Seven newcomers in senior netball pool
NETBALL: Seven newcomers have been included to the senior national
netball pool in the fifteen selected in preparation for the four-nation
tournament to be played from June 15 to 17 at the Sugathadasa Indoor
Stadium. Selections were made after several trials.
Hyacinth Wijesinghe, the National Coach said that the players have
begun training in two sessions (morning and evening). In addition to
training the players are involved in swimming, aerobic and weight
training under one roof at Austasia Sports Complex to maintain one
hundred percent physical fitness.
Sri Lanka, together with national teams from India, Pakistan and
Maldives will play in the Four-Nation Tournament. All matches will be
played on a league basis and the best two teams will play in the final.
The Sri Lanka National team will also continue training for two other
major tournaments. The Five-Nation Tournament in Singapore in August.
Besides, Sri Lanka, Canada, Trinidad, Singapore and AIS team from
Australia will play in that tournament. According to Hyacinth, Lanka's
main target will be Asian Netball Championships to be held in Hong Kong
early next year.
The senior national pool: Gayathri Lankatilaka, Susithika
Samarasinghe (Hatton National Bank), Damayanthi Jayatillake (SLPA),
Dhammika Malkanthi, Sujani Dilrukshi, Tapa Gallapetti (Sri Lanka Air
Force), Tharjunee Sivalingam (Seylan Bank), the new comers are - Kumari
Silva (HNB), Pracilla Kock (Access), Shyamalee Perera (Torrington SC),
Akila Nimmi and Chamila Jayawardena (Sacred Heart Convent, Galle) and
Kanchana Jayawardena (Sri Lanka Army).
Development youth pool
The Netball Federation of Sri Lanka also selected the Development
Youth Pool in preparation for Asian Junior (under-21) Championships and
other international matches to be played here and abroad.
The Development Youth Pool began training on May 29 at Austasia
Sports Complex under Deepthi Alwis (coach) and Somitha Kumari (assistant
coach). The players will play several practice matches before the Asian
Junior Netball Championships.
The Development Youth Pool consists of players from Southern Province
(2), Wayamba (1) and Western Province (12) - Yasodara Bandara, Menaka
Abeygunawardena (Kalutara BV), Manesha Liyanage, Gayathri Perera,
Thaniru Amerasinghe (Newstead College, Negombo), Akila Jayawardena,
Noelin Perera, (Sacred Heart Convent, Galle), Anushka Nimali, Selanji
Gunavidaya, Sanjeevani Ariyasena (St. Joseph's College, Nugegoda), Nilum
Gunasekera, (Visakha Vidyalaya), Marisha Fernando (Holy Family Convent,
Wennappuwa), Indapani Dissanayake (Sirimavo Bandaranaiake BV), Vasundara
Pathiraja (Anula Vidyalaya), Ishari Harshani (Seylan Bank).
National coach Hyacinth Wijesinghe will also overlook the training of
the Development Youth Pool.