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Company Description: Thurstan over the past 60 years have produced outstanding distinguished citizens in all known spheres of public life in Cabinet Ministers, Senior Public Servants,...   more
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SUNIL KARUNANAYAKA'S BOOK LAUNCH
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Long time Treasurer of the OBU, Founder member of the Thurstan Trust Fund, Originator of the Founder's day Oration, Historian of Thurstan Rugby are many facets of his involvement with Thurstan.
SUNIL KARUNANAYAKA'S BOOK LAUNCH
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Long time Treasurer of the OBU, Founder member of the Thurstan Trust Fund, Originator of the Founder's day Oration, Historian of Thurstan Rugby are many facets of his involvement with Thurstan.
My Rugby days at Thurstan by - Vernon Caldera
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However, I developed a liking to Rugby and this was not surprising as most cricketers were in the Rugby team too.
I was also inspired by two pioneers of Thurstan Rugby from my neighborhood Surath Wickremasighe (Our first Captain 1957 & 58) and Jeff Rutnam (who skippered
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. As T M K Samat another of the pioneers & one of the greatest scribes once wrote Thurstan was then an "L" shaped school and the going was not easy. Not very well known in the rugby circles sans a play ground or old boy support every thing was tough from practicing in the corner of the old Racecourse and obtaining fixtures, and personalities like Surath will be hard to forget for their courage, determination and leadership that paved the way for us to recognition..
My first big year in Rugby was in 1962 when I got in to the 1 st XV under Rajah Wirasekera (now domiciled in Germany) and ourhappiest moment was when we surprisedColombo with a superb win over St Peters and this did give us lot of encouragement.
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Being a rainy day, in front of a large crowd neither side has scored when almost at the long whistle in semi darkness yours truly dived through the legs of Thomian scrum half Tony Sirimanne (who later on coached Thurstan) for a try, but to our disappointment try was disallowed and the referee who was our coach called off the match stating the lines were not visible and the crowd was encroaching the field.
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VERNON CALDERA represented Thurstan in Rugby, Cricket and Table Tennis and on leaving school joined NCC representing them in Cricket,
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Rugby Tennis & Hockey. Latterly he played for Nomads & CCC. On retiring from active sports
Thurstan Rugby Stadium Project launched
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It was day of great joy and historical significance for Thurstan when they launched their Rugby development project at a colourful ceremony attended by Minister of Sports and Recreation Gamini Lokuge and Namal Rajapaksa, President of the Tharunyata Hetak Organization at the Thurstan Park, Prof. Stanley Wijesundera Mawatha on Friday Dec 4th 2009.
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It was a dream comes true for this intrepid school that was badly hampered due to lack of their own grounds for Rugby. As quoted by veteran scribe T.M.K. Samat better known in boxing circles the beginning was in 1957 when some boys got together and played around sans participation in official tournaments.
The year 1957 was the first official year of Thurstan Rugby and the honour of being the first Captain went to Surath Wickremasinghe who also captained the team in 1958, fitting Surath was a distinguished invitee and had the privilege of cutting the first sod along with other distinguished guests.
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Namal Rajapaksa in his speech tracing his Rugby roots elaborated his commitment to Rugby and expressed his satisfaction on the manner the recent Carlton Sevens tournament was conducted.
He also recalled that his father President Mahinda Rajapaksa's involvement in Rugby during his school days at Thurstan.
President Rajapaksa was a leading member of Thurstan's champion school athletic team in 1960/61 and also had a brief stint with Rugby but continued to concentrate on athletics that was close to his heart.
With the development of the proposed Rugby ground Thurstan is bound to be a force to be reckoned with as they no longer will have to do nomadic rounds seeking venues for practices and matches.
Despite the handicap of not having grounds Thurstan over the last half a century had produced an array of eminent Rugby players and administrators at the highest level making a noble contribution to the game.
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The architect behind the Rugby development and Revival DIG (Rtd) Upali Hewage also a member of the Rugby Interim Committee who has been a tower of strength behind Thurstan Rugby for nearly three decades.
In his vote of thanks he expressed his gratitude to the President for initiating to provide a block of land for the ground and also paid a glowing tribute to the Minister of Sports Gamini Lokuge in helping the proposed development.
Even though large number of schools have taken up to Rugby in the last few years there has not been any increase of Rugby grounds in Colombo for past several decades. This is a major dilemma faced by the schools as well as emerging smaller clubs.
Hence the entry of Thurstan Rugby ground will be a significance boost to the development of Rugby in Sri Lanka, close proximity to the Rugby Union Headquarters too will be a positive factor.
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