FOR THE NINTH SUCCESSIVE YEAR

Published : 10:14 am  August 2, 2016 | No comments so far |  |  (667) reads | 

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Holy Family Convent Kurunegala emerged the Milo schools netball champions for the ninth successive year when they emerged overall champions at the 25th Milo All Island Schools Netball Championship concluded at the Uyanwatte Stadium in Matara yesterday. The Kurunegala girls were the only team to qualify to two finals which was in the Under 14 and Under 18 categories and then went on to emerge champions in both the age groups which was sufficient for them to clinch the title for the ninth successive year. The Familians were first crowned netball queens in the year 2008 when it was held in their hometown Kurunegala and then retained it by winning in 2009 in Anuradhapura and followed it up clinching the title in (Matale), 2010 (Matara) (2011), Polonnaruwa (2012), Piliyandala (2013), Beliatte (2014) and Matale last year .

Apart from emerging the overall champions Pabasara Tennekoon from the champion Holy Family Convent team was selected as the most outstanding player in the Under 18 age group. Rochelle Fernando of St. Bridget’s Convent was adjudged the most outstanding player in the U14 age group while Helani Ama Wijesinghe of Visakha Vidyalaya Colombo was the most outstanding in the Under 16 age group. Meanwhile in the Division ‘B’ category Sirimalwatte MV Gunnepana emerged the Under 14 champions while Bandarapola MV Matale were the Under 16 champions and Ranjan Wijeratne MV Buttala the Under 18 champions.

The girls to win the most outstanding players’ award in the Division ‘B’ category were Pawani Wijeyakeerthi of Sirimalwatte MV Gunnepana (Under 14), Uresha Chathurangi of Bandarapola MV Matale (Under 16) and Nimesha Madushani of Ranjan Wijeratne MV Buttala (Under 18). Holy Family Convent Kurunegala ‘A’ also came out on top in the unofficial tournament which was held concurrently in the Under 13 age group with Musaeus College taking the second spot followed by Visakha Vidyalaya Kuliyapitiya, Devi BV Colombo, Maliyadeva BV Kurunegala, Girl’s High School Kandy, Kalutara BV and Holy Family Convent Kurunegala ‘B’. Results: Division ‘A’ – Quarter-Finals: Under 14 – St. Bridget’s Convent beat Maliyadeva BV Kurunegala 15/14; Gothami BV Colombo beat Kolonnawa BV 12/04; Musaeus College beat Girl’s High School Kandy 14/10; Holy Family Convent Kurunegala beat Presbyterian BV Dehiwala 16/05; Under 16 – Kalutara BV beat Holy Family Convent Kurunegala 16/15;

Ladies College beat Visakha Vidyalaya Kulyapitiya 26/13; Maliyadeva BV Kurunegala beat Holy Family Convent Kalutara 17/09; Visakha Vidyalaya Colombo beat Mahanaga Vidyalaya Kegalle 24/05; Under 18 – Maliyadeva BV Kurunegala beat Dankotuwa BV 30/15; Ananda BV Colombo beat Sacred Heart Convent Galle 29/12; Holy Family Convent Kurunegala beat Holy Family Convent Kalutara 31/19 Division ‘A’ – Semi Finals: Under 14 – St. Bridget’s Convent beat Gothami BV 18/06, Holy Family Convent Kurunegala beat Musaeus College 19/09; Under 16 – Kalutara BV beat Ladies College 22/15, Visakha Vidyalaya Colombo beat Maliyadeva BV Kurunegala 14/10; Under 18 – Ananda BV beat Maliyadeva BV Kurunegala 24/12; Holy Family Convent Kurunegala beat Visakha Vidyalaya Colombo 30/12 Division ‘A’ Finals: Under 14 – Holy Family Convent Kurunegala beat St. Bridget’s Convent 18/17; Under 16 – Visakha Vidyalaya Colombo beat Kalutara BV 18/08; Under 18 – Holy Family Convent Kurunegala beat Ananda BV Colombo 28/16 Division ‘B’ Semi Finals: Under 14 – Bandarapola MV Matale beat Yatihena MV 11/09, Sirimalwatte MV Gunnepana beat Aralawewa MV 16/05; Under 16 – Bandarapola MV Matatle beat Rahula MV

Nedalagamuwa15/03, Devi BV Dompe beat Christ Church College Pannipitiya 19/02; Under 18 – Ananda MMV Walhaputenna beat Bandarapola MV Matale 20/04, Ranjan Wijeratne MV Buttala beat Anuruddha MV Lunuwila 14/08 Division ‘B’ Finals: Under 14 – Sirimalwatte MV Gunnepana beat Bandarapola MV Matale 17/13; Under 16 – Bandarapola MV Matale beat Devi BV Dompe 13/11; Under 18 – Ranjan Wijeratne MV Buttala beat Ananda MMV Walhaputenna 22/17