victory

Some classy batting by opener Dananjaya Lakshan who scored 101 unbeaten and skipper Kamindu Mendis all round performance with 3/35 and unbeaten 74 brought 7 wicket win to Sri Lanka in their opening match of under 19 World Cup against Ireland. Irishman had no answer to some exceptional, classy batting of the two Richmondites. Dananjaya was adjudged the man of the match. Pictures courtesy SLC & ESPNCRICINFO

Tribute

To all grieved family members, relatives, his pupils & friendsDeepest sympathies, on the passing away of Mr. Sugathadasa Kariyawasam. I was grief stricken and brought me to tears, when his dearly beloved wife, Hemalatha passed the sad news. Numerous are matters to write about this genial friend who was my classmate since 1948 until we finished school life in 1959 at Richmond College, Galle. In spite of travelling nearly 8 Km to school from his home at Talagaha , Akmeemna he managed to take part in the javelin throw at the sports meet.

He joined the tutorial staff of his alma mater as a teacher after graduating in Science in the University of Colombo in 1961. Rightfully he was well accepted as an excellent teacher of mathematics in the Advance Level. He produced good results during his period of teaching enabling many students gaining entrance to the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Science. He was the master in charge of cricket.

He was the Vice principal and was appointed as the Principal after a short spell as Officiating Principal. That was in 1971 to 1977.

He was a fun-loving man of subtle humour. He moved with students, teachers and numerous friends equally at ease disregarding their status, and ever helpful in their hours of difficulties. He used to take me home from Galle, in his Morris Minor EL 1750 and drop me at my doorstep in Godakanda, as night falls after a few games of Billiards, his favorite pastime in his leisure hours.

Domiciled in Nigeria for over 23 years he was teaching in Colleges of Education. All his three sons were educated there passing out as engineers in Universities of International standard. The responsibility his wife endured, in an alien land to bring up their children is praiseworthy. This facilitated his husband’s effort.

His three sons presently run their own Engineering Enterprise in Abujah, the capital of Nigeria. I am fully aware his beloved wife, and his most cherished sons, Danesh, Dharshana and Dayan together with his ever amiable daughters-in-law, did their best to keep him comfortable until Death laid his icy hands on this gentle human being. Special thanks should be bestowed on his daughter in-law, a medical officer who was ever concerned with her father-in-law in collaboration with her father, Mr. Austin Fernando.

I used to visit him often when he was back in SL and living in his home at Morris Rd, Galle. To ease treatment for his illness he moved to his Son’s residence at Hedges Court, Borella, and from there to Rajagiriya. I visited him at these places too.

We had lunch together on my last visit to his residence at Talawatugoda one and a half months back. He insisted me to come again. I regret circumstances failed a re-visit. 

Now I bid you good bye, Dear Kari, my closest friend whose life was a candle among us faded away, your lovable memories ever growing in our heart. May you attain the bliss of Nibbana !

P. K Senadheera

‘Haritha Udana’ Agricultural Exhibition – Day 02

Hon. Cabinet Minister of Home Affairs Vajira Abeywardene & Hon. Cabinet Minister of Land & Parliament Affairs Gayantha Karunathilaka graced occasion as chief guest on the second day of the exhibition. Principal Mr Sampath Weragoda is seen with the two ministers at the College Farm.

‘Haritha Udana’ Agricultural Exhibition – Day 01

Governor of Southern Province and renowned Richmondite Dr Hemakumara Nanayakkara was the chief guest on the opening day of the exhibition. Distinguished old boy  and Minister of Southern Province Mr U.G.D Ariyathilake and Minister of Southern Province Mr Wijepala Hettiarachchi also graced the occasion.